Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – August 8th to 15th, 1960

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Click on photos to enlargePretty girls and a sailboat always make a pleasant picture, and there are lots of both Midland YMCA’s Camp Kitchikewana on Beausoleil Island. Here Lorrie Percy of Riverside and Rosemary Kennedy of Owen Sound get ready for a zestful sail on the water of Georgian Bay. 

“Holiday Happiness” Editorial page photo. Camp Kitchikewana on Beausoleil Island, Midland YMCA camp. 

“Yer out” says the umpire, as this young girl takes a healthy cut at the ball and misses during a game at Camp Kitchikewana on Beausoleil Island. Operated by Midland YMCA, the camp has provided healthy recreation for several generations of youngsters from many parts of the province, as well as Midland. 

Members of the senior girls’ group at Camp Kitchikewana are seen rehearsing at the new outdoor theater for their play “The Music Man”, to be presented later this month. Built by Webster-Smallwood Company of Midland, the new theater was donated to the camp in the name of W. H. Cranston and family. 

There was satisfaction for both the instructors of Midland Y’s Men’s summer playground project at Little Lake, and the swimmers who took part, as the Red Cross water safety awards were distributed last week. In the lower picture, instructor Carolyn Taylor is handing out junior crests to, left to right, Mike Hanna, Colin Pettigrew, Colin Williamson, David Paul and Ruth McQuirter. In the upper photo, Bud Fisher, Red Cross supervisor from Toronto, gives a senior award to Paul Howard, and intermediate crests to Sandy Corcoran, Blair Shakell and Ted Sauve. 

Newest apartment building in this area, Midland Haven (top) was open for public inspection last weekend and is being readied for occupancy Sept. 1. Mrs. Roland Desroches and daughters, Jean, 10, left, and Alice, 13, shows one of the eight modern kitchen units in the new building.   

These smiling faces daily greet visitors to Midland Y’s Men’s Indian village at Little Lake Park, rapidly becoming one of Ontario’s top tourist attractions. Lone chap at the left, who claims he “doesn’t stand a chance with all these girls”, is Jack Bridges. Girls are Faith Travers of Port McNicoll, Pat McConnell, London, Mary Mercer, Guelph, and Liz Ritchie, Fergus. 

David Paul, son of Mr. & Mrs. Eric Paul of Midland, was one of the winners of the Elmer Limerick Contest sponsored by the Ontario Safety League and this newspaper. His prize, a Sono-lite, is mounted on the handle bars of his bike. 

 Old chimney in background is all that remains of the home which Capt. James Keating took over when he came to Penetang in 1829 to become adjutant of the military garrison there. Plaque in foreground was unveiled in his memory Saturday by Hon. Bryan Cathcart. Others taking part in the ceremony were, left to right, Lieut.Col. J. S. Symons, W. H. Morrison, Dr. Wilfrid Jury, Hon. Bryan Cathcart, Mayor Jerome Gignac and Rev. John Barclay. 

Dignitaries taking part in the unveiling of a plaque in memory of Capt. John Moberly, RN, at Penetang Saturday posed for the above picture following the ceremony. Left to right are W. H. Morrison, Lieut. Col. J. S. Symons, Rev. John Barclay, W/0 1 David Bell, Hon. Bryan Cathcart, minister of travel and publicity, and Dr. Wilfrid Jury. 

For the second time in as many years, Midland had a visit from an American warship over the weekend. Arriving here Friday, the USS Worland (PCE-845) left again Monday morning for Chicago to wind up a two-week training cruise in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay waters. The ship was under the command of Lieut. Wm. H. Hannaford, who calls Evanston, Ill. his home. 

Dressed in sparkling “whites”, GMB Charles Barway, of St. Louis, Mo., gives Mrs. Lorraine Wise, Toronto, a few pointers on lining up the USS Worland’s three-inch gun during the ship’s visit to  Midland on the weekend. Hundreds of local residents and summer visitors took advantage of an “open house” to inspect the 850 ton escort warship ship, here during a two-week training trip for reserve personnel. 

Real adventurers are Mr. and Mrs. Siegfried Schwalbe of Midland, seen above in their William Street home drying out their 15-foot rubberized canvas-covered kayak. The couple and the boat were missing for nearly 24 hours when on a trip to Giant’s Tomb they had been prevented from returning home by high wind and heavy seas. They had been forced to seek shelter on a small island. 

Presentation of a cheque for $200 made by Midland Rotary club last week to help set up new school facilities for retarded children of the area. President of the Huronia Association for Retarded Children, Mrs. Jack Banks with the cheque in her Sixth Street  home by Jim Henry, left, Rotary president and Clint Truax, Rotary secretary. 

Outboard motor boat operator in foreground stands to watch as a group of seven pleasure cruisers tied up in Penetang Harbour Tuesday morning. Four were from Port Huron and the three others from Lake Simcoe Yacht Club at Keswick. Six craft can be seen in picture with seventh being hidden by the large boat in center. 

Three Deaths Result From District Motor Accidents
Free Press Herald headline of August 10, 1960.

Three local persons are dead following one of this area’s blackest weekends insofar as traffic accidents are concerned. Police of several forces were busy throughout the weekend investigating automobile crack-ups on many roads throughout the district. The dead were 10, 13 and 17 years of age. 

$125,000 Spent on New Plant and Equipment 
County Herald headline of August 12, 1960.

