25 years ago — 1988
Help Wanted — by leading poultry processor: an industrial Maintenance Mechanic to work straight days. Applicant with an industrial Mechanic Millwright certificate will be given preference. Apply Campbell Soup Co.
Former students, parents, friends and teaching associates gathered to honour Marion Mainprize on her retirement from A.J. Baker/Wildwood school, where she has taught for 25 years.
It was a day of mixed emotions for Mary Hoy, as the last day of school, in June, marked the end of a teaching career, the equivalent of 34 full years. (Jack Matthison, Avonton News)
50 years ago — 1963
Announcement was made at the annual meeting of the National Council of YMCAs of Canada that J. Clark Ready of Edmonton goes to Lagos to assist the YMCAs of Nigeria to help the Ethiopian YMCA. Mr. Ready was born in this area and graduated from St. Marys Collegiate Institute.
Congratulations to three of our graduates of the Stratford Teachers College, who will be teaching in Public Schools commencing this Fall Term: Miss Kaye Martin at Etobicoke, Miss Helen Uren at Elmira, and Allan Arthur at Youngsville. (Oliver News)
A news item relays the rather surprising report that, in the last six months, a million signatures have been obtained for a petition urging Members of Parliament to save the Canadian ensign as Canada’s official flag. (Mainly About People column)
On Sunday morning, Rev. J.R. Wareham preached his farewell sermon at Zion East. The Warehams leave this week to take up residence in Atwood. (Zion, Mitchell Road)
75 years ago — 1938
The starlings have been a real pest this year, building nests in mailboxes and being very troublesome with mail. (Bethesda, Downie)
Mr. George Towle, leader of the Trail Rangers for the Township, with other leaders in Junior Work, is busy planning a camp for boys near Fairview. At the same time, a camp for Junior girls will be carried out at the same place under the direction of Mrs. Donald Gregory, Lakeside, and a teacher from the Girls’ Work Board. (Brown’s Corners)
A petition signed by Mr. S. Gilpin, D.R. Stevens, Ed Conard, Ed Dunseith and J.O. Mitchell, all residents of Emily Street beyond the CNR Sarnia railway tracks, North Ward, asked that Town Council allow the PUC to extend the watermain and hydrant services along that thoroughfare. They asked for a six-inch water main as far north as the old McKay property, and a three-inch main as far as Mrs. Gilpin’s house.
100 years ago — 1913
The regular meeting of the Women’s Institute will be held in the Town Hall. Roll Call to be answered by a Robbie Burns quotation. Mrs. Sykes, of New York, a sister of Mrs. Dale’s, will give an address on Women’s Work.
The members of First Presbyterian Church Choir were treated to a most enjoyable auto ride around the streets of the town. Those providing the automobile rides were Mr. H.C. Hunter, Mr. Harold Maxwell, Mr. W. McLarty, Mr. W. Andrews, Mr. Ralph Smith and Dr. Coupland.
Niagara Power was off for several hours on Wednesday a.m. The Hydro Electric system has been giving very poor service of late.
There was a heavy windstorm last week, which unroofed a part of Mr. John Rolston’s barn and blew down Mr. Jos. Rolston’s windmill, also demolished the beautiful summer house on the school grounds of S.S. No. 15, and uprooted a number of trees in Mr. J. Lang’s bush. (Wildwood)
Hon. Arthur Meighen, who has recently been appointed Solicitor General of Canada, was in town last week, the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Meighen, Wellington Street South. Mr. Meighen was born July 16, 1876 at Anderson, Blanshard Township. He was educated at St. Marys Collegiate and the University of Toronto, graduating in 1896. He is a barrister, was first elected to the House of Commons in the general elections of 1908 and re-elected in 1911.
125 years ago — 1888
Rev. R. Hamilton left recently for the old country to attend the Pan Presbyterian Council in London, England. (Avonbank)
The Entrance Examination began in St. Marys Central School recently, Messrs. Levar and Brown presiding. There are about 19 candidates from the town schools writing and about 26-30 from the country. (Local and Otherwise News)
Public Meeting: At the request of a number of citizens, the Mayor has called a meeting to be held in the Town Hall, for the purpose of discussing the advisability of procuring a piece of land to be used for athletic sports.
The Re-opening and Anniversary services will be conducted in the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday and Monday, 15th and 16th July. All are cordially invited.