Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – October 8th to 15th, 1960

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Click on photos to enlargeSaturday is “APPLE DAY” for the cubs and scouts of the South Georgian Bay District and this is the way their leaders hope things will turn out – the coin boxes full and the apple baskets all empty. Scout Jim Wood of the 1st Midland Troop, left, holds the “full” tins, while Cub David Banks, 4th Midland, has the empty basket. 

This rope making machine is known as a “closer”, the largest in use in Canada at this time, has been installed in the new Greening Wire plant in Midland. Only about a third of the 105-foot-long set-up is seen in the two pictures comprising the front end of the machine. It went into operation for the first time Friday. 

Newest addition to Midland’s business fraternity is Harry Hughes, recently appointed manager of the IGA Foodliner on King Street. Native of Toronto, Mr. Hughes was born there in 1925 and received his education in the Ontario capital. He began his business career in 1942, remaining with one nationally known grocery chain for 16 years. For six of those years he managed stores in Toronto.  More recently, Mr. Hughes operated his own business in Owen Sound prior to coming to Midland. His wife and five children will remain there temporarily while Harry does a spot of house-hunting in Midland. In Owen Sound, Mr. Hughes led an active life as bulletin editor and treasurer of the Kinsmen Club. He also served as coach in the club’s Little Baseball League activities. Mr. Hughes said he hopes to continue in service club work in Midland, although it won’t be with the Kinsmen, one of the few service organizations not represented here. He also hopes to find time to pursue his favourite hobbies – hunting and fishing. The Hughes’ are members or the United Church. 


With tanks now in place workmen are putting finishing touches to BA Oil Co. distributing centre on Robert ST. W., Penetang. Metal clad building contains office and storage for packaged goods. Semi-circular drive allows trucks to load without having to turn around. 

At a meeting held in Parkside Pavilion last week, Midland District Labor Council elected it’s new executive officers and also received its Canadian Labor Congress charter. Seen above, left to right, are George Brough, Orillia, general representative of the CLC; Maurice Latour, recording secretary; Ralph McConnell, president; Lawrence Perrault, treasurer; and Les Rivard, vice-president.

Editorial page photo entitled, “Beauty and the Rails” 

When this buck moose “came to dinner” at their hunting camp, Albert Brunelle, left, and Dr. R. Lauzon, both of Penetang, took advantage of the situation and made dinner of the moose by way of a bullet.

$12,000 Damage Done in Balm Beach Break-ins
Free Press headline of October 12, 1960 

Total damage estimated as high as $12,000 has been discovered in close to 30 cottages in the Balm Beach area by owners and Tiny Township police who have been working on the case for nearly a week. According to Const. A. Dumais three juveniles have been apprehended in connection with the vandalism. A fourth lad, over the juvenile age may be implicated, and has also been picked up for questioning. Const. Dumais said yesterday the list of cottages broken into is growing daily. Police are also getting leads and hearing many reports of incidents which apparently occurred through the summer. One eyewitness who had travelled through the area north of the main road to Balm Beach said some cottages appeared as though they had been struck by a holocaust. Windows and doors have been smashed by axes, bowling pins and other instruments. Entrance in most cases was apparently gained in this manner. In the cottage or E. I. Surridge an electric stove and brand new refrigerator had been maliciously slashed with an axe, and were completely wrecked. Chairs were smashed, cupboards dumped. Smashed dishes and glassware littered the floors or many cottages. 

Expect Change in Berth For Federal Ice Breaker
County Herald headline of October 14, 1960 

“We expect the Alexander Henry will be berthed in Midland this winter,” said Dr. P. B. Rynard, MP for Simcoe East, in a telephone interview with this paper Wednesday. The big government ice breaker, put in service about a year ago, was kept at the Lakehead last winter. 

    The largest rope-making machine in Canada is now in operation at the Greening Wire Co. plant in Midland. Installation of the machine, known as a “closer” was completed last week and the first runs made were held Friday.  Made in England by Larmouth and Bulmar, it took three freight cars to transport the huge machine which occupies floor space 106 feet long in the new Greening plant. Although the largest wire ropes now in use measure 3-1/2 inches in diameter, the new machine is capable of turning out 4-inch ropes. It is capable or closing 30 tons of rope in one length. Plant officials say this is equal to seven miles of rope of one inch diameter. In other words, if the rope was run off the machine and out the east door of the plant, it would stretch to a point well the other side of Victoria Harbour. 

