Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – February 8th to 15th, 1961

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Click on photos to enlargeWell-known in Midland and Penetang, Mr. Trustham is one of that strange breed known as a “ham” radio operator. His interest began in 1926 and has never flagged in the intervening 35 years. Bob came to Midland in 1955 after he retired as a guard at the Ontario Hospital Penetang where he was employed for some 40 years. He brought his radio equipment with him and set it up in his new home at 176 Colborne Street. (Now 440 Colborne) 

Editorial page photo “Blanketed Fairways” 

The small corner grocery store that used to be known as Ken’s Marketeria at 170 Fifth Street is no more. Now, three times as large, it has blossomed forth as Ken’s Carload Marketeria, a greatly enlarged and remodelled building. Born and raised in Midland, Ken Crawford operated the old store on the same site for the past nine years. Last fall Burke Construction Company began the work which has resulted in the sparkling new retail store on Fifth, at the corner of Montreal. In keeping with the larger building, Mr. Crawford has extended his lines to include meats, groceries, fruits, candy, drugs and sundries— “all the things you can get at the big stores downtown.” the proud owner pointed out. Ken was just a boy when he began learning the meat business under the late W. J. Bowman in the store now occupied by Gianetto’s. He served 9 1/2 years with Mr. Bowman. (From Ruth Jeanotte – Ken and his wife never had any children, they were in a terrible car accident, their car was hit from behind and the gas tank erupted, he fought to get his wife out of the car and he was badly burnt. His wife died of her injuries. Ken later worked at the Loblaws store at King and Elizabeth Streets. 

Mr. Crawford is also a familiar figure around the bowling alley, where he plays in a number of leagues. He is also a member of the Orange Lodge and volunteer fireman. Married to the former Lois Macellen, the couple has no family. 

Things looked pretty black for the MPDHS junior girl’s basketball team during this time-out in the game with Camp Borden last Wednesday. They trailed by 10 points at the time. Although they came back strongly during the rest of the game, the MPDHS girls fell two points short and dropped a 23-21 decision to the visitors. 

Mrs. D’Alton Hudson, extreme right, smiles happily, after being presented with an honourary life membership in the Midland Ladies Curling Club. The presentation was made Wednesday afternoon by President Mrs. Allan Gunn, centre. Looking on is Mrs. Del Hastings. 

The golden book registering guests contains the names of more than two hundred persons who called Saturday to wish the best to Mr. and Mrs. William Ney of 212 Second Street, Midland, on their golden wedding day. And just as many, who couldn’t visit, sent cards.

Bill Ney’s branch of the family is by far the largest for he is one of 11 children. Now living, besides himself, are two sisters, Mrs. Sherman Belfry (Essie) originally of Victoria Harbour, now of Midland, Mrs. William Collins (Edna) of Stayner; and two brothers, John J. Ney of Hamilton, and Leslie Ney who lives in Midland right across the street. The Bill Neys have only one son, Cy, and one grandson, Ricky. Mr. Ney, his son and grandson, and his two brothers are the only family members with the name ‘Ney’ (which somewhere along the line dropped out an “a” from the original Neay). Cy and his wife Sadie, also have two daughters, Geraldine and Nancy. Mr. Ney was born on St. Valentine’s Day in 1874 near Caesarea on Lake Scugog and in his teens moved to a farm in Tay Township near Old Fort School. By the time he was 15 he was out working in one or other of the many sawmills and lumber camps which dotted North Simcoe and Muskoka. Around 1900 he decided on a career as a blacksmith and worked in many shops in this district. When he sold his business on Bay Street to Elmer Shaw, he was Midland’s last smithy. Before he opened his business with the late Dick Taylor (now a part of Midland Foundry) he was employed as a blacksmith at the old Kennedy Iron Works, around the Simcoe Elevator location. For three years, after he sold his own shop, he worked at the Midland Boat Works, but has been retired from all employment for the past ten years.

Mrs. Ney was born Jean Stephenson in Toronto and moved with her family to Penetang. From a family of eight, there are only two sisters left along with Mrs. Ney; Mary (Mrs. Hulbert) lives in Lowville, N.Y., and Mabel (Mrs. M. Cameron); lives in Toronto. They moved to Midland and she shortly thereafter left for Denver, Col., where she stayed for two years. Returning to Midland, she met her future life-mate through their church associations, and on Feb. 7, 1911 their marriage took place at her parents’ home. Her wedding clipping from the Free Press giving an account of the marriage stated that she was becomingly attired in a semi-princess style dress and ended by stating  “ The Free Press extends its greetings, wishing for Mr. and Mrs. Ney many long years of health and happiness.” The Free Press got its wish and there is every good reason to feel that many more years will follow the fifty they have completed together. 


