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

Click on photos to enlarge;Mrs. Dorothy Miller of Hillsdale was named the president of the Simcoe No. 1 Inspectorate Teachers’ Institute at the group’s convention at the Delawana Inn, Honey Harbour, Friday. She succeeds Clarence N. Cloke, principal of Penetang Protestant Separate School, James Robinson, principal of Parkview Public School in Midland, is first vice-president and Miss Kathleen Stewart of Coldwater second vice-president. Secretary-treasurer is Bill Barnett of Regent School, Midland. 

The official blessing of the new St. Theresa’s High School in Midland Friday was of special interest to Monsignor J. M. Castex of Penetang, seen above during the ceremony. Monsignor Castex had played a prominent part in the opening of the first separate public schools in Midland 30 years earlier. 

Presentation of a spiritual bouquet to James Cardinal McGuigan was a feature of ceremonies as the cardinal officially blessed the new St. Theresa’s High School in Midland Friday. The presentation was made on behalf of the pupils by Brenda Deschamp and Paul Tremblay. Seated left to right are Monsignor J. M. Castex, Penetang; Cardinal McGuigan; and Rev. R. Egan, Midland. 

When the Ontario Industrial Development Conference was held in Toronto last week, the Georgian Bay Development Association literally “stole the show” on the other regions present. W. H. Cranston, secretary-treasurer, left, and W. N. Keefe, general manager, look over two of the many posters that startled delegates from less wide-awake areas of the province. 

Social facilities for curlers and a completely equipped club room on a mezzanine floor are being planned for the completed Penetang Arena. George Scott heads canvassers raising funds for the project. 

Athletics play a prominent part in the life of MPDHS, for the girls no less than the boys. Members of the girls’ coaching staff are, left to right, Mary Jo Hargadon, Dorothy Enright, and Elizabeth McTague. 

Last Monday was a big night for six members of 3rd Midland (Knox) Scout Troop as they received their first class badges and all round “A ” group cords. In the upper photo, District Commissioner H. H. Boyd shows Dietmar Wagner how to fix new cord while Lynn Johnston, left, and Iain Brownlee watch. In the lower picture are, left to right, Scout Master John Brownlee, Rodney Todd, Jack Ambrose, and Harry DeVries. After a probationary period of six months, the lads hope to become Queen’s Scouts. 

Volunteer firemen confer on how best to handle the deluge of young Midland cyclists who gathered at the municipal building parking lot Saturday afternoon. Tests were part of a safety program sponsored by Midland Volunteer Fire Brigade. 

Circles and lines made the parking lot at Midland’s municipal building into a modernistic painting Saturday afternoon, as young bicyclists went through safety tests sponsored by the volunteer fire brigade. 

Expressions ranged from interest to concern and dismay among the youngsters awaiting their turn at trying safety tests behind Midland’s municipal building Saturday afternoon. More tests are being held this Saturday. 

Reeve W. H. Keller, himself a sports fan for many years, fired the official opening shot at the Huronia Handgun Club’s range last Thursday night at Parkside, Mr. Keller is standing at one of four shooting stations on the range.  (No ear protection)

Another good football season looms up for MPDHS teams, with three wins and a tie in four games to date. Seen above is the senior team with, left to right, front row — Dale Smitham, Bill Offord, Venard Quesnelle, manager, Principal L. M. Johnston, coach Doug Swales, Peter Gouett, Paul Bolan; second row — Don Zabzinski, John Richardson, Henry Gouett, Jerry Sibbald, Ken Mackie, Wayne Morrison, Gary Donovan; third row — John Maher, Don Tucker, John Kingsborough, Neil French, John Bell, Wilbur Lamb, Rodney Rankin; fourth row — Marty Reynolds, Bernard Arbour, John Quinlan, John Moreau, Paul McDonald, Paul Dion. 

“Two top babies entered in Christian Island’s Achievement Day baby contest are shown here with judges. Left, Dr. P. B. Rynard, M.P., holds David Sylvester, while R. B. Cowan displays the youngest baby, Beverley Mixemong. “

“Christian Island Indians held a beauty queen contest during their Achievement Day program last week and this quintet emerged as winners. Juanita Marks, centre, was chosen Queen. Girls are, left to right, Dorothy Monague, Donna Sandy, Juanita Marks, Dorothy McCue, and Judy Monague. “

 The term “bulbs” means radio and TV vacuum tubes.

