Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – Aug 24th to 31st, 1958

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Citizens from many walks of life were at Knox Presbyterian Church Tuesday to pay their last respects to George Ross, veteran Midland businessman and sportsman who died unexpectedly at the golf club Saturday. The funeral was under Masonic auspices. 

Born at Hardwood on Rice Lake, Ontario, the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ross, he moved to Midland with his family at an early age. He received his elementary and secondary school education at Midland. Following his graduation from high school, Mr. Ross apprenticed to Midland druggist J. S. Fraleigh in 1909; completed his apprenticeship with W. J. Kent in Peterborough, and enrolled at the Ontario College of Pharmacy, graduating with honors in the 1913-14 class, receiving his degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1914. That same year he served with Wm. B. Riker and during his years in business, he saw the transition of the drug store to a department store type of business. He also saw the changes in public buying habits from the days when customers bought a supply of herbs and mixed their own medicines, to the modem day demand for nationally advertised remedies. He served on Midland council two years, was one of the founders of Midland Chamber of Commerce and served as its president for 20 years, was president of the Arena Gardens Company which up until a few years ago operated the town’s hockey rink, was instrumental in having large American passenger liners make Midland a port of call, was a director of Midland Boat Works and Honey Harbour Navigation Company. A member of Knox Presbyterian Church he was chairman of the church’s board of managers and was a charter member of the Midland Kiwanis Club and Midland Curling Club. He was also a past president of Midland Shrine Club and served many years as Potentate’s Aide, Rameses Shrine Temple, Toronto. In his early years, Mr. Ross played on the defence for the Midland Junior OHA team, was a forward on the senior basketball team and pitcher on the high school baseball team. He also played hockey and football with the Ontario College of Pharmacy team and hockey while he worked In Peterborough. In later years his favourite sports were golf, fishing, and hunting. Besides his wife the former Ida Baker of Port Elgin, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. R. R. Wilson and a niece, Margaret Wilson both of Midland, a brother, Andrew of Chicago predeceased him 12 years ago. Funeral service, under Masonic auspices, was held in Knox Presbyterian Church, Midland, at 2 p.m., Tuesday. Dr. John McNab moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and a former minister at Knox conducted the service. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Midland. 

N. Larose (Wilf), manager of Roxy Theatre and the Midland Drive-in, right, presents a copy of “Moses and Egypt” to Don Swinson, vice-chairman of Midland Library Board. The book was published by University of Southern California Press, and is the story of the research done in preparing the movie, “The Ten Commandments”. 

A cheque for $250 from Branch 80, Canadian Legion, Midland, brings a smile of appreciation from Gordon Moss, chairman of St. Andrews Hospital Board. Presented by Legion President Charles Scott, right, the cheque is the third given by Branch 80. They total $1,000.

A souvenir to take back to Toronto with him prompts a happy grin from John Mulvihill. He caught the five-pound, 12-ounce largemouth black bass while surface fishing at Little Lake Saturday night. 

Everybody helps at harvest time, on Tay Township farms as elsewhere. Above, Mrs. John Isaac drives the tractor while her husband (on the wagon) and her father-in-law, Elmer Isaac, gather up-the last sheaves of oats and barley, in this field on their Con. 3, Tay, farm. Meanwhile, Rover goes in search of a few field mice. 

The thrill of a lifetime for Lorne Fenton, son of Mr. & Mrs. Roy (Eunice) Fenton, Midland came on his 11th birthday Tuesday when he got a chance to make like Casey Jones on the engineer’s seat of the Midland-Orillia afternoon train. It was Lorne’s first ride on a train, much less the engine. With him is fireman George Watson. 

First train trip “Hmm, so this is a train,” mused these youngsters as they set out Tuesday for what was their first train ride, from Midland to Orillia. The occasion of the picnic was the 11th birthday of Lorne Fenton, top right, and other children, from bottom to top, are Ruth Davidson, Craig Davidson, Ann Davidson and Bruce Henderson. 

Buckled timber can be seen beneath the bridge over the creek which joins Tee Lake and the Severn River (Just east of the marine railway). The driver of the heavy truck which caused the accident was heading for Elliot Lake, but became lost and ended up on the Severn Falls Road. 

Repair crew rushed from Waubaushene Lumber Co. Friday morning made temporary repairs to the Tee Lake bridge after a heavy tank truck caved in the main supporting timber. Provincial member Lloyd Letherby of Coldwater, at right in light shirt, talks over the situation with workmen. (If you haven’t travelled this road in a while consider the trip from Hwy 400 around to Coldwater in your fall colours itinerary, the road is much improved recently.) 

Plans announced this week by Alvin Gropp, chairman of the committee in charge of completing the Penetang arena, indicate an ambitious piece of work, which should provide the town with winter ice facilities second to none in a community of this size. According” to the chairman, work includes completion of the building both inside and out, as well as the installation of an artificial ice plant and heating system. Work planned for the building itself includes adding a 45-foot canopy over the entrance, installation of large double swinging doors, and finishing the front elevation with a stucco surface. With the plan calling for use of the building and ice surface by curlers, the interior work will include a considerable amount of construction. Complete dressing room facilities will be built inside as well as washrooms, and office space. A snack bar is planned which will be capable of turning out complete meals when required. Seating capacity installed last year on the north side is to be increased to accommodate 500 people. South side of the ice surface will be left bare as at present with the exception of a concrete floor for standing room patrons. A large mezzanine floor is to be built across the entire front of the building and extending out to the ice surface. This will provide space for a club room and lounge for the curlers. It will have a 45-foot glass wall in the front providing for a view of the curlers on the ice. The glassed area will be built several feet out from the rest of the floor. Provision is being made to serve meals, to patrons at tables and chairs. If sufficient funds are available lockers and a washroom will be installed in the one end of this floor. As the second floor is to be available to members of the curling club only, an outside stairway and entrance will be added. The chairman said a heating plant will be installed capable of heating all dressing rooms, office, snack bar, and the curling club quarters. This plant will be installed, along with the ice machinery in a new section of the building to be erected on the south side. 

Gay decorations greeted the more than 250 guests who gathered on adjoining lawns to witness the unveiling ceremony, sponsored by the village council. Chairman was clerk Chester Martin, and Reeve Lawrence Devine welcomed visitors. 

