Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – June 1st to 7th, 1959

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This ancient washing machine brought smiles from Mrs. M. Doucette and her daughters; Diana, 13, and Barbara, 6. It was one of the many articles donated to the Laymen’s Association of St. Mark’s Anglican Church for their auction sale at Midland Curling Club Saturday. The sale raised about $500 for the association’s “kitchen” and “needy family” projects.

Everything from “soup to nuts” just about describes the articles donated to St. Mark’s Laymen’s Association for their auction sale at Midland Curling Club Saturday. Here Mrs. (Betty) Cliff Irvine tries out a pair of garden shears while her sons, Brian, 5, and Charles, 3, seem more interested in a miniature deer head.

Massed flags of the colour parties from various branches of the Women’s Auxiliaries to the Canadian Legion provided a colourful touch to the parade and rally held in Midland Wednesday night. The Midland Women’s Auxiliary, Branch 80, played host to the visiting auxiliaries who arrived by car and chartered buses. The parade formed up at Midland Armory.

The laying of flowers on the cenotaph was an important part of the rally held by Zone E-4 Women’s Auxiliaries to the Canadian Legion here Wednesday night. Pictured left to right are Commander Mrs. Len Maheu, president of the Midland branch; Chairlady Florence Pegg, of the Ontario Provincial Council, Toronto, and Zone Commander V. Adams of Barrie.

Happy smile mark the faces of the trophy winners at Midland public schools’ field day Wednesday. Left to right, Nancy Higgs, intermediate, Janice Weeks, junior, and Elaine Stainton, the senior winner among the girls. Nancy set new records at this year’s meet.

The boys were Ron Merkley, senior, Frank Reynolds, intermediate, and Max Morden, junior. Max set new records at this year’s meet.

Despite their unexpected defeat at the hands of Alliston last week, Midland Indians are considered strong contenders for the South Simcoe Baseball League pennant this year. Three former Orillia players are now playing with Midland. Left to right are outfielders Dean Heliotis and Ken Hipwell, and catcher Court Braley.  

Three native sons are Murray Yorke, Joe Faragher and Jim Wilcox. Indians met Lisle here last night.

Separated by great distances for more than 50 years, Miss Isabella Gawley of Londonderry, Ireland, and her brother, George Gawley, are having a real get-together these days at the latter’s Sunnyside home. Miss Gawley, matron of a Londonderry hospital for more than 30 years until her retirement in 1954, plans to spend a year in Canada.

   For some 31 years, Mr. Gawley farmed in Manitoba, and also for a short-time near Sudbury. He had also worked for a time as “top filler” at the old smeller when it was “the industry” in Midland. For the past 19 years, he and Mrs. Gawley have operated Gawley’s Park, a summer resort located just a stone’s throw from the site of the old smelter.
   Undoubtedly Mr. Gawley and his sister will have many stories to tell each other concerning the happenings of the half-century they have been apart. Mr. Gawley will be able to tell about the hardships of farming in Manitoba in the early days, and of happier times, perhaps in Midland.

Top Cadets of RCSCC “Huron” are seen above receiving their awards from Commander G. J. Manson at the annual inspection last Wednesday night. Cadets are, left to right, A/B Kirk Mitchell, L/C Terry McIlravey, and L/C David McIlravey.

Another ancient art of the mariner is knot tying, a part of the training of all sea cadets. “Huron” cadets Gary Hood, left, and David Mcllravey show their proficiency to Commander G. J. Manson of Hamilton, during last Wednesday night’s annual inspection. 

