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

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Good sportsmanship is a trademark of Midland’s Little NHL, here exemplified by Chester Graham, left, and Jon Pettersen. Jon scored three goals and assisted in another as his Rochester Americans beat Chester’s Hershey Bears 4-1 to win the AHL title at Arena Gardens Wednesday night. 

 This cottage at Port McNicoll acquired several “rooms with a view” early Thursday morning when the entire front wall caved under the weight of more than four feet of snow on the roof. Owned by Mrs. R. Loveridge, Toronto, the cottage was less than three years old and is located on the Tay Township side of the road to Paradise Point. Workmen hastily cleared roofs of other cottages at Paradise and Grandview Beaches following this mishap. 

These pupils submitted prize-winning posters in the contest sponsored by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Midland schools. Left to right, front row, are Brian Dunn, Beverley Thompson, June Brownlee, and Donna Lovell; back row — Janette Setterington, Gitta Duwe, Charlotte Lamour, and Deanna Boyce. Awards were presented by Mrs. Charles McElroy and Mrs. J. E. Shaw, including a provincial award to Beverley Thompson. 

Reporters – Photographers Vern Farrow, left, Penetang, and Ken Somers, Midland, right, examine the trophy this newspaper won for best photo journalism in the Ontario Weekly Newspapers Association better newspaper competitions. General manager Robert Chittick, center, presented the trophy to the two men who take most of the pictures which appear in the Free Press Herald and County Herald. 

Pictured are the Tay Telephone System operators Mrs. Jack Todd, Mrs. Laura Belfry and Miss Eva Lidstone. Veteran personnel of the system includes Miss Eva Lidstone, chief operator, and William Grigg, linesman and general supervisor. Miss Lidstone has been employed steadily for the past 32 years. Other operators include Mrs. Jack Todd, Mrs. Laura Belfry, Miss Grace Kirkwood, and Cecil Profit, the night operator. Linesman Stan Robinson is Mr. Grigg’s chief assistant. Article on the same page discusses recent improvements to the system. 

Each year, the Roxy Theatre trophy is presented to the senior boy student at MPDHS who best combines scholarship, leadership, sportsmanship and other qualities. This year’s winner, Wayne Morrison, left, is seen receiving the trophy from Rev. J. L. Self. Wayne is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Morrison, Elizabeth Street. 

“I know just how you feel,” said Judy Mclntyre, as she crowned Gizele Bezner “Queen of Hearts” of MPDHS for 1959 at the Roxy Theatre Thursday night. Judy was last year’s “Queen”. The other contestant visible at the rear is Annette Ducaire of Penetang.

Small but compact, this building is the new home of Tay Municipal Telephone System. Tay clerk-treasurer and secretary of the phone system, Ralph Dalton stands in front. At the rear is the old building which was the home of Tay’s phone system from 1910 until last week. New building and equipment is part of a $30,000 outlay authorized by Tay taxpayers to bring their phone system up to date. 

Moving the big grain carriers around in Midland harbor is a tricky job under the best of circumstances. When the harbor is jammed with ice, as above, the job becomes even more difficult. Here, the CSL’s Goderich, unloaded, is being moved away from the elevator to make room for the Lemoyne by the ice-breaker “Bayport.”