“Present mill owner C. H. Eplett, centre, with descendants of Indians who were herded out of the area soon after the mill was built for them. Smiling braves are Abraham King, Leo Norton.”


  • The Free Press Herald headline of August 27th, 1958; To Expand Park Facilities in Move to Increase Revenue. An efficiency move, now being studied by Midland Parks Commission, will see Little Lake Park’s trailer and cottage facilities expanded. Although complete details have not yet been decided on, Mr. Murray said between three and five of the new-type cottages would be built next spring and the existing trailer camp facilities extended and equipped with electric lights and outlets and water mains. The section to be developed is in the north and northwesterly area. To make room for the proposed new cottages and trailer site nearly all of the small cabins now in what is known as the cottage area will be removed and sold. These cabins, and those in the back row, about 26 in number, are among the original ones built in the park. As well as being old and substandard the revenue derived from the 26 cabins does not warrant their continued maintenance. When Superintendent McAllen informed the commission that he had been forced to turn away many trailers this season it was decided to expand this section, the chairman stated. As most of the trailer guests stay all season causing little or no maintenance for the parks department, it was felt more revenue would be derived from them than from the small outmoded cabins. Even with the removal of the 26, 54 small cabins will still remain in the park, as well as the 24 large cottages, he said. Long-range plans of the commission call for the removal of all the small cabins.
  • The County Herald headline of August 29th, 1958; Expect Influx of 4,000 for Three Day Regatta. The regatta is the brainchild of Cliff Thomson an executive of the Avro Co. at Malton, who owns a summer cottage at Highland Point. The event is being run under the guidance of Avro Marine Club. Included in the program are boat races, swimming contests, water skiing contests. Plans call for water sliding demonstrations including double and single skis, doubles and pyramids, team skiing and barefoot skiing. With an eye to safety, arrangements have been made to have demonstrations of the correct handling of boats and motors by manufactures. A large group of Indians from Christian Island will be present, in full tribal dress, racing their trick canoes, and providing other entertainment.
  • Residents of this area who heard what they believed were big explosions Saturday afternoon, were actually listening to Canada’s newest aircraft, the CF 105, breaking the sound barrier. Official sources say the “Arrow,” as the jet aircraft is known, was flying tests over our area during the weekend. The sonic booms are said to have come when the machine was at a height of approximately 50,000 feet. Reports that a “Sputnik” or satellite was seen over Midland during the evening hours toward the end of last week, probably came from flights of the new aircraft. The great speeds which it is supposed to attain would mean it would pass quickly from the vision of persons sighting it in the air. The altitude at which it flies would deaden the sound of jet exhausts.
  • 25 Years Ago This Week – M. J. Bray and Frank Cook of Midland entered flowers in the Ontario Gladioli Society show in Toronto. Mr. Bray with nine entries won five firsts, three seconds and a third. Mr. Cook won a first and a second. * * * Fire, believed to have been caused by defective wiring, swept through the main auditorium of the Ontario Hospital at Orillia. Damage was estimated at $20,000. * * * The Cleveland and Buffalo steamer Seeandbee arrived at Midland with 451 passengers on board. The ship was met by Midland civic officials, the Midland town band, and fire brigade. Stores along the business section were festooned with flags. * * * The Workers’ Association of Midland had made plans for a big Labour Day celebration at Little Lake Park. Included in the program was a parade of floats, a track and field sports, costume contests and a dance at night. * * * A Midland youth, Frank DuBray, won the across-the-bay swim sponsored by Barrie Kiwanis Club. * * * Under new regulations of the Ontario Department of Game and Fisheries, all residents of Ontario had to have a licence to carry firearms for hunting or shooting. * * * Fire swept through the lumber yard of the McGibbon Lumber Co, of Penetang and consumed the firm’s entire stock of hardwood. Firemen were handicapped in fighting the blaze owing to lack of water.
  • Lloyd Letherby, MPP for Simcoe East, said this week he had received assurance that the Department of Highways is likely to go ahead with the Coldwater bypass in the fall. The extension of Highway 400 passes the village outskirts. It is now expected the extension will be continued past Coldwater to Gravenhurst, by a direct route. Mr. Letherby also announced that two-lane Highway 11 from Crown Hill to Washago will soon be enlarged to four lanes, adding a third lane had at first been contemplated.
  • For the first time since it entered the competitions ten years ago, Midland Citizens Band yesterday won first-place honours at the Canadian National Exhibition band music contest. The Midland bandsmen defeated two other strong contenders for the crown, Metropolitan Band Toronto, and Orillia Silver Band.
  • That big win so necessary to get a club off on the right foot in a title playoff series came up for Midland Indians at the town park diamond Saturday night as they threw a 5-0 shutout at Stayner Motormen. The game was the opener of a best-of-seven final set for the Bruce Baseball League crown with the triumph for coach “Bun” Deschamp’s Braves giving them a much-needed margin to work on for the return trek to Stayner for their second meeting slated for last night. Deschamp’s Dandies said it with equal effectiveness for pitches and hits in applying the Kalsomine (whitewash) brush to Stayner’s hopes for a series opener victory here Saturday. Dyment, in going the full 9-inning route, was working on a brilliant one-hit effort over the first seven chapters. A high spot in his sharp clutch pitching chore came in the fifth as he closed the scoring door abruptly on the Motormen with a runner on third and none out.
  • Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception convent will have a new sister superior and pupils of St. Mary’s Separate School will have a new principal this year. She is Sister Mary Bernadette, a native of Ottawa, who taught in Midland’s Sacred Heart School when it was first opened. A specialist in kindergarten work, Sister Mary Bernadette also taught school in the Dominican Republic for seven years. She came to Midland from Our Lady’s High School in Pembroke where she had taught for 21 years. She succeeds Sister Frances Matthew who has gone to Sault Ste. Marie to open the new St. Anne’s School. Sister Frances Matthew had been in Midland for six years. Other teachers at St. Mary’s are Mrs. Buttineau, Sister Mary Imelda, and two new student teachers, Joseph Lalonde and Paul Henderson, both of Midland.
  • Ken J. Ellis of Midland, public school inspector for Simcoe Inspectorate No. 1, has 55 public schools and 109 teachers and principals under his jurisdiction. Of this total 47 are rural schools of one, two and three rooms. Fifty-four teachers provide the instruction in the schools. Pupils attending the eight urban schools in the inspectorate are taught by 55 teachers and principals. In Flos Township there are 15 schools and 17 teachers; Medonte, 12 schools, and 14 teachers; Tay, 11 schools, and 15 teachers; Tiny, seven schools and eight teachers. Coldwater Public School has a teaching staff of five; Elmvale, four; Parkview, Midland, 10; Regent, 17; Sixth Street, six; Penetanguishene Protestant Separate School, seven; Port McNicoll, five; and Victoria Harbour, two. Thirteen of the teachers in the inspectorate have homes in Elmvale or the Elmvale area, and 11 reside in Coldwater or Coldwater R.R. Inspector Ellis came to Midland from Owen Sound, where he was principal of Victoria Public School, in 1954. He succeeded J. Gibson of Orillia who was transferred to Weston.
  • Sacred Heart Separate School Midland, will have two new student teachers on its staff when the fall term commences Tuesday, Sept. They are Gail Grant and Phillip Pilon, both of Midland. Both will be teaching junior grades. The principal of the school is Sister Mary Ruth of the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception from Pembroke, a member of the Midland convent of the order. Other Sacred Heart teachers are Sister St. Barbara, Mrs. Ernie Bourrie, Mrs. Margaret Fallon; Phelpston, Mrs. Veronica Lindale, Sister Mary Rose and Guy Johnstone.
  • A brief history of the Georgian Queen received as a letter to the editor from W. R. Murray.; Dear Editor: The steel single-screw steamer Murray Stewart, official No. 138,848, was built and registered at Port Arthur in 1918 for the Minister of Marine. Her length was 119 feet, width 26 feet, depth 15 feet 9 inches gross tonnage She had two Scotch boilers and a triple expansion engine and carried a crew of fifteen under Capt. Patchell and Chief Engineer Smallwood, both of Midland. She was used as a lighthouse tender on Lake Superior, and Georgian Bay, and was built with a deck crane for handling navigation buoys. She wintered each year at Sault Ste. Marie. After the outbreak of World War II, she unloaded all her equipment at Blind River and was taken to Halifax to be used in naval service. After World War II she returned to the Great Lakes and is now tied up at Midland shipyard, owned by the Waubaushene Navigation Co., who removed her engine and boilers, expecting to install a diesel motor but this has not yet been done due to slackness in the demands of business. Her name has been changed to David Richard. 

