Looking Back -- Aug. 11, 2010
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Looking Back -- Aug. 11, 2010

St. Marys Journal Argus

Ten years ago - 2000A public meeting has been called for Aug. 17 at County Court house in Stratford, when the future of Trafalgar Bridge will be discussed. On a map of Perth County, the roadway of what used to be the three townships - Downie, Blanshard and Fullarton - all angle in different directions, but seem almost to be forced by the meandering Thames River to converge at the corner where the three townships meet.We See - that the official opening of the new Millennium Park across from the Parkview Creamery is set for Sept. 11 and the Perth Middlesex MP will be attending. 25 years ago - 1985The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority plans to sell off about half of the 1,700 acres of farmland north of St. Marys it previously assembled for the Glengowan Dam project. But plans for resuming the project are still alive and the Authority intends to keep the remaining farmland and maintain a reserve fund for ongoing purchase of property elsewhere along the river valley as they become available.The video equipment recently purchased by the St. Marys Public Library will be made available to the public, but only on a selective basis in order to protect the delicate and expensive equipment. It was also acknowledged that library staff would also have to become familiar with the equipment. A new video camera, which cost about $2,500, and a video recorder were purchased with capital funds, assisted by a Wintario grant of approximately $1,000.John Good and fourteen other 4-H members from Perth County spent a week at Massey, west of Sudbury. The group traveled by bus.  Host members came east on the train with them and spent several days in the area. (Avonton)50 years ago - 1960Convertibles are increasing in popularity with Canadian motorists, judging by an eleven per cent increase in sales of 41,960 soft-top models over 1959 reported by General Motors of Canada.The new Arthur Meighen Wing was officially opened recently. About two hundred officials of town and township, leaders of organizations and other citizens had been invited to witness it. Board Chairman J.S. Lind introduced the various guests, among them Hon. J. Waldo Monteith, Minister of Health and Welfare, Ottawa, and J. Fred Edwards, MLA for Perth County.The Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen, 86, twice Prime Minister of Canada and a native of Lot 12, Concession 1, Blanshard Twp., passed away on Aug. 5. Burial was in St. Marys Cemetery.75 years ago - 1935Mrs. George Barclay, Florence and Leslie left recently for Montreal and will sail on the S.S. Auranin for England, where they will make their home. Old Names Have Change - T he St. Marys Journal Argus published a picture recently of a school class of boys and girls of 1870. We read over the names and noted the contrast between then and now. Then, there were predominance of Maggie, two Bills, one Lizzie, one Janet, one Ruth and an Aggie. The very same day we read another list of present-day names and here they are: Charmain, Virginia, Larraine, Julia, Jennifer, Reine, Celia, Sonia and Caroline. (Wiarton Canadian Echo). What other editors say. 100 years ago - 1910A peculiar accident happened recently to a cow. The Hydro-Electric construction gang working north of the GTR Junction near the Ellah farm had made an excavation for the steel tower that was wide and about seven feet deep, and not being guarded a valuable cow belonging to a farmer in the vicinity dropped into one of those holes and when discovered, it was found to have died of a broken neck.The GTR strike has been settled. All employees will be placed at work as soon as possible.Mr. C. Bolton has bought a heavy draught workhorse from Mr. Teahen, Downie, which he will use on his threshing outfit. The price, we understand, is $225. (Motherwell)Dr. A.A. Knox will fill the vacancy on the Collegiate Institute Board caused by the death of Col. H.A.L. White.

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