Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – September 16th to 23rd, 1961

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Midland Firm to Build Modern Factory Building

Midland Free Press headline of September 20th, 1961.  J. E. Lawlor, vice-president of Webster-Smallwood Limited, announced yesterday he expected construction of his firm’s new 20,000 square-foot plant in Midland would start today. The new plant, which will house equipment for manufacturing reinforced fiberglass elevator buckets, also will contain general office and large warehouse space, Mr. Lawlor stated. When preliminary plans for the office are expanded, the new building at George and Elizabeth Streets will have a value of approximately $120,000, Mr. Lawlor said. The new one-storey plant, which will face Elizabeth Street, will be the conventional factory type building of concrete foundation and structural steel, with brick facing on the Elizabeth Street side and concrete block tor the remaining three sides. Mr. Lawlor, noted that it would have steel sash and metal pan deck for the roofing to decrease the fire hazard. It will be completely equipped with a sprinkler system. The new plant is to be known as the Webster – Smallwood Building, a division of Webster- Smallwood Limited. Approximately 6,200 square feet of the new building will be used for the manufacture of reinforced fibreglass buckets. This process was started by Webster-Smallwood last May in the Midland Curling rink on a temporary basis. 

    Two boating accidents, which occurred at widely separated points on Georgian Bay over the weekend, killed a St. Catharine’s youth instantly and critically injured a 52-year-old Toronto man. OPP at Victoria Harbour said Robert Gordon Clark, 19, of 130 River Crest Drive, St. Catharines, was killed in a boating accident that occurred near Honey Harbour about 7 p.m. Sunday.   Two Toronto families, with summer cottages on Midland Point figured in the other boating accident which took place Saturday night. Rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, by Midland-Penetang ambulance, Emilio Nosello, 52, underwent a 5 ½ hour operation for critical injuries to the back of his head. Mr. Nosello was a passenger in a boat driven by his nephew, Joseph DeCarli, 16. 

    Fire, started unintentionally by a juvenile in the lane east of King Street, Midland, between Dominion Avenue and Bay Street Monday at 6.51 p.m. caused an estimated $1,200 damage to a garage. The fire started in oil being spread by Miller Paving Company prior to sanding the lane. “A Juvenile started the fire.” Police Chief George Wainman stated yesterday. “He did not do it intentionally. He just picked up a match and lit it and the oil caught fire.” Fire Chief Arnold Tippin, who with Chief Wainman, questioned the juvenile yesterday, said the damage to the west wall of Boyce’s garage was covered by insurance. Chief Tippin said the garage took the brunt of the blaze and only minor damage resulted to telephone and hydro wires. 

    A section of the road along Con. 15 in Tiny Township was transformed into a slaughter house about 6 p.m. Saturday when a  motor vehicle was in collision with a herd of pigs that apparently had escaped out a farm gate. Eight of the herd, owned by Albert Asselin, R.R. 2, Penetang, were killed instantly. OPP at Victoria Harbour said the vehicle was driven by John Pierce, 21, of Enterprise, Ontario. The car was proceeding west on the concession road, into the setting sun. 

    Enrolment at Midland’s three public schools has increased by 24 pupils over last year’s 1,253 total. This was revealed at Midland Public Schools Board meeting Friday night when a total enrolment of 1,277 was reported. The three schools reported totals as follows: Parkview, 378; Regent, 689 and Bayview, 210. 

   Reassessment of the town of Penetang has taken a little  longer than had first been anticipated according to Assessor Willard Duquette. Mr. Duquette said the Ottawa firm doing the job had run into  a number of complicated problems in attempting to straighten out property lines and discover the owners of some lands within the town. One feature of the reassessment is a new numbering system designed by the assessing firm, said Mr. Duquette noting every single property had been given a number. This includes sufficient numbers for building lots on land which have not yet been subdivided, he added. 

