Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – November 1st to 7th, 1960

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Click on photos to enlargeWee spook – This little fellow, making his first Hallowe’en rounds of his Midland neighbourhood, got some pretty good “shell outs” despite his timid knocks at the doors. Rain, which started just after darkness fell, made for a rather miserable night for the younger folk.

This great photo didn’t make it into the newspaper but we were hoping someone might have a memory that goes back 60 years to Halloween 1960. We think this is Gianetto’s front door. A familiar bowling picture is hanging inside the front door.  

Midland council tendered a civic dinner for the Oshawa Salvation Army Songsters, in Midland over the weekend as part of the celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the Salvation Army in Midland. Among the dignitaries present at the dinner in the Georgian Hotel Saturday night were, left to right, Lieut. Wm. Johnston, Midland; Col. H. Beckett, Toronto; Dr. P. B. Rynard, Orillia, MP for Simcoe East; Deputy-reeve Wm. Orr, Midland; and song leader Chris Osborne of the Oshawa group. 

Floor hockey is one of the many activities for boys in Midland YMCA’s physical fitness program. A campaign for $13,000 with which to finance this and other activities gets underway Nov. 14.  (The old familiar “shirts and skins”.)

Vasey’s 4-H Calf Club should continue to prosper with novice members like these, who have already made fine showings this year. Mrs. Roy Edwards, right, is seen presenting prizes on behalf of Vasey Women’s Institute to John Rumble, Ivan Smith, Sheila Edwards, Sharon Rumney and Donna Rumney. 

These members of Vasey 4-H Calf Club won the trophy for the best showing of three calves by any 4-H Club in the county at Barrie Fair this year. Seen with club leader Roy Edwards, they are, left to right, Donna Rumney, Madeline Stewart and John Stewart. 

Big smiles show appreciation of these Vasey 4-H Calf Club members for the prize money given them last Thursday night at Vasey by Mr. E. Christopherson, manager of the Midland Branch of the Canadian Bank of Commerce. Left to right; the youngsters are Grant Robinson, Carolyn Edwards, Kenneth Leonard, Neil Strath and Sheila Edwards. 

Midland YMCA serves as headquarters for many organizations in addition to its own many activities. Seen above is the executive of the 45-member Midland Foreman’s Club, which meets there once monthly. Left to right are Elmer Lavigne, vice-president; George Small, president; Mirro Tretina, program chairman; Hans Karl Wiese, secretary; Otto Gollong, publicity chairman. 

Bryde Bernard, left, of Victoria Harbour, and Doreen Moreau, Midland, were awarded trophies by the Serra Club of Toronto at ceremonies held recently at St. Michael’s Cathedral as “outstanding girls” in their parishes. 

These students at the night school being sponsored by Midland-Penetang District High School will soon be able to answer “oui” to the old question “Parlez-vous Francais?”. They form one of the two classes taking conversational French. Instructor here is J. Giroux. 

Winners in the elementary school oratorical contest held Wednesday night in Regent school auditorium were Anne Delaney, left, and Michael St. Amand. Daughter of Rev. and Mrs. L. J. Delaney, Anne was judged the overall winner and will advance into the county finals at Barrie later this month. Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond St. Amand, won top honours for separate school speakers. 

This bronze plaque was presented to Midland Fire Brigade Wednesday night by several Midland firms in recognition of the brigade’s services in past years. Left to right; are Frank Bray, Ward Barrie, Phil Blake, who accepted the plaque on behalf of the brigade, Larry Dumais and Dean Nicholls. Other donors not represented were Wagg’s Laundry and Canada Steamship Lines. 

Midland Rotary Club made another contribution to the work of the Huronia Association for Retarded Children this week with the presentation of a $100 cheque to Mrs. Jack Banks (Evelyn). She is seen with Bob Scott, Rotary publicity chairman, left, and Lorne Garrow, club treasurer. The club had previously given the association a financial boost, making $300 contributed by them so far. 

Millinery is one of the popular classes at the night school being held at Midland – Penetang District High School this fall. Above, Mrs. Jack Reedy, left, and Mrs. James Newton are given a few pointers by Mrs. W. J. Manson, instructress. (The caption above, used in the newspaper, identified Mrs. Reedy as being on the left when it is actually Mrs. Emily Newton. Correction provided by her daughter Janice Craig.)

