25 years ago — 1988
Gordon Black and Jamie Good, two young missionaries from Grace Community Church, were honoured at a farewell service prior to their departure to other countries during the summer months, serving in missionary endeavours.
From the mid-1800s, ploughing competitions were part of agricultural fairs. In 1846, the first provincial agricultural exhibition was held in Toronto. Strong classes of oxen and horses plowed in fields that are now part of Metro Toronto, near the corner of Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue.
The Ontario Plowmen’s Association competition was held in what is now the site of Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. One competitor dared to enter with a plow drawn by a tractor. The Plowing Match site has been moved to different counties across Ontario each year. In 1988, Perth will be hosting the match for the third time in its 75-year history. Perth matches were in 1930 and 1972. The 1988 match marks the 75th anniversary of the International Plowing Match.
50 years ago — 1963
We See: THAT the roof trusses for the new curling rink at the Golf Course have all been assembled. It is expected that a crane will lift the trusses into place toward the end of this week.
“Old No. 7” — It is nice to see that improvements are planned in the future by the Department of Highways for No. 7 Highway in the vicinity, particularly the stretch between St. Marys and Stratford. In a recent trip of nearly 4,000 miles, which took us to the Maritime Provinces and returned through the US, we saw no piece of highway which was so rough and narrow, and at the same time carried as much vehicular traffic as our No. 7 Highway. (Editorial)
75 years ago-1938
Thousands gather for Reunion- Cherry Grove Greets It’s Old Boys and Girls Again. The crowd gathered early and there were many happy gatherings of old friends for the morning Church Service. Rev. H.E. Livingstone, pastor of the Wellburn United Church Service, was in charge of the service and the choir seats were all occupied by former members of the Church. Mrs. Emma Lindsay Bayner of Hamilton presided at the piano.
Mr. Jas Brine has erected a fine sun porch at the front of his residence. (Rannoch)
Stanley Oliver is at the home of his father, Hugh Oliver. He is making wonderful progress from the paralysis that struck him about a year ago. (Avonbank)
Workmen have almost completed the destruction of the old stone walk of the Simpson Flour Mill, one mile down the river from St. Marys. The stone from this old structure has been trucked to Lambeth to be used in building new residences.
100 years ago- 1913
Farm For Sale- 100 acre farm in first class shape, well drained, two good wells, and one running spring. Good two storey brick house; Situated four and a half miles from St. Marys on Base Line, Blanshard. School on the next lot, church within a mile. Apply to Wm. A. Pringle, RR6, St. Marys.
The following is a list of Legal Firms that advertised in this week’s paper: Leonard Harstone, Water Street; J.W. Graham, Office- Carter’s new block; Armour W. Ford, Office on J.M. Adam Block; and Harding and Oliver- Gordon Block, Stratford.
Mr. McArdle is building two substantial semi-detached houses of cement blocks on Peel Street, north of Queen.
From the minutes of a recent Perth County Council meeting- it was recommended that a medal for heroism be presented to Miss Florence Murray of Downie Township for rescuing Master Ballantyne Thompson, also of Downie, from drowning in the Avon River.
125 years ago- 1888
The annual School picnic of U.S.S. No. 2 Blanshard and Downie (Joseph C. White, teacher) was held in Mr. Dunnell’s Grove which he had especially prepared for the occasion. The program consisted of sports for the children, baseball, swinging, and tripping of the light fantastic.
Advertisement- Richardson and Webster (successors to John Moore and Son, St. Marys, Ont) Engineers and Machinists, Manufacturers of all kinds of agricultural implements.
Local Fall Fair dates were listed in this week’s paper for North Perth; Stratford; South Perth; St. Marys; South Huron; Seaforth; Clinton; and Exeter.
As we bought our supply of sugar before the rise in price, we will give you the benefit of the former prices, which means 1/8 to 1/4 per pound. We do not handle Scotch or Sack sugar but the granulated sugar will be found unequalled for preserving. R. Eaton and Son.