Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – July 24th to 31st, 1959

Click on photos to enlarge.The ever-popular midgets, seen in action above, drew more than 1,400 wrestling fans to Midland Arena this week. Heading the card Monday night will be a match between two “villains” no less, as Hardboiled Haggerty takes on Gene Kiniski. Dick Hutton meets John Foti in the semi-final and Don Jardine wrestles Karl Kulaski in the opener. 

Aside from the midgets, the most popular wrestler to visit Midland is undoubtedly Whipper Billy Watson. “Whipper” is seen above, besieged by youthful autograph seekers, prior to a recent bout with Don Leo Jonathan at Arena Gardens. 

This is all that remains of the farm home of Robert Mosley Sr., Con. 1, Tay Township, following a recent fire. Mr. Mosley, a widower, was having supper at his son’s farm nearby when the fire, of unknown origin, was first noticed. 

These “Indians”, decked out in war paint and deer skins, added an authentic touch of atmosphere to Midland Y’s Men’s Indian Village Friday afternoon. Upon closer inspection, the redskins turned out to be paleface members of Dr. Wilfrid Jury’s summer school of archaeology. 

These youngsters, from Girard Ohio, near Cleveland, lost no time “wetting their lines” when they stopped off briefly in Midland last week. Under the direction of Rev. Gerald Curran, parish priest, the boys and girls, ages 8 to 15 are on a 27-day trip which will take them as far as the Maritimes. The party of 28 youngsters is travelling by bus. 

USS Daniel A. Joy, a destroyer escort attached to the Great Lakes Squadron of the United States Navy, just after she had made fast to the berth at the CSL Elevator on the afternoon of July 24. Word of her arrival quickly attracted a crowd, including many tourists from Little Lake Park. 

This stop sign at Perkinsfield has come in for a lot of criticism from motorists hauled into magistrate’s courts in Midland and Penetang in recent weeks. Court officials agree that the visibility of the sign isn’t all it might be and have requested county authorities have the new red and white stop sign erected, at the proper location. 

Although he popped out to short in this turn at-bat in the first inning, Midland’s “Buzz” Deschamp later garnered three singles as the Indians downed Collingwood Lions 3-1 in the opener of their best-of-seven group finals here Monday night. The teams meet again in Collingwood Tuesday night. 

Still, a center of tourist activity in the North Simcoe beach area, Balm Beach drew large crowds during last week’s heatwave. The picture above shows only a portion of the crowd which dotted sands and water one afternoon. 

One of the most popular spots in town with the younger set is the new drinking fountain installed at the corner of Bay and King Streets, Midland. Four of the town’s younger crowd is seen above around the new fountain, which replaces the old “horse-trough” at that point. Another fountain is to be installed elsewhere later. (The “horse-trough” mentioned is now located outside Huronia Museum, but for safety reasons is not operating. And a lack of horses.) 

Former sergeant in charge of CPR police at Port McNicoll, John S. Clarke and Mrs. Clarke were honoured by former fellow employees when they returned for a visit last week. Mr. Clarke, now an investigator for the department at London, was presented with a five-year clock and his wife, the former Bernadette Lefaive of Port McNicoll, with a coffee percolator. S. F. Malin, steamship superintendent (right front) made the presentation on behalf of the employees. 

