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

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OTTAWA OFFICIALS APPROVE DOCK IMPROVEMENT PLAN
County Herald headline of June 2, 1961 

Penetang dock should provide better accommodation for visiting cruisers and yachts this year, when scheduled improvements are completed. At a luncheon meeting yesterday, Penetang Chamber of Commerce heard that the Department of Transport is ready to call tenders on some requested improvements. 

    Continued interest in the welfare of St. Andrews Hospital by the citizens at large was evidenced at Monday night’s meeting of the hospital board. Alex Craig, hospital administrator, reported that a second food conveyor had been put into operation recently, at a cost of $686 to serve the first floor. “Since the conveyor went into operation we have received an anonymous donation amounting to approximately $560 to assist in defraying the cost of the equipment. I am sure you will agree that this is a gesture that is very much appreciated by all concerned,” said Mr. Craig. Later, board member W. S. Child, who also doubles as chairman of the Boy Scouts Committee for South Georgian Bay, said local Scouts, in looking for a worthwhile project, would like to do something for the hospital. “They are planning to buy a 35 mm projector so they can show films to young patients Saturday afternoons,” Mr. Child reported. Board chairman John Burke said it was a “very commendable idea.” 

    Well known around Great Lakes ports, Capt. R. A Simpell died at his Fourth Street Midland home Wednesday evening. He was in his 67th year. Capt. Simpell, who had been an employee of the Paterson Steamship Lines for 31 years and was master on a number of ships, was also a prominent member of the Midland Y’s Men’s Club and of the Masonic Lodge. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 P.M. at St. Marks Anglican Church. 

    Sunday will usher in a new era of telephone communications in Port McNicoll and Waubaushene. About 3 a.m. the telephone systems in the two points will be changed from manual to dial operations. The change-over will take less than two minutes to carry out. At that time the dial tone will replace the “number please” of the local telephone operator. The old manual switchboards will cease operation, being replaced by new dial switching equipment. All telephone numbers in Port McNicoll and Waubaushene will change. Telephone subscribers in Port McNicoll will get all-figure numbers, each of which will start with the prefix 534 and will include four other figures. Telephone users in Waubaushene will find their new numbers start with 538. 

One chap who had more than a passing interest in this year’s running of the English derby was Marshall Gouett of Waubaushene. He had a sweepstake ticket on Prince Tudor. Mr. Gouett won $1,500, which will come in handy in extending his new marina, hard-by Highway 103. Mr. Gouett used his 10-month old son’s name as his lucky nom-de-plume.

 

TOWN GETS NEW INDUSTRY COMMENCE STAFF TRAINING
Free Press Herald headline of June 7, 1961 

Work started this morning on a training program which is expected to develop as many as 60 skilled employees for a new industry locating in Penetang. The announcement was made jointly by members of Penetang council industrial committee and Cyril Larkin of Port McNicoll. The training operation is being conducted in the lounge of the Memorial Community Centre where machines have been Installed during the past week.  Industrial committee members under Councillor Paul Raymond had been successful in securing about a dozen girls and women for commencement of the program. Cyril N. Larkin said he expected a dozen would be kept busy on the training program until permanent quarters are established. “We anticipate a labor force increasing up to approximately 60 persons within the next five years.” he stated.  “Plans are underway for construction of a suitable plant within the very near future.” Mr. Larkin continued. “This, of course, is provided we are satisfied ample labor is available within the town and surrounding area.” Lines to be manufactured in the Penetang operation of Cyril N. Larkin and Sons Ltd., will include baby dresses, rompers,  jodhpurs and play clothes, according to Mr. Larkins. He said his company, during the last six months, has turned away orders for a minimum of 9,000 dozens of children’s garments. 

    Bay Mills Limited, Midland, this week began construction on an 11,000-square-foot extension to its existing building, Steve Cerney, general manager told this newspaper yesterday. Contract for the new building has been awarded to Webster-Smallwood of Midland, Mr. Cerney said.  Mr. Cerney said the new structure would be separate from the main plant but would be connected by a covered passageway. This is the second expansion the firm has undertaken in less than a year. A small addition was completed last year. When completed, the extension will accommodate plant offices, warehousing space and some manufacturing processes, he revealed. 

