Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – April 16th to 23rd, 1960

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Click on photos to enlargeA familiar scene was re-enacted at Port McNicoll Saturday as Harbourmaster Alex McCullagh, right, presented traditional “topper” to Capt. J. W. Lenckie. The Wiarton skipper brought the first cargo of the season to Port, 642,000 bushels, on the John O. McKellar. Capt. Lenckie also won a hat for opening the season at Prescott last year. 

Midland harbour sprang to life again on the weekend with the arrival of seven grain boats. The top hat went to Capt. A. R. Rafuse of Cornwall, who brought 672,000 bushels of grain to Tiffin elevator on the Scott Misener. Seen above with Mayor Charles Parker, left, and Albert Hill, Tiffin superintendent, Capt. Rafuse had won another “hat” at Midland back in 1947. He started sailing when he was 15 years old and has been at it for 42 years. 

Easter Monday this year had more than the usual significance for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arnold of Victoria Harbour. It marked their 60th wedding anniversary, as well as the religious holiday. Although they lived for 40 years at Newmarket where Mr. Arnold was a CNR section foreman, they are no strangers to this area. The first seven years of their married life were spent at Waubaushene, and the past 13 since his retirement from the railroad, at Victoria Harbour. Mrs. Arnold, eldest of 11 children born to the late Mr. and Mrs. George Lidstone, was born at Coulson. Only one of her five brothers, Capt. Jack Lidstone of the Harbour, is living. She does have four sisters, Mrs. Merle Schigur of Milwaukee, and Mrs. James Sykes and the Misses Mabel and Ena Lidstone, all of Victoria Harbour. 

Many district families can attest to the Salvation Army’s generosity in their time of need.  Lieut. Wm. Johnston purchases children’s shoes and overboots (galoshes) from Midland shoe retailer Walter Woods.  

Many district families can attest to the Salvation Army’s generosity in their time of need. Lieut, and Mrs. Wm. Johnston sort some clothing which has been donated to the Army for distribution to those in unfortunate circumstances. 

“Its Water Over the Dam” Photo from the editorial page. Millpond dam at Coldwater. (Which reminds us that the Coldwater Lions Club annual Duck Race is postponed this year due to Covid-19) 

Some of the very youngest winners of scholarships at this year’s Midland Y’s Men’s Club music festival are shown following the concert at MPDHS auditorium. In the group left to right are, front row, Anne Cleaver, Gwen Duggan, Ruth Davidson, Mary Morden, Mary Lea Rutherford, Yvette Lortie; back row, Milan Borysek, John Svoboda, Linda Desroches, Theresa Martin, Jay Ellis and Michael Lefaive. 

“Open House” at Midland Public Library last week brought a fair turn-out of visitors, along with board members Don Swinson (left) and C. A. Walkinshaw, looking over one of the new books on view. Mr. Swinson is chairman of the library board. 

Before they used the tables for dancing!

“This picture is of the 1st Junior Civitan club chartered in Canada.  It was chartered by the West Toronto Civitan club. I don’t know what the connection was. I don’t think it lasted very long. The 2nd Jr. Civitan club to be chartered was the Huronia club. That was on March 13th, 1970 and I was the President. This club was sponsored by The Midland Civitan club which was chartered on July 28th, 1967.”

History submitted by Mike Tinney and yes if you do the math Mike has been a Civitan for 50 years.

Robin Benson June 10, 1964

 “Eleven Big Bulk Freighters Bring Record Grain Haul”

Free Press Herald headline of April 20th, 1960. This past weekend saw one of the largest influxes of grain ever — 5,809,000 bushels in the first ship arrivals of the season at Bayport elevators in Midland and Port McNicoll. In the period from Saturday morning to Monday morning, 11 bulk carriers fought their way through fog-covered, rotting ice, all but four going to Midland. Included in the list was the CSL’s brand new Murray Bay, which brought 720,000 bushel of wheat to Midland’s Tiffin elevator on her maiden trip. It was much the same story in Midland, where the longshoremen and elevator employees worked long hours to get the ships out. It’s either a feast or a famine said one longshoreman, sweating in the first warm weather of the year in this area. This probably will be the largest concentration of ships in the Bayports for some time, J. G. Hendrickson, CSL manager in Midland said all but one of five CSL ships which came to Midland or Port McNicoll on the weekend would be going direct into the ore trade. 

