25 years ago — 1989
Although a vote has yet to be taken, Town Council appears to be in favour of a cooperative townhouse project for the town’s east end.
The Uniondale women’s Institute, at their January meeting, agreed to support Ann Slater on her upcoming tour to Nicaragua.
NOTICE: The annual meeting of the St. Marys Agricultural Society will be held at the Town Hall, St. Marys.
The St. Marys Community Players were calling for auditions for The Saloonkeeper’s Daughter, a musical melodrama.
The Thorndale-St. Marys Medical Clinic on 233 King Street, Thorndale (formerly Dr. Ross Green’s office) announced its opening on Jan. 30, 1989, when patients will be seen.
The town’s Economic Development Committee would like to see an agreement with Canadian National Railway, which would result in the picturesque Sarnia Bridge being maintained even if the line between Lucan and St. Marys is no longer used. Councillor Lou Cundari noted that the Sarnia Bridge “is a picturesque landmark, and the committee wants a meeting with CN and Town Council to work out an agreement to keep the bridge.
Mme. Jeanne Sauvé was scheduled to visit St. Marys this past November to officially open the Opera House but her visit was postponed because of the calling of the federal election. The new date is Apr. 20.
John Puttock is pictured in this week’s Journal Argus as he pipes in the Haggis to the Head Table at the annual Robbie Burns Supper, put on annually by St. Marys Presbyterian Church. This year, the supper was held in the St. Marys United Church due to the chimney collapse at the Presbyterian Church. Also pictured are Louise Evans and Marion Mitchell as they dish up the Haggis and vegetables.
50 years ago — 1964
The Windsor Hotel, on Queen Street East, has been vacant and boarded up following a fire last spring and is scheduled for demolition and it is expected work will be started this week. The building is owned by Mr. Walter McEwan of Aylmer.
A trio of scuba divers from the Stratford Aquatic Club spent 20 minutes frolicking about in the water of the Water Street quarry recently. In addition to the accepted fact that the water was cold, the trio discovered that the ice is thin — a mere eight inches, compared to 20 inches in some previous winters. The level of the water was 30 inches lower than usual. Diving was carried out to a level of 27 feet.
Earlier this month, snow was put in the Anderson rink to begin ice making Raymond Heard, Ed Robinson, George Batten and Tom Bickell are the directors for the coming year. (Anderson)
The present enrollment of the St. Marys District Collegiate and Vocational Institute is 759.
75 years ago — 1939
Pictured recently in the Journal Argus is the Zion Church Trail Ranger organization. These young men meet every Sunday afternoon as a Sunday School class. They are Eric Barnett, Carman Bragg, Hartwell Epplett (who organized the group), Max Brine, Bill Bragg, William Hanly, Max Armstrong, Gordon Nethercott, Jack Armstrong, Clayton Jones, Le Roy Jones and Gordon Barnett.
Herb Sutherland, of the local Lyric Theatre, accompanied by Jas. A. McLaughlin, made the weekly visit to his theatre in Goderich yesterday. Herb says the roads were fairly clear of snow but there was more snow in Goderich than anywhere else.
In recalling old times in St. Marys, Mr. John Ready the well-known shoe merchant, recalled that great changes have taken place in the shoe business since he, as a young lad of 16, came from the West Nissouri farm to work in St. Marys. His first employer was Michael Flannigan, who conducted a shop on Queen Street. Practically all shoes were made by hand and, a few years later, when Mr. Ready had launched in business for himself, he employed seven men at shoemaking. The ready-made trade gradually developed but, for many years, the made-to-order work was the big end of Mr. Ready’s business.
100 years ago — 1914
The CPR officials are now occupying the new station, having moved from the Opera Block last Monday. (News of the Town)
The new addition to the Richardson Foundary is now completed. It is a substantial structure, 2 ½ storeys in height.
Miss Grace E. Maxwell, Miss Isabel Sparkes, and Miss Howard all had ads in this week’s Argus advertising for Music Students.
About 350 art reproductions of the world’s greatest paintings are on exhibition at the Town Hall. The exhibition, which was of a very fine collection, was held under the auspices of the St. Marys Collegiate Institute. The pictures consisted of carbon photo-graving prints and charts. Many were of an historical and classical nature, as well as portraits of famous men of our times.