    Funeral services were held yesterday for David George Hewis, for the past several years harbormaster for the Port of Midland. Mr. Hewis died in St. Andrews Hospital on Saturday. He is survived by four sisters, including Mrs. Lorne McMillan and Miss Mayme Lewis of Midland. A more-detailed story of Mr. Hewis’ career and funeral services will be carried in a later edition or this paper. 

BRESSETTE – To Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Bressette, Port Severn, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, Oct. 6, 1960, a daughter.
BRYANT – To Mr. and Mrs. George Bryant, Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, Sept. 29, 1960, a daughter.
CRONK-To Mr. and Mrs. Murray Cronk, Victoria Harbour, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Wednesday, Sept. 28, a son.
MOREAU – To Mr. and Mrs. Elzear Moreau, 231 Hugel Ave., Midland, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1960, a son.
MOREAU – To Mr. and Mrs. Leo Moreau, Perkinsfield, at
Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, Sept. 29, 1960,
a daughter.
NELSON – To Mr. and Mrs. Donald Nelson, R.R. 1, Phelpston,
at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, Sept. 26, 1960, a daughter.
PARENT – To Mr. and Mrs. Rene Parent, Perkinsfield, at
Penetanguishene General Hospital, Tuesday, October 4, a son.
LECAMP – To Mr. and Mrs. Leo Lecamp, 55 Poyntz St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, Oct. 7, 1960, a daughter.
MARACLE – To Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Maracle, 56 Peel St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Wednesday, October 28, 1960, a son.
QUESNELLE – To Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Quesnelle, Ontario Hospital, Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1960, a son.
REYNOLDS – To Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Reynolds, Elmvale, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, Oct. 7, 1960, a daughter.
RUMBLE – To Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Rumble, Hillsdale, at Penetanguishene
General Hospital, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1960, a daughter.
VALLEE – To Mr. and Mrs. Armand Vallee, R.R. 2. Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1960, a son.
LADOUCEUR – To Mr. and Mrs. Aldee Ladouceur, 191 Robert St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1960, a daughter.
BEAUSOLEIL – To Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Beausoleil, 60 Harriet St., Penetang, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Wednesday, October 12, 1960, a son. Baby died.
BELZER – To Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Belzer, 436 Springvale Avenue., Eggertsville, New York, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, October 10, 1960, a son.
CRUISE – To Mr. and Mrs. Logan Cruise, 132 Hannah St., Midland, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Tuesday, October 11, 1960, a daughter.
ISAAC – To Mr. and Mrs. John Isaac, R.R. 1, Midland, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Thursday, October 6, 1960, a son.
LECLAIR – To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leclair, 129 Dominion Ave., Midland, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Friday, October 7, 1960, a daughter. 

    A lengthy discussion on winter works arose at Tuesday night’s meeting of Penetang town council, when Councillor Leonard Ladouceur asked for direction on how much the municipality could spend. Consensus of opinion appeared to be that while it was unanimous council would like to see a program of winter work inaugurated, the municipality has no money to devote to such a project. Councillor Ladouceur said he had attended a meeting in Midland where he learned among other things that the federal government is prepared to subsidize construction of municipal buildings. He said he believed there might also be some subsidy on materials for such a project. Mayor Jerome Gignac suggested there “Must be some things we could do that could be debentured,” Clerk W. A. Argue cautioned that the municipality had reached its limit of borrowing power, and he doubted the municipal board would approve any debenture scheme. 