Over 1,200 persons attended the IGA cooking school at Midland’s IOOF Temple last week and the happiest of all was Mrs. Reg Campbell (right) of 134 Hugel Ave. Little Patrick Taylor, aged 4 1/2, picked Mrs. Campbell’s name out of the box, winning her an electric range, donated by Webster’s TV and Appliances, Penetang. Also seen are Ed Webster and Miss Jane Wright, instructress for the cooking school. 


Tighten PUC Regulations for Household Circuits
Free Press Herald headline of November 2, 1960 

Midland Public Utilities Commission has tightened wiring regulations. Monday night it approved a motion requiring that new single dwelling establishments be electrically wired with 100 ampere circuits. The motion, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 1961, also stated that small establishments with correspondingly small requirements will be given special consideration only upon written request, accompanied by plan details, to the PUC. 

Request Minister Curb Ballooning Hospital Costs
County Herald headline of November 4, 1960 .

Health Minister Matthew Dymond is being asked by St. Andrews Hospital Board to take steps to halt ballooning costs in Ontario’s provincial hospitalization scheme. The board’s action was taken at its meeting Tuesday night after it learned measures adopted by Toronto hospitals necessitated a per diem rate increase of $1.65 over the present rate at St Andrews and meant a hike of $3.05 over the rate in effect in 1959. The decision by all Toronto hospitals to raise the commencing rate for nurses to $285 per month in 1961 is reflected in the budget submitted by St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, to the Ontario Hospital Services Commission for approval. If approved by OHSC the per diem rate payable by ward patients at St. Andrews as of Jan. 1, 1961, will be $18.15. 

    Thirty-five years of Y’sdom in Midland were celebrated Saturday night when Midland Y’s Men’s Club held a banquet and dance at the YMCA. It was Dec. 3, 1925, that the Y’s Men’s Club of Midland received its charter, and charter president T. M.  McCullough was chairman of Saturday night’s banquet. Other charter members present were Wells Hartman and Sargeant Ruby of Midland, Fred Martin, now living in London, and Perce Ward of Brampton. A skit, “Y’s Men’s Club of Midland This Is Your Life”, depicted many of the activities and accomplishments of the club since its founding. The summer playground in Little Lake Park has been sponsored annually since 1926 by the Y’s Men’s Club. It is the longest continuous youth program in Midland and believed to be one of the longest in Canada. Narrator of the skit, Haig Abbott, mentioned the track and field competitions sponsored by the club in the late twenties and how interest stimulated by the events helped Midland to develop some of the finest high school athletes in Ontario. Other highlights of the early years of the club he said, were the sponsoring of the Orillia Y’s Men’s Club and the work of club members in organizing and developing programs of the Midland YMCA. He paid special tribute to D. L. White through whose generosity the YMCA was built and furnished. 

25 Years Ago
Publication day of The Free Press was changed from Thursday to Wednesday. * * * Future plans for Midland were being discussed at a chamber of commerce meeting and the topics of lower freight rates, winter sports, a Georgian Bay tourist organization and paving to Waubaushene. * * * Midland council approved Public Utilities Commission salaries for members of $50 a year and $lOO for the chairman for 1935 Council also agreed to double these salaries the following year. * * * The Grise brothers dissolved their partnership holdings at Honey Harbour, Phil Grise became sole owner of the Royal Hotel and George and Fred Grise took over the operation of the Delawana Inn. * * * “Bedlam in Bedclothing as tremor hits Midland” was a Free Press heading when two earth tremors rocked district buildings. First tremor came on Hallowe’en Eve and the second on the following day. * * * Noting a surplus of $325 in the public works department, Midland’s Mayor S. W. McKinley said, “The whole town is in better shape financially”. * * * All Saints’ parish hall, Penetang was the scene of a two day dramatic contest between Anglican Young People’s Associations from Midland, Thornton, Orillia, Coldwater, Fair Valley and Penetang. * * * Many Midland men were trying out for the ten-man relay team which was preparing for the relay road race between Orillia and Barrie.  

    Hydro power rates in Midland are the lowest of any community in Ontario, the 1959 annual report of the Ontario Hydro Commission reveals. It is an enviable position once held by Ottawa. According to a breakdown of rates, listed in the latest bulletin of the Midland Chamber of Commerce, the Midland residential rate is $1.26 lower than Barrie, $1.71 lower than Collingwood, 81 cents lower than Orillia and 54 cents lower than Penetang. Midland’s commercial rate is $2.97 compared with Barrie’s $3.69; Collingwood’s $4.23; Orillia’s $3.51 and Penetang’s $3.06. In the industrial rates, Midland is one cent lower than Barrie’s $2 38. Collingwood industrial is $2.79, Orillia $2.47, Penetang $2.55. 

