25 years ago — 1989
The first pick-up for the Downie Township recycling program was held last Friday. (Avonton News)
Medway High School is having a 40th reunion on May 5-6. Former students and present students, please plan to attend the various attractions planned for the weekend. (Thorndale News)
This past winer, three representatives from Cuba, along with David Carson from Listowel, toured different horse breeder farms in the area and bought 35 horses and these were shipped to Cuba in a large Russian-built plane from Pearson Airport. (Avonton News)
50 years ago — 1964
Members of the St. Marys Fire Department are in the thick of preparations for the upcoming 63rd annual convention of the the Ontario Volunteer Firefighters Assocation, to be held here from July 31 to Aug. 3.
CHURCH PROPERTY FOR SALE: The congregation of St. Marys Presbyterian Church invites offers for either one of their properties in the Town of St. Marys.
We See: THAT the St. Marys PUC are steadily extending the use of fluorescent streetlights on town streets. The latest area to be converted is the block on Queen Street from Church Street East to Peel.
The spring board meeting of the North Oxford Women’s Institute was held at the Embro Presbyterian Church. The Roll Call was answered by members from all North Oxford branches.
Murray Stephen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stephen, 3rd Line of Blanshard, a student at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, has been named co-captain of the 1964-65 edition of the University Hockey Team. (News of the Week)
75 years ago — 1939
From Blanshard Council News: The Road Superintendent expressed his unwillingness to arrrest the salary of 37 ½¢ per hour for superintending roads and operating the township grader, as set out at the March session of Council. His request is for 40¢ per hour, which the majority of the council members refused to agree to. Dr. Jose agreed to arrange an appointment with the Deputy Minister of Highways through the medium of Angus Dickson, MLA, for the purpose of holding a conference in regard to sanction of the Department to salary increases.
Motorists who have been forced to drive along Water Street South from the old Stone Quarries to Skelley’s Hill have found out what the rocky road to Dublin really was like. The thawing and freezing of the last few weeks, combined with the heavy motor traffic, have caused thousands of holes to develop in the surface of the roadway, with the result that one’s car or truck is well shaken before a motorist travels far over this thoroughfare. We understand the Board of Works is planning t repair the road as soon as the frost permits it. (News About Town)
Miss Margaret Bonis, of the Feversham Continuation School, is spending the Easter vacation at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bonis, of the West Ward. (Around the Town News)
Sunday marked the 22nd anniversary of the attack on Vimy Ridge in the Great War, in which the four divisions of the Canadian Corps along with several divisions of the British Army distinguished themselves. Several St. Marys men fell in that attack or in the subsequent operation.
100 years ago — 1914
The Royal Bank is open for business Tuesdays and Fridays and has, to day, done fairly well. This is a great convenience to the merchants and farmers in the Kintore vicinity. (Kintore)
Messrs. Murray and Muir have sold their sawmill to Mr. Wright of Thorndale. (Avonton)
Rev. T. Steadman of Elimville will conduct the service in the Whalen Church next Sunday.
TO RENT: Two-storey brick residence, corner of Widder and Water Streets. This house is modern throughout, having been remodeled a year ago. For further particulars, apply at the Journal offices.
Saturday’s Globe tells the story of the inventor of the fountain pen, who was the late Duncan McKinnon, druggist, of Stratford. (News About Town)
The plans and specifications for the new public school, to be built to the rear of where the present central school stands on Church Street, have been completed. The fine two-storey and basement building will face Elizabeth Street with two entrances — one for the boys and another for the girls — the vestibule opening into two wide halls of 14 feet each.