25 years ago — 1988
The recently restored VIA Rail station has been officially re-opened. Cost of the embellishment was approximately $200,000. VIPs, accompanied by a piper, walked from the Town Hall to the station. There was a Mountie on hand for an honour guard and the St. Marys Children’s Choir assisted with the singing of O Canada and a few train songs.
We See: THAT a commemoration cover will be issued Sept. 26 in connection with the official re-opening of the St. Marys railway station. There will be an envelope with a drawing of the station by Colin McQuirk.
NOTICE: Dr. Ross Green, Thorndale, Ont., wishes to announce that he will not be returning to his practice in Thorndale after his vacation. He thanks all the doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, patients and friends who supported him over the past 31 years.
The fresh flavour of Ontario field tomatoes, the irresistible aroma of ripe peppers, the sweet taste of newly-picked corn, and a selection of juicy sun-ripened Ontario fruit make a snack into a feast fit for a king. We Canadians certainly love tomatoes. According to Statistics Canada, we annually consume about 60 pounds (28 kg) of fresh and processed tomatoes per person. (Eat At Our House, by Dorothy Eedy)
50 years ago — 1963
On a recent Saturday afternoon, a small cocker spaniel was noticed sitting patiently on the sideroad three miles west of Uniondale, and was instrumental in the discovery of a car which had rolled over into the ditch at this point. A nearby resident noticed the dog sitting on the spot for some time and, on investigating, discovered two injured youths in the ditch. The two injured were brothers. They were both rushed to hospital, one to St. Marys Memorial and the other to Victoria Hospital, London. Both are now reported to be in satisfactory condition.
We See: THAT at the St. Marys District Collegiate Institute, the “Barn” is now known as the “Annex.” Three classrooms are contained therein.
We See: THAT contractors have commenced the laying of asphalt on No. 19 Highway at Uniondale. The surface is going in at the rate of some 75 tons per hour.
The Wildwood Dam, now under construction, is being built on the site of a pioneer mill in the Gore of Downie.
75 years ago — 1938
The new Order of the Eastern Star Chapter Room on the third floor of the Carr Hardware building will be opened this evening. For several months, work has been going on in the completion of a stairway from the street and in the renovation of the rooms. The interior decorating was arranged by the ladies, they include a Chapter Hall, 44 feet by 25 feet, a reception room, dressing room and kitchen. The rooms will be heated from the steam heating plant of the White and May Co.
From Town Council: Council has been asked by the official agent for the Blue Water Bridge Company, who is in charge of publicity, asking that St. Marys appoint at least five delegates to attend a meeting at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, next month for the purpose of organizing a No. 7 Highway Association. All towns and cities which are joined by No. 7 are being asked to join the association and to forecast a program of promotion for the years to come. It was felt this would probably be a worthwhile thing for St. Marys. It would be designed to increase tourist traffic. Mayor Dickinson promised to follow through on the matter.
100 years ago — 1913
The Exhibition visitors returned much pleased with their experience at the great Fair at Toronto. Several of our folk are visiting the Western Fair in London. (Harrington)
Lacrosse News: The excursion to Brampton on Monday should be one of the largest ever taken out of St. Marys. This is the first time in the history of the Town when the local team went into the finals for the Intermediate Championship of Ontario. Go with the boys and help them to land the honour.
Dr. Hastings, Toronto Medical Officer, is going to compel people who deliver bread and other bakery products to wear white laundered cotton or linen gloves, because it has repeatedly been demonstrated that the human hand is the source in the spreading of the germs of communicable diseases. The Doctor also informed the Board that there are many unnecessary noises in Toronto between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., and that the noises are prejudicial to public health.
Miss Grace Hotson, of St. Marys, Ont., is a guest of her cousin, Mr. Robert M. Robson, Vancouver. Miss Hotson is delighted with the climate as well as scenery of the North Arm, where Mr. Robson is at present camping with his family. (Vancouver Daily News)