  • County Herald headline of July 22nd, 1959; Water Resources Group Meets Penetang Mayor. A delegation from Penetang has reported a sympathetic hearing from officials of the Water Resources Commission at Toronto, Tuesday. Purpose of the meeting was to discuss plans for a sewage disposal plant for Penetang. Mayor Jerome Gignac, Deputy-reeve B. St. Amant, Engineer V. G. Bardawill and Clerk-treasurer W. A. Argue made up the delegation which explained to the Commission what steps had been taken to date by the town toward the disposal plan. According to reports of the delegation, the possibility of establishing a lagoon type of disposal system was broached, and Commission engineers were sympathetic to this proposal. It is understood geological surveys will be made to determine the feasibility of such a system. Lagoon disposal, according to information available could be introduced at considerably less cost than other types of systems. In the lagoon system, effluent is turned into huge lagoons where nature is left to work on the solids through oxidation. The system has proved both practical and efficient in other centres.
  • Midland Free Press headline of July 29, 1959; Two Girls Listed Missing, One Believed Drowned. Tiny Township police are faced with the task of locating two girls missing from the beach areas, one of whom is believed to have drowned Monday night. Missing, and believed drowned is Mimi Demuile attractive 22-year-old young lady whose home is in Saskatchewan. Miss Demuile was reported missing about nine o’clock on Monday evening when she failed to return from a swim. The missing girl’s clothing was found on the beach, about half-way between Balm and Cawaja Beaches. She had been seen earlier, about a quarter-mile from shore. The water at that point is shallow enough for bathers to wade out a considerable distance without going beyond their depth.
  • County Herald headline of July 31st, 1959; Planning Board Council, Meet Ontario Officials. “If your planning board doesn’t have at Ieast one good Donnybrook with the council within three years, then it isn’t much of a planning board.” So said John Pearson, of the Ontario Department of Planning and Development, at a joint meeting of Midland Planning Board, PUC and town council Tuesday night. Mr. Pearson had been invited to attend the meeting to give some guidance in the future relations between the two bodies. Admitting that the board was not functioning too ably at the moment, Chairman L. H. Taylor said at the same time there were no members of the board not anxious to have it function properly. In reply to a question from the council, Mr. Taylor said he did not know at this time whether the board needed more members or not. “It all depends on how much work we can get out of the present members”, he said.
  • Rector of St. James on the Lines and All Saints parishes for the past four years, Rev. Beverley Brightling will assume new duties at the Church of the Resurrection in Toronto, early in September. Mr. Brightling said his new charge is on Woodbine, north of the Danforth. This is a large well-established congregation in a residential area of the city.
  • At a meeting held Tuesday night, Midland council confirmed the appointment of Arthur Ambeau as a constable with the Midland police force. Mr. Ambeau has had previous police experience with the OPP including a period at police college, James Mackie, police chairman, said. Mr. Mackie said 15 applications had been received, and these had been narrowed down to four for final consideration. Mr. Ambeau had been the first choice of the police commission and was also recommended by acting chief George Wainman, the chairman told the council.
  • New patients, waiting to see Dr. M. Charlesbois, DDS, have surprises in store. Not only is the white-coated dentist a woman; she’s young and round and pretty. On her desk are freshly-cut flowers. The operating room is decorated in pastel colours with dental equipment painted a pale blue. So reads the first paragraph of a personality story which ran in the Toronto Daily Star. Dr. M. Charlebois is better known in Penetang as Maryanne Charlebois, the comely young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Charlebois. Maryanne grew up in Penetang and got her early education here before going on to seats of higher learning.
  • Plant superintendent for Imperial Oil Ltd. at Midland for the past three years, Paul Mooney has been appointed Imperial Esso agent of the Midland – Penetang area. At the same time, it was announced that William Logan, a veteran employee of the company and member of the council and public utility commissions for several years, will in the future work out of the Barrie plant. Mr. Logan will, however, continues to reside in Midland. An Imperial Oil official said this week the changes are designed to give the firm’s customers in this area “better, personalized service”. Mr. Mooney, 30, was born at Goderich and attended schools there and at Pickering College. Made plant superintendent at Midland in June 1956, he has been with the company 12 years. Since coming to Midland, Mr. Mooney has been active in the chamber of commerce, the Rotary Club and St. Mark’s Anglican Church. Once an oarsman with the famed Argonauts of Toronto, Paul still retains a keen interest in rowing and does his share of fishing in local waters.
  • Births – ADAMSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Adamson, 330 King St., Midland, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Saturday, July 25, 1959, twin daughters. (One stillborn). CURRY — To Mr. and Mrs. Morris Curry, R.R. 3, Penetang, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Monday, July 27, 1959, twins, son and daughter. FAGAN —To Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Fagan, 155 Sixth St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, July 24, 1959, a daughter. NICHOLSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Nicholson, Honey Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Saturday, July 25, 1959, a daughter. PAUZE — To Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Pauze, Orr Lake, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Saturday, July 25, 1959, a son. PRISQUE — To Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Prisque, Honey Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Wednesday, July 22, 1959, a daughter. SCOTT — To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Scott, 362 Bay St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, July 21, 1959, a daughter. STRONG — To Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Strong, 270 Russell St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, July 25, 1959, a daughter. (Baby died)
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – John Dillinger, a Midwestern gunman of some notoriety, was shot down by 15 peace officers in front of a theatre on the north side of Chicago. * * * The projected Wasaga Beach to Baghdad flight of “The Trail of the Caribou” was postponed because of unfavourable weather conditions. Distance involved would have been 6,500 miles. * * * Penetang Kiwanis’s carnival was scheduled for August 1, and Midland Kiwanis’s carnival for August 6. * * * Large pilgrimages were reported as visiting the Martyrs’ Shrine, some from as far distant as Minneapolis and St. Paul. * * * Midland tourist camp had 324 tents over the weekend and camp attendants reported a quiet weekend with no mishaps. * * * Two dozen men from Midland and Penetang were attending a 10-day camp of the Simcoe Foresters at Owen Sound. Other units in the camp were the Algonquin Rifles, the Northern Pioneers, and the Owen Sound Greys.  * * * Editorial comment of the week “One tourist” at Park Lake Camp said he came here for a rest, but the fighting qualities of the big bass in the lake kept him all tired out during his visit. * * * News item: “Seagulls are getting so tame in this district that motorists are sometimes compelled to stop their cars to prevent running over them.”
  • It is more than half a century since “Shag” Crosson left Midland to seek fame in the hockey ice lanes, but he still retains an interest in Penetanguishene where he was born, and in Midland where he grew up. Now 71, a veteran of both World Wars, and recently retired from the Government of Saskatchewan Printing Bureau, where he had been employed since 1948, Mr. Crosson recalled many Midland families and local landmarks. “My Dad was an engineer for the Playfair’s, and when I was making a dollar a day as an apprentice printer at the Free Press, which was then on the main street upstairs, next to Peter’s Hardware, he was making $11 a day, which was pretty big pay then,” said Mr. Crosson. “Our family built the first house on Frederick Street,’’ he added. After leaving Midland, Ernie Crosson became something of a traveller as he plied his printing trade in the 48 states and most Canadian provinces. A member of the Beck Millionaires who won a Canadian hockey championship, Mr. Crosson found his hockey-playing services much in demand, by 1911 he was playing for a Weyburn, Sask., team. From there he went to Joseph Missouri, to pitch professional baseball. His hockey and baseball careers, along with the printing, took him to many cities, and it was not until 1935, when he was 47, that he finally laid down the bat and ball. Having just retired from the printing trade, Mr. Crosson told Mr. Chittick that he looked and felt much younger than his age and that in a few days he was flying out to Vancouver to join his nephew. They were going on a flying tour in the United States, in the latter’s own plane. 

