Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – May 1st to 7th, 1962.

The photos found in this blog post are the property of Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario. Any reproduction for commercial use without permission is prohibited.  Any other distribution must credit Huronia Museum.  Please contact the museum with any questions you may have.  

Free Press Herald headline of May 2, 1962. 

A drop of 206 in the number claiming benefits through the Midland office of the National Employment Service was reported this week by Harold Humphries, NES district manager. On March 31, 1,537 were registered for work compared to 1,743 at the end of February. “Prospects look very bright right now”, Mr. Humphries said. He attributed the drop to sailors returning to their ships, a new industry locating in town and two survival courses sponsored by the federal government at Midland Armory. The NES manager said he expects a further decrease of about 400 this month from the unemployed rolls. “There are still freight handlers and Great Lakes crews not yet out. When they return to work it will make quite a difference.” he stated. 

    Penetanguishene’s debenture debt is nearing the million dollar figure, according to town auditors A. F. MacLaren and Company, Barrie. The figure now stands at $928,856. Over three-quarters of this amount is in school debt – $644,100 for public school and $96,556 for the district high school.   

     Midland’s controversial dump slipped quietly back into the picture at Monday night’s council meeting. Bob McLaughlin, acting as spokesman for a number of residents on Scott Street and adjacent areas, asked council what progress had been made in locating a new site. “The matter was knocked around like a political football last year. We would like to know if the same thing is going to happen this year.” said Mr. McLaughlin. Chairman of the sanitation committee,  Reeve Arthur Argue said the dump was still very much of a live issue with council. He pointed out that the snow had only disappeared recently and his committee had not had an opportunity to delve further into the problem. “Alderman Woods and I have gone on several sight-seeing trips the past few days. We hope to bring the matter to a conclusion in the foreseeable future,” he told the delegation. 

    What to do about the condition of the large frame building housing Midland’s Huronia Museum was a question which gave Midland Council considerable concern Monday night. Town Engineer Ulo Luksep said he could only guess at the condition of certain portions of the building. In order to make a thorough inspection it will be necessary to tear up sections of the flooring to learn the condition of supporting beams and joists, he said. “With our road program, I do not have the time to make this inspection personally,” said the engineer. He recommended that council ask J. E. Lawlor of Midland, a professional engineer, to make the inspection. 

    A passenger thrown to the pavement in a two-car collision on No. 27 Highway Saturday was covered with a blanket and given up for dead by passing motorists until two Toronto nurses arrived at the scene. Nurses Janet Danter and Frances Lagel, who had been driving along the highway, detected a pulse beat from Peter MacMillan. Other motorists had thought he was dead and called a priest. 

    Midland Parks Commission’s policy of charging fees for cars entering Little Lake Park sparked a brief debate at Monday night’s meeting of town council. It came about when council was asked to give necessary formal approval, as required under the Public Parks Act, to the commission’s recent changes in fee structure. The park now has a 50 cent daily fee along with a $1 ticket, good for the entire year. There is no charge for any person entering the park on foot. Midland ratepayers also receive yearly tickets free of charge for their cars. “I am a strong advocate of no fee for visitors wishing to drive through our beautiful park,” said Deputy-reeve Wm. Orr, who added he was willing to go along with the fee for this year. Mr. Orr suggested that the commission explore the possibility of setting up parking lots, where fees could be collected, thus permitting persons to drive right through the park “I feel it is well worth $1 a day to enjoy the use of the park’s facilities, but I am still concerned that visitors cannot drive through,” Mr. Orr said. “I seem to recall that the original idea back of the fee was to enable the commission to earn money to put a new road across the back of the park. Has anything been done about this?” asked Alderman Walter Woods. Alderman Wm. Thompson also said a number of ratepayers had asked him the same question. Mayor Charles Parker said he felt the $1 per-year fee very reasonable, in view of the costs of keeping the park cleaned up each day and providing many free services. He said that eventually the commission would be doing away with all of its cottages. I don’t believe you or I will ever live to see that day. Maybe some of the younger councillors, but not us,” said Mr. Orr. Recalling issues raised in this paper last fall, Alderman Thompson asked if any consideration was being given to improving plumbing facilities. There had been reports of complaints at that time that toilet facilities in the park were no longer adequate, particularly when the tourist camp is full of visitors. Secretary for both council and the commission, Wm. A. Hack said the next meeting of the latter group was to be in the form of a tour of inspection of the park. Particular attention would be paid to toilet facilities and extension of park area, he said. “Consideration of a new road not been shelved by any means,” Hack assured council. He said the commission has decided not to erect any new cottages this year in order to strengthen its financial picture, particularly in the matter of capital debt to the town. 