  • Headline from the Free Press Herald, February 18, 1959; “MPDHS Team’s Conduct Results in Ban on Games”. Dissatisfied with student “deportment and conduct” at inter-school sports events. Midland – Penetang District High School officials have withdrawn all interschool sports privileges from the student body. This decision was announced to the students yesterday morning. The move on the part of the physical education teaching staff and principal was precipitated by the actions of the MPDHS junior boy’s basketball team in a recent COSSA game in Collingwood. Director of physical education at MPDHS, William Setterington told this newspaper yesterday that the majority of students (spectators and players) had exhibited very poor sportsmanship during games. He said referees and game officials were booed and criticized during sports events and some players had argued with officials. Mr. Setterington said all teams were guilty. He added that MPDHS teams had two or three times as many fouls called against them as other teams.
  • Headline from the County Herald newspaper, February 20, 1959; “Adopt Hold Line Policy on Police Salary Brief”. On most items, “no change from the present arrangement was the recommendation from Midland council’s police committee to the special meeting of the council called Wednesday afternoon to consider the brief submitted by the town’s police officers. The items which received the “no change” treatment were; salary increases, annual vacations, statutory holidays, hours of work, clothing, and equipment and sick leave. … Concerning the police force’s request for council’s payment of 50 percent of the cost of Ontario Hospital Insurance, the council decided to defer this matter until consideration was being given to the town’s budget.
  • Two men narrowly escaped death when a car and a one-ton truck collided on Highway 27, about a mile north of Wyebridge, early Sunday evening. In St. Andrews Hospital with chest injuries and numerous abrasions about the face and arms is Dr. James Small, well known Midland physician. Another Midland resident, Elmer Lacroix, luckily escaped without a scratch.
  • After nearly half a century in the old stand, Tay Municipal Telephone System moved into a brand new building at Victoria Harbour last week. True, it didn’t move far— just one door away, in fact. But for the TMTS it was a big step, one which could cost as much as $30,000 before it’s all finished. That’s the sum ratepayers of the township approved to bring the old system “up to date.” The new brick veneer building, measuring 18 by 30 feet, is only a portion of the program. Included are a new switchboard, new cables, new telephones and a general improvement of the lines. The new cable is the first step in making single party phones available to all who want them. They will too, enable the system to cut the heavy load on some of the lines, three of which have 20 or more subscribers.
  • Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce will mark the 10th anniversary of its inception at a banquet and dance Feb. 21 in Bourgeois dining room, Victoria Harbour. Driving force behind the organization of the Midland Jaycees was Lawren Johnson, who was also the club’s first president. Among its members during the past 10 years have been. Dr. Dalton Martin, Frank Swales, Bill Russell, Larry Dumais, John Corcoran, Ray Smith, Bruce Gilbert, Tim Nesbitt, Charlie Onley, John Burke, Bill Spiker, Ed Jeffery. Executive officers for 1959 are George McLaughlin, president; Bill Bennett, 1st vice-president; Peter Matts, 2nd vice-president; Cliff Ornsby, secretary; Ben Westlaken, treasurer.
  • A group of volunteers had difficulty Sunday pumping a reported six feet of water out of the converted Fairmile “Nadine,” tied up at Penetang dock. An investigation was launched when it was noticed the craft had developed a considerable list, and water was discovered in the hold. Several portable pumps were required to drain the vessel and bring her back to an even keel. The trouble apparently started when frost worked on the fitting plate of a seacock in the craft’s hull, and finally developed a leak.
  • Nine North Simcoe district music students achieved first class honors and four others honors in examinations in Midland conducted by the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. An announcement from the conservatory reveals the following students were successful in the tests: GRADE III THEORY Harmony — honors, George Haskill; pass, Bill Bates, Danny Richardson. GRADE II THEORY First class honors, Tony Moffat; Elizabeth J. Watkinson; Karen Blair; Anne Webster; Lynn Johnston, Lloyd Preston, Ardath Zimmer; honors, Gail Webster; Louise Bellehumeur, Frank Rynex; pass, Robin Benson, Kathleen McElroy, Ian Brownlee; Jean Lethbridge, Heather Scott. GRADE I THEORY First class honors, Jane Campbell; Gail Richardson.
  • Obituary; LORAN WILLIAMS, A former Tay Township councillor and secretary-treasurer of S. S. No. 5 Tay, Loran Williams died of a heart attack at his home R.R. No. 1 Penetang, Jan. 18. He was in his 68th Funeral service was held at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home Jan. 21 with Rev. Charles H. Carter conducting the service. Pallbearers were Fred Ball, Hugh Curry, John Curry, Walter Edwards, Edward Stewart and Thomas Zoschke. A life-long resident of this district, Mr. Williams was instrumental in getting Hydro and telephone service to the Midland Point area. Besides farming, Mr. Williams worked as engineer on the Midland City for several summers and then as stationary engineer at the Midland Shipyards. Mr. Williams, who was married 39 years ago to the former Ruth Mustard, was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Besides his widow, Mr. Williams is survived by four sons, Archie, St. Catharines; Alvin, Midland Point; John, Midland, and Raymond, Burlington; one daughter, Mrs. Michael Chapman (Marion), Midland Point, and seven grandchildren. (Alvin Williams Road at Midland Point)
