Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back
25 years ago — 1987
For Sale: Large renovated former School House on 200x300 foot lot, five bedrooms, very spacious family room, eight miles north of St. Marys. Norm Clarke, Real Estate Ltd.
Announcing Our New Location: Just south of St. Marys, located at the intersection of Hwys. 7 and 19. Logan Ford Tractor Sales Ltd.
The Canadian flag will no longer be flown from St. Marys’ historic water tower. Once the current flag is done, that’s it, say the PUC. For the past many years, the flag has been changed every two months or when it was torn by the elements.
There is a fair bit of work involved in changing the flag, and as the water tower ages, it becomes less safe for the men climbing up and down the tower changing the flag.
We See: THAT a brand new $118,000 No. 1 pumper truck was delivered to the Township of West Nissouri Fire Department.
50 years ago — 1962
The Chainway Stores October Sale had commenced on Oct. 18. A free balloon on a stick to all children accompanied by an adult. Ladies’ Snow Boots, black only, sizes 5-9 — $2.98, regular $3.29; Baby Blanket — $1.33; Ladies’ Plaid Flannel Shirts — $1.53; “Made in Canada” cups and saucers — three for $1; Men’s Wool Work Sox — 43¢/pair, 79¢/two pairs.
Mr. Jack Cooke, Jr., returned home last week after spending a month in the West. (Motherwell)
We See: THAT Jane Graham, of St. Marys, was one of the UWO Cheer Leaders featured on television on Saturday evening.
We See: THAT with the exception of a stretch from the James and Elgin Street intersection south over the CNR tracks, the reconstruction of the James Street South roadway is completed.
75 years ago — 1937
Sgt. Stewart White of D Company, the Perth Regiment, St. Marys, and Secretary of a flying club in London, was successful in passing flying tests and written examinations for his pilot “A” license recently.
It was just a little over 23 years ago that the first Canadian contingent set sail from Gaspé Bay convoyed by warships. There were 32,000 troops aboard the 30 transports and they came from every corner of the Dominion and many States in the Union to the south.
Chas. Noice, Waterworks Superintendent, and a few other workmen employed by the PUC of the town, have been engaged for some time in dredging operations in the bed of the Thames River. It is not a matter of flood control, but it is for the purpose of draining off some of the water which, for years, has been dammed up below the Park Street Bridge by a barrier of rocks and rubble which have collected upon the site of an old dam bottom which once stretched athwart the stream from the old Norris Quarry to a spot just south of the CPR turntable. This barrier has been there for years, but the flood of last May added greatly to the deposit and so the water has been rather high in the river below the Park Street Bridge.
100 years ago — 1912
Advertisement: The Season For Housecleaning is here again and you will need Stove Polish, Pipe Varnish, blacking, Brushes, Pails, Clothes Baskets, Brooms, Corn Mats, Cocoa Mats, etc. We have just the articles you want and will be pleased to serve you with any of these goods. Also: New Labrador Herring, Codfish, Sealed Herring in Boxes, Fresh Bread Daily. (M. Fleming, Grocer)
Mr. Alfred Dunnell, of Blanshard, is offering a reward for information that will lead to the conviction of the party or parties who took his horse and rig from the Garnett House shed on Sunday evening while the Misses Dunnell were attending church. The outfit was left at the Cathcart sheds sometime during Monday night or early on Tuesday morning.
The union meeting of the Salem, Anderson and Kirkton Missionary Societies was held recently. The chief feature of the program was a very interesting address delivered by Mrs. Rev. G.W. Sparling of China. (Berryland)
It has been announced by the Opera House management that the famous English Bellringers will be performing at the local Opera House. Other engagements include Massey Hall, Toronto, for two concerts. This superb band holds the proud record of a 10-month continuous tour of solid bookings in Ontario and Quebec. This company should be greeted by a bumper house here at St. Marys. Plans at Andrews’ Jewellery Store. Prices: 25¢, 35¢, 50¢.