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – Aug 16th to 23rd, 1958

Click on photos to enlarge;Their 27-foot boat was out of gas and adrift on Georgian Bay for eight days, Mr. and Mrs., C. S. Carter of Lions Head and their dog are shown in the craft at Ossosane Beach dock. Their bed-sheet distress signal was sighted by Wymbolwood cottager Fred Conron, who went out in his boat, investigated and returned with a five-gallon tin of gasoline. 

A piece of tarpaulin held by C. S. Carter of Lions Head was fashioned into a sea anchor during Saturday night’s and Sunday’s gale like winds on Georgian Bay. 

Mr. and Mrs. Carter with their rescuers, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Conron, Murray and Patricia Conron of Port Credit.

Mrs. Carter is 66 years of age. Her husband, a retired school teacher, is 76. In his younger days he taught public school in the Bruce Peninsula, and later was a teacher at Eastern High School of Commerce, Toronto, for some 20 years. He returned to live at Lions Head following his retirement. On August 11, the Carters set out with their collie, Rover, in the 27-foot “Karen” on the first leg of a trip to Kingston via the Trent Canal. Their immediate objective was Port Severn, the western terminus of the canal. “It was hazy and foggy and I missed the Western Islands by about half a mile,” Mr. Carter said. “We went right across the bay, finally being stopped by shoals somewhere south of Parry pound. Everything was still covered by haze and fog so I decided it was best to go back home, some 65 miles away.” The Carters got back as far as Cape Croker, about 20 miles south of Lions Head. It was then Mr. Carter admitted, he made his big mistake. “I didn’t check my gas. I thought I had plenty to get the rest of the way home. Turned out I had about enough left to run the boat for about 15 minutes. This was Tuesday morning (Aug. 12). From then until the following Tuesday afternoon we were bouncing around all over Georgian Bay.” During that time the Carters saw only one small boat, on the Owen Sound — Cabot’s Head route. It was after midnight and the people aboard the boat were unable to see the Carters’ distress signal. Worst portion of the ordeal began Saturday night when a strong northeast gale sprang up. It blew all day Sunday, reaching 45 mph, Mr. Carter estimated. It blew the Karen from off Pointe au Baril to the vicinity of Cape Rich, back on the Bruce Peninsula side of Georgian Bay. The Karen drifted along the west shore of Georgian Bay all day Monday, past hundreds of cottages. Still, no one paid any attention to the distress signal. It was not until Tuesday afternoon that Mr. Conron finally came to their rescue. 

Some 36 scouts and leaders of 1st Anderson Pack and 1st Camp Borden Boy Scout troops are attending a camp at Sturgeon River this week. Some of the leaders are seen above with District Commissioner Harvey Boyd and Jack Brownlee, Scoutmaster of Knox Troop, Midland. Left to right are, front row: William Cleasby, Keith Hayes, Harvey Boyd, A. L. Johnson; back row: Ben Pessah, Jack Brownlee, R. Bourne and John Thaw. 

Crucial game between Allenwood Beachers and Sturgeon Bay saw the Allenwood aggregation come out on top by an 11-8 decision at Sturgeon Bay Wednesday night. The win put Allenwood two games ahead in the best-of-seven Rural Softball League finals. The third game will be played in Elmvale Saturday night. 

Trip from Alberta ended in mishap for Wm. Morewood (with police), involved in an accident at the Waubaushene cut-off on Highway 12 shortly after noon Monday. Dog in damaged car morosely surveys the scene. 

Hamilton motorist, Patrick Scullion suffered $400.00 damage to his car and boat at Waubaushene cut off on Highway 12 Monday. The car behind was unable to stop and smashed into the stern of the boat Mr. Scullion had on a trailer behind his car. 

Jeanette Lefaive holds a freak double cucumber picked from the Robert Street, Penetang garden of her mother, Mrs. Lucille Lefaive. Little imagination is needed to picture this garden oddity as a catcher’s mitt. Both cucumbers are securely attached along the entire length. 

Councillor Doug Holt reported Monday that the Ossosane Beach building containing toilets and change rooms will be ready for use this week. The new structure is in the parking area on the road leading to the beach. 

