Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – July 23rd to 31st, 1958

Click on photos to enlarge;Honesty of a nine-year-old girl from Udney, Ont., was rewarded last week with the presentation of a cheque for $10 by Midland Lions Club officials to Doreen Robertson. Seen with her mother, and Lions Harold Humphries, left and Alex Macintosh, Doreen found $60 entering the Lions bingo at the curling rink last Tuesday. The money was returned to a Midland woman who was also attending the bingo. 

Famed designer Thor Hansen, Miss Annie Jones of Midland, Simcoe County Recreation Director Louise Colley, Barrie, and W. H. Cranston, vice-president of Shoe Corporation of Canada, Midland, are shown following the official opening ceremonies of the tenth annual quilt and open rug fair in Midland Armory last Wednesday afternoon. 

The tenth annual Quilt and Rug Fair; which gets underway at Midland Armory today, promises to be one of the biggest and best in its history. Looking over some of the entries are left to right, Miss Louise Colley of Barrie, Mrs. Frank Spearing of Stayner, vice-chairman of the fair, and Miss Annie Jones, Midland, chairman. Some 150 quilts and 75 rugs, many of them for sale, will be on display.

Risking life and limb atop a 12-foot ladder for the dear old Simcoe Quilt and Rug Fair was Miss Barbara Cooper of Coldwater. Miss Cooper was one of several women who worked hard to get Midland Armory ready for the 10th annual fair, which started Wednesday and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday. 

Mrs. John Brownell and Mrs. H. K. Wiese, both of Midland, examine one of the outstanding quilts which were displayed at Simcoe County’s Tenth Annual Quilt and Rug Fair in Midland Armory last week. The quilt depicts early history of the county. 

Hundreds of quilts and rugs were on display in Midland Armory last week during the county quilt and rug fair. Here Mrs. H. Beard, R.R. 3  Coldwater, feels the texture of one of an array of beautiful rugs. 

Although June is traditionally the month for roses, the late spring left many fine blooms well into July. Mrs. J. N. Kelly of Toronto is seen above admiring some of the roses in the CPR gardens at Port McNicoll. 

Proud owners and operators of the new Crest hardware store in Port McNicoll, Mr. and Mrs. Lennox Vasey are seen prior to the official opening of the re-modeled store last week. Both have been active in several Port McNicoll organizations for a number of years. 

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Just the thing for the beach, this air mattress attracted the attention of Mrs. Bergin Evans, daughter Lois, and son Allan, at the official opening of the new Crest Hardware store in Port McNicoll last week. Lennox Vasey, who has been in Port McNicoll since 1924, is the owner-manager of the new store. 

Only two flat tires and no other mechanical trouble was the good luck of two young Port McNicoll men who completed an 8,300-mile holiday by car Sunday. They are Garry and Milton Newton, sons of Mr. and Mrs. J. Newton, Port McNicoll. Leaving Port in a 1953 model car, the two brothers travelled via the southeast States to Dallas, Texas, where they had their first break of four days. From Dallas, they went to Jaurez, over in Mexico, by way of El Paso. Heading north again they took in the Grand Canyon before moving on to California. After brief stops in Long Beach and San Francisco, they travelled up the coast to Vancouver. Vancouver had a special interest for Milt. His girlfriend, Jean Maher of Toronto was there on a visit, too. They had a four-day reunion. Then they headed across the Rockies and the prairies to Winnipeg, continuing on down through the States to the Soo and eventually home. Garry was especially glad to get back to Port. Seems there is a comely young lady there named Sandra Watson. During their month-long jaunt, the two boys took six rolls of colored slides. All of them turned out well, which should mean some entertaining evenings for their Port McNicoll friends. 

Guess who’s enjoying himself most in this picture, taken at the midget wrestling matches at Midland Arena last Monday. Not much doubt about it — it’s Little Beaver, playfully massaging Sky-Lo-Lo’s face with a moccasin, with a little aid from his partner in the tag-team frolic, Tito Infanti.

“LAUGH? I thought I’d nearly die!” Always good for plenty of laughs, the midget wrestlers sent some of the 1,769 fans present at Midland Arena Monday night into near convulsions, as witnessed above. Seems like a sure way to relax amid world tensions. 

A pretty girl on a beach always makes a good subject for photographers. Here Sharon Dalgleish, 14, of Hamilton enjoys a spot of sunbathing on the flat rocks at Paradise Point, Port McNicoll, between dips. 