Arthur Wm. Marks a resident of Midland for more than half a century, died in St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Oct. 4, following an illness of several months. Services were held Oct. 7 at Nicholls funeral home and burial was in Lakeview Cemetery. Rev. Len Self and Rev. C. H. Carter were in charge of the services. Pallbearers were Earl Allsopp, Herbert Carpenter, Carl Church, Arthur McElroy, Charles McElroy and Victor Wadge. Friends and relatives from Toronto, Barrie, Port Credit, Guelph, Montreal and Victoria Harbour attended the services. Last survivor of a family of seven children, Mr. Marks was born in Reigate, Surrey, England, where he learned the book binding trade. Coming to Canada in 1905, his first job was on a farm near Napanee. After three months he moved to Edenvale, near Stayner, where he worked in a Stave mill. Coming to Midland, Mr. Marks first found employment at the Playfair lumber mill. After two years there, including winter work in the bush, he took a job at Potvin’s shook mill. Returning to England briefly in 1908, Mr. Marks was married to the former Christina MacDonald, a native of the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. On their return to Canada, Mr. Marks continued to work at Potvin’s until the outbreak of World War 1. He joined the 177th Battalion, Grey and Simcoe Foresters as a bandsman. Later he served 13 months in France as a stretcher bearer, where his services won him the Military Medal and the Belgium’s Croix de Guerre. Following the war Mr. Marks found work in Ganton Dobson’s boat works, and later he was employed by the Midland Shipyard as a ship wright, retiring several years ago. Boats, along with fishing, remained one of Mr. Marks’ chief hobbies after his retirement, and he built several of them. In his earlier days in Midland, Mr. Marks had been a member of the Salvation Army and served as corps bandmaster. Later he become a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder for more than 20 years. He also taught Sunday School for many years in both churches. Also in his younger days, Mr. Marks had helped introduce the Boy Scout movement in Midland. Besides Mrs. Marks, he is survived by two sons, John of Altadena, Cal., and Arthur Wm. Jr. of Toronto, and one daughter, Miss Margaret Marks, a teacher at Midland’s Regent Public School. There are also four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

WILLIAM J. BROPHY  – A large segment of the sporting section of Penetang was considerably shocked Wednesday October 5th when they learned of the unexpected death of William J. (Bill) Brophy. Mr. Brophy passed away after suffering a stroke while at his work at the Penetang Bowling Alley. He had passed his 74th birthday August 30th of this year. Born in Flos Township where he remained until he was 18, Bill Brophy had lived later in Bracebridge and Toronto. He had lived in Penetang for about 45 years. Foa a quarter of a century he had worked as a scaler for McGibbon Lumber Co. During the past four years he had become particularily well known to the sporting fraternity while working as a maintenance man at the bowling alley. A Roman Catholic, he was a member of the Holy Name Society, and a third degree member of Huronia Council of Knights of Columbus. He had also served on the public school board for a number of years. Surviving besides his wife, the former Marie Bazinet, whom he married in 1918, are two sons, Bernard and James of Penetang, and six daughters, Mrs. Elric Dupuis (Peggy), Mrs. Henry Dupuis (Betty), Mrs. Maurice Dumais (Eileen), all of Penetang, Mrs. Leo Dupuis (Marie) Midland, Mrs. Robert Hannon (Frances), Toronto and Mrs. Ken McNally (Helen), Scarborough. There are 34 grandchildren. Pallbearers were Joseph Martin, Doug Dubeau, Bill Murray, Ray Lesperance, Alvin Gravelle and Bernard Leclaire.


A great worker at St. Marks Anglican Church particularly among the young people and her Bible class, Miss Violet Edwards died yesterday following a heart attack. Miss Edwards, who had been in failing health for the past few years, had taken a short motor drive yesterday afternoon. Prior to her illness Miss Edwards had managed the office for her brother Wilfred’s motor magazine business. She had previoulsy worked for Byrie-Birks in Hamilton before returning to Midland 14 years ago. Miss Edwards is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Dalt Hudson and Miss Gladys Edwards and two brothers , V. G. Edwards and Wilfred Edwards all of Midland and a third brother Thomas of Hanley, Saskatchewan. 


