Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – November 16th to 23rd, 1957

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Little League hockey at the Arena Gardens means a lot of work for comparatively few men as well as a lot of fun for more than 500 boys in Midland, Penetanguishene and surrounding areas. Equipment manager for the night, Frank Webb, is seen handing Brian Berriault a set of uniforms for his Boston team of the NHL B section. Play starts at 7 a.m. Saturdays, meaning an early rise for players and officials. 

There may well be some players among the 500 taking part in Little League hockey in Midland and Penetanguishene who will hit the “big time” someday. Rival players rate Bob Mathis as one of the hardest goalies in the league to beat. 

Knox Church Midland was filled to capacity Monday when funeral services were held for Wm. A. Robinson, QC, deputy speaker in the last House of Commons and a member of the legal profession in this town since 1926. A native of Penetanguishene, Mr. Robinson also took an active interest in promoting skiing in this area in his younger years. Internment at Penetang Presbyterian Cemetery. 

Three of the honourary pallbearers at the funeral of William Robinson are pictured here, Dr. D. C. S. Swan, Midland; W. L. Moore of Orillia, a former Liberal provincial candidate; Hon. Walter E. Harris, minister of finance in the last Liberal government. 

There will be nearly 300 more feet of docking facilities for small craft in Midland harbour next year. Three Midland men, Homer and Bob Wilson and Mac Dempsey prepare the 12-foot long cedar timbers that will form the base of the docks. 

After a lapse of several years, Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce is reviving its combined motor and fashion show at Midland Armory, November 22 and 23. Checking the venue are Jaycees Norm Palmateer, President Jack Gardner and Ray Smith. 

Electronic range (microwave oven) now on the market attracted a number of curious Midland women while it was on display at Barber & Haskill Limited’s anniversary celebrations. Demonstrator Audrie Boake shows how the unit cooks eggs in 20 seconds and bakes potatoes in four minutes using radio waves. 

Three of the models taking part in the Junior Chamber of Commerce motor and fashion show to be held at the Midland Armory, Nov 22 and 23. Fashion portion is sponsored by the Wool Shop. Models are Mary Arbour, Grace Edgar and Mrs. Walter Wood. 

Roy Salisbury of RR 1 Penetanguishene has his own collection of monsters in his cottage, The Cedars, Midland Point. This strange creation was created by cutting the first slab off of a spruce log in a mill at Emsdale. They have them (widely publicized) in Scotland and British Columbia, so there seems no reason why North Simcoe can’t have its Lake Ness monster or Ogopogo. At one time Mr. Salisbury had more than 50 odd-shaped pieces in his collection. He is also the proud possessor of a “talking dog” that can perform a number of mathematical stunts. 

Everybody had reason to be proud of the football teams at MPDHS this year and their feats were honoured at an athletic banquet Thursday night. Bill Kennedy, coach of the junior team, John Dubeau, junior co-captain, Doug Swales, senior coach, Bob Megaw quarterback and Joe Huston captain of the senior team and Bob Popple co-captain of the junior team. 

There’s nothing hardier than a hardy fisherman, such as the one seen in this picture taken below the dam at Port Severn last Sunday. There was snow on the ground, and a biting north wind, but that didn’t stop this fellow, and others out of range of the camera.