    Police came to the rescue in Penetang Monday afternoon when a small child became locked In the bathroom of an apartment in the Vimy Inn, Robert Street. The child’s mother had taken it to the bathroom, and on leaving for a moment heard the door shut and lock behind her. Unable to get back in, she contacted police. Constable Art Lizotte, on duty at a nearby corner, responded. After several attempts, he found it impossible to force the door without doing considerable damage. He then noticed an Emery Electric truck pull up in front, and commandered a ladder from it. Once he had the ladder it was a simple matter to force his way through the window by ripping off a screen. The child was unharmed. 

    Drowned in Georgian Bay nearly six weeks ago, the body or Baptiste Contois, 50, of Thunder Bay Beach, 15 miles north of Penetang, was found Friday afternoon. Theodore Robillard of Penetang saw the body washing up against a rock when he pulled his boat into the dock at Whalen’s Island, on the Inside Channel several miles north of Honey Harbour.  Mr. Contois was first reported missing to the OPP detachment at Victoria Harbour April 26. Caretaker of a large cottage at Cognashene, about 10 miles north of Honey Harbour, he had phoned his daughter April 20 to pick him up the following day at Honey Harbour. He was to make the trip by scoot, an aeroplane-motor driven sled commonly used by residents of that remote area during the winter months. 

TEN YEARS AGO
Rev. Charles Carter, formerly of Penetang was ordained and inducted as minister of Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour and Coldwater Presbyterian churches at a service in St. Andrew’s Church, Coldwater. * * * According to a company announcement in the U.S. the S.S. North American was to make 11  trips to Midland on regularly scheduled passenger cruises that summer. * * * Nearly 20 tons of salvage was collected by the Midland Y’s Men’s Club and the proceeds used for the club’s boys’ and girls’ work program. * * * Chambers of Commerce of Penetang, Midland, Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour and Waubaushene, the Midland Park Commission and the Huronia Historic Sites and Tourist Association sponsored an amateur photography competition with prizes totalling $275. * * *Plans for a new high school at Elmvale were being considered by the Elmvale High School board and the municipal councils of Elmvale and Flos Township. * * * Members of Tay Township council went to Toronto to meet Ontario Municipal Board officials who gave the Tay delegation approval for a township bylaw authorizing the extension of water service to the township area west of Midland. * * * Unemployment had hit a low ebb in North Simcoe. There were fewer workless seeking jobs in the district than at any time since mid-summer 1947, officials stated. 

These scouts from the North Simcoe area have been selected to attend the Canadian Scout Jamboree at Ottawa in July. Pictured left to right, are Bob French (4th Midland), John Allen (1st Midland), Stephen Gatehouse (1st Waubaushene) and Bert Mason (1st Penetang). 

TWO SHOE FIRMS, UNION,  SIGN ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
County Herald headline of June 9, 1961 

Threat of a strike in North Simcoe’s largest single resident industry ended Wednesday night with the ratification of a one-year contract between the Textile Workers’ Union of America and Fern Shoe, Penetang, and Midland Footwear. The Union was certified at Fern Shoe under a year ago and at Midland Footwear some six months ago. It was a first contract for the Textile Workers although the CIO Packing House union represented employees at both plants through most of the 1950’s. Negotiations had gone through Department of Labor conciliation proceedings, a conciliation board, and post  conciliation negotiations. 

    Penetang Boat Club has made a good start on cleaning up Whisky Island In the mouth of the Bay, and temporary docks have been Installed to aid in the work, according to President Len Carter. “We are going to continue the work until the Island is entirely cleaned. This week we are spraying the poison ivy.” he said. He also indicated plans are being prepared for a permanent dock. “There’s still plenty of cleaning up for our members to do and we hope they’ll all turn up this weekend.” he said. “Many people have asked how we managed to acquire the lease to this island,” Mr. Carter said yesterday. “I’d like to explain to them that most of the work was carried out through our federal member Dr. P. B. Rynard. 