Elmvale Forage Club, the first of its kind in the province held its achievement day at the Elmvale fall fair. • • • Demolition of the old wooden storage shafts at “Town House” elevator, Midland, was rated to reduce the storage capacity of the elevator from four million to three million bushels. • • • Hon. Harold Scott, Ontario minister of Lands and Forests, announced that a survey of the Midland district including the townships of Tay, Tiny and Medonte would be made as the first step in a planned reforestation program for North Simcoe.  • • • Possibility of reopening the Breithaupt Tannery, Penetang, was suggested as the company’s Kitchener plant was reaching capacity. • • Charles Parker, chairman of the Midland Boys Band  Committee, announced that the committee had purchased new instruments at a cost of more than $5,000. • • • The Santa Clause parade, Armistice Day observance and whether or not to support an application for a liquor store and brewers warehouse were contentious issues at a meeting of the Midland merchants’ committee of the chamber or commerce. • • • Huronia Choral Society started its fifth season under its new conductor Wm. M. Cameron, who took over form Alec Docherty. Catherine Richardson continued as accompanist. • • • A dog poisoner was at work in Midland with poison bait being used to kill 10 dogs and one cat. Most incidents occurred in the Manley-Hanna Streets area.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – October 1st to 7th, 1960

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Click on photos to enlargeSt. Andrews Hospital had a bit of the atmosphere of former years Monday morning when the first group of students commenced their enrolment and studies in the newly-instituted, school for certified nursing assistants. Some years ago, the hospital operated a school for registered nurses, under the direction of the late Miss E. Baker. Twelve of the 50-odd applicants for the course were accepted. Six of them have been on St. Andrews staff as nursing aides. When they complete the new course and are successful in written examinations conducted by the nursing division, Ontario Department of Health, they will receive CNA certificates. 

N.M. Paterson line’s Soodoc was tied up at Midland coal dock when this picture was taken Thursday afternoon. The ship’s crew, members of the Seamen’s International Union, went on strike against the Paterson firm. Other members of the Lake Curriers Association, except Canada Steamship Lines, said they would tie up their ships. The strike was settled last night. 

Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association held its annual convention at Martyrs’ Shrine Thursday. Here Vincent Noonan of Collingwood, Mrs. E. Smith of Barrie, Mrs. Corrie Hamelin of Midland, Sister Mary Stephen, St. Theresa’s, Miss M. Tipping, Orillia, F. J. Macdonald, inspector of public and separate schools, and Edward E. Stewart of the Department of Education, speaker at the convention, examine one of the many new books on display at the convention.

Bill Johnson of 12 Victoria Street, Midland, left, holds the 22-pound, 46-inch muskellunge he caught off Methodist Island Tuesday morning. His fishing companion, Bill Hebner of 115 Gloucester Street, holds an eight-pound, 30-inch pike he caught the same day. They were fishing with Guy Hebner.

One or the chief factors in Mr. and Mrs. John Lepage of Penetang attaining their golden wedding anniversary Saturday has been good health. According to one of their seven daughters, neither husband nor wife has ever had a serious illness. Both Mr. Lepage and his wife, the former Ella Mae Carriere, were born at Highland Point across the bay from Penetang. (Story on same page.) 

Frigid skies failed to chill the spirits of St. Theresa’s High School athletes as they held their field day in Midland Friday. In the top picture the three boys champions are, left to right, Mike Borsa, junior, Paul Tremblay, senior and Mike Duval, intermediate. Tremblay rolled up 79 points for his win. Top girls in lower picture were Susan Barron and Marie McLaughlin, who tied at 20 points each for junior laurels, Donna Contois, senior, and Delores Contois intermediate champ. 

Editorial page photo entitled, “Maze at Hog Bay” 

This Waverley combination of grandfather and granddaughter walked off with first and second prize with their senior yearling Jerseys at the Elmvale fair Sept, 21. “Grandpa” is well-known Bert French and the little girl is his eight-year-old granddaughter, Debbie. 

Still just a big hole in the ground, work is well under-way on the 14-room addition to Midland – Penetang District High School. 

Members of the Brooklea Golf and Country Club, and visitors, will have brand new club house facilities next season. 

Steel is already in place and the roof is going on for the new addition to the Canadian Name Plate plant in Midland. 

