Looking Back by Muriel Sheldon
25 years ago — 1988
From Town Council: The Town will apply for a grant under the Ontario Municipal Improvement Fund, which it hopes will pay for half the $150,000 cost of repairing the overhead Queen Street Bridge.
A Vest Pocket Smile (Kindness of Ray Bennett Men’s Wear): Definition of a housing development — A place where they cut down all the trees and then name the streets after them.
A Perth County project to increase the width of Lorne Avenue in Downie Township (outside Stratford) will require the removal of numerous mature trees along both sides of the road and a few farmers in the vicinity are not happy about this. The County Engineer Tom Collings says the widening of the road from the present 66 feet to 100 feet is necessary to provide a safe passage for the increasing volume of motorists. However the farmers who are opposed to the project say they like the trees and point to their usefulness in preventing soil erosion and in keeping the snow down.
50 years ago — 1963
We See- That many local motorists took advantage of the spring-like weather on Sunday to drive to Grand Bend and witness the ice piled along the beach and beyond a stretch of open water out into the lake.
Recently the Windsor Hotel had a large area of the building’s third floor gutted by fire.
From Blanshard Council- Approval was given by Blanshard Council to the St. Marys Town Council for the debenture costs of the proposed new addition to the St. Marys District Collegiate Institute.
We See- Tenders are invited for the construction of a new office for the British Mortgage and Trust Co. in St. Marys, corner of Queen and Wellington Streets.
75 years ago — 1938
The world famous musical comedy “The Desert Song’ by Sigmund Romberg was presented recently by St. Paul’s Church, Kirkton, in Woodham Orange Lodge.
A piano has been bought to replace the organ formerly in use at the school. Due to a fresh outbreak of the red measles, the school was closed for a few days. Teacher Ann Maclean has been at her home near Guelph. (Metropolitan)
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s answer to German occupation of Austria and threats against Czecho-Slovakia has been a speeding up of the re-armament program and the decision to increase the Air Force and the Territorial Army strength (World News In Brief).
The St. Marys Cement Company has taken delivery of two large International steel dump trucks from the local agent W.B. Young.
100 years ago — 1913
Dr. J.B. Stevens of Yale, Michigan, was the guest of his brother, Dr. W.B. Stevens recently. The Doctor is Mayor of that town and was here to see about getting figures from area stone quarry men on crushed stone for the streets of Yale. St. Marys is not only built on a solid foundation, but can make solid footing for other towns, even for our neighbour to the south (News of the Town).
A.G. Stevenson and H.W. Biddulph of the Bank of Montreal have been transferred to Saskatoon and London respectively (News of the Town).
Recently, a banquet was given in the basement of Brown’s Church, East Nissouri, in honour of a native son, Homer Brown, M.A., who left the following day for Changtu, West China, where he will engage in education work for the Mission Board (East Nissouri).
NOTICE- Butcher business for sale- Good profitable business. Owner is going west. Apply to Wesley Milk (Woodham).
125 years ago — 1888
At a recent meeting of the Town Council, an offer was made to the G.T.R. of $500, and the land necessary for a site on which to erect a new freight shed, together with the necessary grading, provided the said company will remove the shed from the upper station to the switch, and that St. Marys be placed in the same division as London, in regard to freight rates.
The planning mill of Messrs. Humphries and Richardson has been purchased by Mr. J. D. Moore, and will be continued in operation under the superintendence of M. J. Humphries.
It is said that the Ball Electric of Toronto are about to locate a plant and illuminate Lucan by artificial lighting.
The members of the St. Marys Philharmonic Society are requesting to meet in the Town Hall Tuesday evening for the purpose of making arrangements for an upcoming entertainment. A full attendance is requested.
Notice: Choice Cut Flowers, Bouquets and Floral Designs for weddings, parties, funerals, and decorating purpose. Flowers, plants. In pots. S.H. Mitchell, Queen St. East, St. Marys.