Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – December 21st to 31st, 1960

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Click on photos to enlarge Most popular man in town these days, with personal appearances slated almost nightly, is the fellow with the red suit and white whiskers. Santa visited Midland’s new Greening Wire plant Saturday night. He’s seen with a small portion of the children that crowded around the tree set up in the plant. 

Sorting a stack of the thousands of out-going Christmas cards at the Midland Post office are, left to right, Ed Marchand, Albert Thiffault, Doug Brooks and Fred Grigg. 

Just like Perry Como, Midland post office has letters—stacks and stacks of them at this time of year, not to mention parcels by the bagful. Postmaster William Bourrie and Mrs. Fred Monkton are seen with some of the parcels which arrived Friday. 

There’s plenty of work around any Canadian post office at this time of year, and Midland is no exception. Emptying one of the hundreds of lock-bags that have come into the Midland office during the present Christmas rush are, left to right, Roy Mitchell, Mike Marion and Jim Wallace.

Mail in and out of Midland post office this Christmas season is “running about neck and neck with last year,” according to William Bourrie, postmaster. Biggest day so far was Thursday, when 36,456 out-going Christmas cards were handled, compared with 32,657 on the same date last year. The total as of Dec. 18, however, was about the same both years, Mr. Bourrie said. The same thing applies to incoming lock bags of mail and parcels  “about the same as last year”  according to the postmaster. 

Sponsored by Midland Jaycees, a meeting held at Bourgeois dining room Thursday night heard an address by conservationist Ralph W. Harris, describing the dwindling state of one of Ontario’s most important natural resources — pure water. Above, left to right, are Mervin Grigg, Midland deputy-reeve-elect, E. H. Nicholson, chamber of commerce president, Stewart Holt, PUC secretary-manager, Mr. Harris, Miles Blackhurst, Jaycee president, and Mayor Charles Parker. 

Another season has come to an end for the ships of the Great Lakes, and the men who sail them. Some of the freighters which will winter in Midland are seen above. Pictured are the three Paterson Line ships berthed at Midland – Simcoe elevator, The Paterson, the Quedoc, and the Senator of Canada. 

The Murray Bay and the T. R. McLagan, are two CSL ships tied up for the winter at the Tiffin elevator. 

Work for handicapped persons is the aim of one of this area’s newest industries — Midland Reliable. Manager of the firm, Alf Tuttle, packages some of the electric fence insulators being assembled by Ross Harman in photo 7079. In operation since Oct. 1, the firm, which also includes Stan Vincent, is able to do competent work on a number of assembly and packaging projects awarded them by district firms.

Her bow etched with the silvery lines of ice and water she plowed through to get here, the ice-breaker Alexander Henry pulled into Midland dock last Thursday afternoon. She is now reported to be in Parry Sound but is expected to return to Midland. 

Midland harbour was yielding large crops of minnows just before the freeze-up. Guy Hebner (right) is seen with a helper filling up a bushel basket with the tiny fish, used as bait for better things, fishermen always hope. It was cold work on this particular day. 

Lulled by one of the finest autumns in living memory, North Simcoeans only a few days ago were wondering if there would be snow for Christmas. There will be too much of it, many oldsters feel. The picture is typical of scenes common on any street in Midland during the past week. 

Snow, snow and more snow, there appears to be no end to the white stuff in this part of North Simcoe. This street in Midland was typical of many after weekend storms dumped more than two feet of snow on the town. 

There’s no doubt about it — North Simcoe in general and Midland in particular will enjoy (?) a white Christmas next Sunday. Cars battle their way up the slight grade on Midland’s King Street during the height of a recent storm. 

Although sub-zero temperatures put an end to much of Midland’s winter works program, temporarily at least, it was still possible to give work to some men this week. Above, a group installs a new storm sewer on Quebec Street, linking drains on Fifth and Bay Streets. 

Management and staff of Harrison Metal Works held their first Christmas party at Bourgeois Beach dining hall last week. In the top and lower pictures, the head of the company, Wm. Harrison, and Mrs. Harrison, seated centre front in both photos, are surrounded by members of their staff and guests. 

Youngsters in Victoria Harbour have a much-improved outdoor rink for their use this winter. Only fly in the ointment so far is too much snow, making much shovelling necessary, both for flooding and skating. 

First place winner in the 1957 home decoration contest, sponsored by Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce, was this Midland home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Birch. Entries in this year’s contest will be judged tonight. The Jaycees also have been responsible for many of the street decorations in Midland’s Business section. They have been assisted by PUC and public works employees. This photo was re-published on December 21, 1960 with this caption; The home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Birch, Midland, has been a top winner in Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce Christmas lighting contest on several occasions. Judging of this year’s contest will take place Dec. 22. (It won again.) 