A long ten months of study lies ahead of these members of the new Certified Nursing Assistants course which opened at Midland’s St. Andrews Hospital this week. Left to right seated, are, Mrs. Mary Magloughlin, Miss Barbara McQueen, Mrs. Laura Steer, Mrs. Audrey Moreau, Mrs. Beverley West, Miss Joyce Leonard; standing – Mrs. Mary Okenka, Mrs. Gladys Marchant, Mrs. Jean Wilcox, Mrs. Nettie Grenier, Mrs. Marjorie Gibson, Miss Marie Reynolds.


Midland Population Up – Note 2.6 Per Cent Hike
Free Press Herald headline of Wednesday October 5, 1960 

Ian McLung, Midland assessment commissioner revealed yesterday that the town’s total taxable assessment is $383,010 more than in 1960 and the population had increased 2.6 per cent. The total taxable assessment as of Oct. 1 this year was $8,135,650 compared with $7,752,640 last year, Mr. McClung stated. Midland’s population is increasing, the assessor noted. As of Oct. 1 there were 8,625 people in the municipality compared with 8,402 in 1959, an increase of 223. 

Say 10 Per Cent Increase in Tourist Registrations
County Herald headline of Friday October 7, 1960. 

A report of operations of the Penetang Chamber of Commerce information booth during the past summer shows 3,421 persons from Canada, United States and four European countries registered at the centre. It is estimated that the figure represents a 10 per cent increase over the number of visitors in 1959. 

    The S.S. City of Dover is to sail again. Midland Chamber of Commerce announced this week that the passenger vessel has been purchased by Andrew Light of Midland. He plans to make the necessary repairs and alterations this winter so the cruise ship will be ready for the 1961 tourist season. 

    Nearly 300 persons have made application to take night classes at Midland-Penetang District High School this winter, Principal R. C. Gauthier revealed yesterday. 

    A letter from Ralph Cowan, read to Penetang Chamber of Commerce executive Wednesday night indicated a sufficient number of pheasants will be on hand for a pheasant shoot on Christian Island this fall. Equipment now installed on the island which will be put into operation next year, is large enough to hatch 14,500 chicks in a season. 

ALAIRE – To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Alarie, 347 King Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, September 28, 1960, a son.
BEAUDOIN – To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beaudoin, 51 Bay Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, September 30, 1960, a son.
BELLISLE – To Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bellisle, 194 Charles Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, September 29, 1960, a son.
GILBANK – To Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gilbank, 268 William Street Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, September 30, 1960, twin sons. (One died later)
GRANT – To Mr. and Mrs. William Grant, Con. 1, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, October 1, 1960, a daughter
HUMPHRIES – To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Humphries, (nee Florence Spicer) Toronto, at Toronto General Hospital, Wednesday, September 28, 1960, a daughter.
MERKLEY – To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Merkley, 103 Donalda Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, October 1, 1960, a daughter.
PAUL – To Mr. and Mrs. Albert Paul, RR 2, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, October 1, 1960, a son.
PERRAULT – To Mr. and Mrs. Leo Perrault, 48 Fifth Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday , October 4, 1960, a son.
POTTER – To Mr. and Mrs. William Potter, R.R. 1, Waubaushene, at St. Andrews Hospital, on Wednesday, October 5, 1960, a son. 

    George H. Burns has been appointed superintendent of Canadian Pacific Railway’s Great Lakes Steamships, with headquarters at Port McNicoll, effective October 1, it was revealed yesterday.

NAPOLEON (Poly) PERRAULT – Widely known throughout this area, and a resident of Highland Point all his life, Napoleon ( Poly) Perrault died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 2, after suffering a heart seizure at Parry Sound. Born at Highland Point, August 3, 1891, Mr. Perrault had spent most of his working years as a guide. In 1921 he married Delphine Trudeau at Penetang. Surviving besides his widow are two sons, Edgar of Chicago and Raymond of Toronto. There are five daughters, Mrs. Edward Gregoire (Rose) Parry Sound, Mrs. Fred Johnson (Agnes), Mrs. Carl Eikiland (Theresa), Mrs. Harry Burquist (Bernadette), and Miss Doris Perrault all of Chicago. There are 14 grandchildren. Funeral service was held from Beausoleil’s funeral home to St. Ann’s Memorial Church Wednesday, Sept. 28. Father J. Marchand sang requiem high mass, assisted by Father L. O’Malley and Father G. Bean. Burial was in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leonard Landrigan, Isadore, Andrew and Louis Trudeau, Frank Perrault and Jim McMillan. 