  • The headline from the Free Press Herald, November 20, 1957; Predict $20,000 Deficit for Simcoe County CAS Amid complaints about the “carping criticism of sniping busybodies trying to discredit the work of the society,” the president of the Children’s Aid Society told county councillors Monday the CAS was in the red after nine months operation in 1957. W. G. E. Cumberland gave the interim financial report at the opening meeting of the November session of Simcoe County council in Barrie. In spite of an increase of $6,184.21 over expected revenue for the first nine months of 1957, the report showed the CAS spent nearly $21,000 over the budgeted expenditure for that period. Or $14,795.65 more than the actual revenue for that period. The budget included an amount of $17,820 to be paid to other societies during the entire year for their wards chargeable to Simcoe County. During the period up to Sept. 30, $28,152.35 was spent for this purpose, while $18,145.89 was the amount received for the above.
  • The headline from the County Herald, November 22, 1957; Federal Vote Early in ’58, Election Supplies on the Way There are indications in this riding this week that electors may be casting ballots in a federal election early in 1958. J. D. McNamara, the returning officer for Simcoe East, told a representative of this newspaper he had received notification yesterday that four mail bags of election supplies were on the way.
  • The electorate of Penetanguishene was conspicuous by its absence when all three elected boards of the town were left to decide their own fates for 1958. Only four citizens turned up at the nomination meeting in the town hall Friday evening. A total of 14 persons six members of the council, three of the school board, one town employee, and four citizens stood around the council chambers until nominations closed at 8.30 p.m. The number was swelled to 16 by the addition of the town clerk and a representative of the press who took no part in the procedure, other than recording nominations as they were presented. The entire 1957 council was returned to office when the only other person nominated failed to qualify by the Saturday night deadline.
  • Some 50 residents of Georgian Manor, Penetanguishene, are in need of entertainment, particularly with the arrival of colder weather which keeps them indoors, Ivan Vasey, superintendent of the home, said this week. Mr. Vasey said he hoped clubs, church groups or other organizations would provide some form of entertainment at the manor. [Local service groups provide a monthly birthday party for the residents]
  • Knox Presbyterian Church, Midland, Monday afternoon, was filled to near capacity for the funeral service of William A. Robinson, Q.C., former deputy speaker in the House of Commons, who died in Toronto General Hospital Friday. He was in his 53rd year. The flower-banked sanctuary of the church was evidence too, of the esteem in which the former Midland barrister and Simcoe East member was held. Appointed honorary pallbearers were Hon. Lester B. Pearson, Hon. Walter E. Harris of Markdale, Hon. James Sinclair and William Benedickson of Ottawa, Maurice Bourget of Levis, Quebec; R. J. Pinchin of Midland; George McLean, John Mclsaac and Wm. L. Moore, Q.C. of Orillia; George Burns of Port McNicoll, Jan Ulrichsen of Penetang, Judge James G. Harvie of Barrie, Maurice Ollivler of Ottawa, Frank Goatcher and Dr. D. C. S. Swan of Active pallbearers were L. S. Wallace, Wells Hartman, Norman Shaubel and T. M. McCullough of Midland; John Evans of Montreal and George Grondin of Ottawa. Born in Penetang July 12, 1905, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson, prominent Lumberman and merchant of that town. He attended Penetang public and high schools, completing his senior matriculation at Upper Canada College, Toronto.
  • Several officers and sailors from this area are aboard the steamer “Alexander Leslie,” reported being in difficulty on Lake Erie yesterday. Master of the vessel, which unloads frequently at Century Coal Co.’s dock in Midland is Capt. Alex McCullagh, Jr., of Port McNicoll. Crew members include Marvin Hebner son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hebner, Midland, and Lloyd Scott of Wyebridge. Although of Canadian, registry, the Alexander Leslie is operated by the American owned Lake Erie Navigation Co., it was learned here.
  • Midland Church News – published weekly – ST. MARKS ANGLICAN; The Cubs and Scouts have exchanged meeting nights. Cubs will now be meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. and the Scouts will meet Mondays. This week the Scout group committee will meet Wednesday at 8 p.m. There will be corporate communion for the Women’s Auxiliary on St. Andrew’s Day, Saturday, Nov. 30. KNOX PRESBYTERIAN; The November meeting of the Dorothy Lukes Auxiliary was held Tuesday evening in the ladies’ parlour with Mrs. J. Tully’s group in charge. The study for the year has been ‘The Church in South Eastern Asia’. The final chapters of this book were summarized by Mrs. C. Price, Mrs. J. Corcoran and Mrs. J. Wallace. Mrs. Lorne Johnston played a piano solo. Scripture was read by Miss Campbell and Mrs. P. Walton, followed by prayer by Mrs. W. Manson. A social hour followed the meeting. CALVARY BAPTIST; At the meeting of the W.A. held at the parsonage last Thursday; Mrs. J. H . Cranston led the devotions and gave a reading on “The Meaning of Church Service”. Plans were made to assist again this year with the Cradle Roll