Free Press Herald headline December 21st, 1960.
Continue Wing At Manor Under Winter Work Program

Work on construction of the new wing at Georgian Manor, Penetang, which came to a halt recently with the advent of near-zero temperatures and heavy snow, will again be resumed as a winter works project. This was revealed yesterday by construction superintendent Henry Gignac. He said he had received the go-ahead from his firm, W. G. Howe Construction Co. Mr. Gignac said polythene material has been ordered to provide protection from the elements for the workers. The plan calls for covering sections under which walls will be raised, and then moving the ‘shield’ on to complete another section. When the whole thing is covered in, heat will be introduced internally. 

County Herald headline of December 23, 1960.    
Employ Toronto Firm to Complete Town Plan

E. Lawlor, chairman of Midland Planning Board, announced yesterday that an agreement for the preparation of an official plan for the town of Midland, had been entered into with the planning department of Proctor and Redfern, civil and consulting engineers, Toronto. “I am quite pleased that we have been able to get so far this year,” commented Mr. Lawlor, who said he expected it would be between six and eight months before the draft of the official plan would be ready for presentation to town council and the minister of municipal affairs. 

Free Press Herald headline of December 29th, 1960.
Approve Wage Increases for Police in Penetang

With the exception of a change in one clause, plus an additional classification, Penetang council Wednesday night accepted the arbitration report of Judge Donald MacLaren in the wage dispute between itself and the police force. Judge MacLaren recommended that a proper agreement be drawn up between the two parties, and this was ordered completed by council. Included in the judicial recommendations were the following: That wages from July 1st to the end of 1960 be at the rate of $3,900 for sergeant and $3,600 for constable. These two figures to be boosted by $100 each for the entire year 1961; That there should not be an overtime agreement for 1960; That overtime for 1961 be paid at the rate of time-and-a-half, with straight time being paid for court appearances on off shift time. The recommendation included a suggestion that all over-time payments be pooled and distributed among the men at the year’s end; That each man should work one shift per month free of over-time payment when replacing a member who is ill; That there be two weeks vacation with pay after one full year of employment; That there be one and a half days sick leave per month cumulative to 180 days. The accumulated sick leave, up to a maximum of 180 days, to be paid to a man retiring from the force. 

    Despite a loss of several carload shipments because of the threatened rail strike, shipment of Christmas trees by rail from Penetang this year was almost on a par with last year’s record. CNR agent E. Levesque said yesterday. “The threatened strike did cut down on some of our shipments when they went by truck. I am confident if it hadn’t been for that we would have equalled last year’s loadings.” Mr. Levesque said 71 carloads were billed out of Penetang this year compared with 76 cars in 1959. He termed this “very good”, and said the company was quite happy with the results. 

Ten Years Ago

Charles Parker was elected mayor of Midland for 1951 with a majority of more than 21 per cent of the 1,943 votes cast. • • • H. J. “Herb” Beauchamp was requesting council to approve a building permit for a community hall to be erected behind his combined residence and store at 308 King Street. • • • Penetang branch of the Canadian Legion was holding its 24th annual “Ye Olde Tyme Fair” to raise funds for Christmas gifts for veterans’ children. • • • Tenders were being called for the wrecking of the former Woollen mill building at Midland and Hugel Avenues. * * * Tiny Township spent $53,040 on roads and bridges during the year, the annual statement prepared by clerk Michael Asselin revealed. • • • Simcoe County weed inspector C. D. Raikes advised that yellow rocket, a perennial weed not unlike mustard, was making its first appearance in the county particularly in the Coldwater area. * * * Coldwater council accepted with regret the resignation of waterworks superintendent Bruce Sperin and expressed the hope that he would be able to continue in an advisory capacity. * * * Following a number of claims for the $3 bounty on fox skins, from residents outside of Medonte Township, Medonte council passed a motion that only Medonte Township residents could claim the bounty for foxes shot in the township. 

    Editorial – A New Yorker claims to have perfected a machine which, if installed in hospitals, will enable one nurse at a nursing station to take automatic pulse, temperature and other routine medical checks on patients on her floor. Now that, it seems to us, is carrying this automation business too far. No machine ever can replace the healing touch of a pretty nurse. 

    Owing to the Christmas Day and Boxing Day statutory holidays Monday and Tuesday, only one issue of this newspaper will be published next week. It will be delivered to book stores and ready for carrier delivery Thursday. 

    Ronald Lawson, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Lawson, Balm Beach, heard recently that he had won a three-day all-expense trip by jet plane to New York. The trip is sponsored by a Toronto newspaper for which Ronald had obtained a prizewinning number of new subscriptions. Ronald, who is an honor student in Grade 5 at the Mountain School (S.S. Tiny 16), will start on his New York trip Dec. 28 with a group of newspaper carrier boys. 

