Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – November 8th to the 14th, 1958

Click on Photos to EnlargeAs an instance of how time flies, Principal James Robinson of Parkview Public School pointed out that not one pupil in the school is old enough to remember firsthand the events of even World War 2. Ceremony held at the school Monday helped remind the pupils of the sacrifices made in the two world wars. Setting up display are Paul Howard, left, and Bill Young, sons of veterans of the last conflict. 

Master of ceremonies for “Service of Remembrance” held in MPDHS auditorium Monday morning was Venard Quesnelle. Service has become an annual event at the school and is attended by representatives of Canadian Legion branches within the area. 

Pupils of MPDHS held their own “Service of Remembrance” in the school auditorium Monday morning. Colour party composed of members of Midland and Penetang Legion branches dip flags as trumpeter Jim MacKinnon sounds “Last Post”. 

Four elementary school teachers and two inspectors get a practical lesson in picture taking from artist Mrs. B. Bryant of Richmond Hill, left. Others are left to right Mrs. B. Horne, Oakview Beach, near Wasaga; Helen Durkson, Waubaushene; Mrs. Wilma Fallis and Pat Johnson, both of Vasey. In the back row are Ken J. Ellis, Midland, Simcoe No. 1 inspectorate, and J. B. Mitchell, Collingwood, Simcoe 4 and Grey 4 inspectorates. 

For the second straight year, a new-Canadian from Germany has walked off with public/speaking honors in competition with other Midland public and separate school pupils. Gudrun Mandler, Regent School, emerged the winner, with Susan Richards, from St. Mary’s Separate School, as runner-up. The girls were presented with trophies by Thomas Pyman treasurer of St. Margaret’s Credit Union, left; and Mrs. James Cowan president of the Midland Home and School Association, right. The competition was held at Regent Public School auditorium Friday night. 

Pretty rough looking at the moment, this is the broad, new road (400 extension) linking Highway 103 and super-Highway 400 as seen from Highway 93 just south of Hillsdale. New turnpike road will join Highway 12 near Coldwater and link up with 103 at Waubaushene.  (this was before the Coldwater by-pass, all the traffic from Toronto on the 400 and Orillia to Midland traffic on 12 had to go through downtown Coldwater)

Vic Beatty not only has this bear backed up against the wall, but he has also him tacked to it. Which is the best place to have a bear, the Midland hunter says. Especially a big black one weighing in the 400-pound neighborhood. Mr. Beatty and his son, Ken, shot bruin during a hunting trip in the Go-Home Bay area. 

Winner of the Bank of Montreal trophy for achieving the highest general standing in the Vasey 4H Calf Club this year was Bob Rawson. Bob is seen above, left, receiving his trophy from William Child, manager of the bank’s Midland branch, at a dinner in Vasey last Wednesday night. 

Winners of cups and crests in the bicycle safety contest, junior division, conducted by Midland firemen are seen above. Left to right are front row, Jamie Lounsbery, Ralph Battrick, Jay Ellis, Ronnie Henderson; back row—Eleanor Moffatt, Sharlene Brack and Fireman Dave Hudson, chairman of the committee looking after the event. 

These boys and girls were tops in the senior division of the bicycle safety contest conducted by Midland firemen this fall. Seen with Fire Chief Arnold Tippin, they are left to right, front row, Peggy Krochko, Christiane Brinkmann, Ronnie Gosselin; back row—Maureen Mohan, Bonnie Bray, and Danny Glassier. Another crest winner, John Swan was not present when the picture was taken. 

Work of filling in the reed and brush-grown “jungle” at the northwest corner of Midland, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, is beginning to show progress. Bulldozer can be seen levelling off piles or rock, dirt and other material dumped near the road in recent weeks. (That side of the corner still looks like a jungle.) 

Four team double-header basketball sessions will be the sports venue at Midland YMCA Saturday afternoon. Getting in a little practice on the side are Lloyd Stackhouse, ‘Y’ sports director, Tim Lethbridge, Bob Megaw, and Paul Crawford, all members of Midland Braves. 