    For the first time in its 41-year history two schools finished in a tie for top honors in the Tudhope track and field meet, held at Barrie North Collegiate, Saturday. Deadlocked at 71 points each were Midland-Penetang District High School and Orillia DCVI. Climaxing a big day for MPDHS, the girls’ team finished second in the Thompson track meet held simultaneously, only three points back of the winning Barrie North team. 

    It’s a long jump from Penetang Hurons of junior OHA class ”C” ranks to the professional Sudbury Wolves but Midland’s “Buzz” Deschamp appears to have bridged the gap successfully. The 20-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. “Bun” Deschamp, Russell Street, “Buzz” inked a contract with the EPHL Wolves recently. Under it he will get a five game trial with the Wolves. If he shows coach Murph Chamberlain enough in that time he will remain in Sudbury. 

Hon. Harry Stevens, leader of the Reconstruction Party addressed a Midland audience, he also spoke at Coldwater, Elmvale, Barrie and Orillia. • • • A race for delivery rigs, open to all comers, was one of the features of the Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society’s fair. • • • A terrific electrical storm tangled the feeder lines of the Midland hydro system and cut off power for three-and-a-quarter hours. • • • A potato shortage on the Toronto and Midland markets was considered only temporary. This was confirmed by an official of the W. E. Preston Co., Ltd. •• • Hon. Duncan Marshall, Minister of Agriculture,  addressed a joint meeting of farmers and Kiwanians sponsored by the Midland Kiwanis Club. • • • A distinct upturn in business was experienced by Midland Wood Products as reported by its manager M. J. Bray. • • • About 3,000 persons participated in the official opening ceremonies of the new Midland docks. Mayor S. W. McKinley and Dr. G. E. Tanner MPP, officiated at the ceremony. • • • A. B. Thompson, retiring M. P. for East Simcoe and a native of Penetang was guest of honor at a banquet given by his fellow citizens.

News from  two July 1921 editions of the Free Press.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – September 24th to 30th, 1960

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Click on photos to enlarge“They’re off” rang for the first time at Elmvale’s new race track at the fair September 21st. This is the start of the 2.30 trot or pace, won by Princess Song, (No. 6). Her time of 2.24 set the track record briefly, it being the first heat ever run on the new north, south oval. 

Pictured is a cross-section of the large crowd which gathered in the grandstand to watch the races. Some of the spectators look hopeful, some bored, some nonchalant and some glum. The horse racing event highlighted the program at the more than century old fair at Elmvale. 

Once a feature of every fair, large or small, the roadster class seems to be getting harder to fill every year. Only three teams turned up for the show at Elmvale last Wednesday afternoon. Winning team, in the foreground, came from Brooklin Ont. William Fallis from Midland placed second with his entry. 

Hundreds of North Simcoe children took part in the parade and youth services held in Knox Church and St. Margaret’s Church, Midland, Sunday afternoon. Members of the color party, comprised of Guides, Cubs and Scouts, form up at Town Park, ready to march off to music provided by the Midland Citizens’ Band and St. Theresa’s High School Band.

Hundreds of North Simcoe children took part in the parade and youth services held in Knox Church and St. Margaret’s Church, Midland, Sunday afternoon.  Groups of CGIT girls, Guides and Brownies chat as they wait for the procession to form up. 

One of the added attractions, at the industrial development conference at Honey Harbour last week, sponsored by the Georgian Bay Development Association, was the HEPC’s model of its Douglas Point atomic power development near Kincardine. R. M. Pile, right, of the HEPC’s Barrie office; explained the fine points of the new plant to, left to right, Lloyd Letherby, MPP, Coldwater, Alderman Percy Crawford and Ernie Hurl, Midland, and Reeve Fred Kinnear, Tay Township. 

There were plenty of activities for the women while their hubbies attended the industrial development conference of Georgian Bay Development Association at the Delawana Inn last week. One was a talk on collecting antique glass by Mrs. R. G. Gillies of Midland. Admiring some ol the exhibit are left to right, Mrs. Neville Keefe (Nancy Keefe) Mrs. Gillies, Mrs. Norman Shill and Mrs. W. A. Child. 