    At a special short- meeting of Midland Council Monday afternoon, Jack Sharp, Victoria Street, Midland, was appointed the town’s welfare officer and clerical assistant. Mr. Sharp, who is single and a native of Midland, is a graduate of Midland High School. Midland’s clerk-treasurer Wm. A. Hack stated yesterday, that Mr. Sharp had been chosen from 22 applications received for the position. Mr. Sharp replaces Kenneth Hawkes who has been appointed secretary of the Midland Planning Board. 

Tug Lucknow – Dear Editor: The 265-ton single screw wooden tug W. H. Pringle (88623) was built in 1871 at South Saginaw by Thomas T. Arnold for H. Pringle. A. Rust, D. W. Rust and Wm. Weby of Marine City. Her length was 129 feet, width 19 feet and depth 7 feet 6 inches. On May 5, 1877, she burned at Marysville. Her hull was sold to H. B. Barrow of Cleveland who rebuilt it as a 219-ton schooner barge. He sold her in 1881 to John Demass of Detroit, who sold her in 1884 to J. and T. Charlton of Windsor. The Charltons renamed her International (Can 88623) and afterwards renamed her Onaping. Then they rebuilt her as a tug, 250 tons, length 120 feet, width 18 feet, and depth 7 feet 6 inches. She had a steeple compound engine with 27-inch stroke, cylinders 22 inches and 40 inches diameter. In 1892 she was given a new firebox boiler measuring 10 feet 1 inch by 16 feet. In 1915 she was sold Edward and David Burke of Midland (Towing and Wrecking Co.) and renamed Lucknow. In 1934 she was sold to Wallaceburg Sand and Gravel Co., and in 1935 she was dismantled and beached on the shore of Midland Bay then burned.          W. R. Williams 

    Fire late yesterday afternoon caused heavy damage to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Quesnelle, 124 Fifth Street, Midland. This newspaper was informed that Mr. Quesnelle came home from work and attempted to start an oil space heater in the house. The stove, located in a room at the back of the house, exploded and the flames spread rapidly up the wall and into the second floor. The fire broke out about 3.50 p.m. When Midland firemen arrived on the scene extensive fire, water and smoke damage had been caused to the the house and rooms on the upper floor. 

BANKS—To Mr. and Mrs. Lorne Banks, 33 Olive Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday October 28, 1960, a daughter.
BARRY — To Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Barry, 33 Poyntz St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, Oct. 28, 1960, a daughter.
BEAUSOLEIL — To Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Beausoleil, 46 Main St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, Oct. 28, 1960, a son.
BOYER — To Mr. and Mrs. Michael Boyer, Honey Harbour, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, Oct. 31. 1960, a son.
DUSOME—To Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Dusome, Sunnyside, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, October 28, 1960, a daughter.
 LARMAND—To Mr. and Mrs. Hermos Larmand, Victoria Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, October 28, 1960 a daughter.
MILLER — To Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Miller, 285 Russell St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, October 29, 1960, a daughter.
TINNEY — To Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tinney, Coldwater, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, November 1, 1960, a son.
BOTTINEAU—To Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bottineau, Highland Point, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1960, twin daughters.
CLEMENT — To Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Clement, R.R. 1, Elmvale, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, Oct. 24, 1960, a daughter.
DESROCHES — To Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Desroches, R.R. 2, Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1960, a son.
LACROIX — To Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Lacroix, Leonard Ave., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1960, a son.
ROBILLARD — To Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Robillard, 22 Jeffrey St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, Oct. 29, 1960, a son.
YULE—To Mr. and Mrs. Earnel Yule, 156 Robert St. E., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Sunday, Oct. 23, 1960, a daughter.

It is always interesting to look back another 20 years to see what was making news in Midland in 1940. The clipping below describes a young man’s experiences that are far removed from what life is now.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – October 24th to 31st, 1960

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Click on photos to enlarge“Wonder if these would suit him?” went through the minds of a lot of mothers as they sifted through piles of hockey (and figure) skates at Midland YMCA Friday. An annual event under the sponsorship of Midland Home and School Associations, hundreds of sets of skates are exchanged each year in this method. 