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – Midland Public Schools Board has discussed plans with a Toronto architect for constructing an addition to Regent Public School. W. M. Thompson, a former mayor of Penetang, was appointed Crown Attorney in Simcoe County. His appointment filled the vacancy caused by the death of Frank Hammond. * * * The Georgian Bay Tourist Co.of Midland Ltd. decided to go out of business. The Midland City, the S.S. City of Dover and the Waterbus, which the company owned, were to be offered for sale immediately. (We are in that situation again with the “For Sale” sign hanging on the Miss Midland and the Georgian Queen retired from cruising.) * * * Potato growers in Lafontaine area were seeking auxiliary storage space with a capacity of 50,000 bushels to store surplus potato crop. * * * * Two hundred and fifty visitors from all parts of Canada were in Midland for the presentation of the charter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Fifty charter members and 25 candidates were given the obligations of the order during the ceremony. * * *  More than 40 persons were employed at the Penetang Block and Brick Co. which had received a quarter million dollar order for its cement products. * * * At a special meeting of Coldwater council, Lawrence Devine was named village assessor and Wm. J. Hawke as hydro superintendent. * * * It was estimated that 7,000 persons attended the 11th annual Honey Harbour winter carnival and dog derby.
  • Farmers in the Lafontaine area are looking forward to the time when several feet of snow covering the ground starts to thaw. None will be concerned about flood conditions so long as water is the result. Some farms have been faced with the task of hauling water for some time, while several others are watching their water supply dwindle day by day toward the point where they too will have to seek a new source. Rosaire Moreau said he is now hauling water to a half-dozen farms, and that he expects this number to increase in the near future. Mr. Moreau said he knows of a number of farmers who are transporting their own supply of water.
  • Midland council, meeting in special session Wednesday afternoon, approved its share of the proposed 14 room addition to Midland – Penetang District High School. The estimated cost of the addition will be $300,000 made up of $240,000 for 12 additional classrooms and $60,000 for two rooms likely to be used for commercial and shop practice. Pointing out that on present public school attendance the high school board estimates that by 1965 the expected enrolment will be 1,280.
  • George Wainman of the Midland Police department has been appointed meter maintenance man for 1959. On a motion approved by Midland council, Sgt. Wainman will be paid $40 per month to maintain and service the meters. His duties will commence March 1 and will terminate when the meters are removed from their standards for the season. Police Committee Chairman James Mackie told council that revenue from the parking meters had increased considerably. In 1955 it amounted to S4,000, in 1956, $4,200, in 1957, $7453 and in 1958, $9000, he said.
  • Editorial – DR. A. H. PINCHIN raised a good point in an address to Midland Home and School Association this week that might well be given serious consideration by educational authorities. Quoting Dr. Penfield, a noted Montreal neurologist who has been studying man’s ability to assimilate languages, Dr. Pinchin said the peak of man’s ability in this field is reached by the age of 13 or 14. After that time, his capacity to learn and retain languages steadily declines. “Yet we find most people trying to learn languages at the university level, long after they have reached the peak in this particular field,” the Midland physician stated. He noted that language is a faculty a child acquires. He is not born with it. A Canadian-born infant placed in a German, Russian or Egyptian home will speak that language as proficiently as he would speak English if he remained in Canada. The ability of children to assimilate new languages has been amply demonstrated in Midland schools, where European-born children frequently have learned to speak better English than native-born Canadians. Dietmar Wagner, who won provincial public speaking honors, is one example. Yet his father, certainly above average intelligence in other endeavors, has admitted he could not begin to match the progress of his son in this particular field. It would appear then Canadians should be given the opportunity to learn more than one language at an age when they are most receptive — in public school. Perhaps, as the doctor said, in about 25 years the authorities will get around to this approach. Let us hope, as he does, that it does not take that long. (Ontario legislation authorized French language in elementary and high schools in 1969, Le Caron opened in 1982.)
  • MPDHS Hysterics by David Maheu – Before talking about the “twirp” season, I would like to extend my personal congratulations to Gizele Bezner, this year’s “Queen of Hearts”. Also to be commended is Richard Wright, who won the best supporting actor trophy at the drama festival this year. Last, but not least, the Bantam Basketball Team merits praise for winning the league championship. * * *  Now for the “twirp” season. This year it has been a big success. And one of the reasons that it was is that the students helped put it over. The court last Friday morning heard quite an array of charges and meted out penalties. Along with his 12-man jury, Judge Blouin found Miss Bonnie Brewer guilty of failing to twirp. She was therefore put into the custody of Ron Marchildon (and don’t think any tears were shed over it) for the rest of the day. Court charges were read by Bernie Arbour. The second case was that of Jean Lethbridge charged with flirting with Mr. Blouin and failing to twirp. The unanimous decision of the jury was guilty! She was sentenced to push a jelly bean across the gym floor with her nose. This was to be done at the hard time dance Friday night. Lynn McAllen pleaded not guilty to a charge of refusing to wash Frank Okenka’s socks. The court found her guilty and sentenced her to wash his socks at the dance. Next victim was Linda Pyley, accused of leading a gang of juvenile delinquents who jumped Wayne Broad one dark night. The plaintiff Broad was called to the stand and, when asked to name the other members, could not do so. He said, “They all wore masks except the leader Linda Ryley.” Miss Ryley pleaded innocent but was found guilty. Her penalty was to shave Wayne Broad at the dance. Apparently, it was a good thing that the razor lacked a blade or there might have been some throats cut. Gizele Bezner, “Queen of Hearts”, was found guilty of bribing votes in the “Queen of Hearts” contest. Her penalty was to kiss the all-male jury and the judge. The next case was that of Gail Carr who invited Bill “Weasel” Moss to the show one night and somehow forgot her wallet. She was found guilty and as a penalty was made to blow into a bowl of flour until she reached the penny placed on the bottom. Betty Ann McCullough and Bev Scott were jointly accused of refusing to carry John Bell’s books and, on top of this, they hid them. They were sentenced to sing a song with John Bell.