    A serious accident occurred yesterday afternoon. Michael Dragoman, 9, received possible broken ribs and internal injuries, medical authorities said. The lad was hit by a car on Hugel Ave. East. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Dragoman, 289 Third Street. 

       Midland Y’s Men held their annual Christmas party at the YMCA Tuesday evening. More than 100 members, wives and children turned out to greet Santa Claus and join in the program planned under the chairmanship of Harold McAllen. Those who assisted with the program were Gaye Abbott, Debby Yelland, Geraldine Ney, Nancy, Wendy and Sharon Biggar, trio numbers: Wendy and Mary Jane Walton and Sandra and Dennis Nesbitt, sang duets; solos were presented by Mary Tully, Wendy Thompson and Jill Patchell; Tom Thompson and Janie Brasher gave a recitation, and Peggy Bray and Nancy Tully offered piano solos. 


JAMES MACKIE – Former Midland mayor in 1937, ’38 and ‘39 and Ward 3 alderman during 1959 and ’60, James Mackie died at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Dec 16, following a six-months illness. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. L. Self at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home Dec. 19. Pallbearers were Reeve H. J. Beauchamp, town solicitor Douglas Haig, alderman Percy Crawford and three members of Branch 80 Canadian Legion, Len Wiles, Charles Stewart and Jack Fitzgerald. Just prior to his illness, Mr. Mackie had visited relatives in Scotland during a two-month vacation. He was accompanied to Scotland by Mr. and Mrs. Colin Mackie. Born, July 20, 1888 at Aberdeen, Scotland where he was educated. Mr. Mackie came to Midland in 1910 after a few months in Toronto. He operated a sign painting and decorating business until his retirement six years ago. On Christmas day 1925 at Toronto, he married the former Elizabeth Kennedy of Midland. Mrs. Mackie predeceased her husband on Nov. 6, 1957. An active member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Mr. Mackie was also active in the work of Branch 80 of the Canadian Legion and Caledonian Lodge AF and AM No 249 Midland. A Masonic service was held on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the Barrie funeral home. Mr. Mackie is survived by three brothers Peter and Colin of Toronto and Robert of Aberdeen Scotland.

FRANCIS G. REYNOLDS  – A life-long resident of Wyebridge and Waverley, Francis (Frank) George Reynolds died at Penetang General Hospital, Dec 2, in his 82nd year. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. A. G Fairhead and Allan Creaser at Waverley United Church. Pallbearers were Alex Carpenter, Keith Wood, Orval Kitching, Alvin Reynolds, Willis Reynolds and Everett Reynolds. Born and educated at Wyebridge, Mr. Reynolds Married the former Mabel Carpenter at Midland, May 4, 1921. He was a member of the Anglican church and the Wyebridge Orange Lodge and was a Conservative in politics. Besides his widow he is survived by four daughters Mrs. Wm. Leonard (Frances), Wyevale, Mrs. Ralph MacDonald (Audrey), Wyebridge, Mrs. Harold Archer (Phyllis), Midland and Mrs. Donald Irwin (Wilma), Barrie and four sons Eldon and Eric of Waverley, Laurence of Wyevale and a stepson Douglas Holt of Wyevale. Three brothers also survive. Henry of Wyebridge, Fred of Midland and Ernest of Richmond Hill. Twenty grandchildren and two great-grand-children also survive. 

MRS. ALFRED FORGET – A resident of Lafontaine most of her life, and of Penetang for the past 11 years, Mrs. Alfred Forget died Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Georgian Manor following a stroke. She was 97 years old. Born in Quebec, she came to Lafontaine with her parents at a tender age. It was there she met and married Alfred Forget in 1895. She was a Roman Catholic and a member of the Ladies of St. Ann at Lafontaine. Surviving are three sons, Telesphore and Philippe of Lafontaine and Lucien of Midland and three daughters, Mrs. Edmond Roi (Alma) and Mrs. Art Robitaille (Esther) of Lafontaine and Mrs. Earl Therrien (Matilda) of Penetang. Her husband predeceased her in 1930. She also leaves four sisters, Mrs. Fred Dennis, Midland, Mrs. Frank Skelly and Mrs. Edward Sullivan, Barrie, and Mrs. Paul Brisette, Victoria Harbour. There are 43 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 9, from Beausoleil’s funeral home to Ste. Croix Church, Lafontaine, where Rev. T. Marchildon officiated. Burial was in Ste. Croix mausoleum. Pallbearers were Aurele, Gerard, Martial, Paul and Leo Forget and Fred Robitaille.