MPDHS senior “gridders” missed a chance to add to their scoring record for the year as this convert attempt sailed wide of the post last week. They didn’t need the single point too much. Final score was MPDHS 66 Barrie Central 0. 

New players’ boxes are among the renovations being carried out at Midland’s Arena Gardens in preparation for another season. Here workmen are putting the finishing touches on the boxes, which will give the players a chance to sit down for a change. 

Two members of the Columbian Squires are seen above presenting trophies to the boys’ and girls’ track teams of Sacred Heart School, Midland, winners of a four school meet held recently. Michael Moreau is presenting the trophy to the girls, who are, left to right, front, Brenda Fournier, Sharon Cadieux, Karen Doran, Geraldine Borsa: back — Brenda Beardsall, Lorraine Contois, Nancy Moreau, Sally Latour. Seen with Paul Tremblay, the boys’ team was, front row — Michael Dion, Gerald Jeannotte, Len Roach, Jerry Robitaille, Ronnie Jeannotte: back —Terry Contois, Garnet Desjardins, Philip Delorme, Don Robitaille and John Sutton. (The caption writer has missed one of the girls, we would appreciate knowing her name and the correct order?) 

Further evidence, if any is needed; that winter can’t be too far away can readily be seen in the above picture. Bleak skies, near-leafless trees and a beached boat, ready to be hauled out of the water, tell their own story.  

One of the newest youth organizations in Midland is the Columbian Squires of St. Theresa’s High School. Some of the members are seen above with the trophy they presented for competition among four elementary schools in Midland and Penetang. Left to right are, front row, Bob McLaughlin and Paul Tremblay, Chief Squire; back row — Michael Moreau, Ronald Belanger, Gary Blake, and John Charlebois. 

These men should be real handy around the house after they finish a term at MPDHS’ night school in wood working, which got underway this week. W. E. “Bill” Hanna, the instructor, is giving one group some pointers on the use of the jointer machine. 

Many women from North Simcoe communities (30 of them) are enrolled in the typing class at the new MPDHS night school. Here Mrs. E. McKean instructs Mrs. Evelyn Willis (left) and Mrs. K. Murcklen in proper settings for their machines. 

Metal working is one of the classes which have attracted a number of men to the night school at MPDHS this fall. Seen above, left to right, are Charles McElroy, instructor R. C. Dick Moffatt, Mervin Penhale and Bob Scott. So far 28 have enrolled in this class. 

These women are among 40 taking basic sewing in the new night classes being sponsored by Midland-Penetang District High School. Miss Anne Hermann (Mrs. Charlie Scott) (seated) is explaining the intricacies of the sewing machine to, left to right, Miss Joyce Gregoire, Mrs. Joyce Smith and Mrs. John Maxwell. 

The home of the Salvation Army, has a new white stucco front. Removal of the old bell tower earlier this year has also added much to the appearance of the building on Dominion Ave. West. 

Another YMCA campaign for funds gets underway Nov. 14, with an objective this year of $13,000. Laying plans are, left to right, Keith Smith, ‘Y’ general secretary, J. W. Smith, executive secretary, J. E. Lawlor, campaign chairman and Frank Hartman, publicity chairman. 

Looking after the physical welfare of the young folk of the community is still one of the main projects of Midland YMCA which opens a $13,000 campaign for funds Nov. 14. These girls recently obtained their first service stars for work on the side horse. Left to right are; Patsy Jeffery, Barbara Spence, Sharon James and Wynne Gilmore, instructress. 

Editorial page photo entitled “Waubaushene Reflections” 

 Two Forces Press Search for Killer in Penetang

Free Press Herald headline of October 26, 1960 

What will probably go down as the blackest 48-hour period in the history of Penetang Police, ended Saturday morning with the discovery of the shotgun pellet-riddled body of 56-year-old Oliver Forget. At the time of the discovery, police still were working on an armed robbery which included the pistol-whipping of Mrs. Harry Turner, and a car accident which took the lives of two teen-agers. Mr. Forget was killed when a shotgun was discharged at close range sometime Friday night. The shot had been fired from outside the window of Forgets one-room cabin on lonely Cambridge Street, in the north-east part of the town. Oliver Forget worked as a foreman for Ferguson Brady, proprietor of Caradoc Nursery at Strathroy. The property which the cabin is located about 10 acres in size, and planted in Christmas trees, was owned by Forget, and he used the cabin when he came here in early summer and late fall to work on trees. The murder was discovered by Mr. Brady when he went in search of Mr. Forget, who had failed to turn up for work. Looking through the window, he was able to see a body on the cabin floor. He immediately contacted police. Chief Jack Arbour said he responded to the call, and on arrival found it impossible to open the door, which was blocked by Forget’s body. Going around the cabin, he found the east window swinging open on its hinges, and the blind pulled down. It was after he climbed through the window he realized the man was dead. A widower, whose wife died about seven years ago, Forget originally came from this area. He has not lived here for some years, although he was well known in Penetang. He leaves 11 children, three daughters and eight sons. 

