25 years ago — 1988
Recently, Kirkton United Church celebrated its 100th anniversary of the present building. One branch of the Methodist Church in Blanshard, the Wesleyan Methodist, worshipped for some time at the log house on the farm of William Vickers (great grandfather of the world-famous singer, Jon Vickers).
The opening of the Lai King, recently, brings the number of Chinese restaurants in St. Marys to three. The building’s interior has been completely rebuilt and redecorated to meet the requirements of a modern restaurant.
Lions Club member Bob Lindsay estimated that as many as 2,000 people passed through the Opera House during the weekend Open House staged by the Opera House Foundation of the St. Marys Lions Club. It was stated from many people that they were amazed to see the Lions Club had saved the building from rubble (and restored it).
50 years ago — 1963
The newly launched St. Marys Pipe Band now has 11 pipers and three drummers, and now can handle three or four airs with considerable skill. Credit must go to leaders Jack Puttock and Jack Fairbanks for the drive and energy they have put forth in an endeavour to give St. Marys the first pipe band in St. Marys. (by H. Irvine)
We See: THAT it is interesting to note that St. Marys is the smallest community of over 60 towns and cities sponsoring teams in the Junior “B” OHA series. To win the championship against these kinds of odds is another feather in the war-bonnet of the St. Marys Lincolns. Lincolns 5, Kingston Frontenacs 4.
Recreation News headline: “Lincoln Championship Is Enjoyed By All Who Had A Part In the Making.”
75 years ago — 1938
The frame cottage opposite to the old lime kiln on Widder Street East was torn down recently. It was one of the old landmarks of the town and, in past years, usually housed the caretaker of the limestone kiln. The inside lumber in this ancient building was still in excellent condition.
An old landmark, the Avonbank Temperance Hall, which has not been used for several years, was taken down recently by the men of the community. The material from the building was sold by auctioneer Wm. McNeil. (Avonbank)
Easter School Report of USS No. 14, Blanshard: Grade VIII — Lillian Young, Eleanor Young; Grade VI — Marguerite Stevenson, Frank Anderson, Shirley Telfer, Arnold Anderson, Jack McPhail; Grade V — Lloyd Kelland, Alvin Anderson, Alvin Haines; Grade III — Jack Young, Jean Telfer, Helen Anderson; Grade II — Billy Stephens, Laverne Anderson, Grace McPhail, Kenneth Telfer; Grade I — George Levy, Eileen Anderson, Norma Telfer. (R.A. Dunsmore, teacher)
Seeding is likely to be completed before last year’s date of starting. With 34 tractors reported to be in operation within a three-mile radius of Motherwell, seeding will be of short duration on many farms. (Motherwell)
100 years ago — 1913
The lacrosse season for 1913 promises to be the msot successful in the history of the game here. The fine weather of the past two weeks has dried up the grounds, and a number of the players have been out to practice. Dr. J.R. Stanley is president of the Club and is much interested in Canada’s national game.
COLD STORAGE: Save your Furs from moths and deterioration by heat. We guarantee to keep your furs in perfect condition during the hot summer months, in our specially constructed cold storage fur room, at a very reasonable costs. (The J.D. Moore Co., Ltd.)
It may not be generally known but hereafter every driver of a motor car in this province must carry a license.
Base Line, Blanshard: Mr. Will McKnight has bought a new buggy. Also: The moving picture show held at Cooper’s Church was a great success.
125 years ago — 1888
Your feet will always look neat and stylish if you buy your shoes from J. Cosgrove. He has the finest stock of boots and shoes every brought into St. Marys.
The management of St. James Church have erected an iron lamp post, with lamp, upon their grounds for the guidance of the congregation.
A meeting will be held at the Fire Hall on Friday evening, to make arrangements for celebrating the Queen’s birthday.