Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – April 1st to 7th, 1959

The Free Press negatives came to the museum in their original Ilford film boxes, each box containing a month’s worth of negatives, roughly 100. It appears that the month of April 1959 was not included. We know that the photos are the most interesting part of these museum postings for many people and we will “copy and paste” from the newspaper whenever the quality permits. 

Saturday marked another milestone for Mrs. Elizabeth Archer of Waverley who marked her 91st birthday at the home of Mrs. James Truax. Born in Tecumseh, Township, she was married 72 years ago to William Archer, who passed on some ten years ago. The Archers had farmed on Con. 2 Medonte for many years, later retired to Elmvale. Mrs. Archer, who has no family, came to Waverley to live some three years ago. Aside from a slight defect in her hearing she still enjoys reasonably good health for her years. 

The second event in the 10th annual mixed bonspiel here last week produced an all-Midland final between rinks skipped by Dr. Jim Small and Lloyd Wilcox. Dr. Small emerged the winner. Left to right are; front row, Mrs. W. McConnell, Mrs. Lloyd Wilcox, Mrs. Ken Ellis, Mrs. Mac Perrin; back row, “Woody” McConnell, Lloyd Wilcox, Dr. Small, Mac. Perrin.

Unlike younger members of their sex, ladies at Georgian Manor don’t try to cut a few years off their age. Shown here celebrating her 81st birthday at the home of her niece Mrs. Wm Carr, is Miss Nellie Evans, seated, who lived near Victoria Harbour until about a year and a half ago. Standing left to right, Mrs. George Ingram, Mrs. A. B. Murcklen, Mrs. Wm. Carr, Mrs. Elsie Fountain, Mrs. Douglas Hardy, and Carol Anne, Mrs. Gordon Carr and Linda, and Mrs. W. A. Argue. 

