Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – February 8th to 15th 1957

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2006-0020-3186 Browns Bread transport halted by glare ice on the roads has to be unloaded into smaller trucks, corner of Elizabeth Street and Midland Ave. Freezing rain has disrupted travel in the area. The fare on many Midland tables was a bit light at lunch hour as housewives waited in vain for milk, grocery and other deliveries, delayed by hours. All morning long the whine of spinning tires was the most common sound to be heard around town.

 2006-0020-3166Winners of the spelling bee held at Port McNicoll last week were Sandra Adams of Port McNicoll and Albert Eplett of Victoria Harbour. Henry Greer presented the winners with pencil sets on behalf of Bayport Branch of the Canadian Legion. legion-officers-1957

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2006-0020-3215 Seats were hard to find even early in the evening at the North Simcoe Liberal nominations held in Elmvale last week. Big community hall was filled long before 8 p.m. Some 300 people had to be turned away from a second hall in one of the largest political meetings in this area in years.

 2006-0020-3167 Mysteries of the spirit level are explained by Guy Johnstone, shop instructor at Sacred Heart School, to Clifford St. Amant, on right. A number of articles made by the boys were on display during open house last week.

 2006-0020-3208 Temperance paid off for these Regent Public School pupils, winners in a poster contest sponsored by the WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperance Union). In this group are Harry DeVries, Kevin Rodgers, Rodney Miller, Dietmar Wagner, John Argue, Dawn Annand, Marion Emma and Faith Cripps. 

 2006-0020-3140 2006-0020-3182 Between breakfast and lunch the house of Mr. & Mrs. George Bowen at George and Gloucester Streets became this charred shell in a fire Monday morning. Fire Chief Arnold Tippin said the blaze may have been caused by faulty wiring. It was understood that there was no insurance on the dwelling. There are seven Bowen children in all, ranging from two years to 18 years. Monday afternoon they were taken in by Mr. Bowen’s brother, Earl Bowen, at 210 William Street. George Bowen is an employee of the CNR.

 2006-0020-3179Midland firemen are displaying one of the certificates they earned for passing the recent county fire instructors course in Barrie, conducted by the Ontario Fire Marshall’s office. Dave Hudson, Chief Arnold Tippin, Harold Hamilton, Fred Grigg and W. E. Allsopp who studied such things as the ways of fighting fire, ventilation, forcible entry at least cost, ladder work, extinguishers and pumping. The course was one night a week for 20 weeks.

 2006-0020-3218 Winners in the French speaking section of the oratorical contest sponsored by the Midland and Penetang Lions Club at MPDHS Wednesday are seen above with Lion Ed Walker. Richard Gignac, left, was named winner with Donald D’Aoust, runner up.

 2006-0020-3174 Junction (Firth’s Corners) of Hwy 12 and Cty Rd 6 (Balm Beach Road) just west of Midland is being realigned. Gone are the old red house on the far corner and another house that stood almost dead center in this picture. The road on the right is Yonge Street which will be moved into the space being cleared, moving the junction several hundred feet further south. This was the scene of many serious accidents, partly due to the house that has been removed obscuring sight lines and the steep grade from the Balm Beach road to Highway 27, that difference can still be seen from the Full Line Electronics & Shoppers parking lot to the highway.

 2006-0020-3183 2006-0020-3184 George Vent and his son Don have been in the ice business in Victoria Harbour for 20 years and pack away about 2000 sixteen inch blocks like this every year. Graded A-1 by the county health authorities, the ice is taken from Hogg Bay.

