Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – March 1st to 7th, 1962

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   In last week’s posting we missed the February 23rd County Herald. The headline read, “Reverses Stand on Pay, Tiny to Amend Schedule”. Two bylaws, one setting up a wage schedule the other providing for payments for car allowances for employees, were defeated at a special meeting of Tiny Township council held at Perkinsfield last night. Discussion arose following second reading of the salary schedule bylaw. Deputy-Reeve Doug Holt started it with: “I thought we had agreed at the last meeting the clerk and assessor were to be equal, but the figures in the bylaw are not.” Last week’s resolution had called for a 1962 salary of $4,600 for the clerk and $4,450 for the assessor with a $5,000 maximum set for both. {The debate went on, the bylaw was voted down and ended with this comment} Reeve Montcalm Maurice shook his head: “I can’t understand it, the men who voted for this last week voted against it tonight. It makes us look as though we don’t know what we want.” 

    Penetang’s weekend of winter hoop-de-do will get off to a flying start tonight with a huge bonfire followed by a torch-light parade. The bonfire will be next to the K of C Hall on Poyntz Street. Members of St. Ann’s Young People’s Club will use it to light the torches they will carry in the parade. The parade will finish at the parking lot next to the post office where an outdoor moccasin dance will be staged. Along with the moccasin dance, scheduled for both Friday and Saturday  nights, townspeople and visitors will have the opportunity of eating “beefburgers” from a whole beef carcass barbecued over charcoal. Another Friday night feature will be a get-acquainted night in the lounge of the Community Centre. Officials feel that a lot of Winterama friends will want to get together before the main events get under way. There will also be several indoor dances Friday night. Although Winterama competitions are not scheduled to get under way until Saturday, one competition familiarly known as the game of “where do I get a room”, has been underway all week. The only prize offered in this game is accommodation for the weekend.

    As early as Wednesday afternoon, weekend accommodation was at a distinct premium. One man was finally able to secure a room at Elmvale, after trying unsuccessfully in both Penetang and Midland. 

    Police say a five month rampage of thefts and vandalism came to an end Wednesday with the arrest of two district youths by OPP at Victoria Harbour. The worst and most recent incident occurred at MPDHS. Entry was gained through a window on the west side of the school sometime between 11:20 and 12 o’clock Sunday night. A quantity of candy bars and other articles were stolen, and widespread vandalism occurred. The cafeteria, teacher’s room and one classroom bore the brunt of the damage, said school principal Raymond Gauthier. Food was scattered, bottles broken and cutlery dumped in the cafeteria. Art powder was heaved on the rugs and chesterfield in the teacher’s room and broken bottles were thrown in toilets. 

Watching smoke pour from the upper storey of this house on Fourth Street Tuesday, many spectators felt the frame building was doomed to destruction. Firemen were able to contain the blaze to an upstairs bedroom. The fire is believed to have started in a clothes closet. Damage was estimated at about $800. 

The  Guide “trefoil” and the Scout “fleur-de-lis” decorate the cake shared by the leaders and officials of both movements, to mark the birthday of the founders, Lord and Lady Baden Powell. Photo shows some of the guiders and scouters from Wendake district enjoying the party at Mrs. Lawlor’s home Monday night. Left to right in lower photo, Area Commissioner Mrs. Ed Lawlor, District Commissioner Harvey Boyd, District Commissioners, Mrs. Jim Lemieux (Gail) and Mrs. Paul Quilty, and District Cubmaster Art Richards. 

Editorial page photo entitled; “Winter at Martinsville Mill”. [This is now one entrance to the Provincial Nature Preserve called the Copeland Forest, across from the ski resort at Mount St. Louis Moonstone. The road in the foreground would be the Ingram Road.] 

Many hands made lighter work for the Midland branch of the Canadian Cancer Society when they staged a “dressing blitz” at Midland YMCA Friday. Packing the dressings in the top picture are, left to right, Mrs. Alex Campbell, Mrs. Dave Hutchison, Miss Margaret Johnston and Mrs. Alex Craig. Another group of ladies is seen assembling the bandages in the lower photo. 