  • Midland Free Press headline of April 1st, 1959; Midland Policemen Take Dispute to Arbitration. The above is the outcome of Midland council’s action Thursday night when it turned down for a second time the officers’ requests for wage increases. Alderman James Mackie, chairman of the police committee told council that Collingwood council had granted all ranks in its police department a $150 increase for 1959 and a $100 annual increase for 1960. A two-year agreement had been signed, he said. Reeve Keller asked Mr. Mackie what increase had Collingwood given to its police officers last year. Mr. Mackie replied, “None.” “Well we gave ours $300 each last year,” Mr. Keller said. Mr. Mackie then tabled a motion, seconded by Alderman Haig, that the Midland officers be given a $100 increase for 1959 and a $100 increase for 1960, on condition that all ranks signed a two-year contract.
  • County Herald headline of April 3, 1959; Midland Port Officer Reports Revenue Down. A big reduction in the amount of coal imported through Midland last year is reflected in the annual statement of customs and excise collections for the port of Midland for the fiscal year 1958-59, submitted to this paper by A. E. Martin, collector. The total revenue last year as $755,322.60 as compared with $798,647.99 the previous year, a decrease of $43,325.30.  The Century Coal dock imported only 138,000 tons, as against 331,000 tons the previous year.
  • Today may be April Fool’s Day, but it definitely is no day to be “fooling around”, on the highways with a motor vehicle. On trial for the past two months, Ontario’s new driver demerit system goes into effect today. It’s designed to root out careless and dangerous drivers and put them off the road altogether unless they reform their habits. Similar to demerit systems already in effect in three other provinces and 17 states of the U.S., the Ontario regulation provides three-month license suspensions for motorists who collect 12 demerits in any two year period. All 12 points can be “earned” at one swoop by convictions for criminal negligence, drunk or impaired driving, or obtaining a fraudulent driver’s license. Failing to remain at the scene of an accident is good for nine points. Careless driving, racing or exceeding the speed limit by 30 MPH or more counts five points. Three points can be “earned” by merely exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 and less than 30 MPH, failing to yield the right of way, failing to obey stop sign or signal. Exceeding the speed limit by 10 MPH or less, or any, other moving violation, costs two points. Motorists will receive a warning letter when they build up six points and will be called in for an interview when they reach nine points. Twelve points mean an automatic suspension for three months.
  • Chief Robert Cameron has asked Midland council to grant him a hearing following council’s action Thursday night, requesting that he resign. A motion calling for the chief’s resignation came after a lengthy discussion of police affairs. The motion received the unanimous support of council. The consensus of council was that the chief was not performing his duties satisfactorily and could no longer hold the confidence of the men on the force. Date of the hearing has not been set.
  • Subject to approval by the park’s commission, Midland council has approved a 25-year lease with the Midland Curling Club for the curling rink. Council was informed that the curling club was in accord with the changes in the lease which had been re-drafted by the town solicitor George S. Dudley, Q.C. The new lease grants the club the option of an additional 25-year lease when the present lease expires.
  • by JOHN BRIDGES Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers meeting March 25 at Bourgeois’ dining room had the largest turn-out of the winter. There were 70 in attendance. Guest included Bruce Collins, the local conservation officer who succeeded Fred Chew, and Conservation Officer Fred Bowes. Also present was Mel Moreau, newly-appointed chairman of the Leaders Fellowship Council of Midland YMCA. He asked the Hunters and Anglers Club to assist with a new program for teen-aged youth, being sponsored by the ‘Y’. The program will include camping and hiking. He sought the club’s permission to use its property on the side road north of Old Fort School for the project. (Ogden’s Beach Road)
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – A set of carillonic bells, donated to St. Matthias’ Anglican Church, Coldwater, by the Gover and Tipping families in memory of Howard Gover and Mr. and Mrs. George Tipping, were dedicated at a special service. Archdeacon A. G. Emmett of Orillia was in charge of the service. (The church has now been sold into private hands) * * * A group of McGill University graduates and Orillia admirers of Stephen Leacock were seeking to raise $50,000 to preserve the old Leacock home and its 48-acre property near Orillia. * * * A number of Penetang businessmen had purchased the Georgian Bay Tourist Co. Ltd. boats “Midland City” and “City of Dover.” The purchase price was listed as $50,000 and included as well the “Waterbus,” two 36-foot launches and two scows. The two cruise ships were to operate out of Penetang. * * * Coldwater council, in a deadlock vote which had to be decided by Reeve Ernest Miller, turned down a proposal for Daylight Saving Time in the village. * * * Newfoundland became Canada’s newest and tenth province. The big island became part of the Dominion March 31. * * * First ship into Midland harbor was the S.S. Imperial Simcoe. She arrived here from Collingwood April 9. Several CSL freighters and the government lightship- St. Heliers has left the harbor April 7. * * * Simcoe County Health Unit reported two deaths from poliomyelitis in the county during March. A third polio case was under treatment at Toronto Isolation Hospital.
  • Licence to operate a radio station in Midland was granted last week by the Canadian Board of Broadcast Governors, it was announced today by J. E. Lounsbery, chairman of the chamber of commerce businessmen’s committee. The licence has been issued to a group of Toronto men, several of whom are at present employed by the Canadian Broadcasting Principals in the application for a licence were R. Bruce Armstrong and Grant Forsyth, both of Toronto. According to Mr. Lounsbery, the Toronto men and their families intend to take up residence in Midland. Ownership and management of the new station will be entirely based in Midland. It is understood the operators of the station have already earmarked a location for their transmitting unit just outside of town (The Cecil German farm on the southwest corner of Little Lake).  Arrangements will be underway immediately to locate suitable studio and office space somewhere in the downtown section of Midland (above Cumming & Nicholson Shoes, the Grise block). It is expected that about 12 persons will be employed by the station.
  • Obituaries – ROBERT L. STOTT A resident of Wyevale for most of his life, Robert Leonard Stott died at his residence lot 14, Concession 6, Tiny, on March 1. Funeral service was held, March 3, at Wyevale United Church, with Rev. R. Chapman officiating. Pallbearers were A. Martin, E. Nerpin, S. Lyons, A. Brock, R. Houghton, and G. Hall. Mr. Stott was born at Stroud March 23, 1880. A member of the United Church he had served on the Board of Stewards. He had also served as a school trustee and as representative from Tiny Township on the Elmvale High School Board. Predeceased by his wife, the former Muriel McCallum, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. C. Blow (Margaret) of Wyevale and Mrs. Ralph Mertz (Grace) of Wyebridge. Two grandchildren also survive. Temporary entombment was in Elmvale Cemetery vault. * * * GAIL ANN BALL Following an attack of bronchitis, Gail Ann Ball, four-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ewart Ball, Waverley, died in Penetang General Hospital March 18. Funeral services were held, March 21, at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home with Rev. W. Morden officiating. Pallbearers were four uncles; Grant Ball, Charles Ball, Earl Ball, and Roy Truax. Besides her parents, she is survived by both sets of grandparents; Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Dingman, Burk’s Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. Langford Truax, Midland. Temporary entombment was in Lakeview Cemetery vault with burial to be made later in Allenwood Cemetery. * * * WILLIAM CRAWFORD – A Midland resident all his life, William Crawford died in Penetang March 17 after a lengthy illness. Funeral service was held March 20, at Nicholls funeral home with Rev. J. L. Self officiating. Pallbearers were Doug Martin, Fred Grigg, Ben Cowie, David Hudson, Harold Hamilton, and Francis Miller. Born at Wyebridge in 1885, Mr. Crawford married the former Katie Leona Connor at Midland in 1915. He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church and a Conservative in politics. Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Mrs. J. Scott (Norma) of California; Mrs. A. Hamelin (Eva), of Hamilton; Mrs. R. J. Frame (Arlene) Midland; seven sons, Douglas and Gerald, Toronto, and Oakley, Kinsman, Vernon, Morley and Barry of Midland, and 16 grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Jack of Midland, and two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Hutchinson (Bella) of Moonstone and Mrs. Wm. Hawkins (Rita) of Wyebridge. * * * Funeral services, under Masonic auspices, will be held this afternoon for Arthur I. (Doc) Merchant, who died at Penetang General Hospital early Wednesday morning. He was in his 67th year. The proprietor of French Dry Cleaners, Midland, for the past 16 years, Mr. Merchant lived just south of Wyebridge. His wife, the former Winifred Stine, survives. There are no children. Mr. Merchant had returned to Midland only recently after spending two months with relatives in California. In failing health in recent years, he entered Penetang Hospital shortly after his return for treatment for a heart condition. Born in Indiana, Mr. Merchant had been a superintendent for Presto-Lite, Niagara Falls, N.Y., and supervised the building of a new plant in Toronto when the firm expanded to Canada. He assumed management of the dry cleaning establishment here upon ‘his retirement’ some 12 years ago. During his years in Midland, Mr. Merchant took an active part in the life of the town. He was a past president of the Kiwanis Club and was also a member of the Lions Club, Midland Shrine Club, Caledonian Lodge, A.F. and A. M., Midland Golf and Country Club, Midland Curling Club, and St. Paul’s United Church. * * * MRS. IRA HILL – An esteemed resident of Midland for 75 years, Mrs. Ira Hill died at the Stewart Nursing Home, Penetang, on March 27. She was in her 85th year. Rev. Ralph Wright, of Calvary Baptist Church, Midland, where Mrs. Hill had played the organ for nearly four decades, conducted services held in A. Barrie and Sons funeral home on March 28. Temporary interment was made in Lakeview Cemetery vault. Pallbearers were Dr. H. M. Wallis, William Scheetz, Don Howard, James Clarkson, Fred Chew and Boy French. The former Josephine Arnold, Mrs. Hill was born at Bradford on Feb, 4, 1875. When still a young girl her family moved to Penetang and later still to Midland. She was married on February 21, 1894, in Hillsdale, to Capt. Ira Hill. The couple marked their diamond wedding anniversary in 1954 and Mr. Hill predeceased her in December 1955. Mrs. Hill’s daughter, Irene, and her granddaughter, Barbara Scheetz, also played the organ at various times in Calvary Church. Surviving is her daughter, Mrs. Irene Scheetz, Toronto; granddaughters Mrs. Barbara Wallis, Toronto, Mrs. Eleanor Chird, Germany; grandson William Scheetz, Port Credit; and seven great-grandchildren. MRS. HERBERT COUSINEAU * * * Resident of Honey Harbour all her life, Mrs. Herbert Cousineau died in St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, on Feb. 16. She was in her 39th year. Services were held from Our Lady of Mercy Church, Honey Harbour, on Feb. 19, with Rev. V. Perdue officiating. Temporary entombment was made at St. Ann’s Cemetery vault, Penetang. Pallbearers were Frank Òuelette, Albert Cousineau, Frank Cousineau, Frank Copegog, Michael Doyle and Donald Nicholson. The former Margaret Isabel Gendron, Mrs. Cousineau was born at Honey Harbour on April 19, 1920, and received her education there. Married to Herbert Cousineau in Honey Harbour on Dec. 13, 1942, she was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Cousineau is survived by Joanne (Mrs. Michael Doyle) of North River, and Winston, Valerie, Josie, Nancy, Frances, Frederick and Helené, all at home and a granddaughter, Margaret Anne Doyle. * * * JOHN HAMILTON STEWART – A valued member of Penetang volunteer fire department and a well-known sportsman, John Hamilton (Jack) Stewart died at his Robert Street home, following a lengthy illness during which he had been confined to his bed for more than two years. Born in Sault Ste. Marie in 1895, John Stewart moved to Penetang with his parents as a child and had lived there ever since. In 1917 he married Florida Gravelle, and they were devout members of the Roman Catholic Church. For more than 25 years Mr. Stewart was a member of the town’s volunteer fire department. He was very fond of children, and most of them knew him as “Uncle Jack.” He was a member of Huronia Council, Knights of Columbus. Surviving besides his wife are one son, Robert, of Penetang; a daughter, Claudia of Orillia; three grandchildren; two brothers, David of Toronto and William Cosgrove of Sault Ste. Marie; and four sisters, Mrs. Harry George (Irene), Penetang, Mrs. Earl Williams (Edna), Midland, Mrs. A. E. Nosworthy (Agnes), Toronto, and Miss Ellen Cosgrove, Toronto. For the funeral service, firemen from Orillia, Barrie, Midland, Coldwater, Waubaushene, Elmvale, and Penetang marched as a guard of honour from his home to St. Ann’s Memorial Church where Msgr, J. M. Castex officiated, assisted by Father R. J. Egan of Midland, Interment was in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were all fellow firemen: F. Dumais, E. Quesnelle, L. Dubeau, G. Deschambault, E. Paradis, and L. O’Leary. At the time of his retirement in 1957, Jack Stewart had been the local branch manager of the B.A. Oil Co. for 37 years. In recognition, officials of the company attended the service.
  • Measles headed the list of communicable diseases reported for February by Simcoe County Health Unit. Forty-three cases of measles were reported with chicken pox in second place with 33 cases. Jaundice, scarlet fever, and mumps each had six cases and whooping cough, German measles and, meningitis had five, two and one cases respectively.