    Knocks and boosts came about evenly divided for Midland Parks Commission at its September meeting in the Municipal Building Thursday night. First item on the agenda was a letter, from Mr. & Mrs. Paul DeMeester from RR 2, Blenheim which said Midland’s Little Lake Park was “one of the nicest places we have ever been in.” The DeMeesters had stopped off at the camp for two days on their way home from holidays spent in North Bay. There was also a lengthy letter from Midland Chamber of Commerce, asking the commission to review its $1 admission charge on motor vehicles of non-residents. The letter said the chamber was not criticizing the work of the commission, a non-paid body of men, but felt a review of conditions was needed after a two-year trial of the admission fee. The letter intimated the chamber had received many verbal complaints, and a few written ones, concerning the admission fee. They had been submitted by persons who merely wished to drive through the park.

25 Years Ago
Major J. Wells arrived in Midland to take charge of the local Salvation Army Corps He succeeded Adjutant Hart who had been granted sick leave. • • • Editorial note — Don’t forget to invite your friends back to Midland for the Autumn Glory weeks of October. It is the loveliest time of the year in these parts when all the trees are aflame, touched by the brush of the Master Painter. • • • Members of Calvary Baptist Church, Midland, unanimously extended a call to Dr. L. J. Ruttan of Agawam, Massachusetts, to be their pastor. • • • The annual memorial service at the Waverley monument was attended by 2,000 persons. Rev. W C Stubbs conducted the service at which Rev. G. S. Lloyd of Midland was the principal speaker. • • • The Great Ziegfeld was showing at Midland’s Capitol theatre and the evening price was 35 cents plus five cents tax. • • • Tom Cranston kicking quarterback of the junior rugby team was elected president of the Midland High School Boys Athletic Association with Frank Bray as vice-president. • • Tom Collins, a horse owned by Herb Taylor of Midland, won third money in the $200 purse trotting race at Lindsay fair. • • • G. R. Polkinghorne purchased the Coldwater butcher and grocery business formerly operated by Devine and Letherby. • • • Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society Fall Fair officials reported 300 society memberships had been sold during the fair and gate receipts totalled $722 compared with $283 the year previous. • • • The Midland branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society was campaigning for $650 to carry on their activities. 

        A radiation protection –survey of Simcoe County will begin this week. Ray Atkinson, the County’s civil defence coordinator announced this week. “Purpose of the survey,” Mr. Atkinson said, “Is to determine the buildings in the county where evacuees could be housed in the event of nuclear fall-out after an attack.” The work will begin in Barrie and will be extended to the main centers in the county, Mr. Atkinson stated. “To cover the whole county will be a tremendous job.” Mr. Atkinson stated, “and we may have to ask for help from volunteers and from service clubs in the county to get the work done.” 

There was plenty of activity for wives of delegates to the conference held by Georgian Bay Development Association at Honey Harbour last week. Relaxing following the luncheon Monday were, left to right, Mrs. Gordon Mallion, Tottenham, wife of the GBDA president; Mrs. J. Stevenson, Bracebridge, daughter of the late Franz Johnson; Mrs. Norman Shill, Mrs. W. N. Keefe and Mrs. W. H. Cranston, all of Midland.  

Also at the conference, Mrs. Russell Quick, Trout Creek, the former Kathy Swaile of Victoria Harbour: Mrs. Wm. Child, Midland, and Mrs. Lillian Rutherford, who covered the distaff side of the conference for this paper, relax on the Delawana patio. 

Second annual conference of the Georgian Bay Development Association brought a number of civic dignitaries together at Honey Harbour. Finding out “what’s next on the agenda?” are, front row, Alderman Bill Thompson, Midland, Art Evans, Bradford, MPP for Simcoe Centre, and Gordon Mallion, GBDA president; back row, GBDA general-manager W. N. Keefe and W. H. Cranston, its secretary-treasurer, both of Midland. 

Second annual conference of the Georgian Bay Development Association brought a number of civic dignitaries together at Honey Harbour. This photo: Rev. Wallace Downer, MPP for Dufferin-Simcoe, gets in a lick far his candidacy for the leadership of the Progressive-Conservative party. Left to right are, William Orr, Midland, Mr. Downer, Mayor Willard Kinzie, Barrie, and CKMP’s Bruce Armstrong. 

