Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – November 23rd to 30th, 1961

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The County Herald headline of November 24, 1961. 

Penetang electors last night accomplished-two ‘firsts”. They elected the first woman to council and gave acclamations to all members of the first council to hold  office for a two-year term. Mrs. Frances St. Amant, wife of Richard St. Amant, will serve with eight men as the first of the fair sex to grapple with problems of running the town of Penetang. Only other new face on council will be Douglas Bensley. Jerome Gignac was returned to office as mayor, as was Alf Cage as reeve and Bernard St. Amant as deputy-reeve. Lionel Dion, Maurice Legault, Hubert Patenaude and Ralph White, all members of last year’s council, were returned. With the exception of Ralph White, all nominees qualified before leaving the meeting. Mr. White had indicated on a consent form his intention to stand for office. Apparently the most popular civic duty at present is service on the public school board. Eight persons — four of the present board, one who has had previous experience and three new persons — were nominated for the six seats. Mrs. Joyce Hamelin, G. J. Robillard, Bernard LeClaire and Chas. O. Martin were the sit ting members nominated. Maurile Marchand, who has served previously for 14 years, also was nominated. The three tyros are Jos. E. Lemoine, Andy Clapperton and Henry Hamelin Jr. 

    One of the largest crowds in Midland history turned out last night to see a total of 40 nominations made for 12 vacancies on council, public schools board and public utilities commission. At the conclusion of nominations in the municipal building, it appeared there would be three two-way battles; for the mayoralty, reeve-ship and deputy-reeve- ship when electors go to the polls Dec. 4. 

    Maurice Latour, president of Local 4696, United Steelworkers of America, has thrown his hat into Midland’s political ring for the first time. An employee of Midland Foundry, Mr. Latour was nominated last night to seek the council vacancy in Ward 3. Residing in Midland for 14 years, he lives at 51 Bay Street, with his wife Anne and son, Bobbie. Mr. Latour strongly stresses the need for more industry in the area. He feels added industry would bring greater job potential and thus produce more purchasing power in the community.      

    Midland’s Clerk – treasurer Wm. A. Hack has uncovered a discrepancy in census figures which could mean nearly $1,000 to the town. Mr. Hack revealed this week the Dominion Bureau of Statistics report from Ottawa showed the 1961 Midland census figure as 8,464 while the assessment roll for the same year was 8,731 or a difference of 267. As the unconditional grant from the provincial government is based on the last revised census population and paid at S3.50 per capita, this could mean a difference of $934 in Midlands’s favor. In view of the different figures, Mr. Hack said he had “lodged a disagreement” with the provincial government. 

   Frank Powell, head of the physics department of Midland- Penetang District High School, has been honored in being asked by the Chief Director of Education for Ontario to sit on a special committee preparing the Grade 13 examination paper in biology. This information was revealed at a recent MPDHS board meeting when a letter from the chief director, Dr. R. S. River, was read requesting Mr. Powell’s attendance at the committee. “It is quite an honor for Mr. Powell and it is a real advantage to the school to have him on such a committee,” commented MPDHS Principal R. C. Gauthier. Perrie Rintoul, head of the history department and John Dalrymple, head of the mathematics department, also are serving in similar capacities.

Obituary – Native and resident of this area for his entire life, Edmond Robillard died unexpectedly Nov. 12, at Penetanguishene General Hospital following a short illness.  Born April 29, 1888 at Lafontaine, he lived there for the first 30 years of his life, before coming to Penetang. He had spent a short while in between at Byng Inlet before retiring three years ago. He had been an attendant at the Ontario Hospital for 18 years. In public life he had served as a member of Penetang Public School Board. He was also a member of the Ontario Civil Service Association. He was a Roman Catholic in faith, and a Liberal in politics. He was particularly fond of hockey, fishing, hunting and boating. The late Mr. Robillard married Hattie Quesnelle at Penetang in 1910, and she still survives, along with three sons, Armand, Midland, Raymond and Leonard, Penetang; and four daughters, Elsa, Toronto, Clara (Mrs. Stewart Holt) Midland, Doris Mrs. Godfrey Trilsbeck, Penetang, and Jeannette, (Mrs. Roy Beale) West Vancouver. There are 16 grand-children.  He also leaves his mother, Mrs. Andre Robillard, Penetang and five brothers, Ligourie, Albert, James, Norman and Walter, all of Penetang. Funeral service was held Nov 15 from Beausoleil’s Funeral Home to St. Ann’s Memorial Church. Requiem mass was said by Rev. G. Hamel assisted by Rev. J. Kelly and Rev. L. O’Malley. Temporary entombment was in St. Ann’s Mausoleum. Pallbearers were Alvin, Marcel, Gilbert, Maurice and Nelson Robillard and Alvin Leroux. 

During a lively nomination meeting at the Midland municipal building, last night, Walter Woods, standing left, Ward 4 candidate and Mervin Grigg, standing right, candidate for Deputy-reeve, chat with chief returning officer Wm. A. Hack, seated left, and K. R. Hawkes. Ratepayers crowded the auditorium when 40 candidates were nominated. 


Free Press Herald headline of November 29, 1961. 

Mayoralty candidate Herbert Beauchamp said last night, “If elected I will hold the line on taxes.” He was speaking to about 175 people in the Canadian Legion Hall, Midland. A total of 19 candidates vying for posts on council, public schools board and public utilities commission spoke at the candidates meeting. Mr. Beauchamp, implored citizens to plan wisely for the future of the community. The decisions made today by our elected officials, be said, were the foundations for the Midland of tomorrow. He strongly advocated the establishment of new industry. Within our borders, he said are choice industrial sites that require access roads in order to attract industry. In his address, he indicated the need for an effective streets program to cope with the growth and development of the town. Mr. Beauchamp deplored the fact the winter works project had been late in commencing. Other points in Mr. Beauchamp’s platform were; re-location of the dump, alternate truck routes and lights for the ball park. 

       In one of the first cases to be tried in the province, a 20 year old man from St. Catharine’s, was found guilty of dangerously operating a motor boat, by Magistrate K. A. Cameron in Midland police court Monday. He was fined $50, and $32.50 costs. The charge arose out of a fatal accident at Honey Harbour, Sept 17, when Robert Clarke, 19, St Catharine’s, died almost instantly when thrown from the deck of a boat into a dock. 

    WAUBAUSHENE — Undergoing training in the RCAF’s new 1200-mph CF-101B jet interceptor is Flying Officer Morley L. Taylor, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Taylor, Percy Street, Waubaushene. A pilot with 410 All-Weather Fighter Squadron, F/O Taylor is based at Namao (now CFB Edmonton), just north of Edmonton. In a six-week course he will learn to fly the CF-101B interceptor which is replacing the CF-I00 Canuck in the RCAF’s Air Defence Command. On successful completion of the concentrated flying course, he, with other air-crews of 410 Squadron, will return to RCAF Station Uplands, near Ottawa, about Christmas time. 

