Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – Sept 23rd to 30th, 1958

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Midland Indians search for the provincial baseball title that eluded them five years ago when they reached the threshold of the throne room ended here Saturday afternoon for coach “Bun” Deschamp’s tribe. Indians are newly-crowned champions of the Ontario Baseball Association’s intermediate “A” ranks following their 1-0 win over Simcoe Meteors after ten thrill-packed innings of action. 

The game was the second in a best-of-three final and the win for Deschamp’s Dandies gave them a clean sweep of the title set. They had edged Meteors 2-1 in the series-opener at Port Dover the previous Sunday.

Saturday’s victory also marked Indians’ fourth straight win without a setback since they set out on their playoff trek to the provincial crown. In semi-final play, they had ousted Bowmanville Harvesters in two straight games also. (The middle photo shows the winning run coming home and I’m sure it was included for the expression on Murray Yorke’s face.) 

Catcher Murray Yorke and Joe Faragher of the Midland Indians hoist team-mate Buzz Deschamp on their shoulders after the Midlanders won the OBA Title in town ballpark Saturday afternoon. 

Classes have begun at Midland YMCA again, with an ever-increasing number of children, boys, and girls, enrolling daily. Above, Peter Berry, a junior corps leader, demonstrates some mat work to a group of lads in the 9 to 11-year-old class. 

Walk from Toronto was a long one, but these young university students made it to Midland Thursday. It was the second such pilgrimage to Martyrs’ Shrine, and organizer Chris Wilson said he hoped it would become an annual event. They can be seen crossing the bridge over the CNR on the Old Fort Road, Concession #3, Tay Township. Lower: Rev. J. F. McCaffrey, Shrine director, leads young pilgrims up the hill to the shrine after their long walk from Toronto. For the last 10 miles of their journey, the students carried a heavy wooden cross.

This year’s group left Toronto Sept. 14 and spent the first night at the Augustinian monastery at Mary Lake. Monday night, they slept on the floor of the Bradford School and Tuesday night on the floor of St. Mary’s Auditorium, Barrie. Wednesday, the pilgrims found shelter at Joe Sullivan’s farm at Orr Lake. The girls were billeted in the farmhouse, while the boys slept in the barn. 

There was plenty of action on the sports front in Midland last week, with good crowds attending soccer and baseball playoffs. Midland Huronias (in dark shirts) are seen grouped around the Collingwood goal waiting for a corner kick to descend. Huronias won the game 3-2 but lost the round and the Carling Trophy by a 6-3 margin. 

Two Wyebridge girls, Delianne Forget, left, and Margaret Carruthers, look over some of the flowers on exhibit at the Tiny and Tay fair. While the flower show had numerous entries, the fruit and vegetable section appeared rather bare of exhibits. 

One of the smallest schools in the parade, Vasey School won the prize for best costumes in the big procession which opened this year’s Tiny and Tay fair in Midland Sept. 12. The tiny “majors and majorettes” received much applause from crowds lining the parade route. 

Little hand reaching for some fluffy pink candy floss typifies the magic of the midway for the hundreds of little youngsters who visited Midland Fall Fair last weekend. For what’s a fair without a dolly on a cane, candy apples, a merry-go-round and a happy little face all sticky with candy floss?

Teachers and pupils of S.S. 7 Flos chose the British Columbia Centennial, as the theme of their float in Elmvale school fair this year. The Elmvale fair will mark its own 100th year of operation in 1959. The float won two prizes and a trophy for the Allenwood school. 

Heading the Elmvale school parade this year was the Stayner pipe band, one of the few pipe bands in this area. Members are left to right, front row —Bob Hanson and Pipe Major Allan Lamont; back row — Jack Jefferis and Miss Dorothy Lament. In the center is 6-year-old Hughie Lamont. 

Set in the midst of a huge reforestation area, pupils of Wyevale Public School are well acquainted with the dangers of forest fires. It was a natural theme for their float in the Elmvale school fair Tuesday. 

Champions at their own local field meet, these boys and girls of MPDHS will be taking part in the big Tudhope and Thompson track and field meets in Collingwood Saturday. Boys are, left to right, Bill Binkley (junior), Bruce Bowen (senior). Bill Silvey (juvenile) and Gary Carr (intermediate). Girls’, titleholders are Karen Blair (intermediate), Ann Maher (senior) and Peggy Jones (junior). 