A few items from the summer of 1952;

Dr. Lorenzo Marcolin, whose relatives are pictured above, was born in Port McNicoll and after a prestigious career as a surgeon has authored a book entitled “A Great Lakes Treasury of Old Postcards” which is available at the museum.  https://www.dundurn.com/books/Great-Lakes-Treasury-Old-Postcards

A  queen for sure!!


Bill and Eleanor Leitch.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – March 23rd to 31st, 1959

Only one newspaper this week due to the timing of Good Friday in 1959.Successful dance step skaters at Midland Arena Gardens Sunday afternoon, the group includes Jane Edwards, Sharon Stelter, Donna Cramm, Judy Lumsden, Margaret Lockhart, June Lumsden, Nancy Playfair, Louise Parker, Lynda Duggan, Selma Wensveen, Mary Lynn Boyd, Lynda Stewart, Dawn Annand, Judy Hack, John Svoboda, Maureen Mohan, Suzanne Ball, Barbara Spence, Jane Campbell, Angela Magnus and Beth Boyd. 

This happy sextet had received word from the judges that they had passed their compulsory figure tests at Midland arena Sunday afternoon. They are Jane Campbell, Judy Hack, Dawn Annand, Donna Cramm, Angela Magnus, and John Svoboda. 

Only four of the 34 horses which started in Saturday’s running of the Grand National steeplechase in Aintree, England, got back to the finish line and Golden Strong wasn’t one of them. That’s the horse Mrs. Mary Dodgson and friend, 2-year-old Johnny Kinnear, had their hopes pinned on for one of the big Irish sweepstake prizes. However, there will be a consolation prize for Mrs. Dodgson, who resides in Midland but works at the Ontario Hospital in Penetang. 

“Uschi”, who also carries the letters “Sch. H. 2” after her name, is a female German shepherd, imported from Germany a few months ago by Hans Albrecht. She made an auspicious debut to her new homeland recently by practically sweeping her class at the Canadian Sportsman’s Show in Toronto. 

Winners of the Graham Swales competition, bottom row, were Jim Clark, Bill Kennedy, Bill Bourrie and skip Ossie Downer. Top rink, which included Murray Yorke, Cecil Merkley, Harold Wilcox, skip, and Dave Milner, won the Adams Trophy. 

Inter-club competitions for male members of Midland Curling Club have been wound up for another year. Bottom row, won the Cumming-Nicholson Trophy, left to right are Graydon Rogers, Phil Fuller, Ross Hastings and Jim Lennox, skip. Top, a rink including Norman Shill, Armand Robillard, Stan Burton skip, and Frank Powell won the O’Keefe Trophy. 

First event of the season, the “Early Bird” bonspiel, was won by Dave Milner, Aaron Shulman, skip Al Steer and Jim Clark, seated. Industrial League winners were, at rear, Murray Yorke, Les Barber, skip Armand Robillard and Jack Duggan. 

These two lads, who will be moving up to Scouts in about two weeks time, have obtained the greatest number of Wolf Cub proficiency badges of any boys in South Georgian Bay District. On the left is Colin Williamson 11, and Fred Hacker 11, members of 3rd Midland (Knox Presbyterian Church) A Pack. Both have 12 badges. Cubmaster is George Williamson and his assistants are Catherine Williamson and Don Pringle. 

After this long hard winter, the flowers in Mac Perrin’s greenhouse were an even more welcome sight than usual during an open house sponsored by the Ladies’ Auxiliary of Midland YMCA Sunday. In the top picture Pat Cowden shows an eye-catching red emperor tulip to Mrs. E. Goldberg. Lower, Mrs. J. E. Lawlor couldn’t resist smelling the polyantha roses while Mrs. Charles Vent, Mrs. K. Huvers and her daughter, Debby Lawlor, await their turn. 

Every winter CPR Bridge and Building gangs go over the long trestle at Port McNicoll, keeping the near-mile-long bridge up to strength to handle the huge grain trains that pass over it almost daily. Similar care on other edifices around Ontario would have saved many dollars and lives this past winter. (Reference to the arena roof failure in Listowel) 

Dressings used in the operating room are first sterilized in this autoclave. St. Andrews nursing assistant Doreen Dupuis removes dressings from one of two autoclaves in the central supply room at the Midland hospital. 

An important part of our hospital is the laboratory. Hospital accountant Clarence Day watches lab technician Ronald Hamelin make a blood test in the centrifuge. 

Nursing assistant Kathryn McMillan demonstrates the use of the Gomco suction pump, right foreground. It was donated to St. Andrews by the Nurses’ Alumnae in 1958. 