Canadians are again thinking of boat cruises in large numbers following a few seasons in the doldrums. The CPR steamships Keewatin (above) and Assiniboia have enjoyed “very good” seasons to date, officials said last week. 

The CPR cruise ship Keewatin in the background provides a nice setting for pretty Giovanna Baggio of Port McNicoll. The little cannon is one of three which attract much attention from visitors to the CPR gardens at Port McNicoll. 

The latest addition to Elmvale’s fine set of public buildings is the new fire hall, seen above during the official opening Friday afternoon. The building also includes police and public works facilities. It is immediately west of the Community Hall, which opened only a few years ago. 

New modern quarters, bring smiles to these members of the 20 member Flos and Elmvale Fire Brigade. Pictured at the opening of their new building Friday are, left to right, front row: Jim Vollick, Chief Richard Columbus, Graham Whitton, Paul Tripp; back row: Cliff Vollick and Ken Wright. 

New offices have been provided in Elmvale Community Hall for police chief Horace Ellwell, left, and village clerk Mel Barrett. Both were on hand for the official opening of the new fire hall Friday. 

Signing cheques is only one of the many duties of Elmvale Reeve Harold Nash. In recent weeks, Reeve Nash has addressed a number of neighboring municipal bodies in an effort to establish a new hospital in Elmvale.


  • The Free Press Herald headline from August 20, 1958; Say Department Favours Tiny Provincial Park. A request from Tiny Township that the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests consider the establishment of a large provincial park within the municipality apparently is receiving some sympathy from officials at Queen’s Park. Council, in a recent letter, had recommended that a particular area be taken over for this purpose. The proposed park would have an excellent sand beach and provide plenty of space for developing parking facilities as well as picnic areas.
  • The County Herald headline from August 22, 1958; Sanction West End Site for Yacht Mooring Basin. Representatives of Midland Harbour Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Yacht Club and the federal Department of Public Works all agreed on the site at the west end of Midland Bay. It is expected that within the next two or three weeks the following steps will be taken: (1) The Yacht Club and the Chamber of Commerce will draft a submission requesting federal aid with the marina project (2) The Harbor Committee will give the plan its approval and submit it to Midland council for further endorsement. (3) The proposal will go to federal member Dr. P. B. Rynard for presentation to Transport Minister George Hees. Meanwhile, Public Works engineer Charles Stocking said he is forwarding a $200,000 estimate of a permanent breakwater scheme at the westerly site. It would include accommodation for about 200 boats; some of them up to 40 feet in length. Originally it was thought dredging a basin would be advisable. It was pointed out, however, that this would leave little of the property for parking cars or erect a building later.
  • Latest of a series of fine community-owned buildings in Elmvale, the new fire hall, was the scene of an “open house” Friday. Built at a cost of around $16,000, the new structure also provides facilities for the public works crew and a police cell. Reeve Harold Nash attributed the comparatively low cost of the building, which measures roughly 110 feet by 40 feet, to the fact the village handled its own contracting. The reeve’s office and those of Village Clerk Mel Barrett and Police Chief Horace Ellwell are located on the second floor of the adjacent community hall. Richard Columbus is the chief of the newly-organized Elmvale and Flos Township fire brigade. The two municipalities had separate fire departments until the re-organization early this year. Reeve Nash said the move was an economy measure, with each municipality paying half the costs of operating the brigade.
  • At its meeting last week, Tay Township council decided to call for tenders for constructing a sidewalk on the north side of that part of Yonge Street West situated in Tay. Councillors made the move after hearing a delegation of six Yonge Street residents point out the danger from cars in the area, which is not a 30 mph zone. The Department of Highways is expected to assume half the cost, Tay clerk Ralph Dalton said. The proposed sidewalk is to run from Parkside Drive to within 200 feet of -the Tay-Tiny border.
  • PORT McNICOLL NEWS— Mr. and Mrs. Cal Duncan and Bill of Galt are spending a two-week holiday with Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Duncan and George Walmsley. Pat and Margo Duncan of Galt are spending this week at Simcoe Presbytery Camp near Midland. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Armstrong of Ottawa arrived Saturday to spend a week with Mr. and Mrs. H. Loomis. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stephenson have returned to Keswick after spending two weeks with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Colquhoun. Mr. and Mrs. Keith Armstrong and Bill of Guelph spent the weekend with relatives in Port. Sheila Armstrong is at Simcoe Presbytery Camp near Midland as Camp Counsellor for the first and second Explorer Camps. Barrett Smith of Toronto spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Bob Smith. David Saundercook of Toronto is spending a week’s holiday at his home. Recent visitors of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Phillips were Mr. and Mrs. Don Anslow and Ricky of Niagara Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wallace and family, and Mr. and Mrs. John Dunlop of Orillia. Joanne Waples of Toronto week-ended at her home. Mrs. A. E. Davidson and children of Willowdale are spending this week with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Corbett. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Biggar and family who are holidaying in Penetang visited former neighbours in Port last Friday. Weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Neil McArthur were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Anderson and family of Port Credit. Linda McArthur returned to Port Credit with the Andersons for a holiday. Betty Ann Saundercook is spending a few days in Toronto. J. Connelly and Sheila Cavanaugh are visiting in Toronto. Guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Hartford last week were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Haley, Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. A. Barrett and Carol of Toronto spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. W. Coughlin. Visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Calvert for two weeks are Dorothy McConnell Dorcas McConnell and Reynold McConnell of Toronto. Irene Zoloty of Toronto was home for the weekend. Judy Johnson of Port Credit is visiting Margo  McArthur. Mrs. Mary Jivcoff of Milton visited her father, A. Dubbia during the weekend. (Delayed) Gail Walmsley returned to Toronto Wednesday after spending a month with her cousins. Bob and Doug Duncan. Mrs. B. Adam, Sandra, Linda, and George have returned home, following a month’s visit with relatives at Fort William. Betty Ann Saundercook and Mary Hatley have returned home from a motor trip to Erie, P.A., St. Catharines and Hamilton. The Orillia and Port McNicoll teams of the Little League met Wednesday evening in the Port baseball park. The final score was Port 12, Orillia 8. Judy Quesnelle of Barrie spent from Monday until Wednesday at her home. Mr. and Mrs. E. Clear and Marie, Buffalo, are holidaying with Mr. and Mrs. John Kent. Doris McFarland, Utopia, is visiting her aunt, Mrs. C. Dexter and her cousins Carol, Patricia and Linda Dexter. Mrs. Ernest McFarland of Utopia is visiting her mother, Mrs. Irvine.
  • A double-barrelled attraction of the midgets and two of the top brother combinations on the continent drew more than 1,400 fans to Arena Gardens Monday night for the weekly pro wrestling card sponsored by Midland Minor Hockey Association. Although Midland favorite Little Beaver wasn’t on this card, the midgets provided their usual barrel of fun, for everyone but Referee Sam Gotter that is. And who cares whether Gotter has any fun or not? After close to 20 minutes of high-nonsense action, the team of Red Feather and Tito Infanti won a popular decision over Beau Brummel and Tom Thumb. Earlier, Maurice LaPointe and Lee Henning had gone the full 30 minutes to a draw. The main event was billed as an “all in'” tag team bout between the Miller Brothers, Dan and Ed, and the white-haired Lisowski Freres, Reggie and Stan.
  • Births – HUME – and Mrs. Al Hume announce the arrival of a daughter, Joanne, a sister for Billy, on August 18, 1958, in St. Andrews Hospital, Midland. SANGSTER — Mr. and Mrs. Karl Sangster (nee Shirley Valcheff) of Port McNicoll, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Robert Scott, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, on Wednesday, August 6, 1958.
  • TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK – Plans were being made for the annual memorial decoration service, to be held Sunday, Aug. 22, at Lakeview Cemetery. The events of the day included the placing of wreaths at the Cenotaph. * * * A request was sent to the Prime Minister, to the Minister of National Defence and to William A. Robinson. MP for Simcoe East, that a battery of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters be formed at Midland. It was also strongly urged that training facilities, including an armory, be provided. * * * The recently-established Elmvale Trumpet Band made its debut at the sports day in Vasey. It was outfitted with the latest in valve trumpets and drums. * * * Post-season cruises for the S. S. Noronic were to bring the huge lake liner into Midland three times during the month of September. * * * The Owen Sound Sun-Times was being quoted to the effect that teacher shortages could be overcome “if salaries were sufficiently attractive”. * * * The editorial page cartoon indicated that the foundations of world peace were cracking. Palestine was seen as the cause 10 years ago. * * * An editorial note read: “July’s dry spell costs the farmers of North Simcoe thousands of dollars. Many grain fields have stalks under 18 inches high”, and the heads are only two thirds normal length.” * * * Babe Ruth, the home run king, had died on Monday evening, Aug. 16. He was described as baseball’s greatest figure.
  • Editorial – Wise & Otherwise – It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good. Kitchener police report that since the “beer strike” began the force has had fewer impaired and drunk drivers, fewer common drunks and fewer family arguments and fights to settle. * * * Although it was slow in starting, several resort area operators reported last week that, to date, this has been the best year they have had in years. This fact would appear to be borne out as well in the report from Midland Chamber of Commerce that more newcomers came to Huronia for holidays this season than for many seasons in the past. * * * This month of August is making up, both in heat and humidity, for all that July denied us. The current season may go down in history as “the one month summer”.
  • Tay Township council has rescinded a motion which would have permitted building a rink on the park at Waubaushene and has stipulated that the land be retained for park “purposes and that no buildings be built on the property. Council considered its first motion ill-advised, Tay clerk Ralph Dalton said this week. The property, several lots north of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, had been deeded to the township by the Georgian Bay Lumber Company on condition it was used solely for park purposes. Last winter, council approved the building of a rink on the property, but now feels its action was not within the terms of the deed, Mr. Dalton said. Some people, he added, had been doubtful that Waubaushene could support a rink. The township pays a caretaker to look after parks in the community during the summer, assisted and supervised by the Waubaushene Chamber of Commerce.
  • OPP Sgt. Blake Ball of Victoria Harbour detachment was almost certain he had lost a prisoner who had just been sentenced to a jail term Thursday morning in Penetang court. When the officer went looking for the man, he apparently had disappeared, and couldn’t be found anywhere around the building. When the search proved fruitless, someone suggested looking in the cells. There was the prisoner, resting comfortably on a wooden bunk, in an unlocked cell. Sgt. Ball only had to snap the lock to secure his charge.
  • It has been reported that work will start next week on an 18-hole golf course and a motel on the G. A. Seymour farm a mile and a half south of Midland. Midland florist Mac. Perrin is understood to be one of the backers of the project, which is said to also include a miniature golf course. Neither Mr. Perrin nor Mr. Seymour was available for comment at press time.
  • Well known Midland Indian pitcher and an active leader in youth work at Midland YMCA, Joe Faragher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lome Faragher, returned home from a Toronto isolation hospital Wednesday. He was rushed to Toronto last week suffering from meningitis.