35 YEARS AGO – 1926
Celebrating their 51st anniversary, Calvary Baptist Church, Midland, had as special speaker Professor Dougald Brown of McMaster University, Hamilton. • • •  Midland’s Knox Presbyterian Church was dedicating its newly constructed memorial Sunday school building Rev. Dr. Kanawin of Toronto was the special speaker. • • •  The 37th annual meeting of the Ontario Hockey Association re-elected Midland’s George S. Dudley to its executive. • • •  J. T. Belanger, Port McNicoll grocer, purchased the Midland grocery business of Downer and Latanville.  Mr. Belanger’s son was in charge of the Midland store. • • Veterans by unanimous vote decided to form a Midland Branch of the Canadian Legion. A temporary executive was appointed and consisted of L. Lockhart, chairman, D. Swinson, C. L. Wiles, D Hewitt, G. Morris, Joseph Sweeting, George Wilson, B Hogg and G. Foster. • • Hon Wm. Finlayson of Midland, minister of lands and forests in the provincial government was re-elected to his seat in the provincial election which elected 76 Conservatives to office under Premier Howard Ferguson. • • • George Brighty shipped the first silver fox from Midland. It went to Adam Dawson of Oakwood, Ontario. • • New Midland Bell Telephone directories advised that five-minute conservations with Penetang, Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour or Waubaushene would cost 10 cents. The charge for three-minute conversations to Coldwater or Elmvale was 15 cents and for the same length of time the charge was 20 cents to Collingwood and to Barrie, 25 cents. 

    Two roads in the Midland Penetang area were mentioned during a report of the roads committee to Simcoe County Council in Barrie last week. The report said that considerable work had been carried, out on the 1 1/2 miles of County Road 2, linking Midland with Highway 27. (Vindin Street to the roundabout) The road is now ready for paving but this will not be carried out until spring. Cost of the work was given as $20,895. Also slated for next spring is the straightening of a dangerous curve on County Road 6, just north of Perkinsfield.   

A Vasey girl, 16-year-old Caroline Edwards, won the title of “Lassie Queen” for Simcoe County at the second annual competition held recently at OAC, Guelph. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Edwards, R.R. 1, Vasey, Caroline has been a member of the Vasey 4-H Calf Club for several years. She was chosen on the basis of club achievements, her work with shorthorn calves, and personality. 

These uniforms, typical of the type worn by school safety patrols, were on display in a Midland store on the weekend. Uniforms for members of Midland patrols, to be inaugurated shortly, are being donated by the Ontario Motor League, an OML official stated at a meeting in the Canadian Legion hall, Monday evening. 

Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed this service station and coffee shop at Waverley Friday night. Water had to be trucked to the scene for use by Midland firemen, who attended. Owners of the building were not home when the fire broke out, around 8 p.m. 

New and old aspirants for seats on Tay Township council are seen above at signing-in ceremonies at Victoria Harbour Monday night. Left to right seated, are Deputy-Reeve W. Knechtle, Reeve Fred Kinnear, acclaimed for his 12th term, and Clerk Ralph Dalton; standing: council candidates, Ken Polkinghorne, Murray Edwards, Stan Smith, Tom Robinson, and Ken Mundy. Mr. Mundy is contesting the deputy-reeveship. 

Saturday night was a big night for youngsters at Vasey 4-H Calf Club as they received their season’s awards at a dinner in Vasey United Church. At left, E. W. Brown, manager of the Midland branch, presents the Royal Bank trophy to Donna Rumney. She was highest girl in the club. 

Dennis Brown receives tray from W. A. Child, manager of the Midland branch of the Bank of Montreal, for topping the rest of the boys in the 25-member club. 

Scoring the highest number of points for showmanship in Vasey 4-H Calf Club competition this year, David Jones won the trophy presented by the Swift Canadian Co. Making the presentation is company representative F. N. Donnersley. 

Free Press staffer Catherine MacAllister holds an Indian peace-pipe, but was not inclined to smoke it. The pipe was brought to Midland by Dr. May Roberts, medical missionary in India who has many relatives in this district. 

Midland’s senior citizens are seen here at their new drop-in center at the YMCA. With the senior citizens are other Midlander’s who are assisting in formulating plans for the newly formed club. The town’s older citizens have not had a drop-in center since the legion building was burned two years ago. 

Shown above is part of the overflow crowd that jammed Midland council chamber last Thursday night, to see 40 nominations for 12 vacancies on council, public schools board and public utilities commission. 

There were plenty of goals, and even more near misses, as Midland Flyers downed Barrie Falcons 9-7 at Midland Arena Wednesday night. Above, Falcon goalie Don Rich, has just made a fine save on Flyer’s George Westfall, skating away to the left. 

We couldn’t resist adding this photo from the Midland Argus, 1932. An idea not well thought out!

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – November 15th to 22nd, 1961

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The Free Press Herald headline of November 15, 1961. 

Another lengthy six-hour session marked the last regular meeting of Midland council Monday night before the December elections. On the agenda was the judicial inquiry, the long simmering gravel question, acceptance of the official plan and the much-discussed Turnbull affair. All were aired during the marathon meeting. Town solicitor Douglas Haig, informed council by letter that in his opinion a judicial inquiry into the affairs of the town was unwarranted. The notice of motion put forth by Aldermen Thompson and Woods September 11 asked for an inquiry into all matters of the government of the municipality for a ten year period dating  back to 1951. Mr. Haig told council the wording of the motion was entirely too broad in scope and it was doubtful that a county Judge would agree to undertake as Mr. Haig termed it, a “Herculean task.”

    According to a reliable source on Penetang Town Council, efforts are being made to sell the Payette Foundry property to the highest bidder. This decision was reached at a special meeting of council, Nov. 6. Information supplied to this newspaper is a metro legal firm has been retained by insurance companies who had issued fire policies on the Payette building, purchased by the municipality. It is understood the fire policies were taken out when the company operating the plant went into bankruptcy two years ago. Approximately $6,000 was owing to the town in back taxes.   

    In a friendly, informal talk, Ossie Waffle, Reeve of Etobicoke, told the annual meeting of Penetang Chamber of Commerce, they should play up the fact Penetanguishene is the oldest incorporated town In Ontario —if not in the Dominion The speaker mentioned that Etobicoke never fails to mention their municipality is the first planned community in the province. “A lot of people hear of Penetang and Penetanguishene and think there are two towns.” Mr. Waffle said, “I like Penetanguishene. In abbreviating it you lose something. Some place in your literature you should explain that they are one and the same place. “Penetanguishene — there’s a catchiness to this name that I like. It’s a real selling point that I believe you should use continually.” Mr. Waffle said there were many towns and municipalities in Ontario, well removed from Metro, which he is always pleased to visit. It’s not the bricks and mortar that make a town: it’s the spirit of the people in it. You have a tremendous feeling and spirit right here in Penetang. “I enjoy myself much more in Penetang than I do in Midland because the people here are much friendlier. I know whereof I speak, because as a cottager on an island not too far distant, I have occasion to visit both places. 