Survey Notes Big Boost in Visits of U.S. Cruisers

County Herald headline of Friday October 28, 1960

The port of Midland showed the greatest percentage increase in the number of yachts visiting Georgian Bay region ports, according to reports received so far to date by Neville Keefe, general manager of the Georgian Bay Development Association. Mr. Keefe expressed disappointment that a number of private firms and other groups in the GBDA region had not carried out promises to help in the registration of visiting yachts. “This information is vital if we are to concentrate our future efforts in selling our cruise waters.” Mr. Keefe pointed out. “This will be done with the data now available,” he said. Of the 551 yachts covered in the survey, 90 per cent were from two American states, 58 per cent from Michigan and 32 per cent from Ohio. Ontario was third highest with eight per cent and the remaining two per cent was scattered over six other American states. 

    First snow flurries in Midland and district Friday soon disappeared. Monday’s snowfall, however, which was the first real fall of the season permitted youngsters to build “forts” and “snowmen”, but these were not long lived. Monday’s snowfall was two days ahead of the same event last year. 

    Residents of Christian Island Indian Reserve will have a liquor vote Thursday, Chief Lewis Jackson told this newspaper yesterday. Chief Jackson said the island residents would be asked to cast ballots on the question of whether beer and liquor could be purchased and brought to the reserve for consumption. The chief said Christian Island is one of two reserves in Ontario which do not permit beer and liquor to be consumed on the reserve property. Chief Jackson said he was one of 38 Indian chiefs who attended special conference at Brantford over the weekend. At the convention Chief Jackson was appointed to the finance committee of the Union of Ontario Indians. 

    Three additional classes have been added to the night classes conducted at Midland-Penetang District High School. This was revealed yesterday by MPDHS Principal R. C. Gauthier who said he was “very encouraged by the public response to the night classes”. “The people too are pleased for we have had to add classes in typing, bookkeeping and metal shop,” continued Gauthier, pointing out that at a later date a class in advanced sewing might be considered. Paid registration totalled 254, the principal noted and some 75 people are taking two courses, he stated. 

    With 205 donors enrolled the Red Cross Blood Donors Clinic, an additional 95 donors are required to replenish the blood used in hospitals in this area. This was revealed by Frank Spence, president of Midland Lions Club who are co-sponsors of the clinic in Midland. The clinic is being held at the Midland municipal building tomorrow (Thursday) between 2 and 4.30 and 6.30 and 9 p.m. Forty-three donors are required for the afternoon session and 52 for the night clinic, Mr. Spence emphasized. Appealing urgently for Midland and district citizens to donate their blood tomorrow, Mr. Spence said. “Remember the Canadian Red Cross supplies blood and blood products, free of charge to all patients in any hospital, and it is only through clinics like ours that make this vital humanitarian service possible. 

Ten Years Ago

Canada Steamship Lines’ three major Great Lakes shipyards, Midland, Port Arthur and Collingwood — were in the market for 3,000 tons of steel per month for the next six months. This was required for bulk carriers to be constructed at Midland, Port Arthur and a tanker at Collingwood. * * * “Midland’s pet poisoner continuing his work”, commenced a front page story. Twelve dogs and one cat were the casualties reported at going to press. * * * Midland Free Press Herald won the Mason Trophy as best all-round weekly in the over-3,000 circulation range. Editor and publisher was W. H. Cranston and News Editor Fred Helson. * * * Annual YMCA campaign objective of $7,500 was 17 per cent subscribed in its first day. Charles M. Vent was drive chairman and George S. Dudley theme speaker at a meeting of 100 volunteers. * * * Cubs and Scouts of First and Third Midland groups netted $286 from their annual Apple Day. * * * New Zealand High Commissioner T. C. A. Hislop, CMG, was scheduled as next speaker for the Midland Women’s Canadian Club; subject, “What the World Looks Like from Down Under”. * * * “Attendance at the Martyrs’ Shrine has been excellent in spite of the cold summer weather,” Rev. T. J. Lally, S.J. stated. “Outstanding events.” he said, “were the Family Rosary Crusade Rally, – attended by about 10,000 people on May 24, and the inauguration of the first summer school of archaeology and the finding of the cemetery of Fort Ste. Marie by Wilfrid Jury”.   

