Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – August 23rd to 31st, 1959

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There’s always a lot to do around an elevator in the way of maintenance and repairs during slack periods. Here Lloyd Cameron, covered with cement dust, guides an air hammer on a repair job at the top of the CPR elevator in Port McNicoll. Mr. Cameron also serves as chief of Port’s efficient fire brigade. 

Nine lives? “Frosty”, the cat held by Ernie Dupuis, distributing foreman of the CPR elevator at Port McNicoll, must have a thousand lives. Last winter it fell 85 feet from the top of a bin onto the cement floor and lay there for four days in 20-below zero weather before he was found. Today he’s around as good as ever “and there isn’t a mouse in the place,” said Mr. Dupuis. 

Biggest factor in the successful operation of a grain elevator is just plain, simple “good housekeeping”. That’s what T. A. “Bert” Armstrong, superintendent of the CPR elevator at Port McNicoll says, and he has one of the biggest in eastern Canada to keep spic and span—a 6,000,000 bushel “house” to be exact. And, as of Saturday, August 22, “Bert” had a record 6,603,000 bushels in his house, the biggest pay-load it has ever carried. Pay-load is a good word. That 6,603,000 bushels of grain represents between $10 and $11 million dollars, depending on the price of grain day by day. Ernie Dupuis, distributor foreman is seen with a full grain bin. (Grain is now measured by weight, a bushel of wheat is about 60 pounds, contains approximately 1 million kernels and sells for around $4.00 a bushel. 36.7 bushels per tonne.)

Canada’s new Minister of Public Works, David Walker (dark jacket) is seen with three well known fellow cottagers at Nottawaga Beach. Left to right are Col. R. M. Harvie, former Midland physician who is now medical administrator of Sunnybrook Hospital, Mr. Walker and Dr. Walter G. Carscadden, senior surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. Standing is Cecil A. Cathers, MP for North York. The dog is the Walker family pet, “Wiggy”.

North Simcoans in general and residents of Nottawaga Beach, in particular, will have a special interest in Canada’s new Minister of Public Works.  David J. Walker, Q.C., member for Toronto-Rosedale riding since 1957. Members of the Walker family, have been familiar figures at Nottawaga Beach for the past 20 years. Mr. Walker’s introduction to this area had a romantic note. He was best man for Dr. D. C. S. Swan when the popular Midland medico joined the ranks of the Benedicts. He was invited to see Midland and district prior to the event and liked what he saw. In 1939, Mr. Walker purchased the cottage of the late Mr. and Mrs. Norman Playfair at Nottawaga Beach. He and his family have made it their summer home ever since. 

Visitors who look at Midland’s comparatively small Little Lake are often sceptical about it containing fish of any size or quality. Harry Stewart of Birmingham, Mich., disproved the size theory when he hauled in this 5-lb., 9-oz. largemouth black bass around noon last Thursday. It took the American angler some 15 minutes to land this beauty on light spinning gear. He was fishing from a boat and using ordinary worms. “It’s the biggest one I’ve ever caught,” the happy fisherman admitted.

The big flag pole, under which Midland and summer visitors have gathered for 28 years, is no more. Alarmed at the amount of dry rot appearing in the pole, Parks Superintendent Harold McAllen had the 90-foot pole taken down August 19. Mr. McAllen is seen at right top photo examining remains of the pole with W. A. Hack secretary of the parks commission. Workmen remove some of the supporting wires from the top section of the pole which was also rotten. The pole was the gift of the late William Findlayson and was unveiled August 17, 1931.

Excerpt from the Midland Argus, August 27, 1931. 

Mr. Finlayson has taken a great interest in the park development movement here, and to his efforts is entirely due the credit, for a fine motor road that now sweeps from end to the other. Mayor of the town when the first small section of the present property was purchased for park purposes and yesterday he reminded us that at that time considerable opposition to the movement developed. The park of to-day demonstrated how wise this foresight was. The fine flag pole, his latest contribution to the development of the property was secured from the Temagami forests and brought here early last spring. It was trimmed and made ready for erection by the Georgian Bay Shipbuilding Co. and is a splendid ornament. The Park Commission has superintended its erection and it stands to-day a worthy tribute to the generosity and good-will of our popular representative in the Ontario. 


