25 years ago — 1989
Upcoming events: The St. Marys Presbyterian Church’s Town and Country Auction is shaping up to be the event off the year in St. Marys. To date, the retail value of the items being auctioned surpasses the $40,000 mark. The Presbyterian Church hopes to raise $15-$20,000. All profit will go to the church’s restoration fund. The church was damaged last November when one of the stone chimneys crashed through the roof and right through the sanctuary floor into the basement, Sunday afternoon just before 3 p.m., on Nov. 20, 1988. There were no injuries.
We See: THAT a public meeting will be held in Thorndale when John Enright, of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, will explain how interested farmers and other can obtain low cost trees from the Authority for planting along fencelines. West Nissouri Township is low in tree cover and this offer is expected to help correct the situation.
50 years ago — 1964
We See: THAT the PUC will replace the present wood poles along three blocks on Queen Street East, from the Town Hall to the overhead bridge, with concrete poles. The red and white stakes placed along the last two blocks are markers for the new concrete pole locations.
We See: THAT motorists are wondering when curve signs will be placed north and south of the newly-constructed curve on the Centre Line, a mile or so north of the Town limits on James Street North. The new curve is a great improvement on the former sharp bend. Some form of warning is still needed for the safety of motorists using this route.
75 years ago — 1939
There are now six theatres in the Sutherland Circuit. Mr. H.J. Sutherland was in Mitchell this past Monday night, opening the new theatre house which he has lately had completed on the main street of our northern neighbour town. The “Plaza” is right up to the minute in construction and equipment. Mitchellites who, up to now, have had to go to Stratford for their movies, will be able to see a good show at home. (The Sutherland family were the owners of the St. Marys Lyric Theatre.)
The Public Utilities Commission met for the first time in their new building. Chairman Harry Dobson was absent because of his broken ankle. Line Superintendent May, Mayor D.C. White, and Secretary C.E. Meyer were present around the new table in the boardroom.
Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Marys, was advertising their Hot Fowl Supper, to be served from 5:30-8 p.m., under the auspices of the Ladies Aid. Admission — 50¢, children under 12 — 25¢.
Remembrance Day: A public Memorial Service will be held at the Cenotaph at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. Attendance of all citizens is requested as a fitting tribute to heroic lives given in service. It is requested that stores, offices and all places of business be closed during the service. Signed: D.C. White, Mayor.
From Blanshard Township Council meeting: Requests were tabled for snowfence at certain points. Dr. Jose expressed his view that 1,000 feet of snowfence be purchased from Dan C. Baird, St. Marys. This was agreed to.
100 years ago — 1914
Headline: “The Church and Back to the Land” — Rev. J.A. Miller, of the Presbyterian Immigration Office on Simcoe Street, Toronto, and brother of Rev. S.G. Miller, St. Marys, engaged in a systematic effort to place Toronto’s unemployed on Ontario farms. He has arranged with rural Presbyterian churches to find places for unemployed, whose names he is collecting in Toronto. A number have already been placed, with satisfaction all around.
Mr. Wm. Freshner, James Street South, has purchased the livery business building at Mr. A.E. Sheldon’s, and takes possession early this month. Mr. Sheldon conducted the business for over 20 years, and intends taking it easier now. He was always obliging to his customers and has built up a large and successful trade.
On account of the high price of cheese, the directors decided to make cheese at the local factory for at least two more weeks. (Avonbank)