Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – September 16th to 23rd, 1959

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Click on photos to enlarge. It’s hard to say what Bonnie Reynolds is thinking as she holds this pumpkin at the Midland fair. It would make a nice tummy-filling pie or a fine jack-o-lantern at Halloween. Bonnie is the 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Reynolds, Wyebridge. 

“Gee daddy isn’t, he cute”, said 4-year-old Bonnie Worthen of Midland as she cuddled this ram at Tiny and Tay Fair Saturday. He’s no toy from the midway, either. Owned by W. E. Crawford of Minesing, the quiet old ram was champion of his class at this year’s CNE. If you look closely the old fellow seems to be smiling, too. 

This year’s Tiny and Tay Fair in Midland, blessed with excellent weather for a change, attracted large crowds. Mr. Arthur Gardiner, (left) presents marching trophies to R. G. Marshall, principal of Penetang Protestant Separate School, and Mrs. Dorothy Edwards, of SS 11 Tay (Vasey). 

Although there were only 11 of them, the pupils of SS 11 Tay (Vasey), won the rural school marching award at Midland fair Friday. They are seen with a youthful member of the Lamont Pipe Band of Stayner. 

This year’s Tiny and Tay Fair in Midland, blessed with excellent weather for a change, attracted large crowds. Mayor Charles Stevenson, left, who officially opened the fair, is seen with Elsworth Collins, fair president, and Arthur Gardiner, veteran past-president. 

A resident of Midland for more than 50 years, George Shakell examines the last crop of grapes he will pick in his garden on Horrell Ave.   One of Midland’s better-known elder citizens; George Shakell has sold his Horrell Ave. home and is moving to Toronto shortly.    Now in his 81st year, Mr. Shakell was born and raised in North River. He is the last surviving member of the family of five born to his father by the latter’s first wife. After attending school at North River, Mr. Shakell worked on the farm until he was 20 years old, then helped engineers build the CPR line to Parry Sound, including the big bridge over the Severn River. After a year with the CPR, he joined the rival rail forces of the day working out of Hudson, a distributing point for Northern  Ontario. Mr. Shakell came to Midland in June 1906, just a week after his marriage to the former Emma Maude Church, who had been his schoolmate at North River. He built the two cement brick houses which still stand in fine shape opposite each other on Horrell Ave. When World War II came along Mr. Shakell was quick to join up, eventually being assigned to the 19th Battalion. He earned the Military Medal for his services overseas. A carpenter by trade, he worked in that capacity here for more than forty years. Six children, three boys and three girls comprised the family of Mr. and Mrs. Shakell.  His wife died last December. One son, William, lost his life by drowning while his father was overseas. He was only eight years old. Other members of the family are sons Roy and Nelson, both of Midland and daughters Annie (Mrs. John Little), Lillian (Mrs. Edgar Noland) and Pauline (Mrs. A. Romanchuck), all of Toronto. With little time for sports in his younger days, home and garden formed the only recreation for Mr. Shakell, who is a member of the United Church. At one time he was able to grow a good crop of peaches behind his home, but heavy frost last winter made it necessary to cut down the tree. Despite his age, Mr. Shakell said he has little to complain about as far as his health is concerned. 

Mr. & Mrs. Garfield Brown, 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have only one son, Clarence, who resides in Medonte. They have five grandchildren. Mrs. Brown (nee Eva Pulling) has been a member of the Waverley United Church for 30 years. 

Pupil’s of Evergreen School, always strong contenders for top honours at Tiny and Tay fairs, are seen marching up King Street as they vie for the rural schools marching award. 

Always an important part of the Tiny and Tay Fair at Midland are the 4-H Club competitions. The winners in the Vasey Calf Club achievement day events, left to right are Grant Robinson, top dairy calf, Bob Rawson, champion showman, and Jim Cowden, top beef calf. 

Blayne Edwards tries his skill in the Vasey 4 H Tractor Club competitions at the Midland fair. 

Waiting hopefully while the judge studies their palomino ponies at Tiny and Tay Fair are (left to right) Diane Vivian (the winner), Coldwater, Eden Morrison, Mrs. Mary Henderson and Joan Edwards, Midland. Joan was thrown heavily a few minutes after this picture was taken when her pony suddenly decided to head for the rest of his stablemates. She was not seriously hurt. 

