25 years ago — 1989
There is now a barber in Thamesford. Larry Delellis has opened for business in the same location as the former barber. (Seventh Line and concession)
Ratepayers will have a chance to raise questions and concerns about the apartment development proposed for the old arena property (Water Street South) at a hearing to be held at the Town Hall, later this month.
We See: THAT the PUC work on Peel Street North is expected to be completed shortly, after which new sidewalks will be laid along the section of Peel between Queen and Trout Creek, and the street will be resurfaced.
Dr. Gordon Bell, who was raised on a farm in Downie Township, was the guest speaker at a recent St. Marys Rotary meeting. Dr. Bell has spent more than 40 years of his life in pioneering work in the treatment and rehabilitation of people uncontrollably dependent on alcohol and drugs.
We See: THAT the Army, Navy and Air Force veterans recently gave the Bantam hockey team a cheque for $300 for sponsorship of the 1989-90 season.
We See: THAT the Boy Scouts will hold their annual Apple Day.
We See: THAT a reminder that badminton is available to anyone interested on Thursday evenings at St. Marys DCVI.
Town Council will be represented at a Kitchener meeting involving municipal representatives from along VIA Rail’s north main line. The purpose of the meeting is to form a common front for approaching the federal government about cutbacks and how it affects the more “rural” areas.
50 years ago — 1964
Editorial: There is a definite trend in the heartland agricultural district of Ontario, to cash crop, displacing to some extent the old standby of grasses, grain, roots and silage for the feeding of beef and dairy cattle. This trend has been going on for several years past, but this year the switch is more apparent than ever. Peas, corn, beans, etc., are being grown in ever-increasing acreages, right around St. Marys.
We See: THAT plans by the St. Marys Cement Co., for a 1,600-foot overhead conveyor belt system leading from the west to the east side of the Thames River wer submitted to a meeting of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority executive recently. The executive approved the plans as submitted.
We see: THAT the Major, the Rev. Crawford Smith, minister of Knox Presbyterian Church, Guelph, a wartime padre of the Perth Regiment, was recently awarded a clasp to his service declaration by the Commanding Officer of the 11th Field Artillery Regiment.
Dr. Gordon Murray, Toronto surgeon, who was born at St. Pauls and began his practice of medicine in Stratford, with the late Dr. Lorne Robertson, was today announced as the recipient of a$5,000 Gairdner Fellowship award. The award was for Dr. Murray’s contribution to the development of the artificial kidney, transplantation of heart valves, the use of Heparin, and other cardiovascular surgery.
75 years ago — 1939
The newly-formed IODE chapter in St. Marys, which elected officers last week, will be known as the “Nora Clench Chapter,” in honour of the famous violinist, Lady Streeton, who was a native of St. Marys.
Journal Argus bulletins are closely followed by the public these days. During the first two weeks of the war, the large volume of dispatches that came across the Atlantic kept the Journal Argus window full of bulletins and the sidewalk packed with people. The close censorship has now cut down the volume of dispatches but the war news bulletins are still mentioned three times a day.
100 years ago — 1914
Mr. Wm. Tier, M.A., an old Motherwell boy, who was Mathematical Master in Lucan and Clinton high schools between 1893 and 1903, has been appointed lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Winnipeg. Since 1903, he has been teacher of Mathematics and Manitoba University.
Advertisement: “In the matter of honey, we are handling F.R. Somers’ honey, which we can recommend. We are selling Whyte Packing Co.’s sausages at 13¢ and 15¢ per lb. We are receiving this week a fresh shipment of currants, raisins, rice, cornmeal, peaches, prunes and tea. We are getting new customers. Why Not You?” (D.S. Whaley)