ROSE TESSIER – A life-long resident of Penetang and well known there for her charitable work, mainly through the Red Cross organization. Miss Rose Tessier died unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 9, at her work after suffering a coronary thrombosis. Daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Tessier, she had worked for many years as a seamstress at the Ontario Hospital, Penetang. She was a Roman Catholic and a member of the Catholic Women’s League. She is survived by one brother, Eddie of Penetang; and three sisters, Mrs. Albert Brasseur (Jennie), Georgetown, PEI, Flora and Alice, both of Penetang. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 13, from Beausoleil’s funeral home to St. Ann’s Memorial Church where requiem mass was sung by Rev. J. Kelly, assisted by Father J. Marchand and Father L. O’Malley. Pallbearers were Art McKee, Art Dumais, Jim Hamelin, Len O’Leary, Theophile Ladouceur and Walter Spearn.


ADOPTION — Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Kenning are happy to announce the arrival of their adopted son, Thomas Archer, aged three and one half years.
COUSINEAU — To Mr. andMrs. John Cousineau, Honey Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Monday, December 26, 1960, a daughter.
FLETCHER — To Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Fletcher, 113 Fourth St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, December 27, 1960, a son.
LACROIX — To Mr and Mrs. Leonard Lacroix, 29 Poyntz St., Penetang, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Tuesday, December 27, 1960, a son.
LEGAULT — To Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Legault. Honey Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Tuesday, December 27, 1960, a son.
MARCHAND — To Mr. and Mrs. Morley Marchand R.R. 1, Wyebridge, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Saturday, December, 24, 1960, a daughter.
MONAGUE — To Mr. and Mrs. Bert Monague, Christian Island, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Tuesday, December 27, 1960, a son.
PATTERSON — To Mr. and Mrs. George Patterson, Port McNicoll, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Wednesday, December 28, 1960, a daughter.
WILFORD — Jack and Beverley Wilford are happy to announce the arrival of their daughter, Karen Lee, at the Civic Hospital, Peterborough, on Tuesday, December 20, 1960.
CRUISE — To Mr. and Mrs. David Cruise, 149 Sixth Street,  Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, December 18, 1960, a daughter.
DENIS—To Mr. and Mrs Joseph Denis, 389 Hugel Avenue, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, December 13, 1960, a son.
DUNN — To Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dunn, 293 Dominion Avenue, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, December 15, 1960, a daughter.
EDWARDS — To Mr. and Mrs. Verne Edwards, 235 Russell Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, December 18, 1960, a son.
LORNE — To Mr. and Mrs. Mathieu Lorne, 292 Dominion Avenue, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, December 20, 1960, a daughter. Stillborn.
NICHOLSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Nicholson, Honey Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, December 21, 1960, a daughter.
O’CONNOR — To Mr. and Mrs. Frank O’Connor (nee Madeline Lowes), 852 Kirkwood Avenue, Ottawa, at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, Sunday, December 18, 1960, a son.
SHEFFIELD – To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sheffield, 180 Dominion Avenue, Midland, at St. Andrew Hospital, Tuesday, December 20, 1960, a daughter.
WEISSFLOG — To Mr. and Mrs. Armin Weissflog, 165 Ruby Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, December 20, 1960, a son.
BALL — To Mr. and Mrs. Grant Ball, R.R. 3, Elmvale, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Wednesday, December 14, I960, a son.
BELL— To Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bell, First Street, Port McNicoll, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, December 17, 1960, a son.
HARTLEY — To Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hartley, 4 Robert Street, W., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Tuesday, December 13, 1960, a son.
KING —  To Mr. and Mrs. Ronald King, Yonge Street, Midland, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, December 17, a son.
LAURIN — To Mr. and Mrs. Gildore Laurin, 8 Maria Street, Penetang, at
Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, December 15, 1960, a son.
McANENEY — To Mr. and Mrs. Bernard McAneney, R.R. 5, Bolton, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, December 15, 1960, a son.
MOREAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Justin Moreau, West Street, Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, December 15, 1960, a son.
SPARLING — To Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sparling, 3 Queen Street, Elmvale, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, December 17, 1960, a son.
25 Years Ago

The Randolph Macdonald Dredging Company, which was dredging the harbour at King Street, Tiffin and Aberdeen docks, stopped dredging operations until spring. * * * Miss Betty Brown, Jack Tippin and Frank Smitham attended a meeting in Midland of the 1st Midland Wolf Cubs prior to starting a park in Coldwater. * * * H. L. Cumming’s Deputy Minister of municipal affairs, in a letter to Simcoe County Warden, H.  L. Crawford advised that the debenture debts of both Midland and Penetang were likely to be refunded in 1936 and both towns re-established on a pay-your-debts basis. * * * “A Brown Picture”, an oil  study in that colour by W. J. Woods of First Street, Midland, was sold for $100 to the University of Toronto where it was to hang in the music room of Hart House. * * * Bylaws were passed by Midland council appointing R. S. King the town’s acting clerk-treasurer and Wm. Hack deputy clerk. * * * W. S. McKinley and J. B. Roebuck were mayoralty candidates for the municipal elections which were held Jan. 6. Eighty-six persons were nominated for 16 offices. * * * Midland’s hockey executive vetoed a proposal for an Intermediate “B” entry from Midland. The executive felt that, with two intermediate and junior entries, there would be too much hockey even for Midland. * * * Midland voters were to decide on election day whether or not they wished the inauguration of daylight saving time. * * * Midland police reported an epidemic of chicken thieving on the west side of town and they advised residents who kept chickens “to sleep with one eye open.” 

