Looking Back…

Looking back 60 years in North Simcoe takes a look at archived photographs and newspapers from the local area to give a glimpse of what life was like 60 years ago.

Please use the drop down menu above, or the links below to get to the year of your choice. Currently we have 1955, 1956, and 1957 these pages are updated as new posted are added. Posts will continue to be added to the main page of our site, but will be copied to this page to keep them all together.

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9 thoughts on “Looking Back…

  1. Wonderful look at the regions past.. pls don’t stop ..looking forward to the sixties..
    Great effort ..Thanks D.A. Robitaille

  2. I am a Dunn-Lovering individual and I would like to know which Dunn family gave the Dunn Line it’s name, Hl Lovering was my great grandfather. Where was the passenger railroad station in Coldwater TKS

    • Thank you so much for your comment Margot. Tracking down your family line is a fairly big research project. We do have some marriage and tombstone records here you could look through, either by paying the admission fee or becoming a member. Another option is you can hire our staff to do the research (the fee is $20/hour). The railway question is simpler and I suspect Tom knows the answer. Tom?

    • Hi Margot, I have asked the local historian in Coldwater about Dunn’s Line, she is aware of the local Dunn families but will ask around about the naming of the concession road.Checking Ancestory I was unable to trace the Dunn/Lovering connection. There is a family tree that makes the connection but it is private and cannot be viewed without permission. You might want to follow that lead. I see H. L.’s son William L. had three daughters, two of which are easily traced but Nettie Bury Lovering is the one who married G. L. Dunn and that is all I could find.
      Coldwater had four railway stations over the years, only one still exists and is currently up for sale. The last one to function was the CPR “Medonte” station on the Toronto to Sudbury line. It was located just off Anderson Line but is no more. “The Canadian” passenger train used this station until VIA took over and moved the route to the CNR. It also hosted a daily passenger service to Sudbury, other transcontinental trains, the weekly summer boat trains to Port McNicoll and cottage service to Bala in the summer. The CPR also had a station in Coldwater on the line that ran from Lindsay to Port McNicoll and passenger trains ran on this line up until the 30’s. It was where the new fire hall is located. The CNR station on the north end of town, now up for sale, also hosted daily passenger service to Midland and Orillia into the 50’s. It is said that your great grandfather’s business partner William Sheppard used this train to commute from Coldwater to his office in Waubaushene for thirty years. The fourth station was also a CPR station located at the junction of the CNR/GTR Midland line, the CPR Port McNicoll line and the CPR main line to Sudbury. These three lines crossed each other just south of Coldwater and the station was called Coldwater Junction. I believe this station was moved into Coldwater and was the one near the current fire hall. Someone with more knowledge of the subject would have to confirm that.

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