25 years ago — 1989
Dr. Hegde, of Stratford, occupied the pulpit at Avonton this past Sunday and spoke on behalf of the Gideon Bible Society. Dr. Hegde told how there are 3,700 Gideon members in Canada and 99,000 Gideon members in the world.
School pupils from 10 schools took part in the cross-country running at Kilbyrne Farm recently. (Ebenezer News)
Ashton Tire, Ltd., came a step closer to relocating in the town’s east end when Council approved a zoning bylaw amendment applied for by St. Marys Landscaping, Ltd. The amendment changes a piece of property previously owned by the landscaping company.
The apartment project proposal for the old Arena property on Water Street South was given the thumbs down by the Town’s Planning Advisory Committee. The committee was not happy with the lack of on-site parking for the 30-unit apartment project. It felt that the size of the development is too large for the site and rejected the idea of closing a public roadway in order to provide parking for apartment residents.
50 years ago — 1964
We See: THAT fencing contractors working on the perimeter for the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority’s Wildwood Reservoir have completed about a quarter of the work at present.
Editorial: “One cannot commend the energetic St. Marys Kinsmen Club too much for the several projects they have carried out for the betterment of the community during the past few years — ie: the recreation building at Cadzow Park (now an asset to the community), benches were installed in the downtown area; and, now, the Kinsmen are ready to launch an ambitious useful project by carrying out the house numbering of the properties too.”
Congratulations to Larry Lewis of Granton. The annual Convocation of the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music was held recently and Larry received his Associate of Music degree. A reception was held later at the home of his parents in Granton. (Granton news)
75 years ago — 1939
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Brock and family are moving into the Blanshard Telephone office this week. Mrs. Black will be the night telephone operator. Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Switzer and Bill are moving into their new home in Blanshard. Mrs. Switzer has been night operator for the telephone for the past 12 years. (Kirkton)
A new feature of the International Plowing Match, which was held at Brockville this year, is the Trans-Atlantic Class sponsored by the Salada Tea Company.
The interior of the Bank of Toronto has been beautifully redecorated. The contractor, C.W. Coupland, has made a good job.
Miss Bessie Thomson, R.N., and Miss Berniece Evans, R.N., have been accepted for the staff of the Ontario Hospital, London.
Kelly, the harnessmaker, offered a special prize for the best light cold carriage, express or roadster, at St. Marys Fair.
The St. Marys Journal Argus is keeping readers up to date with their “Daily War Bulletin” on the outside bulletin board.
100 years ago — 1914
From Town Council: Councillor Coupland, at the recent Town Council meeting, told Council that the Finance Committee had borrowed money from a number of citizens to keep the building of the new school going. Some people thought the school was being built out of the taxes of the town, but this was not the case. He had asked Mr. Pool if the Royal Bank could put through a loan of $15,000. On motion of Coupland and Bartlett, “That the Finance Committee authorizes to borrow from the Royal Bank sums up to the amount of $15,000 to be used by the Public School Board.” Also at this meeting, the Council will be asked to put in a tender for the Flats. Mayor Butcher remarked, “The Flats are the most desirable place in Town for recreation of all kinds, and it would be too bad to let someone else buy them. It would be well to put in a tender.”
The mailbox of a resident of Blanshard was broken off from the post of his farm recently. The owner is anxious to prosecute the guilty party, or parties, and will give a reward that will lead to a conviction. Tampering with mailboxes is a very serious matter, and an example should be made of such an offender.