  • Free Press Herald headline from November 12, 1958; Province Aids Rink Fund Makes Third Major Grant. Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre building fund will get a $5,000 boost from the province of Ontario, according to word received this week. A letter to this effect was read at a meeting of Penetang council Monday night. Receipt of this latest grant brings the total number of provincial grants on the building to three; and a total amount of almost $15,000. The first grant was made several years ago when the rink building was first commenced under volunteer participation of the Lions Club and the Legion. When the first structure was levelled to the ground during a high wind several years ago, and building commenced again, a second grant was received. The latest grant is to assist in covering the cost of the community hall part of the building and, according to the letter, will be the final grant. The portion of the building spoken of as “the lounge” the latest building program, will now be known as a community hall, to be used for community purposes.
  • County Herald headline of November 14, 1958; Tay Township Housewife Chases Fox out of Porch. A Tay township housewife, Mrs. Lloyd Scott of Con. 6 spent a few anxious moments Wednesday afternoon when a fox wandered into the sun porch of her home. Mrs. Scott said the animal, believed to have been rabid, came in the open door and crawled in behind some bicycles. She used a broom to keep it at bay and to chase it out the door. Although the animal did not attack her, it bit her dog, Mrs. Scott said. She added that the dog had received the rabies vaccine this summer. Leaving the Scott home, the fox ran across the road to the Dan Bergie farm where it passed up some chickens but killed the Bergie cat.
  • Agnes Barbara French, wife of Roy T. French, died in St. Andrew’s Hospital, Midland, yesterday in her 79th year. The body is resting at Nicholls funeral home where the service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ralph Wright officiating.
  • A native of the Penetang district, Dr. R. B. Lynn, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lynn, Champlain Road, has been chosen as one of 44 medical scientists in the field of heart and blood vessel diseases, to participate in research awards totalling more than $300,000 provided by the Ontario Heart Foundation. A specialist in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Lynn was appointed the associate professor of surgery at Queen’s University this term. He is also the thoracic surgeon at Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals, and chief to surgery at Ongawanda Sanatorium.
  • After 30 years as clerk of the town of Penetang, W. H. Hewson Monday night informed council he would be tendering his resignation to become effective March 31 of 1959. Mr. Hewson said advancing years, coupled with the pressure of his own legal business had brought on the decision. Known to most of the town’s citizens as “Bill,” Mr. Hewson graduated from Osgoode Hall in 1924, and, started in the law office of his father, W. H. Hewson. The elder Hewson had been clerk of the municipality for almost 50 years at the time of his death in 1928. The younger W. H. followed in his father’s footsteps. At that time, the office of clerk and treasurer of Penetang were separate, and the treasurer’s post was held by Louis Gignac, father of Jerome Gignac. When Mr. Gignac retired in 1930, Bill Hewson took over the dual position of clerk-treasurer, which he has held since.
  • New Arrivals DUBE — To Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dube, 90 Frank Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital Nov. 5, a daughter. COPEGOG To Mr. and  Willis Copegog, Christian Island, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Nov. 5, a son. BEAUCHAMP — To Mr. and Mrs. Jack Beauchamp, John Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital Nov. 7, a son. FRENCH — To Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence French, Waverley, at St. Andrews Hospital Nov. 8, a daughter. GALEVIN — To Mr. and Mrs. Don Galevin, 347 Queen Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Nov. 9, a daughter. BEARDSALL — To Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Beardsall, 57 Elizabeth Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital Nov 9, a son. FRENCH — To Mr. and Mrs. Harold French, 367 Queen Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital Nov. 10, a daughter. CONTOIS To Mr. and Mrs. James Contois, 206 William St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Nov. 12, a daughter. WILCOX — To Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wilcox, 170 Robert Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Nov. 12, a daughter.
  • Close to 175 Penetang youngsters will start their first fall season of Little NHL hockey on their own Community Arena ice next week. Many of the lads have taken part, singly or in teams, in Midland Little NHL play in previous years. Last year they were able to get in part of a season on natural ice in their own rink. One team, the AHL squad, advanced to the provincial Little NHL finals at Bowmanville.
  • Port McNicoll News This Week delayed – Marilyn Newton spent the weekend in Toronto. Donald and Donald Calvert of Rouge Hills weekended with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Calvert. Mr. and Mrs. D. Crosatto and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lanosch and Mike lanosch spent Sunday in Meaford. Donna Talbot entertained 12 friends at her home Saturday, on the occasion of her eighth birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Van Pypen and family are now residing in their new home. Among those attending Canadian Club in Midland Tuesday evening were Mrs. J. D. McPhee, Mrs. A. Gallagher, and Mrs. B. J. Brownell. Elinore Philpott, who has just returned to Canada after his second visit to Communist China, was the guest speaker. His subject was “What Is Going On in China.” Carmen Dexter spent Saturday at his home. On his return to Sarnia Sunday to rejoin his ship the S.S. Laketon, Mrs. Dexter and Carol accompanied him and returned to Port Monday.