   Penetanguishene housewives had the opportunity at the beginning of this week to purchase and use a brand new product before any others in the world. The product — an entirely new type of cake-mix,  for which manufacturers have been striving since they became popular. Pillsbury’s Midland plant is the first in the world to perfect and produce a cake-mix using vegetable shortening. Bill Stevens, manager of Penetang branch of Dominion Stores gained the distinction of putting the new product on sale before any other retail store in the world when he displayed it Monday morning. According to Pillsbury officials it will be several days before any other retailer will have the mix on his shelf. Dan Webb, salesman at Pillsbury, said the mix was developed in Midland and will not be available to American Pillsbury customers for some time.

   Intensive investigation carried out by Penetang police has revealed a steering failure was likely the prime cause of an accident which took the life of one Penetang man and sent another to hospital in serious condition. John Stanley Raaflaub, 29, a native of Magnetewan died within a few hours of the crash. It occurred at the intersection of Fox and Robert Streets east about 11.45 Friday night. Along with the driver of the car, John Reynolds, 24, of Sault Ste. Marie, Raaflaub was rushed to St. Michaels Hospital Toronto. Treatment there for cerebral lacerations and hemorrhage failed and he died four hours later. Mr. Reynolds, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elvard Reynolds, Church Street, Penetang, was reported yesterday to be in poor condition.    

    Midland’s St. Andrews Hospital has had its ups and downs in past years, but nothing to match the record of its one active elevator at the moment. Increased occupancy of the hospital led to the property committee making a survey recently as to the advisability of installing a new elevator in the old shaft in the Playfair Wing. A time study taken from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on an average day revealed the one elevator now in operation made 229 trips during the 10-hour period, or an average of one trip every 2.6 minutes. “It can easily be imagined the chaotic state of affairs which could exist should a major breakdown occur at any time,” Alex Craig, hospital administrator, pointed out in his report to the St. Andrews Board Monday night. 

    Midland, it seems, has its own version of Abby Hoffman, the girl who set the Toronto sports world agog a few years back by more than holding her own in a city boys’ league. In Midland the word is watch out for Patsy Dalziel. Competing in the new girls’ division of the Little NHL, Patsy came up with five goals last week to help Jets trim the Comets 6-3. 

25 YEARS AGO – 1936
Midland council met for its regular November meeting and just 35 minutes later had finished all business on the agenda and passed the motion to adjourn. * * * Trains started to run over the new subway at Martyr’s Shrine and it was expected that the road under the subway would be ready for motor traffic in a few days. * * * Midland Boy Scouts, under the direction of Major Van Tausk, were repairing toys for presentation to under privileged children at Christmas. * * * The Midland Y’s Men’s Club was presenting the comedy, “It’s a Knockout”. * * * The fourth annual dramatic contest of the Simcoe Council of the Anglican Young People’s Association was held in St. Matthias’ parish hall, Coldwater.  Parishes taking part were from Orillia, Barrie, Midland, Penetang and Coldwater. * * * Franz Johnston, director of the Balm Beach School of Art and a prominent Canadian artist was the guest speaker at the regular meeting of Women’s Canadian Club of Midland. * * * It was announced the amalgamation of the Simcoe Foresters and the Owen Sound Greys regiments would become effective December 15. “D” Company, comprising Midland and Penetang men would remain unchanged, it was stated. * * *  St. Ann’s Young People’s Club, Penetang, was presenting a three-act comic opera, “The Royal Chief”, with a cast of 50. 

One of the largest deer shot by local hunters in several years is this 238-pound giant, bagged by Leo Light of Sunnyside Friday afternoon. Leo was one of a party of five hunting in the Gibson River area when he brought this one down with one shot. Others in the party were his brother, Phil Light, Fred Trott, Mel Murphy and Capt. Andy Allan, commodore of the CSL fleet. 

Learning how to look after a bed patient is part of the nurses’ aide course being held at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland. In this practice run, Shirley McDonald, Alliston, serves as “the patient” for Carol Wylie (left), Collingwood, and Ann Raspberry, Smooth Rock Falls. 

Officials of the Midland District Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society were highly pleased with the turnout for their annual meeting in the YMCA Thursday night. Unit officials and principal guests are seen above. They are, left to right, front row — Miss Annette DesRoches, Mrs. (Dr.) Peter Brasher, Mrs. W. L. Attridge and Dr. Vera Peters, senior radio therapist, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, the principal speaker; second row — Miss Rita Dubeau, Miss Margaret Wilson, Dr. Peter Brasher, N. R. Shill, Harold Boyd and Maurice Grimes, Toronto, executive director for the Ontario division of the Canadian Society. 

Guest speaker at the Remembrance Day dinner held for the first time in the new Legion Hall in Midland Saturday night was R. C. Gauthier, principal of Midland-Penetang District High School. Mr. Gauthier is seen above addressing the large turnout of veterans and civic officials in the new $80,000 hall. 

Clad in traditional short, short skirts, these Thornhill cheerleaders didn’t let the snow-covered field for the football final at MPDHS Field Thursday faze them one bit. They felt warmer when their team won the title, 14 – 6. Better equipped, but less fortunate in the final result, were MPDHS fans Dave Hook, left, and Doug Scott, who came prepared with snowshoes. 

The County Herald headline of November 17, 1961. 

At a special meeting Thursday night, Council was advised by its solicitor, Douglas Haig, that a counter-claim for $12,500 will be entered against former works superintendent, Walter (Bud) Turnbull. The action, authorized by council, stems from a writ recently issued against the town by Mr. Turnbull. He is suing the corporation for $5,000 and unstated damages for wrongful-dismissal earlier this year. Mr. Haig told council the counter-claim is asking for $5,000 for conversion of materials, goods and machinery belonging to the town by Mr. Turnbull; $5,000 for damages for improper inspections, incompetence and dereliction of office while he was employed as works superintendent, and $2,500 for punitive damages. It also asks for costs and other damages as the court shall deem fit to award. 

   Several Midlanders were involved in the $300,000 fire which swept through a Collingwood business block Monday night. One of the stores destroyed was Mostyn’s Men’s Wear, one of several now operated by Myer Mostyn. Driven from one of the apartments above the four business establishments involved were Mr. and Mrs. James Wood and sons, James, 13, and Murray, 4. The Wood family lived on Yonge Street, Midland, until they moved to Collingwood earlier this year. “We had just nicely got going there and all our books and papers went up with the stock.” said Mr. Mostyn. He said it would probably be some time before the buildings were restored and he was uncertain as to whether or not he would establish a shop in Collingwood.  