Little Lake Park in Midland was invaded by this hard-looking bunch of characters last week. Turned out they were taking part in a “Hobo Tramp” as part of the playground program sponsored by Midland Y’s Men. Even, their mothers would find it hard to recognize, left to right, Lynda Duggan and Bonnie Puddicombe, Midland; Patrick Morris, Toronto; Barbara Ruston of Merritt, B.C.; Russell Barber, St. Bruno, Que.; and Albert Carson, Toronto. 

Just wind her up and away she goes. Owner of this small German-made auto parked on Midland’s King Street this week had attached ‘key’ to the vehicle for the amusement of onlookers. 

Every year about now the cry goes up “Beat Father Sullivan” as children attending Sacred Heart Church summer school at Port McNicoll hold their annual picnic at Paradise Point. Here the tall, long-legged priest (at left) has his usual long lead over his eager but shorter rivals in the annual race. So far nobody has come up with the obvious solution, of giving Father Sullivan a 20-yard handicap.

  • Free Press headline of July 23, 1958; PUC Sets New Schedule for Water Rates in Town. Bills will be sent out every four months with the first being submitted in September. Mr. Holt explained that those who do not use water in excess of the minimum bill quota of 12,000 gallons will actually be receiving water service $2.00 cheaper than the old pre-metering system. Minimum bill, based on a consumption of 12,000 gallons for four months, would be $4.20 gross or $3.36 net. This would amount to $10.08 annually, the PUC secretary-treasurer said. He explained that charges under the block system would be as follows: for the first 3,000 gallons consumed per month, a gross charge of .35cents per gallon, for the next 9,000 gallons per month, 30c gross per thousand; and for the next 18,000 gallons consumed per month, 25c per thousand. The rates go into effect, immediately.
  • County Herald headline of Jully 25, 1958; See Possible Revenue $1,500.00 in Woodlots. Existing woodlots in Tiny, Tay, Flos and Medonte Townships, if adequately managed and given proper care immediately, could provide a revenue in future years ranging from $500,000 to $l,500,000 to their owners. This information was given by Ross Grinnell, a senior official of the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests, at a meeting of the four township councils and conservationists in the Waverley Orange Hall Tuesday night. Grinnell, one of the mainsprings behind the land-use survey of four North Simcoe municipalities, said this revenue factor formed one of the major focal points of the survey and the subsequent report released about a month ago.
  • Free Press Herald headline of July 30, 1958; Fire Destroys Old Home Three Occupants Escape. Fire, which broke out about 10 o’clock Sunday night, destroyed the large home owned by Mrs. Albert Maurice, situated at the western end of Con. 16, Tiny Township. Occupants of the house, Mrs. Maurice, and Mr. and Mrs. Claremont Brunelle were asleep at the time. Constant Desroches, who was returning to his home from the beach, saw the flames. Desroches immediately went to the house to arouse the occupants. Flames spread so quickly that only a few items were retrieved from the burning building.
  • WASAGA BEACH — Twelve Chinese waiters and restaurant employees fled from their sleeping quarters above the kitchen when a fire broke out in their restaurant here early Thursday morning. The employees escaped through an upstairs window and across a roof. The blaze in the Oriental Gardens broke out before 6 a.m. yesterday and is believed to have been caused by an explosion in a gas stove in the restaurant. The flames spread to a smoke shop next door.
  • Many-former citizens of Penetang will be renewing old acquaintances this weekend when they attend anniversary services at St. James’ Church-on-the-Lines, Sunday evening. The 122-year-old church, more familiarly known as “The Garrison Church”, was started originally when Penetang was a military fort, and soldiers were stationed at the military establishment, now the site of a museum. Special speaker for the anniversary occasion will be Rev. Frank Lockwood, rural dean of Simcoe East. Rev. B. Brightling, rector of the church said this week an open invitation has been extended to anyone wishing to attend the service to be held at 7.30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Tiny Township council Monday night refused to take any action on a request from Nick Pantos to swear in a man he intends to hire as a special constable. Mr. Pantos maintained he was not getting enough police protection at his Georgian Grill establishment on Balm Beach. He said, as a result, he wanted to hire Chas. Kirk as a police officer. Council contended it could not swear in the man as a special constable. Council explained, however, that there was nothing to stop Mr. Pantos from hiring the man as a “bouncer” to maintain order on the premises. The restaurant owner objected, claiming that a uniform was needed to give the man some authority. He was told there was nothing to stop him from dressing the man in some distinctive uniform. A request for permission for the man to carry a gun immediately was vetoed, and further suggestions along this line fell on deaf ears. 
