Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – Aug 16th to 23rd, 1958

Click on photos to enlarge;Their 27-foot boat was out of gas and adrift on Georgian Bay for eight days, Mr. and Mrs., C. S. Carter of Lions Head and their dog are shown in the craft at Ossosane Beach dock. Their bed-sheet distress signal was sighted by Wymbolwood cottager Fred Conron, who went out in his boat, investigated and returned with a five-gallon tin of gasoline. 

A piece of tarpaulin held by C. S. Carter of Lions Head was fashioned into a sea anchor during Saturday night’s and Sunday’s gale like winds on Georgian Bay. 

Mr. and Mrs. Carter with their rescuers, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Conron, Murray and Patricia Conron of Port Credit.

Mrs. Carter is 66 years of age. Her husband, a retired school teacher, is 76. In his younger days he taught public school in the Bruce Peninsula, and later was a teacher at Eastern High School of Commerce, Toronto, for some 20 years. He returned to live at Lions Head following his retirement. On August 11, the Carters set out with their collie, Rover, in the 27-foot “Karen” on the first leg of a trip to Kingston via the Trent Canal. Their immediate objective was Port Severn, the western terminus of the canal. “It was hazy and foggy and I missed the Western Islands by about half a mile,” Mr. Carter said. “We went right across the bay, finally being stopped by shoals somewhere south of Parry pound. Everything was still covered by haze and fog so I decided it was best to go back home, some 65 miles away.” The Carters got back as far as Cape Croker, about 20 miles south of Lions Head. It was then Mr. Carter admitted, he made his big mistake. “I didn’t check my gas. I thought I had plenty to get the rest of the way home. Turned out I had about enough left to run the boat for about 15 minutes. This was Tuesday morning (Aug. 12). From then until the following Tuesday afternoon we were bouncing around all over Georgian Bay.” During that time the Carters saw only one small boat, on the Owen Sound — Cabot’s Head route. It was after midnight and the people aboard the boat were unable to see the Carters’ distress signal. Worst portion of the ordeal began Saturday night when a strong northeast gale sprang up. It blew all day Sunday, reaching 45 mph, Mr. Carter estimated. It blew the Karen from off Pointe au Baril to the vicinity of Cape Rich, back on the Bruce Peninsula side of Georgian Bay. The Karen drifted along the west shore of Georgian Bay all day Monday, past hundreds of cottages. Still, no one paid any attention to the distress signal. It was not until Tuesday afternoon that Mr. Conron finally came to their rescue. 

Some 36 scouts and leaders of 1st Anderson Pack and 1st Camp Borden Boy Scout troops are attending a camp at Sturgeon River this week. Some of the leaders are seen above with District Commissioner Harvey Boyd and Jack Brownlee, Scoutmaster of Knox Troop, Midland. Left to right are, front row: William Cleasby, Keith Hayes, Harvey Boyd, A. L. Johnson; back row: Ben Pessah, Jack Brownlee, R. Bourne and John Thaw. 

Crucial game between Allenwood Beachers and Sturgeon Bay saw the Allenwood aggregation come out on top by an 11-8 decision at Sturgeon Bay Wednesday night. The win put Allenwood two games ahead in the best-of-seven Rural Softball League finals. The third game will be played in Elmvale Saturday night. 

Trip from Alberta ended in mishap for Wm. Morewood (with police), involved in an accident at the Waubaushene cut-off on Highway 12 shortly after noon Monday. Dog in damaged car morosely surveys the scene. 

Hamilton motorist, Patrick Scullion suffered $400.00 damage to his car and boat at Waubaushene cut off on Highway 12 Monday. The car behind was unable to stop and smashed into the stern of the boat Mr. Scullion had on a trailer behind his car. 

Jeanette Lefaive holds a freak double cucumber picked from the Robert Street, Penetang garden of her mother, Mrs. Lucille Lefaive. Little imagination is needed to picture this garden oddity as a catcher’s mitt. Both cucumbers are securely attached along the entire length. 

Councillor Doug Holt reported Monday that the Ossosane Beach building containing toilets and change rooms will be ready for use this week. The new structure is in the parking area on the road leading to the beach. 

Canadians are again thinking of boat cruises in large numbers following a few seasons in the doldrums. The CPR steamships Keewatin (above) and Assiniboia have enjoyed “very good” seasons to date, officials said last week. 

The CPR cruise ship Keewatin in the background provides a nice setting for pretty Giovanna Baggio of Port McNicoll. The little cannon is one of three which attract much attention from visitors to the CPR gardens at Port McNicoll. 

The latest addition to Elmvale’s fine set of public buildings is the new fire hall, seen above during the official opening Friday afternoon. The building also includes police and public works facilities. It is immediately west of the Community Hall, which opened only a few years ago. 

New modern quarters, bring smiles to these members of the 20 member Flos and Elmvale Fire Brigade. Pictured at the opening of their new building Friday are, left to right, front row: Jim Vollick, Chief Richard Columbus, Graham Whitton, Paul Tripp; back row: Cliff Vollick and Ken Wright. 

