Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – October 8th to 15th, 1957

Click on Photos to EnlargeFood donation pick up by St. Andrew’s Hospital Auxiliary Monday and Tuesday netted 739 items of canned goods and preserves to supplement kitchen supplies at the hospital. Mrs. M. Williams checks the rapidly filling shelves. Yet to be counted are donations from baskets placed in Midland stores. 

Competing in his first plowing match is ten-year-old Trace Draper competing at the Center and West Simcoe match. Trace is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Don Draper of Elmvale. 

Officials of the Center and West Simcoe Branch of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association judge the competitors work during the plowing match held near Elmvale Wednesday. Kneeling is Mervin Fralick, Minesing, 1st vice-president. At rear is John Partridge of Minesing, a past president; J. E. Carruthers current president from Stayner and George McGinnis of Elmvale, 2nd vice-president. 

Murray McConnell HEPC (Hydro Electric Power Commission, the predecessor to Ontario Hydro and Hydro One) truck driver at Penetang is spending time practising for a driving “Rodeo” to be held this month in Toronto. Murray recently won the Georgian Bay competition held in Barrie by scoring 213 points out of a possible 260. His nearest competitor scored 202. If successful in Toronto he will go on to a Dominion competition. 

Bulldozers working on a road cut on Conc. 1, Old Survey, Tiny Township encounter heavy clay muck that causes them to become stuck repeatedly and requires them to rescue each other. 

Didace Grisé, president of the Huronia Historic Sites and Tourist Association, presented a framed picture of Cowan’s Trading Post to Premier Leslie Frost Friday when the latter unveiled the historic plaque at the site on Matchedash Bay. 

Premier Leslie M. Frost unveiled this marker on the site of Cowan’s trading post at Matchedash Bay in Tay Township [now Severn Twp] on Friday. The plaque was erected by the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board and the Huronia Historic Sites and Tourist Association played host to the event attended by more than 200 people. 

Trader Cowan’s story was related by Mrs. W. W. Jury at the unveiling of an Ontario Historical Plaque on the site of the old fur trading post on Matchedash Bay Friday. At left is Major G. R. Lane of Coldwater, chairman of the event. 

Rev. Lloyd J. Delaney is inducted as the new rector of St. Mark’s Anglican Church Midland on Friday night. Archdeacon Gilbert Lightbourne, Shanty Bay; Mr. Delaney; Rt. Rev. G. B. Snell PhD., D.D., suffragan Bishop of Toronto and Ven. G. B. Ongley, M. A., Archdeacon of Peterborough. 

Outlined on the hood of this white car driven by Billy Logan is a rusty old musket found by Morley Hawke while helping to clean up the basement of a King Street store last week. Complete with a bayonet, the old gun is of the muzzleloading type. Mr. Hawke happened to notice part of it sticking out of the floor. 

Mrs. Bruce Holt, left, president of the Midland YMCA Auxiliary, is shown with the new president of the Inter-Provincial Ladies Auxiliaries to the YMCA, Mrs. C. A. Overall of East York during their annual convention held in Midland. 

Guest speaker at the convention of District 20, Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association at Martyr’s Shrine October 2 was Rev. J. P. Finn, Ph.D. diocesan director of education in London, Ontario. At his right is Rev. J. S. Howe of Victoria Harbour, who thanked the speaker. 

They may catch bigger muskies than this 25 1/2 pounder proudly displayed by Jack “Bud” Todd of Victoria Harbour. Not many anglers, however, will manage to land a fish of this size on an 8-lb test line as “Bud” did last Monday evening. He was out fishing trout with Bill Edmonston when the 44-inch lunge took his artificial lure in Sturgeon Bay. It took the two men some 45 minutes to land their prize. 

Stan Sturgeon left, won or shared in three trophies during the season at Midland Golf and Country Club. He is seen accepting congratulations from club captain Norm Greene. Stan won the O’Hare and Wallace Trophies (on the mantle) and was a partner of Mrs. V. Duncan in winning the Dr. A. H. Pinchin trophy for mixed two-ball competition. 

Nobody knew that two of the waitresses at the luncheon of the district convention of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association at the Martyr’s Shrine October 2nd were actually Shrine guests who volunteered to help out. Windsor social worker Beverly Ord just returned from a year of camping, travelling and working in Europe. American born Caroline Holland, right, makes her home in Rome, where she belongs to the novel “Opus Coenaculi” a secular institute which helps the church. 

