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

Click on Photos to EnlargeSurrounded by 110 friends from Orillia, Midland and district, Reeve W. H. & Mrs. Keller celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary at a special dinner at the Parkside Pavilion Wednesday night. They are shown here as they cut the cake. County councillors, county officials, long-time Midland friends, and associates paid tribute to the Reeve and his wife. 

The 1959 officers of Legion Branch 80, Midland, left to right are, front row — Clare Payne, social; James Mackie, executive member; Borden Parker, 1st vice-president; Tom Boast, president; George Magloughlin, 2nd vice-president; Ken Beatty, executive; back row—C. Scott, IPP; Murray McComb; R. Campbell, membership chairman; Fred Lemieux, executive; Don Toole, secretary; Alf Scott, service bureau; Don Galivan, sports; Norm Brock, executive. Not present when the picture was taken were Andy Sedore, executive; Fred Bath, building chairman; Howard Henderson, treasurer; Ron Toole, executive; and Len Wiles, Sgt-at-arms. 

Original directors of the North Simcoe Soils and Crop Improvement Association, and the presidents who have served during the 20-year life of the organization, were honored at a dinner held in Barrie Tuesday. Left to right are, seated — R. N. Hickling, Barrie; Ernest Crawford, Oro Station; Eric Simpson, the first president, Barrie; Carman Robinson, Moonstone; Arthur Gardiner, Wyebridge; standing — Hunter Russell, Midhurst, president in 1958-59; Joseph Dyer, Elmvale, past president; Arthur Walt, Midhurst; James Darby, Waverley; Herb Barker, New Lowell; Roland Maurice, RR 3, Penetang. 

Ex-wardens Walter Middleton, Roy Hickling, Fisher Ganton, George Sheppard, Arthur Evans, D. K. Harvey back row, and Smith Campbell, Thomas Simpson, and Charles Eplett front, see the new warden elected. 

New CPR agent at Port McNicoll, Lorne Saundercook, seated, is seen with the other members of his staff. Left to right are Greg Carroll, grain clerk; Russell Coughlin, accountant; Edgar Heels, general clerk; Charles Walton, chief clerk. 

Hazards of winter driving are plainly (and painfully) evident in this picture. Parked behind Boyd’s Garage in Midland (SW corner of Yonge and King), all the vehicles were victims of hazardous road conditions last week.  Repair bills will run into many hundreds of dollars. Similar scenes can be found in and around many other garages throughout North Simcoe as a result of one of the severest winters in many years. 

Two Vasey girls, Lorna Brown, left, and Pauline Robinson admire one of the many blouses on display as North Simcoe 4-H Homemaking Clubs held their achievement day at Elmvale Saturday. The theme of this term’s project was “What Shall I Wear” a familiar question for the ladies, young or old. 

Judging other people’s work as well as their own is part of the experience given members of North Simcoe 4-H Homemaking Clubs. Busy judging at the achievement day in Elmvale Saturday were, left to right, June Langman, Allenwood, Pat Luck, Edenvale, Margaret Healey, Vasey and Brenda Moreside, Wyevale. 

Faithful attendance at club meetings and many hours of work at home paid off for these young members of North Simcoe 4-H Homemaking Clubs. Margaret Goodfellow of Edenvale club, extreme left, is a provincial honor winner, having completed an even dozen 4-H homemaking club units. Other girls won county honors, having completed six projects. County winners, left to right, are, Marion Stott, Wyevale; Joan Graham, Saurin; Eileen Lockhart, Vasey; Jean Troughton, Mount St. Louis; Elaine Alderson, Eady; Pat Playford, Hillsdale, Picture was taken during achievement day at Elmvale Saturday.

Dr. A. D. MacKenzie points out to Penetang Hospital Board Chairman Jerome Gignac that the accreditation certificate for Penetang General Hospital is actually dated May 7, 1958. Penetang is the first hospital in the district to receive accreditation. Looking on at left are Dr. Henri Marchildon and Dr. D. J. Patchell; at right, Dr. W. E. Binkley and Dr. R. Lauzon. 

The photo below is from the April 20th, 1955 Free Press, front page. It was not used in the blog from that date but there is something compelling about it. A young man’s dreams.