The Midland Free Press July 26, 1939 

  • PENETANG—Fire of unknown origin, breaking out about 3.50 a.m. on Thursday morning, completely destroyed C. Berthelot’s blacksmith shop and a chopping mill owned by Art Durnford, both housed in a large wooden building at the rear of Tersigni’s store. Stock, belonging to G. Tersigni stored in an adjoining sheet-metal warehouse was also partially consumed. Completely ablaze when the fire brigade was called, the men finally subdued the flames after a two-hour fight and saved nearby buildings which were in imminent danger. The building occupied by the blacksmith shop and chopping mill was owned by Art Durnford. Loss, divided between the blacksmith shop, chopping mill and Tersigni’s warehouse is expected to total about $3,000.00 dollars. Neither Durnford nor Berthelot carried insurance. The fire, the worst so far this year in Penetanguishene, attracted many spectators. Mr. Berthelot stated that he had shoed the last horse of the day about 4 p.m. on Wednesday and that the fire in his forge would be well out before the blaze commenced. The chopping mill has not been operating during the past two years.
  • PENETANG—Two young girls, one only eleven years old, the other seventeen, were arrested in Midland on Monday evening by Provincial Constable Hugh Gibson and the older charged with stealing a quantity of cigarettes from Hunter’s Drug Store, Penetang, and Parker’s United, Midland. The girls were apprehended when they attempted to sell the cigarettes in a Midland restaurant. They will appear in Penetang police court tomorrow.
  • Five hearts have been broken in Midland during the past month by a gang of thieves for whom we have little sympathy. An epidemic of bicycle thieving has hit Midland, and no less than five “wheels” all but one of them practically new, have been stolen from boys whose families’ hard-earned money had gone to provide their sons with the bikes. In some cases, at least, it means that the boys will not have another bicycle for many years, and police and citizens generally are incensed. No trace of any of the five machines has been uncovered. On Saturday afternoon from the yard back of Jory’s Drug Store a blue C.C.M. bicycle, serial No. 3A 1191, belonging to Fred Hack, and a red Universal machine No. 500372 were taken. One of the bikes was locked and the other unlocked. Two weeks ago, a twenty-year-old chap by the name of Benson, working on a farm near Victoria Harbor, purchased a wheel with his pay, and the next day. it was stolen from him at Little Lake Park. Three weeks ago Jack Ayres, who uses his cycle for delivering papers, had it stolen while he left it momentarily to watch through the window at the dance revue at the Midland Arena. It was not left unguarded for more than five minutes. A dark maroon C.C.M. bike, serial No. X27496. with a carrier basket, was stolen from the son of Thos. Scott Midland, on July 18 while at Little Lake. Anyone able to identify any of these bicycles by serial number or by description should notify the Midland police immediately.
  • Nearly 2,000 people, the largest crowd of the summer, attended the community sacred song service in Little Lake Park on Sunday evening. All the seats around the grandstand were filled, and hundreds sat on benches below the roadway and in the scores of cars which were grouped around the stand. The singing was heartily entered into. Walter Auld of St. Paul’s United Church was in charge of the service, and he was backed by a large choir composed of members from all the Midland choirs.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – July 16th to 23rd, 1959


Click on photos to enlargeWork is now underway on the new 85,000 square foot factory building for the B. Greening Wire Company Ltd. Frid Construction Co. Ltd. has the contract for the building located beside Highway l2, about a quarter-mile west of Martyrs’ Shrine. (The Tiffin elevator can be seen in the background.) 

Sweethearts of the big Orange parade in Elmvale Saturday were Joanne Blow, left, and Joan Caston. Carrying their big flower basket, the two little girls marched with the Wyevale Lodges in the mile-long parade. 

Big enough to make many a veteran fisherman’s mouth water, these four-pound speckled trout were caught by Bruce, 6, and Jon Pettersen, 12, in the Gogama district of Northern Ontario. Along with brother Bjorn, 15, the three boys provided the human interest in a week-long outdoor life movie being made in the north country for a number of sporting goods firms. “Too much movie and not enough time for fishin’,” was the somewhat disgruntled verdict of the boys upon their return to Midland with dad, Pete Pettersen. 

As part of the festivities in connection with the visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to this area July 4, the officer’s mess of “C” Squadron, Grey and Simcoe Foresters, held a military ball in Midland Armory last Saturday evening. Among the officers present were, left to right, Major Jack Symons, Capt. J. S. Corcoran, Lieut. Ken Macdonald (formerly of Penetang) and Lieut. Jim A. Park. Ladies are, from left to right, Mrs. John Corcoran (Helen), Mrs. Ron Desroches, Mrs. Jim Downer, Mrs. Macdonald and Mrs. Jim  Park (Shirley). 

One of the best fish taken out of Midland’s Little Lake in many a year was this six-pound largemouth black bass held by lucky angler Paul Davidson. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Davidson, Midland, Paul was fishing just off the south shore late Thursday night when the big fellow decided to sample his “hula popper,” a type of surface plug. The fish measured 22 inches long and 14 inches in girth. 

Built in Port McNicoll by Folmer Neilsen, Danish-born boat-builder, the 35-foot cruiser “Starflight” was successfully launched in the slip at Port Friday morning. Owner of the fine new craft, R. N. Starr, Toronto, is seen (left) talking to the builder in top photo. Seated are F. D. Allen, Toronto, Mrs. Starr and Mrs. Allen. “Starflight” is seen in the lower photo on one of Sylvester Sutter’s trailers just prior to the launching. 

With 13 years in the plastics industry behind her, Mrs. Martha Hewlett is well qualified for her position at Midland Plastics Ltd. Familiar with every type of this material, Mrs. Hewlett is head of the grinding department, where she oversees the grinding of scrap material and its return to the proper bins. Making it a real family affair, her daughter, Mrs. Charles Dimmock (Shirley) is employed in the head office, Toronto. Mr. Dimmock was also employed in the same firm before resigning to become a Toronto policeman. Mrs. Hewlett is seen above with some articles returned for re-processing. 

Largest commercial oven ever built at the James Stewart Manufacturing / Beatty plant in Penetang is shown here with three men comfortably accommodated in the upper deck. Oven sitting on top is a standard domestic built-in type for kitchens. Built for the Iron Ore Co. Ltd. for use in their mining camps in Labrador, 98 nine-inch pies or 144 loaves of bread can be baked at one time and the unit weighs 4,000 pounds. A considerable number of commercial installations have been made by the Stewart Manufacturing plant in Penetang. A list reads much like a directory of a majority of the new large buildings erected in Ontario and Quebec during the past several years. One of the large orders being produced at the present time is equipment for new sanitarium buildings in Hamilton. Many of the newer hotels throughout the two provinces, are also using Beatty commercial equipment. 