Midland Free Press published a 20-page tourist and industrial development supplement to their May 28th edition. * * * First steps were taken to secure a new railway station in Midland when representatives of town council met with visiting CNR officials. * * * The organizational meeting of the Women’s Canadian Club of Midland was held and Miss Baker elected president. Professor Keyes, University of Toronto, outlined the objects of the club. * * * Capt. C. P. Swartman, Waubaushene, was elected president of the newly formed Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Association at a meeting in Owen Sound. * * * Rev. A. J. Eagle, Toronto, accepted a unanimous invitation from the United Churches of Victoria Harbour, Port McNicoll and Ebenezer. His new duties started July 1. * * * Radio inspector S. J. Ellis warned district residents that the days of grace had expired for the renewal of radio licences and radio fans operating their sets without the $1.00 licence were liable to prosecution. * * * Barrie district oratorical contest, sponsored by a Toronto newspaper, was held in the county town with competitors from Midland, Penetanguishene, Barrie, Coldwater, Collingwood, Gravenhurst, Cookstown and MacTier. * * * The steamer Gleneagles, with Capt. W. A. Lavigne, docked at Midland with 694,000 bushels of oats, believed to be the largest cargo carried down the lakes. The Gleneagles was built in Midland. * * * Joseph O’Shea, Midland’s issuer of vehicle licences, had issued 540 passenger car licences and expected to issue another 50. It was pointed out that this would mean on e car for every ten people in Midland. 

“There they are” says Peter Clause, centre, as he points out a few of the thousands of spawning pickerel at Port Severn to C. S. Wice, left, and Alex Lapere of Penetanguishene. A member of Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Association, Pete is one of a number of deputies helping game wardens make sure the fish are protected during the brief spawning season. 

“Early Swingers at Midland Golf Club” editorial page photo.

These Midland youngsters made a good showing in the recent “tykes” tournament held in the Scarborough Arena. Left to right are, front row – Ricky Desjardins, Steve Murley, Tom Gignac, Jerry Kay, Carl Todd, Stewart Duncan, Brian Tuttle; back row – Dennis O’Leary, Wayne Brissette, Ted Walker, Steve Leclair, Myles Gamna, Bill Jones. At rear are managers Bill Jones and Charlie Kay. Absent were Ian Sherriff, Brent Moreau and Jerry Cadeau. 

County Herald headline of May 5, 1962. 

Victoria Harbour council turned a deaf ear to pleas from a delegation of about 50 village ratepayers attempting to block the sale of Mackenzie Park to a private developer for $1,500. Ignoring a petition bearing 265 signatures council gave the go-ahead at a stormy meeting Tuesday night to Victoria Harbour Marina Ltd., to proceed with its proposed $275,000 motel, restaurant and marina. Site of the future development is located between the two government docks on the village waterfront. Construction is expected to start later this month and to reach completion over a three-year period. Headed by ex-reeve Mrs. Florence Belcher, the delegation strongly protested council’s actions in selling the village owned property. Mrs. Belcher accused council of “high-handed” methods and demanded they resign immediately and call an election. She predicted they would be turned out of office. Claiming there is not enough money in the world to buy the waterfront property, now used by village residents for swimming, Mrs. Belcher said council had no right to enter into an agreement for sale. She urged them to hold a plebiscite and let the taxpayers decide. GIVEN TO VILLAGE Donated to the village about 30-years ago by the now defunct Victoria Harbour Lumber Company, the property is named after Dr. D. W. Mackenzie, well-known district doctor. 