  •  DeNure Transport truck burns on the 400 just north of the 401. The 16 ton load of flour, shoes, plastic pipe, nameplates and electric dryers was a complete loss. The driver, Don Bidmead from Moonstone was able to disconnect and save the cab.
  • Victoria Harbour council discusses ways to limit the annual damage and mischief surrounding the smelt season.
  • West Bend Aluminum Company of Wisconsin to open a factory in Barrie to manufacture the West Bend & Elgin lines of outboard motors.
  • Queen of Hearts contest and Winter Carnival Queen contest are running at the same time.
  •  Apparently Simcoe County Health Unit doesn’t think too highly of either the location or the housekeeping of Penetang’s town dump. This was the impression Penetang council received when a letter written over the signature of Dr. J . R. Anderson was read by Clerk W. H . Hewson.  The letter indicated inspectors had not been satisfied with conditions at the west end dump , what is commonly known as the “Firstbrook property”. It claimed garbage was spread too widely around the area and that there was a very heavy infestation of rats. The town was asked to seek a new dumping area. Councillor Ray McDonald said he felt the main objection was that the present dump is too close to the water. He said it is difficult for town employees to maintain proper order as individuals dump garbage all over the place.
  • Ken Ball of Penetang, son of Cpl. and Mrs. Blake Ball and troop leader of First Penetang Scouts, will be among the 37,000 Scouts from 67 countries who will be attending the “Jubilee Jamboree” in England August 1 to 12.
  • 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK — Midland and Penetang to produce a civic and industrial film of the two towns. The services of a Toronto film studio had been secured through the efforts of the Model and Bijou theatres. (Did it happen, we are looking into it)—- Members of Midland’s Retail Clerks’ Association condemned the practice in which store employees were pressured into buying tickets for events in the town.  —- Ontario Hunters and Game Conservation Associations had petitioned the Ontario government to permit the use of dogs for hunting purposes. The petition was the outcome of a discussion at a meeting of the association in Toronto. —- A former member of Victoria Harbour council, C. R. Burns died suddenly in his Victoria Harbour home.
  • Having to plead guilty to his second charge of drunk driving proved costly to a 62 year old resident of R.R. 1, Wyebridge, when he appeared before Magistrate K . A. Cameron in Penetang police court Feb. 7. Accused was sentenced to the minimum jail term, under the circumstances, of 30 days. In addition, his licence was suspended 12 months, and the vehicle he was driving (his wife’s) was ordered impounded for three months. [This was a serious penalty considering there was no accident or injury involved. Maybe a return to this is needed.]
  • The Midland General Store is advertising on CKVR TV channel 3.
  • Canadian Ski Jumping championship is to be held at the Midland Ski Club on the weekend of February 23rd.

WEDDINGS  — Mr. and Mrs. Allan Lavigne wed in St. Ann’s Church, Penetang, Jan. 26. The bride is the former Anita Putz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Putz, Penetang, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Lavigne, Midland. —- Mr. and Mrs. Neil Goneau of Midland married in St. Margaret’s Church, Midland, Jan. 26. The bride is the former Inez Bonneville, daughter of Mrs. Bertram Argue, and her husband is the son of Mrs. Arthur Goneau, Midland.

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

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2006-0020-3556Webster Henry Kitching (Jan 23, 1868 – May 12, 1959), a Midland man who built and operated the town’s first dairy, recently celebrated his 90th birthday. A native of Sunnidale, in 1919 he built the first dairy within the town, and operated it under the name of Acme Dairy. This is the same building in use today (1957) by Dubbin’s Dairy, and previously by Midland Dairies.  In 1897, Webster Kitching married Mary Martha Reynolds (whose brother Henry now lives in Wyebridge 1957) at the opening  service of the Church of England at Newtonville. Their eldest son Ernest lives in Orillia and is a foreman at Otaco in the pattern shop, having learned the trade at Hanley’s. Clarence, in Toronto, is with a real estate firm; Orval is the only child living in the Midland district; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Trimm lives in West Orange, N. J. , and the youngest son Percy, is in Burbank, Calif. There are two granddaughters, four  grandsons, and three great grandchildren. Mrs. Kitching died 25 years ago, and in 1940 Webster married Mrs. Maria Van Allen. A “widower” for the last six years, he now resides at the home of Mrs. M. Campbell. He celebrated his birthday at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Orval Kitching, where he chatted with some of his old friends and relatives from the rural area. These included Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reynolds, Wyebridge, and Mrs.  Tom Reynolds, Waverley, and a niece, Mrs. Lloyd Murday of Midland. [Orval Kitching operated a refrigeration repair business in Midland]

 2006-0020-3152 Candidates for this year’s Queen of Hearts contest, the winner to be chosen in the final contest at Midland’s Roxy Theatre February 21st. All the girls are from MPDHS and half of the ten will be eliminated in the preliminary round February 14th. Seated, Janice Edwards, Vasey; Nancy Somers, Penetang; Judy McIntrye, Midland. Back row, Shirley King, Hillsdale; Sheila Barber, Midland; Marita Lalonde, Penetang; Peggy Couling, Penetang; Mary Popple, Penetang; Myrna Bannon, Vasey and Karen Hornsby, Waverly. 

2006-0020-3187 Copeland Flour Mill in Elmvale (Flos Roller Mills) has been in operation for 70 years but has suspended operations temporarily according to Arthur Copeland, one of three brothers who operate the mill. The mill will reopen if conditions warrant it. The mill was built in 1887 by the late George Copeland, grandfather of the three men. [The mill was located on the north side of Highway 26, west of Elmvale and west of the Wye River. The railway crossing is the CNR line from Barrie to Penetanguishene.]


 Work is progressing night and day on the Waubaushene end of the new Trans Canada Highway to Parry Sound and Sudbury. Here fill is being put down on the link with Highway 12 which is about half a mile away in the distance. A bridge is to be built to carry the new highway over the CNR. [This view is to the southwest, Waubaushene is out of sight to the right]

 2006-0020-3039 Engineering students at the Midland Marine School work on their math problems. Instructor Robert Brooks, Jim Cordes, Penetang; Raymond Gagnon, Midland; Stan Smith and M. Carpenter, Collingwood.