  • Free Press Herald headline of October 8, 1958; Damage Toll “Thousands” in Four Weekend Crashes. Several accidents causing property damage amounting, to thousands of dollars, but only minor personal injuries; were investigated by members of the OPP detachment at Victoria Harbour over the weekend. One of the most costly, in which a 1958-model car was written off as a total wreck by police, occurred just east of the Highway 12 – 27 cloverleaf, on Yonge Street West.
  • County Herald headline of October 10, 1958; Possible Plant Expansion in the Offing for Bay Mills. If sales of a new product called ‘Permascreen’ come up to expectations, Bay Mills Limited of Midland will be expanding both staff and plant facilities next fall, a company official said this week. Formation of a new division to manufacture and market fiberglass window screening has just been announced. While the vinyl yarn used in ‘Permascreen’ will be woven on existing looms, sales manager Sid Nicholls said the firm is making a heavy investment in heat setting equipment designed to fuse the threads. The new equipment is scheduled to be installed by Nov. 15 and the product will be in full production early in December.
  • The highlight of the annual dinner meeting of Fort Penetanguishene Officers’ Quarters Museum Committee was the presentation of a cheque for $500 from John Labatt Ltd. The money is earmarked for furnishing a room in the museum and was presented by Stuart McEwen of Toronto. In accepting the donation, Mayor A. B. Thompson expressed his pleasure at the fact that now at least one room can be completely furnished in the period when much of the military history of Penetang was made.
  • Two more students have swelled the ranks of last year’s MPDHS scholarship and bursary winners, board members heard Wednesday night. Principal L. M. Johnston said Marion Gray had won a $400 Atkinson Foundation bursary, and Ronald Blair a $500 Dominion-Provincial bursary.
  • Roman Catholics throughout North Simcoe yesterday commenced the first of nine days of mourning for Pope Pius XII, who died Wednesday evening at his summer palace, Castel Gandolfo, Italy. Known as the Pope of Peace, the Pontiff never regained consciousness from a second stroke he suffered Wednesday morning. He became critically ill about a week ago. Elected Pope, March 2, 1939, His Holiness also celebrated his 63rd birthday that same day.
  • Speaking at a meeting of Penetang council Monday night Mayor A. B. Thompson advocated action by police in cases where transient traders are operating in the town without first having obtained a licence. The mayor said Penetang has a bylaw covering transient traders, peddlers, and hawkers, and it should be used to protect the many citizens who are being “hooked” by sharpsters. Apparently, the matter was brought forcibly to Mr. Thompson’s attention recently when people started coming into his office with contracts, and threats of a civil suit in their hands wanting to know what they should do. According to the mayor, most of these have been for knitting machines sold to the housewives, with a guarantee to purchase all they can produce on the machine. He said the housewife is asked to have her husband sign a document purporting to be his permission to have her do the work. “In effect, the document is actually a promissory note for a considerable amount of money, and in many cases, the husband has signed these papers,” Mr. Thompson said.
  • District citizens who have been disturbed by rattling or vibrating window panes during the past few days probably can look to the air force for their answer. Residents in Midland, east of Midland and in Penetang reported a series of “reverberations,” spaced, at 10-second intervals. A reliable source, informed this newspaper yesterday that aircraft are at present using the Meaford bombing range, and that the “rumblings” are the sound of exploding bombs carried across the water of Nottawasaga Bay. It also explains the definite time intervals between explosions.
  • BirthRUTHERFORD — At St. Andrews Hospital, Midland Tuesday, Oct. 7, to Charles and Lillian Rutherford, their third daughter (Margo), a sister for Janice and Mary Lea.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week —  As a Thanksgiving weekend special, a Midland store was offering fine English wool worsted suits for men at $18.50, Extra trousers were $5.50 a pair. * * * The grandstand and stables in Elmvale Agricultural Park were extensively damaged by fire, believed to have been caused by a cigarette butt dropped in the building * * * Some 41 men were employed laying water mains along Poyntz Street in Penetang. It was expected 136 would be employed once the project was in full swing. Plans were being completed for a $250,000 reservoir to be built at the west end of the pumphouse. * * * Orillia electors were to be given the opportunity to vote on the repeal of town’s Local Option Bylaw. The question was to be submitted to voters at the municipal elections in December. * * * East Simcoe Teacher’s Institute held its annual convention in Midland. The two-day sessions were held in Knox Presbyterian Church. * * * The Department of Railways and Canals at Ottawa had announced that it proposed to levy a $2 fee on all boats which passed through Severn locks on and after Oct. 15. Severn area residents opposed the regulation, claiming that it was unfair as it was in the late fall that they made their trips to Midland for their winter supplies. ** * Four mysterious fires in business establishments on the town’s main street touched off an investigation by Barrie police. It was “suspected that the blazes were the work of a “firebug”. * * * Dr. G. E. Tanner won the Kiwanis Golf Trophy, emblematic of the championship of Midland and Penetanguishene Kiwanis Clubs.