  • Midland Free Press headline of August 26, 1959; Sooty Pall Covers Harbour, Town to Protest to CSL. The CSL freighter Prescott blew its (boiler) tubes in Midland harbour some time Monday night and a large number of citizens literally blew their stacks the next morning. Came the dawn and the angry citizens found their boats, cars, planes and even the water itself covered with thick, black soot. Mr. Wm. A. Hack, Midland clerk-treasurer said he had been instructed to send an official letter of protest to the CSL concerning the incident. “It was a terrible mess. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Midland harbormaster D. G. Hewis. “The soot was lying inches thick on the water and everything you touched was covered with it.”
  • County Herald headline of August 28, 1959; Seek New Traffic Study for King-Yonge Corner. The outcome of special talks on traffic control in Midland and its environs Monday night, Midland council is asking the Ontario Department of Highways to make a new traffic study on the King-Yonge intersection. Purpose of the study will be to determine whether there is sufficient flow of traffic to make necessary the installation of traffic lights at the corner. S. Trew, a traffic engineer with the Highways Department, told the council, that two previous studies made by the department had indicated that the lights were not necessary. He said the one survey was made on a day specified by the council and the other on a day of the departments own choosing. Mr. Trew held that experience has shown that traffic lights tend to congest traffic. He conceded, however, that there had been a considerable increase in motor cars in the province since the last study was made.
  • James Connell, 73, of R.R. 2, Midland, is “holding his own” but still in critical condition in St. Andrew’s Hospital, where he was rushed following an accident on Highway 12, one-half mile west of Midland, Saturday afternoon. Mr. Connell was riding a horse-drawn hay mower into Midland when it was struck from the rear by an eastbound car. The elderly man was tossed 48 feet by the impact and suffered severe lacerations to the top of his head and chin, compound dislocation to the left ankle joints, probable damage to the circulation in the left foot, compound fracture to the left elbow and severe shock. He is being treated by Dr. I. T. Weldon. The brown and white team of horses died as a result of the accident. The brown mare, which had its right rear leg broken, had to be destroyed. The white horse was being given sedation by Dr. T. J. Henderson, Midland veterinarian when it died of its injuries.
  • The carnage continues in every edition of the paper in the summer, as well as the article above, two men were killed in a car accident near Port Severn and a seven-year-old boy drowned at Paradise Point.
  • BIRTHS – BOWEN To Mr. and Mrs. John Bowen, 278 William St. Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, August 22, 1959, a daughter. WRIGHT — To Mr. and Mrs. James Wright, 291 King St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Wednesday, August 19, 1959, a son. YORK — To Mr. and Mrs. John P. York, Penetang Road, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Saturday, August 22, 1959, a son.
  • 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK – Airman James R. Ayling and, Leonard Reid, who took off from Wasaga Beach on a nonstop flight to Bagdad, were forced to land at Heston aerodrome, England, owing to carburetor trouble. The two made history, however, for it was the first time a plane had flown from Canada to England. Previous trans-Atlantic hops had started from Newfoundland. * * * A. Allan of Victoria Harbour was appointed Indian agent at Christian Island. He succeeded H. J. Eade. * * * At its August meeting Tay Township council authorized payments to farmers for 44 sheep which had been killed or injured so badly by dogs that they had to be destroyed. * * * The cruise ship Midland City, returning to Midland after an afternoon jaunt with 150 passengers on board, struck a rock shoal near Present Island and started to take in water. Her officers beached the ship in the sand on the north side of Midland Point. All passengers and crew were removed safely in lifeboats. The stern of the ship sank in 30 feet of water. * * * The McGibbon Lumber Co. mill in Penetang was completely destroyed in an early morning fire August 26. The mill, built in 1920, was one of few which had been in operation in this area. * * * A total of 106 game wardens were dismissed by the Hepburn government in an economy wave being carried out within the department of game and fisheries. Twelve of those dismissed were from district No. 2, with headquarters at Orillia.
  • An addition to St. Theresa’s High School is now nearing completion, Ted Johnstone, Secretary of the Midland Separate School Board, told this newspaper. The new room will house the Grade 12 students and will mean that pupils will be able to complete their junior matriculation at St. Theresa’s. Mr. Johnstone said the board also hope to get its expansion plans for Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s Separate Schools underway in the new year. Three rooms are to be added to St. Mary’s and four the east end school.
  • For the first time in what some people believe to be between 80 and 90 years, the school bell will not ring in the little one-room school of S.S. 17, Tiny, when classes begin this year. Better known as McAveela School (MacAvalley). It is one of the oldest in Tiny Township. Board Secretary Chas. Robb said he has no definite records as to when it was built. He has, however, been able to trace the school back as far as 1893. The school was originally built on property owned by an Irishman named McAveela, who farmed nearby. Mr. Robb said it was only in recent years that the board had obtained a deed for the property on which the school stands. Originally the school section covered a far greater area then it does at present. Two new school sections have been carved from it within the last 40 years. In 1922, a school was built at the Northwest Basin and became known as S.S. No. 22. Eight years later another large section was turned over to S.S. 23 when a school was built at Highland Point. This is familiarly known as the “Light‘s School. The school burnt down within a year of its closure.

