25 years ago — 1988
“Falling Chimney Causes $500,000 Damage” was the headline in this week’s Journal Argus. A falling chimney tore through the roof and main floor of St. Marys Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon, leaving a path of destruction estimated at about $500,000. Fortunately, no one was in the church at the time, but the chimney collapsed just 20 minutes before a choir rehearsal was scheduled to begin.
In one of its last decisions before the new Town Council takes up its duties, Council approved a five per cent increase in daycare fees for non-subsidized parents whose children use the St. Marys Day Nursery.
50 years ago — 1963
Direct dialing of station-to-station long distance calls to some 85,000,000 telephones in North America will be possible starting this Sunday morning for St. Marys users who have individual or two-party service.
We See: THAT workmen gingerly set tall new windows in place along the east wall of the Toronto-Dominion bank. This is a part of the renovation program currently underway on the bank premises.
Telephone service was provided here in 1885. By that year, a long distance line had been constructed from London, through St. Marys, to Stratford, and the “Journal and Argus,” on Oct. 25 of that year, made the following observation: “The phone wires have this week been removed from the housetops and strung on poles.”
Looks as if winter is expected. A big truck loaded with snowfence appeared on the scene recently and the men started dumping fence off where they expect it will be needed when the snow starts to blow. (Uniondale)
75 years ago — 1938
The St. Marys milk dealer, Hooper Bros., and Herb Sparling have decided on a new plan of delivering milk. Henceforth, no milk will be peddled before 8 a.m. during the week. On Sunday, however, delivery will be made earlier.
Radio licence inspectors were in town recently checking up on local subscribers who have not renewed their radio permits. (New of the Town)
NOTICE: Would any person having clothing and shoes which they will donate for Relief purposes kindly call Miss Walker, Public Health Nurse, Phone 350. Articles will be called for.
A number from this community attended the service Sunday evening in Knox United Church, London. A special feature at the service was the singing of 100 voices of the rural schoolchildren under the direction of Mr. V. Jolly of London. Much credit is due the children and their music instructor. (St. Ives)
Reeve C.W. McRobert attended an Executive meeting of the Central Ontario Highway Association in Mitchell, when further progress was made in laying plans for improvement of highways throughout Central Ontario, endeavouring to open up improved roads for the tourist traffic between Sarnia and Ottawa. (Granton)
100 years ago — 1913
At a Special Meeting of Town Council it was decided to again submit the matter of a new Public School to a vote of the ratepayers at the upcoming Municipal election. This was done at the request of the School Board.
A meeting of the Public School Board reported that the Board had looked carefully into the advisability of one Central School, together with the West Ward School. “Our school accommodation is bad, and it’s a wonder parents allow their children to go to some of our schools,” commented one trustee. It was pointed out that the School Inspector disapproved of having different schools throughout the town.
The map of St. Marys showing the new subdivisions and other alterations in the town’s geography has been completed and presented to Town Council for its approval. The map was ordered some time ago and was executed by Mr. H.R. McEvry, C.E.
Executor’s Sale of Valuable Farm and Urban Properties: 1. Mr. Copeland’s splendid farm on which a portion of the thriving village of Woodham is situated, and being Lot 13 of the southeast Boundary Concession of the Township of Usborne; 2. Mr. Copeland’s beautiful Town residence on Peel Street, St. Marys, in the heart of the best residential district in St. Marys; 3. Household goods and effects. (L. Harstone, St. Marys, Solicitor for the Vendor, Executor)