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

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 enlargeInaugural meetings are the order of the day for councils in North Simcoe at this time of year. Town solicitor Douglas Haig administers the oath of office to Mayor Charles Parker while Clerk Wm. A. Hack busies himself with affairs on the agenda. 

Town solicitor Douglas Haig administers the oath of office to Reeve Percy Crawford and Deputy-reeve Mervin Grigg at Monday’s inaugural meeting of Midland council. Listening at left is Alderman Albert Atkinson. 

Members of Midland Lions Club heard Dr. P. B. Rynard of Orillia, MP for Simcoe East, discuss Canada’s problems for 1961 at a dinner in the Georgian Hotel Thursday night. Seen with Dr. Rynard (centre) are club members Fred Grigg, Dan Nicholls, Bruce Armstrong and Arthur Tweedle, left to right. 

Monday evening, Charles Hanes and his wife, Mary, climbed into a horse-drawn cutter, just as they did 60 years ago when they set out to be married. Monday the weather was milder than on that day when they drove from Sturgeon Bay to Elmvale to be wed by Rev. A. Bedford. This time the drive took them from their home on Midland’s Quebec Street to the Georgian Hotel where there was a dinner for the family and a few of their brothers and sisters.

Residents of Midland since 1915, Mr. and Mrs. Hanes now make their home at 14 Quebec Street, where many members of their family, as well as friends, were on hand to wish them well on their diamond anniversary.

There were plenty of aches afterwards, but everybody was in gay mood before Monday night’s hockey game between the Barrie Radio-TV team and Midland “Selects,” which netted $300 for Midland’s Little NHL. In this picture, Bob Stanway, left, and Rev. Lloyd Delaney “help” Rev. Len Self struggle into his sweater. 

Three police laddies are, left to right, Ross Willett, Art Ambeau and Ernie Bates. 

Thousands of tickets were churned up in this drum before Mayor Charles Parker of Midland reached in and selected the winner of the Home of the Week contest. Looking on are Free Press Herald editor Wils Harrison and Advertising Manager Harry Brown.

Winner of the first of 12 Polaroid cameras to be awarded in the contest was Mrs. Jean Elsom of 324 Bay Street W., Midland. Here Mrs. Elsom who also won a $5 merchandise certificate earlier in the contest, receives her prize from Editor Wils Harrison.

Members of Victoria Harbour’s council for 1961 are seen above during their inaugural meeting Monday night, following a devotional period conducted by Rev, Charles Carter (standing). Seated, left to right are Councillors Oliver and Wilfred Savage, Clerk James Heels, Reeve Ernest Cadeau, and Councillors Albert Cameron and Don Eplett. Mr. Cameron is the only new member of this year’s council. 

Hydro inspector Ed Brewer, left, and a plant employee, watch temperature gauge during “run in” of new aluminum machine at the Canadian Name Plate factory in Midland Friday. Gauge shows a temperature of 800 degrees Fahrenheit being applied to the aluminum billets used in the new extruder.

Installed recently in the new addition to the Canadian Name Plate plant in Midland, and now in operation, is this aluminum extruder. Aluminum is heated 800 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven in the top picture… One of the 36-inch billets is seen coming out of another portion of the machine in the lower picture. The hot billett is then pushed through dies of various shapes under pressure of 900 pounds per square inch, emerging on to 115-foot long run-out tables. 

Installed recently in the new addition to the Canadian Name Plate plant in Midland, and now in operation, is this aluminum extruder. Aluminum is heated 800 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven in the previous picture. One of the 36-inch billets is seen coming out of another portion of the machine in the lower picture. The hot billet is then pushed through dies of various shapes under pressure of 900 pounds per square inch, emerging on to 115-foot long run-out tables.

Employees at the Canadian Name Plate plant rubbed their eyes in disbelief last week as they saw Bob Contois and Derek Spencer walk out on to the bay behind the plant with a lot of skin-diving equipment. They were even more startled when the two men calmly cut a hole in the ice and proceeded to enjoy their favorite pastime. Contois (with glasses) and Spencer are seen at the left as they checked their oxygen tanks. At right Bob is ready for first plunge as Derek watches. Heavy rubber suits kept out the freezing effects of the water. 

