Midland T Store Jug

The museum has acquired a rare piece of Midland retail history. It is a smaller sized glazed earthenware jug from the Midland T Store. The store offered dry goods and local fresh produce. The store was owned and operated by John Box Horrell. He came to Midland about 1881 and opened the MTS in 1885. He was elected as the first mayor of Midland in 1890. Horrell died suddenly in the spring of 1900. His was the largest funeral attended in Midland to that point in its history.

smaller jug

This smaller version of the Tea Store jug joins a larger version of the jug which has been in the museum’s collection for many years. The larger jugs are fairly common. Both jugs would have had a cork or wooden stopper. It is likely that the jugs were made in Toronto or Brantford.

larger version of jug

The museum would like to thank Bev Day, former Midland councillor, for his efforts to monitor ebay for auction items with a local historical association that the museum might be interested in acquiring.

two jugs together

Memorial Crosses – Pilot Officer L. D. Bowman

Memorial Crosses – Pilot Officer L. D. BowmanThe Huronia Museum recently acquired memorial crosses from World War II that were given to the family of a Midland man. L. B. Bowman.

Boston IIi bomber edit bw for hm blogPilot Officer Lloyd Douglas Bowman was a crew member of a Boston III light attack bomber # Z-2283 (also known in US Forces as the Douglas A-20 Havoc) that failed to return from a mission on 10 June 1942 and presumed lost to enemy action. Three other crew members were lost as well, two RAF and another RCAF crew member that was an American from New Jersey. Bowman was from Midland, Ontario. All four have no known grave and their names are found on the Runnymede Memorial. They were members of the 107th RAF Squadron.

Huronia Museum wishes to acknowledge the generosity of  Andy Fraser of Hawkstone, ON and L.D. Bowman of Coldwater, ON for all their assistance and generosity in seeing these objects coming to the collections of Huronia Museum.


The silver cross with ribbon was given to Bowman’s mother, Levinia Bowman. The silver cross with bar was given to his wife, Ethel.


Bowman’s decorations: left to right: 1939-45 Star, Aircrew Europe, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, War Medal 1939-45


Bowman’s flight log


Bowman’s diary


Consolation card from the KIng


Bowman’s uniform badges


photographs by Huronia Museum Communications Volunteer William J. Gibson