Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – October 1st to 7th, 1957

Click on Photos to EnlargeThe first official duty of Lieutenant J. S. Sturgeon, right, newly appointed commanding officer of RCSCC “Huron” Midland, was a presentation of two awards won by the cadets shown. Somewhat belatedly, Leading Cadet Peter Lacroix, left, received his “Cadet of The Year” trophy for the 1955-56 season. Winner of the trophy for 1956-57 was PO2 Russell McKinnon, center.


Mrs. Irene Marchand of Penetang, retiring principal of District 20, Ontario English Catholic Teacher’s Association, receives a bouquet from Sister Frances Matthew of Midland. The presentation was made during the district convention at the Martyr’s Shrine Wednesday.

Easter Lilies are blooming this week and for the second time this year in the garden of Mrs. Adolf Dellori, 334 Russell Street. She covers the plants with paper each night to protect them from the cold autumn nights.


Envoy & Mrs. J. Thompson replace Captain Ray Smith at the Salvation Army, living at 235 Second Street. The Thompson’s are seen with their two children, Linda, 12, and Murray, 16.


Canadian Name Plate employees represented by Frank Patton, on right, made a presentation to brothers Gordon, Jim and Jack Moss at the employee’s dinner held at the Parkside Inn, Saturday night, marking the firms 23rd anniversary.

Fire Prevention Week in Penetang was the reason for a two page spread in the local paper highlighting the history and achievements of the volunteer force. These pictures of the firefighters outlined the editorial section of the two pages. Each man in the force is presented by a local business.