Raspberry bush owned by Mrs. Dalton Ward, 288 Dominion Ave., is still bearing big luscious fruit despite the fact that most raspberry plants are finished in mid-July. Admiring the plant is neighbor Robert Brunelle. (We include the “fish and fruit” photos not for their value as news items but in the hope that we are raising fond memories of a relative or friend that you have known. )

 (The job is yours, you just need to be female, very young, single and good looking! We have come a long way, still more to do.)

  • Midland Free Press headline of September 24, 1958; Council Abandons Move to Hire Assessing Firm. Mayor Charles Parker said council should decide now as to whether it wished to hire an assessing firm or proceed on a “do it yourself” basis. He pointed out that council had already set aside some money, around $2000, in its 1958 budget, to commence the re-assessing job. The town still has two years to run, legally, on the present assessment basis. After a long and sometimes bitter debate on its reassessment problem Monday afternoon, Midland council passed a motion by Aldermen Douglas Haig and William Orr that “council proceeds forthwith to hire an assessor and/or assistants for the town of Midland”.
  • County Herald headline of September 26, 1958; Six-Year-Old Molested Police Hunt Sex Maniac. A six-year-old Midland girl, who had gone fishing at the northwest end of Little Lake with her nine-year-old brother and another boy, 7, was molested by an unshaven man late Wednesday afternoon. Ernest Bates, who is investigating the incident, said the children told him the man said they did not seem to have enough dew worms, and if they came with him, he would show them where to get more. The girl and the younger boy went with the man, the other said. Shortly after they had gone, the girl’s brother, suspicious of the stranger’s actions set off in search of them. A few minutes later, he came upon his pal sitting on a stump, but there was no sign of the girl or the man, Sgt. Bates stated. Thoroughly alarmed, the two boys ran to Tom Curry’s cottage on the shore of the lake west of the spot where they had been fishing and informed him of what had taken place. Police said the girl’s clothes had not been torn and a doctor confirmed that she had hot been criminally assaulted.
  • Editorial – In every community there are men and women, too few it is true, who give unselfishly of time and energy to further the interests and welfare of the village, town or city in which they spend their lives. They look for no reward or recognition for their endeavors. Their satisfaction is derived from the progress or improvements that are achieved. Such a man was Penetanguishene’s John McGuire, whose unexpected death occurred in that town Sunday. A native of Almonte, Ontario, Mr. McGuire had spent most of his life in Penetang, serving as town treasurer for three years, as customs officer for nearly 32 years, and from 1946 to the time of his death managed the furniture store founded by his father more than sixty years ago. A bachelor, he devoted much of his time to the work of First Presbyterian Church where he taught Sunday School and was Clerk of Session for a number of years. Active in lodge work, he was a Past First Principal of Kitchikewana Chapter and a Past Noble Grand in the Odd Fellows. His fellow citizens, in recognition of his work in reviving the Board of Trade in 1911 and the service he gave to that organization during the years he was its secretary, named him president of the Chamber of Commerce when the association of businessmen assumed that status in 1947. Later he was made an honorary president. Occupied as he was with the church, civic and lodge affairs, John McGuire also devoted a great deal of time to the preservation of the history of Penetanguishene. As unofficial town historian, he played an important part in the development and expansion of the Officers’ Quarters Museum, whose fame has now spread throughout the length and breadth of the continent. Respected by colleagues and citizens alike, and one of the town’s most esteemed senior citizens, John Matthew Hendry McGuire lived a full and fruitful eighty-one years. The town of his adoption will miss him. (McGuire Park would be named after him.)
  • Harry Deschamps, 44, of Robert Street east, Penetang, lost a third of his foot in an accident near the Angel’s Hill Monday. He was reported to be resting under less sedation yesterday at Penetang General Hospital. Mr. Deschamps was cutting wood with a circular saw mounted on his tractor when the blade cut into his foot.
  • Several North Simcoe residents were among 29 new-Canadians who received citizenship certificates at a ceremony in Barrie Court House Monday. They were Almut Louise Batty of Midland, Antonius and Johanna de Groot of Phelpston, Herbert and Gertrud Eichler of Midland and Adolf Gaidies of Midland.