Lop $24,374 Off Budget Finance Body Proposes 

Free Press headline of February 8, 1961.
A number of budgets submitted by various Simcoe County organizations will be knocked down today if county council acts favorably on the recommendations of its finance committee, submitted in Barrie yesterday. The committee recommended cuts totaling $24,374. In its report, the finance committee said it had “studied carefully” the many estimates, grant applications and budget requirements submitted by various committees. “If our recommendations are accepted,” said finance chairman Ross Williams, “we are of the opinion that with careful spending the general county rate can be held” at seven mills (same as last year), with an additional mill for hospital construction grants. 

County Levy up One Mill 1961 Rate Set at 11.8 

County Herald headline of February 10, 1961.
Simcoe County levy for 1961 will be one mill higher than the 1960 figure. The county rate has been set at 11.8 mills; seven mills for county purposes (the same as last year), one mill for special hospital construction grants and 3.8 mills for road purposes. The road levy is the same as in 1960. The increase in the levy this year was necessitated by council’s new grant formula for county hospitals. The debate on the recommendations of the finance committee may have been too much for one councillor. Deputy-reeve Wilfred Downer of Sunnidale. Mr. Downer suffered a heart seizure just prior to adjournment and required medical attention. Friends said the Sunnidale representative would be taken to hospital for further observation and care. Chairman of the finance committee, Reeve W. R. Williams of Alliston was named by Warden Montcalm Maurice to chair a committee of the whole council to discuss the finance committee’s recommendations. 

    0ne Tiny Township landowner, who was advertising lots for sale along the proposed new section of Champlain Road, apparently will have a long wait for the expected development. Reporting on a visit to the Department of Highways, Reeve Montcalm Maurice and Deputy-reeve Douglas Holt said they have no idea when, or if, that section will ever be built. Apparently authorities now have their mind set on improving the existing road as the development road project. “They have apparently abandoned the idea of the top road,” Reeve Maurice said. The Tiny representatives were told plans now provide for ditching, gravelling and installation of culverts on the old road. “We don’t know how much they will do on straightening out the curves,” Mr. Holt said. 

    With total assets of $65,000, Penetang Consumers’ Co-operative turned over sales in 1960 of $280,000, producing a gross profit of $36,893, according to a financial report presented to members at the annual meeting Wednesday night. Liabilities, excluding members loans, run to $27,000. This is more than covered by property and equipment valued at almost $55,000. From the net profit of $2,858 the membership voted to pay a dividend of 1.5 per cent on members’ purchases during the year. In this connection, manager Ed Desrochers said less than one-half of the store’s sales were being recorded in returned slips. The manager reported that the business was running well with the stock having been turned over 16 times during the past year. He said good business practice required it to be turned over at least 12 times annually.  

    Winterama programs, fresh off the press, have now been shipped and mailed in thousands to various parts of the country for distribution, as plans for the big event Feb. 24, 25 and 26 moved into high gear this week. The program for the 1961 edition of Winterama follows closely that of the past two years. One notable exception is the moving of the trap shoot from Saturday to Sunday. This was done to accommodate many trap shooters who said they would find it easier to attend on Sunday. Two new features which have been added are Go-Kart races and a hockey game, to be staged Sunday afternoon. Detailed information on these two new events is being kept under wraps for the moment, pending receipt of additional information. 

    Victoria Harbour Fire Chief Donald Cadeau stated yesterday that he thinks the oil furnace of the 60-year-old Royal Victoria Hotel, Victoria Harbour, exploded early Friday morning and started the fire which completely demolished the hotel. “There had to be an explosion to cause a fire of that size,” added Chief Cadeau. The 50-room structure burned down within an hour and firemen from Midland, Port McNicoll and Waubaushene assisted in the 25-below zero temperatures. Owner Jack Harvie bought the hotel five years ago. 

    Purchaser of an auctioneer’s licence from Simcoe County for 40 years, Napoleon Hamelin is to receive one for free this year. This was the recommendation of the finance committee to council yesterday. Clerk Fred Hunter was instructed to prepare an honorary licence for Mr. Hamelin, of Penetang. 