“Clean up Scheduled for Midland Harbour”

County Herald headline of April 22, 1960.  The federal Department of Transport plans to clean up some “wrecks” in Midland harbour, Dr. P. B. Rynard, M.P. for Simcoe East revealed this week. Dr. Rynard said the clean-up operation would remove several old barges that have been a bit of an eyesore along the waterfront for some time. The Simcoe East member said little work had been done in the past to Midland harbour and docks in comparison with other centers. The proposed work was planned several years ago, he said, but was never done. 

    An 11-year-old Midland boy, who was invested last week as a Boy Scout, Sunday was credited with saving the life of a 10-year-old Midland girl who was walking along the floating docks at the town dock and toppled into about 20 feet of water. The boy was Ian Dalrymple, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dalrymple of 290 Manly Street. The girl was 10-year-old Nancy Mahoney of Second Street. The incident occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday. According to eyewitnesses, Ian was standing on the main dock when he saw the girl fall into the water. He jumped down on to the floating docks, stepped out on an ice floe in the harbor and pulled her out of the water on to the ice. Then he helped her over to the main dock and ensured that she had a ride home in a car, to offset the effects of her icy bath. 

    Midland Chamber of Commerce has been voted the best all-round chamber of commerce operating in Ontario municipalities of 3,000 to 15,000 population, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce announced this week. Ernie H. Nicholson, president of the Midland chamber, has been advised officially that Midland has been given the “Gavel of the Year Award” by a special committee of judges appointed by the Ontario body. He has been requested to send a delegate from Midland to receive the award at the Ontario convention of chambers of commerce in Hamilton next month. 

    Fine weather on the Easter weekend nearly brought disaster to two Midland youngsters, for whom the lure of open water proved too strong. Rescued from a raft in the middle of Little Lake were Douglas Woods, 11, of 101 Bay Street, and Fred Maheu 12, 236 Sixth Street. Police said they were notified that the boys were in trouble on the lake around 12.30 noon Monday. The water in mid-lake was quite rough at the time. By the time police arrived, Bert Smith and Richard Ivans of Smith’s Camp had gone out in a boat and picked up the boys, soaked and frightened off the raft.

25 Years Ago This Week

Irritated by the delay in the proposed amalgamation of town board of education and PUC offices, Midland Public Utilities Commission went on record as declining to unite its office with the other two civic departments. * * * The Penetang Red Cross Society was organized with Miss Rose Tessier as president. Other officers were J. J. Mclntaggart and Mrs. V. A. Martin, vice-presidents; Miss Isobel Spearn, secretary, and H. H. Reid, treasurer. * * * The federal government had agreed to provide 900 feet of floating dock for the mooring of small boats in Midland harbour provided the town keep it in repair. * * * Members of St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Midland, were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the church. * * * The Waubaushene Athletic Club held a special meeting in the lOOF hall to discuss the possibility of building a community hall. * * * Midland, Penetang and district municipalities were making plans for jubilee programs in honour of the 25th anniversary of the accession of King George V, May 6. * * * Coldwater’s Lloyd Letherby was suggested as Simcoe East’s candidate for the Conservative nomination, should the present member, A. B. Thompson decline the nomination. * * * Balm Beach residents and campers were informed that the Hydro Board had agreed to make the necessary installations to provide electricity in the area. * * * The upper part of the building in which the Penetang branch of the Canadian Bank of Commerce was located was damaged in a $4,000 fire. 

Midland council briefs, from the meeting of April 11:
Approved was a move by the chamber of commerce requesting the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to keep its Midland store open Thursdays during the summer months. The chamber said the usual closing of the store on this day would inconvenience summer visitors.  – Resignation of Murray McComb from the Midland Community Centres Board for business reasons was held in abeyance. It was felt Mr. McComb was a valuable member of the board and an effort should be made to have him reconsider the matter.  – Council gave approval to a plan to have the provincial Little NHL finals in Midland in 1961. An invitation to the provincial body has already been extended by the local Little NHL committee. The games are usually held during Easter holidays.  – It was decided to give support to the chamber of commerce in its efforts to have the proposed new provincial police college located in Midland.  – The local committee of the CNIB was granted permission to hold its annual tag day in Midland May 17. Similar permission was granted the Salvation Army for the evening of July 15 and all day July 16.  – Applications of Eric W. Rankin for a taxi owner’s licence, and of Michael Morrow for a taxi driver’s licence, were approved on the recommendation of police chief George Wainman. – Accounts totalling $20,394 for March were authorized for payment. – Council will request the CNR to have its large diesel engines park overnight at Tiffin roundhouse, rather than near the downtown station as has been the custom. Deputy-reeve Clinton Smith said he and Alderman James Mackie had received many complaints from residents concerning noise from the diesels, which are left running all night. – A letter was received from W. E. Brown, manager of Greening Wire Midland plant, expressing appreciation of help given by town groups during the recent flooding of the new plant.  _ A report from the welfare committee revealed 175 persons currently receiving assistance from Midland. Of this number, 20 are being charged back to other municipalities. 

