Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back
25 years ago — 1987
The current heat wave in Ontario is spelling financial success at the Quarry and at Cadzow Pool, Recreation Director Len Love says.
Hot weather and ice cream usually go hand in hand, and the recent heat wave has helped boost sales at Hearn’s Dairy. Ice cream lovers have been assembling daily at the local dairy.
The Rambling Reporter says he had just finished complaining about the lack of bell ringing from the Town Hall in a column a week or so ago, when it was heard that faithful Adrian Elderhorst had already been up there to fix it. Our compliments to Adrian for your good bell repair work.
The St. Marys Public Utility Commission will hold an official opening for the new water tower on James Street South and the new pumphouse on Thomas Street.
A goodbye and appreciation celebration was held recently for Ted and Ruth Insley, having closed their store in the village. They are a remarkable and dedicated couple, who are going to be missed. (Woodham)
50 years ago — 1962
The St. Marys Marching Band was featured at the Forest Tattoo recently. Upcoming engagements for the band include a trip to the Firemen’s Convention in Welland. Other engagements include Thedford and New Hamburg, and plans are well underway for the St. Marys Tattoo.
Nancy Strathdee and Doris Willows are counsellors at Bimini Camp this week. Girls from here who are attending Camp are Gail Willows and Barbara Stewart. (Carlingford)
The Pinery, the 4,200-acre provincial park on the shore of Lake Huron, long known as the most northerly area of red and white pine in Ontario, is being replanted with red and white pine.
Why do so many people go to the Kirkton Garden Party each July? It is really hard to say and the answer only comes by experiencing going there, which Mr. Eedy did recently along with a pari of 10 year-old boys.
75 years ago — 1937
David Stevens and Calvin Martin, whose mink ranches are north of St. Marys near Glengowan, have been in the business now for 11 years. They raise two types of mink. One is the breed found in northern Quebec, which grows a dark, fine fur. The other breed is the Yukon variety, which is generally larger in size.
More than 700,000 pupils of Ontario’s elementary schools are provided with tickets to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) with the compliments of the president and directors. Young Canada takes possession of the Exhibition Park on Children’s Day.
Premier Hepburn of Ontario lent a sympathetic ear to the delegation composed of Mayor Kingsmill, London; Warden G. Jose of Perth County; P.M. Gowan, MLA, of Clifford; and G. Laidlaw, Warden of Middlesex County, when they visited at Queen’s Park, Toronto, recently, asking that something be done about Thames River floods.
100 years ago — 1912
Warning: Parents are hereby warned not to permit their children to play with Express Wagons on the sidewalks, either for coasting or running up and down. Several complaints regarding the noise made by the wagons have been received, and a stop must be put to the practice. By Order, Frank Young, Chief of Police.
Twenty-two fire companies and nine bands, many coming by special trains, have already signified their intention of being present at the Firemen’s Demonstration. There will, doubtless, be others here too.
Mr. R.S. Lang, apple exporter, of Toronto, formerly of St. Marys, visited here recently. He says the apple crop in the district is better than for several years past. While here, he purchased an auto from Mr. A.B. Sheldon.
125 years ago — 1887
Horse thieves have been operating in East Nissouri lately. Three men were arrested having in their possession two horses and a buggy and harness. They have been sent for trial.
The Episcopal Church, which Mr. Trivett of Exeter is going to build at his own expense and present to the Episcopal people of that village, is to cost $20,000. The cornerstone was laid on Monday by Bishop Baldwin.
Rev. Principal Caven filled Mr. Hamilton’s pulpit in Fullarton last Sunday, very acceptable in his kindly winning manner. (Motherwell)
The asphalt sidewalk on the north side of Queen Street, from Church Street to Wellington, wants patching badly.
Mr. Wm. Andrews and family left recently for a month’s rambling in the neighbourhood of the Georgian Bay.
The Wellington Street Bridge is about where it was two months ago, and from present appearances it will be at least another month or six weeks before it will be ready for traffic. The management of the Road and Bridge Committee, in this matter, is anything but satisfactory.