Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back
25 years ago — 1987
A toolshed was moved on-site behind the Opera House recently, also the tops of the parking meters in front of the building on Water Street were removed — all sure signs that scaffolding may go up around the building this week.
Dr. Margaret McCully, formerly of R.R. 2 St. Marys, Professor of Biology at Carleton University, Ottawa, was recently elected to fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada.
The floodwall which the UTRCA has been urging the municipality to construct is a massive undertaking. The wall will run along the south bank of Trout Creek from around the Wellington Street bridge to the intersection of the creek and the Thames River, continuing along the east bank of the river to some point between Victoria Bridge and the Park Street Bridge, depending on the degree of flood-proofing opted for. A rough estimate made by the UTRCA about five years ago put the cost of construction at approximately $1 million, of which local taxpayers would be responsible for about 40 per cent.
50 years ago — 1962
Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Cousins and family returned the end of the week from a two-week holiday motor trip to Perth, New Brunswick, where they visited Mrs. Cousins’ parents. They also visited at Presque-Isle, Maine. (News About Town)
We See: THAT Hammond Paving recently completed the asphalting of the rear parking lot at Memorial Hospital.
Mr. George Towle of Browns Corner was the speaker at North Nissouri Church on Sunday last. (Cherry Grove)
The appointment of Mr. R.J. (Bob) Cousins to the position of Assistant Purchasing Agent, Maxwell Ltd., was announced by John S. Elliott, Executive Vice President.
75 years ago — 1937
Mrs. Richard Weston, South Ward, who recently returned from visiting her daughter, of Saskatoon, reports that most of southern Saskatchewan and parts of Manitoba along the CNR is very badly affected by the drought. In the Saskatoon district, they have had no rain so far this year.
Tenders will be received for wiring Roy’s Church and Stable for Hydro. Tenders asked both by the job and by the hour. Apply to Clifford Dow, Staffa.
A plan is being carried out to have Perth County provide a new feeding ground for cattle from drought-stricken areas of the West. At least three Perth farmers are at present in the West buying cattle under the government assistance scheme.
It has become generally known that the St. Marys Golf Club is the social centre for the town during the summer months, and this was particularly noticed on a recent afternoon, when nearly 60 ladies found their way to the Club House for bridge and tea. At the tea hour, the President, Mrs. John Lind Sr., and Mrs. W.R. Clarke, the Vice-Captain of the golf, poured tea from a prettily-arranged tea table.
100 years ago — 1912
Our new school teacher at S.S. No. 6, Downie, and his family have moved into the section and settled in the house provided by the section for the teacher. (Avonton)
Regrets were received from former residents to their invitation to the upcoming Old Boys’ Reunion and Firemen’s Demonstration. One such letter was from Rev. Charles W. Gordon, D.D., of Winnipeg, better known as author Ralph Connor.
He wrote, “It would be good to meet you all — to see the Old Boys and the Old Girls.”
Pretty as fairy-land, brilliant as China Town and crowded as Brooklyn Bridge — this has been the condition of St. Marys’ main thoroughfare during the evenings of the Reunion.
Notwithstanding the chilly August evening, a large crowd assembled at the Athletic Park Sunday evening to attend the mass service held by the combined churches of the town.
The wheat crop of 1912 will be the greatest ever harvested in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, thus requiring the farm labourers of the East to recruit and assist harvesting the World’s greatest bread basket.
125 years ago — 1887
The Dominion Government has taken a retrograde step in opening the Welland Canal for Sunday traffic. The employees have been ordered to report themselves for duty as on every other day of the week. The boasted sanctity of the Canadian Sabbath is in a fair way of being obliterated by the action of the government.
Peaches, Pears and Plums: Daily consignments are received during the season from several of the largest growers in Grimsby, the Fruit Garden of Canada