Two more members of Midland’s winter fleet are pictured above. They are the Algosteel, nearest the camera, and the Algocen, both of the Algoma Central Steamship Line. They are berthed at Aberdeen elevator, where they make frequent visits during the navigation season. 

Midland has four new Queen’s Scouts in Tom Gordanier, Marvin Howard, Ken Cleary and Gregory Griesbach. They are seen in the top row along with four other lads on their way up the Scouting ladder. Other Scouts are clockwise from left, David Gosselin, sporting 13 proficiency badges; Paul Delaney, a 1st class probationer; the four Queen’s Scouts; and 1st class probationers Art Langley and Allan Bellchambers.

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Editorial page photo entitled, “Span for Sportsmen”. 


Mayor Calls for Drive on Delinquent Taxpayers 

Free Press Herald headline of January 11, 1961.
In his inaugural address to Midland council Monday, Mayor Charles Parker called for a renewed drive to collect outstanding taxes for 1960 and tax arrears for 1959 and previous years. Council in 1960 authorized the registration of properties three years or more in arrears, the mayor continued. “This was done in some cases to clear up old estates and vacant properties.” “I am advised now that, of a tax levy for 1960 of $614,000, some $537,000 was collected or 90.65 per cent,” the mayor stated. “This is considered average for all towns in Ontario. However, we cannot overlook the fact that some $57,000 is still outstanding on 1960 taxes. Add to this arrears for 1959 and prior years of some $32,000 and it means a total of $89,000. “This is not alarming when compared with other Ontario towns but it is alarming when you consider a wholesale collection of these arrears could mean a possible reduction in tax levies for future years. These arrears pertain mostly to residential properties but on the other hand, the commercial area counts for some $29,000 of this amount. 

Need A New School by ’66 Board at MPDHS Hears 

County Herald headline of January 13, 1961.
Midland – Penetang District High School board, at its inaugural meeting Wednesday night, heard that a new high school would be needed by 1966. This was the opinion expressed by MPDHS-Principal R. C. Gauthier when the board was discussing a report on future enrolment, requested by the Ontario Minister of Education. The minister’s letter requesting future enrolment data said in part: “Secondary schools of the province will be faced with expansion during the next five years which will be of proportions unprecedented in our history. It is anticipated that by September, 1965, secondary school enrolment may have increased by 140,000 students or nearly 60 per cent over the September, 1959, enrolment. SEES MAJOR EXPANSION “In the next five years we face expansion in secondary school enrolment and construction relatively greater than that which has occurred during the past 15 years.” the minister’s letter stated, and noted that the enrolment figures were required so his department could review and revise their long-term financial plans. Mr. Gauthier reported that a conservative estimate of enrolment for the next five years, as of Sept. 30, was as follows: 1961, 939; 1962, 983; 1963, 1,050; 1964, 1,105 and 1965, 1,125. Present enrolment at the school is 908.

        Port McNicoll skating rink will be closed pending further investigation of its structural soundness, the village council decided at its inaugural meeting Jan. 3. Councillor John Kent, chairman of council’s recreation committee, said he would obtain information on the cost of transporting villagers to some other rink on a group basis. In a letter from Johnston Young, council learned he had inspected the village rink. Mr. Young did not consider it safe for public use until certain repairs were carried out. 

    At the inaugural meeting of Penetang council Monday night, Mayor Jerome Gignac made several suggestions for council action in 1961. With the chairman of the public school board sitting in the audience, Mayor Gignac dropped a bombshell when he said, “I am voicing a strong protest that the school board has forced duplication of Grades 9 and 10 on public school ratepayers. I was against it when it started and I am still against it” He was referring to the fact classes for Grades 9 and 10 students have been set up in Penetang Public School. “The board is going to ask us to debenture $420,000 for a new school. I can’t help but sympathize with the Mayor of Richmond Hill who today, recommended his council go to jail rather than collect money for school purposes.” Mayor Gignac said. He mentioned this would, be one way of bringing to the attention of provincial authorities the heavy burden which education costs are placing on the municipal tax payer. 