  • Owing to an increase in pupils, indicated during last spring’s pre-school registration, a new kindergarten room has been added to Regent  School. The new classroom has been constructed in the basement of the school. At Parkview School the gym floor has been repaired, Secretary W. A. Hack stated. Mr. Hack said blackboards in all three public schools have been resurfaced, the roofs on all three have been inspected and repaired where necessary and all have been given a general clean-up.
  • An Elmvale area egg-producer may not know it, but he has a hen that seems to be pulling a fast one on him. It is laying egg’s within eggs — complete with shell. Jim Borland of Midland, who buys eggs from Elmer Peacock near Elmvale, discovered this unique event this week. When a normal-sized egg was broken open, it was found that it contained not only the regular yolk and white but another egg about one inch by one and a half inches, encased in a shell.
  • Simcoe County Health Unit report, released Tuesday, reveals there was one death from infectious hepatitis during the month. Tops among the communicable diseases reported was chickenpox with 33, next highest on the list was mumps with 13. Others in order were whooping cough, 10; scarlet fever, 4; undulant fever, 1; measles, 1.
  • Funeral services will be held Saturday for Thomas Wesley Scott under the auspices of Canadian Legion, Branch 80, Midland. Mr. Scott, a long-time resident of Midland and veteran of World War I, died Tuesday in Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto. The body is resting at Nicholls funeral home, Midland. Mr. Scott is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Stevenson, a son Wesley and two daughters, Mrs. Robert McLeod (Audrey) and Mrs. Norman Donaldson (Betty).

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – August 16th to 22nd, 1959

Click on photos to enlargeDaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lorne Ball, Victoria Harbour, Diane Ball placed second in upper school departmental examination results at Midland-Penetang District High School this year. Diane, who is working in her father’s drug store for the summer, will begin training as a nurse with another Victoria Harbour girl, Nancy Jardine, at Hamilton General Hospital in September. 

Robert Belanger top photo. A joint funeral service was held in Mount St. Louis Church recently for Robert John Belanger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Belanger, and Kenneth King, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theophile King, all of Mount St. Louis. The two boys were killed by a car while crossing the busy intersection of Highways 103 and 501, at Port Severn. They had been visiting friends. Robert was conscious when his father, who was only a short distance away, arrived at the scene but he died in the ambulance en route to the hospital.  (It has been our policy to avoid tragedies in these posts but this one is so profound and moving we are compelled to include it.)

Heading the list of graduates at Midland-Penetang District High School this year was Sheila Catherine Armstrong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Armstrong, Port McNicoll. Sheila, who hopes to attend Victoria College and later enter social service work, obtained six firsts, two seconds and one third in her upper school departmental examinations. She also obtained a first in music. During the summer Sheila is working in Edwards’ store. 

This “dinosaur” is now part of the equipment in the playground section of Little Lake Park, should enable local and visiting children to work off plenty of energy harmlessly. Erected only recently, the dinosaur was donated by Midland Rotary Club and is located at the south end of the playground area, now one of the best equipped in the district. 

“You’d never get me to holiday in a tent,” say many people who have never tried it. But many people still prefer tenting, as witness the line above. These are just a few of the more than 100 tents in Midland’s Little Lake still popular tourist park last week. And that’s only half the number that was there Civic Holiday weekend, said Harold McAllen, park manager.

Still another type of accommodation used by tourists in Midland’s Little Lake Park is this collapsible summer house, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Irwin of Mimico. It has canvas walls and roof, with plywood partitions. The Irwins have been visitors at Little Lake Park ever since their son and daughter, both now married, were babes in arms. They’ve been here all summer again this year. 

Besides tents, Midland’s Little Lake tourist camp always has many of the popular house trailers. Capacity for this type of tourist is 29 trailer sites — all of which have been taken every day since July with the exception of Monday of last week. They were all full again Tuesday. Trailer in the right foreground even has its own flower beds. 

Not many ocean-going cruisers find their way into Midland harbour, so the arrival of the Huborton on the weekend aroused much interest. Built in Halifax N. S. this 60-footer is owned by F. E. Newman of Montreal but was chartered to J. K. Crang, Toronto, when it visited Midland. In winter months the boat, which has a 16′ 6″ beam and a five-foot draft, is based in Florida waters. 

Enough to turn adult fishermen green with envy this 47-inch, 24-pound muskellunge was caught by two young boys at Sturgeon Bay Beach Wednesday afternoon barehanded! David Ireland, 10, Woodbridge, and Gordon Price, 9, of Cooksville found the big lunge in two feet of water, trying to swallow the 5 lb. carp being held by Terry Ireland, 8. Aided by some other young friends, the two older boys rolled the big fish onto shore. 