Canadian Legion club rooms on Bay Street West, Midland, were gutted by fire early Thursday morning. Here shrouded by early morning fog off the bay and smoke from the burning building, four Midland firemen perch precariously on a section of the roof as they attempt to subdue the flames. 

MPDHS will be looking to the young athletes to pile up points in the Thompson and Tudhope track and field meets at Barrie North Collegiate tomorrow. Winners in their own meet at MPDHS last week were, left to right, Ellen Barber, Lynn McAllen and Lynda Duggan. 

MPDHS will be looking to the young athletes to pile up points in the Thompson and Tudhope track and field meets at Barrie North Collegiate tomorrow. Winners in their own meet at MPDHS last week were, left to right, were Allan McElroy, David Belsey, John Dion, Bill Binkley and Bob Weckman. McElroy and Weckman tied for juvenile honours.


There is a typo in the above caption, it should read “800 persons”.


“R.O. Estimates 27,870 Can Vote in Bye-Election” (Bye is correct but not often used.)
Free Press Herald headline of September 28, 1960 

Returning officer Robert Brown told this newspaper yesterday that approximately 27,870 persons will be eligible to vote in the crucial Simcoe Centre bye-election Thursday, one of two being held in Ontario that day. Mr. Brown said 26,470 were eligible to vote in the riding in the provincial election last year. He estimated there had been an increase of about 1,500 persons on the list this year. The bye-election in Simcoe Centre was called following the death of George C. Johnston of Minesing, MPP, earlier this year. He had held the seat since 1943. 

“Evan’s Has 508-Vote Lead PC’s Hold Simcoe Center”
County Herald headline of September 30, 1960. 

Ex-county Warden Arthur Evans of Bradford romped home to victory for the Progressive Conservative party in the Simcoe Centre bye-election yesterday with a comfortable lead of 508 votes over his closest opponent Jerry Coughlin, Liberal candidate. The P-C candidate racked up a total of 9,231 votes to Coughlin’s 8,642 and CF  candidate Wm. Gearing’s 1,589. 

    “We hope it will meet a need in the whole district which we serve.” This was the comment yesterday of Principal R. C. Gauthier of Midland-Penetang District High School when the proposed night classes at the high school were announced. The general courses will permit individuals to complete a subject towards a high school diploma and the special courses will enable people to gain new skills or improve old ones, many of which are used in their vocations, Mr. Gauthier suggested. “In other centres employers are most interested in night schools and in some cases have assisted their employees to take a course, but whether or not that will be the case here, we will just have to see,” added Mr. Gauthier. 

Ten Years Ago This Week
Tiny Township council started discussions preliminary to the forming of the restrictive building bylaws for the beach areas and the appointment of building inspector. • • •  Agreement between the town of Midland and the township of Tay to provide water to lots west of Midland on Yonge Street West was given final approval by Tay council. • • • Midland Public Schools Board formed a special  committee to study the question of further participation by Midland public schools in the Midland Music Festival. • • • Penetang’s Hotel Brule was formally opened under new management when it was taken over by Winda Taverns, a Toronto organization. • • • Federal government officials began the erection of new public lavatories at Midland’s town dock. • • • To keep pace with the rapidly increasing demand for telephones in Penetang the Bell Telephone Company of Canada started an extensive construction program designed to provide service to some 80 waiting applicants. • • General manager of Midland Shipyard, Herbert J. Whitmell announced that a federal government contract for the construction of a $925,000 minesweeper had been received by his firm. • • • Speaking of the good relations between Protestants and Catholics in the Midland Penetang area, Father Daniel A. Lord, S. J. proposed that a Passion Play be presented at the Martyrs Shrine in an effort to make it the Oberammergau of North America. 

    Concerned over the appearance and condition of maple and elm trees in the municipality, Midland council Monday night agreed to meet Oct. 3, with timber supervisor S. R. Hamilton of the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests. Clerk-treasurer Wm. A. Hack told council he had been speaking with the representative of a firm of tree experts. He advised that there was little hope for elm trees due to a Dutch elm disease.