And finally a well-written ode to the end of summer by Rhoda Downer.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years Ago in North Simcoe – Aug 8th to 15th, 1958

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Barbara Duke, left, of Kirkland Lake, and Mary Brett, right, of Shelburne, are the new public health nurses for the Midland – Penetang district. They are replacing Miss Jay Yule and Miss Frances Hincks.

Several persons escaped with minor injuries in this truck-car collision on Yonge Street, just west of the Midland town limits, around noon Sunday. Small truck, driven by Ed McWatters of Wyebridge, was overturned by the impact. The driver of the car, Forbes Millington of Toronto, has been charged with careless driving. 

Although he’s been a regular visitor to Midland’s Little Lake Park for more than 30 years, Jack McGee, of 91 Billings Ave., Toronto, was “from Missouri” as far as big bass in the lake was concerned, until around noon August 6, that is. Then he caught the 4 1/2-pounder he’s proudly displaying to his wife and parks manager Harold McAllen, right. 

Blinkum the clown delighted these Elmvale youngsters when the circus came to town last week. Talented Blinkum produced coins, wieners and other amazing things from the ears of his young admirers. In real life, he is Bill Arnott of Toronto. 

Knockabout acrobatics of the Stevens Brothers proved a crowd pleaser when Murray Bros. Circus played a one day stand in Elmvale Wednesday. Their visit was sponsored by Elmvale and District Lions Club, headed by president Frank Hannah. 