  • County Herald headline of January 16, 1959; Area High School Board Bans Smoking on Buses. Midland-Penetang District High School Board, at its inaugural meeting Wednesday night, made it plain they would not tolerate any hi-jinks, horseplay or smoking on buses transporting pupils to and from the high school. The matter was brought to the board when it was told that two pupils had been put off the Hillsdale route bus Tuesday afternoon at their destination and told by the bus driver not to come back the following day.
  • Free Press Herald headline of January 21, 1959; Queen Here in July. July 4, long identified with the birth of American independence, will have a different significance for residents of this area this year. That’s the day that has been set aside for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to visit the North Simcoe and Muskoka area. And residents of Port McNicoll will get the first opportunity of any community in this district to welcome the royal visitors. They are slated to arrive there on board the royal yacht Britannia prior to going on a motor tour of the area. They will return to Port McNicoll later in the day to resume their journey by boat to Chicago. Details of the visit were announced yesterday by Prime Minister Diefenbaker. Still to be worked out, however, are the exact places the Queen and her consort will visit in this district. Neville Keefe, general manager of Georgian Bay Development Association, will go to Ottawa tomorrow to attend a meeting of the royal tour committee. (The final route was changed to; arrive Penetang harbour, open car to Midland and Little Lake Park reception, departing by passenger train from Midland CNR station.)
  • A group, representing Penetang Chamber of Commerce asked Penetang council Monday night to prepare a bylaw to provide for a vote on the question of dining lounge licences and lounge licences in the town. A committee consisting of Deputy – Reeve Bernard St. Amant, and Councillors Ray McDonald and Hubert Patenaude was appointed to get the necessary information and report back to council.
  • A total of 55 girls and 44 boys were given physical fitness tests last week at a clinic held in Midland YMCA. Known throughout the United States and Europe as the Kraus-Webber method, the tests specify that there be no warm-up prior to their being taken. There were six tests in all. Tests are designed to show the strength of abdominal and hip muscles, both singly and jointly, hip and lower abdominal muscles, the strength of both upper and lower back, and the flexibility of back and leg muscles.
  • Midland News (Gossip) Mr. and Mrs. Norman Schell were in Owen Sound for a recent visit with the latter’s mother, Mrs. George Shouldice, and the former’s mother, Mrs. Norman Schell, Sr., in Stayner. Mrs. Dougald Brown has returned from Guelph where she spent the holidays with her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. T. Clendenning. Mrs. Art Payette of Sudbury is a guest of her sisters, Mrs. Thomas White and Mrs. Blake Lawrence. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rutherford and Mrs. Thomas Laidlaw were visitors in Etobicoke Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Donnell. Mrs. Charles Vent returned from Toronto after visiting Mr. and Mrs. Howard Faulkner. Mrs. H. J. Thompson had as a guest last week her sister, Mrs. Bob Davies of Mount Forest. Mrs. George Harpell of Owen Sound is visiting her son and daughter-in-law, Captain and Mrs. Frank Harpell. Miss Gertrude Bristow of Bright is visiting in town, a guest of Miss Ethel Wagg. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Garrett, Mrs. Florence Nimens, Ronald and Pauline Nimens, all of Sarnia, are visiting relatives in town. R. H. Scarlett, Toronto, has gone to Garden Grove, Calif., to spend the winter with Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Scarlett and family.
  • Births – FUNSTON—To Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Funston, 273 Fifth St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital Monday, January 12, 1959, a son. HENDERSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Henderson, 284 Midland Ave., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, January 9, 1959, a son. MOREAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Moreau, Penetang Road, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, January 13, 1959, a son.
  • LAFONTAINE — While talking on the telephone to Mrs. Louis Moreau, her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Brunelle here collapsed. Alarmed by the sudden end to the conversation and an odd noise coming over the phone, Mrs. Moreau telephoned her brother, Martial Brunelle, and told him what had happened. He rushed to his mother’s home and found her lying on the floor. Mrs. Brunelle was rushed to Penetanguishene General Hospital where she is being treated for pleural pneumonia.
  • We are not sure what evils they portend, but there are three “Friday the thirteenths” in 1959, one in February, one in March and one in November. The sole “unlucky day” in 1958 was Friday, June 13.
  • It seems Cubans now have two valuable diamonds in the capital city of Havana — one in liberator Fidel Castro and the other a 24-carat stone in the floor of the capitol building, used as a starting point in measuring all distances in Cuba.
  • Penetang Winterama Committee got into high gear at a meeting in Memorial Community Centre Hall Friday night, when most of the program was drafted and additional committees were named. Murray Dubeau, Ernie Marchand, and Ossie St. Amant were appointed as a committee under vice chairman Bill Stevens to take charge of the Saturday night program in the community center.
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – Twelve cases of diphtheria had been reported in Penetang in six weeks. Simcoe County Health Unit officials stated, however, that the outbreak by no means had assumed epidemic proportions. * * * Mrs. P. Beckstead of Severn Falls was elected to Matchedash council. It was believed she was the first woman in Simcoe County to hold a municipal office other than school trustee. * * * Charles M. Vent, a former mayor of Midland, was elected chairman of Midland District High School Board. He succeeded Dr. J. Ross Parrott. * * * High winds that swept through North Simcoe caused heavy property damage throughout the area. Most serious damage was caused at Vasey United Church where part of the west gable end was blown in and half of the roof on the north side was blown off. Lawrence Parker’s barn on Old Fort road and T. Brandon’s barn south of Midland also suffered severe damage. * * * Penetanguishene General Hospital reported a surplus of $1,812 on its operations in 1948. As well, the annual meeting of the hospital board was told that several thousand dollars worth of new equipment had been installed during the year. * * * Budgeting for an increase to expenditures of more than one hundred thousand dollars, Simcoe County council struck a county rate nearly two mills more than the 1948 level. C. T. S. Evans, reeve of Bradford was elected warden of Simcoe County for 1949. 