Below are pictured many of the 100 contestants who entered the Free Press International Cookbook contest. Kitchens and appliances have changed a lot in sixty years! 

Third place winner in the cook-book contest was Mrs. F. Savage, Victoria Harbour. 

A tasty cookie recipe won Mrs. Bernadette Frawley of Mount St. Louis a fourth place prize in the County Herald cook-book contest. Mrs. Frawley, above, is active in Women’s Institute affairs in North Simcoe. 

Third prize winner in the cooking contest was Emmy Neumann, Midland. 

A consistent winner of prizes at the Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society fall fair, Mrs. Isabel Jones, R.R. 1, Midland, won a $5 fourth prize in the International Cook-book contest sponsored by this newspaper. Mrs. Jones’ prize recipe was, “Canadian Apple Pie”. 

First prize of $25 was the award won by Mrs. W. H. Burbidge of Woodland Beach, shown at the bake table in her home on Nottawasaga Bay. Mrs. Burbidge’s winning recipe, “Cantonese Chicken Wings” has an Oriental flavour. 

Busy in her kitchen is Mrs. H. E. Miller, 285 Fourth Street, who won a fourth prize in the cook-book recipe contest. “Refrigerator Pineapple Cheese Cake” was the tasty bit that won her the award. 

A cook of the ‘old school’, Mrs. Garfield Cotton of Penetanguishene prefers a wood or coal burning range to today’s gleaming cooking appliances. She is pictured in the kitchen of her home. Mrs. Cotton won a fourth prize for her “Cranberry Loaf” recipe, which appears below. 

Mrs. John Mackie is busy whipping up something new after winning one of nine five dollar fourth prizes in the cook-book contest sponsored by this newspaper. Mrs. Mackie was awarded a prize for her recipe “Spicy Apple Twists”, which appears on this page. More than 100 recipes were submitted. 

Mrs. Violet Rudyk of 50 Fifth Street, Midland, who was a fourth prize winner in the cook book recipe contest. Mrs. Rudyk’s winning recipe was “Beef Biscuit Roll”. 

Mrs. Agnes Evans, 43 Fox Street Penetanguishene, is in the dough in more ways than one. Her recipe, “Mother Cakes”, won her a $10 third prize in the County Herald International cook-book contest. 

In operation just over a month, Midland’s new school crossing patrol system is working out satisfactorily. Members of the Parkview School patrol, with newly-elected captain John Wilcox are seen above. Girls are, left to right, Judy Fitzgerald, Betty MacKay, Glenda Stewart, John Wilcox, Sharon Park, Ann Webster. Boys in photo 8137 are Ron Henderson, Gary McCaughen, Brian Morden, John Wilcox, Kennedy Self, Leonard Johnston, Stewart McElroy, Bob Powell. In back of both pictures are Norman Crane, Ontario Motor League representative, Chief George Wainman and Sgt. Ernest Bates. 

Midland’s “Buzz” Deschamp ought to be a confused young man as he surveys the sports gear in his closet. A star with Midland baseball and hockey teams, “Buzz” now has taken up ski jumping and was in action in the Ontario championships Sunday. Helping him to select the right gear for the occasion are Lynn McAllen, left and Margaret Spicer. 

Hike School Grants $10 in Record High Budget
County Herald headline of March 2, 1962. 

Midland – Penetang taxpayers will benefit by about $34,000 from increased school grants in 1962. This was made known yesterday when Provincial Treasurer James Allan presented his budget statement to the legislature at Queen’s Park. The record shattering estimates, highest in the province’s history, amounted to $1,126,000,000. Other highlights included no new taxes or increases in existing taxes, wider exemptions in retail sales tax and increased benefits to religious and educational establishments.

    A petition containing 1,723 names was presented to Midland council this week requesting it hold a plebiscite for the sale of liquor in dining rooms and lounges. The number signing was well above the required 25 percent needed of the slightly more than 4,600 eligible to vote in the last provincial elections. A similar petition asking for the establishment of men’s and women’s beer parlours was soundly defeated with only 478 signatures. 