    Former reeve and county council representative, Herbert J. Beauchamp, has declared himself officially in the running for the mayor’s chair on the 1962 Midland council. Mr. Beauchamp told the County Herald, Thursday afternoon, that he has let his name stand after requests from various labor and civic groups in the town. He said that he gave it long and careful consideration before reaching this decision. The mayoralty candidate has a varied and successful career behind him in municipal affairs. He was first elected to council as the alderman for Ward 2 in 1947 and in 1948-49 he was a commissioner on the parks board. Mr. Beauchamp represented Ward- 3 in 1957 and 1958, before being elected to deputy-reeve in 1959. The following year he was elected reeve and while holding this position he served on the finance committee of county council. As chairman of public works in 1959, he was responsible for the extensive paving program carried out by his department. It was during this year that blacktopping was done on Ellen, Fredrick, Mildred, Centre, Elizabeth and Dominion Avenues, as well as Fifth Street. Also included in the program was the paving of the town dock.  

    At a special meeting last night Midland council authorized a stabilization program for a number of town streets. Council gave the “go ahead” to engineer H. Luksep for the reconstruction of Johnston, Scott, Robert and Donalda Streets, to stabilize the freshly placed granular base. An application of liquid calcium was recommended at an estimated cost of $320. Because of the weather, blacktopping of the streets will have to be left until spring. Cost will be subsidized by the Department of Highways if council passes a bylaw transferring this item from its paving budget to construction of gravel roads. 

Proud in their new roles as crossing guards in Port McNicoll’s first school patrol are these youngsters, seen with Ray Belanger, right, chairman of the school board which is backing the venture. Left to right are, front row—James Richardson, Linda Maxwell, Sheila Dundas, Patrick Kelly, Darryl Sibley, Robert Larkin; back row —Linda Comber, Elaine Beausoleil, Bryan Garrett, Sheila Cavanaugh, Nancy Kelly, Linda Adam. 

Sponsored by the public school board, Port McNicoll now has a school patrol to assist pupils across four main crossings near the school on Seventh Avenue. Above, Elaine Beausoleil is seen with a group of youngsters waiting to cross the street in front or the school. 

Members of Midland 4-H Strawberry Club received their awards for their season’s work at a dinner held in Wyebridge Community Hall Wednesday night. Former manager of the Dominion Store in Midland and now a district inspector living in Toronto, C. H. Long is seen making presentations to, left to right, Sharon Benson, who placed third, Ken Reynolds, second, and Judy Rankin, who placed first in the competition. 

Holding the ticket worth §100, won by Mrs. Fred Hodgins, V. G. Edwards is shown making the draw for the St. Andrews Hospital Auxiliary Nov. 3. Centre is Mrs. Gordon Boyd, auxiliary convener of the draw, and right Mrs. D’Alton Hudson, president of St. Andrews Hospital Auxiliary. Approximately $300 was raised and is to be used to pay for a second stretcher-conveyor donated to the hospital. Second prize winner of a transistor radio was Mrs. T. J. Henderson and the third prize of $25 was T. Przybyszewski. 

Last Saturday’s senior football final here between MPDHS and Thornhill was played on a snow-covered field. An M-P player is buried here under dark Thornhill jerseys as the visitors picked up their first point in scoring a 14-6 win to take the title. 

Born in Ottawa, Mr. LaChapelle attended local schools until high school graduation, and then he went to the University of Ottawa where he earned his BA in social science. In his first year as a teacher at MPDHS, Mr. LaChappelle is teaching history and geography to grade nine, in addition to advanced and basic French. As yet be is not supervising any extracurricular activities, but later in the year he may be assisting Miss McMullen with the French Club. Mr. LaChappelle plays badminton every Saturday and is fond of skating in the winter. He says that he likes Midland and MPDHS very much and as things stand now, he hopes to remain here for a few years at least. —Maureen Killoran 12A 

Editorial page photo entitled; “Waiting for Summer”. 

These two pretty, young students attending the certified nurses’ aide course at St. Andrews Hospital have a new boy friend, “Mr. Bones”. They are Mieke VanderKnapp, Collingwood, and Barbara Dion, Midland. 

Oldest living past president Branch 80, Royal Canadian Legion, Midland, Donald Swinson is seen addressing the large crowd that attended the laying of the cornerstone of the new Legion Hall Saturday. 

The Free Press Herald headline of November 22, 1961. 

Meeting in Barrie Tuesday, Simcoe County Council endorsed resolutions by Peel County and Penetang General Hospital, seeking support for a petition requesting Provincial and Federal governments to legalize hospital sweepstakes in this country. The resolution was one of seven put forward by the legislation committee for action by council, which went into a committee of the whole to discuss them. Reeve John MacDonald of Orillia acted as chairman for the discussion. Fred Cook, deputy-reeve of Bradford, said he was against the proposal on two grounds, firstly, because Bradford council had turned it down in an earlier discussion, and secondly from a personal viewpoint. “It would make our government into a sort of gambling syndicate,” he declared. Reeve Ernest Cadeau of Victoria Harbour, said the  resolution was favorably received by his council, and that he was also personally in favor.

    With Penetang’s municipal nominations slated for Thursday night, there is pronounced lack of enthusiasm evident around the town. Even the fact this election will be for a two-year period, has not stirred the general public. In fact, several people called yesterday by the Free Press, didn’t know the date set for nominations. There are many- unconfirmed rumours circulating that Mayor Jerome Gignac will have at least one opponent in the mayoralty race. Some  speculation has placed ex-assessor Edgar Moreau, as one of the would-be candidates. 

    A lonesome hound-dog scoured the woods around Severn Falls last year, after the hunting season ended. The homeless wanderer searching for its master was adopted by D. Smith of the Falls, who christened it “Stubby.” Stubby led the life of a contented canine until hunting season re-opened this year. One day a stranger, gun slung over his shoulder, strode past Stubby’s kennel. The hunter whistled as he walked and the notes reached the ears of the kennel’s inhabitant. Quivering with joy, a furry bundle hurled itself into the arms of the passing hunter who shouted “Mike.” That evening, Mike alias- Stubby, was homeward bound to Guelph. Commandeering the entire rear seat of the station wagon on the trip home, Mike, as any smart dog would do, vowed to give up hunting forever. 

    Trounced 14-5 by Barrie Falcons in Barrie Friday night, coach Jim Johnson’s Flyers will be out to avenge this shellacking against the same club at Arena Gardens tonight. Midland fans can look for some new faces in tonight’s line-up as Johnson continues his efforts to provide the faithful with a winner. The fans will also be able to bask in a little warmth from the new electric heaters recently put into operation. 