Dear Editor:
The single-screw wooden tug “Shawanaga,” official No. 83389, was built in 1882 at Penetanguishene by Robert J. Morrill for Charles Beck, lumberman. She was named after the Shawanaga Passage near Parry Sound. Her length was 80 feet, width 17 feet and depth 8 feet 5 inches, gross tons 96. She was used each summer to tow log rafts from various Georgian Bay timber limits to the two Beck sawmills at Penetanguishene until the close of navigation in 1904. Then she was sold to Joseph Ganley of Sault Ste. Marie, because Charles Beck already had the 90-foot tug “Wahnapitae” under construction. In 1908 Joseph Ganley sold her to Alexander G. McKay of Owen Sound. In 1909 the Canadian Dredge and Construction Co.; Ltd., of Midland, purchased a half Interest. In 1910 the Canadian Dredging Co. Ltd., bought all shares. On Sept. 20, 1912, her registry was closed because she had been broken up at Midland.
—W. R. WILLIAMS. 

    The Grade 8 pupils of Midland’s Bayview Public School visited Ottawa on the weekend, accompanied by their principal Wm. H. Barnett. On Friday they visited the House of Commons and met Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in his office. At noon they were the guests of Dr. and Mrs. P. B. Rynard for lunch at the Dominion Experimental Farm. During their stay they also visited the mint, city hall, the Dominion Archives and witnessed a memorial ceremony which was attended by Governor General Vanier. “The pupils got a tremendous thrill out of the trip.” Stated Mr. Barnett, yesterday. “The students made it possible through their own systematic saving. They all were very well behaved and I received many compliments about their good manners.” 

    ”We figure it will enhance the main street,” commented Clarke Edwards, president of Edwards Specialty Shop Ltd., Tuesday when questioned about the new metal awning erected on the front of his store. Noting that the total length of the awning was 60 feet, Mr. Edwards said he believed it was the first of its size on a retail store in Midland. “Its main feature is its permanency,” stated Mr. Edwards., pointing out that it was made in steel sections covered with baked enamel in wide stripes of white and light blue. The awning which shades the whole front of the store bears the Edwards name at various spots along its length and was manufactured in Brantford.    

This new tower and vestibule will add greatly to the appearance of the United Church in Waverley. Workmen above are putting the finishing touches to the tower in readiness for special services to be held Sunday morning and evening. 

Getting a good look at the haircuts during the annual inspection of RCSCC “Huron” in Midland Wednesday night is Lieut-Comm. D. Wick of HMCS “York,” Toronto, the inspecting officer. Later, Lieut.-Commander Wick complimented the lads on both their turn-out and drill. 

It’s not often the celebrants of a 50th wedding anniversary are able to have their attendants on their wedding day, present for the festivities. This happened in Midland Saturday night when Mr. and Mrs. John James Ney of Hamilton met old friends at an open house at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Belfry, Dominion Ave. At right are Mrs. Leslie Ney and Mr. Ney of Midland, who acted as bridesmaid and best man back on June 7, 1911. 

Ontario Hydro Transmission Pylon at Waubaushene. 

Members of Tay Township council officially opened the new dial system at Waubaushene Saturday night by placing a call to an old friend, former Deputy-reeve Mrs. Minnie Mayhew. Now living with her sister in Chester, N.S., Mrs. Mayhew told Reeve Fred Kinnear she hopes to revisit her many Waubaushene friends this fall. Seen above left to right are Mrs. Peggy MacPherson, field worker for the Ontario Dept, of Public Welfare, Clerk Ralph Dalton (standing), Mrs. Knechtle and Deputy-reeve Walter Knechtle, Reeve Kinnear and Mrs. Kinnear. Call was placed from the Waubaushene Inn. 

1.02 MILLS LOPPED OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL LEVY
Free Press Herald headline of June 14, 1961

Midland Public Schools Board, at its June meeting Friday night, set the mill rate for educational purposes for 1961 at 18.63 mills commercial and 16.90 mills residential. The single rate last year was 17.92 mills. This year the Department of Education has authorized an additional grant to all school boards of $5 per pupil based on the 1960 average daily attendance. This school tax assistance grant is to apply to the public school residential taxpayers, hence the necessity of two mill rates for public school purposes. “This is the first year that the school board has been faced with two different mill rates, due to this special grant,” Wm. A. Hack, public school board secretary, said yesterday.  

After several months of extensive alterations, the Walker Store in Midland will hold its official re-opening tomorrow. A ten-year employee of the store, Mrs. L. Leitch is seen in the drapery department  arranging the new piece-goods display. in the lower picture. 