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

Click on Photos to EnlargeGizele Bezner of Midland was named Queen of Hearts at the Roxy Theatre last night. The new teen-age sovereign will receive a host of prizes from Penetang and Midland merchants. Runners-up were Carol Van Luven, Rosemary Shiels, Annette Ducaire arid Judy Belaire. Gizele, 18, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Bezner, is a Grade 13 student at Midland-Penetang District High School and hopes to enter university when she graduates from high school. 

Clerk of session Don Swinson holds the semi-illuminated scroll that he read and presented to Rev. J. L. Self, at the annual meeting of Knox Presbyterian Church. Centre, Tommy Trew presents Mr. Self with new vestments on behalf of the session. Mrs. Self received a bouquet of roses, presented by Adam Millar, absent when the photo was taken. 

Penetang Hurons’ hopes of getting some junior “C” playoff action are much brighter following a weekend in which they trimmed Richmond Hill Orioles twice. Left to right above are, front row, John Dubeau, Larry Merkley, Rodger Gray, Terry Pike, John Decarle; back row, Owen Weiser, Ralph Ironside, Al Arbour, Joe Huston, Tom Lancaster, Al Robillard, and John McCann. Missing when the picture was taken were “Buzz” Deschamp and John Brodeur. 

Winter or summer, there’s always interesting scenery at Balm Beach. This past week there were no bathing beauties on this road, only a few yards from the main beach. Snow was piled almost as high as the cottage visible in the rear. A half-mile further west the main road through the beach area was blocked entirely. 

James Lazonby, the provincial meteorologist at Coldwater, said this week that 221 inches of snow had fallen in this area from Nov. 4 to Feb. 9. The figure represents more than 18 feet. Mr. Lazonby said that from Nov. 4 to Dec. 19 more than six feet of snow had fallen. He revealed that Sunday night it was 28 below zero at Coldwater. Pictured is the corner at Balm Beach in front of the arcade. 

“Running the army”, even a small branch such as Midland Troop “C” Squadron of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters, means plenty of work for the headquarters staff. Pte. Joyce Rutherford types out an order under the watchful eye of Lieut. J. A. Downer, officer commanding. In the other corner, W02, B. A. Parker checks an orderly room detail with Trooper, Jim Parker. 

Everybody’s all smiles as coach Miss Dorothy Enright gives the MPDHS senior girls’ basketball team a pep talk prior to Friday’s game with Barrie Central Collegiate. 

Chairman of Midland Jaycees 50-50 Club contest, Doug White presents a cheque to Manley Gilbank of Penetang, the first winner of the monthly contest. Funds raised in the contest will be used in Jaycee community projects. 

Line superintendent Moreland Mount; Linesman Elgin West, General Superintendent Frank Yon, Linesman Norm Savage. Standing by the new service truck are these line crew members of the Midland P.U.C. Staff who are helping you to “LIVE BETTER ELECTRICALLY”. 