    All three of Midland Home and School Associations were in accord at meetings held at each school this week. Parents passed a motion to submit a resolution requesting the Midland Public Schools Board to provide school supplies without cost. This refers to the work materials the parents now provide at the beginning of each term and for replacements throughout the year. Midland is one of the few communities which still issues lists of supplies which have to be bought by the parents.

    Long dormant in this area, dog poisoning is back in the news, this time at Waubaushene. Residents there are up in arms over the poisoning of 15 dogs in recent months. Fears are expressed that children may also become innocent victims. Strychnine is believed to be the poison used. 

    Midland Flyers took a big step towards a berth in the Georgian Bay intermediate “A” finals with a 6-1 win over the Collingwood Shipbuilders before a jam-packed Arena Gardens throng Wednesday night. Flyers now have a win and a tie in the two games played in the best of seven series.

 Most of the newspaper photos from the first week of March were about the Winterama and as stated before most of the Penetanguishene negatives are either destroyed or lost. Some were grouped on this page. 

Call Fifth Session Today as Tiny Pay Hassle Continues
Free Press Herald headline from March 7, 1962. 

Tiny council, in its fourth attempt, failed to settle wages of employees at their regular monthly meeting Saturday afternoon. A special meeting is scheduled for today in a last ditch effort to settle the issue. Deputy-reeve Doug Holt introduced a motion pegging all salaries with the exception of Clerk G. Marchand at the 1961 level. It failed to get approval. 

    Thirty four fans attending the Collingwood – Midland playoff game in the Arena Gardens Saturday night got mildly unpleasant surprises when they went to their cars following the game. Each of the thirty four found a $1 parking ticket on his vehicle. Police issued the tags for blocking the main road into the gardens and private driveways along adjacent streets. “You could hardly have driven a bicycle into the Garden’s parking lot the way the cars were blocking the entrance alongside the curling rink. If there had been a fire at the arena, firemen would never have been able to get in with their trucks.” said Sgt. Ernest Bates.

25 Years Ago
Supplementary estimates passed by the federal government included $13,400 for public works in Midland. T. M. McCullough, chairman of the Midland chamber of commerce, said he expected the amount was intended to cover cost of dredging in Midland harbor. * * * Mrs. Walter VanLuven, Sunnyside, reported seeing two brown and black butterflies basking in the sun on her kitchen window. * * *  Flt. Lieut. E. E. Moore, Camp Borden, spoke on the construction of planes at an aeronautical night at the Midland YMCA. Twenty boys with model planes, entered their craft in the Y’s Men’s competition. * * * Midland Boat Works were starting the construction of a 45 foot cabin cruiser for the Game and Fisheries Department of the Ontario government. * * * G E. Hawke, Department of Public Works, completed a survey of Penetang Bay preparatory to dredging operations which were planned for the summer. * * * Midland s fire bell, which was badly cracked, was to be replaced by a fire siren at a cost of $255. * * * With the purchase of a police car, Midland council authorized the patrolling by police of the side streets as well as the main street. * * * Ontario’s Premier Mitchell Hepburn, announced in the provincial budget speech that all municipalities in the province would receive a subsidy amounting to one mill on the dollar of their rateable assessments. It was estimated the subsidy would mean $5,000 and $1,270 to Midland and Penetang respectively. 

“No camping” sign at Paradise Point is perhaps a bit superfluous at the moment, with the popular Port McNicoll park covered with several feet of snow. But the sun is getting stronger and the days longer and in a few weeks this winter’s heavy snows will be but a memory. 

“Parasol Drill” is the title of this number, featuring a half-dozen pretty St. Theresa’s High School co-eds, which formed part of the school’s variety show held recently. Left to right girls are; front, Maureen McAvoy and Lorraine Contois; back, Sharon Rivet, Gisela Schuecke, Geraldine Borsa and Louella Contois. 

Camera fans had a field day in Penetang and Midland during the Winterama and ski jumping weekend. Down at Midland harbor the government ice-breaker Alexander Henry attracted a lot of shutter bugs as it moved the freighter Lemoyne through heavy ice from CSL elevator to the winter berth.

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