  • The headline of October 2, 1957, the Midland Free Press Herald; Request Commission Aid to Finance Water System. The new project, estimated to cost in excess of $100,000, involves joining the Tay township’s water areas in Sunnyside and to the west of Midland. [At this date the west side of Midland from Eighth Street to Highway 93 was in Tay Township as was all of Sunnyside.] Tay Clerk Ralph Dalton said a public meeting might be necessary to approve the plan, which calls for the construction of a central pumping station, trunk, mains and a water tower. It would utilize a spring source in Sunnyside and a well in the area of the Midland-Penetang District High School. Approximate route of the line would be from the top of the Sunnyside hill to the county road, then to Ninth Street and the top of the hill, over to Tenth Street and straight south on Tenth to Hugel Avenue.
  • The headline of October 4th, 1957, the County Herald; Ski Resorts Debt-Laden, Advertise Jump For Sale. Faced with debts amounting to more than $17,000, directors of Midland Ski Resorts Limited today offered the ski jump and its accompanying material assets for sale. A decision to seek bids on the 115-foot jump, completed two years ago and used for two Canadian ski jumping competitions since, was reached at a meeting of the company officers and creditors in Midland YMCA last Friday night. A major factor behind the move was the substantial loss suffered at the summer ski jumping competitions held there Civic Holiday weekend. Paid admission to the three-day event amounted to less than $6,000, while expenses incurred approached the $12,000 mark.
  • Toronto architect William Bennett has been commissioned by the Ontario Liquor Control Board to draw up plans for the new liquor store in Midland a reliable government source informed this newspaper this week. The same source, however, was uncertain as to the site selected for the building. According to a recent announcement from Midland Chamber of Commerce the brewer’s warehouse is to be located at Bay and Midland Ave, on property owned by D. L. Pratt.
  • A Tiny Township resident has been asked to explain a large quantity of liquor found in his house at 2.30 a.m. Sept. 9 during a raid by OPP Constables Ray Wilkinson of Elmvale and William Mohan and Kenneth Newburn of the Victoria Harbour detachment. The accused said he had purchased some liquor for an expected visit of nine guests over the Labor Day weekend. They didn’t turn up, he told the court. Accused, said he also intended giving some of the liquor “to the boys” at a threshing. Stating that he had over 200 head of cattle on his farm, he said it was also the practice to make up a medicine consisting of whiskey and corn syrup for bronchial trouble in cows and scours in the calves. These cows must have very diversified tastes,” said Crown Attorney Thompson, noting that the liquor confiscated included whiskey brandy, wine, gin and vodka. “I gather you were expecting 239 cows and nine people,” he said.
  • Opened less than a year ago, Knights of Columbus are enlarging their hall and bowling alley building in Penetang. Cramped for storage space and space for a snack bar, the group built a 14 by 48-foot addition to the west side of the building. The new addition houses a good-sized snack bar; office space for the manager, and a large general storage room. Moving the snack bar to this location provides additional space for bowlers especially during team changeovers.
  • Births – and Mrs. Wray Faint announce the arrival of a baby girl, a sister for Douglas, in St. Andrew’s Hospital, Midland, on Tuesday, September 24. * * *  Mr. and Mrs. David Milner are happy to announce the arrival of their son on September 27, 1957, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Midland.
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – Contractors had started to lay water mains and pipelines between Flat Point and First Ave., Port McNicoll. The contract for excavating and laying the intake pipe had been let.  * * * Flower and vegetable gardens in North Simcoe had been severely damaged by four nights of heavy frost. Hardest hit were gardens in the Ebenezer area. * * * Thieves broke into Beaver Lumber offices in Midland and stole roofing tar and broad-headed roofing nails. A number of the nails were strewn across the pavement on Fourth Street. * * * Unfavorable weather failed to dampen the ardour of exhibitors and visitors at Flos Agricultural Society’s annual fall fair in Elmvale. The fair drew record attendance and entries. * * * Husband of a Coldwater girl. Toronto newspaperman Robert Reeds had been reported missing off the east coast of Hudson’s Bay. He was last seen August 23rd. RCMP had been asked to make a search. * * * An 800-pound moose was seen swimming in mid-channel, opposite J. W. Bald’s cottage,  south Honey Harbour, by Herbert Cousineau and B. LaValley. The men were on their way to Midland in a boat. [Must be experts at determining the weight of a swimming moose] * * * Installation of sewers on Fox, Peel and Wolfe Streets, Penetang, had been completed. Preparations were underway, to have the streets paved.  * * * Waubaushene, Chamber of Commerce had purchased a fire truck, 2,350 feet of fire hose and other firefighting equipment for use in the village. * * * National Employment Service officials in Midland reported that only 43 persons were listed as unemployed — the lowest in five years.
  • Norman Elroy Hamilton, a Midland resident for the last 40 years, died Sept. 17 at St. Andrews Hospital. He was 75.  Interment in Lakeview Cemetery. Norman Hamilton was born June 10, 1882, in Medonte Township. He was educated in Vasey. He married Ethel Handy who died approximately 20 years ago. In 1940 he married Mary Thompson at Barrie. He had worked as a blacksmith at Midland Shipyards for a number of years, and as a carpenter at Midland-Boat Works. He was a Presbyterian and a Conservative. Surviving children are Mrs. H. Bell (Mabel), Mrs. L . Belfry (Hazel), Mrs. P. White (Oda), Mrs. R. Watson (Gladys), Mrs. Reg. Spencer (Verna), Wallace Hamilton, Norman Hamilton. Also, surviving are his second wife, the former Mary Thompson, and children John, Anne and Charles Hamilton; and one sister, Mrs. Roy Loney (Emma) of Victoria Harbour.
  • A resident of Port McNicoll for 42 years, Richard Garrett Sr., died Sept. 26, at his home. Funeral service was held from Nicholls funeral home Sept. 28 with Rev. Charles Carter conducting the service. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers were C. J. Vaillancourt, H. Richardson, J. Crooke, D’Arcy St. Amand, H. Gill and Bert Armstrong. Mr. Garrett was born June 3, 1881, in London, England where he also received his education. On Sept. i3, 1901, he married Mary Catherine Lee in Southwark, London. Mr. Garrett lived in London for 33 years before moving to Victoria Harbour where he remained for one year. He then moved to Port McNicoll and stayed there until his death. Richard Garrett, a Presbyterian, was an elevator employee. Predeceased by his wife in January of this year, Mr. Garrett is survived by daughters, Catherine (Mrs. C. Marchant) of Oakville, Lillian (Mrs. F. D. Garbett) of Toronto, Winifred (Mrs. J. Fryer) of Toronto, Agnes (Mrs. Al Young) of Belleville, Olive (Mrs. Stan Armstrong) of Belleville, and sons Richard of Long Branch, Arthur of Port McNicoll, Percy of Port McNicoll and Jack of Toronto.
  • Doctors at Toronto General Hospital said yesterday they were hopeful of saving the life of Barbara Johnston, the 18-year-old daughter of Lorne Johnston, MPDHS principal, and Mrs. Johnston, Midland. Miss Johnston suffered a fractured skull when a car driven by a student driver collided with her and a companion at the corner of Bloor Street and Avenue Road, shortly after noon Wednesday. The companion, Mrs. Leslie Dolin, 27, of Lakeshore Rd., Toronto, suffered severe facial injuries, a broken pelvis and internal injuries. Both women also received broken legs, it was reported.
  • Midland Y’s Men were informed at their meeting Tuesday night that the Indian village, which they sponsor, had the best year ever this summer. Bill Barnett and staff and W. W. Jury were commended for the part they had played in making it a success. Alex Owen and John Power were also commended for the part they played in the success of the summer playground program. The guest speaker was Dr. W. W. Jury, who spearheaded the construction of the Indian village.
  • Attendance at Huronia Museum, Midland, this summer was up more than 900 over 1956 or more than 8 percent, says John Yelland, curator. Total attendance, including the Haliburton teachers’ convention group which was at the Shrine, Fort Ste. Marie I, the Indian Village and the museum today, is expected to be about 13,300. Since September 1st, some 450 public school and 250 separate school pupils have visited the museum. [The museum at this time was still located in the Playfair residence overlooking Midland harbour.]
  • BEE IN BONNET Dear Editor: I have a bee in my bonnet and I would appreciate the use of your valuable column to get rid of it. I refer to those horrible blots along Midland streets, the parking meters. To begin with, they are aesthetically disgusting, cluttering up the sidewalks with their ugly outlines. They are a source of no end of inconvenience to motorists who must trot back and forth stuffing good money into their grey maws, or bothering merchants for small change. And what a cold, mercenary way to welcome visitors to a tourist town! They must surely be degrading things for by law enforcement officers, who seem to spend half their time in a role similar to that of pinball machine repairmen or writing out ridiculous tickets. They are embarrassing evidence of a distorted sense of values in Midland, if only from the standpoint of how our police spend their time. They do not answer our parking problems, they aggravate, them. We should have established municipal parking lots years ago, surely to goodness that fact is obvious enough to jolt someone into action now. Yours very truly, DISGUSTED.

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