  • Sixty-five members and guests of Midland Y’s Men’s Club gathered at Bourgeois’ Lakeshore dining room Monday night for a ladies’ night opening their current season’s activities. Past president Frank Powell presided at the dinner. The sing-song led by Charles Walton was highlighted by a song by a past presidents’ sextette which included Harold Boyd, Frank Bray, Jack Wilson, Jack Bridges, Clark Edwards, and Tom McCullough. Dancing was to the music of the Bob Powell Trio, and spot dance winners were Mr. and Mrs. Ken Ellis and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Owen. A special prize went to Mrs. Frank Bray. The floor show featured dancer Glen Campbell and a contest involving ‘hula hoops’. Winners were Jean Hartman, Nora Russell, and Bill Setterington. A number of Y’s Men announced their intention of attending a regional conference at Owen Sound Saturday and Sunday. First regular meeting of the club is to be held in the Midland YMCA Tuesday, where Walter Kluck will report on the international Y’s Men’s convention he attended at Santa Monica in July.
  • Tenders are being called by the Department of Highways for grading, culverts, and structure on Highway 12, the Coldwater by-pass, a total of 1.6 miles, it was announced today by Lloyd Letherby, MPP. Mr. Letherby said that it was thought work would commence on the by-pass in about a month and was likely to provide employment during the winter. The by-pass, an extension of the Trans-Canada Highway, will be built roughly from a point below the Glen Dunlop residence on the southern outskirts of Coldwater, westerly across the Andrew Dunlop farm, Cecil Robinson farm, and the Leighton Dwinnell farm, joining up with Highway 12, near Fesserton.
  • Obituaries – MRS. BARTHELEMI MOREAU -Lifelong resident of Lafontaine, Mrs. Barthelemi Moreau died at her home in that village Sept. 8. She was 79 years of age. A quiet unassuming woman, Mrs. Moreau had been mainly concerned throughout her 59 years of married life with raising her family and looking after her home. She was a member of St. Croix Roman Catholic Church. Surviving, besides her husband are, four sons, Antoine, Penetang: Philip and Emile, Lafontaine, and Martin of Toronto: and five daughters, Mrs. Reginald Gignac (Anne) and Mrs. Chas. D’Aoust (Angele). Perkinsfield, Mrs. Eldege Quesnelle (Therese), R.R. 2, Penetang, Mts. Walter Robillard (Marie Rose), Lafontaine, Mrs. Jerome Lacroix (Agnes), Penetang. There are 48 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held from the home of her son, Emile, to St. Croix Church, where solemn high mass was said by Rev. H. Marchildon. Interment was in St. Croix Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leonard, Lionel and Leon Moreau, Donald Robillard and Clement and Gerard Gignac. * * * MRS. JOHN ADAMS Funeral service was held Sept. 10 at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home for Mrs. May Florence Adams who died Sept. 8 at St. Andrews Hospital following an illness of three and one-half years. She was 70. Rev. J. L. Self officiated at the service, and burial was in Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ken Ladouceur, Alf Ladouceur, Len Ladouceur, Wally Ladouceur, Orval Ladouceur, and Jim Matthew. Mrs. Adams was born May 26, 1888, at Victoria Harbour and was educated at Midland. In July 1909, she married John E. Adams. Mrs. Adams was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by sons Jack of Midland, George of Lindsay, Bruce of Toronto; daughters, Mrs. R. Quinn (Rena) and Mrs. Elgin Douglas (Jane). Also surviving are seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. * * * MRS. CHARLES ROBINSON  — A resident of Coldwater for 62 years, Mrs. Charles Robinson died Sept. 10, while she was resting after the evening meal. Although she had suffered a heart illness for a number of years, Mrs. Robinson had been in her usual health during the day, and her death was unexpected. She was in her 82nd  In June of this year Mrs. Robinson and her husband, who is 88, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Robinson was the former Blanche Nicholson and was born in Iowa, of Irish parents. She grew up -in Whitby and taught school in Matchedash Township and Coldwater, before her marriage. For 33 years she was organist at the United Church in Coldwater, where she organized the first choir. For a time she also served as organist at the Anglican and Presbyterian churches. Mrs. Robinson was devoted to her home and family and also found time to share in community activities. In recent years she has enjoyed reading. The funeral service was conducted in Coldwater United Church by Rev. Donald G. Churcher, assisted by Rev. Ross Gumming. Pallbearers were Lloyd Letherby, M.P.P., M. S. Millard, F. W. Brown, John L. Tipping, Cecil Robinson, and Steve Brodeur. Burial was in Coldwater Cemetery. Besides her husband, three sons and two daughters survive. They are Cyril Robinson of Windsor, John and Arthur, both of Sudbury; Mrs. Stan Tipping (Aileen) of Elmvale, and Mrs. Cliff Woodrow (Margaret) of Coldwater. * *  * MRS. EDITH BRITTON Funeral service was held at First Presbyterian Church, Penetang, Sept. 15 for Mrs. Edith Britton of Parry Sound who died in St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, in her 74th year. Rev. Charles Carter, assisted by Allan Ross officiated at the service. Burial was in Penetanguishene Presbyterian Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lester Letherby of Weston, Lloyd Letherby, MPP, and Charles Wadge, both of Coldwater, Wesley Tudhope, Oro Township, Sim Cotton and Percy Cotton of Barrie. Mrs. Britton, the former Edith Cotton was born in Orillia. She had resided at Jarratt’s Corners, Penetang and Parry Sound. Mrs. Britton had made many friends in her places of residence and was always active in organizations of the Presbyterian Church. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. John Letherby (Jessie) of Coldwater and a brother Garfield Cotton of Penetang. * * * ALBERT BARRY Funeral service was held on Sept. 16 at Beausoleil’s funeral home, Penetang, for Albert Barry who died Sept. 13 following a heart seizure in Toronto. Rev. J. Marchand officiated and burial was in St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were, Wilfred Robillard, James Hamelin, Nap Hamelin, James Bellisle, Art Lizotte, and Alphonse Lacroix. Mr. Barry was born April 2, 1874, at Penetang and was educated there. He had married Phimene Cameron in 1904 at Penetang. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. Surviving is one son, Delbert Barry of Penetang, and two daughters. Flora of Toronto and Mrs. Art Beauchamp of Lafontaine. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife predeceased him in 1943.
  • An offer, submitted by Herb Carpenter, to purchase the west part of lots 16 and 17 on the east side of Charles Street, for their assessed value of $195.00 was accepted recently by Midland council.
  • Midland’s planning board informed council Monday afternoon it was in favor of selling certain waterfront property to Bev. Keefe, after any needs of the Public Utilities Commission are met. Mr. Keefe plans to build a marina on the narrow stretch of land north of the CNR tracks, between the coal dock and the Canadian Name Plate plant. Sale of the property has been held up several weeks while the planning board ascertained the opinions of the industrial committee of the chamber of commerce, the harbor committee and the PUC on the matter. The PUC, acting on the advice of the Ontario Water Resources Commission, wishes to retain some 200 feet at the east end of the property to provide a site for a pump house and other needs should the town decide to “go to the bay” for its domestic water supply. The harbor committee reported it “had no serious objection to the sale of the property for the purposes stated”.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week  –  Tay Township council paid nearly $50 in cash to farmers whose sheep had been killed or injured by dogs. * * * A Midland woman, Mrs. Wm. Gerow reported she had a tomato plant in her garden that was six feet tall. Her plant topped one in a Toronto garden that was five feet tall. * * * Penetang ratepayers were informed at a special meeting that the town’s relief bill for the first eight months of 1933 amounted to $36,000. * * * One of 11 buses bringing pilgrims to Martyrs’ Shrine upset in a ditch north of Craighurst. Ten passengers were injured. The remaining 20 escaped with a shaking up. * * *  The summery weather put a crimp in the opening of duck season. Several hunting parties returned without a bird after spending two days on marshes. Few ducks were seen in flight.  * * * Capt. James Mollison and his wife Amy had to postpone their non-stop flight from Wasaga Beach to Bagdad when their plane developed undercarriage trouble during take-off. Hundreds of district citizens had spent the night at the beach waiting for the spectacular event. * * * Midland Public Utilities Commission approved a motion calling for the reconstruction of one of two power lines between Midland and Waubaushene power station. * * * The president of the Toronto Medical Academy told delegates to the Academy’s annual dinner that the Ontario government either must make municipalities pay for medical services for their indigents or must establish state medicine.
  • Feeling it had a moral obligation in this instance. Midland council made a special grant of $200 to the owner of a house on Olive Street at a special meeting Sept. 15. But the grant is conditional in that the owner must tear down the house concerned. It has been condemned. Mayor Charles Parker and Alderman Douglas Haig explained that the house owner was the only one in town to come to council’s assistance some two years ago when it had to find shelter for a family on relief. Rent paid by the town for the house was applied to taxes. Owner of the house claimed it was badly damaged during the two-year tenancy and asked financial aid to repair the building. Members of the council were unanimous in their opinion that the house should be torn down. “We have been subsidizing an immoral situation,” said Mayor Parker, during a lengthy discussion on the history of the house. “We have an obligation to unborn generations to prevent this sort of thing,” said Deputy Reeve R. J. Pinchin.

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