  • The headline, Free Press Herald, October 9th, 1957; Flu Bug Invades School, 300 MPDHS Students Out MPDHS Principal Lorne M. Johnston told this newspaper yesterday that nearly 300 students were absent from classes yesterday. Most of the absentees are believed to be suffering from the flu. Total enrolment at the school is about 800 students.
  • The headline, County Herald, October 11th, 1957; Face Housing Shortage Study Apartment Plan Housing shortage in Penetang is being tackled by Penetang Chamber of Commerce, at present investigating the possibility of participation in a housing scheme for older people. The plan being investigated is one similar to that implemented several years ago in Meaford, where 32 apartments were erected through federal assistance. Under a similar plan, small apartments would be constructed primarily for the use of older people, with rentals held at a low level. It is anticipated most of the older people who would occupy such accommodation are at present living in a house which would then become available for either sale or rental.
  • In Memoriam JORY — In loving memory of a dear son and brother F.O. W. E. Jory, killed in action over Denmark, October 15, 1944. “Beyond life’s gateway, there’s an open gate, through which each must go alone. And there is a Light we cannot see, Our Father claims His own. Beyond the gate, your loved one finds happiness and rest. And there is comfort in the thought a loving God knows best. Looking back with memories upon the path you trod, I bless the years I had with you and leave the rest to God.” Fondly remembered by Mom, brother John, sisters Jean and Helene.
  • After several weeks of comparative quiet Midland firemen were called out twice earlier this week, Sunday morning and Monday night. Sunday morning’s blaze completely destroyed a warehouse which was originally a part of the old Midland Shearling plant on Yonge Street, east. Measuring about 100 by 36 feet, the shed had escaped the big fire which destroyed most of the original plant several years ago. Earlier this year the property had been cleaned up and levelled off. The warehouse was then used to store what was left of the machinery.  — Damage estimated at between $1,500 and $1,800 resulted from a fire around 10 p.m. Monday night. Badly damaged was a kitchen at the rear of a double house at 300 Princess Street. The portion of the building in which the fire occurred (the south half) was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Angus Morrison.
  • Merchants in Midland and Penetang have teamed up to provide Free Press Herald readers with a glimpse of the latest fashions trends for fall 1957. The editorial and advertising messages are contained in a 16-page supplement included in this issue of the paper.
  • VICTORIA HARBOUR—Capt. R. W. ‘Reg’ Jarman, who has had to retire from service on Canadian Pacific Steamships because of ill health, was honoured with a presentation Friday afternoon. Superintendent S. F. Malin, a number of shipmates from the S.S. Assiniboia and representatives from the carpenter shop, paint shop, machine shop and freight sheds called at his home. On behalf of the crews of the S.S. Keewatin and S.S. Assiniboia and men of the different departments, as well as friends from the CPR departments at the Lakehead, Mr. Malin read an address speaking of their regret at his retirement after more than 35 years’ service.
  • An experimental netting project by the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests between June 22 and August 5 in Matchedash Bay has indicated that future management must be concerned with a greater harvest and utilization of the coarse fish population. Reporting on the preliminary study there, Lake Simcoe District Biologist H.R. McCrimmon says: “Over 15,000 pounds of fish were taken in the two-pound nets employed in the study. Of the fish captured, only about two percent were species recognized by anglers as sport fish (Maskinonge, Northern Pike, Pickerel and Largemouth Bass). Some 15 percent were coarse fish of modest commercial value— carp and channel cat while the remaining 83 percent of the catch included such coarse fish as gar pike, dogfish and suckers having little or no commercial value. These latter fish were destroyed. The study indicates that the population of gar pike dominates the fishery of Matchedash Bay by a considerable margin and that sport fish are perhaps the least common. Only two Maskinonge, 37 Northern Pike, 16 Pickerel and 31 Largemouth Bass were captured in the nets.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week; Medical attention was to be provided for-jobless persons in Penetang. The funds for the program were to be provided out of government relief grants. A special eight-man medical committee was set up to prevent abuses of the plan. * * * Barrie Collegiate Institute won the M. B. Tudhope Trophy for the third consecutive year at a district high school track and field meet in Barrie. Midland High School; in second place, was 5 1/2 points below the winners. *  *  *  Coldwater council was preparing to resist a $3 per horse-power increase in its power rates, levied by the Ontario Hydro Electric Power Commission.  * * *  A large dance hall at Balm Beach, owned by A . Clute was burned to the ground late Thanksgiving night. Fanned by a high wind, the flames threatened a number of nearby cottages for a time. Residents formed a bucket brigade to protect them until the Midland fire brigade arrived.  * * *  St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Hillsdale, celebrated the 81st anniversary of its founding. Rev. W. J. West, the moderator of the  Synod of Hamilton and London and father of the minister of St. Andrew’s, conducted the services. * * *  Provincial, federal and municipal governments were making plans to provide work during the winter for the more than 4,000 jobless single young men in the country. * * *  Martin J. Insull, former Chicago financial wizard and multimillionaire, surrendered to Provincial Police in Barrie. He was charged with larceny and embezzlement of more than $400,000 by U.S. authorities. He had been hiding out in Orillia for several weeks.
  • Editorial – It is only a little more than a month since several Midland streets were resurfaced with crushed stone and tar and already they are like the rocky road to Dublin. Midland council could take a few lessons from their colleagues in Penetang where a program of hard-surfacing, completed this summer, is a credit to the town. If council’s aim was to save Midland taxpayers money, we fail to see the wisdom of it. It is simply throwing good money after bad and the much-travelled section of Hugel Ave., W., between Sixth and Eighth Streets is an excellent example of it.

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