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

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Click on photos to enlarge Waverley Women’s Institute visited the Midland Free Press and Midland Printers Limited as part of their regular monthly meeting last Thursday. In these two pictures general manager J. R. Chittick is seen showing members of the group portions of the newspaper plant. Upper photo shows the women getting an explanation of the automatic teletype machine while in the lower the group is seen examining advertising page make-up. 

Midland’s Pee Wee ball team, the Little Lake Comets, won the Georgian Bay regional title at Meaford Saturday with a 20-19 decision over the home team that must have driven the score keepers crazy. Their reward was a ride on the fire truck when they returned home to Midland. The Comets now await playoff action in the OBA pee-wee division. 

Mr. and Mrs. Zacharia Lefaive got married at Port McNicoll Wednesday – for the second time. Not that there was any doubt as to the legality of the first ceremony. lt was just a pleasant way to let old friends attend their 50th wedding anniversary. Actually the ceremony should have been held on Tuesday – they were married in Perkinsfield on August 9, 1910, but more members of the family could attend Wednesday, so that is the way it was. Born near Perkinsfield 76 years ago, Mr. Lefaive still has two brothers and two sisters both living, in the United States. He was raised on the farm but moved to Victoria Harbour with his family as a youngster and got most of his schooling there. ‘Zach’ also got his first job there – in one or the old lumber mills – at 25 cents per day for a 10-hour day. He lived in the Harbour for about 20 years he recalled. Then the family went back to the farm at Lefaive’s Corners where there were no fewer than seven different Lefaive families in the immediate area. There was also, about a mile and a half away, a young lady named Isobel Parent, who was destined to become Mrs. Zach Lefaive on that August 9th half a century ago. The Lefaives continued on the farm for another 20 years, finally moving to Port McNicoll some 30 years ago. They have been there ever since. For most or that time, until 11 years ago, Zach worked as a stevedore in the freight sheds. During their 50 years of wedded life the Lefaives raised a family of nine – five sons and four daughters. Sons are Urbain of Port, Norbert, Northern Quebec, Armos, Oshawa and Norbert, Toronto. The daughters are Bernadette, (Mrs. John Clarke) London, Beatrice, (Mrs. Dick Brady) Waubaushene, Stella, (Mrs. Henry Greer) and Clara (Mrs. Art Worth) both of Port McNicoll, and Dolores (Mrs. Art Ryan), Montreal. 

Motorists coming into Midland on Yonge Street during recent weeks will disagree with the Department of Highways officials who maintain there is no need for a stop light at the junction of King and Yonge Streets. Part of a recent tie-up that extended two blocks west on Yonge is seen above. 

As they like to say in the autobiographies of noted people, Herb Merry of Oakville is a man of many parts. Herb may or may not he “a noted people” yet. But if he isn’t it isn’t because he doesn’t have his finger in enough pies. Among his many titles are deputy-reeve of Oakville, special constable in the OPP on behalf of the OSPCA of which he has been a director for over a decade, the secretary-treasurer of an Oakville radio station and operator of the Owlscroft Cottages at Georgian Shores, near Victoria Harbour. And last, but perhaps not least: he’s the owner and operator of the Paulie Burgie Shop in the Harbour. In case you haven’t happened to notice the Paulie Burgie Shop deals, the sign says quite frankly, in “antiques – bygones – junk”. 

Radio aerials for cars are one of the products turned out by the Dominion Electric-Plating Co. at its new plant on William Street, formerly occupied by Bay Meat Company. Here Mrs. Frank Zgudziak, wife of the proprietor, examines some of the aerials. 

Some seventy pupils at Midland-Penetang District High School will be accommodated in these two temporary classrooms when they return to continue their studies next month. These classrooms behind the main MPDHS building were constructed by James Cowan at a cost of $3,730. 

New “Flat Top” look was given to the tower on Penetang’s Town Hall after workmen discovered the belfry was unsafe. Flag can be seen waving from new pole, and the siren has been mounted in the open. Hall is only used now for fire trucks. 