Fifty years ago, Tom Contois and Delina Charlebois drove to St. Ann’s Church, Penetang, in a horse and buggy to exchange wedding vows. On Saturday, Sept. 16, they did it all over again, this time to St. Margaret’s Church, Midland, on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary. They had two horses and a democrat this time, driven by Colin Lawson. Their many friends and relatives lent a modern era note by following in cars with the usual horn honking that attends weddings nowadays. 

Happy winner of $15.00 prize on August 28th was Mrs. P. Ducaire, Fox Street, Penetang. Shown here presenting the prize is Miss Bernie Hamelin of Cross Country Stores. Photo contained in an ad for Cross Country Stores. 

Football enters the local sports scene for the first time this season when the MPDHS juniors play host to Collingwood in a game slated to start at 3 p.m. today. Providing protection for quarterback Mike Dubeau are, left to right, Paul Davidson, Jim Dubeau and Dave Hook. 

This is fall fair time in many North Simcoe communities and who knows maybe one of these geese may pop up in the prize list at Midland this week. Even if they don’t, they’ll make a tasty dish on some table come Thanksgiving Day, next month.


Work has now begun on the new bridge to span the small river leading out of Black Lake and connecting with the Severn River. Except for a narrow gap, the river was almost closed off by sand fill while the three piers were being built. A new road to the north of the bridge will eventually open up the Burrough’s [sic] Lake area to summer cottagers. 

Welcome sight to most Midlanders was the start made on resurfacing some seven miles of town streets last week. Above one of the trucks is seen giving Gloucester Street a coat of sand over the tar, on the block between Lindsay and William Streets. 


Says Sales Pitch Vital in Industrial Promotion 

County Herald headline of September 22, 1961. Not too many industries are going to seek out communities for new factory location. The communities are going to have to sell themselves. So Spencer Kerr, president of Kerr Piping, told the recent Georgian Bay Economic Development Conference at Honey Harbour. His firm recently established itself in the region. 

    Brownies, Girl Guides, Cubs, Boy Scouts, CGIT and Sea Cadets will hold their annual district church parade this Sunday afternoon, Sept 24. This third annual church parade on Youth Sunday will form up at Midland Town Park at 2 p.m. and will parade to 3 o’clock services at Knox Presbyterian Church and St. Margaret’s Church. Service at St. Margaret’s will be conducted by Rev. G. Bean and the service at Knox Presbyterian Church will be led by members of the Midland and District Ministerial  Association. 

    Penetang’s re-activated school patrol, with a total of 41 members, is working out “quite well,” according to Sgt. Marcel Dorion, police officer in charge of the group. Sgt. Dorion said six intersections are being patrolled at the moment and more will be added. He remarked that adults not crossing at the guards is setting a bad example for the youth. 

ELLERY – To Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ellery, 72 Elizabeth Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Thursday, September 7, 1961, a son.
EVANS — To Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Evans, Victoria Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, September 12, 1961, a daughter.
GRISCUKS — To Mr. and Mrs. Victor Griscuks, Port Severn, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, September 8, 1961, a daughter.
HILLIARD – To Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hilliard, 209 Charles Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1961, a son.
MELNICHUK – To Mr. and Mrs. Dave Melnichuk, nee Margaret Lavigne, Toronto, at St. Michael’s Hospital, Tuesday, August 29, 1961, a daughter.
MOSLEY — To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mosley, RR 1, Wyebridge, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, September 12, 1961, a son.
QUINN – To Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Quinn, 100 Elizabeth Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, September 8, 1961, a son, Bradley. 

    A total of approximately 2,800 persons visited Penetang Chamber of Commerce information booth during the two summer months it was open, according to M. F. Bellehumeur, chairman of the chamber’s tourist and publicity committee. He said the total was very likely a great deal higher than this, since many people came to the booth but failed to sign the register. Addresses of those who did sign, include a half dozen provinces of Canada, and approximately 18 States, with the farthest being California. In addition there was one registration from London, England, Mr. Bellehumeur noted. Enquiries of the visitors ran a gamut of subjects with the great majority asking for accommodation and some of them looking for places they could stay next year, he said.   

