Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – December 1st to 7th, 1960

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Click on photos to enlargeTay Township Clerk Ralph Dalton (seated) was a busy man following Monday night’s nominations as various candidates waited their turn to “sign up” for the election Dec. 12. Left to right the candidates are; Walter Knechtle, Stan Smith, Henry Swaile, Ernie Hurl, Wilf Lafrance, Ken Polkinghorne and John Skelton. 

Clint Truax holds the draw box while pretty Barbara Murday draws the ticket that won a transistor radio for Marlene Curry of Wyebridge. Other prizes went to Mrs. Gordon Duggan (Shirley Duggan) of Port McNicoll (toaster) and Jim Stewart Midland (kettle). Barber and Haskill anniversary sale draw. 

Some fine new homes have been built in Hillsdale recently, and the two above would look well in any community. Perched on a pleasant knoll in top picture is the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott. Lower photo is the new home of former Simcoe County warden Fisher Ganton and Mrs. Ganton. 

Winner in Monday’s election, Mayor Charles Parker expresses his thanks to the electors over radio station CKMP. With him is Mrs. Parker, whom the mayor said talked him out of retirement plans. 

William Beaton, PUC candidate, William Logan (led poll in PUC contest) and Percy Crawford, newly-elected reeve, study results of Monday night’s municipal election. 

They look pretty hopeless now, but this dilapidated wagon and worn out doll’s carriage will bob up looking like new under some deserving tot’s Christmas tree a few weeks from now. John Dumais (left) and Bob Gidley are only two of the members of Pillsbury’s Midland staff who are devoting several nights a week to putting the old toys back in shape. 

Many needy children in this area will have a little brighter Christmas this year through the work of staff members of the Pillsbury’ Canada Ltd., who have volunteered to make old, discarded toys look like new for redistribution.  Len Maheu sands some of the rust off a doll’s carriage while John Brandon puts the finishing touches on another nearly completed carriage. P.S. They can still use more toys. 

Little League basketball got underway at Midland YMCA this week and here Morie Whitcher, ‘Y’ president (behind players), tosses up the first ball for Paul Downer, left, and Wayne Holden to battle over. 

Elmvale Harvesters will be gunning for another Central Ontario group OHA intermediate “C” victory at Arena Gardens here tonight when they take on Stayner. Three of the black-shirted Elmvale stalwarts are, left to right, Ron McAuley, Bob Stacey and John Cole. Stacey is a defenceman and the other two lads are forwards. 

his large new clubhouse will provide excellent facilities for members and visitors at Brooklea Golf and Country Club on Highway 27, south of Midland, next summer. There is also a swimming pool just out of the picture to the right. 

Many years of service to the community have been given by these members of Crossland Women’s Institute, gathered for the 50th anniversary ceremonies Wednesday. They are, left to right, Mrs. Jim Strath, Mrs. R. T. Wallace, Mrs. J. H. Locke, Stayner, and Mrs. Harry Borthwick. Mrs. Locke is a life member and the other three women are charter members of the organization. 

Members of Crossland Women’s Institute are seen above just before the start of ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of that Centre Flos organization. First winter’s storm of the season failed to cut attendance at the event. [The ladies in this photo were not identified. We know the four in the front from the previous photo and the woman in the very middle back is my wife’s wonderful aunt, Jean Webb of Wyevale, deceased in 2014. We would appreciate more names for our archives.] 

The first snow fall of any account this season hit this area Wednesday, covering the roofs and windows of these cars on Lionel Bourgeois’ car lot. But North Simcoe received only a fraction of the 3 1/2 feet of “the beautiful” dumped on the Buffalo area and to a lesser extent the fall at the Lakehead. 

Says Town Water Supply Endangered by Sewage
Free Press Herald headline of December 7, 1960 

A suggestion that a drainage ditch running through Tiny Township, which empties into an area where Midland obtains its water supply, carries more than just drainage water. This was voiced at Saturday’s meeting of Tiny Township council. Mrs. M. Marchand asked council what steps were being taken to have the ditch cleaned. She said, “You  don’t know all that goes on around that ditch. Some people even run their toilets into it. They don’t have septic tanks.” The ditch has its beginning on one of Mrs. Marchand’s farms along the south border of the town of Penetang. It runs from there in a south-easterly direction behind several houses on the west side of Highway 27, crosses the highway, and eventually empties into the swampy area in the Midland Public Utilities watershed area where wells and reservoirs supplying the town’s drinking water are situated. 

Schedule Improvements for Docks in Midland
County Herald headline of December 2, 1960. 

Improvements to various government docks, floats and warehouses in Midland are now being considered by authorities of the Federal Department of Public Works. This optimistic news was the highlight of a public meeting in Midland’s municipal auditorium last night. It was broken to the packed auditorium by Ward 1 aldermanic candidate Arthur W. Argue. Mr Argue said he had received this information in a letter from T. B. McLennan, assistant district engineer for the department in Toronto. In his letter Mr. McLennan, said he referred in particular “to the system of floats between piers C and D which require complete renewal with a new type of float now being designed in this office” Mr. McLennan said he hoped a considerable portion of the work can be done this winter so conditions will be improved for the opening of navigation in 1961. 

    A 63.15% overall vote gave Charles N. Parker a 1,060 majority over his mayoralty opponent Les Taylor in Midland’s civic election Monday. Mr. Parker received 1,999 and Mr. Taylor 939. The record turn-out of electors (14.05% more than last year) brought a see-saw battle for the reeveship and deputy-reeveship that hung in the balance until the last of the 15 polling sub-divisions had been reported. 