DUNN — To Mr. & Mrs. Norman Dunn, 85 Wellington St. W., Barrie, at
Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, Jan. 27, 1961, a daughter.
GIGNAC — To Mr. and Mrs. Remi Gignac, 16 Maria St., Penetang, at Penetanguisbene General Hospital, Thursday, Jan. 19, 1961, a daughter.
HAMELIN — To Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hamelin, Broad St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, Jan. 30, 1961, a daughter.
To Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Morley Jamieson, Elmvale, at Penetanguishene
General Hospital, Wednesday, February, 1961, a son.
JOLIE — To Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Jolie, Hillsdale, at Penetanguishene
General Hospital, Friday, Jan. 27, 1961, a daughter.
KIDD — To Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kidd, Elmvale, at Penetanguishene
General Hospital, Wednesday, Jan. 25. 1961, son.
KING — To Mr. and Mrs. Remi King, 60 Robert St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene Hospital, Saturday, January 28, 1961, a son.
LACROIX – To Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Lacroix, Midland, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, January 28, 1961, a son.
LEDUC — To Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Leduc, Victoria Harbour, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, Jan. 23, 1961, a son.
LESPERANCE — To Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lesperance, Perkinsfield, at
Penetanguishene General Hospital, Sunday, Jan. 29, 1961, a son.
LONGLADE — To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Longlade, Highland Point, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, Jan. 26, 1961, a daughter.
MAYER — To Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mayer, 31 Peel St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Sunday, Jan. 29, 1961, a son.
MOREAU — To Mr. and Mrs. John Moreau, 109 Seventh St. Midland, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Jan. 29, a son.
STEPHENS – To Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Stephens, 86 Queen St., Elmvale, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, Jan. 23, 1961, a daughter.
TUCKER — To Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tucker, Waubaushene, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, January 28, a daughter.
CABLE – To Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cable, 192 Colborne Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, February 5, 1961, a son.
HEBNER — To Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hebner, 297 Princess Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, February 5, 1961, a daughter.
HELLER — To Mr. and Mrs. Karl Heller, 106 John Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, February 3, 1961, a daughter.
JACKSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Jackson, 329 Midland Avenue, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, February 5, 1961, a daughter.
LaCROIX — To Mr. and Mrs. Leonard LaCroix, 138 Yonge Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, February 2, 1961, a daughter.
SALLOWS — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sallows, R.R. 1 Victoria Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, February 4, 1961, a son. 

Two days of high winds and drifting snow temporarily blocked roads into Midland and Penetang and a possible shortage of milk was being contemplated. * * * Amalgamation of Education, Public Utilities and Midland town offices, discussed at intervals the previous year, was being seriously reconsidered. * * * After several years as clerk and treasurer of Midland, Ralph R. Wilson returned to the insurance business and opened an office in town. * * * Citing the example of York County council in appointing a director of hospitalization. Simcoe County council was endeavoring to reduce the cost of indigent patient hospitalization. * * * A minstrel show was presented at the new Ontario Hospital building, Penetang, by patients for friends. * * * Unemployment relief in Midland was going to cost $493.15 every day during 1936 according to estimates passed by the town council. The total estimates for the welfare committee were $180,000 with the provincial government paying the lion’s share amounting to $154,000. * * * As a result of continued expansion of business, Midland Garments Ltd., planned to install another bank of machines which would require the employment of 25 additional operators. * * *  Midland YMCA was marking the seventh anniversary of the opening of their new building. * * * Horse racing on Little Lake Park was one of the features of Midland’s four-day snow carnival. * * * Dr. R. Morley Harvie was elected chairman of the Midland Board of Education and his brother James G. Harvie elected to the same position in Orillia. 

    Construction on the first house in Port McNicoll’s Maple Wood Park sub-division got under way this week. C. A. Meadows of the Meadows Land Development Co. told this newspaper Wednesday that the excavation of the basement for the new home had been completed Tuesday and that construction would start Thursday. Mr. Meadows said he is building the house for his own use under NHA regulations. The land development firm head said the new sub-division consists of the westerly portion of McNicoll Street, Wardell Street and Hayes Street, lying between Fourth Ave. and Seventh Ave. Mr. Meadows said he was unable to say how many new homes would be built on the subdivision at the present time. He said under existing government regulations, individuals obtain NHA loans but could not build blocks of homes as had been the in previous years. 

    Under a proposed merger, announced earlier this week, Midland’s Canadian Bank of Commerce and its satellite branch in Victoria Harbour, will have a new name. When the proposed amalgamation of Canadian Bank of Commerce and the Imperial Bank of Canada is ratified by a two-thirds vote of the shareholders of each banking firm, the new name will be Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. J. S. Proctor, president of the Imperial Bank and N. J. McKinnon, chairman and president of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, announced the merger in a joint statement issued Feb. 4. This week, new Canadian Bank of Commerce signs were erected on the Midland branch of the firm. 

