25 years ago — 1989
Hayes-Dana, a truck manufacturing company, has purchased a 30-acre parcel of land from the Town of St. Marys. The land is located on the west side of James Street South.
Marty Thomson was elected the 1989-90 president of the St. Marys Lincolns at a recent executive meeting. Thomson was vice president of the Western Jr. B Hockey League club last season, and succeeds Ron Lindsay who was team president for the last four years.
Pictured in this week’s Journal Argus are Mrs. Nellie Paul of Kirkton, who celebrated her 95th birthday on July 29, and her sons, Leon, Gerald and Reg.
The Clubhouse of the St. Marys Golf and Curling Club is in need of repair — again. Every five years, the Ministry of Labour does a mandatory inspection of every roof over an ice surface, such as a curling rink or arena.
50 years ago — 1964
We See: THAT two bidders, Kintore Boxes, Ltd., and Frank Van Bussel and Sons, Lucan, have been asked to tender on the new Central Public School planned for East Nissouri School Area A, for construction on Highway 19 between Uniondale and Medina.
We See: THAT the ancient Fire Department hose reel is being patched and put in shape for participation in the big parade in connection with the annual Convention of Ontario Firefighters, to be held in St. Marys. The age of the hose reel is uncertain but it is believed to go back to the last century. The ironwork is all hand-forged.
The Hydro Power House, located at the end of Queen Street East, is slated for demolition, possibly next year. The Power House has been a landmark for some 40 years. The fence surrounding the property has been moved back to allow for the widening of Queen Street East, and a large area has been bulldozed out at the right to allow for the placing of cement pillars to carry the new hydro unit.
75 years ago — 1939
Joseph Patterson, 79 year-old building contractor, probably the oldest active contractor in the province, has made good progress with the work of erecting the foundations of the new PUC office, workshop and garage building on Wellington Street North.
The contract has been let to Pounder Bros., of Stratford, for the construction of a new $10,000 motion picture theatre in Mitchell, of which Mrs. H.S. Sutherland, of St. Marys, will be the owner.
The Department of Education has decided against the closing of the Stratford Normal School, at least for the coming season. (Around the Town News)
After years of semi-neglect, the old Anglican Cemetery, east of the J.D. Moore Company Cold Storage, is now receiving a thorough renovation at the hands of Walter Pettit. The work was started a fortnight ago on order from the Rector, Canon W.H. Snelgrove, and to date the grass has been cut, the many wild bushes have been cut down, and bushels of old cans, empty bottles, broken glass and other rubbish has been cleared away. This will now be a fitting resting place for the remains of the fine pioneers of this community.
100 years ago — 1914
Miss A.B. Morrison attended the Rural Teacher’s Conference that was held at the OAC, Guelph, last week. Miss Morrison attended as a delegate for the Perth Teachers Association. (Transvaal)
AN APPEAL to the Women of Canada, in St. Marys and surrounding districts: The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) ask for contributions large or small, for the equipment of a hospital ship for British Wounded Soldiers. $10,000 is hoped for. The contributions are to be dropped into boxes with the names of the donors. The Daughters of the Empire will be in the Town Hall on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 1:30-9 p.m., to receive donations towards the aid of our Empire, in her time of need.
Rev. and Mrs. Ecclestone arrived home on Saturday evening after an extensive visit to England and Scotland, and particularly the former, which is the land of Mr. Ecclestone’s birth. While homeward bound, and out two days from port, word was received by wireless of the Declaration of War which caused much anxiety for the balance of the voyage. (Granton)