Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – May 8th to 15th 1958

Click on photos to enlarge  Proud of their new Canadian citizenship is the Dutch-born Arnold Van Pypen family of Port McNicoll. They received their papers in Barrie Thursday. Left to right are, front row — Wilma, 8, Henry, 3, Mrs. Van Pypen and Margo, Wilma’s twin sister; back row — Ria, 12, Mr. Van Pypen and Joky, 11. Henry was a jump ahead of his parents, having been born a Canadian citizen.

   Coming to Canada in May 1951, the Van Pypens and their four daughters settled first in Lowbanks, a little community on Lake Erie, near Dunnville. Then the Van Pypens moved to Toronto where Arnold became an agent for a life insurance firm. They had been there four years and might still be there until Arnold happened to see an advertisement of a store for sale in Port McNicoll. By the afternoon of the same day, Arnold was in Port McNicoll looking over Ted Biggar’s confectionary store, which was the one for sale. Arnold also looked over the village, liked what he saw, got Mrs. Van Pypen’s approval of the place, and was the new owner before the week was out. This was May 1, 1955. Mrs. Van Pypen took over the operation of the store, which has expanded to include general merchandise as well as confectionery. At the same time Arnold became an agent for the Robert Thompson real estate firm in Waubaushene. A short time later he took out his own licence and started his own business. As evidence of his progress, Mr. Van Pypen is now president of the newly- formed Georgian Bay Real Estate Board. 

German born Dietmar Wagner can put many native-born Canadian children to shame when it comes to the art of public speaking. In Canada only a few years, Dietmar is seen with Mrs. H. L. McIntyre and his Regent Public School Principal M. 0. Lewis, right, and some of the numerous prizes he has won in recent months. They were on display at Friday night’s meeting of the School Board, of which Mrs. McIntyre is a member. 

Pupils of St. Mary’s School, Midland, presented this nativity scene on one of the floats in the monster rosary rally in Midland Sunday. It was one of five floats in the religious procession which depicted the Five Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. One of the Sisters, lower left, puts a finishing touch to the float before it moved off in the parade.

   Parishioners from the parishes of Midland, Penetang, Lafontaine, Perkinsfield, Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour and Waubaushene are expected to take part along with representation from the Knights of Columbus Councils of Orillia, Barrie, and Tottenham, in the third annual rosary rally in Midland Sunday. The famous St. Mary’s Boys’ Bugle Band will accompany the parade which will be under the supervision of the Huronia Council of the Knights of Columbus. 

There were flowers for the visitors as the girls of Port McNicoll Public School entertained their mothers at tea Friday afternoon. Marion Hockey left and Mary Kovalak pins a flower on Mrs. D. N. Thorpe, mother of school Principal, L. Thorpe. 

Girls of the Port McNicoll Public School were hosts to the mothers at a tea Friday afternoon. Left to right are Mrs. W. R. Elliott, her daughter Helen, Marlene Loney (serving), Mrs. John Hartford, and Mrs. Wm. Tunnock, Helen’s grandmother.

 Flying high are these graduates of the first season of junior leadership training at Midland YMCA. Wynne Gilmore and Colin Hamer, tops in written examinations, are up in the air over their success; those with their feet on the ground are Lynda Duggan and Peter Berry, who were tops in gymnastics. 

Adding an improved note to the general scene at Ossosane Beach (Dault’s Bay), the old “River Store” has been completely renovated. Purchased some months ago by Cuth Annand of Midland, the building has undergone many changes, inside and out. 

Executive of the newly-formed Georgian Bay section of AMEU (Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities) is seen above following the inaugural meeting in Midland May 7. Left to right are, front row — W. G. Lane, Collingwood, vice-president; Robert Butter, Owen Sound, president; Stewart Holt, Midland, AMEU area director; back row S. R. Walkinshaw, Orillia, K. G. Baird, Hanover, R. B. Lackey, Orangeville, and E. D. Elwes, Paisley, directors.

 The inaugural meeting of the new Georgian Bay section of the AMEU in Midland last week provided a good opportunity for these old Penetang friends to renew acquaintances. Well-known in Penetang, Cyril Richardson, left, is now manager of the Uxbridge area PUC. Ed Nelson, centre, is superintendent and Ray Gauthier, right, manager of Penetang Water and Light Commission.

Newly elected officials, of Mount St. Louis branch of the Catholic Women’s League, are seen above with Rev. F. C. Robinson, the parish priest. Left to right, front row, are top executive members Mrs. Joe Drury, secretary; Mrs. Clarence Crawford vice-president; Mrs. M. J. Frawley, president, Mrs. John Drury, vice-president and Mrs. Maurice Fitzgerald, treasurer. Other executive members are, second row, Mrs. Eugene Belanger, Mrs. Phil King, Mrs. C. King, Mrs. Herman Bonneau; back row. Miss Margaret Sullivan, Mrs. Wm. Mooney, Mrs. M. L. Belanger, Mrs. Theophile King, Mrs. Clifford Crowe. 