  • The Free Press Herald headline of Wednesday, June 3, 1959; Ask Minister Establish Township Planning Area. Tiny Township council, Monday night, took the first concrete step toward setting up a planning board for the municipality. It endorsed a resolution requesting the Minister of Planning and Development to “declare the township a planning area.” A select group of men who, it is expected will form the board, were present recently when a representative of the Department of Planning and Development gave a comprehensive explanation of the functions of a planning board. Establishment of a planning board likely will put an end to meetings such as the Monday night session, which did not adjourn until 1 a.m. The greater part of the evening was spent viewing a sub-division plan for the Sawlog Bay area, presented by Joseph Axler of Axler and Palmer Ltd., Toronto.
  • County Herald headline of Friday, June 5, 1959; Tiny Council Revokes Licence Stirs up Hornet’s Nest. The controversial licence, according to Clerk Gabriel Marchand, was issued about a week and a half ago. According to the clerk, Homer Spring, owner of the Surf Tea Room came to the office with a Charles Kirke, and asked to have the usual restaurant licence renewed. As the licence was being written, he asked that amusements be added to it, and then requested that it be made but in the name of Charles Kirke. He said he had sold the business to Mr. Kirke. Council apparently was aware of the licence before attending Monday’s meeting and showed no surprise when a letter from Nick Pantos recommended the permit be not granted. Nick Pantos said Mr. Kirke is in the slot machine business. It was anticipated from council’s remarks that the amusements would be of the slot machine nature. The general feeling of the council was that one large enterprise of this type is sufficient for the Balm Beach area. It was contended that this would tend to create more noise, and possibly trouble in the area. Following these remarks, a motion was tabled and passed ordering the amusement part of the licence to be revoked and the money refunded to Mr. Kirke.
  • Wayne Garraway, the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Reg Garraway, Penetang, returned to his home Thursday little the worse for an experience of having a peanut lodged in his right lung. Mr. and Mrs. Garraway rushed the child to Sick Children’s Hospital, Toronto, last Tuesday night after he had accidentally inhaled the small nut. Doctors there were successful in retrieving the foreign object from the lung, and Wayne was returned to his home apparently suffering no ill effects from the ordeal.
  • Royal tour officials in Ottawa Monday announced the official schedule for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip when they visit the North Simcoe, Muskoka, Parry Sound area July 4. According to the announcement, the royal barge is to arrive at Penetanguishene dock at 3.15 p.m. After a 15-minute sojourn in Penetang; the royal couple will leave by car for Midland at 3.30 p.m. arriving at Midland at 3.35 p.m. The Queen and Prince Philip are scheduled to leave Midland by CNR train at 4 p.m., arriving at Orillia at 5.05 p.m. They will leave the Sunshine Sketches town by train at 5.30 p.m., arriving at Washago at 6 p.m. and leaving there by car for Gravenhurst where their time of arrival is set at 6.25 p.m. After a 20-minute stop in Gravenhurst, Her Majesty and Prince Philip will leave by car for Torrance, arriving at Torrance at 7.15 p.m. and leaving five minutes later by train for Parry Sound. Their scheduled arrival time at the latter centre is 8.35 p.m. At 8.55 p.m. they are to go back on board the Britannia, awaiting them off Red Rock, to leave for Chicago.
  • A young Victoria Harbour workman, James Cote, 18, may have lost all his fingers on both hands as a result of an accident at the Canadian Name Plate Company’s Midland plant Tuesday morning. Company officials said Cote, a comparatively new employee, was helping operator Joe Klug produce parts on a press brake machine. In some manner, the young man had his fingers in the machine when the clutch let go. Mr. Klug, fortunately, escaped injury. The mishap occurred around 10 a.m.
  • Tomorrow marks another big day in the career of Myer Mostyn; for almost 30 years one of the leading merchants on Midland’s King Street. On this occasion, it is the opening of the most recently remodeled of his two King Street stores, located on each side of the Free Press Herald building. It’s the most southerly one at 238 King, resplendent in a brand new stone front and new windows, set off in shining aluminium. Called “Angel Stone”, the new front has already earned many compliments for Mr. Mostyn and the contractor, Len Berriault, of Midland. Glass work was by Consolidated Glass Co., Toronto. Another feature is a Plexiglas section behind the big block letters that spell out the firm name, Mostyn’s. New lighting arrangements behind the Plexiglas will make the name stand out even more. In future, this store will cater to boys from four years to 14 years — only. It will be one of the few stores in the province dealing strictly in boys’ clothing and accessories, Mr. Mostyn said. This store formerly dealt in girls’ and women’s wear as well as boys’, but these lines are being discontinued. The other store, at 234 King, will handle men’s clothing and accessories, only. Fronts of the two stores, while of different material, now match closely architecturally. It was February 1930, that Myer Mostyn opened his first store in Midland, just south of the present Agnew Surpass store. In March of that same year, he was joined by the former Sadie Bidner, who had just become his bride in