    The 1960 appointments of men from this district as masters and chief engineers for vessels of N. M. Paterson and Sons Limited, Fort William, have been announced as follows: Canadoc, W. Mooney, Orr Lake, chief engineer; Mantadoc, D. L. Blevins, Midland, captain;  Ontadoc, J. R. Smith, Midland, chief engineer; Paterson, H. Odesse, Penetang captain; Prindoc, A. S. O’Hara, Midland, chief engineer; Saskadoc, R. Simpel, Midland, captain; Soodoc, F. Butters,  Collingwood, captain; Vandoc, D. C. Wilson, Midland, captain; Lavaldoc, F. Boult, Collingwood, captain; Torondoc, M. Lavery, Penetang, chief engineer. Captain K. C. Clark of Midland is listed with Captain D. Steip of Wiarton as masters of the Senator of Canada. This is a temporary measure, the company announces, as Capt. Clark will take over command of the S.S. New Quedoc, now being built at Davie-Shipbuilding Co., Quebec, and to be completed this summer. The new vessel is a sister ship of the Senator of Canada. 

   Dear Editor: I was called to your town and to Penetang, March 16 to make arrangements for my aunt’s funeral at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home. I was very depressed and lonely, and a stranger to that part of Canada. As soon as I was introduced to Mr. Bruce Barrie, who was so friendly and congenial to me my loneliness soon disappeared. Mr. Barrie couldn’t have been more attentive to me if he had been my own son. He took me to his home for dinner, where I met Mrs. Barrie and their son. They, in turn, were just as friendly and kind as Mr. Barrie. It was the same with Rev. John H. Barclay, Edward Fox, a florist in Midland, and to Mr. and Mrs. Vic Scott, of Penetang. I didn’t think there were such wonderful folks still left in this world. I also want to thank Mr. and Mrs. J. Stewart for their kind welcome to me, while I was visiting my aunt, Margaret Rodger. She was a patient in their hospital for the past few years. I could go on and on, singing the praises of the above mentioned, but could never make up for all their kindness and hospitality to me — a stranger in a strange town. In closing, I would like to say if there were more folks in this world like the people I have just mentioned, the old world would be a better place to live in. A million thanks to all of them and — may God Bless each and every one of them.
Mrs. A. L. Grant,
1616 Houstonia West,
Royal Oak, Michigan 

“Tiny Talks” by Rhoda Downer
    April is such a lovely month. There’s a softness in the air. Although the nights can be pretty cold, every morning when you wake up you want to shut off the furnace. And every evening you are glad you didn’t. We generally play safe and wait for the first of May. April makes you feel young as a crocus, with the exciting sails of clouds in such a blue young sky, the earth greening in the bright sun and the plowing due to begin any day. It takes more than a few clouds to bother you as you rush out after breakfast to walk in the garden and see If the mud has dried out. April twilights are blue and deep, the air smells of growing things and sunning brooks. The ponds once more hold the reflection of the sky; the first star is lovelier than the opening white daffodil in the quiet gardens. But the star is there for all time, the daffodil for a day. Yet even transient beauty can fill the heart with joy. Yes, lovely spring is here again and what is nicer to hear these warm evenings than the “peat, peat,” of the little peepers in the ponds? Even the littlest, dirtiest pond holds music;

“From out the mud and scum of things, there’s always, always, something sings.”
    The verdant earth speaks to me of simple things and true. Of sunshine shimmering o’er the hills, white mists in crystal dew.
   A rakish crow on a tall pine, the collie on a hill. A straight clean road to follow, an oriole’s voice to thrill.
   A farmer walking o’er his fields, his good green crops to scan. And under all, the verdant earth that feeds both beasts and man.
   To everyone there comes a time to stand on safe green sod, and turn one’s eyes upon the hills to draw new strength from God.
—Rhoda Downer 

    Death came unexpectedly to Emery St. Amant of Perkinsfield, who died Saturday, April 9, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, after suffering a heart seizure. He was in his 61st year. Born in Penetang, Mr. St. Amant moved to Perkinsfield, and then spent the first five years of his working life in Midland, following which he returned to Perkinsfield where he spent the remainder of his life. A well-digger and cook, he had not worked since becoming disabled in 1944. He was especially fond of hunting and fishing, and in politics was a Liberal. Surviving, besides his wife, the former Ella May Mayer, are seven sons, Raymond, Phillip, Edgar, Leo, David, Pierre and Gabriel, all of Perkinsfield, and three daughters, Mrs. Bill Schott, (Vehna), Tillsonburg; Mrs. Fred Dempsey, (Rita), Midland; and Jeanne, at home. There are four grandchildren.