In happy mood at the dinner in her honour in St. Paul’s United Church Friday night is Mrs. Frances Bell, who retires this year after 33 years on the staffs of three Midland public schools — Sixth Street (now Bayview), Manley and Regent. Mrs. Bell was the recipient of a number of gifts from Midland Teachers’ Council and the Public Schools Board. 

“Sweetest music this side of heaven” for Mrs. Frances Bell (far right), retiring after 33 years on the staffs of Midland public schools, was undoubtedly the music provided by these pipers from Stayner at the dinner in her honour held Friday night in St. Paul’s United Church. Others in the picture, left to right, are Thomas Sweet, Mrs. Davidson and Leslie Davidson, president of the Midland’s Teachers Council, who acted as chairman for the dinner. 

Last Wednesday night marked the annual inspection of RCSCC “Huron” cadets at Midland Armory. A couple of young tars show model boats to two pretty visitors. Left to right are; Paul Charlebois, Ray Moreau, Donna Copeland and Sandra Moreau. 

   Most classes of Midland retail merchants will be permitted to have their stores open Wednesday afternoons during July and August. As the result of a petition from the Midland merchants, Midland council at its meeting Monday night gave three readings and approval to a bylaw amending bylaw 2200 which governed the closing of certain classes of retail stores Wednesday afternoons. The amending bylaw now permits these retail stores to remain open Wednesday afternoons, if they wish, during July and August. Optometrists were excluded from the amended bylaw. 

    A severe electrical storm, accompanied by high winds and driving rain, swept across the northern part of the North Simcoe district around 1 p.m. yesterday, leaving a trail of toppled trees, tree limbs, severed power lines and building damage in its wake. It was the second major storm to sweep through the area in a little more than a week. 

    Fire of undetermined origin did an estimated $2,000 damage to the home of John Lepage Jr., 310 Princess Street, Midland, early Tuesday morning. Midland Fire Chief Arnold Tippin reported yesterday. Mrs. Lepage was alone with her seven children when the fire broke out at 4.30 a.m. Chief Tippin stated and said he was unable at present to determine the cause of the fire which started in a clothes hamper in the bathroom. Mr. Lepage was away at the time and none of the rest of the family smoke, Chief Tippin said. He noted that the loss was covered by insurance.  The Lepages will be staying with relatives for a week or so, the Fire Chief said. 

25 YEARS AGO
Switches were swung and power for the first time flowed through the  new rural hydro extension from Sunnyside to Midland Point. * * * After hearing a deputation from the Midland Chamber of Commerce. Midland council agreed to a special day and night police patrol of the town docks in an effort to stop petty thieving from pleasure craft. * * * Rev G S. Lloyd of Knox Presbyterian Church, Midland, was elected a member of the senate and Board of Knox College, University of Toronto. * * * Members of the Midland Curling Club met to make arrangements for a cruise to Owen Sound on the S. S. Keewatin. * * * Victoria Harbour council set its tax role at 45 mills. * * * Truckers from Midland, Penetang, Waubaushene, Port McNicoll and Lafontaine organized and agreed on a price schedule. President of the new organization was Charles Stewart of Midland. * * * Conrad Hewson, publisher of the Penetang Herald, after announcing his intention to suspend publication of his paper, sold it to the owners of the Midland Free Press. * * * Rev. W R. Auld, minister of St. Paul’s United Church, Midland, was chosen one of the commissioners to the general council of the United Church. * * * For the second year in succession, Midland was the first municipality in Simcoe County to pay the county levy. D. H. Coleman, county treasurer announced. * * * Midland Mayor S. W. McKinley gave council a notice of motion which would reduce the number of aldermen from eight to four and limit the number of members on the Public School Board, Public Utilities Commission and the Parks Board.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – May 23rd to 31st, 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. 

Again we have no original negatives for this week and we will make do with copy and paste. 

MONTHLY TAX BILL PLAN UNDER STUDY IN PENETANG 

County Herald headline of Friday May 26, 1961.
Penetang council will study a proposal for monthly billing of taxes. Authorization for the study was given at Tuesday night’s council meeting after the suggestion had been made by Mayor Jerome Gignac.  The mayor’s proposal is to send out bills monthly, commencing with the beginning of the year. This would be done on the basis of the previous year’s bill.  When the mill rate for the year has been set, a 13th bill would be issued to provide for any adjustments necessary.  The study is to be carried out by the clerk and finance committee. 