  • Midland PUC authorities Tuesday erected three of the latest fluorescent type lighting fixtures on King Street between Dominion and Hugel Avenues. That night a section of the street was blocked off for a half hour while light meter tests were made. The new lights are part of a survey which the PUC is making on street lighting for Midland council. Other types of fluorescent and mercury vapor fixtures have been installed previously. When all tests have been completed a report is to be submitted to the council. 
  • Obituaries – ARTHUR EDGAR GARRAWAY Well-known in Midland and district at fall fairs and horticultural displays for his prize-winning flowers, Arthur Edgar Garraway died of a cerebral hemorrhage at St. Andrews Hospital July 13. He was 73. A lover of flowers, particularly gladioli, Mr. Garraway had literally thousands of bulbs in bloom each summer at his residence 377 Midland Ave. In years gone by he won numerous prizes at local fall fairs and flower shows. Born April 15, 1885, at Woolley, Somerset, England, and educated there, Mr. Garraway had moved to this country 52 years ago and had lived in Midland for the past 44 years. On May 27, 1914, he and Nelly Trustham were married at Penetang. Mr. Garraway was a member of the Anglican Church Funeral service was held July 16 at Nicholl’s funeral home with Rev. L. J. Delaney officiating. Burial was in the Anglican Cemetery, Midland. Pallbearers were Charles Beman, Jerry Hill, James Lennox, Morland Mount, Charles Scott and Albert Vaillancourt. Mr. Garraway is survived by his wife, Nelly, and one son, George Edward of Midland. –   MRS BERT BOYD An active member in all church work and a past president and a life member of the W. A. of St. Paul’s United Church, Midland, Mrs. Frances Mary Maud Boyd died July 12 at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, following a prolonged illness in the hospital for the past four months. Also an active lodge member, Mrs. Boyd was a past noble grand of the Ideal Rebekah Lodge and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Hanson J. Bradley Chapter. Born May 5, 1876, at Severn Bridge, Mrs. Boyd was educated there. She and Bert Boyd were married in Toronto in Toronto in 1906. Funeral service was held July 15 at Nicholl’s funeral home, with Rev. Wilson Morden officiating. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Don Argue, Jack Pardon, Bill Jeffery, Murray Wagg, Clarke Edwards and Thomas McCullough. Predeceased by her husband in March 1942, Mrs. Boyd is survived by two sons, Harold and Gordon.
  •  The former star pitcher for Midland Indians baseball team, Gordon Dyment was hired as a special constable by Midland Parks Commission at a meeting Thursday night. The commission decided to hire a constable in an effort to check both thievery and speeding in Little Lake Park. Hired on an hourly basis plus a gasoline allowance for his car, the constable will be retained until the end of the present season. No stranger to Midland ball fans, Dyment has had previous police experience. He was a member of the CPR police at Port McNicoll when he first attracted the attention of ball fans some six years ago. He helped pitch the Indians to several North Simcoe League titles and well along the road in OBA intermediate “A” playdowns.
  • More than 2,100 persons attended the four-day tenth annual Simcoe County Quilt and Rug Fair held in Midland Armory July 23 to 26. The event brought visitors from as far away as Ottawa on the east to Woodstock and district on the south-west as well as hundreds from far distant centers who are holidaying in this area. Those attending arrived daily by chartered buses and motor cars. Chartered buses and special groups came from Woodstock, Thetford, Guelph, Barrie, Orillia, North River and Russell County. Considerably expanded since its inception in Midland 10 years ago, the 150 quilts and 75 rugs made by Institutes, church groups and individuals were neatly arrayed in panels along the armory walls and on special display frames situated on the drill floor. As well as exhibits from Simcoe County, there were entries from numerous other Ontario centers, and there was a quilt or rug entry from every province in the Dominion except Saskatchewan.
  • A prominent United States yachtsman damaged his expensive cruiser last Thursday morning off Orillia’s Couchiching Point, after following a Canadian government chart which failed to correspond with actual channel markings. George Lauritzen, a director of the Great Lakes Cruising Club of Chicago, ran his 42-foot Morning Star II on to a rocky shoal. He passed a floating light beacon on the side indicated by the chart, but the light was not as indicated on the chart.
  • Ann Silvey, two-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Silvey, Russell Street, Midland, has set some kind of a record. She has two front teeth. Mrs. Silvey discovered them earlier this week while feeding her daughter.
