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

Sorry, we have fallen behind in preparing this weekly post, the information is now 3,120 plus 1, weeks old.

Sale of the yacht Haidee, owned by D. L. Pratt, to Bruce Eplett of Victoria Harbour was completed at Midland last week. Although, Mr. Eplett declined to comment on the proposal, it is understood that he plans to operate a cruise service out of Midland this summer. The cruise ship is pictured above at the dock of Great Lakes Boat and Machine. 

It’s holiday time again, and the children and adults above, relaxing at Little Lake Park, are typical of the many vacationers to be found throughout North Simcoe at this time of year. Safe swimming and play areas for children are among the paramount attractions of resorts in this district. (Taken from the roof of the boathouse.)

Careful mapping of every bit of information obtained by students of the summer school of archaeology at the Forget Site south of Midland is an important part of the project. Here Maryl Mercer of Guelph (left), Dr. Wilfrid Jury’s secretary, points out some interesting find to Elisabeth McAskill of Kingston, one of the guides at Midland Y’s Men’s Club’s Indian village in Midland this year. 

There’s lots of action like this for wrestling fans every Monday night at Midland Arena Gardens. The card is sponsored by the Midland Minor Hockey Association to help “put the kids on the ice” next winter. Here Tony Marino enjoys a brief advantage over rugged Ivan Kalmikoff while equally rugged Karl Kalmikoff leers his disgust from the corner. Seemingly unmoved by it all is referee Bunny Dunlop. 


Free Press Herald headline of Wednesday July 12, 1961.
Midland council, at a special meeting Monday night, accepted the tender of Albert Dragoman for a new garbage disposal site at a cost of $4,800 per year. The contract starts August 1, 1961, and terminates April 30, 1964. The Dragoman site is approximately four miles from the town limits, in Tiny Township on the concession west of the drive-in theatre. As the present garbage collection contract with Thomas G. Wilcox and Sons Ltd., calls for the dump to be situated not more than two miles from the town limits, council approved adding an additional $2,800 per year to the Wilcox hauling tender to compensate for the extra mileage. In calling for tenders on the new dump site, a five-year contract had been specified but on the suggestion of Reeve Percy Crawford the new contract termination will coincide with the termination of the present hauling contract held by the Wilcox firm. This was agreed to by council after it was learned that all parties concerned would be agreeable. 


County Herald headline of Friday July 14, 1961.
Principal R. C. Gauthier told the Midland-Penetang District High School Board meeting Wednesday night that the average marks of students in Grades 9 to 12 was better this last school year than the year previous. While the percentage of students obtaining first class honors (75% or better) was about the same as last year, Mr. Gauthier stated there was a much higher percentage of students obtaining second class honors (66% to 74%). Noting that the general average percentage of failure across the province was 20%, Mr. Gauthier said the MPDHS average this year was 16.1% failure as compared with approximately 18% last year. 

    Lloyd Stackhouse, physical director of the Midland YMCA for the past four years, has been appointed physical director of Holt Memorial YMCA, Quebec City. Mr. Stackhouse will be in charge of men’s and boy’s physical programs and will supervise the aquatic program at the Quebec ‘Y’. He will also direct the ‘Y’ camp, Camp Naskapi, for the 1962 season. At present Mr. Stackhouse is on staff at Geneva Park, YMCA national leader training camp, where he instructs in basketball and gymnastics. 

    With 3,000 copies of its first printing sold, British Book Services has now issued a second edition of Kenneth McNeill Wells’ Book “Cruising the Georgian Bay”. An attractive new four-color jacket heralds this much enlarged edition which, within its 183 pages, updates and expands the photographic and textual coverage of the water routes from Grand Bend, around the Bruce, along the Nottawasaga and north through the Georgian Bay to Killarney. 

COLDWATER — Another historic spot is to be marked with a plaque in the near future when the site of the Huron village of Cahiague, near Warminster on Highway 12, is officially designated. It was revealed by Premier Leslie Frost during an address at the re-opening of Orillia Public Library Thursday. The late Leslie Wise of Coldwater was one of the most enthusiastic proponents of a move to have the old Indian village east of Coldwater unearthed. The importance of Cahiague had been emphasized among others by C. H. Hale, editor emeritus of the Packet and Times of Orillia. Mr. Frost expressed the wish that Mr. Hale would be present when the historic marker is unveiled this summer. A summer school ‘dig’ is taking place at the present time at the Cahiague location. Samuel de Champlain spent considerable time at this Huron village of two hundred long houses and 10,000 inhabitants. Cahiague is one of the latest sites of many in this district and throughout Ontario, which have been marked with plaques following research by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario. 

Ten Years Ago
Penetang’s first traffic lights were installed at the corner of Main and Robert Streets. * * * Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce undertook to furnish a private room in St. Andrews Hospital. A cheque for $150, the first installment, was turned over to the hospital by Ivan McConnell, Jaycee hospital chairman. * * * More than 140 North Simcoe children were participating in swimming programs sponsored by county’s recreation services. * * * Meeting at Elmvale, Flos Township council set the tax rate for 1951 at 27 mills, an increase of 12 mills more than the previous year. * * * Despite a gradual shift of population from rural to urban centers, farm areas of  Simcoe County were still paying more than half of the county’s tax levy. * * * Penetang Chamber of Commerce was disturbed about what it called the “disgraceful condition” of Huronia Park. * * * The second annual session of the University of Western Ontario Summer School of Indian Archaeology was concluded with the presentation of 18 certificates to successful students at a dinner sponsored by the Town of Midland. * * * Jim Elliott of Port McNicoll, member of RCSCC “Huron” Midland, left Midland for special training in cadet work at HMCS “Cornwallis” in Halifax. * * *  Tiny Township council approved a new building control bylaw which applied to buildings from Ossossane Beach to Wahnekewening Beach from Con. 8 to the centre line of Con. 13. 

    It was bound to happen sooner or later, and Tuesday of this week was the day. A golf ball, shot from a tee at Midland Golf and Country Club, collided with a car being driven on Highway 27. Result: one broken windshield. No damage to the golf ball. A Gropp Motors mechanic, driving a car owned by George Grise, Honey Harbour was travelling south along the golf course property when the windshield suddenly disintegrated. An Ottawa man, summering at a cottage near Waubaushene, is said to have admitted he had driven the erring ball. 

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