Only a few months ago, the site of Bev’s Marina in Midland was a jumbled mess of old wood from a long-deserted lumber mill. Now the land has been filled and levelled and numerous craft ride snugly in the dredged and protected harbour. The marina is located at the north end of William Street. [At one time it was Rycroft’s Marina, now in 2019 it is the site of new condominiums.] 

Ready to lead the life of Reilly, Arthur Finkle was presented with the chair to do just that, by fellow employees of the Canadian Name Plate Company Friday. Employed in the Shipping department, Mr. Finkle has been with the firm since December 1944 and is the third employee of the firm to retire on pension. He also served as chairman of the employees’ committee. Mr. Finkle is seen with Frank Spence and Ralph Sheffield, works superintendent (white shirt). 

If more new industry comes to Midland’s southeast section, hydro officials hope to be ready for it. Discussing a change in the location of metering equipment are; left to right, C. S. Wice, area manager, Penetang; Charles Stone and Claire Moffatt, line maintenance supervisors from Barrie regional office; R. B. Moffatt, secretary-manager of the Midland Chamber of Commerce; Frank Yon and Morland Mount of Midland PUC. 

(1958 caption) First such club formed in Ontario, Midland 4-H Strawberry Club sponsored this exhibit at Tiny and Tay fair in Midland last week. Pretty Barbara Shaw of Wyebridge is seen above with some of the plants on display. The club had 15 members in its first year. (1959 caption) First of its kind to be established in Ontario, the Midland 4-H Strawberry Club will have a display at the Midland fall fair this week. Pictured above is the club’s exhibit, at the 1958 Midland fair. 

1958 Fall Fair. The next few days will be busy ones for directors of Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society whose annual fall fair will be held in Midland Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Above is a panoramic picture of last year’s fair. Among the highlights of the 1959 fair will be Scottish pipe bands and an old time fiddle contest. 

Gathered around the empty ticket booth of the midway’s “crack-the-whip” these children were a bit ahead of time when they visited the site of Midland’s Fall Fair Wednesday afternoon. They will be back again today and Saturday when the fair, sponsored by the Tiny – Tay Agricultural Society, is in full swing.

This heap of rubble is all that remains of the Gloucester Pool cottage in which Ron Silvi, 16, of Toronto, lost his life in a fire early Sunday morning. Four other boys were critically burned in the blaze, which started when Silvi attempted to revive a fire in the stove with naphtha gas. Two of the other boys died later in hospital.  