Mrs. Marcel Bellehumeur, Chamber of Commerce Secretary, Marcel Bellehumeur, Councillor Hubert Patenaude and Mrs. Patenaude assured Penetang’s representation at the GBDA economic conference at Honey Harbour this week. 

Iowa isn’t the only place where the sunflowers are growing tall this year. Even an English (double) variety dwarfs Miss M. E. Duffett and two small friends in her garden on Midland’s Frederick Street. Girls are Heather and Karen Ireland. 

Interest in calf club work by the boys and girls in district 4-H Clubs has never been higher than it is this year, according to Keith Clay, North Simcoe assistant agrep. Mary Turner of Con. 2, Flos, prepares her entry for the junior beef class at Elmvale fair Tuesday. 

This huge book, with 30 aluminum pages, each measuring four feet by five feet was one of the attractions at the conference staged by Georgian Bay Development Association at Delawana Inn this week. So were models Donna Bush, Gail Carr, Shirley Wallace and Gisela Von Schneideresser (left to right). The girls were a part of the demonstration of “Hair styles for fall” put on as part of the women’s program by Mrs. James Colling of Midland. 

When MPDHS seniors take the field here this afternoon in their first game of the season against Collingwood, coach Doug Swales hopes to get full mileage out of the above five veteran members of his team. Players are Brian Dubeau, Frank Wice, Don Popple, Jerry Reedy and Bill Binkley. The game is slated to start at 3 p.m.


Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – September 1st to 15th, 1961

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Due to time restraints we will forgo the news portion of our series for the first two weeks of September 1961 and do a pictorial review instead. 

One of the eye-catching displays on view at the Midland Horticultural Society “Festival of Flowers ’61” last week was this huge apartment-style birdhouse for martins. Pretty Marion Allinson of Hamilton gives an idea of the size of the house.

When the Haidee sailed into Midland Tuesday noon with these girls aboard it marked the end of another banner season at Camp Kitchikewana, operated on Beausoleil Island by Midland YMCA for more than 30 years. Many parents were on the dock to whisk the youngsters home—and back to school. 

Winner of the Simcoe County ladies’ golf championship two years ago, Mrs. Cecil English of Midland (left) regained her title in matches played at Midland Golf and Country Club last week. Her losing opponent in the final match was Mrs. Norman Holmes of Orillia. The picture was taken just after Mrs. English closed out the match on the 15th hole. 

Typical of other scenes throughout North Simcoe at this time of year is this picture of farmers threshing crops in a field. The threshing outfit, center background, was hard at work in a field near Wyebridge this week. 

The best rattler is a dead rattler most citizens believe. Here Mrs. Julian Lahey of Penetang displays a 26-inch rattlesnake her husband killed near their cottage on Cognashene Bay. 

Long awaited by Midlander’s especially, the widening of County Road 2 (Vindin Street) between Midland and Highway 27 is now underway. When the road is widened and the curves straightened Midland officials hope it will take care of much of the truck traffic which now travels along King Street. 

Many notable improvements the landscaping have been effected at Martyrs’ Shrine, Midland, in recent years. Now workmen are starting to clear up the shoreline along the Wye River. Picture above shows progress to date. 

Everybody seems pleased with their scores at the official opening of the new Huronia Lanes in Midland Wednesday night. Seated are Mayor Charles Parker, left, and Rev. Len Self; standing, left to right, Alderman Oliver Lesperance, Harley Perkins, representing the firm which installed the new alleys, and Glen Campbell, manager. (Above Campbell Auto Supply in 1961, lately the Rec Room, corner of Third and Bay) 

Midland’s newest recreation center, Brooklea Golf and Country Club, sparkles in the late summer sun. The colorful clubhouse and attractive swimming pool caught the eye of many tourists passing by on adjacent Highway 27 this summer. 

Last Wednesday’s violent wind and rain storm brought this huge maple limb crashing down on the grounds of Georgian Manor in Penetang. The branches fell just short of the big windows in the new section of the building, being rushed to completion. 

This giant sunflower is apparently a gift to Mr. and Mrs. Stan Harman, Russell Street, from the Grosbeaks they feed all winter. In any event Mr. Harman says the 10-foot tall specimen was not planted by human hands. Some of its leaves measure 18 inches across. 