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – Owing to lack of hydroelectric power, district citizens had been granted permission by the Canadian Underwriters Association to use coal oil and kerosene lamps and stoves in their homes without paying an extra premium on their fire insurance policies. * * * During a hearing at Penetang Court of Revision it was revealed that Beatty Bros Limited had paid plant wages totaling $353,527 in 1948. It was estimated that wages for the firm’s 1949 fiscal year would amount to $395,000. * * * Five area children, the son of a Penetang couple, the son of a Midland couple, the son of a Victoria Harbour couple, the daughter of an Allenwood couple and the daughter of an Elmvale couple, were born Nov. 14, the same day as Prince Charles. * * * Following a week of feverish campaign speeches, the following high school students were elected as the 1948-49 Literary Society executive: Barbara Schram, president; Don Perrault, vice-president; Jean Kilgour, secretary-treasurer; David Hudson, editor; Judy Baxter and Jack Laird, assistant editors. * * * Two Thunder Beach residents on their way home one night were attacked by two foxes. Apparently, it wasn’t rabies that ired the animals. They had been dumped by the car in which the two men had been travelling and bit the driver and his companion when they attempted to pick up the animals. * * * Orillia electors were to be asked at the Dec. 13 election in that municipality whether they were in favor of the town incorporating as a city. Those supporting the adoption of city status by the North Simcoe town said the move would relieve Orillia of the necessity of paying county levy taxation.
  • So far as Midland Alderman H. J. Beauchamp is concerned, it’s a case of “either pay up— or back to the old band hall on Dominion Avenue.” Mr. Beauchamp’s edict stems from the town’s failure to reach a satisfactory agreement with provincial officials concerning the rental of court facilities in the new municipal building. Prior to the opening of the present facilities about a year ago, the court was held in the old “band hall.” Judging by the expressed feelings of several court officials, it isn’t likely to be held there again, whether or not arrangements can be made for continued use of the municipal building. At the council meeting Monday night, Clerk Wm. Hack read a letter from a provincial official stating that “the $1,000.00 per month” rent would be considerably above that requested by any other Ontario-community. The letter intimated the province was not prepared to entertain such a rental. The $1,000-per-month figure had Mr. Hack and councillors completely mystified. Council’s request had been for $50 for each court sitting which would be $200 most months.
  • LAFONTAINE NEWS— Hubert Brunelle, Dona Desroches, and Constant Desroches have gone hunting in the Parry Sound district with a group of men from Penetang. Ovide Laurin has gone hunting with Phil Charlebois’s group at Moose Point in the 30,000 islands. Gerard Mayer has returned home from the Penetang General Hospital. He had been ill with the “shingles.” Also sick with “shingles” is Catherine Laurin, three-year-old- daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Laurin. Marc Moreau, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Moreau has returned home from the Penetang General Hospital where he underwent an operation for appendicitis. A shower for Miss Jeanne Chretien was given at her parents’ home, Mr. and Mrs. Alcime Chretien. Jeanne was married Nov. 8 to Raymond Dorion, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Dorion. The bride and groom motored to the USA to visit Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Moreau. Four local girls are now employed at the Penetang 5, 10 to $1.00 Store. They are Miss Lucille Forget, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philippe Forget, Miss Zita Gignac, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Gignac, Miss Prima Genier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Honore Genier, Miss Avela Maurice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Maurice. Bans were called for Nov. 29 wedding of Miss Rita Maurice, daughter of Mr. Arsene Maurice and the late Mrs. Maurice, to Ronnie Lahaie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emery Lahaie. Parents gathered in the school last Wednesday night to receive their children’s report cards and meet the teachers. Gideon Laurin has returned home after spending a month and a half in the Penetang General Hospital. Albert Gignac, formerly of Lafontaine, has moved to Elliot Lake with his son, Jean Marie, and family. Mr. and Mrs. Honore Beaudoin bought Mrs. Laurette Giasson’s house. They moved in Saturday. Mrs. Beaudoin’s father, Eli Contois, will reside with them. Alfred Mullie is building a double garage. He also made a new driveway. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur St. Arnaud, Oakville, spent the weekend with Mrs. George Marchand. Louis Desroches started to put siding around his house. Gabriel Marchildon motored to Toronto with the Sisters and Miss Rhea Gignac from the primary school here. They attended the teachers’ convention.

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