  • Free Press Herald headline of September 16th, 1959; Want Tighter Controls – Bingo Row Sparks Move. In future, Midland council will maintain a closer surveillance of the fund-raising activities of its’ band committee, it was intimated at Monday night’s meeting of council. Discussed at some length were the weekly bingos held to raise funds for the band operation. One of the features of the hearing was the appearance of former mayor Charles Parker, a strong supporter of the band since its inception in 1945. The band bingos, held this summer every Tuesday night at Mr. Parker’s Parkside Inn, conflicted with another bingo operated by Midland Lions Club’ at the curling club. They have been discontinued for the rest of the year, it was announced.
  • County Herald headline of September 18th, 1959; MPP Reveals Plan to Improve Area Routes. Lloyd Letherby, MPP for Simcoe East, revealed this week that further improvements would be made on Highway 501 between Port Severn and Honey Harbour. Mr. Letherby said a contract had been awarded to Miller Paving Limited to stockpile crushed gravel on the Honey Harbour Road. “Last winter work was started on the Honey Harbour Road as a winter work project. We hope to see further work done this winter in straightening out dangerous curves and improving bridges,” Mr. Letherby stated. The Simcoe East member also stated that the Department of Highways is calling for tenders for grading, culverts, granular base and hot-mix paving on Highway 93, from Craighurst to Crown Hill.
  • Free Press Herald headline of September 23rd, 1959; Youth, 16, Dies in Blaze – Four Pals Badly Burned. A weekend trip to a Severn River cottage turned into a veritable nightmare for six Toronto boys when the cottage caught fire and burned to the ground early Sunday morning. As a result one lad, Ron Silvi 16 is dead. Four others are in serious condition, two in St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, and two others who were moved later from St. Andrews to the Western Hospital, Toronto. OPP Const. H. R. Banting, in charge of the investigation of the fire, said young Ross Martin showed remarkable coolness for a 15-year-old under such trying circumstances and “did a wonderful job.” Const. Banting pointed out that Martin had to practically carry his four horribly burned companions to an 18-foot cruiser and head for Port Severn, four miles away, knowing his other friend, Ron Silvi, lay dead in the ruins of the cottage.
  • A meeting of the business men’s committee of Midland Chamber of Commerce decided Monday night that retail stores would remain closed all day Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. The consensus was that, as most stores remain closed for all or part of the morning on Remembrance Day, and as Nov. 11 falls on a Wednesday (a regular half holiday), businesses should remain closed all day.
  • Seven University of Toronto students and graduates and Rev. A. Knowlton, a priest at St. Michael’s College, completed a 95-mile walking pilgrimage to Martyrs Shrine yesterday afternoon. The group, members of the world-wide university organization called the League of Christ the King, included Rev. A. Knowlton, Mary Jane Norris of Boston, Violet Amendola of Deep River, Martha Heard of Toronto, John Freer of Toronto, Michael Doran of Rochester N. Y., Rolf Hascnack and Frank Quinn, both of Toronto. “The spirit of the group was tremendous,” said John Freer, spokesman for the group, who noted that the pilgrims were in their early twenties and “there wasn’t too much foot trouble.
  • In service less than two months, the 35-foot luxury cruiser “Starflight” hit a rock and sank in nearly 20 feet of water near Minnicog Island Sunday afternoon. Built by Folmer Neilsen of Port McNicoll and launched there on July 17, the boat was the property of R. N. Starr, prominent Toronto lawyer. The all-mahogany craft had taken several months to build and contained the most modem equipment available. Emory O’Rourke, who operates a boat works at Honey Harbour, said he had managed to raise the boat and tow it to his yard at Honey Harbour. He said the rudder and strut were pushed in from the impact with the rock. It will take several weeks to repair the damage, which Mr. O’Rourke classed as “extensive.” The engine of the boat had to be removed to effect repairs.
  • Ontario Water Resources Commission has given final approval Io plans for the installation of water services to the new B Greening Wire plant. Alex Macintosh, chairman of the Midland Public Utilities Commission stated yesterday. Mr. Macintosh said the PUC had been informed Monday that the OWRC had approved the plans. He said the plans are now in the hands of Greening officials and that the OWRC is calling tenders for the construction of the service today (Wednesday). The supplying of electricity and water to the new plant, located on Midland’s eastern outskirts, were two of the main items of business discussed at the commission’s meeting Thursday night.