    Penetang council agreed at its meeting Monday night to take an option on land known as Lions Park. Some time ago, the land was sold by the Lions Club for a housing sub-division. Recently, the property had been offered back to the club, to be used for park purposes.  

    Bay Mills Ltd. Midland, and Local 1033, Textile Workers Union of America, have concluded a new contract. It is to run for two years, effective from October 24, 1960. This newspaper was informed that the new contract calls for wage adjustments affecting about 10 employees, of 1c to 4c per hour, overall wage increase of 4c per hour during the first year of the contract, and 2c per  hour during the second year; company to pay 50 per cent of the health and welfare plan instead of 3c per hour worked, effective Jan. 1, 1961. In the second year of the contract, a reduction in hours in some departments from 433 hours to 424 hours, with same take home pay. Increase in the period an employee is on probation from 20 days to 60 days; clarification of some clauses in the existing contract. 

COMBER — To Mr. and Mrs. John Comber, Port McNicoll, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, November 26, 1960, a daughter.
COUSINEAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Cousineau, Victoria
Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, November 28, 1960, a daughter.
GENDRON — To Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Gendron, Port Severn,
at St Andrews Hospital, Saturday, November 26, 1960, a
HAUSKINS — To Mr. and Mrs. Harland Hauskins, 110 Colborne Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, November 25, 1960, a daughter.
LEVESQUE — To Mr. and Mrs. Armand Levesque, Port Severn, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, November 30, 1960, a daughter.
MURPHY — To Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Murphy, 18 Alexander Crescent, Penetang, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, November 28, 1960, a daughter.
PILON — To Mr. and Mrs. James Pilon, Port Severn, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, November 29, 1960, a son.
STANICH — To Mr. and Mrs. George Stanich, Port McNicoll, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, November 27, 1960, a son.
BRUNELLE — To Mr. and Mrs. John Brunelle, 13 Wolfe St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1960,  a daughter.
CARRIERE — To Mr. and Mrs. Albert Carriere, Highland Point, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, Nov 24, 1960, a daughter.
ROBITAILLE — To Mr. and Mrs. John Robitaille, RR 3, Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Tuesday, Nov 22, 1960, a daughter.
STONE — To Mr. and Mrs. William Stone, Phelpston, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, Nov. 24, 1960, a

Dear Editor: The single – screw wooden steam tug Mary Stewart, Official No. 85415, was built in 1882 as the “Waubaushene” at St. Catharines, by the Royal Navy Maltese shipbuilder Louis Shiekluna, and registered at that port. Her length was 71 feet, width 18.2 and depth 8.8 feet, gross tons 97.34. She had a single cylinder high pressure engine built by Capp Brothers and Batty of Hamilton, 100 horse power with 22-inch stroke and cylinder 18 inches in diameter. In 1911 her registry was transferred to Midland, as owned by D. J. Burke of Midland. Her name was changed to D. J. Burke and afterwards changed to Mary Stewart. In 1917 she was purchased from D. J. Burke by the Ontario Rock Co Ltd. of Toronto and in 1918 was sold to Canadian Stewart Co. Ltd. of Toronto. In 1919 her registry was transferred to the port of Toronto. On July 6, 1921, she was  sold to Toronto Harbour Commissioners and on April 23, 1930, was sold to Russell Construction Co. Ltd of Toronto, becoming their tug #2. Her register was closed Feb 11, 1949 following advice from the owners that she had sunk in Lake Ontario in December, 1940.   W. R. Williams. 

In 1950, Midland’s population was 7,260.

 And a quick look back to 1955 and the Midland Red Wings.Current edition of Midland’s junior Red Wings is seen here. They will be out to redeem themselves against Lindsay at Arena Gardens Thursday night following a trouncing by Newmarket Monday.  Wings won their other game to date, in Parry Sound. Left to right are — front row, Bob Pewer, Ross Irvine, Bob Scott, Roger Grey, Harvey Jackson, Ken Simms, Jim Lemieux; back row—Harold Jackson, Don Ring, Dave McCall, Clare Armstrong, Bill Quinlan, Bob Pickering, Dalt Cruise, Gord Brand and coach Garnet Armstrong.

And their cheer leaders;  Kathy Hall, Marj Powers, Pat Martin, Margaret Ann Moore, Lorna Edwards and Marion Lemieux.



One thought on “Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – December 1st to 7th, 1960

  1. I was delighted to find my grandmother, Maggie Strath, in the two photographs of the Crossland Women’s Institute posted in Looking Back December 10, 1960. After much searching and enquiring, these are the names of all the ladies in the larger group picture.

    Back L to R: Ethel Cowan, Maude Atkinson, Doris Stroud, Nettie McElwain, Almeda Archer, Mrs. Preston Doan (Lillian), Mrs. Norman Barnes (Mary), Mrs. Andy McGinnis (Ada)
    Front: Mrs. R. T. Wallace (Margaret), Mrs. James Strath Jr. (Maggie), Mrs. Joe H. Locke (Janet), Mrs. Harry Borthwick (Jennie)

    The lady identified in the back as Jean Webb I have determined is actually Almeda Archer who was a member of the Crossland Institute. I believe that Jean Webb would have been a member of the Wyevale Institute.

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