    October 17 was another long day in Midland police court for Magistrate K. A. Cameron and other officials, and there is every promise that things will continue in the same vein for several weeks, with no lull in sight. Several contested cases had to be adjourned until later dates Monday, when court sat all morning on guilty pleas alone. Several other hearings were also put off, including one which is expected to take up an entire day itself. Three of the cases hich reached the decision stage resulted in cancellation of licences for the motorists involved, of periods varying from two to six months. 


MAGEE — To Mr. and Mrs. Ross Magee (nee Isobel Moore) at the General Hospital, St. Catharines, Ontario, Wednesday, October 19 1960, a daughter.

NICHOLSON — To Mr. and Mrs. Claude Nicholson, Honey Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, October 19, 1960, a son.

QUESNELLE — To Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Quesnelle, R.R 2, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, October 20, 1960, a daughter.

STONEHOUSE — To Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Stonehouse, Perkinsfield, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, October 18, 1960, a son.

TURNER — To Mr. and Mrs. Albert Turner, Coldwater, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, October 14, 1960, a daughter.

DESROCHES — To Mr. and Mrs. Justin Desroches, 59 Harriett St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, Oct. 10, 1960, a daughter.

GOUETT — To Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Gouett, Waubaushene, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, October 8, 1960, a son.

LADOUCER — To Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Ladoucer, Church St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, Oct. 10, 1960, a daughter.

 COPEGOG — To Mr. and Mrs. Harold Copegog, R.R. 1, Port Severn, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, October 23, 1960, a daughter.

DUNCAN — To Mr. and Mrs. James Duncan, 253 Charles Street, Midland, at St_ Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, October 25, 1960, a daughter.

HUME — To Mr. and Mrs. Allan Hume, 284 Fifth Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, October 26, 1960, a son.

LAURIN — To Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Laurin, 12 Centre St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, October 14, 1960, a daughter.

LEONARD — To Mr. and Mrs. Harold Leonard, 400 King Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, October 23, 1960, a daughter.

MAIERHOFER — To Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maierhofer, 285 Dominion Avenue, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, October 25, 1960, a daughter.

MacDONALD — To Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence MacDonald, 45 Peel St. Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, October 16, 1960, a daughter.

WILSON — Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson (nee Jeanne Beauchamp) a son 8 lbs 14 oz. (Allen Michael), at Trafalgar General Hospital, Oakville, Ontario, October 22, I960.

ARMSTRONG — To Mr. and Mrs. Garnet Armstrong, 391 King Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, October 17, 1960, a daughter. Stillborn.

BRASHER — To Dr. and Mrs. Peter Brasher, 279 Sixth Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, October 19, 1960, a son.

D’AOUST — To Mr. and Mrs. Lambert D’Aoust, Perkinsfield, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, October 18, 1960, a son.

MOREAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Murray Moreau, Waubaushene, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, October 14, 1960, a son. 

    A census just completed by the Town of Penetang shows an increase of 164 over the last official figure of 4,692. This brings the town’s population to 4,856, exclusive of patients in the Ontario Hospital. At the time of census 641 people were registered in the Hospital. A breakdown of the figures shows 2,24 persons under 20 years of age. This group, broken down further shows 781 children in the group five years and under, 1,062 from 6 to 14 and 404 from 15 to 19. The biggest single group is in the 20 to 59 year classification where there are 1,955. From 60 on up there are 654 persons. This last group is split, 60 to 64, 178; 65 to 69, 150; and the pensionable over 70 group to 326. As comparison arising out of the above figures shows that there are 292 more children under the age of 20 than there are persons in the 20 to 59 year group which is the age group generally considered to be parents. Adding the population being subsidized through children’s allowances and old age pension, a figure of 2,252 persons results. The added population will also assist in bringing a larger per capita grant to the town. The increased figure should bring something over $500 extra in this unconditional payment from the provincial treasury.



Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – October 16th to 23rd, 1960

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Click on photos to enlargeThis stately old home (Georgian Lodge) among the pines has long been a Midland landmark. Located across the bay behind the Midland Simcoe Elevator it was the center for much of the towns social life a few generations back.  (From our website- This dry stone wall is all that remains of the Georgian Lodge, the home of John J. Drummond and his family. In 1900 Drummond opened the Canada Iron Furnace in Midland, which became one of the town’s largest employers. At its peak, the company employed about 350 men and its payroll was said to be the largest in Simcoe County. The family enjoyed its role as part of the social elite, and helped to shape the economic interests of the fledgling town at the beginning of the 20th-century. The wall not only acts as a reminder of the economic and social history of Midland, but is also an example of a simple and masterful craft that is seldom seen and preserved today.)

Last Thursday night’s freak thunder storm resulted in minor damage to Midland’s famed Huron Indian village when lightning set fire to a few palisade poles at the south end of the enclosure. Fortunately none of the buildings inside were damaged. 

No place for the squeamish is this high perch of painters working on the Pillsbury flour mill in Midland. When finished, the paint job will brighten up Midland’s waterfront considerably.

There were lots of high jinks as well as football as MPDHS seniors played Camp Borden High School last Thursday. Lending inspiration to the gridiron hero’s were, left to right, back row – Lynda Riley, Ellen Barber, Lois Todd, Lynn McAllen, Karen Blair; front row – Marion Lavigne, Helen Elliott, Marie Cordes, Jane Campbell, Gail Richardson, Barbara Murday and Junia Corcoran. 

It’s another first down for MPDHS seniors in their game with Camp Borden High School here last Thursday. With the score already 54-0 against them, the Borden players don’t seem too interested in the outcome of the measurement. They did get a TD later to make the final score 54-6 for MPDHS. 

At the fashion show held at Edwards’ Specialty Shop recently, Miss Doris Wainman, left, showed a white scuffle coat with the new dramatic collar effect. Mrs. Walter Woods modelled a brown tweed boxy suit and brown felt hat. 

One of the features of Edwards’ Specialty Shop these days is a new fur salon. At left, Mrs. L. Parliament features a three-quarter length mouton coat, with mink crushed collar. Mrs. Eric Paul’s coat is a full-length grey Persian Lamb with three-way sapphire mink collar. 

This corner of the new fur salon provided a resting spot for Mrs. Walter Woods, left, and Mrs. Willi Germann during the recent fashion show al Edwards. Mrs. Woods is modelling a sapphire mink pocket stole and Mrs. Germann a “Lassie” beige wool coat topped by a leopard skin hat. 

New millinery bar forms an attractive nook in the realigned Edwards Specialty Shop, Midland. Madame can see herself from just about any angle in this maze of mirrors.

This was the the apparent feeling of Morris Brown and his brother, both of Toronto, following the recent wave of vandalism at Balm Beach. Some 20 cottages were reported entered and an estimated $12,000 damage done. 

Victim of a hit and run driver more than two years ago Mrs. “Jock” Jenkinson was left badly crippled by the accident. The driver was never apprehended. Here she receives a visit from her minister Rev. J. L. Self of Knox Presbyterian Church. A shut-in, Mrs. Jenkinson enjoys the television set (background) given to her by her children. 

Work is well underway on the new 17-room building which will replace the present Sacred Heart Separate School in Midland. Located at Elizabeth and William Streets, the new school will cost around $275,000 and is slated to open next September. 

Two Governments Okay $66,475 in Winter Work
Free Press Herald headline of October 19, 1960 

Reeve H. J. Beauchamp told the regular meeting of Midland council Monday night that the federal and provincial governments had approved the town’s three applications under the winter works incentive program. Approved were projects involving sidewalks, storm sewers and curbing. The total cost for material and labour was $66,475, Mr. Beauchamp stated. 

Saturday Polling Day Holds Edge in Survey
County Herald headline of October 21, 1960 

Preliminary results in a public opinion poll indicated a cross-section of Midland voters show a slight preference for changing the municipal voting day to Saturday. Of five housewives, selected at random yesterday by this newspaper, three favored Saturday and two supported Wednesday. (Very scientific!) 

    Midland’s Branch 80, Canadian Legion, plans to build a new building, which will cost in excess of $40,000 to replace its burned out building on Bay Street. This was revealed by Legion spokesman Ken WilIiams when a delegation appeared before Midland council Monday night, to see if council would consider selling a portion of land on Bay Street between Gloucester and Queen Street. 