    Recalling the crowded conditions which arose last year when 1,200 parents came to collect Christmas reports and speak with teachers. R. C. Gauthier, principal of Midland-Penetang District High School, has decided to hold three parents’ nights instead of one. The first parent’s night will be held at the school Jan. 17 and will be for parents of pupils in Grades 9, 12, special commercial and Grade 13 only. For students of the honor club (those who attained 75 per cent or better the previous year) and who have attained at least 66 per cent on this year’s examinations, a supper for both students and parents is planned in the school cafeteria Jan. 24. Guest speaker at this honor students’ supper will be F. J. Clute, director of guidance for the Ontario Department of Education, Mr. Gauthier stated. 

    First official hint of the location of a proposed new 21-room public school to be built in Penetang came at Monday night’s inaugural meeting of council, when Board Chairman G. J. Robillard asked for a speed-up of approval on debentures. Queried as to the location, Mr. Robillard said the board had two locations in mind, “but we have now pretty well settled on a location at Lorne and Burke Streets.” (This is to the east of the old high school building which, at present, is being used by the public school.) Some indication that the entire board is not in complete accord on the location came when one of the members, Chas. O. Martin, said. “The location is not settled yet.” 

    (Reading a Charlie Noquet report on a hockey game is like sports poetry. Add to that the memories of familiar names from our communities.)     
With Murray York showing up as a big crowd pleaser with continued rink-long rushes, Penetang Hurons outplayed Stayner intermediates to the tune of 8-3 last Wednesday night. Originally scheduled for Saturday, the game had been moved up to accommodate a Saturday bonspiel. Hurons bulged the twine twice in the first period, with Dave Culbertson scoring first on an assist from Murray York and Ken Arbour. Terry Pike counted the second on a pass he had taken from Ed Trudeau. The homesters opened up again in the second, and before the visitors could get into scoring position, had racked up another pair. Charlie Scott tallied from a Terry Pike passout, and Alvin Robillard made it 4-6 with Terry’s assistance. Stayner got their only goal of the period at the six-minute mark when Groves beat Roger Gray on Irwin’s assist. Hurons put the score at 5-1 before the period closed when Martin Forget scored with the help of Trudeau and Scott. With the game still in a freewheeling state, Hurons came back in the third and scored shortly after the opening whistle with Alvin Robillard using Jerry Murphy’s pass. Martin Forget tallied a few minutes’ later on Robillard’s assist. Stayner’s Sly came along 66 seconds later in a three man rush with McKeen and Irwin, and put one past Gray. An excellent example of York’s work came at the 16-minute mark when he made another rink long rush, and lost the puck in front of the goal. Robillard picked up the errant rubber, slid it over to Murray who made sure of it in a rifle shot into the twine. Forget was sitting in the sin-bin at the time.
Penetang Hurons — Roger Gray, goal; Jack Dubeau, Jerry Murphy, Alvin Robillard, forwards; Ken Arbour, Dave Culbertson, defence; alternates Larry Merkley, Terry Pike, Martin Forget, Murray York, Ed Trudeau, Charlie Scott. Referee Mike Rains, linesman Buster Somers.

   Nearly 40 persons who attended the meeting of Huronia Association for Retarded Children in Midland ‘Y’ Monday night heard how retarded boys and girls learn by doing and by repetition the subjects taught to them. Principal speaker at the meeting was Mrs. A. M. Stocker, inspector of auxiliary education services, Department of Education. Mrs. Stocker, who obtained her teacher’s certificate in Edinburgh, Scotland, and taught there in the school for retarded children and mentally disturbed, holds her master’s degree in psychology. Mrs. Stocker was one of the founders of the school for retarded in York Township and was a principal in Toronto. She showed slides of classes for the retarded in other communities, depicting the work of the various age groups. Some of the same type of work is being taught in the Midland School for retarded. Mrs. Stocker inspected the morning and afternoon classes in Midland and commended the association and school authorities on the bright quarters that had been provided for children. 