A look back to the January 25th, 1923 edition of The Midland Argus under the heading of “Local News”, 96 years ago.

   A contract has been already let for the new elevator to be placed in St. Andrews Hospital, to a Galt firm, and it is expected it will be installed within the next couple of months. * * * The changeable weather of the past few days has been responsible for an unusual amount of illness, and severe colds, bronchitis, and other ailments are quite prevalent. * *  *  The ice breaker owned by Burke Bros. was moving about in the harbor on Monday morning smashing up the ice and placing some of the grain boats at the elevator. * * * A large number of hardwood logs have been brought to town during the past few days. The recent fall of snow has provided excellent sleighing throughout this district and heavy loads are being transported with comparative ease. * * * The first game of curling between Penetang and Midland teams for the Grant cup will take place tonight, four rinks playing here and four at Penetang. The games were called for last week but a mild spell spoiled the ice. * * * The cement block on King Street where the fire took place last week has been purchased by N. K. Wagg and others. Just what will become of it is not yet known, but it is quite unlikely any move towards re-construction will be made until spring. * * * The mill firm for so many years carried on under the name of Chew Bros. has been changed and a new company organized to be known as Letherby & Chew with a capital of $700,000. They will carry on a general sawmilling business as heretofore. (The mill was located in the area of the current Pettersen Park.) * * * Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Preston left last week for California and Mr. and Mrs. James Playfair and Mrs. Featherstonehaugh for South America. Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Pratt and daughter Edna will leave in a week or two for Havana and other parts of Cuba. * * * Three students from Knox College, who are going out to the foreign mission fields will conduct the services at Knox church on Sunday next both morning and evening. It should be interesting to hear the message these young men will have to give. * * * The remains of Miss J. M. McMullen who died at Victoria BC  on Sunday, January 14th arrived here on Monday and were taken to the home of her brother, Mr. J. G. McMullen, First Street from which place the funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon to the Church of England cemetery at Wyebridge. * * * The C.P.R. Company is contemplating the erection of a permanent bridge to take the place of the trestle work across the head of the bay leading to Port McNicoll. The engineers have been busy taking sounding for some time. Last year part of the present temporary structure settled and extensive repairs had to be made. * * * The latter half of January is now disappearing day by day and the days are lengthening perceptibly. On a bright afternoon, the lights are no longer necessary until about five o’clock. People who dread the winter have little to fear now. Lent is less than a month away, Ash Wednesday falling on the 14th of February. * * *  Manager Bugg of the Model Theatre has just entered into a contract with the famous Fox Film Co., for a series of very high-class productions that will be featured during the next few weeks. The list commenced this week on Monday with the presentation of that fine picture – “Over the Hill.” The contract runs into several thousand dollars and is the first secured from the Fox Company. * * * A new line of rowboats is being built at the Gidley Boat House, operated by the Honey Harbor Navigation Co. They are of the smooth planking designs and are said to be much superior, both in strength and durability to the lapped plank style. A large number are being built in anticipation of a demand for rowboats from among island cottagers next summer. They are also constructing a number of small and large lifeboats.  