  • County Herald headline of July 17, 1959; Building Permits Balloon, Permits Reach New High. Despite an exceptionally slow start, the value of building permits issued in Midland during the first half of 1959 is even higher than for a similar period in 1958’s near-record year. Figures made available by W. F. “Bud” Turnbull place the total value of permits up until the end of June this year at $826,900. Total for the entire 12 months of 1958 was $1,268,760, of which $796,860 was recorded in the first six months. Best year on local records was 1954 when the total was $1,334,725 and the half-year total was 990,800. This year’s high was achieved despite the fact no permits were issued in the first three months of the year. But $216,200 was chalked up in April, including $94,000 for the 12-apartment Parkview Terrace Building. The new Jeffery hardware building provided almost half ($35,000) of the May total of $73.700. A-whopping $450,000 for the new Greening Wire Plant soared the June total to $537,000. New dwellings and renovations to existing buildings also figure heavily in this year’s totals. Last year’s figures for corresponding months were: January, $5,000; February, 394,000; March, $27.300; April, $97,560; May, $101,500; June, $171,500.
  • Midland Free Press headline of July 22, 1959; Safe Robbers Enter IGA, Third Time in Six Months. For the third time, in the less than six months it has been open, thieves, early Monday morning, broke into the Penetang IGA Store and smashed open the safe, making off with a little more than $100 in change. The first intimation of a break-in came before eight o’clock when a nearby resident, Mrs. Maurille Marchand phoned the proprietor, G. J. Robillard to say that one of the entrance doors looked as though it had been left open. Police Chief Jack Arbour was called immediately and on an investigation, he found the large plate glass door had been forced open, and the safe rifled. The heavy safe which had been reinforced with boilerplate following the first break-in had been moved from a niche at the front of the store. Immediately in front of the meat counter, the thieves had turned the safe over on its back and pried the door open. Tools used for the job were a railway spike puller, pinch bar and hammer, The tools proved sufficiently, powerful to bend the safe locking bars, and tear the metal from around the locked door. Later investigation showed the tools had been stolen from the local CNR shed where they are stored for use of the section gang, footprints found around the shed matched those found around the store. To acquire the $100 in change, all that the safe held, the thieves did more than $500 damage. The “In” door, plate glass in a metal frame was cracked and smashed, and the frame and lock bolt were badly bent. The safe itself is a total loss.
  • Total enrolment for the three Midland Public Schools for the month of June amounted to 1,165. Midland Public Schools Board heard at its regular meeting July 10. This total was made up of 607 at Regent School, 402 at Parkview and 156 at Sixth Street School. The board was advised that 1,426 feet of the blackboard in the three schools had been refinished at a cost of $629. “The ones that have been done look very well,” said board member Jack Thompson. Mr. Thompson told the board 35 new desks had been ordered for Parkview School and 25 for Regent School. These new desks will be used by the increased number of pupils in the fall, he said.
  • Midland’s Indian village at Little Lake Park will receive further prominence in a documentary film to be telecast over Channel 3, Barrie, July 21, on “Spotlight”. The show will be re-broadcast on July 27.
  • Two Midland firms have been awarded contracts totalling $81,334 from the Department of Defence Production at Ottawa. Ernst Leitz Canada Limited received a $60,000 contract for the overhaul of aerial cameras. Midland Foundry and Machine Company Limited has won a $21,334 contract for the manufacture of hydraulic jacks.
  • Although it doesn’t employ very many men as yet, North Simcoe got a new industry last week. The Nixon Building Products Ltd. of Barrie set up a new ready-mix concrete plant at Midland. The new plant, which uses the very latest in equipment, is located on the south side of Highway 12, across the road from the new Greening Wire plant now under construction. John Elliotts is the manager of the new industry. Established in 1953, the Barrie firm also has plants in Camp Borden and Orillia. Two of its 14 huge ready-mix trucks will be located at Midland.
  • Work will be completed this week on two miles of new, hard-surfaced roads in Midland. Long-anticipated by local residents whose streets have been torn up for lengthy periods, the paving alone will cost around $50,000, according to W. F. Turnbull, public works superintendent. This does not include the cost of curbing, grading and other preparations prior to paving. Streets paved or being paved in all or part include Mildred, Frederick, Hugel, Fifth, Victoria, Dominion, Centre and Ellen.
  • An announcement this week of wide interest to the resort district and residents of the area, in general, stated that the Royal Hotel at Honey Harbour is for sale, owing to the illness of the owner. This well-known resort, on an island at Honey Harbour, has been operated for many years by Phil Grisé, a former resident of Midland. In recent years he has been assisted by his son Clarence. Phil Grise’s father, the late Didace Grise, was a pioneer businessman in Midland, arriving in that town in 1879, from Fenelon Falls. After engaging in the butcher trade, Mr. Grise senior started a hardware business which he later sold to F. W. Jeffery. Mr. Grise then went to Honey Harbour where he acquired the Victoria House from Nickerson Bros. After a year, the Royal Hotel was built. The Victoria House, on the mainland, became the Delawana Inn and is now operated by Didace Grise. At one time, the Grise brothers; Ernest, George, Fred and Phil owned a furniture business in Midland. Phil Grise is the last survivor among the brothers. Fred Grise, father of Didace Jr., George Grise, and Phil Grise, all became well-known businessmen, and resort operators at Honey Harbour. “The Royal” was a favourite point of call when such tourist passenger vessels as the Midland City, City Queen, Waubic, Dover, and Tenno, plied the waters of the 30,000 islands. Under the Grise family, the Royal Hotel developed into a leading summer resort with international patronage.
  • (For those of us who had never visited Huronia House Museum, located in the former home of Mr. & Mrs. James Playfair, this is verbal tour, courtesy of David Maheu, Free Press reporter.) The other day I went to Huronia Museum to take a few glimpses into the past. As I entered the door I was confronted with a portrait of the late James Playfair, one-time owner of what some people call today “the old barn”, because of its massiveness. At one time, I believe, it was planned to have the town use it as a rest home. It was felt, however, that the home would be a more valuable asset as a museum. On passing through the doors, I noticed a large staircase directly in front of me. The thought that passed through my mind was how many times the mistress of the house must have swept this stairway with the hem of her long dress on the way up to see to the comfort of her guests and other duties which would call her to the upper floor. It is said, though, that not much entertaining was done by Mrs. Playfair, the former Miss Ogilvie of the Ogilvie flour family. On the lower floor, there are four rooms, two on each side of the staircase. On the left-hand side facing the staircase are two rooms containing exhibits of wildlife, small game and clothing of early days. These rooms originally were Mr. Playfair’s sitting room and billiards room. On the right-hand side of the staircase were the dining and living room