    If Councillor Leonard Ladouceur has his way, Penetang may soon see an end to the garbage scattered around the streets as a result of containers breaking or being torn apart by dogs. Monday night the councillor tabled a resolution providing for preparation of a bylaw which would require garbage to be kept in covered metal containers. He explained that garbage is being put out in all sorts of open cardboard cartons and paper bags. “When it rains these break and present a horrible mess.” Following some discussion, the councillor agreed to change the resolution to one which authorized the clerk to present a proposed bylaw at the next meeting of council. Some members of council felt requirement of metal containers was a little stiff. One suggested properly tied cartons served the purpose adequately. Building Inspector Ernest Marcot was authorized to have a condemned house on Fox Street demolished. It was stated the house has been condemned by health authorities for some time, but no attempt had been made by the owner to remove it. Councillor Ralph White reported that Sgt Marcel Dorion is going to re-activate the school patrol system, which operated quite efficiently for several years. He asked that crosswalks be painted at certain locations where the patrol would work. 

    A petition signed by 75 percent of Midland merchants covered by the present retail store hours bylaw, has been forwarded to Midland council by the chamber of commerce. Confirming receipt of the petition, Wm.  Hack, town clerk-treasurer said that it would be presented at the next meeting. The petition asks for the repeal of the section requiring stores to remain closed Wednesday afternoons during the months of July and August. It is understood that the result of the petition will be that stores can observe the half holiday if they wish or can remain open six days during the summer if they think it advisable. 

    Workmen made an unusual discovery recently while digging a grave in St. Mark’s Anglican Cemetery, west of Midland. Only a few inches under the top soil, they hit a heavy stone wall, which took considerable work to cut across. With a steel bar, it was easy to follow the outlines of the foundation. It measured roughly 10 by 15 feet. Best guess seems to be that it may have been the foundation for a mausoleum, which was not completed. Chairman of the cemetery board, Percy Hopkins said no one can remember any building being demolished on the site, which was opened as a cemetery in 1911. If, as and when the grave immediately to the north is opened, it will be necessary to dig out the full 10 feet of the heavy foundation. 

BOARD EARMARKS GRANT FOR HOSPITAL EXPANSION 

Free Press Herald headline of Wednesday, May 31, 1961.
The town of Midland will not be receiving a grant from St. Andrews Hospital this year to assist in the repayment of debenture interest incurred on behalf of the hospital. Hospital Administrator Alex Craig reported to the May meeting of the board Monday night that St.  Andrews recently had received a grant of $7,875 from the provincial government. Last year, this grant was turned over to the town for the purpose mentioned above. This year, however, the board decided the money will be retained for capital requirements and passed a motion to that effect. Feeling a further addition to the hospital is inevitable within a few years, the board has already started a fund for that purpose and the current grant will be added to it. 

    For the first time in the history of the Ontario Hospital at Penetang, a large group of patients journeyed beyond the confines of the institution for an evening’s entertainment Thursday night. Approximately 70 men and women were transported by bus to the public school auditorium where they saw a shortened version of the YPC Capers. The event was arranged through the group of volunteer workers who make regular visits to the hospital. 

  

Some two thousand parishioners of St. Margaret’s Church, Midland, and from Roman Catholic parishes in the North Simcoe district Sunday took part in the sixth annual rosary parade and rally. Although heavy clouds threatened to pour down rain shortly before parade time, a bright sun broke through and shone during the entire service. Escorted by Midland and provincial police, and preceded by flag and cross bearers and altar boys, the procession of men and boys moved off from St. Margaret’s on schedule. Midland Citizens’ Band and St. Theresa’s High School Band, the latter under the direction of F. S. Johnstone, provided music for the marchers as they wended their way along Midland streets to Town Park, the scene of the rally. The high school band preceded a large float bearing a statue of the Virgin Mary. Fourth degree Knights of Columbus formed an honor guard for the float. Two cars, equipped with public address systems, carried reciters of the rosary prayers. One group spoke in English and the other in French. Also represented were Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Holy Name Society members, pupils of Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s Schools, Midland, and many clergy and novitiates from Martyrs’ Shrine, accompanied by Shrine Director Rev. F. J. McCaffrey. St. Margaret’s Church choirs led the congregational singing at the park. Master of ceremonies was Rev. G. Bean of St. Margaret’s Church, who welcomed those present and introduced Rev. T. Marchildon of Lafontaine, who addressed the congregation in French. 

