25 years ago — 1988
In late August, the Town of St. Marys welcomed the Canadian Junior Men’s Fastball champions home from Lloydminster. They were given a traditional victory ride around town by the St. Marys Fire Department. It was estimated that 600 people congregated in the Community Centre for the reception that followed. Bruce Murray was master of ceremonies and did another great job. Coach Brian Dundas addressed the crowd and introduced all the players, coaches and batboys. Out in Lloydminster, the Creamery Juniors proved they were the best Jr. Men’s team in the country.
Cathy Forester, Pharmacist and proprietor of Jackson’s Pharmacy, has re-developed the former supermarket property into an attractive store which acknowledges in its design the traditional architecture of the town. Rather than removing the stone storehouse (formerly a stable) at the rear of the former supermarket, the limestone from the storehouse was re-used in creating the brand new façade for the pharmacy. Under the direction of London stonemason Sandy McLean, the stone was skilfully reworked to make the building an architecturally interesting focal point opposite the Post Office.
50 years ago — 1963
This summer, the picnic grounds at Cadzow Park have been equipped with tables and benches, also some swings for the little folk and a swimming pool for the older children, and there are other attractions that bring a goodly number of older people to visit the Museum as well. (St. Marys Museum News)
Recently, the Uniondale Sideroad was closed between the 7th and 8th Concessions, the reason being that the hill on the road in front of the Lily White Hill was being dug out and trucks were hauling the “road” away and taking it up to the 9th Concession, where the new bridge was recently built in front of the Allan Hutton farm. (Uniondale News)
75 years ago — 1938
The final open-air concert by the St. Marys Concert Band under direction of Dick Rule will be given outside the Town Hall tonight.
Some 35 members of D Company, Perth Regiment, are scheduled to leave St. Marys aboard a special train at 7:10 on Friday evening, bound for the weekend camp at Cedar Springs rifle and machine gun range near Chatham.
First Presbyterian Church Board of Trustees are to be congratulated on the improvements carried out at the fine stone church on the top of the North Ward hill. The building known as The Annex, in which Sunday School classes and week-day meetings have been held for some years, and which was originally used as a stable, has been renovated inside and out, and new presents a very neat and prosperous appearance. Facilities for the playing of games have been provided.
The teachers of the Thorndale Continuation School are making arrangements to take some 35 pupils to the Toronto Fair. They have chartered a bus from London, and other cars which will provide first-class transportation for the entire school.
100 years ago — 1913
Mrs. Blatchford, of Prospect Hill, met with a very painful accident recently. She was driving home from Granton and, when about half a mile from her destination, she met an auto from London. The horse became frightened and upset the buggy, throwing Mrs. Blatchford on the road. Her hip was dislocated. Medical aid was at once summoned. She is doing as well as can be expected. (Prospect Hill News)
At a recent Town Council meeting, the following motion was submitted by Couns. Bartlett and Haines: “That bylaw to authorize the Town of St. Marys to guarantee the bonds of an incorporate company to be formed by H.L. Rice and others, to the extent of $50,000, for the purpose of erecting and equipping a 600-barrel flour mill.” The company is to be incorporated with the properties of the G. Carter and Sons Company, Limited. The new mill will be erected on the CPR siding adjoining the elevator to the north.
The old-time exodus from southern Ontario to the Canadian West is manifestly depressing.
The Lakeside Fair takes place the 26th of this month and promises to be better than ever, so be sure and come. Attend whatever you like in the way of fairs, but be sure to attend the one at home. (Lakeside)
Rev. Fletcher Gardener, of New Ontario, occupied the pulpits of the Thames Road and Stone Churches last Sunday. (Kirkton)
The monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute will be held in the Town Hall, St. Marys. Rev. Mr. Miller will address the meeting. The Roll Call will be a quotation from Browning. Mrs. J. Bolton will give a paper on first aid to typhoid fever. There will be a miscellaneous shower for the Children’s Shelter in Stratford. Everybody should make an effort to come and bring something for the children.