25 years ago — 1989
The St. Marys Children’s Choir and the High School Band will offer a few numbers at Water Street South when Governor General Jeanne Sauvé ceremoniously opens the Opera House and the Lions Club Fitness Centre on May 30.
The 3rd St. Marys Girl Guide Pack, with help from a few members of the Brownie Pack, cleaned up Arthur Meighen and Central School yards and Cadzow Park recently. The Pitch-In-Work is promoted by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
A new industry which will employ 10 people will be located on James Street South. The company, Easy Lift Doors, is a manufacturer of overhead doors and windows and will be constructing a 94’x40’ building to accommodate its operation.
Blanshard Township is celebrating its 150th anniversary later this summer, and the Kirkton Women’s Institute has been asked to put up a display. (Kirkton)
50 years ago — 1964
We See: THAT the PUC are steadily extending the use of fluorescent streetlights on town streets. Latest area to be converted is the block from Church Street East to Peel Street.
The Spring Board Meeting of the North Oxford Women’s Institute was held at the Embro Presbyterian Church. The roll call was answered by members from all 17 North Oxford branches.
TENDERS: Sealed tenders plainly marked “Tender for Upstream Bridges and New Road Link for Wildwood Dam,” addressed to Mr. R.D. McCall, Director of Operations of Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, Fanshawe Dam, R.R. 6 London, Ontario.
75 years ago — 1939
Several hundred trees, both evergreen and hardwood, have been planted by residents on Ontario Street, West Ward. Most of these trees are 3-4 feet high and were purchased from a farm east of the town on No. 7 Highway. If the tree planting continues, the Stone Town in a few years will be a shady pinery similar to what it was before the great windstorm of a few years ago, when so many fine trees were destroyed.
Headline in this week’s Journal Argus: “Might Not See The Royal Couple At Junction Stop.” A decision that St. Marys schoolchildren will be transported to Stratford on the occasion of the Royal Visit was made by representatives of the Town Council and the Public and Separate School Boards. A letter received from F.G. Sanderson, MP, revealed the fact that, although he had gone to a great deal of trouble that Their Majesties make an appearance while stopped in St. Marys Junction, “you understand that the Royal Train is not making an official stop here but will just be halted to take on water.”
Earlier this month, the Board of Works made a great improvement to the roadway on Water Street out to the town limits at Skelly’s Hill. This strip of road was badly pot-holed by the frost, but dragging carried out by the Town Works Department this past week or so has remedied the fault. (News Around The Town)
100 years ago — 1914
The annual meeting of the Boathouse Association was held recently. Officers for the coming year are: President Dr. Follick; Secretary-Treasurer W.C. Box; Solicitor J.W. Graham; Executive Committee Jas. Beattie, F.E. Butcher and J. Ready. It was decided to paint the boathouse and put things in general in good shape.
Several from here were in St. Marys on Monday night to hear the Bell Ringers. Also, there has been 60 head of cattle put on the farms of Robertson and Highet’s by Mr. Cronin of Dublin. (Anderson)
Headline: “Town Council Grants An Additional $15,000 For A New Public School.” Chairman May said that the amount of $42,000, voted by the Council for a new school, was not sufficient, as the tenders were all over this amount for the erection of a school. Mayor Butcher commented that it seems to be the opinion of many citizens that a stone school would be most desirable. Councillor Sheldon added that “if the Council can afford to build a new school, they can afford to pay a little more for a stone school. Our local stone improves with age. There is only a difference of $5,000 between brick and a stone school. It is the rock that is making St. Marys. Some other towns have been going back but St. Marys is going ahead. Why? Because of our rock. They people favour stone not brick.