This is a description of the fire mentioned in the article above. Hoping our history sleuths may be able to identify the location.  Shortly after one o’clock on Monday, a fire broke out in the cement block directly south of the Argus office and entirely gutted the building, consuming the stocks of three firms occupying the premises. Garber & Son, boots and shoes, J. Simpkin, clothing and gent’s furnishings and B. Freiligh, gent’s furnishings and boots and shoes. The building was owned by Staiman & Cohen. The fire apparently started in the back section of one of the stores and before it was noticed had gained considerable headway. The building was of such a nature as to allow of the swift spread of the flames, which swept away the light partitions and took a firm hold upon the consents in a very few minutes, A false roof saved the flames from breaking out for a time but it served to hold the fire with the result that the smoke became so dense as it rolled out of the building as to stifle the firemen and those who sought to check the progress of the fire. Several lines of hose were at work, one line giving attention to the Argus building which stood in great danger for a time when the smoke became so thick that the firemen were driven off. They got back to the task, however, in time to save the building. There was $6500 insurance upon the building destroyed, B. Freiligh had $14,000 on stock and J. Simpkin $5000, while Garber & Son had no insurance.

Huronia Museum Film Series 7:30 show of Beautiful Boy is on!!!

Despite some unfortunate, and incredibly loud, technical difficulties that forced us to cancel our 4:30 screening of BEAUTIFUL BOY, our 7:30 screening is on track to go.
Thanks to all of my amazing volunteers who stuck it out through that terrible alarm noise and helped get everyone sorted out.
Thanks to Kelsey and the rest of the Galaxy staff for being so prompt to look after our safety and getting everything squared away so we could still have our 7:30 show.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – January 8th to 15th, 1959


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“Holding the fort” in front of Mrs. D. Evans’ home at 290 Queen Street, Midland, are George Hutchinson, left, and Bill Black. The two lads, along with Don Evans and Sid Hutchinson, built the eight-foot-high snow fort during the Christmas holidays. (Tanner apartments in the background.)

Cutting their golden wedding anniversary cake are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ovell of 242 William Street, Midland. In 1886 Mr. Ovell emigrated to Canada on his own at 9 years of age. In 1907 he moved to Midland and worked constructing the Tiffin elevator, then the CPR elevator in Port McNicoll, before settling down to a permanent job at the Aberdeen. His wife is the former Emily Jane Jennett from Medonte. 

These men clearing snow from the deck of a freighter in front of the Town House elevator in Midland on Monday morning needed no urging to keep the shovels moving. The 10-degree below zero temperature and a brisk north wind whipping in across the bay kept everybody on the move. 

Cold, who’s cold says Midland florist Mac Perrin as he basks in 67-degree temperature behind a cheery bank of white and yellow mums. Mac joined the other grumblers when he had to go a few doors up the street for his new 1959 licence plates. There was a 77-degree difference in temperature between inside and outside the greenhouse even at 9 a.m. Monday, one of the coldest days this winter. 

Big smiles light up the faces of Midland’s 1959 council as they posed for the cameraman following inaugural ceremonies Monday. Left to right are, seated, William Hack, clerk-treasurer, and Mayor Charles Stevenson; standing, Aldermen James Mackie and William Orr, Reeve W. H. Keller, Alderman Clint Smith, Deputy-reeve Herb J. Beauchamp, and Alderman Douglas Haig.