    Midland Indians started the new South Simcoe Baseball League season on an auspicious note at Town Park Monday night when they blanked Collingwood Lions 3-0 behind the combined four-hit pitching of Gord Dyment and Joe Faragher. The few fans who braved the 40-degree weather saw a well-played game under the existing frigid conditions. Indians next game is tonight when they move to Orillia to help Merchants open the season there.

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

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 BOARD MOVES TO ACQUIRE PROPERTY FOR NEW SCHOOL 

Free Press Herald headline of May 17, 1961.
Midland Public Schools Board will proceed immediately to acquire property for a new school in the southeast area of town. The board was given the “go ahead” signal at a joint meeting with Midland Planning Board and town council in the municipal building Monday night. The property concerned is approximately eight acres, fronting on Robert Street.  It is owned by Lakeview Cemetery. “At the moment, we are only assuming the preferred site –will be made available,” said Frank Bray, chairman of the school board. The property, however, is in one of two areas suggested by the planning board in a report given to school authorities. 

RECEIVE TENTATIVE OK ON NEW VOCATIONAL SCHOOL 

County Herald headline of May 19, 1961
Tentative approval has been received from the provincial government for a further nine-room addition to Midland – Penetang District High School and to be paid for under new special vocational grant legislation. Total cost of the new addition and equipment is estimated to be in excess of $500,000, with the entire cost shared by the provincial and federal governments —the latter paying 75 per cent. 

    Fire of undetermined origin almost completely destroyed two coal sheds at The C. Beck Co. property in Penetang, Monday afternoon. Preliminary estimates of the loss ran between $4,000 and $5,000. Tinder-dry wood in the frame sheds provided excellent fuel for the flames, which were leaping high in the air when firemen commenced their fight.  At times the heat was so intense it could be felt several hundred feet away. Apparently, the blaze started in the shed east of the railway track, and jumped across the track to the second building.Chas. Day, company official, said there was very little coal in the sheds, since stocks at this time of year are allowed to run low. Greatest loss in contents was a pair of loader conveyers, and a large quantity of dry lumber stored in one shed for later use in box-making. 

    Communicable diseases are showing some signs of abating as there are less in number being reported, states Dr. P. A. Scott in his latest report for Simcoe County Health Unit. In this report measles beads the list with 209 cases, followed by chicken pox with 66 and German measles with 19. Seventeen cases of mumps and seven of scarlet fever were reported for a total of 318.  

    Midland apparently has some thirsty crooks – with a literary bent. Breaking into Pinecrest Products Ltd. factory on Bay Street over the weekend, thieves polished of 24 “cokes” before making off with 10 cents in cash, and a typewriter, police chief George Wainman reported.   

      Midland Lion’s girls softball league now has 72 girls registered, it was revealed this week. There is still room for extra players on several teams and any girls wishing to play should contact Rev. Len Self, Parkview School at 6 p.m. Friday night. The new league has eight teams, which will play their games at Parkview Friday evenings. Following are the team rosters: Owls — Patsy Dalziel (captain), Lynda Dagg, Sharon Contois, Annette MacDonald, Shirley Cadeau, Barbara Galt, Laurie Young, Ruth Duncan. Hawks — Geraldine Borsa (captain), Brenda Fournier, Nancy Alderson, Sheila Cadieux, Louella Contois, Andrea Descbamp, Joan Lesperance, Margaret Rogers. Red Wings — Sharon Oliver (captain), Mary Morden, Sally Yarr, Nancy Mahoney, Barbara Lloyd, Marilyn Park, Debbie Willett, Julia Farewell. Orioles — Susan Heels (captain), Valerie Somers, Ruth McQuirter, Marilyn Jackson, Carol Banting, Jane Spiker, Wanda LePage, Joan Child, Jo-Ella Couriere. Vultures — Barbara Spence (captain), Patsy Jeffery, Liz Taylor, Nancy Tully, Carol Launder, Jane Moss, Mary Toole, Peggy Krochko, Sharon Stelter. Eagles — Marilyn Jane Mohan (captain), Patsy Paul, Becky Paul, Wendy Allsopp, Ruth Bowen, Debby Mohan, Judy Wilson, Joyce Ferris, Carol Dion, Lola Brown, Mary Cable. 