New equipment at Bay Mills Limited plant in Midland is valued at an estimated $100,000, and the addition to the plant including renovations cost a further $25,000. These figures were released yesterday by plant manager Fred Waltz who noted that the expenditures had been made over a three-month period. Most recent piece or equipment to be installed is new $20,000 oven for the cleaning of glass cloth. It is expected that this oven will be in operation within the next two or three weeks, Mr. Waltz stated. 

   Midland’s Royal Black Perceptory No. 552 and the Crystal Chapter lodges will celebrate Derry Day August 13 at Orillia. A bus load of the lodge members will leave the Midland Orange Hall at 10 p.m. 

    Official opening of the new outdoor theatre at Midland YMCA’s Camp Kitchikewana, Beausoleil Island, ran into a spot of trouble Sunday. It rained, forcing the ceremonies indoors. In a brief program, preceded by devotions conducted by camp director J. W. “Win” Smith, G. Edwards, chairman of the camp committee, outlined some of the contributions made to the community by W. H. Cranston other members of his family. Mr. Cranston had sparked the outdoor theatre project, and the theatre was later turned over by him to Camp Kitchikewana in the name of his family, it was stated. 

25 Years Ago This Week – 1935
Ontario Premier Hepburn handed back to the municipalities the administration of relief because it was too costly for the province. * * * Jim Playfair launched his 24-foot two-masted sailing yawl which was built at his home under the supervision of Len Cowdrey, boat builder with Midland Boat Works. * * * Federal election fever was beginning to rise with Hon. R. B. Bennett, Rt-Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King, Hon H. H. Stevens, J. S. Woodworth and Tim Buck (Communist Party) seeking national leadership. * * * St. James’ Church on-the-lines, Penetang, was celebrating its 99th anniversary. * * *     While the crews of six freighters at Cornwall and two at Fort William struck for higher wages, there was no talk of a walk-out at Midland. * * * The 320th anniversary of the first mass to be celebrated in Ontario was observed by the Knights of Columbus, with a ceremony on the spot where the historic religious service was held near Lafontaine. * * * Midland’s British Consols baseball club clinched a berth in the North Simcoe intermediate OBAA when they defeated Barrie Wolves 6-5. * * * Midland Volunteer Fire Brigade set a provincial record for the hose reel race at the Simcoe County Firemen’s tournament held at Barrie. 

One of Penetang’s senior citizens, John H. Reynolds died Tuesday, July 26, in Penetang General Hospital following a lengthy illness. He would have celebrated his 93rd birthday in October of this year. Born in Innisfil township, he moved to Penetang at the age of 16 and had lived there ever since. A sawyer by trade, he had worked in the Davidson Mill, later for Manley Chew and in the fibre mill. He retired 20 years ago. He was a member of the United Church, a life member of Penetang Orange Lodge, and in politics favored the Conservative party. His wife, the former Mary Emma Hust, whom he married at Penetang in 1898, predeceased him in 1934. Surviving are one son, Elvard of Penetang, and two daughters, Mrs. George Todd (Mary) of Penetang and Mrs. Fred Murray (Isabelle) of Mimico. There are 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held Friday, July 29, at Beausoleil’s funeral home, with Rev. A. J. Lewis officiating. Burial was in Penetang Presbyterian Cemetery. Pallbearers were Vic and Chas. Scott, Raymond Gauthier, Bob Young, Fred Murray and Bruce Todd.

Leo Stanley Asselin, native of Victoria Harbour, died Sunday, July 31, in Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, following a lengthy illness. He was in his 39th year. Born in Victoria Harbour, he had moved to Toronto at the age of 18, and since then had alternated between Toronto and Victoria Harbour, finally settling in Orillia about two years ago. He had been a truck driver and lake sailor before becoming disabled two years ago. A veteran of World War II, he had served with the Irish Fusiliers. He was a member of Victoria Harbour Legion, a staunch Liberal, and interested in baseball and hockey. Surviving besides his wife, the former Agnes Middleton, whom he married in Toronto, April 12, 1940, are four sons, Jimmy, Billy, Wayne and Robert; two daughters, Joan and Margaret, all living at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Asselin of Victoria Harbour; two brothers, Gilbert and Albert of Toronto; and four sisters, Mrs. Ben Chalk, Toronto, Mrs. Ed. Cascagnette,  Thorold, Mrs. Wilfred Vaillancourt and Mrs. Tim Bourrie, Victoria Harbour. 

    An old friend left Midland yesterday around 1 p.m., possibly never to return. Familiar sight to many generations of Midlanders and summer visitors, the former Canadian government ship St. Heliers has been sold to Lee Marine Co.,  Wallaceburg. “The Saint” had an old friend at the helm for the trip down the lakes, Capt. J. C. Patchell of Midland, her master for more than a decade. It has been rumored locally that the St. Heliers will be used in the stone trade at Wallaceburg. Before Capt. Patchell took over Capt. Joseph Oulette of Penetang had been master for 24 years. The St. Heliers was retired last fall after the commissioning of the new CGS Alexander Henry. 

    Black and orange markings and the lights at each end of the narrow subway on Highway 12, west of Victoria Harbour, should help considerably to-reduce accidents at this underpass. Motorists no longer will be able to claim the tunnel is marked inadequately, it now stands out like the proverbial sore thumb. 

    More than 2,000 cars have stopped at the mobile information center, operated by the Department of Travel and Publicity on Highway 400 just south of Barrie. The figure is 500 more than for the same period last year and the booth has been in operation one week less than in 1959. It seems to us that this provides further evidence that a permanent structure is needed

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