Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back
25 years ago — 1987
We See: THAT Eldon Alderson, principal of St. Marys DCVI, is among 16 teachers in the Perth County system who will receive 25-year pins at a teacher/trustee reception at Stratford Country Club.
Congratulations to Hammond Fuels on No. 7 Highway when that business was called upon to supply all the high-octane fuel for the 24-hour sportscar races at Mosport. How many gallons of fuel were needed? A whole 4,000 in total. (Rambling Reporter)
Notice of Intention to Designate: The Town of St. Marys intends to designate the property, including land and buildings, known municipally as James Street North at Queen, as a property of architectural value under the Ontario Heritage Act. The Grand Trunk Railway Depot was constructed in the summer of 1907, the third station on the line in St. Marys. The general contractor and possible designer was E. Chandler of Stratford. The building bore similar design to the Paris, Ontario Depot.
50 years ago — 1962
Brake lines and other running gear were burnt on one of George Taylor’s garbage trucks recently. The truck had apparently been backed too far over a pile of rubbish and the back wheels sunk into the soft mud. To add to the problem, a fire was burning beneath the back end of the vehicle. Firemen kept the fire in check while another Taylor truck finally managed to jerk the burning vehicle down the side of the garbage pile.
We See: THAT construction of a new, large barn for the David R. Stevens farm has been started.
We See: THAT Lavis Const. have started excavating the old roadway on James Street South. One side of the road for about one block has been completed to date. The street will be paved after a new base is put in.
75 years ago — 1937
The new building which will house the packing and weighing machinery in conjunction wit the high-capacity silos at the St. Marys Cement Company plant is nearly complete. It will be some months yet before the new bagging room and silos are put into service. In the meantime, the plant is working night and day filling a steady stream of orders, much of it for highway construction work.
Miss Eva Lancaster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Lancaster, has enrolled as nurse-in-training at Stratford General Hospital.
During the past year, two members of the St. Marys Fire Brigade have resigned, one because of his age and the other because he has secured a position in Brantford. Joseph Albert Sr. has been a member of the local Fire Brigade for more than 32 years, and James Chisolm has served eight years. Owing to Mr. Albert’s exceptionally long service, his fellow members made him an honourary Life Member.
100 years ago — 1912
The Dufferin Rifles of Brantford have engaged the Maxwell Band for the day of Brantford’s military tattoo in late August. There will be an excursion from here.
The post office department has agreed to issue stamps in one and two-cent denominations in the form of rolls as well as in sheet form. There will be 500 in a roll and an extra charge of six cents per roll will be made to cover the cost of manufacture.
Miss Eva Pulleyblank, of St. Marys, is visiting with her friend Miss Mary A. Urquhart. (Kirkton)
From Town Council: An invitation was received to send representatives to the Ontario Fire Chiefs Convention at Woodstock on Sept. 12 and 13. The Council decided to send Chairman Spearin, Chief Moyer and Capt. Coupland to represent the town. Chairman Spearin “commentated”: “Gentlemen, this is the first out-of-town trip that Council has given me in 20 years.” He was admonished to make the most of it and have a good time.
125 years ago — 1887
NOTICE: The partnership existing between James Whitson and James Sclater, under the style and name of Whitson-Sclater, as lime makers, is this day dissolved by mutual agreement.
Hotel For Sale: Hotel, and about 40 acres of land, for sale. Price: $3,000 — $1,000 down and balance in 3-5 years at 8 per cent interest. License is paid for this year. (R. Kelly, Box 208, St. Marys, Ont.)
Two Water Street girls, who went on the excursion to Sarnia yesterday, had to stay there overnight. The train wouldn’t wait. The next time they go away from home, they should be accompanied by their “Ma’s.”