Toronto. In the interim Mr. and Mrs. Mostyn have changed locations many times, and still found time to raise a family of five sons in Midland. They stayed in the first store for three years and then moved across the street to 234 King for three more. Next, they operated a store on the site of the present Simpson’s mail-order office for eight years. Then it was north again to 232 King, where Dr. T. J. Johnston now has his office, for three years. The Mostyns next move was one block south and across the street, to the store Reg Mulligan is currently readying for opening soon as his new drug store. They were at this site for five years, coming back to 238 King in 1948. They also took over 234 King again in 1954 and have operated both stores since that time. “Thirty years spans quite an era when you look back on it,” Mr. Mostyn reminisced. From the end of the horse and buggy days to the space age, in effect. Associated in the stores with their parents are sons Stanley and Harold. Their second oldest son, Louis, graduates in law from the University of Toronto June 10. He will join a law firm in Toronto. Two youngest sons, Murray and Alan, are currently attending school in Toronto.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – 1934 – The Ontario Medical Association announced that it was sending out questionnaires to every medical practitioner in Ontario, to determine their opinions on state health insurance. * * * Waverley Anglican Church was preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The special speaker was to be Canon Simpson of Millbrooke. * * * At a meeting in Phelpston, Flos Township council ordered that four farmers be recompensed for sheep and lambs killed or injured by dogs. * * * Midland Boat Works had completed and shipped five boats to Waterways, Alberta, 350 miles north of Edmonton. The craft were to be used on Great Bear and Great Slave Lakes. * * * District farmers were concerned about the effects of an early heat wave and drought. Unless rain came, spring crops would be ruined it was stated. Heavy, frosts during the winter had killed 99 per cent of the fall wheat and alfalfa, it was said. * * * Five hundred young people from the Allendale area made arrangements to hold a one-day outing at Little Lake Park, Midland. * * * Two double-barred silver crosses found with two skeletons on the banks of the Wye River were identified by Father T. J. Lally, director of Martyrs’ Shrine, as Lorraine crosses sent in the 17th century to Jesuit missionaries among the Indians, by the Duchess of Lorraine. * * * The S.S. Hibou was to make a weekly call at Midland during July and August. Her home port was Toledo, Ohio. She was a combined passenger and package freight ship.
  • STREET NAME SIGNS; Elmvale is still progressing. A few months ago, numbers were placed on all stores and residences. Now street names have been erected as an aid to many who visit in the village during the holiday season.
  • Obituaries; NAPOLEON BEAUCHAMP Hotel owner and contractor Napoleon Beauchamp died at his home, 329 Yonge Street, W., May 22 following a heart attack. He was in his 61st year. Funeral service was held from A. Barrie and Sons funeral home to St. Margaret’s Church, where Solemn High Mass was celebrated May 25. Pallbearers were Douglas Wilson, Jr., Robert Wilson, George Gouett, Jack Beauchamp, Raymond Beauchamp and John Beauchamp. Mr. Beauchamp, who was born and educated in Penetang, married the former Edna Brodeur at Grimsby. He had been a Midland resident for 12 years. Besides his widow, he is survived by a daughter, Betty, and a son, Donald, a sister, Hortense and seven brothers, Philip, Moses, Adolphe, Arthur, Herbert, Ted and Lige. Burial was in St. Margaret’s Cemetery.
  • Penetang council, Tuesday night, moved to purchase extra land on two sides of the Memorial Community Centre property for a total cost of $1,300. George Kerr, speaking for the Lions Club, told the council the club held an option on five lots to the rear of the building and two double lots on the south side. He said the club had no use for the land itself and wanted to know whether or not the town wanted it for addition to the centre property. There was some discussion that part of the land could be used for a new tennis club in the summer, and parking facilities in winter.
  • Cecil Stanley Wyley, 73, of R.R. 1 Vasey, lost his life Tuesday afternoon while attempting to blast stumps at the back end of his farm, Lot 14, Con. 3, Medonte. OPP Const. H. R. Banting, who investigated, said the accident occurred sometime between 2 p.m, and 6.30 p.m. It was discovered when Mrs. Wyley, 67, went to find out what was delaying her husband at the supper hour. Mr. Wyley, who was alone in the field, was attempting to clear away some stumps with “stumping powder”, a form of dynamite. The officer said no person has any idea how the mishap occurred. No inquest will be held. Besides his wife, Mr. Wyley is survived by two daughters, Gertrude, 36, and, Adele, 29, both living at home.
  • School section No. 16 Tay Township, near Martyrs’ Shrine, will sponsor a new Scout group to be known as Little Huronia. The first meeting took the form of an informal gathering of interested boys from SS No. 16 and SS No. 17, Tay school areas. The meeting was held in Old Fort School. There were 11 scout-minded boys present and their proposed leader, Ray Worrell. Plans were made to form patrols, select patrol leaders, troop administration, and a meeting night decided upon. The next section to be organized is the Wolf Cub Pack. Plans are already being made for this. Mrs. B. Puddicombe will be the Cubmaster (Akela). The pack is expected to enroll 12 boys of Cub age, eight to eleven years. 