area. Now they contain Indian pottery shards, bones and displays of artifacts. I wondered how Mrs. Playfair would feel if she could return and see her home as it is today filled with displays and tourists. Upstairs two ancient canoes were on display at the head of the stairs. Turning to the right, I entered one of the original guest rooms. Today it is furnished with pioneer period furniture. From there I continued on to the other two rooms noticing the oil paintings on the walls as I walked along. Here, too, were many tangible symbols of the pioneer way of life. On the other side of the hall is a room that would gladden the heart of any old seafarer. It contained hundreds of pictures of old ships. At one time, it was Mr. Playfair’s bedroom. In Mrs. Playfair’s bedroom, an old-time kitchen and tools and utensils used by housewives of an earlier era were on display. In the other rooms are pictures of early hockey stars, old guns, organs and pianos, and old clocks and timepieces. After a fast jaunt down the staircase and out into the golden sunlight. I was back in the 20th century again. I looked out over the bay and saw the sun throw its bright rays of light on the town of Midland and the Huronia Museum, symbolic perhaps of this bright new world.
  • “We were very lucky it wasn’t worse and the firemen did a fine job of confining the fire,” said W. H. Copeland of the family which owned the Copeland Lumber Mill, three miles from Hillsdale, which was completely destroyed by fire early Friday evening. Mr. Copeland, who said there were approximately 15 men employed in the mill, stated that he expected that the men employed in the burnt-out mill would be employed in their mill at Elmvale. The estimated loss of the wood and sheet iron building was placed at $50,000 and Mr. Copeland said: “it was partially covered by insurance.” (This mill was at Martinsville, in what is now the Copeland Forest, a 4,400-acre resource management area owned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Once powered by the Coldwater River and located beside the CPR Sudbury mainline, it is now an entrance point for people using the park.)
  • Two young boys from the Mount St. Louis area died together in a tragic accident at the junction of Highways 103 and 501, just north of Port Severn Sunday evening. Killed instantly when struck by a car as they attempted to walk across the intersection were Kenneth King, 13, and Robert John Belanger, 14, both of R.R . 1, Hillsdale. The two lads lived almost across the road from each other on Con. 4, Medonte just north of Mount St. Louis, where they attended school together.
  • A request from Midland Curling Club for permission to remove four trees close to the curling rink was approved by Midland Parks Commission July 9. The club, the commission was informed, wanted to remove the trees near the building so it could improve the parking area. A second request from the club, which involved the removal of several sections of the ornamental fencing around the rink property, was turned down. (The same fencing that still surrounds the cenotaph.) One of the large trees to be removed is too close to the foundation walls of the rink and one of the others is almost dead. Commissioners were told that, after the trees were removed, the club planned to gravel the area and make a parking lot of it.
  • A new butcher shop and a new laundry service opened for business in Midland last week, giving the Elizabeth Street shopping area a welcome lift. Ralph W. Davidson is the owner and operator of the new butcher shop and the laundry service is operated by Coinwash Ltd. A native of Fredericton, N.B., Mr. Davidson learned his trade in that Maritime province. He owned and operated his own stores in Fredericton before coming to Ontario ten years ago. Since that time he lived in New Toronto and Port Credit, where he also operated butcher stores. Like many a new Midlander, Mr. Davidson and his wife spent some of their holiday periods in this area, liked what they saw and decided to move here. For the present, they are staying at Balm Beach for the summer, pending more permanent arrangements.
  • Births – BEARDSALL — To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beardsall, 163 Bay St., Midland, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Sunday, July 19, 1959, a daughter. BEAUDOIN — To Mr. & Mrs. Robert Beaudoin, 51 Bay St., Midland, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Sunday, July 19, 1959, a daughter. DILWORTH — To Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Dilworth, 162 Fifth St. Midland, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Thursday, July 16, 1959, a daughter. SALLOWS – To Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Sallow, Wyebridge, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Midland, July 14, 1959, a daughter. WOOD – To Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Wood, 291 King Street, Midland, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Friday, July 17, 1959, a daughter. HERRING — At Penetang General Hospital, Tuesday, July 7, to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Herring, a daughter, Linda Anne, a sister for Debra. SWALES—Cathy and Christy, little daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Swales, are happy to announce the arrival of their baby brother, Kirk Douglas, 8 lbs. 5 ozs., at the Penetanguishene General, Hospital, on Friday, July 17, 1959.
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – Elmvale council held its inaugural meeting July 25 following the official incorporation of the community as a village, and the municipal elections. Reeve was Lawson Robinson and councillors were Wm. McFadden, Reginald A. Cooper, Harry Rowley and Frederick Webster. The council’s first official act was a motion calling for applications for the post of the village clerk. * * * The director of the Martyrs’ Shrine, Midland, announced that a special pilgrimage from France would come to the shrine in September. The pilgrimage, which was being sponsored by the Pere Marquette – Committee, was to be in charge of French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman.  * * *  Attendance at and entries in Simcoe County’s first quilt and rug fair exceeded the “fondest hopes” of the fair’s sponsors. The quilts and rugs were displayed in St. Paul’s United Church Hall, Midland. * * * A federal grant of $15,700 was approved to help pay the costs of additional staff members for Simcoe County Health Unit at Barrie. * * *  Total attendance at the five performances of the “Salute to Canada Pageant” at Martyrs’ Shrine, directed by Father Daniel Lord, S.J., was 40,000. * * * Boat traffic up the shore set a new peak. The S.S. Dover, M.S. Midland City, M.S. Georgian and Westwind carried near capacity passenger loads on their daily excursion runs. Both passenger and car-ferry business was up over 1948, officials said. * * * Midland Shipyard officials were elated over an announcement by Hon. Lionel Chevrier, minister of transport, that the federal government was implementing a $60,000,000 ship-building program for Canada. It was felt the Midland yard would benefit from the program.
  • MOONSTONE — Construction is underway on another addition to Dunlop’s appliance store in Moonstone. The new wing will be used for introduction of a furniture line, and demonstration of high fidelity music combinations, and other models. Since 1955, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Dunlop owners of the store have been responsible for much new construction on their property. After their store and home and almost all the contents were burned in the fall of 1954, the Dunlops carried on business for a time in the basement of the Community Hall, and resided in Robert Cumming’s home. On Oct. 19, 1955, they opened a modern new appliance store, and then they have built a residence and a warehouse addition to the store.