    An employee of the CPR at Port McNicoll for 39 years, William Sutter died suddenly at his home there March 25, following a stroke. He had been in ill health for the past two years. Rev. F. E. Sullivan conducted funeral services at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Port McNicoll March 28. Pallbearers were Jesse Handy, Tim Lewis, Raymond Belanger, Lloyd Cameron, Joe Connelly, and Francis Dignard. Temporary interment was at Lakeview Cemetery vault, Midland.

Born in Walkerton in Bruce County March 27, 1892, Mr. Sutter was married in that town Sept. 12, 1916, to the former Katherine Walsh. They came to Port McNicoll 43 years ago. A member of the Holy Name Society, Mr. Sutter also had served on Port McNicoll council for a number of years. Joining the CPR in 1917, Mr. Sutter served in various departments until 1924, when he became a bridgeman on the bridge and building crew. He became a carpenter in the same department in 1951 and remained in that capacity until his retirement in October 1958. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Sylvester, Port McNicoll and Mark, Toronto; and three daughters, Mrs. Charles Henry (Helen), and Mrs. Bernard Lesperance (Eileen), both of Midland, and Mrs. Ebner Day (Bernadine), of Port McNicoll.

     A resident of Midland for almost half a century, Grover C. Reynolds died at his home, 15 Horrell Ave., April 9, following a heart attack. Rev. L. J. Delaney conducted services at Nicholls’ funeral home, April 12. Members of the Midland Branch of the Canadian Legion, with Len Wiles, sergeant-at-arms, acted as pallbearers. They included Charles Stewart, Chris Gardner, Ralph McCall, Fred Ball, George Parr, and Jack Fitzgerald. Born at Orr Lake in 1886, Mr. Reynolds went to Hendrie school. He was married to the former Gladys Sager in Midland Nov. 27, 1912, and lived there a total of 48 years. A carpenter by trade, he was a member of the Anglican Church, the Orange Lodge, the Canadian Legion, and was a Conservative in politics. His main hobby was fishing. In addition to his wife he is survived by three nieces. Mrs. Wm. Martin (Helen) of St. Catherines; Mrs. Thomas Stephens (Eileen) Buffalo; Miss Betty Richardson, Barrie; and one nephew, Murray Richardson, Toronto. Other survivors include Mrs. D. R. Campbell, Morriss Musgrove, Mrs. Kathleen Cowan, Russell and Darcy Craighead, and Edwin Jardine, all of Midland, and Mrs. Reta Laughlin, Oshawa.

    After suffering for some years from chronic leukemia, Mrs. Thos. Simpson died at Penetanguishene General Hospital Sunday, April 10, just one month, after celebrating her 67th birthday. Born in Penetang and a resident there for her entire life, the former Rose Delima  Gendron married Thos. Simpson May 12, 1914. A Roman Catholic, she had been a member of the Girls’ Sodality and for a number of years sang in St. Ann’s choir. Her hobbies were fancy work crocheting and quilting. Surviving besides her husband are three sons, Cline of  Barrie and Everett and Melville of Penetang, and one daughter, Olga of Toronto. She also leaves two brothers, Charles and Louis Gendron of Penetang, and three sisters, Mrs. O. Montgrain, (Louise), Penetang and Mrs. Peter Trottier, (Ida), and Annie Gendron, Toronto. There are three grandchildren. Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 13, from Beausoleil’s funeral home to St. Ann’s Memorial Church, where Father L. Bourque officiated, assisted by Father J. Kelly and Father J. Marchand. Temporary entombment was in St. Ann’s Mausoleum. Pallbearers were Phil Montgrain, Phil D’Aoust, Gerald Vaillancourt, Gilbert and Lawrence St. Amant and Eugene Bellehumeur.

