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First female mayor in town’s history took charge in January, 1963

Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back

25 years ago — 1988

The addition and various renovations to the St. Marys Library are expected to be completed by July 11, Mayor Gerry Teahen told the Journal Argus. The planned addition will greatly increase library space as well as providing street-level access to the building from Queen Street.

Donald McIntosh, Roberta, John and Jimmy Petrie were in Stratford recently for the Olympic Torch Parade. (Motherwell)

Pictured in this week’s Journal Argus is a construction worker, framed on a backhoe, as work progresses at the Woodbridge-Inouac plant being built in St. Marys.

The St. Marys DCVI Senior team consisting of Melanie Robinson, Camille Pagee, David Switzer, Clay Anderson and Chris Haves readily won the Silver Medal award in an international education program dealing with fictional problem solving. The team is under the supervision of teacher/coaches Betty Mullin and Ben Berardini.

Thanks to Audrey McCutcheon and the Thorndale UCW, a Meals on Wheels service is available in the Thorndale area.

The Olympic Torch that ran throughout the area recently is now history, but the memory will long be remembered by Dr. Doug Allan, a torch runner. Dr. Allan is a veterinarian of the Stratford Veterinary Clinic. (Avonton)

50 years ago — 1963

The new drapes for classrooms at the St. Marys Collegiate Institute were supplied by Frank May Textile.

This week’s Journal Argus records the death, in Minnedosa, of Miss Kathleen Crieghton Starr Rice, 80 years of age. She was a graduate of the University of Toronto and alter taught high school in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, before going north as a homesteader and trapper. She was a sister of her only brother, Lt.-Col. G.D.L. Rice of St. Marys.

The inaugural session of the Town Council for 1963 was held recently. Mayor Helen Wilson was the first lady in the town’s history to fill the Chief Magistrate’s chair. Councillors were Somerville, RIchardson and Ball, who served in the 1962 council, and the new members are E.S. Evans and C.A. Vessey.

Dr. A.E. Berry, a native of Blanshard, General Manager and Chief Engineer of the Ontario Water Resources Committee, is retiring.

75 years ago — 1938

Ruth Webb, of Granton, is one of 10 members selected by the Nurses Association of Canada in response to a call from a new modern General Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Ruth is a graduate of the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, graduating in 1934. She sailed on the Baincoral Castle last week, bound for Southampton, England, and will spend three days in England and will sail on the steamer Mount Castle for Cape Town.

St. Marys is one of nine Ontario towns under 10,000 population to be honourably mentioned in the Fire Prevention Week Dominion-wide competition conducted throughout Canada during 1937. A letter from the Ontario Fire Marshall, W.J. Scott, in writing Fire Chief Albert, also mentioned the fact that the cooperation of the citizens of the town goes a long way to make such a record possible.

100 years ago — 1913

The Christmas Concert in connection with the Sunday School was a grand success from every point of view. The children were carefully trained by their superintendent, Mr. W.J. Worden. (St. Pauls)
The skating in the mill pond has been very fine this past week and has been much enjoyed by our young people. (Carlingford)

Messrs. Ernie Roger and Milton Evans left recently for a Short Course at Guelph Agricultural College. (Motherwell)

125 years ago — 1888

Exhibition — Free: of the Products of Manitoba, the North West Territories and British Columbia. The C.P. Railway Exhibition Car will be at the undermentioned stations as follows: Parkhill, Jan. 12; Ailsa Craig: Jan. 12; Lucan, Jan. 13: and at St. Marys Town Station, Jan. 14. All are cordially invited. Don’t forget to see the products of 1887.

Election of Officers for Court “Dominion” 6483 of the A.O.F. St. Marys resulted in the following members being elected: Bros. Jeo. Morrison, C.R. Wm. Shand, S.C.B., Jas. Chalmers, Treasurer, Jas. McLeod, Secretary, Matt Dewey, Rec. Secretary, Wm. Hurst, S.W., F. Callister, J.W., Jas. Lalbert, S.B., Geo Vice, J.H.

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