   Tiny Township Planning Board has washed its hands of a proposed sub-division plan for Giant’s Tomb Island and turned over the proposal to council, with several recommendations. The plan has been partially draft-approved, and apparently the planning board had been unable to reach a conclusion with the sub-dividers. Objection had been raised to subdividing only a narrow strip of shoreline, and to community water supply and lack of provision for roads. Council agreed to consider the plan, and will invite the sub-dividers, Axler and Palmer, to attend its next meeting. 

    Lloyd LaPlume was appointed Chairman for 1961 of Midland Separate School Board at the board’s inaugural meeting. Mr. LaPlume is serving his final year of a two-year term. Allan Roach, elected this year for a two-year term, was appointed vice-chairman of the board. Others elected for two-year terms on the board were Howard Deschamps, Joe Lalonde and Larry Curran. Board members completing the final year of two-year terms are William Bourrie, Gerry Therrien and Father Ralph Egan. At the inaugural meeting, committees and chairman were appointed. In a motion, the board extended its appreciation to F. S. Johnstone for his services as secretary-treasurer. Wm. Murphy was re-appointed separate school representative on the Midland-Penetanguishene District High School Board.  Accounts amounting to $5,300 were approved for payment. 

A retired farmer of the Lafontaine area, Telesphore Moreau died Wednesday, Dec. 28 in Penetang General Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was in his 78th year. Born at Perkinsfield, he had moved to Lafontaine with his parents while still a babe. After farming there through his active years, he retired in 1945. Mr. Moreau had served on the Lafontaine Separate School Board for several terms. Surviving besides his second wife, the former Delphine Bernard, whom he married in 1942, are five sons, Gerard of Penetang, Constant and Rosaire of Lafontaine, Laurent of Ajax and Gabriel of Norfolk, Conn.; and five daughter, Mrs. Gilbert Gignac, (Irene) of Penetang; Mrs. Sam Stone, (Giselle), Mrs. Gerry Gollob, (Cecile) and Mrs. Norm Brooks, (Joan), all of Toronto and Mrs. Al. Griffith, (Marie Jeanne) of Sudbury. He also leaves one brother, Bartholomie of Lafontaine. There are 37 grand-children and 11 great-grand-children. His first wife, the former Marie Marchildon, died in 1932. Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 31, from Beausoleil’s funeral home to Ste. Croix Church, Lafontaine, where Rev. T. Marchildon sang requiem high mass. Interment was in Ste. Croix Mausoleum. Pallbearers were Marcel, Gilbert, Raymond and Jean Moreau, Pierre Gignac and Gilbert Gignac, Jr. 

25 Years Ago This Week
Midland’s mayor S. W. McKinley was returned to office with a majority of 147 votes more than his opponent J. B. Roebuck. * * *  Daylight saving time was rejected by the voters 1,219 to 800. * * * Houses dotted the snow covered ice of Midland bay and fishermen, lowering their lines to the bottom reported several catches of perch and whitefish. * * *  Wm. Henry Bulger, Chatham Collegiate, was Appointed principal at the Penetang High School. * * * Nearly 2,500 hockey fans saw Midland British Consols defeat Camp Borden Flyers 7-5 in an intermediate “A” game at Midland arena. • • • Midland’s winter sports carnival, including skiing, horse racing, hockey, curling, dog derby, skating, tobogganing and dances, was being planned by a citizens’ committee for Feb. 1 to 8. • • • Dr. Morley Harvie, chairman of the Midland Board of Education in 1935 was re-elected chairman at the board’s 1936 inaugural meeting. • • • R. D. Keefe, former principal of Penetang High School, who had been appointed Inspector of Attendance for the Ontario Department of Education was honored at a meeting of the Kitchekewana Chapter of the A. F. and A. M. Mr. Keefe was a charter member when the chapter had been formed 27 years previously. * * * Building of a rink for youngsters skating on the cast side of Midland was being discussed by Midland council. 