New offices have been provided in Elmvale Community Hall for police chief Horace Ellwell, left, and village clerk Mel Barrett. Both were on hand for the official opening of the new fire hall Friday. 

Signing cheques is only one of the many duties of Elmvale Reeve Harold Nash. In recent weeks, Reeve Nash has addressed a number of neighboring municipal bodies in an effort to establish a new hospital in Elmvale.


  • The Free Press Herald headline from August 20, 1958; Say Department Favours Tiny Provincial Park. A request from Tiny Township that the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests consider the establishment of a large provincial park within the municipality apparently is receiving some sympathy from officials at Queen’s Park. Council, in a recent letter, had recommended that a particular area be taken over for this purpose. The proposed park would have an excellent sand beach and provide plenty of space for developing parking facilities as well as picnic areas.
  • The County Herald headline from August 22, 1958; Sanction West End Site for Yacht Mooring Basin. Representatives of Midland Harbour Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Yacht Club and the federal Department of Public Works all agreed on the site at the west end of Midland Bay. It is expected that within the next two or three weeks the following steps will be taken: (1) The Yacht Club and the Chamber of Commerce will draft a submission requesting federal aid with the marina project (2) The Harbor Committee will give the plan its approval and submit it to Midland council for further endorsement. (3) The proposal will go to federal member Dr. P. B. Rynard for presentation to Transport Minister George Hees. Meanwhile, Public Works engineer Charles Stocking said he is forwarding a $200,000 estimate of a permanent breakwater scheme at the westerly site. It would include accommodation for about 200 boats; some of them up to 40 feet in length. Originally it was thought dredging a basin would be advisable. It was pointed out, however, that this would leave little of the property for parking cars or erect a building later.
  • Latest of a series of fine community-owned buildings in Elmvale, the new fire hall, was the scene of an “open house” Friday. Built at a cost of around $16,000, the new structure also provides facilities for the public works crew and a police cell. Reeve Harold Nash attributed the comparatively low cost of the building, which measures roughly 110 feet by 40 feet, to the fact the village handled its own contracting. The reeve’s office and those of Village Clerk Mel Barrett and Police Chief Horace Ellwell are located on the second floor of the adjacent community hall. Richard Columbus is the chief of the newly-organized Elmvale and Flos Township fire brigade. The two municipalities had separate fire departments until the re-organization early this year. Reeve Nash said the move was an economy measure, with each municipality paying half the costs of operating the brigade.
  • At its meeting last week, Tay Township council decided to call for tenders for constructing a sidewalk on the north side of that part of Yonge Street West situated in Tay. Councillors made the move after hearing a delegation of six Yonge Street residents point out the danger from cars in the area, which is not a 30 mph zone. The Department of Highways is expected to assume half the cost, Tay clerk Ralph Dalton said. The proposed sidewalk is to run from Parkside Drive to within 200 feet of -the Tay-Tiny border.
  • PORT McNICOLL NEWS— Mr. and Mrs. Cal Duncan and Bill of Galt are spending a two-week holiday with Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Duncan and George Walmsley. Pat and Margo Duncan of Galt are spending this week at Simcoe Presbytery Camp near Midland. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Armstrong of Ottawa arrived Saturday to spend a week with Mr. and Mrs. H. Loomis. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stephenson have returned to Keswick after spending two weeks with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Colquhoun. Mr. and Mrs. Keith Armstrong and Bill of Guelph spent the weekend with relatives in Port. Sheila Armstrong is at Simcoe Presbytery Camp near Midland as Camp Counsellor for the first and second Explorer Camps. Barrett Smith of Toronto spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Bob Smith. David Saundercook of Toronto is spending a week’s holiday at his home. Recent visitors of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Phillips were Mr. and Mrs. Don Anslow and Ricky of Niagara Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wallace and family, and Mr. and Mrs. John Dunlop of Orillia. Joanne Waples of Toronto week-ended at her home. Mrs. A. E. Davidson and children of Willowdale are spending this week with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Corbett. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Biggar and family who are holidaying in Penetang visited former neighbours in Port last Friday. Weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Neil McArthur were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Anderson and family of Port Credit. Linda McArthur returned to Port Credit with the Andersons for a holiday. Betty Ann Saundercook is spending a few days in Toronto. J. Connelly and Sheila Cavanaugh are visiting in Toronto. Guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Hartford last week were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Haley, Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. A. Barrett and Carol of Toronto spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. W. Coughlin. Visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Calvert for two weeks are Dorothy McConnell Dorcas McConnell and Reynold McConnell of Toronto. Irene Zoloty of Toronto was home for the weekend. Judy Johnson of Port Credit is visiting Margo  McArthur. Mrs. Mary Jivcoff of Milton visited her father, A. Dubbia during the weekend. (Delayed) Gail Walmsley returned to Toronto Wednesday after spending a month with her cousins. Bob and Doug Duncan. Mrs. B. Adam, Sandra, Linda, and George have returned home, following a month’s visit with relatives at Fort William. Betty Ann Saundercook and Mary Hatley have returned home from a motor trip to Erie, P.A., St. Catharines and Hamilton. The Orillia and Port McNicoll teams of the Little League met Wednesday evening in the Port baseball park. The final score was Port 12, Orillia 8. Judy Quesnelle of Barrie spent from Monday until Wednesday at her home. Mr. and Mrs. E. Clear and Marie, Buffalo, are holidaying with Mr. and Mrs. John Kent. Doris McFarland, Utopia, is visiting her aunt, Mrs. C. Dexter and her cousins Carol, Patricia and Linda Dexter. Mrs. Ernest McFarland of Utopia is visiting her mother, Mrs. Irvine.