  • Paul Pilon, a twelve-year-old Penetang lad, narrowly escaped death when struck by a bullet from a 22 rifle while sitting at his school desk Friday afternoon. According to Sgt. L. Robillard who investigated, young Pilon was sitting at a desk in a classroom of Penetang Public School in the old high school building. Suddenly he slumped in his seat. It was found a bullet had lodged in the left side of his head. The investigation revealed that the bullet had come through a north window and traveled the length of the room before striking the lad. The bullet when removed by Dr. R. Lauzon, appeared to have ricocheted from some hard object before coming in the school window. The lad was permitted to return to his home and is said to have suffered no ill effects.
  • “I was a hula hoop maker for the MIL.” Area employees of the plastics division of Midland Industries Limited can now make that statement. And whether you’re a hula hooper or not, you must view the accomplishment with some respect. Workers at the Elizabeth Street plant have produced about 150,000 of the things in the past month. S. Omura of MIL praised the company’s engineering and extrusions departments for getting in the swing of things so rapidly. The order, for Louis Marx of New York, was filled in close to twenty working days. This included experimentation in adapting to the production of the twirling toys. The hoops, in red, yellow, green and black, were sent to Toronto distributors.
  • Stanley Dollar, a member of the family that gave Midland’s “Dollartown” its name, died in his New York apartment recently. The 78-year-old San Francisco shipping magnate was a nephew of J. M. Dollar, whose lumber mill once stood near the Canadian Name Plate Co. Ltd. plant on Bay Street East. The section of the east part of Midland is still sometimes referred to as Dollartown. For a number of years before the turn of the century, the fabulous Dollars were Midland’s most prosperous family. Stanley Dollar was at the time of his death last week, head of the Dollar Steamship Line, president of the Globe Wireless Ltd. and president of the Robert Dollar Co., a holding company with interests in lumber, shipping, airlines, and communications fields. Born in Bracebridge in 1880, he lived for a brief time in Midland before being brought to the United States in 1882. W. T. Bath of Midland can remember the days when the Dollars held sway here, for he came to Midland around 1878. Stanley’s father Robert, he recalls, was a lumberman who worked as ‘walking boss’ for J. M. When the latter died and his wife went to California, Robert went to British Columbia to seek his fortune. There, on an inland lake in B.C., he started a steamboat service which quickly prospered because of the difficulty of other means of transportation. Robert sold out and moved to California, where he started a shipping business which was later to reach around the world. Stanley Dollar went to work in his father’s steamship office in 1898, became a vice-president and general manager in 1910. He established the Dollar Line’s around-the-world service in 1924 and in 1926 the Dollaradio- private communication system which later became Globe Wireless, a commercial agency. He became president in 1931. The line was later taken over as the American President Lines. He evidently retained an interest in boating, for Midland’s Mr. Bath recalls hearing that he took part in speedboat races at Detroit on more than one occasion. Mr. Bath can remember vividly the Dollar-times in Midland when King Street was a corduroy road, the area around the town’s new municipal building a swamp and most of the residential areas of modern times, good rabbit hunting grounds. “Old J.M. had limits up around the Moon River,” said Mr. Bath, “and Stanley’s father, Robert, used to lead teams carrying provisions up there from time to time.” During, the winter, he explained, the best method of supplying the men at Moon River was over the ice by horse and sleigh. Robert was familiar with the safest route and acted as a guide. Two teamsters who made the trip were Bob Hewson and Archie McDougall. “On one of those trips, said Mr. Bath, “they met strong winds and glare ice somewhere above Beausoleil.” The men sought shelter in the lee of a small island and turned the sleighs into a V to cut the wind. Fearful that the sleighs would be blown across the ice, Robert went some distance away and cut a hole in the ice; planning to get some water and freeze the runners to the surface. But he fell victim to the wild blasts, and was blown off his feet. He skidded and tumbled across the ice right back to Beausoleil Island where black and blue, he was found by some Indians. They took him back to Midland, where he wisely found someone else to go and guide the teamsters for the rest of the journey

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