   Frank Ridley, a member of the Humber Rod and Gun Club, the group which sparked the proposal to turn Tiny Marsh into a game and wildlife sanctuary, presented an engineer’s report to Tiny council Monday. It had been prepared for the Department of Lands and Forests. According to the report, produced by W. G. McGeorge of Chatham, estimated cost of the entire project is $110,000. The report indicated the rural basin covers an area of some 1,500 acres. The drains, which were originally constructed to provide agricultural lands with drainage, are not now in proper condition to do the job for which they were intended, it was stated. 

    Penetang fireman had a lengthy session Wednesday night when they were called to the residence of Mrs. Sim Dumont, Park Street, where they found part of the kitchen wall and ceiling ablaze. According to Chief R. Stewart, the fire is believed to have started from an overheated stove. Flames then got into the walls and ceiling of the tinder dry wooden structure. It took almost two hours before fireman were certain the blaze was extinguished. Furniture was removed from the home by neighbors and passersby. Fire damage made the structure unfit for habitation, and the household effects were not returned after the fire was extinguished. 

    Condition of four-year-old Michael Huvers was said to be satisfactory yesterday afternoon after he had been struck by a car on Yonge Street Wednesday afternoon. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Huvers, 319 Queen Street, Michael sustained a slight concussion and a cut on the head, police reported. He was rushed to St. Andrews Hospital following the accident, which occurred at 4.50 p.m. According to police, the little lad came out from behind a snowbank on the north side of Yonge Street, near Simmonds Transport offices. He ran into the side of a westbound vehicle driven by Harold Cleaver 48, of Midland. No charges were laid by Const. Arthur Ambeau, who investigated. 

    The Dominion Freightways group of transport companies announces with pleasure that Simmonds Transport Ltd. is now associated with them, and the appointment of Mr. Cecil W. English as general manager. Mr. English is well known locally and in the  industry, and has been with Simmonds Transport Ltd. for 25 years. Simmonds Transport will continue its same operations and by this new association will be able to offer wider service to its many customers. (Advertisement) 

EDWARDS — To Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Edwards, Vasey, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, January 6, 1961, a son.
LOWES — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lowes, Wyebridge, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, January 11, 1961, a daughter.
McCONNELL — to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan McConnell, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, January 10, 1961, a daughter.
ANDROSS — To Mr._and Mrs. Chester Andross, Midhurst, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, January 7, 1961, a son.
FORGET — To Mr. and Mrs. Edward Forget, Penetang Road, Penetang,  at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 1961, a daughter.
HAMELIN — To Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hamelin, 141 Hannah St., Midland, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, Jan. 5, 1961, a son.
MARION — To Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Marion, R.R. 2, Midland, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, Jan. 7, 1961, a son.
WOOD — To Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Wood, R.R. 1, Wyebridge, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, Jan. 6, 1961, a daughter.

Further Back 40 Years to 1921 

Justice was swift in 1921.

On Thursday last a young man named Frederic * * * * hired a horse and buggy at Edmund Bourgeoise’s livery barn at Victoria Harbor to come to Midland. Upon arriving here he attempted to sell the horse for $100, claiming he had bought it from Charles Robinson at Coldwater. He was entertaining an offer when further negotiations were stopped by Chief Wright on Saturday morning, who placed the young man in custody. Three hours later he appeared before Police Magistrate Cook, and, upon pleading guilty, was sentenced to six months at Burwash prison farm. 

Forty years later….

It’s a case of an old friend in a strange setting, as the venerable cruise ship, City of Dover, spends the winter in the Trent Waterway locks at Port Severn. Idle last summer, work is being carried out on the Dover by the new owner, Capt Andy Light, who will put the ship in operation again this season. February 1961.

Forty Four Years Later ….

