Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back
25 years ago — 1988
Commemorative Opera House plates are now on sale at Doug Forester’s Colonial Plates. This is part of the fundraising project for the Lions Club. David Webb, Club president, Jim Loucks, Opera House fundraising chair, are pictured along with Forester.
St. Marys Volunteer Firefighters have spoken up about the proposal to relocate the town’s fire dispatch service to Stratford and they are not in favour.
Students attending St. Marys DCVI this fall will likely find themselves in a semester system which would allow them to take four classes over a five-month period as opposed to the current tradition of eight classes on a year-round basis.
For the second consecutive year, the St. Marys Journal Argus has been judged best all-round newspaper in its circulation category in Ontario. It also was awarded top marks in six of the seven categories which make up the general excellence category.
50 years ago — 1963
We See: THAT the Kinsmen Club members have been busy with a heat-saving project at the Recreation Centre building at Cadzow Park. Plaster inside the windows has been installed this week.
At the regular meeting of the McConnell Club, it was decided to make a donation to the St. Marys Figure Skating Club, and also to the St. Marys Citizens Band.
The St. Marys Racing Pigeon Club met recently and completed plans and race schedules for the coming summer. The St. Marys Club is affiliated with the Southwestern Ontario Federation, which includes clubs in London, Sarnia, St. Thomas and Stratford.
The old Shakespeare Hotel, one of the first buildings in the South Easthope village on Highway 7, seven miles east of Stratford, is about to vanish to give the motoring public wider vision at the intersection of Highways 7 and 59. The hotel has recently been sold to the Highway Department.
75 years ago — 1938
Some of the farmers on our line are wiring for hydro, which they expect will be along shortly. (New Eden)
The new grist mill, operated by the Lackie Bros., commenced operation on Saturday. (Whalen)
Several farmers in this community have, for the past few weeks, been drawing water from the river for their livestock. (Devizes)
The Bell Telephone Company has unloaded four large drums containing large sized armoured cable and six smaller drums containing smaller type cable in the yard behind the former Ontario House. This cable will be used during the coming months to put many of the trunk lines under ground. This may eliminate many of the unsightly poles which now mar our streets. It is rumoured also that the telephones in town will be changed from manual to automatic bell operation.
100 years ago — 1913
Miss Jennie Murray has kindly placed her house at the disposal of the congregation as the residence of the new minister, Rev. McKay, during the time the manse is being repaired. (Avonton)
Annual Meeting: The general Annual Meeting of the patrons of the Farmers Union Cheese and Butter Factory will be held at the factory, for the purpose of hearing the Financial Statements and general business. (signed: T.S. Humphrey)
WANTED: One thousand Home Workers to sew Hooks and Eyes on Cards. Apply to the Office, The DeLong Hook and Eye Company of Canada, Limited, Water Street North, St. Marys.
Tenders Wanted: Tenders will be received up to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 for the position of caretaker for the Central, Dormer, Queen Street, and Willard Schools. A list of duties can be had on application to the Secretary, A. Carman.
125 years ago — 1888
The attentions of the authorities have time and again been called to the fact of the streets being used by the boys for coasting purpose. Recently, while a lady, with two children, was coming down Wellington Street, North, she heard someone shouting “Get out of the way!” and, upon looking back, saw a pair of bobsleds with three or four people almost upon her. She barely had time to pick up the sleigh with one child in it, and toss it over the high banks made by the snowplow, and jump out of the way of the sleighs which were coming down at lightning speed. Queen Street, West, is another place to be watched. Whoever the responsible parties are, they had better look after this nuisance.