DUBE —To Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dube Penetang Road, Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov. 4, 1961, a daughter.
DUMAIS — To Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Dumais, 64 Water St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov 3, 1961, a son.
CARRAWAY — To Mr. and Mrs. Wilkie Carraway, Poyntz St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov 4, 1961, a daughter.
HOOK — To Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hook, 40 Burke St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov 3, 1961, a daughter.
INGRAM – To Mr. and Mrs. Jas Ingram, 50 Church St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov 9, 1961 a son.
LAURIN – To Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Laurin, 12 Centre St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov 7, 1961, a son.
LEROUX – To Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Leroux, 49 Water St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov 12, 1961, a son.
MARCHILDON – To Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Marchildon, 156 Main St. Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov. 10, 1961, a son.
REID — To Mr. and Mrs. Neil Reid Perkinsfield, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov 3, 1961, a son.
ST AMANT — To Mr. and Mrs. Oswald St Amant, 62 Robert St., W. Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov. 1, 1961, a son.
VAILLANCOURT — To Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Vaillancourt, 140 Poyntz St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov. 5, 1961, a daughter.
WINDROSS — To Mr. and Mrs. Ken Windross, Robert St. E., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Nov. 17, 1961, a son. 

An agreement was reached between the Joyce Cridland Company of Dayton Ohio, and Midland Foundry and Machine Co. Ltd. under which the Midland firm would manufacture hydraulic jacks for the United States and export markets. • • • Wm. A. Robinson, MP for Simcoe East, was elected chairman of the radio committee of the House of Commons.  • • Midland council approved an agreement with Simcoe County Council for the upkeep and repair of streets within the corporation which were extensions of, or connected with, roads included in the county road system. • • • A new trophy for Midland District High School was presented to Principal J. J. Robins by Jim Harrison, publicity manager for National Theatre Services. Known as the Roxy Trophy it was to be presented for annual competition for the MPDHS senior boy. • • • Proposal for the formation of a Penetang High School cadet band was outlined by Principal Ray Gauthier when he asked for financial assistance from the Penetang Legion. • • • The Manson J. Bradley Chapter, Order of The Eastern Star, presented a  new oxygen tent to St. Andrews Hospital, Midland. • • • William Jeffery, Midland, was president of the Georgian Bay Branch of the Navy League of Canada. The group was holding its tag day in support of the Sea Cadet movement. • • • Candidates for the provincial election in Simcoe ridings were Simcoe East — Wilfred H. Hoult, CCF; Dr. John D. McPhee, PC.; John R. MacIsaac, Liberal: Simcoe Centre —George G. Johnston, P.C. and F. Charles Newton, Liberal. • • • Doctors and private citizens were joining in a plea for a “yes” vote on the new hospital by-law to be put before Midland ratepayers. 

It was a big night Tuesday for members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce at Brooklea Golf and Country Club when they entertained their National President, R. H. (Reg) Dorrett of Regina. Pictured above, after the signing of the guest book at town hall are, left to right; Lloyd Delaney, Ontario Jaycee president, Reg Dorrett, John Bourgeois, president of the Midland club and Miles Blackhurst, immediate past president. 

Banner which proclaims Clara Taylor, 20, of Saanichton, B.C., as Canada’s “Dairy Princess” for 1961 is admired by Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Etherington of Victoria Harbour. Appearing at the Royal Winter Fair last week, Miss Taylor stopped off to visit her Victoria Harbour cousins on the way home. 

Second nurses aid course to be operated at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, is now well, underway with 11 students on hand. Seen above, left to right are: front row—Carol McGee, Port Colborne; Mrs. Shirley Widdes, Midland; Mrs. W. Bramah, instructress; Louise Ballantyne, Egbert; Mieke VanderKnapp, Collingwood; back row—Leola McMillan, Owen Sound; Ann Raspberry, Smooth Rock Falls; Carole Wylie, Collingwood; Shirley McDonald, Alliston; Barbara Dion, Midland; Mrs. Pearl Cowden, Midland; Jean Emms, Barrie. 

To Mrs. Charles Melville, who lost two sons in World War II went the honour of laying the cornerstone for Midland’s new Canadian Legion Hall, November 11. Mrs. Melville was also a guest at the Remembrance Day dinner in the evening. 

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – November 1st to 14th, 1961

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November 1, 1961, Free Press headline;

Basing their appeal on the grounds that they have been illegally assessed, 27 owners of cottages on Christian Island may take their case to either the County Court or Court of Appeal. A representative portion of the group was told yesterday that Tiny Township Court of Revision had no authority to deal with assessability. Practically without exception the 32 appeals were on the grounds that assessment was illegal and also that it was too high. One or two had asked for a change of school support which can be made by the court with little difficulty. Total assessment involved is $20,000 on buildings and $3,200 on land. Spokesman for the group was Jos Kyselka. Quoting extensively from the British North America Act and the Federal Indian Act, Mr. Kyselka claimed that only the parliament of Canada may legislate in regard to Indians and lands reserved for their use. UNDER INDIAN ACT He maintained the land in question remains under the Indian Act, since cottagers only lease it on a 10-year renewable term. The annual rental is $40. The spokesman said the lease expressly states it is subject to provisions of the Indian Act and all its regulations. 

    COLDWATER — When the level of the Severn River was dropped last week between Big Chute and Port Severn, to check the marine railway and other installations, the usual appearance of the channel and adjacent water was altered almost beyond recognition. During inspections of equipment on the Trent system, water levels from Lake Couchiching to Port Severn were lowered as much as 12 feet. Thousands of acres of flooded land were uncovered, disclosing stumps left after lumbering operations, numerous shoals, jutting rock, and other formations on the river bottom.

    Attending a christening in Toronto Sunday morning proved an expensive trip for Mrs. Violet Jones of Midland. In her absence, thieves took the opportunity to break into Vi’s coffee shop on Highway 12 operated by Mrs. Jones. They decamped with $75 in cash and an unknown quantity of cigarettes. The break-in, via a rear window, took place between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. “It was the fourth time we’ve been broken into since May 24,” Mrs. Jones said ruefully Tuesday morning, as she prepared to close up her shop for good. She is giving up the business but has no immediate plans for the future. Sunday’s break-in was also the eighth she has experienced in the eight years she has run the popular coffee shop in Midland’s south-east end. Although, hardly happy about her “going away party”, Mrs. Jones said she did appreciate the business given her by Midland and district residents during the eight years she ran the shop. 

  I’m English-born and thus used to red tape, and very patient. Mrs. E. J. Dyer, of 101 Elizabeth Street has had her patience put to quite a test in recent months. She applied for a licence to operate a confectionery stand at her home last April. Midland council finally gave her the necessary approval last week. Mrs. Dyer isn’t sure she could not have gone ahead with her project months ago, on the advice of her lawyer. Her Elizabeth Street home was in a commercial zone at that time, and still is, as far as she knows. “However I didn’t want to tread on any toes, so I tried to be patient and wait,” Mrs. Dyer told the Free Press Herald. She did admit, however, that her patience was wearing a bit thin in recent weeks. “We hope to run a good clean place that won’t be a nuisance to our neighbors,” said the elated housewife. “Now I can get after my husband to get his saw and hammer out and get started.” 

