25 years ago — 1989
A long section of James Street and various areas of Queen Street will get major repair work this summer. Five areas were designated by B.M. Ross Associates, a consulting engineer firm from Goderich, as those most needing attention. Total cost for repair work to those five areas came to $525,200; however, the Town budget allows just $350,000 for road repairs this year. Three areas which will get attention this year (1989) are James Street South from Queen to the south entrance of Domtar; Queen Street from Carroll to the west limits of Town; and Queen Street from Water to Wellington. It was noted that McLean-Taylor will be doing some waterproofing on Victoria Bridge.
50 years ago — 1964
Mrs. R. Barclay and Miss Florence Barclay have returned from Whitehorse, Yukon, where they spent two weeks with the former’s son, F.L.T. Lieutenant Leslie Barclay and family.
The children and several of the mothers, along with their leader Mrs. Morrison of the Base Line, Blanshard, enjoyed a bus trip to Niagara Falls on Tuesday of last week. (Base Line)
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon McEwan, St. George Street, East Ward, is being refinished in the Tudor style of several centuries ago. This is a style familiar to anyone who has visited or lived in England, with stucco walls and varnished cross members. Contractor on the job is Bert Dalrymple. This is believed to be the first home in St. Marys to be converted in this manner. (News of the Week, Town and District)
The first meeting of the Edgewood Junior Farmers and Junior Institute was held recently, and the purpose, activities and advantage of Jr. Farmers membership were explained by Ken Lantz, Assistant Agricultural Representative of Middlesex County. Pictured at this meeting were Charles O’Shea, Miss Ruth Frances, and Alex Jeffrey as they examine the Record Book of the Edgewood Club. (News of the Week)
75 years ago — 1939
The Department of Highways has consented to pay the cost of repaving the main street of Brampton because it is a connecting link on Highway No. 7 and 10. St. Marys is another town that should receive like treatment in the upkeep of an expensive link. No. 7 Provincial Highway (Queen Street) runs the entire length of St. Marys.
Although one of the trees planted on the day of the Royal Visit appeared to be dying a few weeks ago, both of the saplings are now making progress and both have new leaves. These trees were planted on the boulevard in front of the Public Library building, Church Street. (News of the Town)
It was 135 years ago, Aug. 3, 1804, that Thomas B. Brown, founder of Brown’s settlement south of St. Marys, and a prominent figure in the early life of the district, was born at Argenteuil, Quebec. (Around the Town News)
Newton McCurray has purchased the apiary of Truman Stone and Mr. Stone has purchased the red brick cottage and Sunova Service Station of Robert Atkinson, on Queen Street West. These exchanges of property were made within the last week. (Around the Town News)
After holding three special meetings to consider tenders for the proposed new Public Utilities office, shop and garage building on Wellington Street, Joseph Patterson, North Ward, was awarded the contract.
100 years ago — 1914
The cornerstone of the new St. Marys Public School was “well and truly” laid recently by Miss Elizabeth Cruttenden, a former teacher, who was present with her pupils at the laying of the cornerstone of the old Central School, recently torn down to make way for the new school.
Hayes Bros., of St. Marys, took a load of Avonton people to Grand Bend in their auto truck last Thursday. (Avonton)
Miss Emma Barnett has been engaged as teacher of S.S. No. 14, Blanshard and Fullarton, for the coming year. (Science Hill)
WANTED: We will have openings this season for two bright young girls as beginners in the Millinery Department under Miss Pearson and two capable young women to learn dressmaking. Duties to begin Sept. 1. Apply Dickens Ltd.
LOOKING BACK: It was 56 years ago, the box laid in the cornerstone of the old Central School on July 25, 1857, was opened this past Monday. Upon opening, it was found therein two copies of the St. Marys Journal and two copies of the St. Marys Argus; an American quarter dollar, 1853; three American silver dimes, 1854; also a written document so badly decomposed that it could be read only in part. Both of the local papers contained articles referring to the building of the two railways in town — one to London and the other the main line of the Grand Trunk — and the effect this would have upon the village.