Gift of Port McNicoll council, new swings and teeter-totters have been set up on the public school grounds, where they get plenty of use as can be seen above. Watching the children enjoy the new equipment are Councillor Jack Fisher and L. Thorpe, principal of the school. 

An important part of any army group is the junior NCO’s and the boys above fill this function with MPDHS Cadet Corps, which has its annual inspection Wednesday afternoon. Left to right are, front row — Cpl. Richard Wright, Cpl. Don Belfry, Cpl. Ken Ball, Cpl. Edward Bavington, Cp . Bill Laramey; second row — Cpl. Kevin Rogers, Cpl. Frank LeClair, Cpl. Frank Wice, Cpl. Don Popple, Cpl. Bob Rawson. 

Commanding officer of MPDHS Cadet Corps, Lieut. Col. John Hilliard is seen above checking over details of next Wednesday’s annual inspection with some of his top-ranking officers. Inspection is slated to get underway at 1:30 p.m. at the school. Left to right are Major J. Farmer, Major Glen Nicholls, Major Lloyd Farquhar, Lieut.-Col. Hilliard, Major K. MacEachern, Major Robert Megaw, Major L. Wood. 

  • The County Herald headline from May 9, 1958; Missing Several Hours Searchers Locate Tots. Approximately 15 men, under Sgt. L. Robillard, of Penetang police, were successful in finding two small children who had been missing for several hours Wednesday afternoon. Wayne and Steve Ladouceur, two and four-years-old sons of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ladouceur who live on the Ontario Hospital grounds, were reported missing by their mother early in the afternoon. Sgt. Robillard organized the search and when they found the boys tricycle at the Red Dock, were almost ready to start dragging. It wasn’t until nearly six o’clock that the lads were located on the bay shore near Fox and Broad Streets.
  • The Midland Free Press headline from May 14, 1958; Hold Line on ’58 Rate Residential Levy 65.5. Midland Council at its meeting Monday night decided to keep the same commercial and residential tax rates as it set in 1957. Residential rate for public and separate school supporters will be 65.5 mills, the commercial rate has been set at 74 mills. Main reasons behind the ‘hold-the-line’  policy was a decision by council to provide additional funds for a supplementary public works bylaw for road and street improvements and to make provision for an installment on the new fire truck.
  • To provide funds for its annual summer playground program, Midland Y’s Men’s Club will again sponsor a peanut sales drive in a house-to-house canvass. Drive will get underway in homes on the east side of Midland Tuesday night. West side homes will be canvassed the following Tuesday, May 20.
  • Obituaries S. R. LANGMAN – ELMVALE — After a lingering illness Mrs. Samuel Richard Langman, the former Bertha Mable Doan, died at her home at north half of lot 16, Concession 9, Flos Township, Friday, April 4. She was in her 68th year. The funeral service was held Monday, April 7 at 2. p.m. at Allenwood United Church and was conducted by Dr. A. G. Reynolds. Interment was in Allenwood Cemetery. Six nephews acted as pallbearers: Grenville Doan, Lorne Doan, Lyall Doan, Murray Chapman, Donald Chapman and Elwood Langman. Mrs. Langman was born August 10, 1890, at Gibson, the daughter of Charlotte Pinch and James Doan. She resided there until her marriage on June 7, 1911, when she went with her husband to the 10th line of Flos, where she spent the remainder of her life. She was a faithful member of the Allenwood United Church and a life member of the Women’s Missionary Society and past president of the organization. Surviving are her husband, two daughters and one son. Mrs. Earl K. Parnell (Marjorie) and Gershom, both of Elmvale, Mrs. Clarence Carson (Joan) of Apto. There are ten grandchildren and two sisters; Mrs. Walter Houden of Point Edward, Mrs. Phon Sibbald of Elmvale and four brothers; Preston of Crossland, Edison of Wyevale, Morrison, and Emerson of Elmvale. Two sisters predeceased her; Mrs. Ernest Chapman of Elmvale and Mrs. Ewart Tucker of Picton. * * *  NATHAN RUMNEY, Tay Township, farmer Nathan Rumney died April 24 at his home on Lot 7, Con. 5. Rev. R. M. Dingwall conducted the funeral service held April 20 from Nicholls’ funeral home, Midland. Interment was at Vasey Union Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Rumney, Earl Jones, John Vancamp, Nathan Edwards, Manley Edwards and Leslie Edwards. Born July 17, 1875, at Westmoreland, England, Mr. Rumney settled at the age of seven on the farm at Lot 7, Con. 5, Tay, and it was in Tay Township that he received his education. He was married April 21, 1920, to Margaret Vancamp, at Wyebridge. Mr. Rumney was for many years the UFO livestock drover from Wyebridge and Melduf. A Liberal in politics, he was a member of Victoria Lodge No 470, Victoria Harbour. One of the first local supporters of the First Co-Operative Packers, Barrie, Mr. Rumney also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was one of the first members of the Dutton Hunt Club. Surviving are his wife, son Harry at home, daughter Vera (Mrs. Bruce Grieder of Lindsay) and eight grandchildren. Predeceased by three brothers and four sisters, there are three surviving brothers; Lawson and Herbert of  Victoria Harbour and Ira of Midland; and sisters Emma, Mrs. Charles Beatty of Vasey, Mrs. Edith Yorke of Midland, and Mrs. Nelson Crooke (Mabel) of Victoria Harbour.