 2006-0020-3151Members of the first student’s council at MPDHS are seen in this picture taken in the new boardroom. Front row; David Moffatt, secretary; Marion Gray, vice-president; Tim Lethbridge, president; Jarka Zabranski, treasurer. Back row; Judy McIntyre, Gail Marshall, Steve Maguire, Bob Thompson, Ron Blair, Joe Huston, Liz Piette, Martin Reynolds and Anne Hamilton.

 2006-0020-3188 The bridge over Matchedash Bay at Waubaushene has been damaged by the continuous passage of heavy construction equipment being used to build the Trans Canada Highway. The bridge was immediately closed and a Bailey bridge will be used to temporarily repair the span. Traffic to Port Severn and Honey Harbour has been re-routed back through Coldwater. The bridge was replaced in the fall of 2015. [For more information on this historic Tay Twp. bridge visit this site;


2006-0020-3193 Vast improvement for the spectators is this new electric timer and scoreboard recently installed in the MPDHS gym. Score and time remaining can be seen at a glance and the horn above the clock leaves no doubt when the period or game is over.

 2006-0020-3081Long time home of famous ski jumpers, Trois Riviere, Que. had a large contingent at the international meet in Midland January 27. In front, Jacques Charland, 14 year old Alber Delamarre and Lucien Laferte, a 37 year old veteran of the sport. Back row; Frank Latour, Yves Doucette, Paul Desrochers, Claude Trahan, who won the junior division and Jean Louis Morence.

2006-0020-3080First big ski jumping meet of the season attracted nearly 5,000 fans to Midland Ski Resorts Sunday. That’s Midland’s Eric Kurle on his way down the big hill for his practice jump.

 2006-0020-3177 Penetang and Winterama got some good publicity from these six betouqued delegates at the Georgian Bay Development convention in Midland Wednesday. Kneeling, L. I. Gumb and George Bryant; back row, Marcel Bellehumeur, Bill Morrison, A. B. Thompson and Ken MacDonald.





 [Was “Tie Cleaning Month” a provincial or local event I wonder.] 

  • Penetang hospital ups room rates to keep out of the red, effective February 1st. Private room $12.00 was(10.00), semi-private $9 (8), ward $7 (6), nursery $3 (2).
  • Penetang mayor A. B. Thompson declares “cooler” (jail cells) too cold and motions to have a heating contractor investigate.
  • Andrew MacLean of Don Mills is offering his Georgian Bay island and cottage for sale in the January 24th edition of the Canadian, the 26 acre island we know as Lambert’s Island.
  • Who remembers Baker Motor Sales in Elmvale, “your only local Ford-Monarch dealer”?
  • A dog and slippery streets combined to cause Midland’s first traffic fatality of the year Monday morning. Struck by a taxi on Elizabeth Street, E., Linda Hudson, 7-year-old daughter of Mrs. Ethel Hudson, 247 William Street, died of her injuries in St. Andrews Hospital Monday morning.
  • Brian Jones, 23, of RR 1 Midland, with his brother Ron as a passenger, were driving the Midland Flour & Feed truck around the big curve north of Elmvale when the box of their truck clipped that of a 20 ton coal truck heading south. The Jones vehicle spun around, flipped over and is a complete write off. The young men were not injured.
  • First such mishap reported by Midland police this winter, two young lads narrowly missed serious injuries while toboggan riding on Quebec Street Saturday night. George Weatherell, 9, of 34 Quebec Street, received severe cuts and bruises about the head. His companion, Ron French, 7, of 145 Fifth Street escaped with bruises about the thighs. The car, southbound on Fifth St. was driven by Ronald Bolt of Fifth Street who was unaware of the toboggan until he heard something strike his car.
  • Over 100 girls from North Simcoe have entered the Queen of Hearts contest.
  • TEN YEARS AGO – One of the best liked and most feared athletes in the Georgian Bay Area, Doug Kettle led one of the best basketball teams in Midland High School’s history to more inter-scholastic records when he netted a total of 53 points in one game, to defeat Barrie 103-25. They had previously defeated a team from Bracebridge 100-11. Some of the leading scorers on the team were Bill Thompson, Allen James, Bob VanStone, Wilcox and Haig. [The first names of Wilcox and Haig were not printed, assuming Doug Haig]

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – June 17th to the 24th 1955