  • Midland Free Press headline of August 19, 1959; Five Bogus Bills Passed, Arrest Woman as Suspect. The sharp eyes of Orville Ambeau, the cashier at Penetang liquor store, resulted in the arrest Monday of a woman who later was charged with passing counterfeit American money in Penetang and Midland. Acting Police Chief George Wainman of Midland said yesterday that four of the bills had been passed in Midland business establishments. A 29-year-old woman, who gave a North Bay address, was arrested by Penetang’ police, and lodged in the county jail on a charge of “uttering”. She will appear in Penetang court Thursday.
  • County Herald headline of August 21, 1959; Find Pre-Ice-Age Fossils on Farm in Tay Township. A Tay Township resident, Nelson Bumstead of R.R. 1, Victoria Harbour, Wednesday made a unique discovery for this area. Mr. Bumstead was digging a hole for a septic tank at his home on lot 6, Con. 6, Tay, when he found several “stones” embedded about four to six feet below the surface. When the pieces were removed it was discovered they contained what appeared to be sections of bone of some unknown animal. He said he knew they were not human bones. Mr. Bumstead brought the stones to this newspaper office Wednesday afternoon. Thursday morning. Dr. W. W. Jury, the curator of University of Western Ontario’s museum of Indian archaeology, identified the strange objects. He said they were more than a million years old. Dr. Jury said this type of rock formation is found in glacial deposits and the three pieces found near the Harbour probably were left in this area when the ice-age receded. He termed them “pudding stones.” The outer shell he said was limestone and the inner pieces, which resembled bones of some prehistoric animal, were actually rocks.

Again we regret not having the original negatives of the hundreds of Tiny and Penetanguishene photos, including these below, but as each one holds a memory for someone we will continue to post them directly from the paper.


