25 years ago — 1988
Dr. Ross and Mrs. Shirley Green were honoured recently at an appreciation dinner at the Thorndale Community Centre in appreciation for their 31 years of service and involvement in the Thorndale community.
We See: THAT the new elevator will soon be completed at St. Marys Presbyterian Church.
We See: THAT the St. Marys Rotary Club donated $1,500 to the St. Marys Minor Hockey Association. The money will go towards sweaters and equipment.
At the Lakeside UCW meeting, the guest speaker was Mrs. Bette Sargeant of Tillsonburg, who spoke on the Sleeping Children Around the World program. She and her husband are volunteers with the Murray Dryden organization, which provides bed kits to Third World children.
50 years ago — 1963
This second week of November is International Cat Week, so be kind to your family cat. This year marks its 25th anniversary. Throughout the centuries, there have been two schools of thought pertaining to cats. People may be neutral about dogs, canaries, goldfish and turtles but, when it comes to cats, it is a case of you either hate them or love them. We read that Julius Caesar, Napoleon, and Alexander the Great all hated cats, but Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain were cat lovers. From time to time, cat lovers have set up handsome trust funds in their wills to keep their cats well-fed for the rest of their lives. Just remember all kittens are cute and lovable and all may grow to live to be old cats, so be kind to them, not only during Cat Week but as long as they are living. (Uniondale)
75 years ago — 1938
The vacant lot on Wellington Street North, next to Stan Bean’s Service Station, from which a frame residence was removed several months ago, was sold to the St. Marys Public Utilities Commission for the sum of $200. The PUC intends to use the lot, along with other property it recently purchased from the St. Marys Hardware Company, to erect a modern office building, garage and workshop for the use of the Electric and Waterworks Department. (News of the Town)
Activities have continued within our range. In a town of this size with neighbours and friends, when two or three get together at the back of the lots, there is much nodding of heads and gesturing with hands. We have more fun in such gatherings than any group attending a club meeting in the city, and we don’t have to dress up. (Observation From a Kitchen Window, by M. Grace Eedy)
Mr. Alex Lang’s house has been wired for hydro during the past week. (Bethesda, Downie)
100 years ago — 1913
The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire will hold their first meeting of the season at the home of the Regent, Mrs. Rumsey, at 3:30 p.m. on Monday. (News of the Town)
Farmers of this burg who are receiving their mail through the new Rural Route, which was commenced last week, are well pleased with it, as it proves satisfactory in every respect. (Glengowan)
School reports for S.S. No. 12, West Nissouri (Belton), S.S. No. 8, East Nissouri, S.S. No. 6 Downie, Granthurst School, and Science Hill appear in this week’s Argus.
Knox Church, St. Marys, is fortunate in securing the first pastor of the Church, Rev. Dr. W.A. Wilson, of India, as guest speaker the first Sunday of December. Rev. Wilson will also be present at the annual supper the following Monday.
A fund has been opened, to be known as the “Lake Disaster Fund of Canada,” for the bereaved relatives of the lost sailors in the recent tragedy on the Great Lakes. Mayor Butcher will act as treasurer in St. Marys, and will receive subscriptions in this town to the fund, being collected in Canada. If monuments are worth building at all, those who died in Sunday’s storm deserve that honour. By the simple act of giving their service as sailors in this season of the year, they took their lives in their hands. They were not animated by the hope of glory. They were simply doing their duty, earning their bread honestly, maintaining their families, and rendering honest service to the nation. A monument erected at Sault Ste. Marie or on the River Detroit, in view of both nations whose sons were sacrificed to duty, would be a fitting celebration of the century of peace, and a tribute to the heroes of peace.