25 years ago — 1989
A total ban on smoking will come into effect at St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Jan. 1, 1990.
Area music-lovers appear destined for a rare treat when, for the first time ever, Handel’s popular oratorical musical will be performed in St. Marys at the United Church. The 85-member community choir was assembled by music director Paul Sloan this past May.
50 years ago — 1964
“Days I Remember” (some reminiscences by S.G. Bell): The St. Marys branch of the Canadian Legion has been in being some 32 years, yet it seems like only yesterday that it was formed. Successor to the old St. Marys branch of the Great War Veterans’ Association of Canada, the Legion has carried on through thick and thin, peace and war. Right now (1964), the branch is planning on a remodeling of their present headquarters on Station and Church Streets. The first club rooms of the branch were in the Hutton Block, the Great Star block on Water Street.
We See: THAT Maxwell (1964) Ltd. has established a temporary office on the upper floor of the British Mortgage and Trust building (corner of Queen and Wellington Streets) to wind up company business.
75 years ago — 1939
Bank robberies and chicken thefts continue to be the most common crimes. On a recent Saturday night, the colony house on a Uniondale farm was raided and cleaned out of a fine batch of Rock pullets which included nearly all of the season’s hatch.
At a special meeting of the Downie Township Council, it was decided to purchase an Adams Snow Plow in an endeavour to keep roads open during the winter months. (Avonton)
A step in the direction of increased road safety has been taken by the addition of identification signs above the rear license plate on all rural mail carrier’s cars. The sign, which has “Mail Carrier” imprinted on it, is black with a white background and can be turned over when not needed. There is now not so much danger of the mailmen’s autos being struck from the rear as he or she proceeds about their delivery duties.
Dr. J.N.E. Brown, prominent former Nissourian, of Toronto, has been honoured by a life membership in the Academy of Medicine in that city. (Around the Town News)
A dream that had existed in the mind of PUC chair Frank May and his associates for a long time came true recently when the door of the new office and service building was officially opened to the public on Wellington Street.
100 years ago — 1914
Considerable interest has been taken in the piano contest conducted by the St. Marys Hardware, Ltd., during the past several months. This past Monday was the last day to send in coupons for the handsome prize, and during the past week an extra effort was put forth by the contestants to make their account as big as possible. Saturday was a very busy day at the store, the sales exceeding by far that of any day since the hardware opened for business. Miss Thelma Easterbrook was the winner of the handsome piano. Other contestants were Roy Lindsay, Miss Jennie Harvey, H. Donaldson, F. Patterson, and Annie Brown.
Highland Mary Camp, S.O.S., celebrated St. Andrews Night by holding the annual concert, supper and dance in the St. Marys Opera House. After supper had been served, an enjoyable dance was held. The Teskey Orchestra provided the music for the occasion.
NOTICE: “Annie Laurie — The Story of a Lass from Bonnie Scotland.” Opera House, St. Marys. All Star Scotch Company of Players. Seating plan at Andrews Jewellery Store. Prices: 25¢, 50¢, 75¢ and $1.
Avonbank: Mr. C. Bolton finished up his season’s threshing in our neighbourhood last week.
Apples wanted: At the St. Marys Evaporation (near the Maxwell Works). Now is the time to clean up your apples. I will pay the highest cash price according to quality — 40¢ per hundred for all good peeling apples. Bring along your apples. (Frank Park, proprietor)