  • Midlanders should “batten down the hatches” in October when the town will be invaded by some 400 men who haven’t got together in 40 years. Veterans of World War I, the men were originally members of ” A”, “B”, ” C ” and ” D ” Companies of the 157th and 177th Battalions, Simcoe Foresters, formed in 1915. Although the battalions went overseas intact, they were later broken up in England. The men who will gather in Midland in October were transferred to the 116th Battalion (Ontario County) which later saw much action in France. No active association of these outstanding battalions was formed after they were disbanded after the war. “But now, after 40 years, it seems worthwhile to reunite these old comrades,” O. H. Smith, QC, of Midland, told this paper this week. Actual plans for the reunion were laid at Branch 80, Canadian Legion, Thursday. Mr. Smith was appointed chairman and G. E. Hurl secretary. Also in attendance were Andy Tudhope, Orillia; Ed. Partridge and Bill Bradley, Barrie; Claire Trott, Wilbert Foreman, Frank Hewson and Ernie Dickson, Collingwood; George Cameron; Ottawa; Charles Stewart and George Parr, Midland.
  • Nearly 5,000 persons have visited the Officers’ Quarters Museum at Fort Penetanguishene during the present season according to figures presented at a museum committee meeting last week. Dr. W. Jury, chairman of the committee, said it is the best year to date. In his report, Dr. Jury said a grant of $500 had been received from the Historic Sites Board, and this money is being used to improve the site of the naval establishment and the Bayfield Plaque.
  • The operator of a barbershop at the foot of King Street, Bob Zuidema, 44, died suddenly in St. Andrews Hospital Sunday following a heart seizure. Funeral services for Mr. Zuidema, who emigrated from Holland only a few years ago, were held today. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Mr. Zuidema’s mother had left Midland only a few days earlier to return to Holland following a visit to relatives here and elsewhere in Ontario.
  • BIRTHS – GADSBY — To Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gadsby, Ninth and Dominion Ave., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, August 16, 1959, a son. PALMER — To Mr. and Mrs. Charles Palmer Jr., (nee Doris West), 144 Fourth St., Midland at St. Andrews Hospital, Saturday, August 15, 1959, a son. WEYMAN—To Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weyman, 60 Ontario St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, August 7, 1959, a daughter.
  • Ten Years Ago This Week – Scarcity of ice forced district ice dealers to purchase artificially produced ice from Buffalo manufacturers. Hundreds of new cottages built in the area during the year and the hottest mean temperature in 110 years, combined to cause the dearth of natural ice. * * * After 22 years during which the office of secretary-treasurer of Gloucester Pool Cottagers Association was held by her late husband or herself, Mrs. W. B. Leatherdale of Coldwater resigned. She was extended a vote of thanks at the association’s annual meeting. * * * Owing to a shortage of water in the village reservoirs, Coldwater council decreed that water service to consumers would be cut off six hours each day, twice during the night, and once in the afternoon. * * * Work on the superstructure of the bulk freighter, S.S. Coverdale, under construction in Midland shipyard, had commenced. The aft deck of the freighter had been completed. * * * The Canada Year Book for 1948-49 gave the total number of Indians residing on the Christian Island Reserve as 342. The total for Parry Island Reserve was 349. * * * A Vasey aggregation won the North Simcoe Rural Softball League championship and the Tanner Trophy, defeating Penetang 9-1 on the Vasey diamond. * * * Officials, of the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Co. announced their ship, S.S. City of Cleveland would make two postseason visits to Midland in the fall.  * * * Potato growers from New York and Ohio states and from Chile, South America, toured North Simcoe seed potato farms and cruised among the 30,000 islands during their visit.
  • F. K. McKean, district marine agent, Department of Transport, Parry Sound, revealed this week that the average water level in Lake Huron during July was slightly lower than for June this year. He pointed but that the lake had reached a low point in February but emphasized that this level was not as low as levels recorded in previous years. A record low was, recorded in February 1926; Mr. McKean said that it is predicted the lake will subside slightly in the next few months, going to the usual low in January or February. But officials feel this will not be as low as it was last year. There are further indications, Mr. McKean said, that the cycle of low water is past and that a gradual increase in the lake level may be expected for the next few years. (We could use some of that “low water” right now in Georgian Bay.”)
  • Milan Borysek, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Borysek, 309 Yonge Street W., Midland, was seriously hurt last night when he was hit in the eye with a BB gun pellet. Milan was playing with Joell Voorzanger, 5, 301 Fourth Street, and Brian Morden, 11, 230 Yonge St. W., when the accident happened. The gun was owned by the Morden boy and was in the hands of the Voorzanger lad when it discharged. Milan was rushed to a Toronto specialist to have the pellet removed after he had been treated by Dr. W. F. Neale. It is not known whether the Borysek boy will lose sight in the eye or not. Acting Chief Wainman said that under a town bylaw, the use of BB guns or any other guns in town is forbidden. He said the gun owned by the Morden lad was confiscated. The accident was investigated by Cpl. Ernest Bates.
  • Editorial – Wise & Otherwise – Although it has been a bitter pill for many segregationists, and uprisings in Little Rock the other day indicate that in some quarters it still has not digested too well, it now seems that at long last law and reason are to prevail in the integration of white and coloured students in schools in the state of Arkansas. This in spite of the raucous appeals of Governor Faubus and his misguided demonstrators.


Some items of interest from the August 18th edition of the Midland Argus;


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

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A photo such as this was used in the masthead of the editorial page every week. They were mostly local images of area beauty spots. This one was entitled “Down a Lazy River” and we believe it is the Sturgeon River looking north from the highway bridge. 

Visit of some 40 ancient cars to Midland Monday aroused great interest among local citizens and summer visitors. Beverley and Rhoda Rotenberg, Toronto, pose with a 1912 McLaughlin owned by G. Edington, also of Toronto. 

When you and I were young, Maggie, this 1913 Ford roadster owned by Mr. and Mrs. D. Belfry, London, was pretty hot stuff. Kept spic and span, it was one of some 40 cars of the Horseless Carriage Club which stayed overnight in Midland Monday on their way to a tour of Muskoka centres. (The photo location is  the parking lot of the Midtown Motel on Hugel Ave.) 

Vasey made a clean sweep of Georgian Bay Rural Softball League honours this year, finishing first in the regular schedule to take the Dr. Garnet E. Tanner Trophy and then winning the playoffs and the J. B. Brown Memorial Trophy. Team members are, left to right, front row, Arley Taylor 2b, Ernie Cowden rf, Stan Robinson ss, Al Lumree cf, Carson Brown p; back row, Earl Widdes 1b. Grant Robinson of, Don Hawke of, Bob Rawson c, Clair Whetham of, Jack Banks 3b, Bob Todd If. (Played the elastic right out of their socks!) 

Vacating the King Street site (constructed in 1901) that was their home for nearly 60 years, F. W. Jeffery and Sons Ltd. have opened a new store one block away, on Dominion Avenue west.   The store is now a part of the Independent Hardware Association, with some 50 stores operating in Ontario. Utilizing the very latest in design, the store features the self-serve, check-out type of operation that has become so popular in the grocery trade. There will be orchids for the ladies, door prizes and other features as the staff officially opened for business this week. Nap Beauchamp Construction Company was the contractor for the building, which also includes warehouse facilities not seen above. 