Nothing in Midland was in more need of a coat of paint than the light standards on the government docks at the foot of King Street. Two members of the Midland PUC staff are seen above performing the much-needed task which will spruce up the dock area immensely. 

“You meet the strangest people on this job,” says Gilmour Nesbitt, left, owner of a Midland service station, as he examines “Junior,” a year-old skunk owned by R. Allen of Weston, right. “Junior” had his protective armament rendered “skunk de combat” shortly after Mr. Allen bought him from a small boy for $1. “What does he eat? “Anything,” said his proud owner. 

There’s lots of room in the new boat Capt. Percy Beatty of Midland is building for himself at Port McNicoll. Capt. Beatty (facing camera) discusses a problem with Fulmar Neilsen, who is putting the finishing touches on the all-welded steel hull. 

This new, all-welded hull is being fitted out for Midland’s Capt. Percy Beatty, who will make the boat his permanent home, winter, and summer. Hull is 34 feet long and has a 10′ 10″ width. The boat will cruise at 12 to 15 knots per hour. 

Iain Brownlee of Midland will receive the $25 award for the outstanding student at the “University of Western Ontario’s Summer School of Indian Archaeology”, presented annually by the Huronia Historic Sites and Tourist Association. Association secretary Barry Conn Hughes announced today that the school’s director, Dr. W. W. Jury, had designated the 16-year-old Midland boy as “the obvious choice” for the award. Iain is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Brownlee, 329 King Street, and it was the first time he had attended the summer school. This fall, he enters Grade 11 at Midland-Penetang District High School.  

Iain Hutchinson Brownlee – Peacefully passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital, Dunnville on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Born March 26, 1943, in Port Glasgow, Scotland to John Brownlee and Robina (McMaster). Iain immigrated to Canada with his family in 1952. Iain was raised in Midland, Ontario, where he began a long broadcasting career. His distinctive voice and news writing abilities moved him first to Barrie T.V. and then to Toronto where he worked at CHUM, CKEY and CFRB from the 1960s through the 1980s. He also taught broadcasting at Niagara College in the 1970s and was the narrator of the T.V. Series ‘Wild Animals of the World’. The descendant of a long line of skilled tradesmen, Iain later became a gifted carpenter whose attention to detail was appreciated by family, friends, and contractors. He spent many summers boating on his beloved Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe. Iain was devoted to and is lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years, Ann, his son Scott and daughter Jackie (Dan Tickler), five grandchildren, Mackenzie, Maysen, Daelyn, Payton and Grady, and sister June (Baker). Gratitude and thanks for the outstanding care given by Dr. Xu, the nursing staff at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital and the CCAC nurses especially Beth and Jackie. Iain requested a private cremation and interment in the family plot in Midland. A public Memorial Service will be held at BALLARD MINOR FUNERAL HOME, 315 Broad St. E., Dunnville on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.

Landing this 18-inch black bass would be a thrill for any fisherman. It was even more so for 8-year-old Jo-Anne Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Connie Adams, Elizabeth St., Midland. Jo-Anne made her big catch, using a leech while fishing off the dock at Port McNicoll Sunday evening. “It’s bigger than any I ever caught,” her proud father admitted. 

Here we see that nasty big Ed Miller giving poor Yukon Eric the business with the corner rope during Monday night’s wrestling card at Midland Arena. Referee Bert Maxwell, natch, was nowhere to be seen when all this was going on. These scenes and others are repeated every Monday night at the Arena.


The natural gas lines in Midland are nearly ready to go into use and the local coal and oil dealers are using the newspaper to get out the message on the advantages of their products.