  • Midland’s radio station CKMP was off the air for 10 hours Friday because its transmitter was struck by lightning in the early morning hours. John McCullough of the station staff explained yesterday that lightning hit the transmitter and “burned out quite a bit of equipment” before the station normally started to broadcast. Intermittent signals from the transformer made testing difficult, Mr. McCullough stated but the station was able to resume broadcasting at 4 p.m. Estimated damage from the lightning amounted to about $200. Mr. McCullough said
  • Board Robert McKee told Penetang council Monday night that, “it is a lost cause, and there hasn’t been a meeting this year”. “The basement is a mess” continued Mr. McKee. “We have a good library and the best librarian but even the library budget was prepared by the secretary.” To a question by Mayor J. J. Gignac, Mr. McKee replied that he would be willing to remain on the library board if it became active. The mayor advised that he would take up the matter with Library Board Chairman Jan Ulrichson. Asked yesterday to comment on Mr. McKee’s request to be replaced, Mr. Ulrichson told this newspaper, “it’s grossly exaggerated, I have no comment.”
  • BIRTHS – CARSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carson, 68 Ottawa St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, September 14, 1959, a daughter. DALZIEL — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dalziel, 114 Donalda St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, September 11, 1950, a son. FRENCH — To Mr. and Mrs. Royce French, R.R. 3, Elmvale, at St, Andrews Hospital, Midland, Sunday, September 13, 1950, a daughter. GEROUX To Mr. and Mrs. Allan Geroux, 50 Fifth St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, September 12, 1959, a daughter. Hebner To Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hebner, 190 Manley St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, September 10, 1059, a son. LALONDE — To Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lalonde, Coldwater, at St, Andrews Hospital, Midland, Thursday, September 17, 1959, a daughter. MACEY — To Mr. and Mrs. John Macey, Honey Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Wednesday, September 10, 1959, a son. MOREAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Murray Moreau, Waubaushene, at St, Andrews Hospital, Midland, Saturday, September 12, 1959, a son. MURDAY — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Murday, 104 Laclie St., Orillia, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Friday, September 11, 1959, a daughter. ROBITAILLE — To Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Robitaille, 312 Bay St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, September 17, 1959, a daughter. TAYLOR — To Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Taylor, 543 William St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, September 10, 1959, a son. WRIGHT — To Mr. and Mrs. Garry Wright, 146 Fourth St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, September 14, 1930, a daughter.
  • If proposals discussed at a meeting of the merchant’s committee of Midland Chamber of Commerce Monday night reach the firm stage, Midland’s King Street business section will undergo some face-lifting. Favoured suggestion arising out of the committee talks, was the erection of a translucent canopy along the entire length of the business section, exclusive of intersections. It was suggested that each merchant could pay for the canopy on a frontage basis. (This idea was raised again in the seventies.)
  • Fiftieth Anniversary – Like the vast majority of married couples, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Wilson of 207 Manley Street, Midland, have had their share of ups and downs, peaks and valleys, in their 50 years of wedded life. But looking back over those 50 years as they sat among their anniversary gifts last week, they were quite agreed they had enjoyed life together very much. Married in the old Methodist Church parsonage in Hillsdale Sept. 8, 1909, by the late Rev. A. Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have lived all the intervening time in Midland with the exception of three years at Caledonia, near Hamilton. “We had hoped to have Mr. Spencer at our anniversary, but he passed away last fall. He used to go hunting when he was well over 80 years of age,” said Mrs. Wilson. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson, Wilbert Wilson was born on a Medonte Township farm near Vasey. He is the only surviving member of a family of eight children. Following his school days, Mr. Wilson worked on farms and a variety of jobs, including the spell in the bush common to all young men of his era. For 28 years, however, he was a machine man for Simcoe County, doing road maintenance work. He retired officially six years ago but still does the odd job for the county, “just for something to do.” Mrs. Wilson, the former Mary Edith Grigg, also was born on a Medonte farm not far from her husband-to-be, near Orr Lake. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Grigg and still has one brother, Fred of Elmvale, and one sister, Mrs. Reg Overs (Lily) of Niagara Falls, living. She attended Taylor’s School, east of Orr Lake. Growing up together in the same area, neither husband nor wife could remember any special occasion when they first met. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have been valuable servants of Midland’s Calvary Baptist Church, where Mr. Wilson has been treasurer since 1937. Mrs. Wilson served as secretary of the senior mission circle for 28 years. The Wilsons have four daughters’ and one son, Aldon, who also lives in Midland. The girls are Mrs. Albert Hill (Bernice), Mrs. Tom Bell (Laurene), Mrs. Lorne Craig, (Marie) and Beth. Oddly, all are still residents of Midland, too. Too busy in his youth to engage in many sports, Mr. Wilson used to be fond of fishing. He didn’t have far to go, as the Sturgeon River ran through his father’s farm. “You could go down there at day break and come home with a dozen speckled’ trout, all weighing around two pounds, in little more than an hour,” he recalled.
  • Barnyard golfers (horseshoe pitchers) will move indoors in Midland. Peter Clause, told, this newspaper yesterday that a group of Midlanders have obtained permission to use the town-owned building on Bay Street (the old Pratt building) for indoor horseshoe pitching activities. He said three or four pits would be set up in the building. He added artificial lighting was adequate for playing the game. The club will meet every Thursday night.
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – A majority of the delegates attending the Georgian Bay Municipal Electric Association annual convention at Honey Harbour protested a proposed Hydro policy to charge 60-cycle areas with conversion costs of consumer equipment in 25 cycle areas. * * * Coldwater fair officials were left holding the bag when a mid-way operator failed to put in an appearance with his rides and other attractions. No reason was given to officials for the change in arrangements. * * * Rev. Frederick Lynch S.J., committee chairman of the Salute to Canada Pageant, announced that financial loss on the pageant was in excess of $16,000. * * * S. S. Noronic, Canada Steamship Lines Queen of the Great Lakes, was destroyed by fire at a Toronto dock Sept. 17. The early morning fire snuffed out 130 lives. She had called at Midland on many occasions. * * * While no figures were revealed, Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society said the 1949 fall fair at Midland drew the largest attendance in its history. There were more than 500 individual competitors. * * * An average increase of 40 per cent was noted by property owners in Penetang when they received their 1950 assessment notice. The town had been reassessed. * * * The third survey for the proposed route of a superhighway linking Crown Hill and Waubaushene had been completed. The new route was to run in a comparatively straight line from Crown Hill to Waubaushene. * * * Midland Shipyards officials announced that its giant new bulk carrier, S.S. Coverdale, built for Canada Steamship Lines would be launched Oct. 15. Previously, it had been planned to launch the ship in mid-December.
  • Attendance at the three public schools has increased by 44 over last year, the principal’s reports to Midland Public Schools Board revealed at the board’s meeting Friday evening. Total attendance as of Sept. 11 this year was 1,219, compared with 1,175 a year ago. This year’s total is made up as follows: Parkview, 418; Regent, 645 and Sixth Street, 156.
  • Obituary – THOMAS W. SCOTT Following a lengthy illness, Thomas Wesley Scott, who had spent all his life in this district, died, in Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, August 25. Funeral service, arranged by Branch 80 of the Canadian Legion, was conducted, August 29, by Rev. Charles Carter at Nichols’ funeral home. Pallbearers were James Mackie, Walter Nichols, Chris Gardner, Grover Reynolds, George Parr and Charles Stewart. Born in 1881, at Toronto, Mr. Scott was educated at Coldwater and in 1922 at Midland he married the former Margaret Stevenson. Mr. Scott had been employed as a stationary engineer with the Midland Public Utilities Commission. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Conservative in politics. He served with the 116th Battalion during World War I. Besides his widow he is survived by a son, Wesley of Peterborough, two daughters Mrs. Robert MacLeod (Audrey) and Mrs. Norman Donaldson (Betty), both of Midland and four grandchildren. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery. 