Dan Webb in charge of tool section at F. W. Jeffery and Sons new store. 

Bob Bell aids decorators at F. W. Jeffery and Sons new store. 

Bob Harrell shows customers fine china at F. W. Jeffery and Sons new store. (Note the angle parking across the road and the houses where the Federal Building is now located.) 

Ed Jeffery examines small arms at F. W. Jeffery and Sons new store. (Ed is a co-owner of the store with his brother William and his mother Mrs. Hazel Jeffery, president.) 

Bill  (Buck) Jeffery, co-owner, ready to serve at F. W. Jeffery and Sons new store. 

Midland’s new Parkview Terrace apartments are rapidly taking shape on Hugel Ave., at Seventh Street. Miniature elevator (left) has been installed to take building material to the second floor. The new unit will house 12 apartments when completed. (How many of us, girls included, have climbed at least partway up a telephone pole equipped with those steps?) 

Something new was added to the weekly wrestling at Midland Arena Monday night with the appearance of “Rocky”, the alligator, and “Tuffy” Truesdale, billed as world’s top alligator wrestler. “Tuffy”, who performed the trick himself, invited any of the ladies present to come in the ring and kiss “Rocky’s” nose. There were no takers. 


  • The Midland Free Press headline of August 12, 1959; Midland Won’t Sponsor MPDHS Debenture Issue. Midland council, at a special meeting Saturday morning, turned down a request from Midland-Penetanguishene District High School Board to assume the responsibility of issuing debentures for the new high school addition. The motion, passed by council, was as follows: “This council regrets it cannot see its way clear to assume the responsibility of issuing debentures to cover the cost of the new addition to Midland-Penetang District High School due to other pending commitments facing the council. J. R. Parrott, chairman of the MPDHS board’s property committee, in presenting the request to council, said it had been estimated that the interest rate on the debentures for the $348,600, 14 – room addition would be from one-quarter to one-half a per cent less if Midland carried the debentures than if they were carried by Tay Township.
  • The County Herald headline of August 14, 1959; ‘Pollution Not Sewage’ Health Officials Report.  Simcoe County Health Unit Sanitary Inspector Don Morrow told this newspaper yesterday he had received verbal confirmation from provincial Department of Health officials that pollution in a cove at Woodland Beach is not raw sewage. Mr. Morrow said he expected to receive a written report on the provincial laboratory tests within the next day or so. He said he had discussed the issue on the telephone with health officials in Toronto yesterday morning. He said the Woodland Beach Cottagers Association would be notified of the findings. NOT SEWAGE The district sanitary inspector said provincial authorities indicated that the sediment in the water near the shore was mainly organic matter comprised of decayed leaves, stems of plants and some sawdust. He said that last year, officials of the Ontario Water Resources Commission had taken samples of the sediment in the water in the same area. A microscopic examination had revealed the pollution contained plant and animal matter, the latter being decayed crustaceans. It was not sewage. It did have, however, a fairly high bacterial count, although similar tests made of the same sediment along the shore nearer Wasaga Beach had widely varied bacterial counts. Some were high and some were low, Mr. Morrow stated.
  • Transient traders seeking to do business in Penetang will find things tougher in the future than they have previously, following the passing of a new bylaw, Monday night. One of the main features of the new bylaw is a $500 fee required of transient traders operating in the town. This fee is applied toward business taxes should the businessman remain long enough in a business that can be taxed.
  • The second engineer on the CSL freighter Haggarty, Cecil Merkley of Midland suffered severe injuries to the back of both legs in an accident on Lake Superior July 21. Mr. Merkley was taken first to a hospital in Fort William when his ship arrived there, some 20 hours after the engine room mishap. Later he was transferred by ship to St. Andrews Hospital, Midland. Mrs. Merkley said her husband expects to be able to return home later this week but will not be able to resume work for some time.
  • Only a short time before he was slated to lock up his King Street butcher shop, Jack Argue, prominent Midland businessman, suffered a heart attack and died Saturday afternoon. It was reported earlier in the week that Mr. Argue had sold his business and the new owners were to take over Monday. He was in his 49th year. Rushed to St. Andrews Hospital, Mr. Argue died en route. Funeral services were held yesterday from St. Paul’s United Church, with Rev. Wilson Morden officiating. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery. In the butcher trade for nearly 30 years, Mr. Argue had worked in various grocery and meat stores in Midland and Collingwood before opening his own business here in 1948. He also opened a branch store in Victoria Harbour in 1954 but this was later sold. At the time of his death, Mr. Argue was assistant captain of Midland Volunteer Fire Brigade, where he had been a member for 18 years. He was prominent in IOOF circles, where he was past noble grand of his lodge, and also was a member of Caledonian Lodge, No. 349, Midland. Surviving are his wife, the former Evelyn Truax, sons Robert and William, and daughter