    Tower TV Ltd., which has provided five-channel cable television service to Midland subscribers for the past five years, has been acquired by Neighbourhood Television Limited which operates similar systems in Guelph, Owen Sound and Huntsville. Its president is Mr. Fred Metcalfe who was the first head of the National Community Antenna Television Association of Canada. In announcing the sale, W. H. Cranston, President of Tower TV said that the change of ownership stemmed from recognition by the Midland directors that future expansion and improvement in the local system was dependent on an association with other cable systems and on expanded technical services which a single operation could not sustain. 

The Midland Bugle Band appeared in new uniforms of blue capes turned back and buttoned at the shoulders to show a bright red lining. White shirts and blue trousers completed the uniform. • • • As a tribute to the late Mrs. W. E. Preston, Midland stores remained closed between 2 and 3 p.m. to enable clerks to attend the funeral. • • • Nearly 2,500 jammed Midland Arena to hear Premier M. F. “Mitch” Hepburn speak on behalf of the Federal Liberal Party, which was later swept in to power with a majority of 103 seats. * * * The Canadian Dredging Co. of Midland was awarded a contract for improving the Collingwood harbor at a cost of $32,846. • • • The Vasey annual fowl supper was held in the basement of the United Church. The admission charges 40 cents for adults and 25 cents for children. • • • The Midland YMCA was marking 25 years of service with a campaign for 250 additional members and $3,000. • • •  A notice appeared in the Local newspaper stating that any person owning, driving or operating a motor vehicle without the approval of the Welfare Committee will be struck off relief. • • •  The Penetang Town Boys’ Hockey League was sponsored by Penetang Kiwanis Club and saw five teams comprising 72 boys in competition. 

    COLDWATER –  An amber flashing light was installed and placed in use last weekend at the intersection of Main and Gray streets. In addition to the flasher there is a smaller white light a short distance west of it which goes on and off at intervals when the larger one is blinking. The safety lights were placed by the Highways Department following a request by Coldwater Council. Hope is expressed the installation will reduce the accident hazard at the corner where Highway 12 enters Coldwater’s Main street at a right angles. 

   Work started Thursday morning on two paving projects in Penetang, both of which are expected to be completed this week.  A strip of dirt surface on the south side of Robert St. W., from the old Town Hall to Main St. is being paved. Loaders, trucks and a grader were busy yesterday morning digging out the area preparatory to adding granular base. According to Streets Committee Chairman, Ray McDonald, the right of way alongside Fern Shoe plant, leading to Tessier Planing Mill, will also be hard surfaced. He said this road, sometimes called the Shoe Factory Lane carries a lot of traffic, both to the shoe plant and to the planing mill. Both pieces will be finished with an asphalt surface, the chairman said.

MRS. MARY H. JAMES – An active worker at St. Paul s United Church and a Past Regent of Kitchekewana Chapter IODE Mrs. Mary Helen James died at Toronto, Oct. 3, following a heart attack. Rev. W. L. Morden conducted the funeral service at St Paul’s United Church, Midland, Oct. 6. Pallbearers were C. M. Vent, Dr. James Small, Clarke Edwards, Jack Wilson, Alex Preston and C. H. Webb. Born at Renfrew, July 4, 1904, Mrs. James received her education at Arnprior and there on April 16, 1926, married Dr. C. Norman James. Dr. James predeceased his wife in February of last year. Mrs. James lived in Midland following her marriage until the death of her husband when she moved to Toronto. She was a past president of St Paul’s Evening Auxiliary, a soloist in St. Paul’s choir and was active in many church groups. She was also interested in golf and curling. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dan Webb (Mary) of Midland and Mrs. F. C. Israel (Callie) of Richmond Hill and a son Bill of Blind River. Two brothers, John Wishart of Arnprior and George Wishart of Belleville also survive. Out-of-town relatives and friends attended the service from Toronto, Richmond Hill, Ottawa, Arnprior, Belleville and Carleton Place.  Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery.  

Wise & Otherwise
Nothing exceeds a Canadian autumn for richness of color and breath-taking beauty of nature resplendent in her fall dress. And, this year, North Simcoe has had its full share of this annual kaleidoscope work of The Master Painter. (Encore in 2020)

Prayers and hugs Marion, a speedy recovery for one of Midland’s special angels.