   Police estimated damage at only $30 to a car which plunged down a steep bank into a town owned sandpit in Midland early yesterday morning. The car, a small English model owned by Mervyn Beatty, was parked in the yard at 43 Victoria Street when the brakes let go. The vehicle backed across Victoria Street and down the bank into the sandpit west of Sixth Street.

     A district youth had some embarrassing moments in Little Lake Park Wednesday evening when his car stalled. He got out to give the vehicle a push when it got away on him, crashing into a tree. His lady friend suffered minor cuts and bruises and damage to the vehicle was estimated at $150. 

    Upwards of 1,700 people toured the Ontario Hospital at Penetanguishene during “open house” Tuesday and Wednesday this week, when they were given access to practically every nook and cranny in the institution. 

    Penetanguishene police are experiencing some difficulty in enforcing curfew regulations in town and are seeking co-operation of parents. Sgt. Marcel Dorion said yesterday children are being found wandering the streets after attending the show weekday nights. “They don’t go straight home as they should.” he said. The officer said police are requesting parents to send their children to matinee performances rather than night shows. “In this way the children would not have an excuse that they haven’t had time to get home from the show.” “If the situation continues we will be forced to pick the children up and lay charges against the parents.” he said. 

    Faced with the problem of charging either business tax or a licence fee to small operations not maintaining business premises in town. Penetang council spent considerable time last week discussing the transient traders’ bylaw. Concensus has been that bread route operators and others should be making a contribution the same way as retailers operating from stores in the business section. Mrs. M. Babando told council Georgian Home Bakery is paying $160 in business taxes, $250 in property taxes and $200 in residential taxes. Clerk A. Doucette was finally instructed to prepare an amendment to the bylaw providing for $25 annual fee for any permanent resident whose sole livelihood is gained through peddling. A $10 fee will be charged where the peddler is working on a part-time basis. The amendment is expected to be ready for next council meeting. At that time bylaws of some other communities will be available for inspection. Mrs. Babando told council she felt the suggested fee is fair to all concerned. 

Work is already in progress on the installation of a 10-inch water main under Highway 12 to serve the new Kindred Industries plant near the Wye River bridge. This photo shows the huge clam used in digging the hole in which the men in the lower picture are threading a connection for the new pipe to go under the highway. 

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – April 24th to 30th, 1962.

The photos found in this blog post are the property of Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario. Any reproduction for commercial use without permission is prohibited.  Any other distribution must credit Huronia Museum.  Please contact the museum with any questions you may have.  

Free Press Herald headline of April 25, 1962. 

I feel confident the Ontario Municipal Board will give us approval for the $50,000 debenture loan once they have considered all the facts. They’re telling us to save money. And we’re showing them how this can be done.” This was the statement made yesterday by G. J. Robillard, Penetang Public School Board chairman, when questioned regarding the board’s refusal to grant the loan. The school board had asked permission to issue a $50,000 debenture to cover the cost of a four-room addition to the new 17-room school now under  construction in Penetang. According to Clerk-treasurer A. Doucette, the municipal board refused permission on the grounds that Penetang had reached the limit of its borrowing. He said no consideration had been given to the new assessment completed last fall. Mr. Doucette said he had been assured yesterday that the municipal board is again considering the matter and will take the new assessment into consideration. 

     A Willowdale man who tempted fate by riding on the unprotected back end of a motor scoot, is in St. Andrews Hospital with a badly gashed right arm. Police who investigated the accident said that Harry Millman, 41, was lucky he wasn’t decapitated. 

        Midnight Friday is T-Day for fishermen all over Ontario. It’s the day they get back on their favorite streams, in search of the wily trout. Around North Simcoe, fishermen will find the streams ice free and normal, verging on low, as far as water is concerned. A gradual run-off of winter snows and lack of spring rains has eliminated the hazard of flood conditions. The Sturgeon and Coldwater Rivers will again be the mecca for the Isaac Walton’s in search for the big fellows, the rainbows or steelheads. Many smaller streams in the area will have their complement of fans trying their luck for speckled trout. 