Twenty-six head of cattle, 16 pigs and a Shetland pony perished Saturday night when a fire completely destroyed the large barn on the farm of Bert Desroches, Con. 4, Tay. Also lost was a quantity of hay and grain and considerable machinery, including dairy equipment. The loss, which will run into thousands of dollars, was covered by insurance in part at least. 


(I’m not believing that the wind did this!)

  • The Free Press Herald headline of March 25, 1959; New Municipal Building Proposed for Penetang. Discussion at Monday night’s meeting of Penetang council indicates strongly that Penetang will have a new town hall to replace the present 68-year-old building damaged by fire earlier this year. Three proposed plans for a new building were inspected without any being accepted as shown. Council did vote in favor of a building to be constructed on one level, with a basement.
  • A new business, Florence’s Tots-&-Teens was opened recently at 229 King Street, Midland, just two doors south of the Bank of Montreal. The proprietor of the shop is Miss Florence Gignac who is no stranger to North Simcoe. Born in Penetang, Miss Gignac received her early education in her home town and then enrolled at St. Michael’s Hospital where she graduated as a registered nurse. Following graduation, Miss Gignac nursed in Kapuskasing for eight years and then her travels took her to California, Michigan and finally Peoria, Illinois, where she has been for the past year and a half. “We have been fortunate in making arrangements to handle a number of the leading brands in our complete range from infants to fourteen,” the new shop owner told the Free Press Herald. Miss Gignac is a sister of Penetang’s Mayor Jerome Gignac.
  • Penetang Police were a bit unhappy Friday night when their cruiser disappeared as they were quelling a disturbance on the Main Street. As a result, two young men will appear in court Thursday on charges of car theft. According to Chief Jack Arbour, Constables Marcel Dorion and W. Lacroix were called to settle a disturbance on the Main Street around midnight Friday. Rather than making an attempt to get an inebriated man into the cruiser, they walked him the short distance to the cells. On their return, the cruiser, which had been parked with the keys in the ignition, had disappeared.
  • JACK STEWART —a member of the Penetang Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years died Tuesday morning following an illness of two years. Funeral Service will be held at St. Ann’s Memorial Church, Penetang, Thursday morning.
  • COLDWATER — A number of farmers in Coldwater district stand to benefit by a federal-provincial Simcoe County plan to compensate them for the loss of cattle by rabies since April 1, 1958. The latest count of deaths by rabies among wild, domestic and farm animals in Simcoe County is; 112 foxes; 8 dogs; 17 cats; 95 cattle; 3 horses; 12 sheep; 2 hogs; 2 raccoons; 22 skunks and one groundhog. The total is 274, the second worst-hit county in Ontario.
  • The committee which recently picked the most valuable players in Midland’s Little NHL has now completed its job by naming the most valuable goalies in the six divisions. They are as follows: Junior “B”, Lloyd Graham; junior “A”, Laurie Thomas; AHL “B”, Jurgen Baumann; AHL “A”, Gregory Somers; NHL “B”, Bill Black; NHL “A”, Bill Silvey.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – Third Street, Midland, was lined with cars and trucks as district motorists sought to obtain their 1934 licence plates and drivers’ permits on deadline day. Licence issuer Joseph O’Shea reported it was the busiest day he had had in years. * * * Tay Township had entered suit against the town of Midland for $2,500 allegedly owed to the township in an adjustment of county levy made in 1931, plus interest of five percent per year from the date of the adjustment. * * * Inspector MacGregor of the Department of Game and Fisheries, whose patrol areas were in Simcoe County, reported that 62 dogs had been shot chasing deer. Sixteen of the dogs were hounds. The remainder comprised various other breeds. * * * Balmy spring weather which had encouraged district farmers to commence plowing their fields, ended abruptly with a storm that blanketed North Simcoe with several inches of snow. Snowplows were required to clear the roads and sidewalks after the two-day blow. * * * Penetang’s public health nurse reported that she had found 24 cases of defective teeth, 12 cases of enlarged glands but only one case of malnutrition among the town’s school children. * * * Capt. Reg Belcher of Victoria Harbour, master of the S. S. Collier, sailed the first ship out of Toronto harbor to officially open the 1934 navigation season for that port. The previous November Capt. Belcher brought the ice-coated Collier into Toronto and safety after bucking a severe storm on the lakes. She was the last ship to lay up in the fall. * * * Midland council and citizens were attempting to have the provincial government complete Highways 27 and 12 as a means of encouraging more tourists to visit the district.
  • Obituaries – MRS. EDMOND LACROIX A heart seizure suffered as she sat in a hair dresser’s chair, Wednesday, March 4, resulted in the unexpected death of Mrs. Edmond Lacroix, Penetang. Born in Penetang Nov. 14, 1899, she had spent her entire life in this community, marrying Edmond Lacroix there in 1916. A Roman Catholic, Mrs. Lacroix was a valued member of the General Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary, Catholic Women’s League, and the Extension Society of the Roman Catholic Church. Besides her husband, Mrs. Lacroix leaves three daughters, Mrs. J. Fournier (Sylvia) and Mrs. H. J. Lefaive (Laivie) of Oshawa and Mrs. L. E. Quinn (Mona), Midland. There is also one sister, Mrs. Theo. Moreau, Penetang. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 7, from her Maria Street home to St. Ann’s Memorial Church, where Father L. Ramsperger, Father J. Marchand and Father J. Kelly officiated. Interment was in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were Alfred Beauchamp, Gordon Beauchamp, John and Wallace Lacroix, Henry and Bernard Deschamps. * * * CHARLES M. FLEMING A member of Midland Lions Club and Caledonian Lodge No. 249 AF and AM, Midland, Charles Morris Fleming died in St. Andrews Hospital March 14. Funeral service was held March 16, at Nicholls funeral home with Rev. J. L. Self officiating. Pallbearers were John Mackie, Lloyd Murday, Don Argue, Elmer Belfry, Bill Scott and Bob Bath. Born in Midland, Nov. I, l903, Mr. Fleming was a wholesale distributor of hardware and garage tools. He lived in Toronto for 12 years and in Montreal for four years and returned to Midland in 1948. Prior to going to Toronto, he had sailed on the Great Lakes out of Midland. Mr. Fleming was an ardent golfer and a member of Knox Presbyterian Church. On Oct. 31, 1931, he married the former Helen McKenzie of Jarvis, Ont., at Toronto. Besides his wife, he is survived by three brothers: Keith of Midland, Leslie of Cincinnati and Gerald of Toronto, and four sisters, Mrs. J. Lang (Jessie), Scarborough; Mrs. C. A. Ferguson (Jeanne), Toronto; Mrs. A. Kenyon (Edythe), New Liskeard and Lena, Toronto. 