This week in 1931 as taken from the Midland Argus; 

  • The Public Works Department of Canada within the next few days will be calling for tenders for the complete reconstruction of the esplanade here, from the foot of King Street to a point beyond the C.S.L. elevator. Tenders for the work it is understood will be advertised within the next few days. It is proposed to make a permanent structure by a system of sheet piling and cribbing with a cement and rock fill. Just what precaution will be adopted to protect labour is not known but it is believed that the Government will make it plain that the work is for the benefit of unemployed men and the contract will be surrounded by such regulations as will give employment to a large; number of men during the winter I months. In addition to the esplanade work, it is the purpose to erect a large freight warehouse that will be 100 x 80 feet. (The building was sold and moved to Brebeuf Road, perhaps in the eighties. It has been known over the years as the “Sugar Warehouse” and the Sea Cadet building.) Just where this will be located is not yet definitely settled, but it is understood to be placed almost midway between the foot of King Street and the elevator. This will be a substantial permanent structure that will be convenient for water, rail and motor traffic. The work on the esplanade will require millions of tons of filling and if this is handled by manpower as it undoubtedly will be, it should absorb all the idle men hereabouts next winter and relieve the town of the heavy burden that it would again have to bear to help those out of work. Just what the appropriation for the work will be is not known by us as yet but it will be ample to permit a good start on the work being made.
  • By an advertisement in another column, it will be observed that the national park at Beausoleil Island that has been set aside by the Dominion Government is now ready to accommodate visitors. The Department of Public Parks has constructed a fine dock there and there is splendid accommodation for campers. A fine sandy beach affords unusual advantages for bathing while good fishing is to be had in Beausoleil bay and among the adjoining islands. The Boys’ Summer Camp is also located upon this island and visits thereto will always be found interesting. Mr. Chas. Lynn of Penetang is in charge of the Park for the Government and every attention will be given to all those who may desire to avail themselves of the conveniences afforded, which are all free.
  • For the past five years efforts have been carried on mainly by Hon. Wm. Finlayson to induce the Ontario Government to take over the main road between Orillia and Midland with the idea of making it a permanent highway and part of the King’s Highway System. During that time it had formed a part of the County system with the result that little permanent work has been done thereon aside from that which Mr. Finlayson was able to induce the government to undertake from time to time. This has resulted in two sections, at last, being paved, viz., at Victoria Harbor and Coldwater. By persistent efforts the Minister has been able to persuade the Government to assume charge of the centre thirty miles and the road will be converted into a modern paved highway serving not only a large territory as a trunk road but connecting up two other main highways which converge at Orillia, one being part of the trans-Canada highway or a link thereof. The road from here to Orillia has followed what was known as the “Iroquois Trail” a picturesque route probably from a romantic standpoint, winding here and there in a dizzy maze of turns, uphill and down dale, but utterly unsuited to the requirements of today when motor cars are hitting twenty-five to fifty miles per hour.
  • The new boat for the Owen Sound Transportation Co. that has been under reconstruction at the yards of the Georgian Bay Shipbuilding Co. for the past couple of months left here for her home port, Owen Sound on Monday afternoon and reached that city after a most successful trip. The vessel was manoeuvred about the bay here for some time in order to thoroughly try out the new engine before striking out for open water. Everything was found to work fine and the trip was made in remarkably good time. Upon arrival at Owen Sound, she was met by a welcome from the whistles of all the craft in the harbour and a large gathering of people lined the docks. The boat, formerly the “John B. Elliott” has been re-named the “Normac” in honour of the skipper, Mr. Norman Mackay, who took the vessel over. Mayor Roebuck and a few members of the Council enjoyed the trial trip and after the vessel had safely landed at Owen Sound, motored back to Midland.
  • The first big picnic of the season will be here on Saturday next when the CNR car and shop men from Toronto, Mimico and Leaside along with their families will spend the afternoon at Little Lake Park. It is expected that about 2,500 will be here arriving at about 11 o’clock in the morning by two special trains. During the afternoon an extended list of games will be indulged in, including, it is expected, a softball game. The visitors will leave for home again at about seven o’clock in the evening.
  • Overseer McGregor released another large trap net in Georgian Bay at Sturgeon Point, opposite Victoria Harbor, last Sunday. It was first located by a troller being used by Mr. Karns, a summer visitor from London while fishing the day before. When seized the net was full of fish, which Overseer McGregor released. This makes the 16th trap net taken out of that part of the bay by Mr. Mcregor, who says these nets are one of the worst infractions of the Game and Fisheries Act.
  • All cars making a left hand turn off any road must signal with the left hand, holding the same in a horizontal position. Cars turning to the right off any road, the driver will signal with a wave of the left hand to traffic at the rear. Slow driving on the highway is prohibited. All drivers must keep up traffic at a speed not more than 35 miles per hour on highways. The department has given instructions to all traffic officers that these amendments to the Highway Traffic Act are to be strictly enforced.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – July 9th to 15th, 1959

Click on photos to enlargeDozens of congratulatory messages flowed into Midland’s new radio station, CKMP, as it went on the air for the first time July 1. Reading some of the telegrams are Stan Tulk, president, left, and Bruce Armstrong, general manager. 

Dominion Day was a big day for the staff of CKMP, Midland’s new radio station. Filing records in the station’s library are Kim Maitland, left, and Arlene Armstrong. 

Gathered around the teletype above are news editor John McCullough (left), program director Grant Forsythe and Madeline Vallee of Penetang, secretary. 

Roy Goran adjusts the controls while Bob Vanstone, former Midlander serving as commercial manager, makes an announcement from the glass-fronted studio. 

Midland’s new Salvation Army leaders, Lieut. William and Mrs. Johnston have arrived at the local Citadel, succeeding Lieut, and Mrs. George Swaddling posted to Halifax. Children are, left to right, Bobby, 8, Leonard 11, Dianne, 5, and Paul, 10. Mrs. Johnston is also a lieutenant in the corps, husband and wife having attended training college together in Toronto. Midland is their first charge. 

First big fish of the bass season at Midland’s Little Lake reported to this office is this 5 lb., 3 oz. beauty. It was caught by Daryl Carson of Oakville using a Paul Bunyan 66 as the lure. Caught during last Wednesday night’s heavy rainstorm, the “big mouth” was 20 inches long. “We were trying out a brand new boat dad made. It got a good christening; with the rain and this fish” said Mr. Carson. 