No strangers to Penetang are the new Presbyterian minister, Rev. Alan Ross, and his family. Mr. Ross was a student minister at Penetang before taking his first charge at Assinaboia, Sask. Mrs. Ross served as a nurse in Penetang General Hospital and the two boys, Alexander (Sandy), 3, and Jamie, 1, were born in Penetang. 

For the first time in more than five years, First Presbyterian Church, Penetang, has its own full-time minister. Induction services were held Thursday night for Rev. Alan Ross. Among the clergy taking part were, left to right front row, Rev. Ralph MacKenzie, Duntroon, Mr. Ross, Rev. J. J. Jennings, Meaford; back row, Rev. Charles Carter, Victoria Harbour, and Rev. W. L. Young, Collingwood. 

Umpires and coaches above are ironing out the ground rules prior to the game Thursday night in which Midland Indians eliminated Alliston Braves in the South Simcoe Baseball League semi-finals. Left to right are Bun Deschamp, Midland and Bill Gray, Alliston, coaches; umpires Ted Watson, Barrie, and Bill Gowan and Reg Westbrooke, Creemore. 

This new section of Midland-Penetang District High School relieved much of the crowding of last year when the new term opened Tuesday. The addition is at the rear, west portion of the school, and there’s another one on the east end. 

 W. G. D’Aoust of Penetang, left, explains a new area tourist promotion scheme to Mayor Jerome Gignac of Penetang, centre, and William Orr, president of Midland Chamber of Commerce, at a recent meeting in Barrie, sponsored by the Brewers’ Warehousing Company Limited. In the scheme, an area map and pictures of historic sites and other points of interest are to be featured in displays in Brewers’ Warehouse stores, locally. —Photo by Favero. 

The Huron Roller Mill was built in the late 1800s by George Copeland Sr. The mill was located on the corner of Brock and Main Street, and had the very technologically advanced process of grinding wheat with rollers instead of traditional stones. The mill was able to produce four hundred barrels of flour a day! To find out more about the Huron Roller Mill and the history of Penetanguishene, visit the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives! (Courtesy PCMA)

Many fine new homes have been built in Elmvale in recent months. These three are located in the southwest corner of the village, near the district high school. A number of others have been built recently in the northwest section. 

Annual field day Sunday wound up another big season for the men’s section of Midland Golf and Country Club. Winners of the four trophies this year, front row, left to right, were Les Barber (Orillia trophy), Lorne Watson (seniors), Doug Haig (club champion), and Bob Cote (Wallace trophy). Runners-up in back row are Ken Tannahill (Orillia trophy), Bill Hack (club championship) and Herb Beauchamp (Wallace trophy). Bill Hack also had low gross on field day, a 68. 

This new addition to Hillsdale Public School was put in use for the first time this week. It contains one large classroom and modern washroom facilities. W. G. Watkins, Elmvale, were the contractor and Carswell and Griesbach the architects.

The British had big plans in store for Penetanguishene in the days when Americans were considered our enemies. Pictured above are the plans, compiled under the instructions of the commanding Royal-Engineer in Canada and drawn by surveyor Nelson Walker in February and March, 1852, to strengthen Fort Penetanguishene, indicated by the shaded areas on the point at right. The triangular and square redoubts, located on the opposite shore, were to provide additional strength. The threat from the U.S. ended and the plans were abandoned. —Photo submitted by Mrs. W. W. Jury.


Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – August 23rd to 31st, 1961

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County Herald headline of August 25, 1961.

Closer looks at pleasure boat safety measures will provide some concrete leads out of the dilemma currently facing federal and provincial governments with respect to regulations governing pleasure boats. Officials hope the two sessions will provide some concrete leads out of the dilemma currently facing federal and provincial governments with respect to regulations governing pleasure boats. Pressures (for and against) have been mounting from boat owners, cottagers, manufacturers and tourist resort operators as a result of recent recommendations made for improved boating safety. It is expected the Ottawa conference will be a stormy session.  Manufacturers of boat engines, boats, trailers and boating equipment will hold a national industry conference at Honey Harbour. Safety and boat licensing are said to be important items on the agenda. Many people, including government officials, manufacturers and tourist resort operators, say licensing is not the answer. They point out that experience of U.S. authorities in this field bears out this contention. 