The old Georgian Bay steamer City of Dover was beached high and dry when the level of Gloucester Pool was dropped six feet last week to enable repairs to the dam at Port Severn. The Dover’s owners, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Sheffield, hope to make a more permanent berth for the vessel when the water rises again. Their plan is to use her as a novel recreation centre for their resort. October 1965.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – January 1st to 7th, 1961

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 enlargeA fellow the bees keep busy the year round is Ed Woods of Hillsdale. Ed has just finished “packing” some 70 hives he has located in 25 farm yards around Simcoe County. Now he hopes to complete the fine two-storey cement block structure he began building last fall. One of the few commercial structures built in Hillsdale in many years, the new building measures 50 by 155 feet. 

Snow and boys go together, particularly in North Simcoe during Christmas holidays. Nonchalant tobogganer in this picture is Maurice Dorion, who found the hills in Little Lake Park to his liking. 

King Street was a busy place during Christmas and New Year’s as both Midland residents and those from the surrounding area completed their holiday shopping. Above is a typical mid-afternoon scene, with every available parking place full. Country roads remained open despite heavy snowfalls. 


Santa left a new plastic sled under the Christmas tree for little Stephen Copeland during his visit to Midland Dec. 25th. Giving Steve a helping hand are his sisters, Anne, left, and Donna, as they frolicked in the snow at Little Lake Park. 

Nestling happily in mother’s arms is Jennifer Barr, all 8 pounds 12 ounces of her, who arrived at St. Andrews Hospital around mid-afternoon Tuesday to become the first baby born in Midland this year. Jennifer will have a host of gifts, donated by Midland merchants, to take home to her two sisters and one brother. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Norman Barr, 227 Yonge Street. 

New addition to Midland-Penetang District High School is rapidly taking shape. Above, steel is being put in place for the two-storey portion of the addition, at the southwest corner of the present school. A one-storey addition, at the east end, is even further advanced. 

Winner of the contest sponsored by Midland Rotary Club to determine the town’s “most courteous clerk” over the holiday period was Mrs. Ed Gamna of the Dominion Store. Mrs. Gamna is seen receiving a plaque from Rotarians Joe Faragher, left, Lorne Garrow and Bob Scott. The Rotary Club plans to make the presentation an annual event. 

New caps and uniforms signify the progress made by members of the first class of the certified nursing assistants’ course at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland. Snapped during the ceremony in the nurses residence Tuesday are, left to right, front row — Mrs. Nettie Genier, Miss Joyce Leonard, Mrs. Mary Magloughlin, Mrs. Marie Reynolds, Mrs. Mary Okenka, Mrs. Jean Wilcox; back row—Mrs. Laura Steer, Mrs. Marjorie Gibson, Mrs. Gladys Marchant, Mrs. Beverley West and Mrs. Audrey Moreau. 

These classrooms, in the new Sacred Heart Public School at the foot of Elizabeth Street, look a bit drafty at the moment. Soon, however, they will be closed in and tradesmen will be busy with plastering, wiring, painting and other jobs necessary before the school opens for business next September. 

GBDA Takes up Gudgel, Fights Rail Rate Hikes 

Free Press Herald headline of January 4, 1961.
The Georgian Bay Development Association took steps this week, to protect four Georgian Bay ports, Collingwood, Midland, Owen Sound and Port McNicoll by forwarding a brief to the Prime Minister of Canada in an attempt to curb proposed freight rate increases on grain shipments from the Bay ports to the eastern seaboard terminals. The CNR and CPR have submitted an application to the Board of Transport Commissioners to increase trans-shipping rates from Georgian Bay to Montreal and St. Lawrence ports easterly. 

30 New Students Apply for Nurse’s Aide Course 

County Herald headline of January 6, 1961.
One of the most successful ventures undertaken in North Simcoe in some time has been the certified nursing assistants’ course sponsored by St. Andrews Hospital in Midland. This was revealed during a ceremony at the nurse’s residence Tuesday when 11 members of the course received their first caps and white uniforms. Questioned by this paper following the ceremony, Mrs. Jean Sutton, superintendent of nursing at St. Andrews, said more than 30 applications have already been received for the second course, not slated to get underway until next fall. Only 12 applications were accepted for the first course, which got underway in September. One of the applications received, Mrs. Sutton said, came from far-off Barbados. She was unable to say how word of the course being held at St. Andrews got that far afield. There is little likelihood of the number of persons permitted to take the course at St. Andrews exceeding the present dozen.  