The Imperial Oil trophy was the goal of 20 rinks which took part in a one-day spiel at the Midland Curling Club Saturday. Lloyd Wilcox’s Midland rink proved the eventual winners in a photo finish over Wilf Parker’s Toronto High Park rink. Winning rink, seen in the top photo, was left to right, Graydon Rodgers, Lloyd Wilcox, Lawrence Wilcox, and “Woody” McConnell. Behind them are Joe Sibbald, Jack Russell, Bill Adams, and Wilf Parker. In the lower photo, Murray Yorke, Jack Duggan, Armand Robillard (skip) and Les Barber also came close and did win first prize in the 9 o’clock draw.  (My dad, Les Barber, would be forty years old in August of 1959. His rink was the last to win the IOL trophy and it sat in our basement for years before I donated it to the Huronia Museum. It has since been loaned by the museum to theMidland Curing Club for public display.)

When it comes to “taps,” these girls are tops, as witnessed by their certificates from the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association. The girls received their primary certificates following recent examinations in Toronto. Seen with their instructor, Mrs. Bob Stanway, they are left to right, Laurie Lee Stanway, Jane Ladouceur, Joyce Walker, Mrs. Stanway, Paulette Dewell and Joanne Adams. Nancy Beteau, now living in Detroit, also received her certificate. (Friend Nancy Beteau moved back from Detroit and had a very successful 35-year career with the CIBC in downtown Toronto. Semi-retired she moved back to Midland and worked at our CIBC branch. Nancy died May 8th, 2018 at GBGH.) 

Avid readers of the Free Press Herald, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hanes marked their 58th wedding anniversary at their home, 14 Quebec Street, Midland, Friday. Both were born in and have lived all their lives within the boundaries of Tay Township. 

She was built in 1889 at Bay City as the single screw wooden bulk freighter John Mitchell (US 76792) by F. W. Wheeler for Gratwick and others of Buffalo. Her length was 283 feet, width 41 feet, depth 24 feet and gross tons 1,864. In 1902 she was sold to Capt. John Mitchell  (Mitchell and Company organized in 1891) and was later renamed, Major. She rode through the Great storm of November 1913, while crossing Lake Superior and on Nov. 13 was found thirty miles northwest of Whitefish Point in a sinking condition. The Tomlinson freighter George G. Barnum (ex Socapa and presently the Cliffs’ Hennepin) removed the crew and towed the Major to Sault Ste. Marie. She was abandoned to the underwriters, who sold her to the Great Lakes Transportation Co. of Midland (the Playfair Fleet) by whom she was repaired and put back into service. For the ensuing seven years, she carried crushed quartzite in bulk from the quarry three miles west of Killarney to the Electro Metals plant at Welland. In 1920 the Georgian Bay Wrecking Co. of Midland bought the Major and converted her into a floating dry-dock by cutting her in two.  A watertight gate with sluice valves to admit water was built. The water was removed by pumps after a vessel had entered. After a few years in this service, a fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the floating wooden dry-dock. 