     The chatter was almost deafening Saturday evening, May 6, as 98 nurses, the majority from the former St Andrews Hospital Training School, held a reunion dinner in the Midland YMCA. Tales of stoking the furnace, toast on night shift, and maintaining hospital ‘silence’ so patients could sleep at night despite the jangling bell system, getting up-to-the minute family news — all were told and retold while the women of the ‘Y’ auxiliary served turkey and trimmings, and home – made pies. The dinner and evening was organized by the St. Andrews Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae, and Included nursing graduates of other schools — who were on staff at one time at the hospital. The last time many nurses were together was the 80th birthday celebrations they held for their former superintendent Miss Emma Baker. In all, there were approximately 115 nurses who trained during the school years of 1912 to 1942, when Miss Baker retired. Then four additional classes were carried on until 1946, when the training school was discontinued. 

    Apparently the CNR station at Perkinsfield will cease to exist in the near future, according to information tabled at Tiny Township council meeting last Saturday.  A letter from the railway indicated approval to “remove the station” is being sought, pointing out the station has not been in use for some time. A communication from the Department of Transport asked whether Tiny council had any objections to the  station being closed, and set May 23 as the deadline for filing any objection. Council had no objection to offer to the move. It was mentioned that some recent shipments left at the station had remained there for some time before the consignees knew of their arrival. 

    Three Midland residents were among the 27 citizens who received their naturalization certificates recently from Judge D. MacLaren in Barrie. Midlanders receiving their certificates were Hildegard Lipp, Karl Lipp and Johann Sachs. 

    Five hundred dollars will go up in smoke Monday night. Not in actual cash but in a fireworks display sponsored by the Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) at Little Lake Park, starting about 8.30. This was revealed last night by Ed Gamna, chairman of the Jaycee fireworks committee. The aerial display will be set off near the boathouse, Gamna said, and added he hoped everyone would- turn out for the fireworks and contribute generously to their cost during the voluntary collection. “It has cost the club something every year we have put on the display and we hope to break even this year.” added Mr Gamna. He emphasized that the club had no wish to make money on the affair.

 DEMPSEY — To Mr. and Mrs. John Dempsey, R.R. 2, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, May 16, 1961, a son.
DUCAIRE — To Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ducaire, Yeo Street, Penetang, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, May 15, 1961, a daughter.
LADOUCEUR — To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ladouceur, R.R. 1. Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, May 17, 1961, a son.
LANGLEY — To Mr. and Mrs. Percy Langley, 110 Olive Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, May 16, 1961, a daughter.
TODD — To Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Todd, Port McNicoll, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, May 14, 1961, a son. 

TUG “MAGNOLIA”
Dear Editor: The single-screw, wooden tug “Magnolia”, official No. 103690, was built at Midland in 1898 from the burned hulk of the single – screw wooden steamer Stanley, Official No. 77693, length 160 feet, width 28 feet and depth 12 feet, built in 1872 at Chatham by Duncan Chisholm and rebuilt in 1880 at Hamilton. She was lengthened to 180 feet and re-named St. Magnus. On June 7, 1895, she arrived at Cleveland from Toledo and rolled over while unloading at the Pennsylvania Dock. Raised by Michigan Salvage Co., she was towed to the Port Dalhousie dry-dock and burned there Sept. 5, 1895. Her burned out hull was towed to Midland and rebuilt for the Midland Towing and Wrecking Co. Ltd. The work was done by Robert Morrell in 1898. Tug Magnolia was 136 feet long, 21 feet 4 inches wide, 13 feet 7 inches deep, 367 gross tons in weight, and was registered at Toronto, as there was no registry office at Midland until 1906. Her registry was transferred to Midland during that year. She was sold to CSL in 1916, damaged by fire in 1918 and abandoned as a constructive loss in 1919. The Midland Transportation Co. Ltd., procured the wreckage and gave it a refit in 1919 and changed the name to Luckport, with length reduced to 126 feet and tonnage to 231 gross tons. The Luckport was finally dismantled and registry closed in 1930.
—W. R. WILLIAM 

Editorial – The strike at the Royal York has made a greater contribution to governmental understanding of labor-management relations than any development in Ontario of the past ten years. Most of the members of the provincial cabinet have their home away from home at that hotel.