Free Press Herald headline of August 17, 1960. 

Midland Penetang District High School Board, Monday night, accepted the tender of Laverne Asmussen Limited, contractors of Kitchener, for the 14-room addition to the school. The decision was reached at the speciaI meeting which had been preceded by a similar meeting Friday evening. Much of the board’s discussion was considered as “in committee”. Nine tenders were received by the board which accepted the lowest at a price of $367,000.00. After lengthy discussion in which board members were unanimous that as much local employment as possible should be obtained from the project. 

County Herald headline of August 19th, 1960. 

An all-night search Wednesday by officers of four OPP detachments in this area failed to uncover the whereabouts of two reported escapees from Kingston Penitentiary. Object of the police search were Harold Arthur, 21, of Victoria Harbour, and Clarence Meinena, 20, of Orillia. Both were serving sentences for break, entering and theft. They escaped from Kingston August 4. Foot search for the men was called off about mid-morning Thursday, although police maintained a close watch on all traffic in the area throughout the day. 


   MISS MARY MUNDY Second last surviving member of one or Penetang’s pioneer families, Mary Mundy died Wednesday, August 10 following a lengthy illness. Born in 1886 she was the daughter of Michael Mundy. Records show that the Mundy family has been known around Penetang since the very early 1800’s, and one of the town’s pioneer taverns was run by a Mundy. Born in Penetang, she had never married. The only time she had lived out or the town was during part of her girlhood when she attended St. Joseph’s Convent in Toronto. A Roman Catholic, “she was one of those who first promoted the local League of The Sacred Heart. She was also a member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality. The only member of the family surviving is one sister, Beatrice of Penetang. Funeral service was held Friday, August 12 from Beausoleil’s Funeral Home to St. Ann’s Memorial Church where Rev. L. Wall officiated. Interment was in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 
JEROME DUBEAU Jerome Dubeau died unexpectedly Sunday, July 30, at his Perkinsfield home after suffering a heart seizure, he was in his 41st year. Born in Penetang, he had lived there and in Perkinsfield throughout his life. A veteran of World War 11, he was unmarried. The late Mr. Dubeau was particularly fond of the water, and enjoyed boating and fishing. Surviving besides his mother, Mrs. Victoria  Dubeau, are four brothers, Aldie of Oshawa, Marcel of Wasaga Beach, Gerald and Delphis of Perkinsfield, and three sisters, Mrs. Alfred  Evans, (Nora), Penetang: Mrs. Omer Robitaille, (Alda), St. Catharines and Mrs. 0. McTiernan, (Violet), Toronto. Funeral service was held Tuesday, August 2 from St. Patrick’s Church, Perkinsfield, with Rev. A. J. Desaulniers saying mass. Interment was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. 

   Eleven auto deaths recorded in the district since June 30th. The death of Leo Belanger, 21, of Hillsdale, Sunday afternoon, brought to eleven the number of persons killed in motor accidents in this area since June 30. Nine of the deaths have occurred in the area patrolled by the OPP detachment at Victoria Harbour. The other two deaths, two teenagers killed near Perkinsfield August 7, were investigated by Tiny Township police. Opening of the new extension of Highway 400 from Crown Hill to Coldwater this spring is believed to be responsible for the heavy influx of traffic throughout North Simcoe and Southern Muskoka points this summer. From Coldwater the new road funnels traffic onto Highways 11, 12, 27 and 103, the latter an arm of the Trans-Canada network to Parry Sound and Sudbury. Omen of things to come came on June 30 when three men were killed in a car-truck collision on Highway 103, five miles north of Port Severn. Since then three other persons have been killed in accidents near Coldwater, and one each on roads in the Midland, Wyebridge and Waverly areas under patrol by the OPP detachment at Victoria Harbour. In addition to highway patrol, the Harbour detachment is also responsible for patrolling the vast waters of Georgian Bay as far north as the Moon River. There have been several drownings, the latest one at Waubaushene Sunday, and there have also been several time consuming hunts for persons missing overnight following boat trips. 