  • Each mother who attends a certain grand opening on Mother’s Day will be presented with a lovely red rose, Mother’s Day, in case anyone needs a reminder, is Sunday, May 11. To get right down to cases, the opening concerned is that of the main dining room of The Big Red Rooster Restaurant, one mile south of Elmvale, on Highway 27. Chez Gros Coq Rouge is the Parisian name for the new restaurant.
  • “All aboard for the last run of world’s best-loved train” (Orillia Packet and Times) The Canadian National Railway has served notice on the Town of Orillia that it plans to discontinue the passenger service of train No. 45 from Toronto to Orillia operating every day except Sunday. This train arrives in Orillia from Toronto about nine o’clock at night, turns in Orillia and proceeds back to Allandale. Dwindling use of the train has brought about the decision to cancel the service. Editor- There is no place for the little train now, in this age of the automobile and the motorbus. But as long as the English language is read and Stephen Leacock’s finest book is enjoyed, the little Train to Mariposa will live in the hearts of all.
  • Balm Beach residents credited the sudden dropping of the wind with playing a major part in forestalling a serious fire loss there yesterday afternoon. Destroyed was a cottage, owned by Nick Pantos, proprietor of the Georgian Grill, a well-known Balm Beach establishment. The cottage was one of several located behind the big restaurant, in which waitresses and other help live during the summer season.
  • Midland Rotary Club has elected its new officers and directors for 1958-59. President this year is Clive Park, active in reserve army circles and proprietor of Midland Flour and Feed. Others officers are Jack Duggan, vice-president; Jerry Therrien, secretary; Clint Truax, treasurer; Armand Robillard, Larry Curran and Verne Beatty, directors.
  • Midland’s Community Centre building on King Street has been sold to L. H. Taylor. The offer to purchase the building was submitted in a call for tenders on the structure. Mr. Taylor’s bid, the only one in by the April 25 deadline, amounted to $12,000, $100 of which was to be down payment, $4,900 paid when the deal has been completed with deed, and the remainder in a seven-year mortgage. One other bid, submitted after the deadline, offered $5,500 for the building. (The building was on the East side of King Street across from Wilford’s service station. This is the best photo we could find of it, despite the double exposure with the Library.)
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – At Port McNicoll workmen were busy installing a new cement foundation and full basement under Sacred Heart Church. Plans also called for changing the entrance from the northwest corner to the north end and a change in seating arrangements to provide for a center aisle. * * * With a majority of 28 votes, Charles Ball was elected to fill the vacancy on Victoria Harbour council, caused by the resignation of Percy Brown. Unsuccessful candidates were Hermos Larmand and W. J. Asselin. * * * Ontario Historical Society announced plans to hold its annual meeting at Martyrs’ Shrine June 9 and 10. The delegates planned to tour district historic sites. * * * Ontario Department of Lands and Forests announced it planned to establish fish sanctuaries in Georgian Bay—the waters east of Quarry Island, near Honey Harbour; the Cognashene and Go-Home Bay areas.  * * * A pictorial memorial of 37 young Midland and district men, former Midland District High School Students who lost their lives in World War II, was unveiled at the high school. It was the work of Principal J. J. Robins, assisted by Miss Mary House. * * *  Although gross expenditures in the Midland District High School budget for 1948 were $4,457 more than those for 1947, the mill rate for high school purposes in Midland had been decreased one mill. * * * Penetanguishene’s tax rate for 1948 was 11.7 mills higher than that for 1947. Mill rate for public school supporters was 72.89 and for separate school taxpayers, 60.73.
  • Lafontaine News; Louis Brunelle, who had his fingers crushed while working in the mines about six weeks ago, recently recovered sufficiently to return to work. Mario Toutant, 8, is back from the hospital and has returned to school. Euzeb Moreau, who has been ill for several days, has been taken to the hospital. The outbreak of measles in the schools is now nearly over. A new cement dock has been built at Cedar Point. The tobacco farm on the 20th Concession is not producing this year and the employees have moved out. Michael Laurin is cultivating Achil Marchildon’s farm on the 18th Concession. It is up for sale. Many in the district have transplanted strawberry plants this spring. Friday was a pretty sloppy day, with both snow and rain. Peter Paul Forget is employed at a summer resort in the islands for the season. Mr. and Mrs. Telesphore Forget had a surprise party on their 31st wedding anniversary. They received several gifts from the various relatives present. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Beauchamp celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary May 8.

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