Looking back 80 years to June 1939. 

  • With a view to securing more efficiency in the County Constabulary, the Crown Attorney’s Department in cooperation with the Provincial Police, have inaugurated a new set-up for the County of Simcoe. On May 26, says the Barrie Advance, 22 of the 33 recently appointed County Constables were sworn in at the Court House here before County Judge Holmes. The number of County Constables previously in charge of policing the County was 60, but all were asked to turn in their badges and the number was pared down to thirty, where it is claimed there will be more efficiency under the new plan. County Constables will work under the direction of Provincial Constable Harry Butler of Orillia, acting High County Constable. “The men are on all the time, receive moderate remuneration and act largely because of their desire to serve in their community for the preservation of law and order,” Constable Butler is reported as stating.
  • NO NUDISTS According to a report in the Toronto press, moonlight bathing, which has been the cause of considerable complaint from Simcoe County beach resorts, will occupy the attention of the newly formed constabulary in an attempt to discourage this form of impropriety.
  • PENETANG—A victim of complications resulting from scarlet fever, six-year-old Clarence Cascagnette, son of Councillor and Mrs. Ovila Cascagnette, was buried here Friday. The funeral was held from the home of the child’s parents to Ste. Anne’s Jesuit Memorial Church where services were conducted by Rev. Father Walsh. Interment was made in Ste. Anne’s Cemetery, death occurred Wednesday following an illness of six weeks. The boy who was born here would have been seven years old in July. Besides his parents, he is survived by brothers and sisters. Twelve of his young friends acted as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Beaudoin, Patrick Pauze, Remi Gravelle, Frank Longlade, Ernest Gauthier and Lawrence Cascagnette while active pallbearers were John Dumais, Allen, Julien and Thomas Beausoleil, Charles Longlade and Cecil Arbour.
  • One time chief, many years as a councillor, one of the best farmers of the district, and a most respected citizen, Josiah Monague of Christian Island passed away Saturday in his 62nd year after a long illness. Funeral services were conducted by Mr. Cowan, Indian missionary, Sunday morning, with burial in the island cemetery. Mr. Monague is survived by his wife, a son Victor, aged 17, and 3 daughters.
  • HOSPITAL COMMENCEMENT The citizens of Midland are invited to attend the graduating exercises of St Andrews Hospital, to be held in the Capitol Theatre, Tuesday, June 13, at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Rev. Alex Ferguson of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Ottawa. The nurses who will graduate are Misses Hazel Steer, Thelma Shaw, Katharine King, and Sydney Wilson.
  • MARINE NEWS – PORT OF MIDLAND Arrivals in Midland on June 1, included the Arthur Orr from South Chicago at 2 a.m. and the Mariposa from the same port at 5. June 2, arrived: Ericsson, Fort William, 5 a.m.; Saskatoon, Wallaceburg, 8.20 p.m. June 1, cleared: Arthur Orr, South Chicago, 10 p.m. June 2, cleared: Mariposa, South Chicago, 1 p.m.; Ericsson, Fort William, 11; Saskatoon, Depot Harbor, 9. SAILINGS TO AND FROM PORT McNICOLL Arrivals: May 29—S.S. Alberta, cargo grain product from Chicago. May 29—S.S. Keewatin, cargo flour from Fort William. June 1—S.S. Assiniboia, grain products from Fort William. June 2—S.S. Athabasca, grain products from Chicago. June 3—S.S. Manitoba, grain products from Fort William. June 5 — S.S. Alberta, grain products from Chicago. June 5—S.S. Augustus, cargo corn from Chicago. Sailings: May 29—S.S. Manitoba, merchandise, package freight for Fort William. May 30—S.S. Alberta package freight for Chicago. May 31—S.S. Keewatin, package freight for Fort William. June 3—S.S. Athabasca, package freight for Chicago. June 3—S.S. Assiniboia, package freight for Fort William. June 5—S.S. Manitoba, package freight for Fort William.
  • Midland’s third annual Public School Musical Festival held in the Arena Gardens on Friday evening was a great success in every way. Not only was the Arena filled to capacity, but every number on the program was greatly appreciated by the big crowd. Director of Music Douglas Major and the teachers associated with him scored another big triumph. The Musical Festival is here to stay. “A few years ago many of would have laughed at the idea teaching music in the schools, said Dr. Ross Parrott, Chairman of the Board of Education, at the outset of the evening’s entertainment. “Such a suggestion would have been called hooey.” he continued. “I think you will agree with me, however, that the progress that has been made has justified the experiment, and that the cultural development of our children is being taken care of in a very fine way. “The big attendance, here tonight is an indication of the keen interest the people of Midland are displaying in this feature of our children’s education,” declared Mayor James Mackie. “Music is a necessary part of education and should be encouraged as much as possible.” The Mayor paid a warm tribute to Director of Music Douglas Major and the teaching staff of the schools.

3 thoughts on “Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – June 1st to 7th, 1959

  1. The picture of the three girls in the public school field day, it says Nancy Hill. Should read Nancy Higgs

    • Thank you Arlene, the Free Press had it right, sometimes I have to type in the captions and despite Betty Tatham’s best efforts I never got that good at it. I am always impressed by how error-free our local paper was.

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