Looking further back we find this article in the July 12th, 1944 Free Press describing a shrine that is familiar to many who boat on the Bay. I was probably 14 or 15 when I first saw the Madonna high up on a rock ledge at the entrance to McRae’s Lake and had always wondered about its story. There is another version circulating in which a trapper is mauled by a bear but this one seems more plausible.

By TED A. BECKER SR. BUFFALO, N.Y.

On a craggy cliff overlooking Georgian Bay a statue of the Virgin Mother may be seen, a mighty sentinel, watching the wild beauty of the realm below her. Justly may she claim the title, for, in the ten years of her guardianship, she has served as a beacon light to countless tourists, guiding their steps over the treacherous passes of the bay to safety, not once has there been an accident reported since. My own escape from death was a miraculous event 11 years ago.

Early in 1930, my six-year-old daughter Marjorie was stricken with severe whooping cough. Her condition was a cause of great worry to the family. Our family physician advised us to move near a body of fresh water. We had been in northern Canada before and remembered the beautiful sur­roundings and invigorating climate of the Georgian Bay where thirty thousand (30,000) islands of all sizes and shapes procure a beauti­ful treat for the human eye. It was there we decided to take Mar­jorie. The thought of going to this paradise raised the hopes and am­bitions of the entire family. Even Marjorie, weak from constant whooping, showed signs of bright hopes. We left Buffalo May 28, 1930, and travelled 200 miles by auto Midland Ont., where a chartered launch was ready to take us 20 miles north on the shore of Georgian Bay, where the Thirty Thousand Islands make their first appearance. With us came Dr. Weider and his wife; our party of six Ted Jr., Marjorie, my wife and I accompanied by our English setter Sporty.

The pilot of the launch took us to McRae’s Lake where it’s fresh spring waters flow into Georgian Bay. Here, on a huge almost bare rock, we unloaded our baggage and supplies with two small boats; from this point, we had to portage 300 feet to the higher lake with our entire needs for the trip. Being late in the day, we only took what was needed, leaving the balance for an early trip in the morning. We traveled about three miles on this peaceful and beautiful lake to the shore where an abandoned log cabin was ready to house us for an indefinite period of time. We were soon set up for the night and ready for bed. The ever calling Whippoorwill whipped us to sleep, being very tired from eighteen hours of travel.

Morning came with a delightful warm breeze and the sun out of a clear sky. The doctor, Ted Jr. and I, traveled by boat to the portage for the rest of our supplies and equipment. It was there, as we had left it. Just about noon of the first day we were well settled and ready to enjoy the camp. For three days our party enjoyed nature and outdoor meals. On the fourth day, Dr. Wieder, his wife, and Ted Jr. had to leave for Buffalo. With my small boat and motor, I took them to Midland where they used the car to drive to Buffalo. I returned safely in time to enjoy another fine, day at the camp. Now, we three with our dog “Sporty”, made plans to spend at least a month in this little paradise. Life went on peacefully until the eventful night of June 3rd. We retired about 10.30 p.m. Shortly after I was awakened by my daughter who heard something eating its way into one corner of the cabin. Taking my 22 rifle by the barrel I opened the door to locate the noise. Stepping out in the dark, a large animal came towards me. It was so close I could only strike for defense. When I hit this animal with the stock, the butt of my gun, the bullet in the chamber discharged, striking me in the abdomen, passing through the stomach and the liver, hitting the spine and finally lodging in the right thigh where it is still embedded. The shock and the terrific pain made me unconscious. Having regained consciousness I found myself lying on a rock, my whole right side paralyzed and causing great pain in my stomach. The blood rushed to my stomach producing frequent vomiting. I gathered all my strength and called my wife to come out of the cabin. I told her what had happened and begged her to be brave and to be prepared to see me die. Death I did not fear, knowing my family would be provided for after my death. I told my wife of my critical position and of the uselessness to seek help,  for a stretch of several miles separated us from any place where help could be obtained. Moreover, she did not know the outlet of our lake nor the treacherous rapids – one hundred yards long – we had to cross to get out. Normally we portage our boat over this point, but that means manpower which we could not muster at the present time.

Undaunted by the dismal situation, my faithful wife dragged my disabled body to our frail motorboat. Taking our six-year-old daughter and our English Setter pet with us we pushed offshore and by an act of divine help I cranked the motor and up the lake we started for the portage and rapids I feared most.

It was now 11 p.m. The darkness was relieved by the bright rays of a crescent moon, and by its light, we guided the boat to an unknown destiny. After 30 minutes of dodging rocks and shoals, our worst fears were realized as we entered a course that was leading us directly into this disastrous channel. Our little daughter was calm and useful. When peril was greatest she knelt down and prayed to the Blessed Mother, asking Her help a where no mortal help could be found.  Now we were but twenty-feet distance from the madly dashing waters which spelled death unless we change our course. The rocks threatened the safety of our boat. I had been continually vomiting much blood and my strength was ebbing away. Placed as it were between Scylla and Charybdis, in an imminent grasp of death, I made one superhuman effort to adjust the boat and the motor for a direct shoot into the rapids. At this moment I called on Marjorie to hold fast on to the dog-which would get her to shore should we capsize. The wise English Setter sensed the danger and gave a warning howl which still echoes in my ears when I think of this moment of a close call to a watery grave. Weakened by agonizing pain, and in view of impending danger, I prayed and waited for the outcome, trusting in Divine Providence. After what seemed to me a long time I opened my eyes. Our little boat passed the treacherous waters and we were floating safely to the other side in Georgian Bay. Once more I put my feeble strength to the task. I placed the outboard motor in position and the little boat was once again tugging along a channel in the direction of the nearest settlement where locals lived the year round. The greatest menace, the rapids, were behind us, but dangers still ahead of us. The shoals under water, rock, and shadows were like many hideous ghosts looming everywhere, ready to cripple the fragile boat. In ten minutes we were around Weber’s Island and could see Mrs. Herdman’s cottage on her island. All was dark, but I knew she was there so I headed for her shore. About two hundred yards from this island, I ran our boat on a shoal or underwater rock and there we stuck. We felt strangled, helpless. I collapsed from pain and exhaustion, little caring for the future. It was midnight. No light pierced the distance gloom on the shore. As the last resort, my wife and daughter began frantically calling for help, their voices echoing in the darkness deadened by the swishing water lapping the side of our boat. It was to our great joy that the shouts were answered from the cottage. Very soon Mrs. Herdman and her caretaker came with a boat and pulled us off the shoals and towed us to Fred Vasseur, about three miles down the Bay. I was transferred to a speed boat made ready for a 15 mile trip to the nearest hospital in the town of Midland. Mr. Fred Vasseur, a very capable guide and boatman, chose a short but dangerous course direct to the town. His task perfectly executed, we arrived at Midland dock at 1.30 am. Still vomiting blood and experiencing terrible pain, I was constantly fighting for my life.

