25 years ago — 1988
Some 400 people, many of them public school students, witnessed the ceremonial re-opening of the St. Marys Train Station under sunny skies.
We See: THAT Perth County now holds the record for attendance at an International Plowing Match. Attendance at the concluded Match in Downie Township was 172,318, and surpasses the previous record of 133,669 recorded during the 1978 IPM near Wingham.
50 years ago — 1963
A fine, modern front is now in process of construction at the Marriott Funeral Home, Wellington Street South. Robert Lindsay, proprietor of the funeral home, and the con- tractor, Murray Mitchell, have completed plans for an addition to the front of the present premises and preliminary excavation is now underway.
We See: THAT the marquee over the entrance to the former premises of the Lyric Theatre on Queen Street is being removed. Bert Dalrymple and helpers are doing the work.
Fifteen babes were born at St. Marys Memorial Hospital between Sept. 19 and Oct. 2 — 10 girls and five boys.
We hear that Mr. Clem Nagle has sold his farm to Mr. Tom Graham of St. Marys. (Cherry Grove)
Special NOTICE: Any player wishing to try out for this year’s 1963-64 Lincoln Jr. B hockey club please report to the St. Marys Arena, Friday evening, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.
Members of the J-O-Y Class were treated to a “Come As You Are” coffee party t the home of Mrs. Humphry Arthur. Cars picked up the unsuspecting guests and transported them to their destination, where they enjoyed contests and games. A delicious lunch was served. (Anderson)
75 years ago — 1938
The St. Marys United Church congregation enjoyed very much having for the last two weeks, in the pulpit, a beloved former pastor, Rev. Humphrey A. Graham — not only as a former minister but as one of the old St. Marys boys.
ADMINISTRATOR’S SALE of Magnificent Country Home and Furnishings. Westover Park, St. Marys, Ontario. “I have been favoured with instruction, from the London and Western Trust Co., to sell the furnishings of the above residence: Antique and mahogany chairs, settees, chaise lounges, chests of drawers, tables, 10-pieces English hand-carved dining suite, fine Oriental rugs, pictures and much more. This beautiful residence sits in a 19 1/2-acre Park, surrounded by wonderful trees and shrubs. The property will be offered for sale at 1:30 p.m. by the Administrator of the Estate of the late Mrs. Mina McKay. (George R. Gardiner, Auctioneer)
100 years ago — 1913
The Flour Mill bylaw was defeated. Although carried by a handsome majority, its supporters were unable to give it the required two-thirds votes. The vote was the largest polled for a bylaw for some time. Its defeat is to be regretted; St. Marys is in need of a large and up-to-date mill, and if carried it would have meant much to the town property and a great deal to the farmers in the dis- trict.
Lancaster’s Variety Store was advertising granite and tinwear, glass and chinaware, ribbons, lace, embroidery thread, candies, handkerchiefs and fancy goods. “Give Us A Try — Nothing over 25 cents.”
Sunday was a memorable day for the Stratford Oddfellows, when the lovely memorial recently set up in Avondale Cemetery in the plot of The Order was unveiled with impressive ceremony by the Grand Master of Ontario Oddfellows, Dr. P.T. Coupland of St. Marys. A number from town attended this interesting ceremony.
Notice of Auction Sale: Everything will be sold as the Proprietor has sold his farm. Wm. A. Pringle of Lot 18, Base Line, Blanshard, 5 1/2 miles west of St. Marys. (Joseph White, Auctioneer)
125 years ago — 1888
Our postmaster, J.R. Pettapiece, has moved into his new dwelling — one of the finest residences between here and St. Marys. It contains the post office and general store combined. (Motherwell)
A large collection of all sorts of dolls from all over the country might have been seen at the home of Mrs. Oliver. They are destined for India, where they are distributed to those who value them greatly, by Dr. Marion Oliver, who is having great success in relieving the suffering of the distressed and suffering in that great country. (Avonbank)
Owing to much rain in the last few weeks, the roads are very muddy. The apple crop was good this year. The farmers are busy hauling them to town. (Kintore)