There’s plenty of both work and play (with pay) for young men who join Midland’s Troop “G” Squadron of, the Grey and Simcoe Foresters. In the bottom photo Sgts. John Hilliard, left, and Bill Elrick give three recruits a lecture on first aid as part of a civil defence course. When recruits reach more advanced rank they get a crack at one of the big tanks seen in the photo above. Left to right are Sgt. C. A. Sheriff, Trooper Robt. Scott, Trooper R. J. Wright and Sgt. D. G. McPeake.


  • Midland Free Press headline of February 11, 1959; Penetang Council Backs Closed Session Proposal. Penetang council has decided to hold one of its semi-monthly meetings as a committee of the whole and exclude the press from the discussions which take place at this session. This information was imparted to a representative of this newspaper at the close of the regular meeting of council Monday night. So far as the representative of this newspaper could learn, no vote had been taken on the proposal. Mayor Jerome Gignac, who had been asked by Free Press Herald reporter Vern Farrow whether he would be permitted to attend the meetings of the committee of the whole, informed the press representative “they were strictly committee meetings and were not open to the press.”
  • County Herald headline of February 13, 1959; Drift Derails “Snow Train” on Penetang CNR Line. The heaviest snowfall in more than 10 years has tied up road traffic and halted schools throughout the province and this week was responsible for the derailment of a CNR “snow train” in North Simcoe. The train, comprised of a snow spreader and ditcher, two diesel units, an equipment car, and caboose, running out of Allandale to Penetang, was derailed about two miles north of Perkinsfield station. 
  • A decision of the Scott Misener Steamships Ltd. to withdraw 23 boats from the canal service will have an adverse effect in the South Georgian Bay area. As a result, some 12 licenced mariners in Midland, Penetang, Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour, and Waubaushene may not have boats to go to this spring. This list includes captains, mates, and engineers. In addition, another fifty unlicenced men, such as deckhands, wheelsmen and other trades, will also face the loss of employment unless posts can be found for them on other ships. The cause of the Misener decision is the pending opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway and competition from foreign ships. These latter vessels will now be able to go direct to the Lakehead for their loads. It will no longer be necessary to transship at Port Colborne, Kingston, Prescott or other ports to canalers in order to get the grain to ocean ports, it was stated. Marine officials in this area said other navigation companies would undoubtedly be faced with the same decision — whether or not to compete with the foreign vessels.
  • Ted Cadeau of Cambridge Street, complained in a letter to Penetang council that he had no garbage pick-up or snow plowing. The letter, which had been sent to the town’s auditors, threatened that the writer would not pay any more taxes until he received an answer. Councillor Ray McDonald, chairman of streets, said this problem had been brought up before. He explained the street was too narrow and too rough to put a plow on. According to the chairman, the street is not one controlled by the town, but rather is on “tannery property,” It was recommended that no action be taken on the letter.
  • Tiny Township council was told Saturday that spraying of weeds along road allowances could have a detrimental effect on bees, and subsequently could result in a lack of seed crop, particularly in the case of red clover. Reg Gignac claimed bees are poisoned by the spray and asked that consideration be given to the elimination of this project. He said he has hives spread over a considerable portion of the township, and that these were a big help to farmers. (It has only taken 60 years for concerned citizens to be heard on this issue, Mr. Gignac was ahead of his time.)
  • A bid of $6,500 for the old band hall at Midland and Dominion Avenues was accepted by Midland council at its meeting Monday night. The successful bidder, one of two who submitted offers, was K. S. Lewis, a Midland chiropractor. Mr. Lewis also submitted plans of proposed renovations which hopes to make to the building. These include a chiropractic center and apartments. The only other offer for the building was $6,000. Council indicated it felt either bidder would make a good owner.
  • Working in extremely cold weather, but protected from the elements by plywood and tarpaulin enclosures, a construction crew employed by Finlay McLachlan Company has the bridge spanning the Moon River on the new Trans-Canada Highway, between Footes Bay and Port Severn, nearly completed. To provide winter employment, work was resumed on the bridge after a halt had been called because of weather conditions. The federal government is paying the additional cost of cement work in the winter. About 15 men from the area are employed on the project, under the supervision of company foremen. A heating unit and housing have been provided so that cement laying and other work can proceed on the bridge, in spite of the bitter cold. It has been reported the bridge, 36 by 248 feet, may be ready before the end of March.