  • County Herald headline from August 8, 1958; Councils Back Hospital for Elmvale District. Meetings held at Wyevale and Woodland Beach,” Mr. Nash continued, “show that the people are almost 100 percent behind the proposal to build a hospital, and the vote of those present indicated they are willing to have 1.9 mills added to the tax rate for hospital purposes.” He added, “We’re not going to let this matter drop; we’ll pursue it further until we have the necessary 66 percent signatures of property owners on the petition. About 80 percent of the farming area has been covered and roughly 100 of 550 cottagers.”
  • Free Press Herald headline from August 13, 1958; Midland Plant will Move Toronto Personnel Here. One of Midland’s younger industries, Pinecrest Products Ltd., plans to follow a $25,000 expansion program here by moving its Toronto operation to Midland late this fall. Robert Holt, president of the ready-to-paint furniture and wood specialties company, said Webster-Smallwood Ltd. would start construction of a 3,500 square foot addition to their Centre Street (Bay St. east of William) plant within two weeks. About Nov. 1 the firm will close down its Toronto plant and conduct its operations entirely in Midland, he said. The move from Toronto would add about 20 employees to the 30 who normally work in Midland.
  • County Herald headline from August 15, 1958; Midland Group Protests Threat to Two Midland Firms. Midland Chamber of Commerce sent a strongly worded protest to provincial Minister of Labor Charles Daley Wednesday after two Midland manufacturers were threatened with criminal action by the Advisory Committee to the Ladies’ Dress and Sportswear Industry. Last week, Jim Thomas of Fabulous Formals Limited and Saul DeVries of Celebrity Formals, here, received letters from the Committee threatening criminal action within a week if they did not comply with its regulations. Late in May, the manufacturers were informed of the appointment of the advisory committee and its issuance of several regulations. Most contentious of these was the prohibiting of overtime work except under special conditions, and then only after a written request had been made to the committee; and the levying of a tax of one half of one per cent on the wages of employees in the industry and an additional one half of one per cent to be paid by the firm on its total payroll.
  • Midland police chief Robert Cameron was knocked unconscious when hit on the head with a stone yesterday as he sought to question a man on the southerly outskirts of Midland. Later it was learned the man who threw the stone, (name withheld), 31, was an escaped mental patient from the Ontario Hospital at Smiths Falls. Chief Cameron had stopped to question the man on King Street south, near the town limits. Not satisfied with the answers, Chief Cameron asked the suspect to get in the cruiser for further questioning. He demurred and took off, with the chief in pursuit. Picking up a rock, he hurled it at Chief Cameron, striking the officer on the back of the head. Knocked out, Chief Cameron later required medical treatment for cuts about the head. Meanwhile, several citizens who saw the episode captured the suspect and took him to the police station. He was turned over to authorities at the Ontario Hospital in Penetang and will be taken back to Smiths Falls later this week.
  • Of late years game dishes have lost some of the glamour previously attached to them. Roast wild goose and wild duck, black squirrel pie, fried rabbit and beaver tail were a few of the delicacies on the culinary list that caused people to smack their lips. It has been said that the plucking, drawing and general preparation of such game for the oven, is not to the liking of the present-day housewife. Despite the illegal action it was interesting to hear there are still some hunters who do not believe in throwing certain types of game in the garbage. Conservation Officer Fred Bowes of Waubaushene was surprised to discover the head, wings, legs, and feathers of a loon in the vicinity of a summer cottage. Investigating the incident, he found the occupants were roasting the prize meat on the stove in preparation for a sumptuous meal. The explanation the cook gave the Conservation Officer that the bird was actually a Canada goose, was not very convincing and it did not excuse the parties concerned from court action for an infraction of the Migratory Birds Convention Act.
  • Two Midland boys whose case had been heard Monday in Midland Court were given suspended sentence of two years in the custody of Salvation Army Lieut. Swaddling, when they appeared in Penetang Court for sentence, July 31. Magistrate J. Rennicks told the boys that conditions of their probation included being in the house by 11 each night and 12 Saturday night. They must abstain from liquor, and be very careful of their company. Evidence was given by OPP Const. R. T. Donaldson was that the two had been caught stealing gasoline from a truck belonging to Angus Rawn, Wyebridge, on July 22.
  • Eighty-seven of the Jones Clan met at Vasey, Aug. 9, for a happy get-together. Supper was held in the church basement, after which members of the Vasey W.I. washed the dishes, while the Clan met at the park for games and the annual business meeting. Oldest married couple present were Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Cumming of Barrie. They also had the most grandchildren present. The eldest person attending the reunion was Mrs. John Bacon of Midland. Western members included Phoebe Jones of British Columbia and Tom Jones of Edmonton. The most recently-married couple were Mr. and Mrs. Ron Graham (Patsy Jones). Officers for the coming year will be President, Murray Cumming, Toronto; secretary, Dean Jones, Toronto; treasurer, Jack Crooke, Midland; sports committee Earl Carscadden, Toronto, and Mary Campbell, Wyevale.
  • Either Mrs. Bill Logan’s fame as a cook has spread considerably or some person was just plain hungry. In any event, the home of PUC Commissioner Logan and Mrs. Logan on Lindsay Street, Midland, was entered over the weekend. Concentrating solely on the refrigerator, the thieves made off with a roast of beef and other tasty foods. Money, however, was the object of thieves who broke into Strohm’s service station on Yonge St. W. Tuesday morning. Removing a pane of glass in a rear window, they ultimately gained entrance by removing the entire frame. Loot was about three or four dollars in change police said.
  • 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK – “Large gathering spent money freely” was a sub-head on the story of the Kiwanis Carnival held this week in 1933. Apparently, there were weather problems that summer too; the carnival had to be postponed from Monday till Tuesday evening but was crowded and successful. * * * Charles Hill, a Civil War veteran, and Midland’s oldest resident died one month to the day after his 101st birthday. He was reported as well and mentally active almost to the last. * * * Two thousand pilgrims, the majority of them from Welland, visited the Martyrs’ Shrine on Sunday. The majority came by chartered bus, but several hundred made the trip in their own cars. * * * Fire did considerable damage to the residence of Mrs. Coombs on Colborne Street. No water damage was caused, the firefighters confined themselves to the use of chemicals. * * * Boxing and wrestling were attractions at the Parkside Pavilion. Dancing started at 9 o’clock, with the bouts in between. The management had announced a corn roast. * * * * * * George Young, the conqueror of the Catalina Channel, was scheduled to appear at an Orillia sports day. * * * The fourth reunion of the Rumney Family was held at Couchiching Park, with about 30 present. * * * 200 of the Russell family gathered for a reunion in Little Lake Park. The youngest member was the three-week-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Edwards of Vasey. * * * This being a depression year, there was a long list of land for sale in arrears of taxes. * * * All records were broken at the Midland Little Lake tourist camp over the Toronto civic holiday weekend. Peak was reached Sunday evening when there were 510 tents in the camp. The previous high had been 430 tents.
  • Held at Couchiching Park, Orillia, on a warm late-July day, the 26th Rumney family reunion was attended by 87— the descendants of Matthew Rumney who came to this country in 1882. The founder of the family arrived with his second wife and four children by his first wife. (The fourth Rumney reunion was recorded in 1933 and a reference is made to it this week in the Twenty-Five Years Ago column.) More than 80 sat down to a picnic supper at No. 2 Pavilion, where the official meeting was held. The president, Mrs. Harry Rumney, expressed pleasure at the large attendance and called for the secretary’s report, which was read and adopted. It was decided to hold the 1859 reunion at the same place, the last Saturday in July Officers elected for 1958-59 were: President, Nathan Edwards; vice-president, Robert Rumney; secretary, Verne Rumney; sports committee, Mr. and Mrs. Art Brand, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wilton. Youngest member present was Joanne Bidwell; oldest member believed to be Charlie Beatty; largest family, that of Mrs. Nathan Rumney.
  • At Port Arthur shipyard recently the Alexander Henry was launched for the Department of Transport for service on the upper Great Lakes. This vessel will be assigned to the Parry Sound Marine Agency of the Department of Transport, which regulates channels, lighthouses and other marine services on the lakes above Sarnia. The C.G.S. “Alexander Henry” is well fitted for the task ahead of her, being a modern ship in every aspect of her design. She is an ice-breaker, supply and buoy vessel and thus is designed for the general service demanded of the Department of Transport work on these large lakes. She measures 210 feet in length, has a displacement of 2,440 tons, a beam of 45’6″ and a cruising radius of 6,000 miles. She is powered with two 10 cylinder diesel engines, each developing 1,775 h.p. The engines have been installed with the special task of ice-breaking in mind, the large fluid clutches being placed between each engine and the propeller it drives in order to take up the shock when the wheel jams against a block of ice. The ship is also equipped with a helicopter landing platform to be used for scouting weak spots in the ice when this work is going on in the spring and fall.
  • WEDDINGS — Red and white carnations decorated the altar of St. James the Minor Church, Stirling, Ont., July 19 at 10 o’clock for the summer wedding, when Rev. F. J. O’Neill, P.P. united in marriage Helen Frances Kerby of Ivanhoe, daughter of Mr. Michael Kerby, and Ambrose Lalonde of Midland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lalonde of Midland.  * * *  Gladioli and summer flowers formed the setting for the wedding ceremony Aug. 2 when Eleanor Blanche Minaker became the bride of Frederick Clark Miller. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Minaker of Lochlin and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Miller of Toronto. * * *  A summer afternoon garden wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lorne McMurtry, Midland, July 26, when Betty June Cudmore became the bride of John Roy Fenton. The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Cudmore and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Fenton. Tall standards of pink and white gladioli and baskets of mixed summer flowers formed the background for the double ring ceremony conducted by Mr. A. Dellandrea, evangelist, of Port Loring, Ont. * * *  Kathleen Esma Edgar, the youngest daughter of Mrs. Anne Edgar of Toronto and the late J. Edgar of Midland, was married recently to John Sluyster of Holland, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. Sluyster, in a ceremony conducted by Rev. Simon Perdue of Saint Basil’s Church, Toronto. Given in marriage by her brother, Warren Edgar, the bride wore a floor-length gown of embroidered nylon. Her tiara of seed pearls held her chapel length veil. She carried a bouquet of orchids and Lilly of the valley. * * *  Standards of white gladioli and white Shasta mums formed the setting in Knox Presbyterian Church, Midland, for the wedding vows exchanged by  Patricia Anne Perrin, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter MacKenzie Perrin, and Ernest Bruce Cowden, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cowden of Vasey. Rev. J. Leonard Self officiated at the afternoon double-ring ceremony July 19. Organist Stanley Harman played the wedding music and soloist Mrs. Joan Smith, the aunt of the groom, sang “Wedding Prayer” before the ceremony and “Wedding Hymn” while the register was signed. Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose a white floor-length dress of lace and net over taffeta, featuring a bouffant skirt with appliqués of lace. The fitted bodice of lace was styled with a scalloped neckline and short sleeves. Her mittens were of matching lace. The French illusion veil of finger-tip length fell from a coronet of seed pearls, and she wore the gift of the groom, a string of pearls. Matron of honour was the bride’s sister, Mrs. Shirlie Germann. Bridesmaids were Miss Helen Laidlaw and Miss Norma Cowden, sister of the groom. Identically dressed in blue crystal charm sheath dresses with overskirts of pale blue silk organza, and picture hats covered in matching material, they carried old-fashioned swing style baskets of white anemone ‘mums and feathered chrysanthemums. Flower girls, Janice McGee, cousin of the bride, and Barbara Smith, cousin of the groom, wore blue Crystal charm dresses styled with pinafores of white silk organza. They carried flowers similar to the bridesmaids’ but smaller in size. Best man was Gordon Brand, cousin of the groom, and ushers were Laurence Donnell, Ward Barrie, and Pat Roberts. The men in the wedding party wore white dinner jackets and navy blue trousers.  * * *  St. John’s Anglican Church, Waverley, was decorated with baskets of mixed flowers for the three o’clock wedding on July 26, when Kathleen Sarah youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Truax of Waverley became the bride of Paul Eric Eplett of Toronto, second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bruce Eplett of Victoria Harbour. Rev. A. G. Fairhead performed the double ring ceremony and Mrs. George Brock was organist and accompanist for the soloist; Mrs. Wm. Sibthorpe, who sang ‘A Wedding-Prayer’ before the ceremony and ‘The Lord’s Prayer’- during the signing of the register. Given in marriage by her brother Roy Truax, the bride wore a floor-length gown of embroidered organza over satin, featuring a portrait neckline and bouffant skirt with nylon tulle and lace flounces.

