Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back
25 years ago — 1987
All former campers, councillors, staff, directors and friends of Camp Bimini were invited to attend an Open House next Sunday at Bimini.
A new 52,000 square foot auto parts manufacturing plant that will initially employ about 50 workers is to be constructed on James Street South, St. Marys.
The Weir Fountain at the corner of Wellington and Queen Streets got a facelift from Art Bage. The fountain is maintained by the McConnell Club.
50 years ago — 1962
Judge Harold Lang has purchased the Ingersoll property on Queen Street West. (News About Town)
Elm trees have decorated the rural skyline since the day of the first settlement. Now, they may soon disappear unless some way is found to stop the ravages caused by the bark beetle which carries a virus that infects the trees’ sap stream and eventually kills the tree.
The newest branch of the British Mortgage and Trust Company opened in St. Marys last week.
New homes are being constructed for Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert White and Mr. and Mrs. Reid Richardson on Elizabeth Street, and Stan Moore on Widder Street.
The Student Council of St. Marys Collegiate is to be commended on their recent purchase of six plaques, designed to give recognition for academic proficiency in the five grades at the school, plus special commercial. Each year, the top student in each grade will have his or her name added to the plaque — thus finally placing academic achievement on an equal status with athletic ability.
Local boating enthusiasts have long been aware of the need for a public boat ramp along Trout Creek and the Thames River, above the dam.
75 years ago — 1937
The contract for the erection of an addition to the Collegiate Institute for vocational classes was let by the Board to contractor J.D. Pettaway of London for $14,790, the lowest of five tenders received. It was stated that the contractor had agreed to use local labour as far as possible in the erection of the new wing.
The people of St. Marys district will have an opportunity this coming week to contribute to the free gift of vegetables, canned fruit, etc. to their brothers of the stricken area of the Western provinces.
Through the leadership of the local Ministerial Association, a car has been secured which it is hoped that the folks of this area will fill to capacity. The rail car is to be loaded at the C.P.R. yards, St. Marys, next Thursday. Last year, 297 carloads were sent. This year, it is hoped to make it 500 carloads. This appeal is not for clothing or bedding. The appeal is for vegetables, such as carrots, beets, turnips, cabbages, potatoes, etc., as well as apples, honey, etc.
The price of bread went up 1¢ per loaf over a wide area in Western Ontario recently. The standard price in St. Marys is now 10¢ per load, while in Stratford the price is 11¢.
Tourist traffic will be diverted along No. 7 Highway when the steel span over the St. Clair River is completed next year.
The new License Plates to be issued in St. Marys for 1938 will be in the series commencing with the number 670-L1.
Many motorists who get their first glimpse of St. Marys as they approach from the east on No. 7 Highway, get a most favourable impression because the grounds of the St. Marys Golf Club and the Hydro substation are so very well-kept by the respective caretakers.
100 years ago — 1912
Mr. J. Keir Hardie, the well-known socialist member of the British House of Commons, passed through St. Marys recently en route to Battle Creek, Michigan, where he will address a meeting for Eugene V. Debs, the Socialist candidate for President of the U.S.A.
Viewing the beautiful scenery from the bridge over the Thames at St. Marys, he said, “This looks just like home. There are parts of Scotland that resemble this country for beauty. Towns such as this are to be preferred to any large city.”
The Water, Light and Heat Board will recommend to Town Council the placing of a cluster of lights on top of the Town Water Tower.