25 years ago — 1989
Town Council hasn’t yet discussed plans for the narrow strip of railway land running for about three quarters of a mile along the east bank of the Thames River, but Mayor Gerry Teahen would like to see it used as parkland. The mayor said he’d like to see it a walking or jogging path from behind the Opera House right down to the Quarry swim area.
This summer, a new township hall will be built in Fullarton for the use of Council and the community (Carlingford).
The Corporation of the Township of Zorra was giving notice of closing a road allowance — that part of Marion Street commencing at Cornellis Street and commencing westerly a distance of approximately 198 feet.
50 years ago — 1964
We See: THAT the Bell Telephone Co., added 79 telephones to the system here in 1963. According to R.J. Munro, Bell manager for the region, this brings the number of telephones in service in St. Marys to 2,194 as of Dec. 31, 1963.
We See: THAT the Montgomery Service Station, Queen Street West, has been sold to Mr. Norman Rivett of Dungannon, who will assume possession on April 1. Mr. and Mrs. Rivett and their children will move into the home on the property, and the Montgomerys plan to build a new home on the River Road.
Don Foster and Michael O’Shea, representing Edgewood Junior Farmers at the Farm Show, won top honours in the seed judging class. (Wesley)
75 years ago — 1939
The Box Factory started up again on Monday. (Kintore)
The Hydro line has been extended east on the 10th of Blanshard to Mr. John Mills’ residence. The power was turned on this past week. (Glendale)
Never in the history of our village has there been so many of our village confined to their beds with the epidemic during the past month. The Continuation and Public Schools are closed for a week, and every household in the village has been more or less affected with the disease. Only a few people attended church services and all entertainments and gatherings are being cancelled for the time being. (Thorndale)
During Mr. W.A. McIntyre’s absence in Florida, the Drug Store will be in charge of his son, Mr. Tom McIntyre, who is a thoroughly capable graduate pharmacist, having several years’ experience.
The Woodham ladies and Anglican ladies met in the United Church on Friday, Feb. 24 and observed the World’s Day of Prayer along with the Kirkton ladies. (Kirkton)
After a warm tribute to the public spirit of the country folk of England, who have already offered shelter for more than a million city children and their mothers in the event of war, Walter E. Elliott, Minister of Health in the British Government, gave a pledge to the House of Commons that the government would seek compulsion if necessary to make everyone do his share.
An interesting meeting was held in the Public Library room recently, when Mr. Mowat of Toronto gave an address on Libraries, which was much enjoyed and appreciated. He spoke very highly of the way in which the Kintore Library was carried on. Four thousand books were read this past year and much credit for its success is due the Librarian, Mrs. H. Haynes, and the Secretary, Mrs. Fred Thornton. (Kintore)
100 years ago — 1914
Messrs. Reed Brothers are putting in logs at the sawmill preparatory to building a handsome edifice next summer if time permits. Several others are using the sleighing to draw wood and logs. (Harrington)
The breakdown in the Hydro-Electric line Saturday evening meant considerable loss to the businessmen. Lamps and candles were brought into service and partially relieved the situation but little business was done.
On Monday of this week, the temperature in the principal’s room at the Central School stood at 48 degrees and in Mrs. Hamilton’s room at 49 degrees at 9 a.m. The furnace was started a little after 4 p.m. on Sunday and replenished after church on Sunday evening. At 5:40 a.m. on Monday, the furnace was again filled and was burning furiously when these temperatures above were noted. If adults were obliged to endure similar temperatures at church some Sunday, what would happen? (News of the Town)