Christmas party being convened by Mrs. S. Thompson. The congregation learned with regret of the passing of Rev. R. D. Wright’s mother, Mrs. Dadson, in Orillia last Friday. The members of the Midland Fire Brigade were guests at the morning service last Sunday. The Fourth Midland Cub and Scout Auxiliary held a rummage sale last Thursday. ST. PAUL’S UNITED; Tuesday evening there was a joint meeting of WMS groups in the church hall. Members of St. Paul’s and district attended. Mrs. George Perkins presided over the worship service. Miss Claudia Reynolds sang with Miss Lois Cowan as piano accompanist. Dr. Winifred Thomas of Cheltenham spoke on “Christian Giving” and was introduced by Mrs. Orchard Marshall. Mrs. S. Ruby thanked the speaker. Refreshments were served later by the group. ALLIANCE TABERNACLE; The regular bi-monthly meeting of the Women’s Missionary Prayer Band will meet Nov., 25 at 7:45 p.m.
  • Obituary – A resident of this community all her life Ruth Alice Lummis died Oct. 15 at Wyebridge. She was 85. Funeral service was held Oct. 18 at her home at Wyebridge. Rev. John R. Fralick officiated. Burial was in the family plot at Wyebridge Cemetery. Pallbearers were Munro Adams, Oliver Anderson, Jack Eakley, Bruce Kitching, Billie Preston and Allan Cameron. Mrs. Lummis, the former Ruth Alice McRae, was born Feb. 17,1872, at  Wyebridge, where she was educated. On Aug. 9, 1898, she married Frederick Lummis in Penetang. She had resided a few years in Midland and then at a fruit farm near Wyebridge before her husband purchased the Wyebridge store where they lived for 17 years. Following this, they moved to Balm Beach for 11 years. Mrs. Lummis was associated with the first telegraph operation in Wyebridge. She was a member of the Anglican Church and in early years had been organist in the Presbyterian Church in the village. Mrs. Lummis was the charter treasurer of the Wyebridge Women’s Institute. Predeceased by her husband Nov. 19, 1938, she is survived by a daughter, Joy (Mrs. Ernie Robins) of Wyebridge and son Hercule of Wyebridge. * * * Ann Howard, wife of the late Harry Howard, died Nov. 3 in St. Andrews Hospital, following a heart attack. She was in her 88th year. Rev. J. L. Self conducted the funeral service held Nov. 5 at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home, Midland. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harry Howard, J. Howard, Wm. Hodges, Wm. Borland. and A. E. Martin. Mrs. Howard was born Nov. 27, 1869, in Ireland, County Mayo, where she received her education. In 1879, Rev. David James married her and Harry Howard at Midland First Presbyterian Church. She had lived five years in Sturgeon Bay and the remaining 65 years in Midland. A member of the Presbyterian Church, she enjoyed flower gardening, knitting and crocheting. Predeceased by her husband April 6, 1933, she is survived by two daughters. Ruby Palmer of Toronto and Charlotte Jenkinson of Midland. There are seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
  • Well known in Midland in his earlier years, George Pierce MacArtney, Phar. D.M.B., M.D., C.M., died in Bradford Nov. 10. He was in his 92nd year. Dr. MacArtney and a brother operated a drug store at King Street and Dominion Ave. for several years, following which Dr. MacArtney lived in Bradford and Stratford for various periods. He returned to Midland some years ago but moved to Bradford following the death of a sister a few years ago. They resided on Hugel Ave. W.
  • One hundred and sixteen girls turned out last Saturday afternoon for the first day of lessons with the Lions’ figure skating club. Instructress again this year is Miss Joan Meloche who teaches six groups of skaters in 40-minute sessions, beginning at 3.15 p.m. For the first two or three weeks, Miss Meloche will assess the skating of each member for possible transfers to other groups.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week 1932; Midland council took steps to ease the burden of taxpayers who were behind in payment of current taxes. The percent penalty added to overdue taxes was not to become effective until Jan. 1, 1933. * * *  The director of education for Ontario advocates the abolition of departmental examinations for secondary school students. He said they only tortured the pupil and were no real test of his ability. * * * Cyril Uwins, a British pilot, set a new world’s altitude record for aircraft reaching 43,976 feet or nearly 8 1\2 miles. Uwins received a broken neck when his plane crashed during World War I and was forced to wear a metal brace to hold the vertebrae in place. * * *  Midland council had awarded the contract for the installation of an artificial ice plant in the arena. The project was to cost $26,000. * * * Organist, and choirmaster at Calvary Baptist Church, Midland, for eight years. Professor Joseph Reay, RGCO, resigned because of ill health. * * * Germany was faced with a political crisis. The Junker Cabinet had resigned and Adolph Hitler, fiery chief of the Nazis’ was to have a major part in the formation of a new cabinet. * * * At its final session, Simcoe County council decreed it would no longer guarantee debentures for constituent municipalities. The county itself had no funded debt. * * *  A Midland man gathered a dozen dandelions while at his cottage at Cawaja Beach. Although centres farther south were shivering from the blasts of winter, North Simcoe citizens were enjoying a spell of balmy weather.

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