  • The sudden disappearance of the mobile tourist booth south of Barrie on Highway 400 before the August 1 weekend caused some queries in communities in this area. ‘The booth was moved to Sault Ste. Marie where it was to attend a fair. It is unfortunate that the booth had to be removed just prior to the heaviest weekend of the season but the Department of Travel and Publicity had informed all municipalities earlier in the season the booth would only be on Highway 400 when it wasn’t booked for a definite appointment elsewhere, it was stated. The mobile unit was returned to the Highway 400 location August 5 but may disappear at intervals, during the next two months.
  • “Years before the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, these shores and the surrounding hills knew white men and white men’s dwellings, and heard the white men’s prayers.” So says Elsie McLeod Jury about Penetanguishene — the place of white rolling sand — in the opening chapter of her book, “The Establishments at Penetanguishene — Bastion of the North — 1814-1856. This is no story of sticks and stones, dimensions of buildings and dates of wars. It is the true story of men and women, their achievements and failures — hardships and frustrations as they built the naval and military establishments that were to guard Penetanguishene — ‘”the key to Upper Canada”. “Penetanguishene, home of the Hurons and then the Chippewa’s, fur trading centre, the base for Canada’s first explorers and missionaries, became the protector of a burgeoning nation, the hub from which has developed much of Canada’s story,” the author writes.
  • Two years after its opening, Simcoe County council is already considering enlarging Georgian Manor, the senior citizens home at Penetang. Following approval given at the June session, the home committee this week authorized an architect to draw up preliminary plans and provide estimated costs for a 50-bed addition to the Manor. When preliminary costs have been ascertained the project will again be referred to the county council, likely at the January, 1960, session. Manor Superintendent Ivan Vasey said the trend in residents of homes for the aged is changing from ambulatory to bed care. He said at the present time ambulatory applications for admission are being maintained on a current basis. There is, however, a considerable backlog of applications for bed care admission. Work on the enclosed verandah addition to the Manor, started early this summer, is nearing completion. Painting is in progress, and the installation of screens and windows will complete the job. The enclosure of what was formerly an open verandah will provide a lounging space for residents where they may view the outside world, particularly in inclement weather.
  • 25 Years Ago This WeekNearly 400,000 bushels of wheat were brought to Tiffin elevator in two days. The grain was transported from the head of the lakes by the freighters Alexander Holly and the John Ericson. * * * The Saskatoon docked with 1,575 one hundred pound bags of sugar aboard. * * * It was estimated that weeds were costing western farmers $179,200.00 annually. The amount represented about $120 per person in the rural sections of the three prairie provinces. * * * Midland tourist camp at Little Lake Park broke all records with 552 tents pitched over the Civic weekend. The figure was 42 more than the same period the previous year. * * * Nearly 6,000 persons attended a Liberal picnic at Little Lake Park, Midland, honouring Dr. G. Tanner, newly-elected member for Simcoe East. Among the speakers at the picnic were Premier Mitchell F. Hepburn and Hon. E. C. Drury, former Ontario premier. * * * Midland Preceptory of the Black Knights won first prize in a parade in Barrie commemorating the 246th anniversary of the relief of Londonderry. Some 3,000 marchers, representing 89 lodges, took part in the Derry Day procession. R. E. Simpson was the worshipful master of the Midland Preceptory. * * * The proprietor of a dance hall at Triple Bay Park announced he planned to convert the hall into 14 large-size apartment with running water and all conveniences. * * * According to a hydrographic survey, Lake Huron was 8 ½  inches lower than in July 1933, and 40 3/4 inches lower than the average level for 74 years.
  • Phillip Pillsbury, chairman of Pillsbury Canada Ltd., revealed this week that W. H. Pinchin of Midland had been elected president of Pillsbury Canada Ltd. Mr. Pinchin was vice-president of the Canadian firm. He is also a director of Viceroy Manufacturing Co, Ltd., Toronto and of Tower TV Ltd. Mr. Pillsbury said that with the completion of the million-dollar consumer goods manufacturing plant in Midland this year the firm will become more energetically engaged in the consumer market.
  • A dozen Indian Reservations were represented at Christian Island this week when the 14th annual Homemakers Convention for the Southern Ontario region was held there Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Homemakers groups on Indian Reservation are the equivalent of Women’s Institutes. For the convention, the more than 60 visiting delegates were accommodated in homes on the island. Meals were served in the auditorium by various groups of the Christian Island Homemakers. Overall chairman of the convention was Mrs. Nicholas Plain of Sarnia, Homemakers regional president for Southern Ontario. Assisting in preparation of the program were J. E. Morris, regional supervisor of the Department of Indian Affairs, and Miss H. Martins, social worker in the same department.
  • PERKINSFIELD—While Marcel Marion was stooking grain in a field near here last Saturday, he was struck and stunned by a bolt of lightning, but remained on his feet. He said when he opened his eyes, he saw a sheaf of grain on fire a few feet away from him. 

