Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – July 1st to 7th 1957

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Music by the Midland Citizens Band drew generous applause from the passengers and crew of the South American when the big white cruise ship docked in Midland June 19. Most of the guests were members of the Cleveland, Ohio, Chamber of Commerce. It will be the only visit of the year by a big cruise ship to Midland, which not so many years ago was accustomed to seeing as many as three tied up at the dock at the same time. (The photo in the paper was much better but the negative has disappeared, a common thing with important events like Hurricane Hazel and ship launchings.) 

Fresh from their victory at the Waterloo Band Festival Saturday members of the Midland Citizens Band march down a street in Waubaushene Monday afternoon. The Midland band led the regatta day procession. (Looking south up Sandhill Road.) 



Two valedictorians were in attendance at public school graduation ceremonies at Parkview School Monday, June 24. Winston Schell of Regent School and Gaile Wright of Parkview.

A trio of Regent School pupils provided a popular item on the program during public school graduation ceremonies at Parkview School last Monday. Making like the Crew Cuts’ are Winston Schell, Kevin Rogers and Harry DeVries. (The newspaper cropped many of these photos, this one only showed the trio from the waist up. We like to show the whole photo so that you can say “I remember that stage” or  “that pull down screen” or “those black curtains at Parkview”. )

Leering medicine man lends atmosphere to the Y’s Men’s Indian Village this year. The crooked face represents an old Huron legend about a battle between the good and evil spirits. The good spirit told his enemy to turn around, which he did. When the evil spirit turned around again, the good spirit had caused a mountain to appear between them, and the evil one smashed his face on the side of the mountain.

Medonte author Kenneth Wells and his wife Lucille Oille will create a “cruising guide” for boaters on Georgian Bay waters. They are shown aboard Moonstruck ll, which last year carried them on a record making 6,000-mile jaunt through U. S. waters. They will now use the Moonstruck for cruising Georgian Bay waters. 

Damage caused by the remains of Hurricane Audrey. A car owned by Midland postman Alf Scott suffered severe damage when it was struck by this large Maple limb on Elizabeth Street near the Post Office. 

Fans question a call by the referee at a wrestling match at the Midland Arena Gardens. Lots of action during these popular events.

Popular with the younger set at least is Yukon Eric shown here signing autographs for a group of children grouped around his corner of the ring. The bouts were held each Monday evening with proceeds going to finance minor hockey in Midland. 


