Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back
25 years ago — 1987
The town’s animal control officer and other town officials will meet with representatives of a pest control firm to consider the fate of about 200 pigeons which have been congregating on rooftops in downtown St. Marys. The birds, most of them dislodged from the Opera House which is now under reconstruction, have become a nuisance to several merchants and they want some action.
Town Council recently threw its support behind CP Rail to abandon a 2.3 kilometre (1.45 miles) section of track located within the municipality.
Jonathan Jenkins, whose home is near Prospect Hill, a Medway High School student, will be spending Christmas in Australia. He will be taking part in the 1988 World Jamboree, beginning Dec. 29 near Sydney, Australia. Jonathan, a 16 year-old Venturer, is one of about 500 Scouts from Ontario.
50 years ago —1962
We See: THAT the Bell Telephone Co. has called for tenders from invited bidders on a new crossbar building to be located on Church Street North, St. Marys. The structure is to be 34x60 feet, one storey, no basement.
Playing at the Lyric Theatre, St. Marys, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: “The Notorious Landlady”; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: “The Crowded Sky”. Recommended as Adult Entertainment.
Students of Stratford Teachers College are spending this week at S.S. No. 2, Blanshard and Downie School. (Bethesda)
The “Explorer” group of Avonbank and Motherwell United Church, under the leadership of Mrs. A Binkle and Mrs. O. McIntosh, provided a fine programme at their Social and Bazaar at the Avonbank Church recently. (Avonbank)
75 years ago — 1937
Ontario has responded to the needs of Saskatchewan people by sending 10,000,000 lbs of foodstuff since September. In all, there were 1,607 box carloads. The letters that are coming in from the recipients show how great was the need and how appreciative they are.
The crusher has moved into Mr. Robinson’s gravel pit and a good layer of crushed stone is being put on the road, that was widened this fall, making quite an improvement. (Mitchell Road)
A fleet of 50 snowplows will fight against snow blockades in Western Ontario this year, according to plans being made by the Ontario Department of Highways.
Lack of sufficient business is the reason given for the closing of the sub-branch of the Bank of Montreal in Kirkton. For the past few months, this office has been under the supervision of the St. Marys branch but, previously, was administered from Mitchell. (Newsy Happenings)
100 years ago — 1912
Several CPR officials were here recently looking over property matters. It was reported that they have chosen a property on Water Street, not far from the CPR sheds, for the purpose of a passenger station, etc. The present station in the Opera House block is only a rented one.
The most interesting topic just now is not Christmas, but how soon will the school pond be frozen enough for skating here? (Medina)
The members of the corn-binder syndicate treated themselves and their wives to an oyster supper recently. (Berryland)
Report of the Science Hill school for the month of November: Sr. IV — Mary Armstrong; Jr. IV — Jeffrey Robinson, Clarence Martin; Sr. III — Gladys McKay; Jr. III — Arthur Burrell, Harold Stevens, Alex Enright, Russell Martin, May Butter, James Armstrong; Class III — Ellen Enright, Brick Armstrong, Louise Stevens, Wilbert Martin. (Science Hill)
125 years ago — 1887
The West Nissouri Cheese Factory, situated near Thorndale, was destroyed by fire recently. The loss no doubt will be heavy as there was one month’s stock of cheese destroyed. (West Nissouri)
Special meetings are being held in McKim’s Church. Evangelist Rae is assisting. (East Nissouri)
The pupils of St. Marys Public Schools here are on holiday. The rooms have been decorated by the pupils and exhibit taste of much riper years than one would expect.
House and Lot For Sale: Adjoining the Baptist Church on the west side, frame house, 1 1/2 storey, 11 rooms, good cellar, hard and soft water. Apply on the premises to E.B. Surbey.