  • A double-barrelled attraction of the midgets and two of the top brother combinations on the continent drew more than 1,400 fans to Arena Gardens Monday night for the weekly pro wrestling card sponsored by Midland Minor Hockey Association. Although Midland favorite Little Beaver wasn’t on this card, the midgets provided their usual barrel of fun, for everyone but Referee Sam Gotter that is. And who cares whether Gotter has any fun or not? After close to 20 minutes of high-nonsense action, the team of Red Feather and Tito Infanti won a popular decision over Beau Brummel and Tom Thumb. Earlier, Maurice LaPointe and Lee Henning had gone the full 30 minutes to a draw. The main event was billed as an “all in'” tag team bout between the Miller Brothers, Dan and Ed, and the white-haired Lisowski Freres, Reggie and Stan.
  • Births – HUME – and Mrs. Al Hume announce the arrival of a daughter, Joanne, a sister for Billy, on August 18, 1958, in St. Andrews Hospital, Midland. SANGSTER — Mr. and Mrs. Karl Sangster (nee Shirley Valcheff) of Port McNicoll, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Robert Scott, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, on Wednesday, August 6, 1958.
  • TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK – Plans were being made for the annual memorial decoration service, to be held Sunday, Aug. 22, at Lakeview Cemetery. The events of the day included the placing of wreaths at the Cenotaph. * * * A request was sent to the Prime Minister, to the Minister of National Defence and to William A. Robinson. MP for Simcoe East, that a battery of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters be formed at Midland. It was also strongly urged that training facilities, including an armory, be provided. * * * The recently-established Elmvale Trumpet Band made its debut at the sports day in Vasey. It was outfitted with the latest in valve trumpets and drums. * * * Post-season cruises for the S. S. Noronic were to bring the huge lake liner into Midland three times during the month of September. * * * The Owen Sound Sun-Times was being quoted to the effect that teacher shortages could be overcome “if salaries were sufficiently attractive”. * * * The editorial page cartoon indicated that the foundations of world peace were cracking. Palestine was seen as the cause 10 years ago. * * * An editorial note read: “July’s dry spell costs the farmers of North Simcoe thousands of dollars. Many grain fields have stalks under 18 inches high”, and the heads are only two thirds normal length.” * * * Babe Ruth, the home run king, had died on Monday evening, Aug. 16. He was described as baseball’s greatest figure.
  • Editorial – Wise & Otherwise – It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good. Kitchener police report that since the “beer strike” began the force has had fewer impaired and drunk drivers, fewer common drunks and fewer family arguments and fights to settle. * * * Although it was slow in starting, several resort area operators reported last week that, to date, this has been the best year they have had in years. This fact would appear to be borne out as well in the report from Midland Chamber of Commerce that more newcomers came to Huronia for holidays this season than for many seasons in the past. * * * This month of August is making up, both in heat and humidity, for all that July denied us. The current season may go down in history as “the one month summer”.
  • Tay Township council has rescinded a motion which would have permitted building a rink on the park at Waubaushene and has stipulated that the land be retained for park “purposes and that no buildings be built on the property. Council considered its first motion ill-advised, Tay clerk Ralph Dalton said this week. The property, several lots north of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, had been deeded to the township by the Georgian Bay Lumber Company on condition it was used solely for park purposes. Last winter, council approved the building of a rink on the property, but now feels its action was not within the terms of the deed, Mr. Dalton said. Some people, he added, had been doubtful that Waubaushene could support a rink. The township pays a caretaker to look after parks in the community during the summer, assisted and supervised by the Waubaushene Chamber of Commerce.
  • OPP Sgt. Blake Ball of Victoria Harbour detachment was almost certain he had lost a prisoner who had just been sentenced to a jail term Thursday morning in Penetang court. When the officer went looking for the man, he apparently had disappeared, and couldn’t be found anywhere around the building. When the search proved fruitless, someone suggested looking in the cells. There was the prisoner, resting comfortably on a wooden bunk, in an unlocked cell. Sgt. Ball only had to snap the lock to secure his charge.
  • It has been reported that work will start next week on an 18-hole golf course and a motel on the G. A. Seymour farm a mile and a half south of Midland. Midland florist Mac. Perrin is understood to be one of the backers of the project, which is said to also include a miniature golf course. Neither Mr. Perrin nor Mr. Seymour was available for comment at press time.
  • Well known Midland Indian pitcher and an active leader in youth work at Midland YMCA, Joe Faragher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lome Faragher, returned home from a Toronto isolation hospital Wednesday. He was rushed to Toronto last week suffering from meningitis.

And finally a well-written ode to the end of summer by Rhoda Downer.

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