Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back
25 years ago — 1987
The statue of Arthur Meighen has been kept out of sight in an Ottawa warehouse since it was commissioned in 1968 by the federal government as part of a special Centennial Year project. Now the statue has been in St. Marys for the past two months. The Montreal sculptor of the statue, which is to be unveiled in St. Marys on Sept. 14, says he is delighted the statue will be erected here in St. Marys, and during his lifetime.
Town Council has appointed Jedd Jones Architect Ltd. to undertake a $150,000 renovation of the VIA Rail station, which the town recently purchased for a dollar from the railway company. The town’s share of the projected cost will amount to no more than $25,000.
Logan Ford Tractor Sales has been in business in the Mitchell area for 10 years. Owner Wayne Feltz said they are moving from their location in Stratford, as more room is needed. and they are now building at the corner of Highways 19 and 7, southeast of St. Marys.
50 years ago — 1962
We See: THAT an addition is being built into the V.I. McIntosh house at the corner of Queen and King Streets. When completed, it will house the new chiropractic office of Dr. McIntosh, who intends moving to the new premises from his downtown location.
We See: THAT the Firemen took delivery of their new 500-gallon pumper from American Marsh, Stratford.
A Supreme Court Grand Jury, headed by Kenneth Newton, suggested that the County’s old people’s home in Stratford is adequate to meet the needs of the County and City of Stratford. Grand Jury members reported they were favourably impressed with the grounds and inside facilities. They were not as favourably impressed, they said, with Avon Crest Hospital for Chronic Patients, but added the patients seemed happy and the staff was doing everything possible for them Avon Crest was once the Stratford General Hospital before the new hospital was built.
A plaque was unveiled in honour of the late Hon. James Gardiner, one-time Minister of Agriculture in the King government, at Thames Road United Church. Mr. Gardiner spent his youth on a farm in the locality.
75 years ago — 1937
From Town Council: A petition was presented to Council by local merchants in various lines of trade, calling for a bylaw to provide for Wednesday afternoon closing the whole year (except in December). The idea was reported to have originated with the local grocers, some of whom are at present putting in as high as 65 hours a week behind the counter, which is a long way from the 40-odd hours that the incoming provincial law will make a maximum for business owners. Twenty out of 40 St. Marys grocers signed for Wednesday afternoon closing. Jewellers, with all four signing, butchers, all four signed, both furniture dealers signed, coal and wood, all four signed, likewise both electrical stores, Tovell’s Music Store signed, barber shops, seven out of eight, boots and shoes, three out of four, all four stationery dealers signed.
Locally, the situation regarding the infantile paralysis is quiescent. There are no new cases in St. Marys. Precaution is still necessary, according to the health authorities. Sunday Schools will be still closed, this coming Sunday, requested by Dr. Fraleigh, M.O.H. Public and Separate Schools re-opened on Tuesday, and the Collegiate Institute will resume its work for the fall term on Monday.
100 years ago — 1912
The application of the Thames Quarry Co. to Town Council for permission to divert Water Street is creating considerable discussion.
Our village is much improved by the construction of a new cement sidewalk on Merchant’s Street. The work was done by Mr. Ben Kittmer, St. Marys. (Lakeside News)
At a meeting of the ratepayers of S.S. No. 7, Downie, the question of building a new school was up for discussion. It was decided not to do so at present, but to make the necessary repairs to the old school to make it last for a few more years. (Avonton)
Mrs. A. Burns, town, secured the gold medal for the best collection of dahlias and secured several other prizes for her flower exhibits at Toronto Exhibition. She will have a display at London Fair next week.
Mr. Michael Nagle has sold his 108-acre farm, South Boundary of Blanshard, to Mr. Bernard Payton of Conroy.