    Five ships which were stalled in heavy ice in Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, were freed by the ice-breaker Alexander Henry last week. F. K. McKean, district marine agent, Department of Transport told this newspaper. Mr. McKean said the Coverdale, Sir James Dunn, T. R. McLagan, Fort Henry and Georgian Bay were the freighters stalled in the pack ice. The Fort Henry was headed for the Lakehead for wheat and the other bulk carriers were up bound for cargoes of ore. 

    At a recent meeting of the Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Association, an anticipated addition to the club house was announced by Harold Kettle, president of the association. Members were told that the addition would include kitchen, washroom and cloakroom facilities. Estimated cost is around $1,500.00. The club owns 100 acres of Ogden’s Beach Road, east of Midland. 

    Bob Scott was named the new president of Midland Hurons Baseball Club at a meeting held in the municipal building, recently. About 20 persons turned out for the meeting, which saw Al Jensen named treasurer, Doug Reid secretary, and Bruce Armstrong placed in charge of publicity. Gord Dyment and Buzz Deschamp will represent the players on the executive. Big problem at the moment is the securing of a coach. Practices have already started at Town Park. 

QUINN — To Mr. and Mrs. “Bud” Quinn (nee Nancy White), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at St. Paul’s Hospital, March 31, a daughter.
MOREAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Donat Moreau, 120 Sixth, Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital April 7, a son.
NOACK — To Mr. and Paul Noack, 126 Fourth Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, April 11, a son.
BELCOURT – To Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Belcourt, Robert Street, East, Penetang, at Penetang General Hospital, April 5, a daughter.
CASCAGNETTE — To Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cascagnette, 12 Robert Street Lane, Penetang, at Penetang General Hospital, April 8, a daughter.
COLUMBUS – To Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Columbus, Elmvale, at Penetang General Hospital, April 1, a son.
DESROCHES — To Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Desroches, Lafontaine, at Penetang General Hospital, April 12, a son.
EDWARDS — To Mr. and Mrs. Neil Edwards, Wasaga Beach, at Penetang General Hospital, April 2, a daughter.
DONALDSON — Carol and Ted are happy to announce the arrival of an 8 pound 15 ounce daughter. Heather Caroline, at the General Hospital, Parry Sound, on Tuesday, April 17, 1962. A sister for Paul, Mary Jane and Susanne, and a granddaughter for Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Megaw.
OAKLEY – Glenn-Robin is happy to announce the arrival of his baby brother, Bradley Warren Oakley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Oakley, Midland, on Thursday, April 19, 1962. 

    COLDWATER — Frank Russell, who died at his Port Severn home last week in his 79th year, was widely known in the Severn River area. He operated a general store and post office at Port Severn for many years. Surviving besides his wife are two brothers, Clarence of Waubaushene, and William E., Toronto. 

In its war against stray dogs and determined not to do things by halves. Penetang council appointed six dog catchers instead of the usual one. * * * John L. Tipping was elected president of Coldwater’s first horticultural society when interested citizens met in St.  Matthias parish hall. * * * Copeland Flour Mills Ltd., Midland and Renown Mills Ltd., Calgary, were merged with Pillsbury Mills, one of the largest U.S. milling corporations. * * * Midland council authorized a new warning system for its firefighters when it approved the purchase of a transmitter base station for the fire hall and 23 receivers to be placed in the homes of the town’s volunteer firemen. The cost was $3,144.80 installed. * * * St. Mark’s Anglican Church Young People’s Group presented the comedy “Here Comes Charlie” for three successive nights to capacity audiences in their parish hall. Midland. * * * Leamington Falcons defeated Midland Merchants, 79-46, in the last game of the Intermediate “C” Ontario basketball finals at the Midland YMCA. * * * Midland council authorized the purchase of the old Legion hall on Midland Ave., from Midland Branch 80, for the sum of $5,500. * * * Dr. James Small was elected president of the Midland Curling Club and E. H. Nicholson 1st vice-president.   

Top girls at Midland Ski Club this past season were, left to right, Fran Brodeur, Lynn McAllen and Jane Edwards. They were presented with trophies won in downhill and slalom events in club competitions during the busy season just ended.

Although the temperature reached the 70’s during the Easter weekend, there was still snow around to the delight of some sport fans and the reverse to others. Murray Yorke has found a new kind of hazard in the form of a snow bank at Midland Golf and Country Club. 

