Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back
25 years ago — 1987
About 40 people were on hand on a recent afternoon for the sod turning ceremony at the site of the Lion’s Medical Centre in Thorndale. Lions President Allan Payne said about $55,000 has already been raised for the $150,000 project.
Sunday, May 24 will be the date when an Open House for the new Downie Optimist Centre will be held. The building was planned by the members with many hours of members’ time given to the project and it is now ready for the public viewing.
50 years ago — 1962
The St. Marys Lion’s Club recently voted unanimously to negotiate purchase of the land to build a curling rink and clubhouse on the grounds of the St. Marys Golf Course Ltd. The proposed rink will stand on ground now leased by the Golf Club from Mr. Ralph Ainslie, and will border Queen Street East.
We See: THAT, to date, the land acquisition for the Wildwood Dam has been proceeding according to schedule. All but a half dozen properties have been acquired and others will be purchased soon. There is a possibility that expropriation proceedings against one or two other properties will be undertaken.
Lots of graduation pictures in this week’s Journal: From the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph (OAC) — Duncan A. Lamond, John A. Robinson, W.M.F. Dykes, R.R. Mahaffy, J.S. Nairn, Paul J. Betteridge; from the University of Western Ontario — Lyn Harris, Robert E. Louch, Harold Burgin, Gard Gammage, Roger A. Skinner, Helen Frances Corbet; from St. Thomas-Elgin Hospital — Lorna Facey; from Ontario college of Education, Toronto — John Gunn. And J. Alex McCorquodale, a student at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Engineering, has captured two of the school’s prizes in his first year, and will study in the UK.
Notice: The 707 Orange Lodge Church Parade will be held Sunday, May 27. The Parade will leave the Flats at 10:30 a.m. sharp, and proceed to St. Marys United Church. All Lodge members are invited to attend. (Signed, Ernie Vannatter, Secretary, L.O.L. St. Marys)
We See: THAT a new office building is planned for Hooper’s Dairy. It will be erected in front of the present dairy, facing Emily Street.
The trustees were out in the rear of North Ward School to survey the recently-completed addition to the playground space. By an arrangement with the CNR — a deal which was engineered by Trustee McGregor — the school has gained an additional 30-foot strip of playground some 100 feet long. Under the contract terms, the school board paid for the bulldozing necessary to move a deep ditch closer to the tracks, with the railway paying other costs involved. Total cost of the work, plus levelling and removing trees on the old Scanlon property, was $784.37. The work was completed by local contractor, Volly Marziali.
75 years ago — 1937
The Anglican Sunday School held their annual picnic at Grand Bend on Saturday. All report a good time. (Kirkton)
One of the most encouraging signs of permanence in the horticultural field in St. Marys is Lind Park on Church Street. The finest thing about the Park is the wonderful growth of a variety of evergreen trees.
100 years ago — 1912
The GTR is putting in a switch off the main line at the St. Marys town station, which will thus enable the St. Marys passenger trains going north and those gong south to cross each other at the town station instead of the GTR Junction, and which will be a great convenience to the travelling public. The GTR will, this coming season, place a new steel top on the London branch bridge, and will raise it higher than the old one, which will take off considerable of the heavy grade going to the GTR Junction.
At a special meeting of the Town Council, the bylaw to raise $42,000 for a new Central School and for renovating the West Ward School was given the necessary reading, and will be submitted to the ratepayers to be voted upon in early June.
House and Lot For Sale: A nice frame house on Birch Street, West Ward, Town. Two bedrooms, front room and kitchen, good water on premises, also good cellar. Apply to Mrs. J. Furness.
The Blanshard Mutual Fire Insurance Co. has sent a cheque for $20.00 to the St. Marys Fire Brigade in appreciation of their efforts at the fire of William Pearn’s barn, when one building was saved. This is the first instance of the firemen’s good work that has been recognized in this way by any insurance company. The barn that was burned stood opposite the new Hydro Electric Station, Queen Street East.
From Town Council: Mr. Thos. Martin made an application on behalf of a Greek vendor who desired a license to operate a peanut pushcart on the streets this summer. Counc. Hayes brought the matter up. The vendor was willing to pay a license fee of $50 and, on motion of Counc. Dale and Spearin, the matter was referred to the License Committee with power to act.