MRS. J. BERRIAULT – Mrs. John Berriault died Saturday, October 21 in St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Perkinsfield, July 30, 1899. Josephine Sauve married John Berriault at Midland in 1917. Previous to spending the past 42 years in Midland she had lived in Perkinsfield, Port McNicoll and Windsor. Surviving, besides her husband are three sons, Gerard, and Howard of Midland and Leonard of Wyevale; five daughters, Lorraine, (Mrs. Leonard Lacroix); Margaret, (Mrs. Wilfred Hamelin); Bernadette, (Mrs. Jack Contois); Annette, (Mrs. Geo. Scott), all of Midland and Geraldine, (Mrs. Paul Bellamy), Halifax. Also surviving are her mother, Mrs. Eli Sauve, Port McNicoll, three brothers, Leo, Andrew and Herman Sauve, Port McNicoll, and four sisters, Mrs. Hubert LeCamp, Mrs. Gerard Garneau and Mrs. Alex Chatterton, Port McNicoll, and Mrs. Jack Adams of Uptergrove. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 24 in St. Margaret’s Church, Midland, where requiem mass was said by Rev.  Berriault, assisted by Rev. L. A. Tamas and Rev. R. Egan. Burial was in St. Margaret’s Cemetery.
MRS. ALBERT MAURICE – A total of 148 descendants mourned the death of Mrs. Albert Maurice who died Sunday, Oct 22, in Penetang General Hospital following a lengthy illness. Born in Lafontaine, June 25, 1876, Victoria Marchand married Albert Maurice at Lafontaine in 1897. She lived her entire life in that community Her husband predeceased her in 1954. Mrs. Maurice was an ardent gardener and very fond of knitting. She was a Roman Catholic and a member of Lafontaine Ladies of St. Ann. Surviving are three sons, Arsene of Penetang, Gerard and Leo of Lafontaine; five daughters, Claire, (Mrs. Herb Robitaille); Alida, (Mrs. Telesphore Forget); and Sister Victor Albert all of Lafontaine; Sister Roland Maurice, Alexandria, and Sister St. Priscilla, Perkinsfield. There are 55 grandchildren and 83 great grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother Philippe Marchand and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Jane Gignac and Mrs. Josephine Robitaille, Penetang. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 25, from Beausoleil’s funeral home to St. Croix Church, Lafontaine, where equiem mass was celebrated by Rev. T. Marchildon, assisted by Rev. J. Marchand and Rev. Y. Marchand. Burial was in St. Croix Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul, Andre and Joseph Maurice, Albert Laurin, Remi Robitaille and Martial Forget. 

BARRON — To Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Barron, Port Severn, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, October 24. 1961, a son.
CARPENTER — To Mr. and Mrs. Allan Carpenter, Port McNicoll, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, October 25, 1961, a daughter.
CORBIER — To Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Corbier, Honey Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, October 22, 1961, a son.
HOY  To Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hoy, 104 Quebec Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, October 22, 1961, a son.
MONAGUE — To Mr. and Mrs. Bert Monague, Christian Island, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Wednesday, October 25, 1961 a son.
O’HARA — To Mr. and Mrs. Frank O’Hara, Victoria Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, October 21, 1961, a daughter.
REID — To Mr. and Mrs. Edward Reid, 342 William St., Midland, at St. Andrews, Hospital, Wednesday, October 25, 1961, a daughter.
TREMBLAY — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tremblay, 292 Bay Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, October 20, 1961, a daughter.

Complete outline of historic Fort Ste. Marie may have been found with the discovery that summer of the Indian compound located at the south of previous excavations, it was stated. • • • Alvia Crowe of Elmvale was appointed returning officer for Simcoe Centre riding for the provincial election Nov 22. • • • Cottages and boathouses bore the brunt of a gale, with winds estimated up to 65 mph which lashed Georgian Bay shores and caused the water to rise four feet-six inches. Pier “A” at Midland dock was underwater. • • • A new cenotaph at Victoria Harbour was unveiled by Mrs. Laura Belfry commemorating the dead of two world wars. • • • Mary Louise Corriveau, a native of Lafontaine and a nursing sister with the RCN was given the position of personal nurse to Princess Elizabeth when she sailed from Halifax to Newfoundland in the cruiser HMCS Ontario. • • • Connie Ambeau, Joan Day, Joanne Edwards, Dianne Flynn and Nancy White were the five finalists for the title of Midland District High School s “Campus Queen” sponsored by Midlands Roxy Theatre. • • • A limed-oak carving, portraying a windswept Georgian Bay island, was presented by Danish-Canadian artist and designer Thor Hansen to Huronia House Museum, Midland, whose president was A. D. Tushingham. • • •  As part of the “outreach campaign” in which the Presbyterian Church in Canada was undertaking to raise a million dollars for church extension. Knox Presbyterian Church, Midland, was starting a campaign to raise $5,211. • • • St. Andrews Hospital board heard that $250,000 would be available in federal and provincial grants for a new 46-bed addition on the southern end of the hospital property. 

     Following a successful season as a cruise ship, the Haidee fell prey to thieves last week, Midland police reported. Absent for several days, owner Bruce Eplett of Victoria Harbour discovered some of the ship to shore radio equipment missing upon inspecting the boat on his return. 

Staring dejectedly into vacant cash register is Mrs. Vi Jones, proprietor of Vi’s Coffee Shop, on Highway 12, after being robbed for the fourth time this year. The thieves entered by a rear window early Sunday morning and escaped with cash and merchandise. This marked the eighth time Mrs. Jones has been victimized at this location. 

These chaps were cool, but cool man!, as they painted the rings on the ice at Midland Curling Club in preparation for a new season slated to start Monday night. Painting one of the ten big rings above are, left to right Norm Polmateer, Ross Thompson and Jack Wilson. 

It was a case of paint that line rather than hold it as the sports scene gradually shifts from football to curling. Haig Abbott is holding the paint can for Harold McAllen and Jim Moss as they paint in one of the “hog” lines at Midland Curling Club. 

Pictured above is Frank Keenan, manager of the Midland Cross Country Store, presenting the $45.00 transistor radio to the winner Miss Lola Brown of 173 Sixth Street, Midland. Photo used in an advertisement for the store. 

Come winter, skiers will zip up this 1,000-foot run at Midland Ski Club by tow. It’s an even more awesome ride right now, on the big bulldozer that is smoothing out the tow run. 

Although the number of persons turning out for the blood donors clinic in Midland last week was below expectations, there were some busy moments in the municipal building, scene of the clinic. Here Cal Simpson (seated) and A. H. Tweedle check through one of the volunteer donors. 

Much-needed improvement for the fans attending MPDHS football games made its appearance last week in the form of new bleachers. Erected on the west side of the field, they were put in use for the first time last Saturday at the Pickering – MPDHS junior game. 

County Herald headline, November 3, 1961.

