25 years ago — 1988
We See: THAT Dorothy Elliott, president of the St. Marys Horticulture Society, received a Master Gardener graduation certificate at the OHA District No. 10 annual meeting.
From St. Marys DCVI: Graduates pictured are: Chris Turner and Susan Habermehl, who were recipients of OSSTF District 22 (Perth County) awards during graduation exercises. Also, a second picture of Academic Proficiency winners Brenda Holden, Bradley Stephens and Coralee Coulthard.
Lois Baldwin, Nora Clench IODE Regent, reminded members that recipes are due at the next meeting (Nov.) for the “Echoes Cook Book,” now in preparation.
50 years ago — 1963
Coming Event: Auction Sale of Household Furnishings — Rugs, Drapes, Electric Appliances — will be held in Bert Dalrymple’s Barn, behind the former Oddy’s Hotel on Church Street, St. Marys. A full list: James O. Maxwell, Prop.; W.E. Nairn and Son, Auctioneers.
From Town Council: Mayor Helen Wilson informed Council that there are complaints from ladies, perhaps because of the vogue for spiked heels, about the cracks in the boardwalks on Victoria Bridge. Someone had suggested asphalt might be placed on the boards, she said. Board of Works Forman D. Spence said his department could put new planks in when needed. He said a coating of asphalt could add to much weight in winter, when an accumulation of snow and ice often occurs.
Museum News: Mayor Wilson told Museum officials recently that, in her opinion, it would be a great mistake to remove one of the old chimneys atop Cadzow Pool House. The chimney has become loosened after more than a century of use, but to leave only one chimney standing starkly alone would spoil the symmetry of the ancient stone structure. (By the time the above went to the printers, the one chimney had been repaired and the other one reinforced.)
75 years ago — 1938
F.G. Sanderson, MP, was the guest speaker at the closing dinner of the season for the St. Marys Golf Club at the Club House. He mentioned that, though he was not an active golfer, he described himself as being interested always in the progress of the St. Marys Golf Club, which he felt was a great asset to the town. In a few words, he described the efforts of pre-war golfers, including Judge Barron of Stratford, to establish a golf course halfway between St. Marys and Stratford. He felt that it was probably for the best that the scheme had never progressed and St. Marys now has one of the finest natural courses in the province. He said that, when a he was a member of the Town Council, before the Great War, a scheme was being worked out to have driveways built along both banks of Trout Creek, and extending beyond the London Bridge.
100 years ago — 1913
The firm of C. Richardson and Co. are enlarging their premises and will build an addition 40x70 feet, three storeys with basement, giving them over 8,000 square feet of additional floor space.
The St. Marys Bowling Club held their annual meeting recently with a good attendance. In point of membership, this year has surpassed all former seasons. The bowlers have disposed of their “lower greens” to the Salvation Army, who will erect on it a cement building for public worship, 70 feet long, with a seating capacity of 250. At the rear of the building, a home for the offices of the Army will be erected, the entrance to face on Peel Street. Work will be commenced on the barracks this fall.
125 years ago — 1888
Robt. Reed has resumed business in the old foundry across the river. Mr. Reed’s reputation is too well known to require any mention at our hands, but we can at any rate with him success.
Martin Bros. Lumber Yard, corner of Queen and James Streets, St. Marys, were advertising Lumber, Lath, Shingles, Cedar Posts, etc. We have an extra No. 1 Shingle. As a proof of is merits, we have put 300 squares of them in at the Maxwell Works. And why? Because the contractor knows that when we get the shingles to stand the inspection of that architect, we have supplied the No. 1 Shingle.
Notice: Lost or Stolen. From the Ontario House, St. Marys — a black and white spaniel pup, eight months old. Any person found detaining the same, after this notice, will be prosecuted.
The new stores on Queen Street are progressing rapidly and will present a fine appearance when completed. The brickwork of Stafford’s is done but the stores of the Messrs. Gilpins will be built 11 feet higher.