These four men, all descendants of early pioneer settlers of the Midland area, took part in the unveiling of a plaque honouring the founding of Midland Tuesday. Left to right are Mayor Charles Parker, a descendent of William Buchanan, who obtained a crown deed to the land in 1841; Harvey White, CPR agent and grandson of Jabez Dobson; Richard Moore, grandson of Richard Murphy; and Robert J. Roberts, grandson of Thomas Hartley. Dobson, Murphy, Hartley and John Smith are generally credited with being the first four settlers of the town. 

These are busy days at Midland Golf and Country Club, where the ladies are battling it out for the Simcoe County golf title. Checking a few scores are left to right, front row, Mrs. Shirley Jeffery, Mrs. Janice Laking, Barrie, Mrs. Jack Moss and Miss Margaret Robinson; back row— Mrs. C. Webb, Barrie, Mrs. Ken Williams and Mrs. V. Wilson. 

Editorial page photo entitled; “Pastoral Scene Near Penetanguishene”. 

    Midland’s Junior Band has won top honours in its class in the Canadian National Exhibition competition. Word was received yesterday that the town’s junior band had won first place in the junior brass band class at the CNE with a mark of 172 compared with its closest rival, Meaford, which obtained 160 points. 

   A petition from the Midland Hairdressers’ Association asking Midland council to enact a bylaw to govern and regulate the operation of hairdressing establishments in Midland was considered by council Monday night. Clerk-treasurer Wm. A. Hack advised council that, in view of the petition, he had obtained a copy of an Orillia bylaw pertaining to the same subject. After discussion, council decided to forward a copy of the Orillia bylaw to the local hairdressers’ association for consideration.

     Midland has been asked by the federal government to aid that body in finding a location to construct a federal building to house the post office. The site discussed at the meeting is in the downtown area, off the the main street. Following the meeting press and radio representatives were asked to withhold information to the exact location of the site until more definite action is taken. 

Dear Editor: One of the old hulls removed from Midland Bay during the springr of 1961 was that of the side-wheel steamer (steel) Imperial,  length 300 feet, width 41 ft. 9 Inches outside guards and depth 7.6 feet, gross tons 1098, registered tons 578, Official No. 121945. She was built originally as the steel side-wheel steamer Queen by W. C. White, and launched in the Lachine Canal on Nov. 14. 1888. She was towed to the Tate shipyard where she was finished and renamed Sovereign, Official No. 131945. She had a vertical beam engine built by Eagle Foundry Co., of Montreal. On March 17, 1906, she burned in winter quarters at Lachine. Insured for S50,000 and underwriters raised her in the spring of 1907 and sold her to the St. Lawrence Canadian Navigation Co. She was rebuilt at Sorel to dimensions of, length 250 feet, width 41 feet 9 inches, outside guards and depth 7.6 feet, gross tons 1098, registered tons 578 renamed Imperial. In 1927 she was sold to the Georgian Bay Tourist Co. of Midland. She was never operated by this company, but was dismantled in 1929 and her registry was closed on Nov. 20, 1929.


Free Press Herald headline of August 30, 1961. 
Based on information it had received, Midland council at a special meeting Monday night decided in favor of a plant treatment system of sewage disposal rather than a lagooning system. The decision was made at the request of the Midland Planning Board whose chairman, J. E. Lawlor, requested council’s decision as to the type of sewage disposal planned. Mr. Lawlor, who appeared with planning board members Walter Kluck and Kenneth Cowan, said the decision was imperative so the board could advise its consultants, so they could proceed with the official plan on schedule. “The consultants work will be at a standstill until we get a decision,” Mr. Lawlor added. The board chairman pointed out it would be more costly to work on an assumption of one type of sewage system and then find it had been decided to use another type of system. “It is Imperative we get a final decision so there will be no additional cost.” Mr. Lawlor added. 