  • The headline, Free Press Herald, July 3rd, 1957. Trio Swept Through Dam Sluiceway – Survive Watery Ordeal on Severn. Three people, two women, a man and two dogs were swept through the right-hand sluiceway at the dam between Six Mile Lake and Gloucester Pool. The 16-foot boat waited too long to turn and the operator grabbed the steel safety cable and was pulled from the boat, it continued and struck the log barricade capsizing and going down the 12-foot drop.
  • The headline, County Herald, Friday, July 5th, 1957. Roof Whipped Off Store at Resort – Estimate Twister Damage $25,000.00. A line storm, accompanied by winds of twister proportions, about 9 p.m. last night caused an estimated $25,000 damage to one Honey Harbour building alone and extensive damage to others nearby. Major storm victim was Edwards store near the Delawana Inn. The wind tore a 30 by 60-foot section off the roof of the store yet left china tea cups and expensive chinaware on counters and shelves below virtually intact.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – T. M. McCullough was elected district governor for Northern Ontario at a three-day convention of Ontario Y’s Men’s Clubs in Peterborough. * * * The armoury of “D” Company, Simcoe Foresters Regiment, located on the third floor of the new Penetanguishene Post Office building, was officially opened by Capt. A. B. Thompson, M.P., on behalf of the Minister of National Defence Donald Sutherland. About 60 attended the event. * * * Georgian Bay municipalities were attempting to arouse public sentiment to force the federal government to give financial assistance to idle shipyards in Midland and Collingwood. Hundreds of men in the two towns and surrounding districts were out of work because the two yards had closed down. * * * C. L. Wiles of Midland was presented with a long-service medal by Hon. Wm. Finlayson at the official opening of the Penetang armoury. Mr. Wiles was company quartermaster serjeant. Mr. Finlayson was honorary colonel of the 35th Simcoe Foresters Regiment. * * * A motion to abolish the Midland Citizens’ Band, submitted by a member of the council, received rough treatment from other councillors. After a heated discussion, the motion was withdrawn. * * * For the first time in many years, Midland’s water supply had been hit by a prolonged heat wave and drought. The supply of water from the creek which emptied into the reservoir was being augmented by water pumped from five artesian wells.
  • The home of Jim Sauvé on Harriet Street was badly damaged by a fire Saturday afternoon that started where the kitchen stove flue entered the wall. Estimates of the damage are in the $3,000.00 range.
  • The remains of Hurricane Audrey battered the North Simcoe region late Saturday morning, cutting power lines, telephone lines and slowing the daily rail service. Twelve trees were blown down in Little Lake Park.
  • June examination results were printed in Friday’s paper for MPDHS. Elementary school promotion lists were also published.
  • The CBC has lifted its ban on television deodorant advertising but there is however, to be continuing censorship which calls for “no odour reference, no demonstration”.
  • Eight Penetang people had a close call Wednesday night when a bolt of lightning burst into their home at 138 Fox Street. Mr. and Mrs. S. Machowski, their three children and three boarders were all in the house
    when lightning broke a window and put lamps, radio, telephone and television out of commission. Although no one was injured, they received quite a fright. “I couldn’t talk for an hour,” said Mrs. Machowski.
  • Last year Midland Park Commission endorsed a resolution outlawing
    outboards over five horsepoweon the waters of Little Lake. More than 90 percent of the lake is owned by and falls under the jurisdiction
    of the Parks Commission and it has agreed that high-powered  outboards
    create not only a most objectionable noise nuisance but are a definite
    hazard to the safety of swimmers and boaters.
  • Fourth annual picnic for sightless persons of Simcoe County, held at Midland’s Little Lake Park June 26, was termed a “great success” by officials of the district office of the CNIB, as well as the guests
  • Since Martyrs’ Shrine opened for the current season, 102 separate and public school groups and 19 other organised pilgrimage groups have visited the memorial. School groups came from as far away as London, St. Catharines, Belleville and Sudbury. The largest number came from

Huronia Museum to Host First Annual “Pass It On” Storytelling Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Wednesday, July 29, 2015)

Huronia Museum to Host First Annual “Pass It On”  Storytelling Festival on August 22nd, 2015 in Little Lake Park

Huronia Museum is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the first annual “Pass it On” Storytelling Festival on August 22nd, 2015 in Little Lake Park from 10 am to 4 pm.

The Pass-It-On Storytelling Festival aims to create experiences of discovery and delight through the art of storytelling.  Huronia Museum is taking a leading role in heritage preservation by bringing first-class local and guest storytellers to the people of Huronia to engage in one of humanity’s earliest art forms. The museum ultimately places to an ongoing, annual festival that enriches the hearts, and minds of our community.

Visitors to this first annual storytelling festival will enjoy two storytelling venues in Little Lake Park.  Stories can be heard from the Rotary Stage and in the museum’s own Huron Ouendat Longhouse.  Visitors can expect a special performance in the afternoon by the Bicycle Opera, an opera company which travels to communities solely by bicycle.   A children’s craft area for little story listeners will also be located within the Festival pathways.   Vendors, other performances and food services by  ELM Catering will also be located in Little Lake Park on the day of the festival making it a reason to come to Little Lake Park and stay for the day.

For further information on Huronia Museum please contact the museum at 705-526-2844

Huronia Museum is a not-for-profit charity, which collects, preserves, exhibits and educates on the history of Huronia.

Contact information:

Huronia Museum
549 Little Lake Park Road, Midland, ON L4R 4P4


Stomp the Floor: A Musical Métis History Workshop

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Join the four siblings of the Métis Fiddler Quartet on a musical voyage across the trade routes of the Northwestern frontier.  Clap, clog, jig and sing along with this young, award-winning group and discover the history of the Métis people in Canada through the aboriginal fiddle traditions passed down by elders from across the country.

Sunday, August 25, 2013, 2:00 PM

In the Ouendat Village of Huronia Museum.

Adults $10, Seniors and youth, $5.

Presented by Brookside Music Association.  Sponsored by the Tourism Midland.