  • The Victoria Harbour Chevys have stretched their winning streak to seven straight, defeating the second place Honey Harbour team by a decisive 9 to 5 win in a fast game at the Palace Rink, Coldwater, Friday evening. The Chevys, undefeated in the East Simcoe Rural League this season, clinched first place and the Dunlop Trophy, which will be presented tonight at Coldwater when the Chevys meet the third-place Coldwater Jaycees.
  • Penetang Hurons greatly enhanced their chance of grabbing a playoff spot in the Super-Seven OHA junior group playoff on the weekend with a pair of victories over Richmond Hill Orioles. Hurons looked impressive, beating Orioles 7-3 in a game played at Nobleton Arena Friday night. After a bad start in the Penetang Community Centre Saturday night, Hurons rallied for a 6-5 win in the final period.
  • Said to have been in destitute circumstances, a 23-year-old resident of the Honey Harbour area, was placed on a suspended sentence when he appeared before Magistrate K. A. Cameron in Midland police court Feb. 4. Represented by A. B. Thompson of Penetang, he pleaded guilty to one charge of theft from a cottage and breaking into four others with intent. Crown Attorney W. M. Thompson, Q.C., prosecuted. OPP Const. William Mohan said the five break-ins all occurred at cottages on islands in the Honey Harbour area Jan. 25. Only articles taken were two, part bottles of whiskey found in one of the cottages, the officer said. Const. Mohan said he believed accused was looking for food for himself, his wife and infant baby. In reply to questions by defence counsel, Const. Mohan agreed that there were many valuable articles in the five cottages that accused might have stolen for resale if such, had been his intention. Unemployed since last September, the man has been keeping his family on $20 per week unemployment insurance. Const. Mohan said he understood the 10-week-old baby of the couple required a special diet and that accused was worried about medical expenses. The family had been living on rabbits and wild ducks, the court heard. Noting the unusual circumstances, Magistrate Cameron said that as it was the first offence for accused he would agree to a suspended sentence in this instance. Magistrate Cameron also said he felt certain help would be forthcoming from church or other agencies if accused had presented his case to them.
  • Twenty-Five Years Ago This Week; A French prophetess predicted that 1934 would see prosperity return to the world and that Hitler would lose his power by 1935. * * * The federal government reported that 900,000 fewer cars from United States centers toured Canada in 1933 than in 1932. In 1933, 2,339,000 U.S. cars entered Canada, the report stated. * * * Reeve Marcel J. Tessier, chairman of the pension board of Simcoe County, reported that 274 pensioners were added to the county payroll in 1933, bringing the total on pension to 2,074. * * * H. J. Thompson was elected chairman of the Midland Board of Education at the board’s inaugural meeting. * * * The County Orange Lodge decided that the 12th of July would be celebrated in Penetang. About 150 persons attended the annual meeting of the lodge, held in Midland. Jack Moore of Midland was elected master. * * * Nurses at St. Andrew’s Hospital said that an 11-day-old baby boy, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Quinn of Fifth Street, Midland, had cut two lower teeth. * * * Sub-zero temperatures were the order of the day throughout North Simcoe. On Feb. 8, 26 below was recorded on Midland thermometers. * * * Christian Island Indians were irked by reports in Toronto newspapers and broadcasts over the air that they were starving to death. The first indication the members of the Indian band had of “their plight” was in a news broadcast.
  • Owing to Tuesday’s heavy snowstorm, some 80 students of the Elmvale District High School were not able to get back to their homes that night because the roads were impassable for school buses. The students spent the night at friends in the village or at the local hotel. “The buses have been doing quite well getting the pupils here on time,” commented Principal L. M. Johnston of Midland-Penetang High School at the board meeting Wednesday night.
