LOOKING BACK - January 05, 2005
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LOOKING BACK - January 05, 2005

St. Marys Journal Argus

10 Years Ago

Pastor Normalie Voakes has been enjoying her new home in the new Granton United Church manse on the corner near the park. Meanwhile Walter and Julie Riddell and family have taken up residence as the new owners of the former manse on King Street.

The Toonders family purchased the former store on Main Street several months ago and have completed many obvious improvements to the building. (Granton)

We See: That former resident Doug Kennedy has been named Citizen of the Year in Kincardine.

That a $20,000 fundraising campaign is now underway for playground equipment at South Perth Centennial School.

25 Years Ago - 1980

From We See column - That two local Esso stations, Adrian's Esso and Watt's Esso both had two hectic days before Christmas. They offered reduced prices on gasoline to compensate customers who had paid the highest prices immediately following the historic Conservative budget which toppled the government.

That Al Strathdee, recently retired 'Page' at the Ontario Legislature has returned home to St. Marys. He was included in a story on the 'Pages' which appeared in Saturday's Toronto Star.

That the closing date for tenders on the expansion of St. Marys Memorial Hospital is January 24.

50 Years Ago

Ladies of the Salvation Army Home League spread Christmas cheer when they distributed Sunshine bags to patients in the Kingsway Nursing Home, St. Marys Memorial Hospital and shut-ins throughout the town. These bags were filled with candy and fruit.

At the annual meeting of the ratepayers and trustees of S.S. No. 13, West Nissouri (Wellburn), the board for 1955 is: Secretary-treasurer, Harold Thomson, trustees, Hilton Milne, John McMaster and Alton Baynes.

At the annual meeting of the Cherry Grove School, SS No. 10, West Nissouri; James Smith, Leo Walsh and Robert Lamond were chosen as trustees, with Robert Lamond as secretary-treasurer.

75 Years ago - 1930

Notice - Having disposed of the McVittie Sales and Service business, all accounts on the books must be closed out without delay. We ask that all parties owing on either sales or service accounts give this matter their prompt attention. A. McVittie.

School Report for SS No. 14 - Blanshard and Fullarton, Sr. IV - Mervin Martin; Jr. IV, Ethel Carroll, Johnny Haines; Sr. III, Ella Martin; Jr. III, Jack Kelland, Stanley Flood, Bobby Flood; First Book - Alice Martin; Primer - Orville Kelland. D. Switzer, Teacher.

The many skating enthusiasts of the community will be glad to know that the Granton Ice Palace is again in full swing, the only uncertainty being the changeable weather. Owing however, to the scarcity of water, the cost of making and maintaining ice has greatly increased, and it has been found necessary to make a slight increase in the admission charge.

School Report for Revere: Fourth Class - Austin Crockett, Noble Lindsay, Stewart Lindsay, Guy Wells, Verda Kerslake, Amelia Hardie, Rhea Langford; Third - Ada Kerslake, Calvin Powell, Harold Hardie, William Riddell, Frank Gowan, Audrey Kerslake, Sr. II - Isaac Dunn; Jr. II - Jack Langford; Primer Kenneth Kerslake, Gerald Dann. Marjorie M. Pickell, Teacher.

Whalen folk have been greatly interested in the snowmobile which has been travelling through the 8th concession of Biddulph at such a fine rate of speed. As this road was so badly blocked with snow that for six days not even the mailman got over it. Surely it would be a fine thing for the mail carrier to own one and also medical men if they prove to be always so good getting through deep snow as these have been doing.

100 Years Ago

It is with pleasure that we announce a daily mail at Granthurst. This offers a grand opportunity for those who wish to take a daily paper to do so. (East Nissouri)

Mr. John Anderson, Jr., 9th concession, is beginning to draw material to build an up to-date residence. Mr. Anderson will spare no pains to make it an ideal home. (Downie)

Notice - The proposal to celebrate the Municipal Jubilee of St. Marys by holding a Festival and Re-union of former citizens is one that everyone will heartily approve. The committee will decide on the date. A register will be opened at once, and citizens are invited to send in the names and addresses of former residents to the undersigned, the Secretary of the Committee. R. W. Dillon.

New Butcher Shop - R. E. McIntosh of Motherwell, will be in the centre stall of the market house every Wednesday and Saturday, where he will be pleased to meet his numerous customers in town and surrounding country. I sell strictly for cash. Prices as low as last year. R. E. McIntosh.

American railways have levied a tax of $2 per head on Canadians going to Europe via New York.

125 Years Ago - 1880

The first concert given by the newly formed Brass Band took place in the town hall late last year. The hall was well filled. The program was a good one, and gave very general satisfaction. Our local amateurs sustained their reputation, while Mr. J. S. Doans, formerly of this town, was enthusiastically encored every time he appeared. The selections played by the band were really excellent.

What might have proved a very serious and even fatal accident occurred, in the gas retort recently erected for the Methodist Church in this town. It appears that there was an escape of gas, and the indefatigable pastor of the church, Rev. Dr. Rice, and his eldest son, Mr. Edward Rice, undertook to mend the breach. With this object in view, the two went down into the retort, the latter carrying an ordinary lamp. They had scarcely got down when the escaped gas ignited with a flash, but Mr. Rice held firmly on to the lamp, and the flames disappeared as quickly as they had appeared. Both gentlemen, however, were rather severely hurt about the face and hands, the younger receiving by far the worst of it. The burns are severe, and it will be some time before Mr. Edward Rice will be able to use his hand, while his face is swollen beyond recognition. The Dr. although being considerably disfigured about the face, occupied his pulpit as usual last Sabbath. The escape was a narrow one.

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