Dear Editor
The single-screw wooden tug Fred A. Hodgson was built in 1890 by Collingwood Shipyard as Hull No 11, and registered there in the names of James Noble and Charles Noble. Official No. 94688. Her length was 83.8 feet, width 16.9 and depth 6.8 feet, gross tons 62.78. There were several changes in ownership until 1912 when she was burned and abandoned near Wiarton. She was salvaged by Capt. Alex. Clark who sold the hull to Dobson Shipbuilders of Midland. She was rebuilt, re-surveyed and re-registered in Collingwood as No. 3 in 1912, with Manley Chew of Midland as the registered owner. Her dimensions were: length 97.1 feet, width 17.8 depth 8.2 feet, gross tons 172.94 Registered tons 105.95. She had one single cylinder high pressure engine made by Sutton Brothers of Buffalo, N.Y. in 1876. Diameter of cylinder was 14 inches and length of stroke 16 inches. Her boiler was made by John Doty Iron Works of Toronto in 1877 with N.H.P. 6.5. There were no further changes in ownership. Her registry was closed Dec. 5, 1927 on information that she had foundered somewhere in Georgian Bay about twelve years previous.
(If Mr. Williams has his dates correct the tug was lost only two years after being acquired and rebuilt by Manley Chew.) 

    One change was made necessary on the Penetang Protestant Separate School, commencing with the first of the year, when Miss Ruth Lawson tendered her resignation because of ill health. Board chairman Ed Webster said Mrs. Bob Murday of Midland has been hired to replace Miss Lawson, and will start her duties next week.

Below is a sampling of the many corporate seasons greetings printed annually in the Free Press, these examples will never appear again.

From the volunteers, staff and board of directors of the Huronia Museum we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy, New Year!!

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – December 7th to 14th, 1960

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Click on photos to enlargeReeve of Port McNicoll for 12 years, Albert Calvert, ‘signs’ up for a 13th term. At his right is Clerk B. J. Brownell. Waiting to qualify are, left to right, standing, Alex McCullagh, R. J. Belanger and Johnson Young, along with Mrs. Jack Reedy, who declined a seat on the school board. 

Sound financial position of Port McNicoll brought smiles to these men studying a report prepared for Wednesday night’s nominations by Clerk B. J. Brownell. Left to right are; Robert Smith, Tim Lewis, Lloyd Cameron and John Kent. 

There were smiles from some and disappointment for other candidates in Midland’s election Monday. Three winners above, left to right, are Mervin Grigg (Deputy-Reeve), Oliver Lesperance (Alderman Ward 3) and Walter Woods (Alderman Ward 4). 

Four more successful candidates in Monday’s municipal election in Midland watch Free Press Herald Manager Bob Chittick totalling the counts on an adding machine. Left to right are Tim Nesbitt, returned to the school board, Albert Atkinson, new alderman for Ward 1, Herb Carpenter, who gained a seat on the PUC, and Frank Bray, several times chairman of the schools board who was re-elected. 

“It looks like . . but no, the ball hit the rim and stayed out” Taking part in this  Little League basketball action at Midland YMCA are, left to right, Doug Taylor, Don Moffatt and Dalton Moore. 

Editorial page photo entitled, “Kennedy at Orr Lake?” 

These toys being checked off by Cecil Launder, left, and Ray Church look like they’ve just come off the store shelves. Actually it took many hours of work by volunteers from Pillsbury’s Midland staff to get them back in good condition for distribution to needy children at Christmas time. More toys are still needed, any person who wants to rid his attic or basement of wagons, dolls, carriages or other playthings discarded by his own children is asked to call the Pillsbury office. 