    Three members of 1st Penetang Scout Troop reached the highest level in Scouting Wednesday night, when District Commissioner Harvey Boyd pinned Queen’s Scout badges on their uniforms. Bert Mason, David Hook and Dennis Larmand had passed all necessary tests some time ago and had been awaiting the presentation. In speaking to the boys, Scout Master Dr. B. Boyd pointed out their achievement had been reached before he had taken over leadership of the troop. He gave credit to Elmer Hook and Ken Ball as being the two persons most responsible for any instruction the boys had received. 

HENRY JAMES GOUETT — Believed to be the oldest native of Waubaushene at the time of his death, Henry James Gouett died at his home here February 2nd, after a lengthy illness, he was in his 86th year. Funeral mass was conducted Feb 4 by Rev. J. McDonough at St. John’s Church, Waubaushene. Pallbearers were Pat Gouett, Marshall Gouett, Boyd Bonneville, Ronald Pilon, Larry Curran and Fern Maurice. Born April 22, 1875, Mr. Gouett received his education at Waubaushene and on Feb. 26, 1900 was married there to the former Margaret St. Amand. Mr. and Mrs. Gouett celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary one year ago. Mr. Gouett was a hotel proprietor, a former Waubaushene constable and post master for two years. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and in his younger years was a member of the church choir. His hobby was boat racing. Mr. Gouett also lived at Port Severn, Victoria Harbour, Perkinsfield, Duck Bay, Toronto and Oshawa for short periods, returning each time to Waubaushene. Besides his widow, Mr. Gouett is survived by two sons Albert and Harry of Waubaushene and two daughters, Mrs. R. Pilon (Irene) Perkinsfield and Mrs. M. Doyle (Lorette) of Toronto. A son Arthur predeceased him. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Temporary entombment was made in St. Ann’s Mausoleum, Penetang, with burial later in St. John’s Cemetery, Waubaushene. 

    A host of prizes await the winner of the “Queen of Hearts” contest which is being held this week and next for the 14th consecutive year. All pupils at Midland-Penetang District High School, the ten contestants have been selected by a vote of the MPDHS students. These ten contestants will appear at intermission time (8.30 p.m.) at the Midland Roxy theatre Thursday night when five finalists will be chosen. The following Thursday at the same time the queen will be chosen at the Roxy. Among the prize’s the queen will receive are a three-day trip to Ottawa with her mother the guests of the Free Press Herald and the Roxy theatre, a Travelgard overnight case donated by the Eleithia Shoppe; a pair of the latest style shoes from Fern Shoe, Penetang, photographs of the queen and her princesses from Rolfoto Studio, five L.P. record albums donated by radio station CKMP and a dinner for herself and family at the Commodore Hotel, Penetang. The following to a list of contestants in alphabetical order: Arlene Armstrong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Armstrong, Midland, who is in Grade 13 general course. Robin Benson daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Benson, R.R. 1 Midland also in Grade 13 general course. Marie Cordes daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Cordes, Penetang, a Grade 11 student in the general course. Marlies Delori, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Delori, Midland who is in the general course Grade 11. Bonnie Flotron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Flotron, Elmvale, who is taking the special commercial course and some Grade 13 subjects. Karen Mick, daughter of Mrs. Frances Mick of Victoria Harbour is in the Grade 11 general course. Barbara Murday, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Murday, Midland is in the Grade 12 general course. Pat Playford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Playford of Hillsdale is in the special commercial course. Bonnie Rourke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rourke, Sunnyside, is in Grade 11 general course. Margaret Spicer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Spicer, Midland, is a Grade 12 student in the general course. 

    Three Midland girls and one each from Hillsdale and Victoria Harbour reached the finals in the “Queen of Hearts” preliminaries held at the  Roxy theatre last night. Chosen to compete in the finals in the same theatre next Thursday night were Margaret Spicer, Arlene Armstrong, Bonnie Rourke, all of Midland, Pat Playford, of Hillsdale, and Karen Mick, Victoria Harbour. The 10 contestants, all Midland-Penetang District High School students, were presented at  intermission time to the audience and judges Bruce Armstrong, George Bryant and Rolf Lichtenfeld. The finals will be held at the same time next Thursday night at the Roxy Theatre when the “queen” will be crowned and her princesses chosen.

Wilfred Larose, Odeon manager, Pat Playford to his left, Margaret Spicer and Arlene Armstrong seated; left arm Bonnie Rourke, right arm Karen Mick.

2 thoughts on “Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – February 8th to 15th, 1961

  1. I love these posts. I just noticed a mistake in the article about Ken Crawford’s store. It states that it was on Fifth Street at Ottawa when in fact it was on Fifth at Montreal Street. I grew up a few doors away.

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