  • County Herald headline of January 9, 1959; 12 – 20 Percent Boost in Yule Trade Reported. Most Midland retailers managed to hold their own in retail sales in 1958 despite expectations of a slight drop, a survey revealed this week. Some found sales higher than last year. Lorne Craig, manager of Walker Stores said Christmas sales were “a little better than 20 percent higher” than in 1957. He felt the increase was due to a better stock and more variety. “It was a bang-up December,” said Mr. Graig, “I’ve never seen it so busy.” “The January sales are good as well,” he added. Mrs. E. Deakos of the Eleithia Shoppe also said that sales were up from last year.
  • Free Press Herald headline of January 14, 1959; Ask County to Halt Plans to Dispose of Buildings. Don’t dispose of the present Simcoe County buildings at Barrie until we are sure whether it may not be best to split the county in two. And, in any event, don’t just move the county seat five miles out of Barrie. This is the advice of a resolution passed unanimously Monday by Tay Township council at its inaugural meeting at Victoria Harbour. Councillors pointed out that the county might well sustain a substantial loss if the present county buildings were put on the block simply because Barrie was leaving the county.
  • “I have no official word yet of the deadline for obtaining 1959 licences,” said Alex MacIntosh, Midland’s issuer of automobile licences, Wednesday. “The only date I know is what appeared in the papers and that was March 18,” added Mr. MacIntosh, who noted that the sale of licences “had not been very brisk yet but it picks up a bit on the weekends”. Ontario plates this year are white letters and figures on a blue background. Licence numbers for Midland this year start with H-84401 stated Mr. MacIntosh.
  • Speaking of activities at the new Penetang Community Centre, Manager Don Shave said it is a busy place seven days a week. Figure skating classes have become so large that three two-hour periods are needed each week. Classes are being held Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons from 4.30 to 6.30, he said. Ice Skating has been drawing good crowds, according to Mr. Shave, who said he is pleased with the attendance. Curlers now have interclub competitions underway. Ladies are getting into the game, and a mixed spiel was held this week. Several rinks are expected from Orillia next Wednesday, to test the strength of Penetang curlers.
  • Unemployment in this area as of Dec. 31 was about 10 percent higher than the same period in 1957, Harold Humphries, manager of the National Employment Service office, Midland, told this newspaper yesterday. He said the level of unemployment in this district was about the same as the national average. Mr. Humphries said that on Dec. 31, 1958, his office had 1,442 males and 229 females registered for work. On Dec. 20, 1957, there were 1,191 males and 160 females registered. Drawing unemployment insurance benefits at the present time are 1,379 men and 217 women. He said the Midland office serves Penetang, Midland, Tiny, Tay, Baxter and Gibson Township. Of the total jobless, 350 were sailors or involved in the shipping trade, approximately 444 were construction workers and 125 were freight handlers at Port McNicoll.
  • Arnold Van Pypen REALTOR Port McNicoll— 212 Midland Ave. — LA. 6-6154 – FOR SALE  – 317 Hugel Ave., Midland, — $15,000.00 or best offer—Solid brick 2 storey home, 16 rooms. Size lot 115 X 100 ft. Clean throughout. New Gas furnace, 3 bathrooms, excellent for 5 apartments.    This link,    the dollar house is from the Midland Heritage Inventory & Register, the best site for information on Midland’s historic buildings.   file:///C:/Users/tom62/Desktop/Heritage%20Inventory%20and%20Register.pdf   
  • Port McNicoll News – W. J. Elliott, of HMCS Algonquin, Halifax, is spending 10 days leave at his home. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Parliament, Woodstock, and Bill Parliament, North Bay, spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Parliament. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Parliament, North Bay, spent Saturday and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Roy Elliott. Helen Elliott returned home with them after spending a week in North Bay. Helen Hrizo, Toronto, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Hrizo during the holiday. Weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lever were Mr. and Mr. L. G. Crooke and Karen, and Mr. and Mrs. M. Crooke and family, Toronto. John Valcheff, Toronto, visited his mother, Mrs. Helen Valcheff, recently. Holiday guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. Van-Pypen were Mr. and Mrs. A. Brewer and Mr. and Mrs. B. Currel, Toronto, and Mr. and Mrs. B. Zuidema, Midland. Mr. and Mrs. Jock McCormick and Jane, Owen Sound, spent the New Year’s holiday with Mr. and Mrs. B. Adam. Sandra Watson and Gary Newton, Toronto, spent the weekend with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Newton. Mrs. Woloski is visiting her two daughters in Toronto, Mrs. T. Terry, and Mrs. E. Lemieux. Mr. and Mrs. C. Tompkinson and Linda visited in Hamilton during the holiday season. David Saundercook, Toronto, spent the weekend at his home. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Todd and Mrs. Gertrude Brown, Victoria Harbour, were Christmas guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Todd and family. The Lewis Todd family spent New Year’s Day in Victoria Harbour with Mr. and Mrs. Leon Todd. Terry Karen and Michael Dault have returned to Owen Sound after spending two weeks with their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John Reedy. Mr. and Mrs. A. Worth spent five days last week with Mr. and Mrs. Art Ryan and family in Montreal. David Lumsden left last Friday to spend the weekend in New York City. He was one of a group of more than 200 Toronto newspaper carrier boys who earned the trip by obtaining necessary points through, new customers. Mr. and Mrs. Neil McArthur and family visited in Port Credit during the Christmas weekend. Margo remained in Port Credit to visit friends, returning to her home last Sunday. Bernice Frederick, Toronto, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Frederick. Guests of Mr. and Mrs. L. Todd Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. Albert Atkinson, Midland. Lawrence Todd spent the weekend in Sudbury.