Tips on canoeing with the Huron by Jean de Brebeuf S.J. 1637

(Quoted word for word) 

“If you don’t want to make them annoyed at the beginning, don’t keep them waiting for you to get into the canoe. ”
“Take a tinder-box with you or a burning glass, or both. This is so you can offer them a light if they want to smoke during the day or night when you make camp. Little gestures like this please them”.
“Eat their food the way they prepare it—even though it is dirty, half-cooked and tasteless. There will be other things, a lot of them, you won’t like. Put up with them for the love of God without either saying a word or as much as appearing to notice them”.
“In the first days, take everything they offer you even if you can’t eat it all. When you get used to it, you will find there is none too much”.
“Force yourself to eat at daybreak (unless you can take your dish into the canoe with you). The Huron eat only at sunrise and sunset when they are travelling, and that’s a long day to go without eating”.
“Don’t dally getting in or out of the canoe. Tuck up your soutane so it won’t get wet and drag either water or sand into the canoe. To be well dressed, have your feet and legs bare, you can wear your shoes at rapids, and on long portages, you may even put on your leggings”.
“Don’t at any time annoy even one of the Indians”.
“Don’t ask too many questions— and don’t let your eagerness to learn the language lead you into passing remarks along the way. This can be carried too far. Spare those in your canoe this annoyance—especially since it won’t do you any good anyway. A quiet tongue is a good piece of equipment in times like these”.
“Take half-a-gross of awls with you, two or three dozen little pocket-knives, a hundred fish-hooks and some beads of plain and colored glass. These can be used when you meet other tribes- to buy fish and other things to make a feast for your Indians. It is best to give these things to them early on, saying, ‘Here’s something to buy fish”.
“At the portages, try to carry some little thing according to your strength. No matter how little it is, even if it is only a kettle, this pleases the Huron. “Don’t stand on ceremony with the Huron. Take anything they offer you in the way of comforts—like a good place in the cabin at night. The best comfort they can offer you will be uncomfortable enough, and they get offended by polite refusals”.
“Don’t start anything you can’t finish. Don’t, for example, offer to take a paddle unless you are willing to paddle all the way. Take at the very start the place in the canoe that you intend to keep. Don’t lend them any of your clothing unless you want them to keep it for the whole journey. It is easier to refuse at first than to ask the thing back afterward”.
“Remember, finally, that you are going to live with these peoples. The opinion they form of you on the way down is the one they will keep back in this country. If they find you irritable or troublesome, you will have a lot of trouble changing that judgment later”.
“And you are not dealing only with the men in your own canoe but with the whole country. You will continually meet people who have asked the men who brought you down what kind of man you are. It is incredible how much they observe and how they remember even the slightest fault”

(Brebeuf had made the 800-mile journey three times when he wrote this.)