    In an article on winter carnivals, Maclean’s magazine says the city fathers of Quebec who proclaimed their first snow and ice festival in 1894 “were neither the first Canadians nor the last to decide they couldn’t wait till summer to raise a little h…”. The magazine says Samuel de Champlain, closely connected with the history of Penetang, halfway through a winter in Acadia, invented “L’Ordre de bon Temps” the Order of Good Cheer — to get him through the second half. The article continues to sat there are only six carnivals in Canada that really are carnivals down to the last drop, the Winter Carnivals at Quebec Ste. Agathe, Vernon and Banff, the Trappers’ Festival at the Pas, Manitoba, and what the up-to-the-minute burghers of Penetang call the Winterama. 

   Motor vehicle licences for 1961 went on sale yesterday. This was confirmed by Jim Bath, licence issuer in Midland. “On the first day (yesterday) applications for licences were quite steady.” commented Mr. Bath. He added that he hoped it would remain that way so there will not be any last minute rush. Expiry date for the 1960 plates will be March 15. After that date all vehicles operating on the roads must bear the 1961 plates which are black plates with white letters and numbers. Motorists are also advised that as of last year they must present a certificate of liability insurance when making application for new licences. Failure to produce such a certificate will result in an additional fee of $5 over and above the normal registration fee for the vehicle. 

Ten Years Ago
First steps towards the establishment of a five-part civilian defence organization for Midland were taken at a citizens’ committee meeting in the town hall. Preliminary organizational plans were drawn up by Alex Lucas, manager of Bausch and Lomb, Midland. * * * Staff at Midland Shipyards Ltd. was slowly expanding in preparation for winter work and for the construction of two large bulk carriers. * * * Penetang’s mayor and owner of one of the town’s two drugstores, W. D. Hunter sold his store to James C. Hartt of Orillia. * * * Walter Middleton, former warden of Simcoe County, was re-elected reeve of Flos Township and Fisher Canton was re-elected reeve of Medonte Township. * * * King Concrete Colorite Products, a new company which made liquid substances for preserving building surfaces, was a established in Coldwater. * * * Rev. J. L. Self, formerly of Norval, was being inducted as minister at Midland’s Knox Presbyterian Church. * * * Howard Burse had formed an eighteen member mouth organ band at Waverley and plans were being made for it to play at Midland’s Roxy Theatre. 

    We are not certain what it portends for 1961, but for the first time in a goodly number of years Midland’s St. Andrews Hospital did not have a New Year’s baby to record this year. And, as recently as yesterday morning, gifts donated by Midland businessmen still remained unclaimed.

    Fire of unknown origin destroyed what was left of the old CNR roundhouse at Tiffin yards last night. Unused since the advent of the diesel locomotives here a couple of years ago, there was nothing of any great value left in the building this paper learned. All there was to burn, was the roof, the wooden partitions and wooden floors, it was stated. The fire apparently started after 10 p.m. There are always fires burning at the town dump, some distance to the west of the roundhouse, and it was some time before watchmen learned it was the building that was on fire and not the dump. Midland fire brigade was notified but was unable to take the trucks through several feet of snow covering the long unused road leading into the roundhouse.  

   Tuesday marked the day on which Mr. and Mrs. William Wilcox of Midland observed the 55th anniversary of their wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox were married January 3rd, 1906 at the home of her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Crawford, in Tiny. Owner of a grocery and meat business on Colborne Street, Mr. Wilcox is a well-known supporter of hockey teams in Midland. The couple has seven children living in Midland and the area nearby. Sons are Orval (Joe), Crawford (Fawf), and daughters Mrs. Charles Yorke (Annie), Mrs. Rudolph Stamp (Margaret), Mrs. Howard Ritchie (Clara May), Mrs. Fred Monkton (Helen), and Mrs. Trottier (Gwen).

The births section was damaged and we were unable to cut and paste it, so we are placing it here for you to decipher.


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!!