Reeve Ernest Cadeau and the public school board were returned to office by acclamation at nominations held in Victoria Harbour Monday night, but there will be an election next Monday for the four seats on council. It will be Mr. Cadeau’s fourth term as reeve, following several years as councillor. Seven candidates have lined up for the battle, including sitting members Oliver Savage, Wilfred Savage and Don Eplett.  Also qualifying were Herbert West, Mel Robertson, Allen Vallee and Albert Cameron. Three sitting members of the public school board, all returned by acclamation for two more years, were William Grigg, Lorne Ball and Forbes MacKenzie. Still with a year to go are Bruce Crooke, Dick Brown and Mrs. Bob Murray. For two of the men, nominations at Victoria Harbour are not new. They are Lorne Ball, on the school board for a quarter-century, and Wilfred Savage who, Mr. Heels said, had- spent “a third of his life on council”. Mr. Savage later said this will be the 21st year he has served as councillor or reeve of the village. Although he wasn’t present Monday night, Mr. Grigg is the dean of them all in Victoria Harbour, with nearly 30 years on the school board. 

“Oh for the life of a sailor” hardly applies at this time of year, when temperatures dip near or below the zero mark and the stormy winds do blow on the Great Lakes. The Golden Hind, which brought a half-million bushels of grain to Port McNicoll Monday, is a good example of the hardships which must be endured by both men and ships. Ice in many spots on the ship was more than two feet thick. 

’Twas an icy world Gilles Ferron looked out of as the freighter Golden Hind docked at Port McNicoll Monday to lay up for the winter season. Sub-zero temperatures and strong winds coated the ship with many tons of ice as she fought her way down the lakes from Port Arthur with her last cargo of the season. 

Members of the Midland Salvation Army Corps are raising funds for their Christmas Cheer campaign for the needy by playing carols at various points on Midland streets. Here, except for the modern school crossing and street signs in the background, a quintet of Salvationists present a picture that is symbolic of old-time Christmas card scenes. 

Landmark in Midland for more than half a century, the old Midland Boat Works building has been torn down and will be replaced by a more modern marina structure. The two photos (7019) show the building as it was being dismantled. 

The Third Midland Brownie Pack, led by Lieutenant  Mrs. William Johnson, sing Christmas carols in the Edwards store Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:45 until 8:15. The program will be broadcast live on CKMP radio. Names were provided by volunteers, not published with the photo. Back row L to R Melanie Dyer, Mary Lea Rutherford, ?, Gail Langridge, ?, Judy Scott, Susan Cochrane. Front row L to R Bonnie Hornsby, Mary Paul, Jane Adams Marilyn Douglas, Judy Douglas, ?, Eve Kurschner, Betty Paul, Karen Gray, Barb Douglas. 

May Make Manor Wing Winter Project

County Herald headline of December 9, 1960. 

Possibility that the Georgian Manor addition at Penetang may become a winter works project was seen in part of Tiny Reeve Montcalm Maurice’s nomination speech at Perkinsfield, Monday. Reeve Maurice said the committee in charge is conferring with government officials at present to determine whether it could be turned into a winter project, with work continuing through the cold weather. 

OWRC Sets Up New Code to Governs Plumbing Trade

Free Press Herald headline of December 14, 1960.

Amended plumbing regulations for Ontario are now in effect, Midland council heard Monday night in a letter from Dr. A. E. Berry, general manager of the Ontario Water Resources Commission. The new regulations, passed under the authority of the Ontario Water Resources Commission Act, apply to all municipalities and set up standards of materials and their installation. The original plumbing regulations which were made under the Public Health Act are now administered by the OWRC and the letter states that, as a result of the changes, health officers have been advised that all municipal plumbing bylaws made thereunder (Public Health Act) cease to have force or effect on that date (date of order- in-council Sept. 30) and are now superseded by the Plumbing Code. The new regulations place the responsibility for plumbing inspections on the municipality  without designating which branch of municipal government does the work. Referring to the new regulations, the letter continues: “No person shall construct, repair, renew or alter plumbing except in conformance with these regulations. Where plumbing has been constructed, repaired, renewed or altered, the plumbing shall not be put into use until it has been inspected and found to conform to these regulations. Every municipality shall carry out such inspections as are prescribed by these regulations. 

    A medical doctor member of the Commons predicted Monday that viruses will be almost completely conquered in 10 years. Dr. P. B. Rynard (PC—Simcoe East) made the prediction in speaking on a Liberal member’s resolution for a national survey on mental illness. Dr. Rynard said many children are born mental defectives because of virus infection in the pregnant mother. There was nothing more tragic than the arrival of a mentally retarded child in a home. He said the number of mental defectives probably will be reduced when viruses are conquered. One estimate was that one out of every 10 children born today would be in a mental institution at some time in its lifetime. Half the numbers of people seeing doctors today were going to them because of emotional disorders. 