Additional items from 80 years ago, the Midland Free Press, September 19th, 1939. 

  • PENETANG — A. B. Thompson, Penetang, father of Pilot Officer Alfred Burke Thompson, who was reported as forced down and interned in Belgium last week, received news that his son is now reported “Missing”. The wire received from the Air Ministry read: “Regret to inform you that report of the internment of your son, Pilot Officer Alfred Burke Thompson, has not, repeat, not been confirmed. He must, therefore, be regarded as missing”.
  • PENETANG — Three hundred public utilities commissioners, their families and friends attended the annual convention of the Georgian Bay District Power Association aboard the S. S. Keewatin. The Keewatin sailed from McNicoll at 2.30 p.m. and returned around 10.30 p.m. The annual meeting of the association was held in the ship’s dance hall during the afternoon. Main speaker of the meeting was R. T. Jeffery, chief municipal engineer of the Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario. Mr. Jeffery reviewed the history of the Georgian Bay Power District as regards to the increasing consumption of electricity and told the assemblage that large expenditures would soon be necessary if there was to be no shortage of power.
  • At a meeting of the Georgian Badminton Club in the Curling Rink in Midland, Monday night, the following officers were elected: President Les Taylor: Vice-President, Margaret Hartman: Captain. Cy Richardson, Penetang; Vice-Captains, Irma Finch, Penetang, Mae Greene, Midland and Willard Bacon, Midland: Secretary, Marlon Grigg; chairman Transportation. T. McCullough. It was decided to begin play tonight. The curling rink will be available to players Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights thereafter. The annual fee is to be two dollars payable on or before October 6th. Tom McCullough and George West were named as a committee to bring in recommendations regarding new net standards. Secretary’s report, read by secretary Edith Argue, showed a favourable balance of $83.15 in the Treasury.
  • PENETANG — Guards at the Fox St. station and the Penetanguishene reservoir were commenced on Saturday evening. The area surrounding the reservoir was also surrounded by lights.
  • There will be more than a few Midland residents who will shed at least a mental tear when the yacht “Venetia” goes on the auction block on the 28th of this month. For the “Venetia” is more than a yacht in the memory of many. She is remembered by most as the submarine chaser used by the United States Admiralty during the Great War which was responsible for the destruction of the German submarine which sank the “Lusitania.” She carries on her lofty smokestack two gold bars symbolic of her success in sinking two enemy U-boats during the war of 1914-18, one of which was responsible for bringing the United States into the conflict. Built in the shipyards of the Hawthorne Co. of Leith Scotland, about 1903, she passed from one private owner to another, thence to the hands of the United States government, and finally, after the war, returned again to private ownership. Purchased by the late James Playfair, she was brought to Midland from Santiago, Cal., via the Panama Canal. Until the time of his death a year ago, it was the favorite recreation of Mr. Playfair to gather together a group of his friends and cruise the inland coastal waters. Since that time the “Venetia” been tied up at the docks of the Great Lakes Boat and Machine Company. She is 226 feet in length and has a beam of 27 feet. She draws fourteen feet six inches of water. Fuelled by oil the ship has a top speed of 12 knots.
  • The distinction to be the first enlistment from Midland with the Canadian active force is claimed by John Evans (Chris) Gardner, and it would appear very likely that the Midland sleight of hand expert has pulled the double bat trick for it’s the fifth enlistment for the durable Chris. On Aug. 22, 1915, at Mons, Chris Gardner, with the Royal Horse and Field Artillery was but 25 yards away when Corporal Thomas of the Royal Irish Dragoons raised his rifle to fire the first shot from the British forces in the war. Wednesday Chris presented himself for enlistment as a sapper with the Second Field Company Canadian engineers. Winner of the Military Medal at Vimy, Chris came to Midland after the war. He joined the Simcoes in 1928 and served as company sergeant-major. Now he’s back in it again with the same enthusiasm that caused his first enlistment 27 years ago. “I passed my test O.K., and now I’m a sapper again, he smiled.
  • PENETANG — Ross M. Cockburn of Hamilton took over the management of the Canada House in Penetanguishene at the beginning of this week. Mr. Cockburn’s family, consisting of his wife and three young children, will move to Penetanguishene shortly. Several years ago Mr. Cockburn visited Penetanguishene regularly when he was a district sales manager for the AC Spark Plug Company, a subsidiary of General Motors. Recently Mr. Cockburn has been operating a service station in Hamilton, and for a time he managed a hotel on Toronto Island. Mr. Cockburn is a Great War Veteran, going overseas with the 116th battalion. Later he served with the 73rd in France and towards the end of the war transferred to the Royal Artillery. He returned with a lieutenant’s commission. He is also a former football player, being a member of the Varsity Intermediates during his college days. “Now,” said Mr. Cockburn “my sporting activities are confined to golf and watching hockey.
  • Despite the lateness of the season the Martyrs’ Shrine near here was the scene of considerable activity over the weekend. Nearly 50 women from the Catholic Women’s Business League of Toronto visited the shrine Sunday, and a special mass was conducted early Sunday afternoon for pilgrims who arrived on the Steamship Noronic from Sarnia. Of the 350 passengers on the Noronic about 150 paid a visit to the shrine.
  • H. Sheppard of Waubaushene has offered his yacht, the Ambler, as a gift to the Department of National Defence. She will probably be used in the Naval Service on the Atlantic coast.
  • The marriage of Sadie Eileen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Wm. Heels of Waubaushene to Cyril George Ney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ney of Midland, took place Saturday at 9 p.m. at the United Church manse, Midland, with the Rev. W. R. Auld officiating. The manse was prettily decorated for the occasion with hearts of France asters. The bride was lovely in a dress of teal blue crepe, matching off-the-face hat, fur jacket and corsage of white orchids. Her only attendant was her sister, Miss Helen Heels, who wore a dress of moss green wool, matching hat, black accessories and a corsage of gladioli. Mr. Ormond Blevins of North Bay was best man. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents, for the immediate families. Mr. and Mrs. Ney are residing on Third St.

2 thoughts on “Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – September 16th to 23rd, 1959

  1. I don’t know how it happened, I just know it did. I had commented to who ever sent me a recent bunch of pictures from the museum, that I did not know how to get the museum 50’s pictures back on my gmail list. Well, it seems they were able to get it back for me.Just wanted to say thank-you!!! I’ll try not to loose it again, Thank’s Again!!!! Who Ever You Are!!!

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