  • VASEY NEWS – The WMS and W.A. met at the home of Mrs. Jos. Tinney Jan. 28. There were 19 members and eight visitors present. Mrs. Orval Edwards conducted the WMS meeting. Rev. R. M. Dingwall was present and suggested that a Young People’s group be organized. Members favored the proposal. Mrs. Fred Edwards was in charge of the program. The meeting was closed with prayer by Mrs. Orval Edwards and was turned over to the W.A., conducted by President Mrs. Wm. Irish. Patches were contributed for a crib quilt which had been requested. Miss Maggie Cumming proposed that she and Mrs. Belfry piece the quilt ready for quilting. Plans were made to cater for a wedding Feb. 21. Rev. R. M. Dingwall closed the meeting with prayer. Mrs. Harold Cowden and Miss Eleanor Edwards served refreshments, assisted by the hostess. Next meeting will be at the home of Mrs. Cowden. * * * Eldon Nixon and three children and Delmer Brown of Toronto spent the weekend at Charles Brown’s. Miss Emmaline Edwards and a friend of Toronto, spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Manley Edwards. Mrs. Lulu Gallin of Orillia is spending some time with Mr. and Mrs. Martin Strath. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Atkinson of Nobleton, called on Mrs. Stewart Belfry Sunday. Miss Pauline Robinson spent a weekend recently with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Graham of Wyevale. Nelson Brown of Toronto visited his brothers, Carson and Newton Brown. Miss Donna Lane, and Miss Bonnie Bannon of Toronto, and Miss Myrna Bannon of Guelph visited the Walter Bannon’s last weekend. Miss Christine Alderson of Eady visited the Vern Todds Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin McKeown of Toronto visited Mrs. T. H. McKeown recently. Miss Sandra Robinson, nurse-in-training at Barrie, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Robinson.
  • Obituaries – Native of Penetang, PETER HERMAN ST. AMANT died unexpectedly in a Toronto hospital Jan. 31. He had lived his entire life in Penetang until about 12 years ago when he moved to Toronto. He was 61 years of age. A bachelor, Mr. St. Amant was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen St. Amant. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Robert Ovren, Orillia, and Mrs. Jonas White, San Salvador, Central America. Harry St. Amant, who died in December, was a brother. Funeral service was held Monday morning in St. Arm’s Memorial Church when solemn high mass was sung by Msgr. J. M. Castex. Burial was in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were all nephews of the deceased: Leo, Paul, Bernard, Oswald, Richard, and Lawrence St. Amant. * * * ANTHONY E. GENDRON Funeral service for A. R. “Tony” Gendron, who died in his 88th year, Jan. 28, was held Jan. 30 at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home, Midland, with Rev. A. J. Lewis officiating. Pallbearers were Adam Woloski, Cecil Belsey, Art Busby, Douglas Gendron, Frank Gendron, and Lawrie Belsey. Born in Penetang, where he spent most of his life, Mr. Gendron married the former Eva C. Dunlop at Aylmer, Ont., Dec. 26, 1917. He was a member of the United Church and a Liberal in politics. Besides his widow, he is survived by two sons, Wallace of Penetang and Gordon of Indiana, and four daughters, Miss Gretchen Gendron, Kitchener; Mrs. Cecil Belsey (Ruth), Midland; Mrs. Adam Woloski (Margaret), Victoria Harbour; and Mrs. Arthur Busby (Evelyn) of Hanover. Eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive. * * * EDITH O. TAYLOR A resident of this district for 53 years, Mrs. Edith Odella Taylor died after a lengthy illness at her residence, 182 Elizabeth Street, Midland, Jan. 5, in her 75th year. The funeral service, held Jan. 8, was conducted by Rev. W. L. Morden at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home. The pallbearers, who were grandsons and nephews, were Bill Taylor, Wayne Taylor, Don Taylor, Ken Hooper, Frank Sheffield, and Alan Elliott. Mrs. Taylor, who sang in St. Paul’s United Church choir and was a member of numerous church organizations in previous years, was married to W. Herbert Taylor Feb. 1, 1905, in Victoria Harbour. Besides her husband, she is survived by four daughters; Mrs. Leslie Bell (Orma), Stoney Creek; Mrs. Sam Hanson (Mary), Edmonton; Kay of Mexico City and Mrs. Bill Barnett (Joan), Midland and three sons Albert and Kenneth of Midland and Meredith of Noranda, Que. * * * WILLIAM MACKENZIE A life-member of Midland branch 80, Canadian Legion, William MacKenzie died of a heart attack at his home, 286 Third Street, Midland, Jan. 31. He was in his 76th year. Funeral service under the auspices of the Canadian Legion was conducted Feb. 3 by Rev. J. L. Self at A. Barrie and Sons funeral home. Legion pallbearers were Earl Williams, Charles Stewart, George Parr, Fred Ball, George Thompson and Walter Nichols. Born at Port Gordon, Scotland, Mr. MacKenzie married the former Violet Chester in Penetang July 15, 1914. He had resided in Midland for 50 years. Besides his widow, he is survived by a son, Kenneth of Midland; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Crippin (Elsie) of Penetang, and Mrs. William Hooper (Laura) of Midland. A brother, Andrew, and sisters Mary and Bella of Port Gordon, Scotland, also survive as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.