Well over 60 delegates attended the spring meeting of the Georgian Bay Waterworks Conference, held in the Legion Hall, Midland, last week. In TOP picture, Frank Holmes, left, and Stewart Holt, of Midland PUC, examine one of several types-of water meters on display. Three Penetang delegates, Martin Quigley, Jerry Kaus and R. J. Gauthier, are looking over a new-type valve in bottom picture. 

“Churning Water Marks Season’s Opening” editorial page photo. 

Construction of this new 17-room public school building at Penetang is progressing rapidly with the advent of spring weather. Work was held up through the winter when heavy snows prevented workmen from installing roof. 

These happy girls are members of the Regent School team which won the Midland Public Schools basketball title. Left to right are, front row—Lois Belsey, Renate Matthias, Lesley Longworth, Valerie Harmsworth, Marilyn Jackson; Second row—Joan Fish, Lee Gilmore, Penny Vaillancourt, Carol Banting; Third row—Jo-Ella Courriere, Susan Heels, Mrs. Doris Barrett, coach, Valerie Somers, Ruth McQuirter. Not present when picture was taken was Judy Wilcox. 

Regent public school won two basketball titles this year. Boys’ team includes, left to right, front row, Ian Dalrymple, Rickey Leaney, Calvin Todd, Herb Chapman; Second row—Brian Merkley, Laurie Thomas, Dennis Brabant; third row—Gerrit Huvers, Gary Crawford, Doug Langley, Bill Fish; Back row—Jurgen Baumann, coach Ken Trew, and Art McComb. 

A lot of hard work was lost as well as the building, when this large home, being re-modelled into three apartments, was destroyed by fire Thursday night. Located on the south-east corner of Bay and Sixth St. Midland, it was owned by Mr. and Mrs. George Haskill. Fire Chief Arnold Tippin said yesterday the financial loss has not been determined. The building will have to be demolished.

Midland firemen spent several hours fighting the worst fire in town in several months Thursday night and early Friday morning. Several members of the brigade are seen above at the height of the fire which destroyed the building owned by Mr. and Mrs. George Haskill at Bay and Sixth Streets. 

County Herald headline of April 27, 1962. 

Miscalculations in budgeting combined with over-expenditures created a deficit of $27,380 in 1961 for Penetanguishene, according to an auditor’s report released to mayor and council this week by A. F. MacLaren and Company, Barrie. An unexpected increase of $8,000 in revenue prevented the deficit from going higher. A review of the figures would indicate council had budgeted for a deficit of $21,751. Once a budget is set, the general rule is that there is no authority to spend beyond this amount. A look at schedule “D” shows that all departments, with two exceptions, overspent by various amounts. 

    Frank Doherty of R. R. 2 Midland will be one of the busiest men in Simcoe County between now and June 18 when the federal election will be held. Mr. Doherty has been appointed returning officer for East Simcoe. The riding includes Midland, Penetang, Orillia, and the townships of Tiny, Tay, Matchedash, Orillia, Oro, Medonte and part of Baxter. At his headquarters on Highway 27 near Midland, Mr. Doherty will be responsible for appointing enumerators, drawing up voter’s lists and posting proclamations. 

    A Pembroke, Ont., woman who gave her life trying to save a mother and child from drowning in the MacDonald River last July has been awarded a post-humous award for heroism. Noreen Anne Harvey, 38, a non-swimmer, jumped into 10 feet of water to help Mrs. Rachael Wright, another non-swimmer, and her four-year-old son. All three drowned. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission will send a bronze medal to Miss Harvey’s father. 

    Treatment of a 12-year-old partially crippled polio victim has sparked an inquiry into living conditions in a North Simcoe home Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society. Magistrate K. A. Cameron ordered the investigation after being told that the boy was found tied to a kitchen stove with an extension cord. He was taken from his parent’s home late yesterday afternoon by CAS officials and placed under government care in Orillia. 

    Two Victoria Harbour area men were given further jail terms when they appeared for sentence Wednesday before Magistrate K. A. Cameron in Midland police court after a two-week remand in custody. Robert 20, was given three months and Fred, 28, one month. In court earlier, the two men admitted stealing two pigs from Bert Waples and a pure-bred steer from Nelson Jones in April. The animals had been shot and cut up for meat. 