    It was June 30th, 1.30 a.m. and the town was dark. No street lights only that crescent moon that played a great part to get us so far, gave aid to a guide messenger who leaped quickly to the dock and ran two miles for a doctor. Dr.  Johnston, a learned surgeon from the world war responded in his auto in less than fifteen minutes. He felt my pulse and encouragingly said: “Keep courage young man, you have a good pulse. I will arrange everything to save your life.”  He rushed to St. Andrew’s Hospital, aroused four nurses and two more doctors, sent for me and made ready to care for me.

The town clock struck two and soon an undertaker ready for any kind of service appeared at the dock. I was lifted from the boat into a long narrow basket that was hard and uncomfortable. Did this man get to the right scene? It happened he was the only service available, although not the best. They slid me in his worn out  Ford truck. He cranked the motor, jumped in and started for the hospital. The way led up an incline to get over the railroad tracks and before we got over the car stalled. Being an experienced undertaker, he took his time to get going. He got out and cranked, and cranked, but no start. At intervals, he would come to the back of the truck and say, “Are you still alive?” My pain was so intense that I could only groan. Fortunately, I could groan to have him try again. About ten minutes passed and the car started. It was a rough ride but we arrived safely. The doctors and nurses were anxiously waiting. Dr. Johnston inquired about the delay. An encouraging sight for me to see. Four doctors, six nurses and a modern hospital ready to serve and save a stranger! Not one person had seen or heard of me before this early hour of the morning. Out of the basket and on the X-ray table to locate the bullet— it was in a good place—to the operating room and soon I was in “paradise”. No more pain and in good care. The doctors and nurses did a fine job repairing the damage and leaving the bullet where it was and perhaps still is. The report reads that I made a good shot; the bullet missing all the vital parts, shooting through the stomach and the liver, striking the spine and grazing the right thigh and embedding itself in the tissue.

For three long weeks following the accident I hovered between life and death at this hospital. My right side and entire right leg was paralyzed. The fourth week I showed marked improvement and on the seventh week left the hospital. During the seven long weeks at the hospital, I had ample time to think of the past. I knew that my life was spared me by the miraculous help of God. I recalled my daughter’s kneeling figure in the boat, her praying to the Blessed Mother. Realizing the goodness of God and the protection of the Blessed Virgin, I made a promise that I will make a pilgrimage to the place where the miracle occurred and somewhere in a secluded spot erect a little shrine of our Blessed Mother and Her Divine Son in thanksgiving for having saved our lives.

In May 1931, this little shrine was erected high upon the above the rapids. Upon a crude foundation rises a statue of the Madonna and the Child Jesus, hidden in a natural cove behind birch and pine trees. My private place of adoration and thanksgiving to God.    Very soon after the shrine was made known by the guides who soon found it a treasure and encouraged others to visit it. In telling the story the locals have added fictitious tales. I found notes asking for the true story of the shrine, whenever I visited the place. Prior to this, I felt no necessity to disclose the secret which I guarded carefully. But upon the pressure of my friends, I hereby acknowledge in public the great favors received through the Divine Providence and loving care of the Blessed Mother Mary, the Madonna of Georgian Bay.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – March 16th to 22nd, 1959

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Silverware these women are holding will be presented to the winners of various sections in the Georgian Bay badminton tournament finals in Midland Armory Saturday. Left to right are Muriel Cameron, Camp Borden; Marie Abbotts, Owen Sound, last year’s women’s champion who lost out in the quarter-finals this year; Pamela Nixon, Barrie; and Joyce Rutherford, Midland. 

A portion of the new lounge at Midland’s Midtown Motel and a new guest room.  New addition of the lounge and ten other units to the second storey of the motel was opened recently. 

Midland Lions will sponsor these two budding orators in the Ontario-Quebec finals of a public speaking contest for high school students. President of the Midland club, Harold Humphries is seen with Marion Lavigne and Raymond Desrochers. Marion was best of the seven English speaking finalists. Raymond, a Penetang boy, will advance in the French-speaking division. 

Seen with President Doug Bensley are the two MPDHS orators the Penetang Lions Club will send to the Ontario-Quebec finals of the public; speaking contest for high school students. Contestants are Rudie Whaling of Midland, left, and Pauline Charlebois, Penetang, a French-speaking contestant. 

Penetang Little NHL – South Georgian Bay Champions – Don Deschambault is receiving the trophy. Top, Paul Solmes, Mike Dubeau, Bill Lepage, Martin Robillard, Ron Robillard. Middle, Donald Light, Paul Devillers, Ian Dick, Jimmy Martin, Peter Berry. Front, Donald Dupuis, Ted Mason, Gerald Gignac. Free Press caption; SOUTH GEORGIAN BAY champs in the Little League NHL section, Penetang entry beat Collingwood in a photo finish. Standing under pictures of former Penetang “greats,” Don Deschambault, team captain, holds the Rev. J. L. Len Self trophy. It was presented by Frank Spence of Canadian Name Plate, the donors. (Thanks to “Waxy” Gregoire for identifying the team members.) 

It was a jubilant Midland team in the AHL section of South Georgian Bay Minor Hockey League that accepted the Pillsbury trophy Saturday from C. L. Weckman. Dennis Abbott is surrounded by his teammates as he takes over the trophy at the end of the 4-2 win over Orillia. (This photo is from the Free Press negative collection, the only one we thought, yet in the photo below that was published in the newspaper Bobby Clayton has appeared, middle right.)

Even without the trophy, the big smiles would indicate Lloyd Wilcox’ Midland rink had emerged the winners of the CSL bonspiel last Wednesday. Left to right are Harold McAllen, Graydon Rogers, Lloyd Wilcox, R. C. H. Reed, assistant superintendent of CSL who presented the trophy, and Lawrence Wilcox. The annual event attracted 30 entries, each of whom played one game at Penetang and two at Midland. 