  • YMCA News Review by George Le Mesurier – Well, at last, all is back to normal at the ‘Y’ as our younger members have returned to school. Here are the winners of the last two weeks of special Christmas activity—door prize winners were Ruth McQuirter, Wayne Holden and J. Delaney, table tennis winners were F. Hacker, R. Jeannette, R. Lemieux, J. Delaney, E. Stainton, A. Delaney, and K. Griesbach. Floor Hockey winners were J. Roger, S. Heels, K. Griesback, A. Delaney, L. Duggan, E. Rutherford, S. Beatty, E. Stainter, P. Henderson, C. Hamer, F. Hacker, and W. Holden. Winners in the special checker game contest were W. Holden, B. Merkley, R. Lemieux, T. Lethbridge, E. Rutherford, and Darlene Rogers. The winning team in floor soccer was composed of T. Fisher, B. Shaken, G. Huvers, P. Henderson, A. Carnell, and P. Ellery and the winning team in the special basketball series consisted of B. Cripps, J. Marsell, B. Asselin, J. Jones, and W. Brock. NEW CLUBS OPERATING This week three new clubs — the chess club for senior boys and adults (meets Monday evenings at 8:00) the Indian adventure club (for boys 9-11, meets Tuesdays at 7), and the Midland adventure club (for boys 12-16, meets Thursdays at 7) — commenced their activities. Other groups in operation are the boy’s stamp club (Wednesday at 7) the radio hobby club (Tuesday at 7) and the model airplane club (Tuesday at 7:00).
  • No action having been taken in several months by the would-be purchaser, Midland council Monday decreed to be “null and void” the agreement for the sale of the old band hall at Dominion and Midland Avenues. Council will also endeavor to collect several months’ rent allegedly owing on the building. The building is to be advertised for sale again.
  • It is said that a policeman’s lot is not a happy one. Neither, it would seem, is a volunteer fireman’s as witnessed by the predicament Orillia firemen were in the other night while battling a lumber yard fire. The fire was almost under control when a freight train, in spite of frantic signals from members of the brigade, severed their hose line.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – 1934 – Alternate mild weather and cold snaps were playing havoc with the mechanism of the clock in the tower of  the Midland post office. Condensation in the sleeve between the hour and minute hand, caused during mild spells, was freezing when the mercury dropped, locking the two in icy manacles. * * * Gasoline retailers in Toronto were engaged in a full-scale price war. The price per gallon had been cut five cents and leading companies were offering it at 16 1/2 cents a gallon, tax extra. Service stations in Oshawa were retailing the motor fuel at 22 1/2 to 25 1/2 cents a gallon, tax included. * * * Owing to an improvement in shipments of grain by rail from Midland, the Canadian National Railways brought back a yard engine to assist in making up the trains. In July of the previous year, the yard engine had been removed because of the decline of grain shipments at that time. * * * The National Association of Marine Engineers of Canada Inc. had asked the federal government to set up regulations which would force vessels of foreign registry to pay canal tolls. The association pointed out that unfair competition was permitted in the free use of canals. The engineers were concerned, too, that the jobs of Canadian mariners were jeopardized by the fact that ships of foreign registry were permitted to engage in the Canadian coastal trade. It was feared that this situation would be heightened once the proposed St. Lawrence Seaway was completed, * * * J. P. Bickell, Ontario registrar of motor vehicles, said 12,217 persons in Ontario had lost their permits to drive a car, after the Provincial government implemented legislation calling for proof of financial responsibility in case of accidents. The new legislation came into effect Sept. 1, 1930. * * * Wheat prices took a decided drop. Dealers were offering 75 cents a bushel.
  • If 1958 rail shipments of Christmas trees are any criterion, North Simcoe growers may have to find new ways of marketing the product. CNR agent Harold Gibson said less than half the usual quantity of trees had left Penetang yards this year, as compared with other years. “We usually run from 50 to 60 cars, but only 25 carloads of trees were billed out this year,” he said. Mr. Gibson said the information he had gleaned indicated tree crops maturing in several states were cutting into the Canadian business. All of the rail shipments generally are destined for United States points. In addition, directives had been received from New York State that trees could not be shipped in there for sale without a certificate of inspection ensuring them to be free of disease, he said.