    A lengthy Illness in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Toronto, ended in death for Andy Bellehumeur, Tuesday, April 12. He was in his 57th year. A native of Penetang, Andy Bellehumeur was one of the town’s sportsmen who made a name for himself in the world of hockey, both professional and amateur. In hockey circles, he has always been known as Andy Belemer, and it said this resulted from his first team berth away from his home town. While playing hockey for New Hamburg, a town settled predominantly by German Immigrants, his family name was shortened to provide easier pronunciation for the fans, and easier writing for the sports reporters. His first jaunt into the big time came when he went to the Windsor Bulldogs at the start of the 1928-29 season where be became a star defenceman. He played for that team through a total of seven seasons. From Windsor, he went to Montreal Maroons of the NHL for two months, and from there went to play in a number of American cities, including Cleveland, Syracuse, Rochester, Kansas City, Tulsa and Dallas. As his playing days drew to a close, Andy turned to refereeing and spent 15 years officiating in OHA circuits. In his capacity as an official, he was highly regarded by players and management. Prior to returning to Windsor Bulldogs as head coach for the 1958-59 season. Andy piloted the Junior “B” club at Parry Sound for two years. When ill health struck at the beginning of the hockey season just over, he was appointed manager of the Bulldogs. Andy’s last official appearance in Penetang was at the opening of the arena two years ago, when he dropped the puck for an exhibition hockey game between Barrie Flyers and Toronto Marlboro’s. For the past 15 years, Andy had lived in Bala where he owned a restaurant. The late sportsman was buried in Windsor, where he had spent the greater part of his hockey-playing days, Saturday morning. A number of relatives from this area went to Windsor for the funeral. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and five brothers, Phil and Fred of Windsor, Harvey, Midland, Edward, Penetang and Arsene, New Orleans. 

    Teaching staff at Midland-Penetang District High School has unanimously agreed to the proposed salary schedule, MPDHS Principal R. C. Gauthier told the high school board last Wednesday night. The board’s proposal increases by $100 the maximum figure in each of the four categories, of teachers’ salaries. The categories are as follows: Category 1 — teachers with high school assistant’s type “B” certificate ($4500 – $7600); category 2 — teachers with a type “B” certificate endorsed or four years degree course ($4,800 – $7,900); category 3 — specialist ($5,300 – $8,800); and category 4 — heads of departments ($5,700 -$9,100). 

    Business offices of the Bell Telephone Company are to be closed at Waubaushene and Port McNicoll, May 31 , and June 3 respectively, H. A. Kilroy, Bell manager revealed yesterday. Mr. Kilroy said both moves are part of the preparations being made for the switch to dial service in both communities in 1961. Effective May 2, Maynard Thiffault, Waubaushene grocer, will act as Bell agent for the collection of accounts in that village, Mr. Kilroy stated. Effective May 9, Mrs. M. M. Dignard will be Bell agent in Port McNicoll. There will be no charge in either community for this service, the Bell manager indicated. After May 31 in Waubaushene and June 3 in Port, requests for service, account inquiries and so forth will be handled by the company’s main business office in Midland, he said. Chief operator Mrs. Lethbridge in Waubaushene and her staff and chief operator Mrs. Saundercook in Port and her staff will continue to serve subscribers until dial service is installed in the two exchanges, Mr. Kilroy stated. 

GARRAWAY—To Mr. and Mrs. George Garraway, 316 Manley St., Midland, at the Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, April 22, 1960, a daughter
WALKER — To Mr. and Mrs. James Walker, 78 Midland Avenue, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, April 11, 1960, a daughter.
EDWARDS — To Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Edwards, 252 Eighth St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, April 20, 1960, a son.
WATTS — To Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Watts, Fesserton, Ontario, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, April 8, 1960, a son.
BELANGER — To Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Belanger, R.R. 1, Orillia, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, April 4, 1960, a son.
CHARLEBOIS — To Mr. and Mrs. Francis Charlebois, 189 Lindsay street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, April 14, 1960, a son.
MacKENZIE — To Mr. and Mrs. Forbes MacKenzie Victoria Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, April 13. 1960, a son.
SHEEHAN  –  To Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Sheehan, Victoria Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, April 13, 1960, a daughter.
SWALES — To Mr. and Mrs. Brian Swales, Port McNicoll, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, April 14, 1960, a son.

One thought on “Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – April 16th to 23rd, 1960

  1. Bonjour,

    Je suis une descendante Lortie et je cherche des infos concernant un certain Dominique Lortie marié à Marie-Adélaide Morneau le 16 avril 1844 à Penetanguishene, Je cherche les noms des parents de Dominique Lortie afin de pouvoir l’inscrire dans mes données.

    Pouvez-vous m’aider ?


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