25 years ago — 1988
“Another healthy year for local hospital; $402,000 operating surplus” was the front page headline in this week’s Journal Argus. Figures presented at the hospital’s annual general meeting show the hospital continuing as “a good, solid financial operation,” administrator John Carter said.
We See: THAT Wilf’s Chicken and Seafood catered all the meals at the United Church Conference held in London recently. During the three days of the conference, 4,200 dinners were served for the 660 delegates in attendance.
There was no service at the St. Thomas Anglican Church on Sunday because of the anniversary at St. Paul’s Church in Kirkton. Several members from the Granton congregation attended. Muriel Lewis enjoyed a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton recently. (Granton)
50 years ago — 1963
From Town Council: Coun. MacDonald, on behalf of the Cemetery Committee, reported that tenders are being called for repairs to some 140 tombstones in St. Marys Cemetery considered to be in a dangerous condition. An effort will be made to contact family members for their cooperation in this matter. Work on the millrace clearance was proceeding, but a drag-line would be needed to finish the job as the town digger has gone as far as it was capable.
Two large white swans were seen on Lake Sunova recently. (Lakeside News)
With the completion of the Quarry guard-rail, one step remains to ensure public safety in the area. That is the pedestrian. The objective in placing the guardrail well out from the fence along the east side of the roadway was to provide a footpath for pedestrians.
75 years ago — 1938
It won’t be long now until the gaping 40-foot hole in Mother Earth, 20 or more acres in extent, which has been used as a supply for stone, which in turn makes the cement that makes St. Marys famous, is only a memory. For the past two years, hundreds of thousands of tons of sand and mud have been spilled into the quarry at the St. Marys Cement Company plant and now the spoil bank is quickly encroaching on the last few hundred yards of quarry bottom.
Harold Cousins, East Ward garageman, is putting the finishing touches to a new lawn roller for the St. Marys Bowling Club. The machine, built of steel girder frames, has two large rollers and is powered with a light car motor.
100 years ago — 1913
The Citizens’ Band has amalgamated with the Cement Co.’s musical organization. The band will now number 30 members and they will shortly appear in kilts which have been purchased at a price of $1,000. They will give free open-air concerts at the boat-house on the waterfront on Friday evenings during the summer.
James Pellow, St. Marys marathon runner, was given an enthusiastic reception by the citizens on his arrival home from Yonkers, NY. Jim ran in the Yonkers marathon and finished fourth in a field of 30 of the world’s best long distance runners. He arrived on the 7:45 train at the Junction and was met by representatives of the Council and other citizens.
Our gravel teamsters are busy repairing the washouts and gravelling the roads on the west side of the Thames River. (Glengowan)
The anniversary of Zion Methodist Church will be held on Sunday, June 24. The Rev. Powell of Exeter will preach both morning and evening. There will be a garden party on the following Monday, on Mr. Barnett’s lawn. (Zion, Mitchell Road)
125 years ago — 1888
Notice: J.W. Wood, “The Leading Undertaker.” IN the old stand, West End Victoria Bridge, St. Marys, Ont. A First Class Hearse and a fine line of Funeral Furnishings always on hand.
The rail’s spread under a cattle train at Strathroy Saturday afternoon caused some four or five cars to leave the track and were more or less wrecked. It took the rest of the day to clear the track, and as a consequence the passengers on the accommodation trains had to be transferred, while the fast through trains were sent round by St. Marys.
Coming Event: The Ladies of Knox Church intend holding their annual Garden Party at Ardmore Park.
The Howee’s Circus made its appearance in town recently. Though the day was anything but favourable, they received a liberal patronage, the evening giving a full house. The inside performance, the verdict of everyone, was certainly much superior to what the outward appearance would indicate.