Dorchester swamp on fire, threatening nearby farms
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Dorchester swamp on fire, threatening nearby farms

St. Marys Journal Argus

25 years ago — 1988

PUC journeyman-lineman Don Storey may go to Jamaica to help restore power distribution equipment recently damaged by Hurricane Gilbert.

HELP WANTED: Applications being accepted for General Labourer at Dresden Industrial Co., St. Marys.

From the Blanshard Township candidates meeting, several topics of concern were discussed by canadidates for Council and ratepayers, including waste management and the implementation of a recycling program, and a long-term plan for road improvements so all roads would be of equal quality. It was mentioned that there was a need of trees to be planted along Blanshard’s roads.

In the 50 Years Ago news (1938), 47 Correspondents were present at the Annual Appreciation Day of office staff and district correspondents of the St. Marys Journal Argus. In 1938, the year’s party was held at Wellburn United Church, and the ladies of the church catered for the dinner.

50 years ago — 1963

We See: THAT the Boy Scout paper drive here in St. Marys last Saturday was a decided success. Scouts and leaders finished loading a tractor trailer with waste paper.

The Little Falls Apartments, located on the banks of the Thames River directly west of the dam, are rapidly nearing completion. When interior work is finished, St. Marys will have its first model apartment block ready for occupancy.

With nomination set for the evening of Nov. 15, the meeting of Town Council last Monday evening was the traditional time for the Mayor and Council members to announce their intentions as regards standing for re-election. Mayor Helen Wilson said she was undecided. All councilors had kind words regarding the 1963 operation of Town Council. Councillor Richardson noted that it was something to have a lady mayor who could hold attention and get through the work of Council, as Mayor Wilson had accomplished.

75 years ago — 1938

Pictured in this week’s Journal Argus is the Pastor, the visiting Minister, and members of the Board, as they celebrated the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Kirkton United Church. Rev. Dr. Will Graham, native of the Kirkton Circuit, was the preacher of the day.

Ackland Baker’s new brick bungalow is nearing completion. (Lakeside News)

Judging of cattle was carried out on the farms of Robinson Bros., and Joseph White and Sons recently, by young district farmers who plan to take part in judging competitions at the Royal Winter Fair. (Around the Town News)

Mrs. McDonald, of St. Marys, has been engaged to teach music in Fish Creek School. The trustees recently purchased a piano for use in the school. (Prospect Hill)

100 years ago — 1923

The Thames Quarry Company is planning extensive improvements. Additional machinery is to be installed for the handling of the very fine crushed stone left over from the coarse grade.

The big swamp south of Dorchester is on fire, and the farmers whose properties border on the territory are much alarmed. Owing to there having been no rain for many days, the underground growth and scrubby pine is burning fairly, and as the fire spreads over an area of several miles, the farmers who are working in the dense smoke have a very hard time to water such a large area.

The manse is nearly completed. The addition and improvements have made a very handsome residence. (Avonton)

125 years ago — 1888

The anniversary service of the Baptist Church will be held next Sunday. Rev. A. Grant, of Toronto, Superintendent of Missions, will preach. A Tea Meeting will be held on Monday night. A quartette under the leadership of T.H. Follick, B.A., will entertain the guests. All are welcome. Tickets: 25 cents.

The President of the United States has appointed Thursday, Nov. 29 as Thanksgiving Day.

Farmers, having secured their potatoes and apples, are now attending to the root crop (turnips and mangels), which is turning out much better than was experienced two months ago. (Motherwell)

Stratford News: The electric lights were all lighted for the first time a few weeks ago. Stratford no more requires the light of the moon and stars for it is illuminated by electricity.

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