25 years ago — 1989
We See: THAT a medium-size beaver was spotted in the Kintore area recently, a rare sighting for this area.
The St. Marys Cement Company is hoping to substitute about 10 per cent of its coal consumption with rubber chips derived from discarded rubber tires. To test the fuel, an eight-day trial burn will begin at the cement plant this coming Friday.
Kara Chowen, skating with the London Ice Picks Precision skating team, placed second in the division skating competition at the Canadian Championships in Edmonton. The group won third in the final, coming home with a Silver and a Bronze. (Ebenezer News)
At the April North Nissouri UCW meeting, members agreed to sponsor the foster child in Kenya for another year. (Transvaal)
50 years ago — 1964
Notice of CLEARING AUCTION SALE of Wildwood buildings, now the property of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, will be held on Monday, April 10 at 10 a.m. at the following farms: Glen Ballantyne, E. Bartlett, R. Lange, Arthur Walsin, D. Miller, C. Vink, E. Mair, L. Kittmer, Otto Rounds, C. Lupton. The date of final removal of buildings by purchasers, unless otherwise specified, is April 15, 1964.
A new fire door has been constructed at the northeast corner of the school for the safety of the pupils. (Transvaal)
A junk heap seems an odd barometer of prosperity, but to car manufacturers, it is one of the best of business indication. In Canada last year, they reported 230,000 old cars went to the wrecker, and the scrap metal yards. The scrappage of old cars, they say, was a factor in boosting new cars to a record high of 560,000. Truck sales of 95,000 units were also at a new high. (Editorial)
We See: THAT Captain M. Rose, Corps Officer of the Salvation Army, has recently taken up residence in the new home completed on a lot directly to the south of the Salvation Army Citadel on Peel Street.
One of the best-attended farm auction sales held in the area in recent years was held on the farm of the late John Barnett, Mitchell Road.
75 years ago — 1939
Headline: “Maxwell’s Have Carried On Fifty-One Years in St. Marys. 122 On Payroll This Past Year. Local Firm Has Paid Out Five Million Dollar In Wages. 73 Per Cent Of The Staff Are Married And Supporting Families.” This information comes from President Harold Maxwell as he addresses Rotarians.
The Coronation Cheese and Butter Factory began business in St. Marys two years ago on James Street South. The factory is pictured in this week’s Journal Argus with several different conveyances with their milk cans, in a line-up, waiting to unload last night’s and this morning’s milkings.
A new PUC building is being planned. Office, workshop and garage building are being planned for Wellington Street North. It is possible that tenders for the construction of a one-storey cement block structure will very soon be called for.
100 years ago — 1914
From Town Council: Tenders were opened for the erection of a six-food walk on the west side of Church Street. Mayor Butcher commented, “This Council is not warranted in spending $600 on this bridge.” Councillor Coupland: “This walkway is badly needed. In walking across the bridge when a rig is passing, you get splashed up with mud, and it is in an unfit condition.” Coun. Bartlett: “The North Ward people demand a bridge.” On motion of Couns. Sheldon and Mathieson, the tender of Joseph Patterson at $585 was accepted and the work will be proceeded with as soon as possible.
The St. Pauls Women’s Institute will hold their meeting in the Hall, St. Pauls, on April 16 at 2:30. The District President will address the meeting. The program theme will be “Helpful Hints on House Cleaning.” Ladies cordially invited. (St. Pauls)
Ninety-nine and a half years old and starting to take music lessons. Thomas Collins, of the 1st Concession, Biddulph Township, who has lived in the reign of six British sovereigns, is this remarkable individual. He “practices” on the organ from 15 minutes to half an hour. He bought a new organ six months ago. (Biddulph)
Miss Ingersoll of the Public School staff is on the sick list this week. Miss Standeaven is taking her work during her illness. (News of the Town)