25 years ago — 1988
“Remembering Skunk’s Hollow” — Widder Street East, after passing under the CN railway bridge, was the area known for years as Skunk’s Hollow. Who gave it that name? No one seems to know the originator, but the references to this area as such continue to be heard The Skippers’ large scrapyard was one of the prominent properties on the south side of the street, and nearby was a footpath leading to the “second swing bridge” across Trout Creek whose supporting pylons to concrete can still be seen on the north side of the stream. Will such a crossing ever be built here again? It might be very handy for the Widder Street East residents and others wishing to travel over that way on foot. At the end of the street is the Ainslie farm, which setting helps give another unique quality to the Town of St. Marys. (Rambling Reporter)
50 years ago — 1963
Card of Thanks: To Dave White and Cliff Waters, for nominating me as Mayor. To Councillors Richardson and Somerville and Mr. James Timms for withdrawing and making my acclamation possible. To the voters, for giving me another A-1 Council. Signed, Mayor Helen Wilson.
Collegiate trustees were not too optimistic that the addition to the District Collegiate would be ready for occupancy on Sept. 1, 1964. It is doubtful that tenders will be called before the end of January. Members of the Building Committee have made three trips to Toronto regarding the grant structure for the school but, so far, there is no firm commitment. As matters stand at present, the provincial government will bear 50 per cent, the federal government 25 per cent, with the remainder to be raised by the municipality. With the introduction of vocational classes, the name of the school will be changed. Two possibilities exist: The name could be St. Marys District Collegiate and Vocational Institute, or the St. Marys District Secondary School. Board members at present appear to favour the first title.
We See: THAT it looked nice to see the Cadzow Park House, where Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Kapp and family and the St. Marys Museum are housed, looking very Christmassy with coloured lights shining from the windows.
Marion Bolton represented S.S. No. 15 (Wildwood) in the public speaking of East Nissouri School Area, and at the A.J. Baker Central School, Kintore. (New Eden)
Regardless of the fact that the deadline for car license plates has been set back two weeks to Feb. 28. No rush is reported at the local issuing officer. As of last week, a mere one hundred 1964 plates have been sold.
The Country Bells Unit 15 of the UPW of the St. Marys United Church held their December meeting at the home of Mrs. Herb Sparling. (Uniondale)
75 years ago — 1938
“Windsor Hotel Changes Hands”: Mrs. Constable is retiring as hostess at the local hotel. She will make her home in Hamilton. It is about 30 years since the hotel was bought from the Whelihan Brothers by the late J.G. Constable.
In late November and early December, the St. Marys Boy Scouts had been collecting broken toys and have achieved fine results in the basement of L.P. Whaley’s residence, which looked like Santa’s workshop for quite a while. It had been the scene of much tinkering, pounding and painting.
From St. Marys Town School Board minutes (Headline: “Toiling Teachers Cause Higher Lighting Bills”): It was noted by Trustee Kirsten that the Central School lighting bill was $37.74 for two months. He thought this much to be a wasteage of light. Principal McLeish said they have been using much more light, because teachers working on the new course of studies have been spending many extra hours of school in the classrooms.
Pictured in this week’s Journal Argus is the cabin erected by Patrick Nash, over 60 years ago, and it is now vacant for the first time. “Paddy” Nash was one of the scores of unknown to come to St. Marys about 1858 to help build the Grand Trunk Railroad. There were many small railway workers’ cabins in the town half a century ago. So one by one they have disappeared, the Nash home being the last survivor.
In the “25 Years Ago News” (1914): Avonbank Post Office has been closed and it is now the R.R. No. 5 St. Marys mail route.
100 years ago — 1913
Strayed or Stolen: From the premises, Lot 9, Concession 9 Blanshard on Dec. 3, a Scotch Collie dog, yellow with white strips on nose and white ring around neck. Finder will oblige by notifying the owner. Phone 18-8, Kirkton line, and parties are warned against harbouring the dog after this notice.