25 years ago — 1989
We See: THAT if anyone has seen the mate to the lone swan below the Park Street Bridge, please contact (a telephone number is given).
From the Letter Box: A letter writer speaks out against Junior Kindergarten. One paragraph reads: “Why should we put additional pressure on your young children by expecting them to sit through a structured lesson from 9 to 3 every day of the week (and) by being graded and tested on their performance?”
The St. Marys Rotary Club will hold its annual charity Golf Tournament next Monday at the Science Hill Golf Course. Over 100 golfers are expected to take part.
50 years ago — 1964
Recently, the Recreation Council was given the go-ahead for the fitting out of new dressing rooms at Cadzow Park. The new rooms will be partitioned off in space built several years ago at the south end of the pool.
We See: THAT work on the new dyke road being constructed along the Thames River, south of Thomas Street, is certainly changing the landscape in that area. The former Town Dump has practically disappeared and the dyke is piled high along the River Road below the curve at Camper’s Bend.
Rev. G.G. Russell preached his farewell sermon as Rector of St. James Anglican Church, St. Marys, this past Sunday. The new Rector of St. James is Rev. H.R. Perkins. Rev. Russell begins his ministry at St. George’s Church, Goderich, this Sunday. Mr. Burton Ready is the organist at St. James Church.
We See: THAT through the efforts of the local PUC, the alleyway behind the block of businesses from Wellington to Water Streets, on the north side of Queen Street, has been paved with asphalt. This is a great improvement.
The contract for the Uniondale (East Nissouri) Central School has been given to Monteith and McGrath, Ltd., of Waterloo, and construction has already started.
75 years ago — 1939
Motherwell has two interested visitors recently: A Mr. Gray, a native of Motherwell, Scotland, now a resident of Galt, Ontari, who was accompanied by his Mother, at present his guest from the old land. She had heard that there was a Motherwell in Ontario, so they motored up to see what manner of place was this which bore the name dear to them both. Mr. Andrew Watson had the pleasure of spending some time in their company. They visited the school, where they were interested in the life history of Mr. Brown, the first teacher and postmaster, and of Rev. Mr. Hamilton, for 43 years the occupant of the Presbyterian Manse. Their hometown in Scotland has a population of some 16,000. (Motherwell)
Mr. Oliver Kemp is kept busy these days taking people for a ride in his aeroplane. All seem to enjoy the thrill of the ride. (Kirkton)
Miss Ruth Sawyer of Toronto was a guest of Norma and Mary Urquhart last week. (Kirkton)
For many years, the Journal Argus has been recognized as outstanding among weekly newspapers for the district news coverage. There are no less than 49 district correspondents, most of whom furnished us with budgets of neighbourhood news for each and every issue of this newspaper. At Niagara Falls this past week, the judges of the Mason Trophy Competition of the Canadian Weekly Newspaper Association judged the St. Marys Journal Argus to have the best coverage in district news of any of the large Canadian weeklies.
100 years ago — 1914
Some complaints have come regarding the giving of half of the road in case of an automobile coming up behind a team of horses. The parties claim that, when they come up behind a fellow with a team, he stubbornly refuses to give any of the road, no matter if there is plenty of room to turn out. Now the law recognizes the right of both the man with the team and the man with the auto and their rights should be respected. The law says that, when a man is overtaken by a faster vehicle, the man driving the slower vehicle will turn out and leave half of the beaten path. (News About Town)
The Brown-Uren Reunion, held at Lakeside Summer Resort, was an event “long to be remembered” by all who were present. At high noon, the descendents of the Uren and Brown families, to the number of about 200, sat down to four long tables, will laden with all the deliciousness of the season.
Houses For Sale: The Carter Homestead, recently remodeled. As good as new outside, all modern conveniences. Brick Cottage, Church Street South, at present occupied by Mrs. Walter Leslie. Newly shingled, all modern conveniences, fine gardens and fruit. No better value than these two houses. Apply to Lincoln Rice, Office of St. Marys Milling Co.