Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – January 9th to 15th 1958

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Note that nearly every negative this week shows severe damage due to their age and years of storage where temperature and humidity were not controlled.

Erected at a cost of $17,500.00 by Rei Construction Co. of Midland, this new one-room school serves pupils in school section No. 3, Baxter Township. It is located on the Trans-Canada Highway about six miles north of Port Severn. (The building still exists as a private home on the old South Bay Road just off of White’s Falls Road.) 

Brand new school house for S.S. #3, Baxter Township, has only eleven students, but it can seat around thirty when the area expands. Front row, Martin King, Earl White, Teddy King, Billy White, center, Linda King, Johnny White, Beverly King, back row, Paul White (son of the teacher Mrs. Herb White), Kenneth King and teacher, Mrs. Herb (Ada) White. Not present when the photo was taken were Peter and Bobby King. 

When the Free Press photographer was visiting the new Baxter school in the previous photos he turned his camera east for this view of Little Go Home Bay looking from the new #103 Trans Canada Highway across to King’s Farm Rd. 

 Another in the Safety Photo series.

Suzie Sutton and Freddie Hacker are handling the shovels at Little Lake Park, clearing a spot for skating.

A look even further back to some interesting spring 1936 ads from Penetang. 

Mrs. Flora Brown, nee McKinnon, who was 93 years old on January 2nd, has lived in Victoria Harbour for 66 years. Miss Brown was born in Manilla, Ont. January 2nd, 1885, two years before confederation. Her father, the late Angus MacKinnon, was a hotel keeper by vocation. This must have come in handy for he had to provide room and board for eleven children in addition to himself and Mrs. MacKinnon. At one time flora lived in Beaverton where her teacher was Alexander Muir, the composer of the “Maple Leaf For Ever”. [The newspaper always cropped these photos down, often just to head and shoulders, it is interesting to see the furnishings, wall and floor coverings of 60 years ago.] 

Two impressive additions to Midland’s winter fleet are the Paterson and the Senator of Canada, docked at the Midland Simcoe Elevator. The “Senator”, brand new this year, has a capacity of around 500,000 bushels. The “Paterson” launched in 1955 holds 425,000 bushels. Both are members of the Paterson Steamship Lines.  [Great Lakes bulk carriers, such as Algoma Marine’s MV John B. Aird, can now carry a million bushels of wheat.]

Nancy Murday, space traveling on her flying saucer in Little Lake Park recently. Space traveling Nancy Murday may not have contributed much to Western science but she did have a good time on her flying saucer in Midland’s Little Lake Park recently. It was the kind of cold, sunny day that paints red apples on young Canadian cheeks. 


Two rinks from the Midland Ladies Curling Club will represent District 4 in Ontario Ladies Tankard competition in Collingwood Thursday when they meet Owen Sound. Skipped by Mrs. Del Hastings and Mrs. Ray Trew, the two rinks had eliminated Barrie and Orillia in games played here last Wednesday. Front, Mrs. Bert Megaw (Fran), Mrs. Del (Marjorie) Hasting, Dorothy Trew and Mrs. Ernie Nicholson. Back row; (unknown?), Val Green, Mrs. Karl Bertrand, Mrs. Keith (Leah) Bertrand. 


The Unsatisfied Judgement Fund was set up in Ontario under the Highway Traffic Act to provide financial relief to innocent victims of motor vehicle accidents. The Fund provided up to 300,000.00 in compensation and the government often sued the Unsatisfied Judgement driver for amounts it paid beyond that. The driver’s licence was also revoked until the judgment was satisfied. The Fund allowed those that could not afford insurance the ability to drive a car in Ontario. When you purchased your vehicle plates you either provided proof of insurance or purchased the Fund which as you can see in 1958 cost $5.00. It has been replaced by the Motor Vehicle Accident Claim Fund.


  • The County Herald headline for January 10th, 1958;  Experts from Ottawa to Inspect Harbour and Yards.  Efforts of the District Employment Committee toward the reopening of the Midland Shipyard and the development of Midland harbour paused this week awaiting an inspection visit by two representatives of the federal Department of Transport. The visit was promised as a result of the Midland delegation’s trip to Ottawa Dec. 19, where the advantages of Midland’s harbour and shipbuilding potential were outlined to department officials.
  • The Free Press Herald headline of January 15th, 1958; Board Ups Phone Rates,  Hikes Average 33 Cents.  An increase in telephone rates for Midland, Penetanguishene, Port McNicoll, Honey Harbour and Waubaushene citizens has been authorized by the Board of Transport Commissioners. H. A. Kilroy, manager of the Bell Telephone Co. for this area, said the new rates would become effective Jan. 31. For Midland subscribers, the increases will amount to 10 cents a month for a two-party residence telephone; 20 cents for one-party residence lines; 40 cents monthly for one-party flat rate business service; and 25 cents monthly for two-party business service, he said. In Penetanguishene, the hikes are as follows: 10 cents per month for two-party lines; 20 cents monthly for one-party residence service; 35 cents monthly for one-party business service; and 20 cents monthly for two-party business service.
  • The condition of Guy Johnstone, critically wounded in a hunting accident near Honey Harbour Dec. 27, is reported to be considerably improved. Dr. E. A. Grise said yesterday that he was very encouraged with the progress the young Midland teacher was making. He said Guy had to undergo further surgery earlier this week when he started to hemorrhage
  • There were quiet celebrations during the holiday when the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Hopkins, Bay Street, was observed. Christmas Day in 1907, the Hopkins was married by Rev. J. Elliott at the home of the bride’s parents. Mr. Hopkins has been confined to bed for almost two years and Mrs. Hopkins has had several coronary attacks, so entertaining was kept as informal and quiet as possible. Attendants for Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins were his sister, Lavina Hopkins and her brother, the late William Ney. Mrs. Hopkins was born Maud Ney in Medonte Township July 1, 1887, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Ney. At an early age, she moved with her family to a farm on the outskirts of Port McNicoll, now owned by Maxwells.
  • On Jan. 4 Tony Quigley and his brother-in-law Bill Henderson, an employee of Canadian Tire Association, were playing cribbage. Bill scored a perfect hand of 29. He had three fives and the jack of clubs in his hand and the five of clubs was turned up.
  • Natural gas will be distributed in Midland in the spring of 1959, a representative of Consumers’ Gas Company told Midland council Monday. The gas will be at system-wide rates, he said, selling for the same price as in Toronto, Barrie, Orillia and other centers.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week 1933 – Clarence Kemp of Wyebridge was elected worshipful master of Midland District LOL at the annual meeting in Wyebridge. George Hurl of Midland was elected deputy district master. * * * Penetang council was informed that during 1932 a total of $24,000 had been spent on relief. The federal and provincial governments contributed $16,000 of this amount.  * * * Coldwater defeated Collingwood 3 to 2 in an intermediate hockey game, played at Coldwater. The Villagers scored the winning goal after six minutes of overtime and while the team was one man short. * * * Two Penetang women killed an 18-inch garter snake which they spotted crawling along Church Street.  * * * United Farmers of Ontario planned to submit a protest to the federal government over the government’s failure to complete a barter deal with Soviet Russia. Russia wanted to exchange oil for livestock.  * * * Rev. John Davidson, 95-year old Presbyterian, and United Church minister, died at the Coldwater home of his daughter, Mrs. T. D. Park, following a brief illness. * * * Simcoe County ended 1932 with a current deficit of $77,406. * * * Sir Malcolm Campbell was on his way to Daytona Beach, Florida, with his reconditioned racing car, Bluebird. He hoped to break his existing speed record of 250-miles per hour.

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