Winners of the Orr Trophy at the annual Midland-Penetang District High School bonspiel at Midland Curling Club Saturday were John Moss’ rink, seen receiving their trophy from Principal L. M. Johnston, Members of the rink are, left to right, Rodney Rankin, John Moss, Mr. Johnston, Gunther Haibach and John Quinlan.

R. Chittick, general manager of Midland Printers Limited, congratulates Jack Jorna, who received his Canadian citizenship in Barrie Wednesday, March 11. Mr. Jorna, a compositor at the Free Press, was one of fifty new Canadians who were presented with citizenship certificates. 

Midland’s new Liquor Control Board store, at Queen and Bay streets, is rated one of the most modern of its kind by manager Lorne Garrow, center in the upper photo. Flanked by clerks Darcy Fitzgerald, left, and Ossie Downer, Mr. Garrow comes to Midland from Oshawa, where he served for the past 13 years. (You penciled the product number of your choice on a piece of paper and the staff retrieved it from the stock, seems to me that Walker’s Special Old was 68B or was that Bacardi’s light amber rum.)

Editorial: A little more than a year ago Midland’s St. Andrews Hospital was critically ill with what had been diagnosed as financial anemia. Its future, to say the least, was not rosy. The hospital board of directors had resigned. Hospital finances were in such dire straits, it was said the institution might have to close its doors. A special meeting of citizens was called to discuss the problems and to attempt to formulate some course of action which would ensure this vital community service would be continued.  The new municipal auditorium was filled to capacity. The crowd, one of the largest to attend a public meeting in Midland for some years, represented all walks of life. The air was electric with suspense as the cards were laid on the table by the various speakers. Ultimately, a new board of directors was named. Next Wednesday night the men and women who were appointed to the board that night will make their reports at the annual meeting of the Corporation of St. Andrews Hospital. The meeting will be held in the same auditorium but a different story will be told. This story will be equally as electrifying, for it will be, in a sense, the story of an uphill fight for the survival of a hospital. It will be the story of how the entire hospital staff, doctors, Midland service clubs, fraternal organizations, businessmen and citizens, the councils and citizens of the surrounding municipalities contributed funds, worked long hours and co-operated to restore this ‘patient’ to a healthier state. It will be the story of devotion to a cause, of administrative surgery and financial transfusions. It was not an easy struggle or an entirely pleasant one. The financial charts now show that as of December 31, 1958, current assets exceeded liabilities by some $14,000 and the net improvement in finances since December 31, 1957, as $56,685. The hospital is now passing through the convalescing stage. Let us hope it does not have a relapse. 

Board of Directors of St. Andrews Hospital paid tribute this week to the excellent co-operation received the past year from the local doctors and the entire hospital staff. At the beginning of its term of office, the Board appealed to the doctors and staff to make every effort to help the Board deal with the problems that had to be solved. Without exception, a board spokesman stated, the medical men and staff of the hospital expressed willingness to co-operate fully. By maintaining patient occupancy at a relatively constant level,  minimizing Saturday operations, timing activities with the availability of nurses and streamlining the system of medical records, which in some instances needed duplication, the medical staff assisted greatly with the economy and overall operation of the hospital, it was stated. Another feature of the excellent co-operation enjoyed between the medical staff and the board was the invitation to the board chairman and the management committee to attend and discuss administration matters at the regular monthly meetings of the medical staff. At times during the year when the hospital was actually temporarily understaffed because of an unexpected increase in the number of patients, the nurses of the hospital worked cheerfully for Ionger hours to ensure that no essential duties and services were neglected. The helpful spirit of the entire staff and their patience in coping with difficulties was especially appreciated during the whole year, the board spokesman stated. 

Responsible for the smooth operation and efficiency throughout the hospital are Nursing Superintendent Miss Jean Holt and Business Administrator Alex Craig. Miss Holt is in charge of the medical responsibilities of the staff while Mr. Craig supervises the administration of the hospital. 

Last year 372 new citizens spent their first few days in St. Andrews nursery. Registered nurses Patricia Hook and Lois Rey were on duty when this photo was taken. Midland Lions Club provides a $300 annual grant for nursery equipment maintenance and supplies. 

Jean Sutton, Reg. Nurse makes sure the oxygen tent, a $1,000 gift of the Hospital Women’s Auxiliary is working properly. The tent is one of a series of gifts donated to the hospital by the Auxiliary in recent years. Nurses Alumnae also have contributed generously to the hospital. 

Nursing stations are manned 24 hours a day. Two-way intercom system permits conversation between duty nurses and any patient on the floor. Registered nurses Judy Wright, and Mrs. L. Mac Arthur are at first-floor station. Files contain medical histories of patients. 

More than 60,000 meals were served at St. Andrews in 1958, which included special diets as well as regular fare. Shirley Henry, left, receives instructions from Lyla Ritchie, a qualified dietician who is in charge of meal planning at the hospital. 

Pipes which almost obscure chief engineer Allan Busch are part of the heating system that keeps the hospital warm and comfortable, the temperature is controlled by an outside weather eye. A 24-hour duty is maintained in the boiler room. Last year 380 tons of coal were needed to heat the hospital. 

In 1958 more than 3,399 x-rays were taken on equipment in St. Andrew’s Hospital. Here Anne Gunn, the hospital’s X-ray technician prepares to take a patient’s “picture”. The equipment is comparable to any in other hospitals in Ontario. 

Members of Branch 80, Midland, proved their superiority at cribbage as District “E” of the Canadian Legion held its tournament Saturday. The Midlanders won both the ten-man team and doubles titles. Above, Herb Wiles receives the trophy from Ossie Truman of Weston, district sports officer, on behalf of the Midland victors.

 