“If we want to keep our tourists, we must fill the role of good hosts at all times.” So said Willard Kinzie, ex-Barrie mayor and now Zone 3 chairman of the Georgian Bay Development Association in an address at St. Paul’s United Church, Wednesday evening.  Mr. Kinzie was speaking to a joint meeting of United, Presbyterian and Anglican Church Men’s Clubs. Walter Lumsden (Knox), Willard Kinzie, Clint Truax (St. Paul’s) 

Midland will have two teams in the Little NHL Ontario finals at Cobourg this weekend. Seen above is the junior “A” team. Left to right are, kneeling, Brian Phillips, Bill Deschamp, Jim Holden, Dale Simpson, Ted Edgar, Mike Dragoman, Stephen Stanway: standing: John McLaughlin, Wayne King, Doug Cable, Gary Valcheff, Larry Sauve, Danny Willette, Doug Hamelin and Mike Laurin, team captain. At rear is Henry Valcheff, manager, and coach Dennis Anderson. 

Public school pupils at Victoria Harbour will move to a brand new building next September. Still under construction, the new school is in a safe location, well off the highway. Old school, located on busy Highway 12 at the west end of the village, caused both motorists and parents much concern for the safety of the children. 

“Last Signs of Winter” editorial page photo. This range marker on Midland Point is a familiar sight to small craft going to and from Honey Harbour. Across the water in middle background is Present Island. 

When I saw this ad it reminded me of a previous post from February 1961 when the store opened. That caption read; The small corner grocery store that used to be known as Ken’s Marketeria at 170 Fifth Street is no more. Now three times as large it has blossomed forth as Ken’s Carload Marketeria, a greatly enlarged and remodelled building. Born and raised in Midland, Ken Crawford operated the old store on the same site for the past nine years. Last fall Burke Construction Co. began the work which has resulted in the sparkling new retail store on Fifth, at the corner of Montreal. In keeping with the larger building, Mr. Crawford has extended his lines to include meats, groceries, fruits, candy, drugs and sundries— “all the things you can get at the big stores downtown.” the proud owner pointed out. Ken was just a boy when he began learning the meat business under the late W. J. Bowman in the store now occupied by Gianetto’s. He served 9 1/2 years with Mr. Bowman. This happy story had a grim ending as related to us by Ruth Jeanotte. ” Ken and his wife never had any children, they were in a terrible car accident in 1975, their car was hit from behind and the gas tank blew, he fought to get his wife out of the car and he was badly burnt, his wife died of her injuries, he later worked at Loblaws store on King St. and Elizabeth.”

Just a reminder from County Herald staffer Cathy MacAllister to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Daylight saving time starts officially at 12:01 a.m. Sunday and continues till Oct. 28.

Photo of the Week – Third week of August 2022

So many great photos over the years, always hard to pick just one. We didn’t. The first photo, #2006-0020-1210, is from June of 1955 and probably represents the last log drive to come down the Severn River to Georgian Bay. The caption in the newspaper read; “First large raft of logs to be put over the dam at Port Severn in more than a decade was run through by Ed Copeland, a Midland sawmill operator. Mr. Copeland is in the boat, foreground on the dock is Joe King of Port Severn, a veteran of many river drives years ago. The raft contained around 4,000 poplar, hemlock, pine and basswood logs cut in the Six Mile Lake area. They were towed across the bay to Port McNicoll for transportation to the mill.” The second photo, 2006-002-1237,  is also from June of 1955, a classic team photo taken at the “ball diamond”. The caption read; “Tops in their age group, members of the Richmond Virginians, winners of the International League title in Saturdays playoffs. Front, Bill Doherty, Ken Mackie, Arnold Belfry, Ron Church, David McLaughlin, Richard Mohan, Gary French. Back row, C.O. Marshall coach, Bob Matthews, Dick Matthews, David Lamb captain, John Dagg (Identified by daughter Jill Snider) and Rev. Len Self League director. (We would appreciate a first name for Mr. Marshall.)