Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back
25 years ago — 1987
A representative from McLean-Taylor, contractor for the St. Marys Opera House project, said the company expects to have a contract from the Opera House Foundation very soon. Verbal approval has been received from the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Cadzow Pool and the Quarry washrooms were vandalized last week. On three separate occasions, new toilets at Cadzow were plugged with paper towels, forcing sewage water to overflow onto the washroom floor. $200,000 in taxpayers’ money was spent on these projects and, after one week, the premises have already been abused.
50 years ago — 1962
We See: THAT contractors are spreading gravel on some of the town streets. Also: THAT trees have been cut alongside the road atop “Shelley’s Hill” on Water Street South in readiness for broadening the curve there.
Contracts have been awarded for five concrete culverts and steel for some by East Nissouri Township Council. Wm. Giesen, R.R. 1 Thorndale, received the contract for one and McLean-Foster Construction Ltd., St. Marys, the other four.
July 187 is the day fro the Kirkton Community Association’s annual Garden Party, at the Fairgrounds, Kirkton. Admission: adults — $1; and children — 25¢.
The prominent downtown St. Marys building, at present occupied by White and May Ltd. and Bob’s TV Service, has been sold to British Mortgage and Trust Co. of Stratford. No plans concerning the future of the building have, as yet, been announced by the former owners, Bert Dalrymple and associate Frank Duodney.
St. Marys sees lots of “Building Now Changing Hands.” The PUC have purchased the former Colthart egg grading shop on Wellington Street North.
75 years ago — 1937
The old wooden bridge over the CNR tracks on Jones Street has been removed. The bridge has been a landmark in St. Marys for years. A new steel structure will take its place. The ends or ramps of the bridge will be reconstructed of wood.
100 years ago — 1912
“Facts About St. Marys,” prepared by the Committee for the Firemen’s Convention and Demonstration, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, 1912: “The Prettiest Town in Western Ontario”; It is the Solidest Town in Canada — built on the Rock; It has two lines of railways, the GTR and CPR; Six first-class licensed hotels with the best accommodation of any town its size; One of the best Collegiate Institutes in Ontario; over 20 miles of cement walks; two-mile stretch of water for boating; the prettiest and best bridges in Ontario; a first-class Waterworks System run by Hydro Power from artesian wells; largest and best cold storage plants in Ontario; the most modern Portland Cement Plant in Canada — manufacturing cement from limestone, capacity 1,400 barrels per day and using 1,200 Hydro Electric HP; Two large stone quarries which can furnish the best stone for building and road making; it has the only pin factory in Canada; a Wood Specialty Co. manufacturing more hockey sticks and baseball bats than any factory in Canada; The RIchardson FActory, who are the sole manufacturers of Improved Dairy Machinery in Canada and exports to all parts of the world; The large Maxwell works, manufacturing all kinds of Agricultural Machinery and the easiest-running lawn mowers in Canada; It has a Box factory and Planing Mills, etc.; St. Marys is the largest user of Hydro Electric Power in Ontario with the exception of the City of Toronto. Finally, come to the Demonstration; the town will be yours while here.
125 years — 1887
NOTICE: There are several flocks of geese yet unclaimed on Lot 21, north of the Sarnia Bridge. Unless claimed and expenses paid within a few days, they will be disposed of under a bylaw of the Corporation of St. Marys in such cases.
The grading of the long siding from the town’s station to Park Street has been accomplished and the arrival of the rail is expected daily.
A train of 10 Pullman cars passed going west last Monday containing Boston school teachers on their way to the National Educational Convention at Chicago. (They looked quite harmless.)
The Garden Party of the First Presbyterian Church on Friday evening last was a very successful affair. The occasion was the anniversary of the induction of the popular pastor of the congregation, Rev. Mr. Turnbull. All present enjoyed a pleasant and enjoyable evening, the proceeds amounted to nearly $85.