    A demonstration ride in a boat he was preparing to sell proved fatal to Leonard Blondin, 22 year-old Lafontaine man when an explosion blew him from the craft, and he drowned a few feet from shore at Penetang dock, yesterday afternoon. Two companions escaped injury. 

Ten Years Ago This Week
A 40 foot yacht belonging to Dr. Bernard Wolinski of Toronto, plunged 40 feet down the marine railway at Big Chute. Cause or the accident was mechanical failure on the railway, it was alleged. Principal damage was to a rudder quadrant, which was speedily repaired by Midland boat builders. • • • Upper School examination results were announced for Midland District High School. Percentage of papers written and passed was 83. Ten firsts was the record or Dorothy Gauld, Penetang. • • • Nowhere in Ontario or in Canada has history been so attractively packaged and so effectively merchandised as it has been here in Huronia. Travel and Publicity Minister Cecile told guests at the opening of the Huronia Room of the Champlain Hotel in Orillia. He was referring specifically to the work or the Huronia Historic Sites and Tourist Association. • • • For three days, steeple jacks Charlie Miner and Jimmy Wood had been painting and repairing the twin steeples of the Martyrs’ Shrine church. • • • Elmvale’s new tax rate had been struck at 39 mills, a reduction of 1.75 mills from the previous years rate. • • • For the second successive year, Royal Black Knights Preceptory No. 552, Midland, won a prize “for most uniformly dressed preceptory at Derry Day celebrations, this time held in Guelph. Three busloads of Midlanders, including the boys’ band, attended. • • • Dr. J. H. Cranston who had recently returned from a trip to Britain and the continent, was the next scheduled speaker for  the Kiwanis Club of Midland. 

THERRIEN – To Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Therrien, 184 Seventh St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, August 4, 1960, a daughter.
HENRY – To Mr. and Mrs. Paul Henry, Victoria Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, August 14, 1960, a son.
JONES – To Mr. and Mrs. Brian Jones, R.R. 1. Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, August 13, 1960, a son.
LENTHARDT – To Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Lenthardt, 347 Manly Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, August 16, 1960, a son.
MOREAU – To Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Moreau, Penetang Road, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, August 15, 1960, a daughter.
ROBITAILLE – To Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Robitaille, 115 Fifth St., Midland, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, August 11, 1960, a son.
RITCHIE – To Mr. and Mrs. Stanley (Tobe) Ritchie, Elmvale, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, August 12, 1960, a son.
DlGNARD – To Mr. and Mrs. Francis B. Dignard, Port McNicoll, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, August 12, 1960, a daughter.
BAKS – To Mr. and Mrs. Jack Baks , Victoria Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, August 13, 1960, a daughter.
DAVIES – To Mr. and Mrs. Ivor L. Davies, 375 Hugel Ave., Midland, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Sunday, August 14, 1960, a son.
DOWNIE – To Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Downie, 13 Lucy St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Sunday, August 14, 1900, a son.
BUTTINEAU – To Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Buttineau, Highland Point, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, August 15, 1960, a daughter.
McDONALD – To Mr. and Mrs. Francis Ross McDonald, Camp Borden, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, August 13, 1960, a son. 

News From Wyebridge
WYEBRIDGE – Wednesday August 10 the Ladies’ Guild met at the home or Mrs. Amy Toole with 20 members present. The President, Mrs. Linwood Preston, presided. After several business discussions, lunch was served by the hostess assisted by Mrs. Willis Reynolds. Wednesday, August 10, the W. I. chartered a bus, when 27 members went to Collingwood and toured the Georgian China factory. Then they motored to Ebenezer and had dinner, catered for by the Ebenezer church group. Mrs. Edward McWaters is a patient in St. Andrews Hospital, Midland. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Eggleton of Midland and Mrs. James Belsey of Toronto visited Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Downer, Saturday. Doris Leonard is visiting her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. George Richardson in Midland. Mrs. Alex Vancamp, her grandson and granddaughter, Keith and Anne Summers of Toronto visited Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Eakley. Richard Leonard spent a week with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John Parker in Midland.

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