These two youngsters, Michael Borsa (left) and Frankie Reynolds have been chosen to play on the Simcoe County all-star juvenile soccer team which will play games in New York, Brooklyn, Jersey City and Schenectady this month. With them is Cal Simpson, sponsor of the Hustlers, Midland’s entry in the district boys’ league. Mike and Frank leave July 12 on their big trip. 

One man was killed and three others seriously injured when this truck and a late model car were in collision on Highway 27 last week. The truck, driven by a Guelph man, was flipped over on its side in the ditch. 

Police considered this car a total wreck after it was involved in a collision with a heavy track near French’s Hill on Highway 27 last week. One of the passengers in the car was killed. 

Some 2,000 marchers from 60 different lodges representing more than 30 communities took part in the “Twelfth of July” Orange celebrations in Elmvale Saturday. It was estimated that nearly 10,000 people were in the village to see the celebrations, marking the 269th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The procession in Elmvale was nearly two miles long. Midland Citizen’s Band can be seen in this photo.  

Two women’s lodges, Waverley (this photo) and Georgian Lodge, Midland, presented a colourful spectacle in the Orange parade at Elmvale July 11. It is estimated 10,000 were in the village for the celebration of the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. 

One of three “King Billies” in the Elmvale Twelfth of July parade is seen leading the over one-mile procession.

This photo was not used in the newspaper but is included to give a westward view down Queen Street and shows some of the traffic issues created by a large parade on a summer weekend at the junction of two busy highways. 

After many weary months of waiting, Midland residents are at last driving on the brand new pavement on a number of streets. In this photo, workmen are completing the two-block stretch on Hugel Ave. West, between Sixth and Eight Streets.  

Already finished and open to traffic is Mildred Street. 

This 1954 model car was written off as a total wreck after it had flipped over on County Road 2, July 4. The driver, still dazed, stands between the boy examining the damage amid the group of spectators at right. The driver told police he was forced off the road by an approaching vehicle. 

Just to keep the record straight and to prove to writer Ted Schrader that there is “money” in writing, the Free Press Herald photographed the cheque that is being mailed to him for his first article, which appeared on last week’s editorial page. In his feature Dateline: Port Severn, which appears on today’s editorial page, writer Schrader claims he lost money on the deal, contending that he received $1 for the piece while his out-of-pocket expenses amounted to $1.01. 

Midland will be represented in the Ontario Baseball Association’s pee-wee playdowns this year by the team seen here. Sponsored by the Lions Club, the boys are left to right, front row – Keith Bath, Ken Edgar, Chester Graham, Keith Craig, Wayne Holden, Fred Hacker, Alan Mostyn, Earl Scott; back row – Murray Oliver, Morley Bath, David Brooks, John Quinn, Art McComb, Bob Clayton, John Webb. In charge of the boys are Frank Graham, Frank Webb, Tom Scott, Bill Brooks and Murray McComb.

 This newspaper “Masthead” was included in every edition of the Free Press and County Herald. This one is from the April 22, 1964 paper.

  • County Herald headline of July 10, 1959; Nine-Year-Old Girl Drowns, Sister and Pal See Tragedy. Penetang Bay claimed its first drowning victim of the year Wednesday afternoon when 9-year-old Evelyn Grozelle drowned. Currents are believed to have swept her into deep water while she was swimming. The same current came close to claiming the lives of her two companions, her sister Lucille, 14, and Jeannette Boucher, 15. The dead girl is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Grozelle of Highland Point on the west shore of Penetang Bay. The three girls apparently went swimming at a beautiful little sand spit known locally as Piitz Point. The sandy bottom at this point drops off sharply about 75 feet from shore.

 