  • A sketch of the Huron Indian village at Little Lake Park, Midland, is featured on the front cover of the new 1958 Bell Telephone directory now being distributed in Midland and surrounding area. The work of Lorne Bouchard, a well-known Canadian artist.
  • At a joint meeting of Midland council and parks commission Thursday night, it was decided to offer the curling rink for sale to Midland Curling Club for $8,100. Of this sum, $5,000 would be returned to the town and $3,100 to the parks commission. The price would include the present floor in the building and certain lands under and adjacent to the building. It is understood the curling club is planning an addition to the north end of the building to expand existing facilities. Details of the agreement of sale, still to be worked out, would include the continued availability of the building for use by Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society, and an assurance that the town would continue to supply ice from its machine in Arena Gardens. The one ice making plant serves both buildings. Mayor Charles Parker said the present ice-making machinery, although 24 years old, is better than that in many newer rinks and would still be providing ice 25 years from now. Parks Chairman Wm. Murray said the commission definitely had incurred a small deficit in the operation of the building. This was largely brought about by repairs to the roof in past years, and eventually the laying of an entirely new roof.
  • It never rains but what it pours. Be it weather or otherwise, the deluge always seems to come down the hardest where needed the least. Not that anyone is registering any beefs however in the latest blessings “rained” on the pitching staff of Midland Indians in the Bruce Baseball League this season. Already gifted with four fine flingers in right-handers Jack Hendrickson and Murray Yorke and southpaws Joe Faragher and Bob Hendrickson, the Braves’ box brigade was strengthened further over the past weekend with the acquisition of right-hander Gord Dyment. A former Midland resident, he was ace moundsman for Copper Cliff Redmen in the Nickel Belt Senior Baseball League this season. Dyment’s help as a pitcher wasn’t needed in vanquishing the visitors however. Far from it. For in tossing a four-hitter over the full nine-inning route at the youthful Greys, lefthander, Joe Faragher has never looked more potent. Joe had a perfect game going for himself over the first seven stanzas. Nary a runner reached first base over this stretch with “Jaunty Joe” claiming no less than a dozen strikeout victims out of the 21 batters he faced. Included in his impressive whiff list was the side in both the 2nd and 7th frames. Even though he tired somewhat in the final two chapters in allowing a pair of hits in each the 8th and 9th Faragher still managed to fan another threesome for an overall total of 15 strikeouts. (The distinctive prose of sports editor Charlie Noquet)
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – Population of Midland’s “tent city” on the last weekend of July exceeded that of the Dominion Day holiday weekend. There were 293 tents compared with 229 Dominion Day. * * * Four modern, young Vikings docked at Midland harbour after completing roughly one-half of a 1,500-mile jaunt from Rochester to Chicago. Their craft was a 27-foot sloop. They were two weeks coming from Rochester to Midland, making stops at Sodus Point, N.Y., Trenton and along the Trent Canal, and at Honey Harbour. * * * Tay council approved a bylaw stipulating that all dogs in the township must be kept tied from sunset to sunrise. Any dog found rambling during those hours could be destroyed at no loss to the man who destroyed the animal. * * * Attracted to the barnyard by a commotion, a California woman reported that she found a rattlesnake with its body pierced in two places and its head in shambles. Standing nearby, strutting about the snake was a Rhode Island Red hen. * * * A survey of Midland markets showed creamery butter was selling at 22c a pound; hindquarters of beef, 11cents per pound; spring lamb, 16c; veal 8c a pound; eggs, fresh extras, 15 ½ c a dozen. * * * Midland YMCA Camp Kitchikewana reported the largest attendance in its history. A total of 165 boys were registered at the month-long camp. * * * Charles Stewart Hill, Midland’s oldest resident, died in his sleep one month to the day after he had celebrated his 101st birthday. He was the last of five Canadian veterans of the American Civil War.

One thought on “Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – July 23rd to 31st, 1958

  1. My friend and I decided to visit the museum on Aug 5. We went in and to our amazement we were treated by a complete lack of respect by the two young people on the front desk. No greetings no how are you? the girl begrudgingly took our money said and didn’t offer a thank you or have a good time zip all. Paying 12 dollars for a museum half empty but the rude attitude from the staff made our visit completely miserable and I will not return or recommend this establishment to anyone. Thank you

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