25 years ago — 1989
At the December, 1988, meeting of the Carlingford Women’s Institute, it was a special one, as five ladies of that Institute were honoured with life memberships. The five were Marguerite Knoll, Agnes Miller, Jean Sebben, Marion Stewart and Verna Willows. Laurine McIntosh, President of the London Area Women’s Institute, presented the life membership pins, certificates, and cards to those ladies. (Carlingford)
Janet Edye has been hired by the town to look after the swans on Trout Creek. For the past several years, the care of the birds has been handled by volunteers.
McLean-Taylor Construction has signed an agreement to purchase the Rod Bailey property south of the new arena. The firm plans to develop a combination of high, medium and low density housing on the lot.
The final repot on a floodwall proposed for St. Marys estimates the cost at approximately 45 per cent less than a preliminary estimate. The final report put the coast at $630,000-$760,000, depending on aesthetic considerations.
50 years ago — 1964
A combination of three dry summers plus alleged drainage by a new ditch is blamed by residents of the Lakeside area for a drastic lowering of the water level in the lake at Lakeside. Old-timers at Lakeside say they never can recall the lake levels being so low.
John Carter, of St. Marys, has been named to the position of business manager of St. Marys Memorial Hospital, to take over the duties of the late Tom Brogden. Mr. Carter has been on the accounting staff at Maxwell Ltd. He will commence his duties at the Hospital on Jan. 15.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church and United Church friends were out carol-singing Sunday evening, Dec. 23, to the homes of senior citizens and shut-ins of the village. (Kirkton)
TENDERS will be received for the installation of aluminum windows for the upstairs of Motherwell School, USS No. 1, Fullarton and Downie. Lowest price not necessarily accepted. Mrs. Donald Adams, Sectretary-Treasurer, R.R. No. 5 St. Marys.
This week’s Journal Argus had reports of several Annual Ratepayers’ Meetings in the area, Chirstmas guests, and church Christmas services and concerts.
75 years ago — 1939
Favourable comments have been heard regarding the new grey buses which were put in service through St. Marys recently. These vehicles have the latest rear-engine drive, are air-conditioned, and luxuriously upholstered and fitted. Beauty and utility are successfully combined.
Mr. McCauley is busy drilling a well for Mr. Alex Henderson. (Transvaal)
An enjoyable evening was spent by the Euchre Club, although the weather was none too good. Still, there were seven tables in play. Following lunch, everyone went home in two sleigh loads. (Townline)
After a week of storms and almost blocked roads, we are having our January thaw, which is most welcome. (Devizes)
The mild weather played havoc with the Granton Arena last weekend but cold weather promises ice this week. Music is provided for skaters, hockey teams are in practice, and a carnival is being planned. (Granton)
The recent thaw was welcomed by many farmers in the district, who were having to haul water for their livestock. (Fullarton)
100 years ago — 1914
The Singing Class, lately organized among the young people in this vicinity, is proving an interesting and profitable recreation for the winter evenings. The meetings are held weekly at the homes of the singers. (Granthurst)
John Barnett, of Medical College, and Thos. E. Armstrong, of H.P.S., Toronto, holidayed at their respective homes over the Christmas holidays. (Science Hill)
Captain Martin, of the Salvation Army staff, arrived from Toronto on Monday and has instituted a Building Fund Campaign for the new Salvation Army Hall, to be erected here. Capt. Martin’s purpose is to raise $3,000 in St. Marys and area.
Tenders were opened for the erection of the new Collegiate gymnasium. Only two tenders were received for the complete job: W.W. Haines; and Patterson and Whelihan. Mr. Haines’ tender for $3,435 was the lowest and he was awarded the contract.
Mr. Alex Smith made a business trip to Kirkton on Tuesday. (Uniondale)
A very pleasant event took place at “Blink Bonnie Farm” when Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gowan celebrated the 30th anniversary of their wedding. (Glengowan)
The residence of Mr. Volker, Queen Street East, had a close call from being destroyed by fire. Flames were noticed at the rear end of the hitches by some young men who were passing by, and they, along with Mr. Volker, managed to extinguish the blaze. Mr. Volker had his hands badly burned. (News of the Town)