   Nearly 1,850 Tay Township residents will be eligible to cast ballots in the local option vote being held in the township, Sept 6, Clerk Ralph Dalton revealed yesterday. Residents will be asked whether or not they approve women’s beverage rooms, men’s beverage rooms, dining room licences, dining lounge licences and lounge licences. 

    Tempers flared at a special meeting of Midland council, Monday night when Alderman Wm. Thompson raised a question about gravel delivered  to the town pit by two contractors. Suggesting that some doubt had been expressed that the 4,000 yards of gravel contracted for might not have been delivered in full. Mr. Thompson said. “One ratepayer said that if there is any more than 2,700 yards in the pit at the present time he’d eat it.” Mayor Charles Parker, at last week’s meeting, said of the 4,000 yards delivered about 800 had been used leaving a total of 3,200 yards still in the pit. 

     Midland council at a special meeting Monday night, unanimously agreed to start negotiations for the employment of Ule Luksep, professional engineer of Islington, as municipal engineer at a salary of $8,000 per year, his employment to commence Oct. 1. Mayor Charles Parker pointed out that when terms of the engineer’s employment had been mutually agreed upon, town solicitor Douglas Haig would prepare a bylaw setting forth the terms of employment. Council’s decision in favor of Mr. Luksep followed many meetings and interviews when nearly 20 applicants were considered for the position. 

“A GREAT SUCCESS’’ was the verdict at the closing Saturday night of the “Festival of Flowers” held in Midland curling rink. A flowerless, but attractive arrangement of wood, leaves and cones, claims the attention of Carolyn Ann Burke, Sheila Scott and Jane Scott, left to right, in the lower photo. 

F. Hopkins and his year-old-granddaughter, Charlene Hutchinson of Wyebridge, admire a huge floral arrangement displayed by Midland YMCA. 

This resuscitator was presented to Wyevale District Fire Brigade, August 21, by Wyevale LOL. Left to right are, Lorne Caston, master of the lodge; Bill Marcellus, deputy-master; Howard French, township fire chief; Graham Webb, treasurer of the lodge; and Duke Caston, chief of the district brigade. 

The past week has been a busy one at Emmaus Baptist Chapel on Yonge Street East, Midland, where a vacation Bible school was held daily. Some of the 60 children registered are seen above, with Mrs. L. Wadge, Sunday School superintendent. 

An industry which hires only handicapped persons, Midland Reliable Ltd. is busy turning out souvenir chuck wagons for next year’s Calgary Stampede. Alf Tuttle, manager of the firm (standing) is seen with Stan Vincent (left) and “Mac” McFarland. With prospects of improved business ahead, other handicapped persons are being asked to register with the firm for possible future employment. [This two storey cement block building was on the south side of Colborne Street between Manly and Russell and was at times home to Lloyd Murday’s cement casting and contruction business, Wilson & Bell Plumbing, Harvey Benoit Landscaping, Barber & Haskill appliance warehouse, Dave Hudson Electrician and is now a private dwelling.] 

Happy smiles readily indicate these gals were the big winners in the Simcoe County ladies’ golf championships in Midland last week. Mrs. Cecil English of Midland (centre front), the new county champ, is flanked by flight winners Mrs. Elwood Webb, Barrie, left, and Mrs. Bill Hack, Midland. Consolation winners in the various flights in back row are, left to right, Mrs. R. E. Smith, Barrie, Mrs. Larry Smith, Collingwood, and Mrs. R. L. Ideson, Barrie. 

A host of friends and relatives greeted Mr. and Mrs. Herman Robinson, Con. 5. Tay Township, when they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding recently.

[Caption and photos from 1960 article.] Truly a family business is the S. Reid and Sons grocery at Victoria Harbour. Founded by the late Samuel Reid 65 years ago, the store is still run by his sons, William, left, and Walter, and daughter Miss Eva J. Reid. The store has been in continuous operation on the same site since April 8, 1895. 