    Louis O. Breithaupt, well known in Penetang as owner of a tannery, and as a summer resident with a cottage “Up the Shore” died unexpectedly in a Toronto hospital Tuesday afternoon, after being rushed there by ambulance from his Kitchener home. Mr. Breithaupt was better known to the rest of the province through his service as lieutenant-governor of Ontario for five years. He had been interested in civic affairs from an early age and at 32 was the youngest mayor ever to serve the city of Kitchener. He was elected to a seat in the federal house in 1940, and held it until his provincial appointment in 1952. He had been chancellor of Victoria College, Toronto, succeeding Lester B. Pearson in that post. Premier Leslie Frost adjourned the legislature half an hour early on hearing of the death. Speaking of Mr. Breithaupt, Mr. Frost said. “Mr. Breithaupt was a man of fine intellect who had great knowledge of this province and its ways.” Funeral service was held yesterday in Kitchener with a large number of government officials present. Burial was in the family plot in a Kitchener cemetery. 


HATLEY — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hatley, Port McNicoll, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, December 6, 1960, twin sons.

LABRASHE — To Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Labrasbe, 7th Concession, Perkinsfield, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, December 2, 1960, a daughter.

MOREAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Donald Moreau, 137 Fourth Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, December 2, 1960, a son.

PENDER — To Mr. and Mrs. Russell Pender, 372 William Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday December 7, 1960, a daughter.

RICHARDSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Richardson, 81 Bay Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, December 3, I960, a daughter. 

    All the excitement Monday night wasn’t concerned with the Midland elections. An Ontario Hydro helicopter trying to land after dark attempted to land on the playing field of Midland Penetang District High School, but there was not sufficient light there. After circling the area a number of times, it was finally able to land on the lawn next to the Shamrock motel on Yonge Street west. “It caused quite a bit of excitement,” Harvey Ellison stated “and quite a few people came to the motel to see what was going on.” The Hydro men had been repairing a broken line at Twelve Mile Bay and had expected to get to Midland before dark but were unable to make it until nearly 6 p.m., Mr. Ellison stated. 

    With the last ships already in or on their way, at least 13 lake freighters will winter in the Bayports of Midland and Port McNicoll this winter with the possibility of one more to add to the list. The 13 ships have already brought a total of 6,728,000 bushels of grain to the Bayports and the expected arrival of the CSL’s Hagarty at Port McNicoll Friday will add another 400,000 bringing the total to more than 7,128,000 bushels. Also slated to winter in Midland are the new government ship Alexander Henry and the older government ship, the C. P. Edwards. Biggest single cargo, 777,000 bushels, is in the hold of the CSL’s Murray Bay at Tiffin elevator in Midland. The T. R. McLagan is also at Tiffin, bringing the total there to 1,471,000. Nearby, at Aberdeen elevator, two Algoma Central ships, the Algosteel and Algocen, have around 616,000 bushels in their holds. At the CSL elevator are Nipigon Bay, 560,000 and Goderich, 398,000 just short of the million-bushel mark at 958,000. Across the bay three Paterson Line ships have 1,325,000 bushels for the Midland Simcoe elevator. They are the Senator of Canada, Paterson and New Quedoc. Biggest total load, 2,358,000 bushels, is already berthed at the CPR elevator in Port McNicoll. Ships are the Jobn E. F. Misener, 619,000; Sir James Dunn, 591,000; John O. McKeller, 643,0001 and the Golden Hind, 505,000. Also slated for Port McNicoll is the CSL’s Hagarty, carrying around 400,000 bushels. Officials said the Hagerty may proceed to drydock in Collingwood later, if weather permits. Three CSL ships, which usually winter in Midland, will be missing this season, according to J. G. Hendrickson, CSL manager here. They are the Coverdale, stranded in Montreal by the Seaway closing; the Donnacona in drydock at Fort William and the Lemoyne, in drydock at Collingwood. (It will take approximately 3,500 boxcars to move this grain to the east coast.) 

     Jack Blackburn has been appointed harbormaster at Midland, Dr. P. B. Rynard, M.P. for Simcoe East, announced Saturday. Mr. Blackburn succeeds the late Dave Hewis. 

    Facing a ballot for the first time in three tries for the mayoralty of Penetang, Jerome Gignac was returned Monday by a whopping 333 majority over George Kerr. Mr. Gignac polled 717 votes compared with 384 for Kerr. Both questions submitted to the voters carried with a large majority. Sunday sports was approved 802 to 225. The two-year term for council carried on a count of 688 to 289. 

    A sudden cold snap, following on the heels of a spell of unusually mild weather for this time of year, froze Midland Bay Sunday. Ice in the harbor thickened Monday and Tuesday as temperatures dropped. Thermometer readings ranged from four to ten below zero.  

    A ratepayers’ meeting at Port McNicoll Dec. 7 was informed that the village’s population had reached a new peak since the community was incorporated by an act of parliament in 1917. The population new stands at 1,016 an increase of six since Sept. 30 of this year. Assessor John Hartford reports that the total assessment for Port for 1961 will be $I,356,670 compared with $1,328,605 in I960. Land assessment is $246,745 (up $61,000): buildings $1,095,960 (up $19,860); and business $13,965 (up $2,105). 