Taxpayers in five villages and nine surrounding townships face seizure of their property for unpaid taxes. A total of 168 parcels of land will go on the auction block before the end of the year, with $32,226.88 in tax arrears against them. Port McNicoll leads the way with 14 parcels, followed by Victoria Harbour, 11, Coldwater,8, Wasaga Beach, 2, and Elmvale, 1, slated to be sold to the highest bidder. Tax rolls in Coldwater show the highest amount outstanding in the five villages with $4,863.68. Costs of $141.57 brings the total to $5,005.25. Victoria Harbour is second with $3,716.25, composed of $3,598.85 in taxes and $117.40 in costs. In Port McNicoll tax arrears amount to $641.88 and costs of $184.13 for an $826.01 total. 

    Only hours after the opening of their new store on Yonge Street Friday, the old Griffis IGA store on Queen Street, Elmvale, was destroyed by fire Thursday evening. Fire which broke around 6 p.m. completely gutted a storage addition at the rear of the old store. Front of the building was also badly damaged. Firemen of the Elmvale, Flos and Wasaga Beach brigades were able to prevent serious damage to the adjoining Bank of Toronto and Whitfield drug store buildings. 

    Port McNicoll has been having an almost daily, and most unusual, visitor recently in the form of a young bull moose. Best time to see the big animal would appear to be early in the morning or just around dusk. And the most-likely spot to see him would be alongside the road from the village to Paradise Point. 

   The nearest thing yet to pocket phone service will be introduced here early in November. The Bellboy, a pocket-size transistor signal set, is Bell Telephone’s new instrument for people away from their homes or offices who don’t want to miss important calls. “Essentially, it’s an extension of the bell on your telephone,” said H. A. Kilroy, Bell manager for this territory. “We also consider it a step toward two-way pocket telephone service. “If someone calls while you are away from your regular telephone, the Bellboy sounds a gentle beeping tone. The beep lets you know you should go to the nearest telephone and call your office or other prearranged place. “Bellboy service will be particularly valuable to such people as doctors, clergymen, sales, service personnel and contractors,” Mr. Kilroy said.  

    A feature of Penetang Legion’s Remembrance’ Day services, November 11, will be dedication of a new organ at St. Ann’s Memorial Church. The usual Nov. 11 parade is scheduled to return from  Memorial Park by way of the church, where it will break off for the special ceremony. The recently completed organ is being dedicated in memory of members of the armed forces from Penetang who gave their lives in the service of their country. The annual cenotaph service is being held at Memorial Park, commencing at 10.45, with the usual silence at 11 a.m.    

These gals had themselves a whale of a time Tuesday afternoon at the bowling alley, before going home to “shell out” for the youngsters on Halloween. They are all members of the Topperettes League. 

Feature of an “Arctic evening” to be held in St Mark’s Church parish house Wednesday night will be a display of Eskimo carving and graphic arts by Innukpak (left) and Pauloosie. The two 31-year-old Eskimos are staying with Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Yearsley, Third Street. The carvings and drawings done by the two men, and those collected by Mr. Yearsley, can best be described as “terrific”. 

This piece of soapstone, being chipped by Innukpak (left) will one day emerge a valuable piece of Eskimo carving under his expert hands. Some of the finished work is seen alongside his friend, Pauloosie. Many of their carvings and prints will be on display at St Mark’s parish house tonight. 

The smile on Planning Board Chairman J. E. Lawlor’s face may well result from the public reaction to the advance showing of the plan last Monday night, this photo, left to right are Gerald Therrien, Ed Lawlor, Kenneth Cowan and Myer Mostyn; Photo 7755 shows three members of the board studying the 83 page text of the official plan. Left to right are, Stuart Glassier, Walter Kluck and Cec Moreton. 

Planning board Chairman J. E. Lawlor is seen here explaining the central business district section of the official plan to a group of 44 interested citizens who attended the advance showing of the plan Monday night. 

Francis Somers is proud of the big Northern Pike he caught Monday night off the CSL elevator in Midland harbor. Measuring 35 inches long, it weighed 12 pounds. Francis used a small chub to catch his finny prize. 

With little or no frost in this area to date, flowers are still blooming in many district gardens. Most unusual are these two Easter lilies, blooming in the garden of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Miller, 352 Queen Street Midland. Showing off the flowers is little Lora Galivan, 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Galivan, Queen Street. 

November 8, 1961, Free Press Herald headline.

A former town employee, Walter “Bud” Turnbull has commenced legal action against the Corporation of Midland for wrongful dismissal, claiming severance pay, expenses and damages. Mr. Turnbull is asking for $5,000. He was employed as superintendent of works prior to termination of his employment, March 27, of this year. This occurred at a lengthy council meeting closed to press and radio representatives. Mr. Turnbull, through his solicitor, G. E. McTurk, of Barrie, asked council in a letter July 7, for six months salary in lieu of notice. in addition to accrued vacation and pension benefits Mr. McTurk told council he was of the opinion Mr. Turnbull was wrongfully dismissed. He further stated his client would accept settlement on this basis provided it is made clear there are no suggestions or inferences as to misconduct or dishonesty on Mr. Turnbull’s part. The solicitor said,” Mr. Turnbull would expect a proper reference in seeking further employment.” 

    The long awaited decision on the location of Midland’s new federal building was announced this week by the Federal Department of Public Works. Walter H. Hayes, district manager, property and building branch, told the Free Press Herald, Monday, by phone from Toronto, the structure will be built at the southeast corner of dominion Avenue and First Street. 

    Provincial police are investigating a break-in at Eplett’s hardware store, Victoria Harbour, early Sunday morning. Reported stolen were seven guns, including shotguns and rifles, ammunition, flashlights, and other hunting articles. According to police, an attempt was made to set fire to the building before the intruders left by a side door. The fire did not catch. Entry to the building, scene of several previous break-ins was by a rear entrance. 

    A weekend tragedy, which occurred near Port Loring, inflicted a double blow on one family in the small North Simcoe community of Moonstone. William Austin, 39, Moonstone, and his brother-in-law, Harold Shannon, 32, Toronto and formerly of Moonstone, were two of four deer hunters asphyxiated in a cabin forming part of Fremaury Lodge, about 40 miles north of Parry Sound. The other hunters who lost their lives were Herbert Ritchie, 38, and Frederick Hamden, 38, both of Toronto. Their deaths were attributed to carbon monoxide fumes generated in a stove used to heat the cabin. Charcoal was said to have been used by the hunters as fuel for the stove. Austin and Shannon left the Moonstone home of the former Saturday, to join their Toronto companions. The men had hunted together for the past three seasons. On other trips they had used a trailer but this year rented a cabin. 

Winner of the Midland public schools oratorical contest Monday night was Ronald Brockmeyer, a Regent School pupil. Placing second was Romelda Belanger, of Sacred Heart Separate School. Ronald will advance to the district finals in Barrie. 

These lads, members of MPDHS senior football team and their coach, Doug Swales, are beaming the smiles that come only to champions. They won the central group title Saturday and will meet Thornhill Friday for the Georgian Bay COSSA title. Game time is 2.30 p.m. at MPDHS Field. Left to right are Frank Wice, Grant Robinson, Brian Dubeau, coach Swales, holding Elmslie trophy won for the first time by the school, Don Popple, Gerry Reedy and Chris Rebhan. 