News from the same week of August 1931;

  • Pre-war conditions prevailed in the Midland Harbor over the weekend. In those days it was a common sight to see grain laden freighters waiting their turn to unload at one of the local elevators. Since the world tragedy elevator capacity of the town has of course been materially increased and the facilities for unloading have also been speeded up so that what a few years ago would have taken 2 or 3 days is now done in a few hours. But with four houses equipped to handle grain at a speed unthought-of a few years ago, several boats were compelled to wait their turn on Sunday and Monday. Most of the cargoes were wheat from across the border and it is estimated that two million bushels were discharged into the Midland elevators during Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • Continuing its effort to reduce expenses, and in the absence of business, two more trains are to be cancelled over the Penetang Branch of the CNR next Monday. On and after that date there will be no afternoon train going south from Penetang and neither will there be any evening train to Penetang from Allandale. The morning train which up till Monday has been leaving Penetang at 7.30 will, starting on Monday, leave at 6.30, arriving at Allandale at the same hour as at present, 8.48.
  • In an Interesting letter received by The Free Press early this week, one of Midland’s sons, Mr. H. Osborne at Churchill Manitoba, tells of the landing of Col. Chas, and Mrs. Lindbergh at Churchill while on their flight to Japan via Alaska. He says: “We were eating below in the dining saloon of the ship when the dredge alongside us sighted the plane and gave the signal. It didn’t take us long to come up out of the saloon. The plane circled around for some time before coming down, while hundreds of workmen raced for the docks. Every launch was filled with men going out to see the plane.” When the plane came to rest, the correspondent describes Mrs. Lindbergh as standing on one of the floats and the Colonel sitting on a wing looking quite boyish.
  • The peculiar and stubborn fire which has for weeks been burning its way underground at the shipyards, is at last extinguished, as far as it can be learned from an inspection of the site. The Free Press was informed on Friday. Formerly the spot was the site of Mr. James Playfair’s Lumber Mill and is filled into a considerable depth with wood-chips, sawdust and other inflammable litter. When, in some unknown way, a fire was started in the material, it slowly worked its way downward. Being of a smouldering nature, it was difficult to trace and as difficult to extinguish. Frequently the fire would burst into flame. It occasioned considerable trouble during the hot spell a month ago. At the beginning of last week, the fire again broke out and necessitated a call to the department. Other trips were made on Tuesday and Wednesday, which resulted in the fire being thoroughly extinguished. As there could be detected no sign of it during the latter half of the week, Fire Chief Peter Grigg was on Friday hopeful that it had at last been conquered.
  • Leaving their homes in the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday afternoon, about 3,000 pilgrims arrived at the Martyrs’ Shrine at 6 o’clock Sunday morning, where all-day services were conducted continuing until 10′ o’clock that night. Two special C.P.R. trains carried the pilgrims, who were welcomed by Rev. Father Lally of the shrine. Right Rev. D. J. Scollard, Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie accompanied the pilgrims.
  • One more highly successful boxing tourney was held in Midland last night when nine well-matched and well-fought bouts were put on in the Curling Rink under the auspices of the Royal Black Preceptory. The program was managed by Mr. Fred. Johnson, who also acted as Master of Ceremonies during the evening. The boxers were more happily chosen than in the last boxing meet, held ten days ago when it, unfortunately, happened that several bouts were badly matched. There were two technical knockouts, but one of these gave two rounds of good fighting, while the other, while it lasted, was of a whirlwind nature that caught the crowd’s fancy.
  • Further evidence that the railways are finding it hard to finance is brought home to the Township of Tiny with the notice that the C.N.R. is applying for permission to close Wyevale station. The railway finds that there has been a considerable reduction in the revenue of the Wyevale station in the past few years. This is likely due in great part to the truck and car competition. Wyevale serves as a shipping centre for the southern part of the Township and the closing of the station will be a hard blow to that section. Shipping would still be made from there but arrangements would have to be made through Elmvale or The Township Officials are vigorously opposing the closing of the station and they hope that their effort will be successful. Should they win their case it is up to the farmers of that section to use the railway in preference to trucks or cars.