    No estimate was available yesterday afternoon of the loss involved when fire swept through the Canadian Legion building on Midland’s Bay Street in the early morning hours, Thursday. Actually firemen were called to the Legion Hall twice, the first time at 1.35 a.m. when smoke was noticed coming from the basement. Fire Chief Arnold Tippin said very little damage resulted from this fire, believed to have started in the electric wiring in a storage room. Firemen left the hall at 3.02 a.m. but were called back again at 4.50 a.m., this time to fight a much more serious fire which broke out on the second floor. Before it bad been extinguished, the main portion of the building had been badly gutted. Chief Tippin said yesterday he could find no relationship between the two fires and was unable to say what was the cause of the second outbreak. The loss will be largely covered by insurance, the fire chief said. The building at one time was operated by Miss E. Breithaupt as a restaurant and tourist home. 

    Midland became a part of the SIU strike yesterday when 22 crew members of the SS Soodoc, a Paterson Line vessel, left their ship at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Late yesterday afternoon only two of the striking seamen remained as “watchmen” on the ship, docked at Century Coal Dock, where it had just unload a cargo of coal. The Soodoc is the only vessel of the several lines affected by the SIU strike docked in the Bayport’s at the moment. Officers and engineers remained aboard the vessel. 

    More than 400 parents attended the first fall meetings of the Home and School Associations in the school auditoriums Monday night. “Get Acquainted Night” at Regent started with a prayer and a message from Lieut. Wm. Johnston of the Salvation Army. More than 200 attended the Regent meeting. Following the introduction of the teachers to the parents by Principal M. O. Lewis a panel discussion was presented on the topic “The Home and School in Action”. Panel moderator was Miss J. Carson with the following panel members: Mrs. A. E. Davidson, Mrs. M. Shushan, Mrs. B. Simpson, Mrs. W. Bauer, Mrs. M. Wilcox, W. Brinkman, Jim Ridyard and Ken Trew. 

    A former provincial of the Jesuit Order, Rev. J. M. Fillion of Montreal was among the thousands of pilgrims who celebrated the annual Feast of the Canadian Martyrs at Martyrs’ Shrine on the weekend. The white stone church on the top of the hill on the banks of the Wye River was built in 1926 under Father Fillion’s supervision. Other Pilgrims present, including a large group from Peterborough, had celebrated open air mass at the site before the present church was built. Oldest active priest in the Archdiocese who attended the services, was Rt. Rev. J. M. Castex of Penetanguishene. Most Rev. Francis A. Marrocco, auxiliary bishop of Toronto, celebrated the feast day mass. 

    “Our school is overcrowded. There is no doubt about it.” These ore familiar words at MPDHS. We have 926 students presently enrolled. As there is mass confusion in the halls between classes, mostly caused by pupils who don’t know where they are going, traffic signs are to be used throughout the school.    
    Miss Emes, one of our new teachers, can usually be found in one of the annexes. She was born near Gananoque but made her home in Parry Sound, where she graduated from high school. She attended Victoria College, University of Toronto. After graduating, she taught at Orillia and Blenheim. She is interested in badminton, golf, art and music. At the present Miss Emes is busy finishing furniture for her new apartment.
     Again this fall, under the Curtis PIan, students will be selling magazine subscriptions for all the leading publications. Anyone having a subscription coming due is asked to renew it through our canvassers to help our project. A further explanation concerning this plan will be published at a later date.
     Jerry Witting, Ron Sauve, and Peggy Jones have been elected President, vice-president, and secretary-treasurer respectively, for the ’60-61’ season of the Camera Club. Approximately 30 students attended the first meeting and groups were organized for darkroom work.
    Saturday at Barrie North District Collegiate the 40th annual Tudhope-Thompson Track and Field Meet will be held. Top athletes from Barrie Collingwood and Midland will again compete: the boys for the Tudhope Cup, the girls for the Thompson Cup. With the number of records set at our own school meet exceeding twenty, we feel our chances are very good this year However win or lose a wonderful day will be had by competitor and spectator alike. So come to Barrie Saturday and support your local team.