LOOKING BACK - January 9, 2008
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LOOKING BACK - January 9, 2008

St. Marys Journal Argus

Ten years ago ' 1998We See: That an open house for the public will be held at the new curling rink/multi-use facility on Water Street.A 7,500 sq. ft. expansion costing an estimated $300,000 has begun at the St. Marys Golf & Country Club. The renovated facilities will be on two levels and will include a banquet hall, a pro shop, a bar and offices. The 18-hole St. Marys golf course has been privately owned since August 1992.The townships of Blanshard and Downie have served their residents well for more than 100 years, but the world today is a very different place than the one that existed when they were incorporated. Now, they become wards in the new Perth South, with Annabell Thomson as Reeve, John Scott as deputy reeve, and councillors Gerald Wallis, Bob Wilhelm, Ron McKay, Gary Schellenberger and Robert Hammond. (Editorial)25 years ago ' 1983The three dispatches who handle calls at the St. Marys Fire Hall will find themselves without jobs if a proposal to route fire calls through central dispatch system in Stratford goes through as planned. The idea of changing the system has been talked about since 1969, and the volunteer firefighters"have been kept abreast of everything."A letter of thanks from Lieut. David Shean of the Salvation Army was read at the Nora Clench IODE meeting, expressing appreciation of the Chapter's support of the Christmas appeal for the needy co-ordinated by the Army. It was decided to hold an early sale of winter coats at the Chapter's Thrift Shop.50 years ago ' 1958The inaugural meeting of the St. Marys Town Council was attended by allcouncil members: Mayor James Timms, Councillors E.S. Hooper, TelfordHammond, Frank Cronin, Jack Santandrea, D.R. Stevens and Tom McGiveron.We See: That members of the executive of the UTRA, with others from theAusable Authority, are to go to Ottawa to interview the Minister of NorthernAffairs about financial support for TVA's conservation programme, which willcost about ten million dollars.A picture appears in this week's J.A. of the old Grist and Flour Mill, whichstood on the banks of the Thames River one mile south of St. Marys. Thisstructure, built well over one hundred years ago, was first known as theMcNight Mills and an old atlas states that it had two runs of stones. Thelate John Near and George Matheson were the next owners. Then, in 1910, themill was sold to the late H.L. Rice, who made improvements tot he machinery.The mill was shut down when the Oddfellows' Opera House was transformed intothe Carter Milling Co. the property on which the mill stood is now beingsold by the town to the St. Marys Cement Company and in the near futurefurther development of the property will be made.75 years ago ' 1933With the cares of his office safely left behind him, ex-mayor Drew McVittieand Mrs. McVittie hosted his fellow members of the Municipal Board at theircomfortable home on Elizabeth Street. mr. and Mrs. McVittie expect in thespring to say goodbye to the Stone Town and move to Ingersoll, where Drew,some months ago, became a partner in a garage business. While in St. Marys,Drew has ben connected with the garage and motor sales business. First atTruscott Motor Sales on Queen Street and when the business moved to the newpremises, now owned by A.G. Wilson on Wellington Street North.100 years ago ' 1908Notice: The attention of Journal readers is directed to the "Iron Rose bibleClass," giving the Sunday School lesson in detail for next Sunday. This is anew feature of the Journal's column and will be printed each week. Sundayschool scholars, and, in fact all church goers will find much information inthe column.Mr. Doolittle has arranged for a site on the Weir property, opposite thefreight sheds. Work on the foundation has started and it is expected thatthe building will be completed in a very few weeks. Mr. Doolittle reportsthat logs of good quality are being rapidly delivered.Mrs. R. S. Box, who has been visiting her mother Mrs. Shannon at Brantfordsince her return from the West, is here this week.The St. Marys Forester's carpet ball league has been organized for theseason of 1908. The first game of the schedule will be played by LadyCompanions and Canadian Foresters.125 years ago ' 1883The Curling Rink was at the disposal of those who take a delight in skatingon New Year's night. A good number availed themselves of the opportunity.Mr. W. Moyes, carriage builder of this town, has just turned out for Mr. A.Beattie a very handsome and roomy pleasure sleigh. It is quite a new idea,and for a family vehicle we have seen nothing to equal it. Mr. Moyes hasbuilt a large number of handsome rigs this season.Notice: E. D. Richardson has removed his Planing nad Joinery business fromthe Switch Planing Mill to the Ontario Planing Mill formerly occupied byMessrs. Craig and Hamilton.We regret to chronicle the death of Mrs. H. A. Jameson, nee Miss LizzieCarter of Stratford, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Carter. Mr.Jameson and Mr. & Mrs. Carter and family have the sympathy of the people ofSt. Marys.

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