25 Years Ago

Henry Jackson, known as Chief Red Hawk, chief of the Christian Island Indians, was attempting to collect $I,500,000 treaty money allegedly owed to the Canadian branch of the tribe by the United States government. * * * A “Southern Cinderella”, a three-act comedy, was presented by the Christian Mothers in St. Mary’s parish hall Victoria Harbour. * * * Midland Kiwanis Club sponsored a midnight revue at the Capitol Theatre in aid of Christmas cheer for local needy children. * * * Midland council objected to a ruling by the Department of Municipal Affairs that the owner of a home free of encumbrances is not entitled to shelter relief until he is three years in arrears with taxes. * * * Taking the first step for a province-wide organization, a North Simcoe branch of the Ontario Potato Growers Association was formed at a meeting of Simcoe County potato growers in Barrie. * * * Midland Boy Scouts made a house to house canvass for clothing on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross. * * * Miss Dorothy Kerr, Toronto, secretary-treasurer of the Ladies Ontario Hockey Association, expressed the hope that Midland would be represented at the association’s annual meeting and that Midland would be able to enter a girls hockey team in the league. * * * Ivan Smith was elected president of the newly-formed Midland High School Alumni Association at a meeting in a Bloor Street tea room, Toronto. * * * The play “The Bloaters”, produced by the Coldwater Anglican Young People’s Association, was presented to an audience in Foxmead. 

Editorial Page

Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Whenever a government does for its citizens that which they have the capacity to do for themselves, individually and in groups, it begins to destroy both their capacity and their incentive to do for themselves. It begins to weaken rather than to strengthen the foundations of freedom and the means of progress. I can work my girls arithmetic problem better for her than she can work it for herself. I can get the right answer almost every time. And she would like to have me do it for her. She’d even vote for me if I would. But I don’t do it. Not because I don’t love her or want her to succeed — but because I do.” 

    Once again it s December and our country world is wider now, with only dark bare branches between us and the horizon. The road to the end of the concession line is visible, and the postman stopping at the mail box is pleasant to see with no leafy screen of bushes to hide him and in the distance, I can see sturdy Christmas trees standing so strong and bright. Yes, it’s December again and besides being the gala month of the year it s a busy one for us farm folk with geese chickens and turkeys to pluck and get ready for market. But with stations where you can get your fowl plucked for a few cents a bird, we’ve lost the fun we used to have at the old time plucking bees when neighbors would go to one home and pluck geese, then to another the next day to pluck the turkeys. It seemed more like fun than work in those days. As I look out at the snow it brings back memories of Christmases’ of 40 or more years ago, when our family was young and all with us. We used to take the family and drive 10 miles to grandads for Christmas dinner. Dad  wrapped to his ears in a fur coat and a woolen scarf tied around the collar, would drive the team and bobsleighs up to the kitchen door. The sleigh would be filled with straw covered over with horse blankets. The children would be piled in and covered with buffalo robes. Then away we would go, the icy snow crunched and crackled under the sleigh runners, the bells on the tongue poured out with a welcoming sound, wisps of snow sent up by the horses hoofs whipped across our face and went swirling by to light on the rail fences that lined the sides of the roads. When we reached our destination dad would stagger out under his load of Christmas parcels and the family would follow, hardly able to walk under all their wraps. As they neared the door, grandma and grandpa would be there to welcome them with open arms. In the old-fashioned kitchen, the table would fairly groan under its load of good things to eat. There would be roast goose, mashed potatoes, creamed carrots, pickles of every description, bowls of red ripe apples, dishes of nuts and candies and never-to-be-forgotten smell of good things.  And lastly but not, least, there was good old-fashioned plum pudding and flaky home-made bread. After grandad asked the blessing, everyone ate till they were uncomfortable. The children played around the Christmas tree with their numerous cousins. The parent caught up with all the neighborly news such as weddings, births, auction sales and family affairs. Suddenly dad or mother would glance at the clock and once more it would be time to bundle up and start for home. As we drove home we suddenly realized that Christmas was something to be shared with loved ones, it was a time when old arguments, wounds and heartbreaks were forgotten. When we headed for home, regardless of whether we were rich or poor, it wasn’t what we had, but the fact that being home for Christmas spelled happiness for “you and yours.”

God bless you all

This Christmas day

May Bethlehem’s star

Still light the way

And guide thee to

The perfect peace

When every fear

And doubt shall cease.

And may thy home

Such glory know

As did the stable

long ago.

— Rhoda Downer

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

The photos found in this blog post are the property of Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario. Any reproduction for commercial use without permission is prohibited.  Any other distribution must credit Huronia Museum.  Please contact the museum with any questions you may have.  

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.