  • Annual conference of the Ontario Library Association held at Fern Cottage, recommends the provincial government create a library service that would act as a clearing house for small library requests and would make any book in any Ontario library available to all libraries
  • Department of Defence has awarded Ernst Leitz a second contract for gun control equipment valued at $55,418.00. Leitz is considering expansion of their factory by the addition of second story offices, an additional 10 acres of land was recently acquired running east to William Street
  • 25 years ago – 1930 – five nurses graduate from St. Andrew’s School of nursing, Miss Bessie E. Faint, Miss Gladys M. Ney, Miss Catherine J. McKeown, Miss Edith Coyle and Miss Autumn L. Durnford
  • New MPDHS features industrial arts courses (shop), a 1400 square foot woodworking shop under the direction of Bill Hannah and a 1000 square foot machine shop taught by Richard Moffatt
  • Al Perkins, manager of the Roxy Theatre announces the installation this week of a new wide vision screen, 14 feet high and 26 feet wide, the special silver composition of the screen creates a much clearer picture and the size allows the screening of the new cinemascope movies
  • A project to cut a fire break around Midland’s reservoir area as a make work project for the 200 un-employed in the area only draws three men. “It seems peculiar that we couldn’t get men to work for us at $1.05 per hour” commented mayor Parker
  • Midland Business College starts 31st year this fall, Norman Schell remembers there was only one student on the first day in 1931 but for the past 15 years there has never been fewer than 50
  • Birthdays – June 16th, Howard Deschamps, Port McNicoll. June 19th, Mose Quesnelle, Port McNicoll
  • AA meetings Public Library basement in Penetang Friday evenings 8:30 P. M. and Orange Hall Midland on Wednesday evenings same time
  • Help Wanted – Clerk for grocery store – apply Ken`s Market 170 Fifth Street
  • Premiere Leslie Frost opens new Indian Village at Little Lake Park. The Y`s Men have spent $5,000.00 on its construction and expect to attract 20,000 visitors this year. CBC filmed the event which will air on their News Magazine show
  • No County Herald next week due to July 1st holiday being a Friday, first of 10 issues of the Georgian Tourist will be published Thursday
  • Free chest X-Ray service Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week provided by the mobile unit of the National Sanitarium Association. “The best method of finding tuberculosis is by X-Raying health people”

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 They met at a July 1st picnic in Victoria Harbour, Sylvester Cadeau born at Port Severn and Marie Louis Arbour from Waubaushene were married on June 16th 1905 at St. Margaret’s in Midland. ” I was never sick a day in my life” said Mr. Cadeau who at 70 is a year older than his wife. Mr. Cadeau became a gang saw operator for Waldie Lumber, a position he held for many years.  “The company had three saw mills in Victoria Harbour, capable of putting out 1,500,000 feet of lumber every week” Mr. Cadeau recalled. The couple have 13 children, ten sons, Stephen, Donald, Leo, Earl, Emery, Gerald, Bernard, Isadore and Edgar (One son missing). The girls are Velma, Mrs. J. Mulvilhill, Evaline, Mrs. Bernard Cousineau and Isobel living at home. Forty Four grand children.

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 “Leitz Officials in Midland” From the parent plant in Wetzlar Germany; Guenther Leitz, president and general manager of the Midland plant, Paul Henrici works manager at Wetzlar, Dr. Ludwig Leitz managing director in charge of development Wetzlar, Walter Kluck assistant manager Midland, Helmut Becker chief designer Wetzlar.

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Midland Golf & Country Club annual county cup match, golfers post their scores. Mrs. Sandow, Mrs. Cecil English, Mrs. Grace Ough of Barrie and Mrs. T. Brooks of Orillia. Mrs. English had the low gross for the day.

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Glaciers gift, standing over ten feet tall this boulder is in the back yard of a home on the east side of George Street near Gloucester.

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 Official opening day of the new Y’s Men’s Indian Village at Little Lake Park, Premier Leslie Frost performs the ceremony. Three local girls are pictured in one of the two longhouses, Helen Smith, and twins Kay and Elaine Munday.

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 “Fire Drill for Mariners” Some 80 employees of the CPR’s steamship service and support employees take their annual fire fighting and safety instruction before the opening of the navigation season. Former Midlander T. C. Howard in the light jacket is now the CPR district supervisor of safety, loss and damage.

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 Midland Lions Club`s new executive, officially installed during a dinner meeting at the Delawanna Inn Honey Harbour last week. Jack Doughty, president, Bill Jeffery, 1st vice, Cecil English, 2nd vice and Gordon Paice third vice president.

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 Mrs. Leslie Gilson’s garden on Easy Street between Third and Fourth. High temperatures and lots of rain this spring have created ideal conditions.

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 Proud owners and proud builder launch new sloop “Tern” last Saturday. Danish born builder Folmer Nielson built the craft in his Sunnyside shop. Owners are Mr. & Mrs. Jim Playfair.