  • Midland Free Press headline of July 15, 1959; Boatmen Make New Bid For Water Skiing on Lake. Concerned about possible liability for damages in the event of an accident, Midland Parks Commission Thursday night decided to obtain an opinion on this item from its solicitor, G. S. Dudley, Q.C., before making it makes any decision on water skiing on Little Lake.
  • Appointment of John Evans as a third-class constable on Midland police force was confirmed Monday night by Midland council. Const. Evans was made a third class rather than a probationary officer because of his previous experience in police work. Starting salary will be $3,090.00. In recommending the appointment, Alderman James Mackie, chairman of the police committee, said the force was short-staffed at present owing to the resignation of Const. Ray Atkinson and Chief Cameron.
  • The considerable experience in banking, accounting and municipal affairs of Charles Vent played a large part in his appointment as secretary-treasurer of Midland-Penetang District High School Board, Board Chairman T. M. McCullough pointed out at the regular board meeting Wednesday evening. Mr. Vent, whose appointment is effective Sept. 1 at an annual salary of $3,600, succeeds Roy S. King who is retiring from the position. Mr. McCullough told the board that Mr. Vent normally would be retiring from his present position with Pillsbury Canada Ltd., in a few months and that under the circumstances arrangements could be made for his early retirement from his present position so that he can accept the board’s position.
  • Citizens of Penetang are taking pride in the fact that the guest book signed by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and the table on which it rested were handmade by local people. An employee at Grew Boats Ltd., Reg Hyde used mahogany to build the special table. The table shone like a mirror due to the flawless finish given it by Rolland Desjardins, another Grew employee. Plans call for the table and guest book, the latter made by Sister Paul Rene CSC, to be put on display in the lobby of Penetang’s proposed new municipal building.
  • An 18-year-old Penetang lad faces a charge of car theft in connection with a car reported stolen by his father, according to Chief Jack Arbour.
  • WASAGA BEACH — More than 300 years ago a Jesuit priest, making his way from the land of the Petun Indians was tomahawked and tossed into the Nottawasaga River. Sunday, June 28, on a piece of ground not more than a mile from the spot where Father Noel Chabanel met his martyrdom, a mass was celebrated by Father Myers in a new church, the Church of St. Noel Chabanel.
  • by VERN FARROW Last Wednesday the editor doled out his orders for the coverage of the royal tour in Penetang and Midland. When he suggested I cover the departure from Midland as well as the arrival in Penetang, I didn’t take kindly to the idea, but orders are orders. Today, I wouldn’t have missed the experience for anything. Along with thousands of other people, some of whom had waited for hours, I stood at Penetang dock anxiously looking forward to the scheduled arrival of the royal barge bearing Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. This was not the first time I had seen royalty. While serving in England the present Queen, then Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret, had stood beside my desk. When Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Canada, previously, I saw them in North Bay. But this was different. Saturday I had to look, observe and photograph this reigning Queen and her husband. I was to be the eyes which would give those unable to be there a word and picture story of the event.
  • Obituary – PERCY HOAG – A life-long resident of Midland, Percy Hoag died at St. Andrews Hospital July 1. He was in his 57th year. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. W. L. Morden at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home July 3. Pallbearers were Ernie Hamilton, Jack Gerow, George Thompson, Charles Stewart, Alfred Clute and Fred Norwood. Mr. Hoag, who was born in Midland and attended Regent School, injured his arches in a fall in his late teens and this injury eventually took him off his feet for the rest of his days. He is survived by a brother, Fred, and a sister, Mrs. Lena Sager, both of Midland. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery.
  • COLDWATER—Many Coldwater and area residents will retain happy memories of the trip through the village of a reigning monarch. Numerous incidents are being recalled of the afternoon when the royal train passed through Coldwater’s CNR station at a snail’s pace. An estimated one thousand or more people were gathered in the bright sunshine to greet Queen Elizabeth who waved and smiled radiantly from the observation platform of the royal train. Village stores closed for the occasion, and numerous patriotic decorations were displayed.
  • Editorial – Wise & Otherwise – Tay Township might try using a grader a little more frequently on the back road from Midland to Penetanguishene. (Fuller Avenue) Last week the humps and hollows on this route were well beyond the “washboard” stage.
  • Some 2,000 marchers from 60 different lodges representing more than 30 communities took part in the “Twelfth of July ” Orange celebrations in Elmvale Saturday. Combined with hundreds of motorists trying to get to Wasaga, Tiny, Tay and Muskoka resort areas, they brought about one of the-biggest traffic tie-ups seen in this area for many a year. Village Police Chief Horace Elwell tried in vain to cope with the situation alone for a considerable time. Eventually, he received help from members of the OPP detachment and the parade route was cleared. But, not before a half-hour tie-up on Queen Street, in which neither the marchers nor motorists, headed west on Highway 92 could proceed. It was estimated that nearly 10,000 people were in the village to see the celebrations, marking the 269th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The procession in Elmvale was nearly two miles long.
  • One of the oldest freight runs in the province, that between Midland and Lindsay, has been discontinued by the CNR. A. J. Cohen; who is relieving CNR agent Frank Whiteman while the latter is on holidays, said present plans call for a through freight daily from Midland to Toronto, via Orillia and Barrie. The big grain trains, which used to run over the same Midland-Lindsay run, may be re-routed via Toronto, too.
  • A fire of unknown origin Monday evening completely destroyed the farm home of Robert Mosley, Sr., at Lot 85, Con. 1, Tay, just east of Highway 27 and about two miles south of Wyebridge. Mr. Mosley had just finished having his supper at the home of his son, Robert, Jr., about a mile away, and was watching television. Mrs. Mosley, Jr., happened to look out and saw smoke rising in the direction of her father-in-law’s home. At first, they thought the pine plantation which surrounds the farm might be on fire. But arriving at the scene the Mosley’s soon found it was the farm home itself that was ablaze.
  • An inter-denominational community chapel at Severn Falls will be dedicated at a service, August 9 at 3 p.m., conducted by Rev. Oswald J. Smith of Toronto. The chapel, which was finished recently and completely paid for, has been built by the local residents and donations have been received from interested friends. Land for the chapel, which is near the station and overlooks the river, was donated by the late Walter Dean. (Still in use)
  • by CHARLIE NOQUET – Ace of Midland Indians’ mound staff, Gord Dyment is giving the lie to the popular belief that pitchers can’t hit. Latest tabulation of the Tribe’s batting averages shows the tall right-hander with the sparkling eight won and one lost pitching record leading the team in hitting no less. At bat thirty times Gord has collected 13 hits for a gaudy .433 average. There’s only one percentage point separating Dyment from his nearest teammate, versatile Murray Yorke who can play every position on the team with, ability plus. “Rudy” as he is known to his club mates, has pounded out 16 safeties in thirty-seven plate appearances for a mighty .432 average.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – Midland and Penetang veterans planned to send a contingent to the Canadian Corps reunion in Toronto the first three days of August. * * * A severe electrical storm, accompanied by heavy rains, high winds and hail, left a trail of wake and caused disruption to hydro and telephone service throughout the North Simcoe district. * * * A bill passed in the House of Commons empowered the government to seize all sweepstakes and raffle winnings of Canadians effective Sept 1. 1934. Included under the terms of bill were motor cars won in raffles sponsored by local organizations. Enforcement of the statue was vested with the Attorney-General of the province. * * *  The Ontario Department of Agriculture reported that the total value of farm property, implements and livestock on Simcoe County farms in 1933 amounted to $69,580,557. * * * A young Englishman who was among the many put out of work by the depression in 1932, capitalized on an eclipse of the sun that year by investing his last 15 cents on sets of coloured glasses. He sold them at a small profit to spectators, bought more glasses, and by this system of selling and re-investing built up a brisk business. When the eclipse was over, he began selling a special rubber device for opening fruit jars. Eventually, he built this business into a comfortable living for himself by travelling through the length and breadth of the province. * * * Little Lake Park set a new record for campers on the weekend of July 14 and 15. The park board reported there were 298 tents — 100 more than for the same period the previous year. * * * Fifty lodges took part in the Orange Walk at Penetang, July 12th. The procession took 40 minutes to pass a given point.
  • The heatwave last week gave the Department, of Lands and Forests an opportunity to test its new, traffic regulations at Wasaga. The beachfront recently has been declared a provincial park and the Department has made some renovations. Loose sand has been moved out into the water, leaving an inner road for two-way traffic, a centre lane for parking, and an outside lane, nearest the water, where the sun and water bathers have the beach to themselves without fear of traffic. 

What was happening in North Simcoe 88 years ago this week?

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