Friday was a big night in Elmvale, with the gymnasium of Elmvale District High School the scene of the annual commencement. Picture shows Wils Harrison (right) presenting Midland Free Press awards to Douglas Eberhardt, Mary Joan Dutcher, Judy Campbell and Douglas Cox. 

Joy at the opening of his new IGA store in Elmvale last week was somewhat tempered for Fred Griffis when the old store on Queen Street was gutted by fire Thursday night. Mr. Griffis is seen above in the rear of the store, which bore the brunt of the damage. 

It’s curling time again across the land, in Midland as elsewhere. The men’s section of the Midland club has over 20 new members. Some are seen getting their preliminary instruction in the besom and stane (broom and stone) art. In this picture veteran “Toots” Wallace shows one group the proper way to release a stone while Doug Haig, at left in picture 7842, shows the way to “soop her up” with the broom. 

Power of yesteryear, the remains of the mill dam in Coldwater, washed out by Hurricane Hazel. 

Peewee lacrosse, revived in Midland after a lapse of several years, proved quite a success over the last few weeks. In the final, held in Knox Church auditorium last week, the Iroquois edged the Hurons 9-8 to win the trophy presented by Mayor Charles Parker. Mayor Parker is seen above with winning captain Eric Major (left), Ian Dalrymple, Huron captain, and Rev. Len Self, who promoted the league. 

Spaciousness and fine appointments of the new Elmvale OPP detachment office are evident in this picture. Seated at desk is Cpl. Ken McCutcheon, head of the seven-man detachment which recently took over the OPP’s Tiny Township beat, formerly looked after by Victoria Harbour. The Elmvale men cover Highways 27, 92 and 93 and adjacent areas. 

November 10, 1961, County Herald headline.

The findings and recommendations of a special committee of county council may result in a new method of handling all welfare services and costs in Ontario. It is studying the feasibility of combining welfare service in 31 Simcoe County municipalities under one head. If the plan is adopted, it would reduce costs in 14 and increase them in 17. Penetang would show the largest reduction, over $6,000. Midland’s costs would be cut by more than $5,000. Coldwater, Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, Tiny, Tay and Medonte Townships would also receive reductions. 

    Judging by the turnout at the first meeting of the Winter Works Committee Wednesday night, nobody appears to be too worried over unemployment problems in the Midland area. Only five persons, all from Midland, showed up for the meeting. They were the Chairman, Mayor Charles Parker, Secretary, Harold Humphries, Deputy-Reeve, Mervin Grigg, Joseph Huston and Chris Gardner. Mr. Humphries said notice of the meeting had been sent out to committee members  (more than 20 of them) a week ago. “We need the presence of representatives from Penetang, Tay, Tiny and other municipalities. The more people we have, the more ideas we will have on possible winter works projects,” said Mayor Parker. Next meeting has been set, tentatively, for Dec. 6.    

    Pastor of Trinity United Church, Penetang, died in Penetang General Hospital Wednesday night. Funeral service will be held at the Church Saturday afternoon. Coming to Canada from England in 1903 he served in the missions of the Presbyterian Church while studying for the ministry. In 1921 he was elected member of parliament for the riding of Swift Current, and during his term the United Church emerged from a union of Presbyterian and Methodist Churches. Following his parliamentary career he returned to serving churches in western Canada. Rev. Lewis came east to Cookstown in 1941 and retired there in 1952. Shortly after retirement he served as supply at Alliston for a few months before coming to Penetang in 1953. He has been pastor here ever since. 

Perhaps one of the most interesting of the new members of the MPDHS teaching staff is Mr. Clark Miles, far right. Born in Toronto, he graduated from high school there, and then joined the army. After 15 months in the army, he returned to school and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1949 with his Arts Degree. He has been in the teaching profession since 1949. During the past 7 years he has been taking summer courses to gain his commercial specialist’s standing. His move to Midland enabled him to make use of this specialized knowledge. He teaches History of Commerce, Typing, Economics, and Bookkeeping. A married man, Mr. Miles has one son. He is an ardent skier and skater, and enjoys many outdoor sports. We are glad you like Midland, Mr. Miles, and hope that you will be with us for many years.  This year we welcome back Miss Reba Young (left side) to the MPDHS teaching staff after an absence of four years. Previously Miss Young had been head of the history department for two years. Miss Young was born and educated in Trenton, Ont. After high school graduation she attended Queen’s University, Kingston. On graduating from there with an honours degree in English and history, she went to O.C.E. Toronto. This year Miss Young is the head of the English department, teaching the senior grades English. Later she will be in charge of training students for public speaking. Miss Young is also a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, the I.O.D.E., the United Church Ladies auxiliary. —Interviewed by Elaine Binkley. 

This new salad tray truck is the gift to St. Andrews Hospital by LOL 947, Midland. George Richardson (left) is seen presenting cheque for $157, covering cost of the truck, to Alex Craig, hospital administrator. 

Midland’s new drop-in centre for senior citizens was officially opened in the YMCA Wednesday. Mrs. Stan Harman is pictured above serving cookies to; (left to right) Mrs. E. M. Puddicombe, Mrs. E. Salisbury, Mrs. Jessie Wood and Mrs. Frank Glaspell. The town’s senior citizens have been without a drop-in centre since the legion building burned two years ago. 

For many years, until this fall, there had been no lacrosse in Midland, much less trophies. Now two trophies have been provided for the peewee league which wound up the season recently. William Orr (right) is seen presenting one formerly used by Georgian Bay intermediate league to Eric Major, captain of the title-winning Iroquois. At left is league director Rev. Len Self. The old trophy lay unclaimed in Mr. Orr’s store basement for many years. 

Last Friday was a big night in Elmvale, with the gymnasium of Elmvale District High School the scene of the annual commencement. Pictured above, left to right, are Frank Clute, a native of Elmvale and now a high school inspector, Elaine Lougheed, Sharon Cowan and Bob Eberhardt, who gave the valedictory address. All three earned honour graduation diplomas last year. Mr. Clute had previously taught at Sixth Street School in Midland. 

When the new Midland intermediate “A” Flyers take to the ice at Arena Gardens against Orillia Friday night, coach Jim Johnson will be looking for big things from the three seasoned stars above. All from Oshawa, they are, left to right, Lloyd Arnold, Dave Nicholishan and George Westfall. Arnold’s career includes several seasons with British and European teams. Nicholishan was a member of the world champion Whitby Dunlop’s and Westfall has also had wide experience. 

Keeping the puck out of the Midland Flyers net will be the job of these three chaps, among others, at Arena Gardens tonight. Goalie Clarence Gagnon is flanked by defencemen Bob Hendrickson (left) and Doug Swales. Flyers open the season against Orillia Lakeview’s, who lost their home opener to Barrie Falcons Tuesday night.