Ten Years Ago
An official award from the American Association for State and OraI History had been received by Huronia House Museum, Midland. It was one of the first Canadian institutions to be so honored by the American Association. * * * Nearly 500 attended the Newtonville SS No 10. Tay school reunion marking the 52nd anniversary of the school. * * * Joseph Victor Laderoute, an internationally known tenor, had returned to the Lafontaine haunts of his boyhood and presented a benefit concert in Holy Cross Church, Lafontaine. * * * Midland Public Utilities Commission was bringing into use its new high voltage transmission lines. * * * A joint meeting of representatives of the boards of Penetang General Hospital and St. Andrews Hospital, Midland turned down a proposal for new general hospital location somewhere between the towns. Following the joint meeting Penetang hospital board voted to transfer ownership of Penetang General Hospital to the Grey Sisters. * * * Garbage collection on the beaches, organized by Tiny Township council, was praised at the annual meeting of the Wymbolwood and Mountainview Beach Property Owners Association. There were three collections weekly at the beaches compared to one a week in the city, it was noted. * * * A joint meeting of the Kiwanis Clubs of Midland, Orillia, Barrie, Collingwood and Owen Sound was being planned the Midland club. * * * More than 200 costumed children joined in the parade which marked Penetang’s Youth Day. 

 A lifelong resident of WaverIey and Midland, Morris W. T. Drinkle died unexpectedly, August 20 at his Hanley Street home, Midland, in his 47th year. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. Howard K. Maison  of St. Phillips Church, Weston at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home Midland, August 22. Pallbearers were Garnet Drinkle, Norman Paul, Herbert Hornsby, Morris Darby, Dave Wilcox and Clarence Hall. Born August 31, 1914, in Tay Township, Mr. Drinkle was educated at Waverley Public School and on Jan. 9, 1937, at Elmvale, he married the former Sylvia M. Wood. An Anglican by faith, he was if a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 947 and the Royal Black Preceptory  No. 552. He was a Conservative in politics and was interested in baseball and hockey. He was an employee of Simmonds Transport Ltd., except for the years 1942 to 1954 when he worked in the shipyards at Midland and Collingwood. Besides his widow, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Paul Lalonde (Maureen) and Mrs. Eric Reynolds (Doris), both of Waverley, his mother, Mrs. Norman Drinkle of Waverley, and three grandchildren, Paul and Gregory Lalonde and Peggy Reynolds, all of Waverley. Burial was in St John’s Anglican Cemetery, Waverley. 
A Penetang resident for 50 years, Francis (Frank) Dusome died at his Jeffery Street home August 13, following a coronary thrombosis. He was in his 80th year. Requiem mass was conducted at St. Ann’s Memorial Church, Penetang, August 16, by Rev. G. J. Hamel. Pallbearers were Lawrence Ladouceur, Oliver and Norman Lapensee, Gerard Duquette, Howard Lacroix and Francis Roberts. A native of Alpena, Michigan,  Mr. Dusome came to Canada at an early age and lived in Midland for four years and in 1913 at Penetang he married the former Josephine Lapensee. Retiring as a south shore captain in 1957, Mr. Dusome was fond of fishing, hunting and boating. He is survived by his widow and four sons, Wallace, Highland Point; Leonard, Midland; Ronald, British Columbia, and Clarence, Toronto. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Jim Colling (Elsie), Midland; Mrs. Jack Hood (Irene), Toronto, and Mrs. Art Booth (Marilyn) Orillia and 11 grandchildren.
A native of Lafontaine and a Victoria Harbour resident for the last 61 years, Telesphore Juneau died unexpectedly at his home following a heart attack August 20. He was in his 72nd year. Requiem mass was celebrated by Rev. J. S. Howe at St. Mary’s Church, Victoria Harbour, August 22. Pallbearers were Wilfred Vaillancourt, Lawrence Arbour, Gerald Juneau, John Carpenter, Don Eplett and Henry Lavereau. Born July 1, 1891, Mr. Juneau married the former Madeline Bourrie Dec. 26, 1951, at Victoria Harbour. He was a member of the Victoria Harbour Holy Name Society, a sailor who retired in 1956 and was interested in fishing and baseball. Besides his widow, he is survived by a brother, Eli, of Penetang and one sister, Mrs. Henrietta Dault, Victoria Harbour. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Victoria Harbour.