  • Free Press headline of March 18, 1959; Road Crew Breaks Main Creates Crisis in Village. Highway construction workers, using a drag line on the new Coldwater bypass right-of-way, Monday afternoon broke the main water line running from the village reservoirs into Coldwater. Since the accident, which occurred about 3.30 p.m. Monday, irate councillors have dispatched telegrams and telephone calls to Highways Minister Fred Cass and Lloyd Letherby, MPP. Emergency arrangements for fire protection have been made with Simcoe County Mutual Aid Fire Association. The villagers reportedly have been without water in their taps since 9 p.m. Monday night.
  • County Herald headline of March 20, 1959; County Holds Tax Line, Road and General Levy 10.5 This year’s levy is made up of 7 mills general rate and 3.5 for roads. Last year it was 7.2 for general and 3.3 for roads. This year’s general rate of 7 mills is expected to raise $695,025 and the 3.5 mills for roads should bring in $347,512. Last year’s figures were $837,055 and $366,928, respectively. Midland’s share of the tax levy this year will be $60,175 for general and $30,087 for roads, a total of $90,262 as compared with $86,854 last year. For Penetang the figures are $17,558 for general and $8,779 for roads for a total of $26,337 as compared with $25,835 last year.
  • As Good Friday, a statutory holiday falls on the publication day for the County Herald, only one paper will be published next week. It will be the Free Press Herald, to be published and distributed to book stores and by carrier Wednesday. Rural correspondents and advertisers are requested to have their copy into this office early.
  • A teenage gang of shop-lifters was broken up on the weekend with the apprehension of six youths, Midland Police Chief Robert Cameron told this newspaper Monday. The chief said two youths had been charged and charges were pending against the others. Chief Cameron said the shoplifting crew, all Midland lads, would enter a clothing store and, while a couple of them kept the clerk occupied, another would steal an article of clothing. In other instances, they would try on an item of clothing and then leave with the new item without paying for it.
  • Thirty-one teachers at Midland-Penetang District High School will receive a $500 across-the-board wage increase, effective Sept. 1, as a result of a decision by the district board at its meeting last week. For some, experienced teachers, specialists, and heads of departments, the new salary schedule adopted by the board will mean substantial increases over the present salaries.
  • A total of 401 persons heard Victor White, a travelling missionary for the Watch Tower Society, deliver a Bible lecture on the subject, “A Paradise Earth Through God’s Kingdom.” The setting for this lecture was Parkside Pavilion, Midland, Sunday. The talk climaxed a three-day circuit assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses from an area bounded by Burks Falls on the north to Cookstown on the south and Orillia on the east. During the three days, delegates received Bible instruction and counsel in their ministerial activities. A baptism service was held Saturday afternoon.
  • Two district women were among the many motorists reported to have been caught up in the heavy gales which swept across Ontario Sunday afternoon and night. According to word reaching this paper, Miss Margaret Boden, Midland, and Miss Lena Woolley, Penetang, were en route to Toronto early Sunday evening. They were near Cookstown when the gale-force winds reportedly drove their small car across the road, turning it over several times. Damage to the vehicle was reported at around $300 but no person was seriously injured.
  • A new commercial establishment will occupy the premises now housing Bev’s Marine Ltd., Midland, May 1. Brake Specialty and Parts Company of Toronto has recently completed an agreement with B. H. Keefe, president of Bev’s Marine Ltd., for a long-term lease of the showroom and shops located at 263 Midland Ave. Russ Brazier, general manager of Brake Specialty, indicates the company would start with four employees but hoped to add to this once the business is established. The main business of the new company is the distribution of wholesale automotive parts. They now have a number of locations operating throughout Ontario.
  • Bandmaster of the Midland Salvation Army band for 25 years and a life member of Caledonian Lodge, No. 249 AF and AM, Midland, Richard Harry Gregory died at Greater Niagara Falls Hospital March 14 at the age of 80. Mr. Gregory was the husband of the late Emily L. Edwards. He is survived by a son, Raymond, and a daughter, Mrs. Elsie Mills, both of Toronto, and two brothers, George, and Gregory of Navisink, N.J. Mr. Gregory, a bricklayer and a contractor was for 10 years property building inspector for the Salvation Army in Toronto. At one time he ran a fish and chip store near the present site of Orr’s Jewellers.
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – Presentation of the charter of incorporation was made to Penetang Chamber of Commerce by Mayor W. D. Hunter. The charter was presented to J. M. H. McGuire, president of the chamber. * * * Penetang Hospital Board and women’s organizations in the town were making plans for a house-to-house canvass to raise funds for furnishing and equipping a new X-ray room in the proposed new hospital. Campaign objective was set at $10,000. * * * The Ontario legislature voted down a private bill calling for municipal elections at Wasaga Beach to be held during the summer rather than at the year-end. Also sought was authority for summer residents to hold municipal office. The legislature committee felt the bill left the preponderance of voting power with citizens “who would not be on the job except for a short time during the summer”. * * * Simcoe East member Wm. A. Robinson announced that letter carrier service would commence in Midland May 2. He said five to seven local men would be employed in the delivery service. * * * Audited financial statement for the town of Midland showed the town had incurred a $6,104 deficit on its 1948 operations. The mill rate in 1948 had been set at 46 mills. * * * Entries in the Midland Music Festival hit a new high in 1949. A tabulation showed 490 entries had been submitted in the various classes. It was estimated that approximately twelve to fifteen hundred contestants would be taking part. * * * Following a study made by county council’s agricultural committee and a member, of the Ontario Department of Agriculture, it was recommended that Stewart L. Page, county agricultural representative, be provided with an assistant. The assistant was to report June 1.
  • Annual spring fashion supplement, sponsored by Midland and Penetang businessmen, will appear with this issue of the County Herald. The 12-page supplement contains news and advertising messages describing the latest style trends.
  • “The people have been very good this year. It has been quite steady for the past couple of weeks,” stated Alex Macintosh, Midland’s issuer of motor vehicle licences. Indicating that he estimated about 80 percent of the licences had been sold, Mr. Macintosh said there had been no heavy, rush. “It is certainly better than last year.” Business at the Penetang licence issuing office was steady throughout Thursday, the day following the deadline, according to Mrs. Boyd Hollister. “There has been no rush, just a steady business all day long,” she said. Mrs. Hollister said she believed the majority of car owners in this area had their plates before the deadline. “We will still sell quite a few, however, to those people who have been unable to get their cars out because of the heavy snow conditions,” she said.
  • Letter to the editor; Dear Editor: I read in Wednesday’s Free Press Herald where Bev’s Marine has leased its building to a new firm, and I presume Mr. Keefe and his associates contemplate construction of a marina on property adjacent to the Midland coal docks. Neville Keefe, manager of the Georgian Bay Development Association has been asked by the town council to try to finalize purchase property which is supposedly partly owned by the railway. That’s all very good but I think the mayor and or members of council ought to do anything possible in order that this much-needed marina may become a reality. Last fall I walked over the proposed site of the marina, and it appeared to me that a tremendous work will be involved before the place can be put to use. Not only will it take a great deal of labor, but I imagine the cost will be very heavy. As there is no apparent immediate move by the government to supply funds for a marina, I believe that anyone who has enough courage and foresight to undertake the task ought to receive whatever possible support council can give. There is a steadily growing need for a marina here in Midland, not only for local boat owners but as a means of encouraging tourists to our town. Signed, an old Salt. (It is hard to imagine Midland without a marina.)

We are working at the moment on the 1943 Midland Free Press microfilms and wanted to add a page from that era.

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