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The night the hydro first brought light to Roy’s Church

Muriel Sheldon, Looking Back

25 years ago — 1987

A plaque in memory of Canadian Korean War veterans is to be added to the St. Marys Town Hall Cenotaph and a dedication ceremony is being contemplated for June next year.

PUC manager Jerry Fairbanks is to obtain an estimate on repair costs to the Old Water Tower under an agreement with the Ontario Heritage Foundation.

Notice: The fourth instalment of property and business taxes is due on Nov. 20, 1987.

We See: THAT CP Rail has given notice to the Town that it will apply to the Canadian Transport Commission to abandon the section of railway line extending from the St. Marys Cement Plant to approximately Victoria Bridge. The municipality has indicated that it is interested in a section of the land.

50 years ago — 1962

Rev. James P. Arbuthnott was recently inducted as newly appointed minister of St. Marys Presbyterian Church.

“They said I was crazy — Bandmaster Any Hoe looks back on Triumphs and Difficulties of our St. Marys Marching Band.” The local band now has a total membership of 90, not all of those are musicians by any means. A large number of them belong to an affiliated unit of the Corps of Majorettes.

Recently, the building which, for 110 years, had housed the White and May Co. of St. marys was sold to British Mortgage Corporation of Stratford, which plans to erect a branch office on the site. The late W.H. May had purchased a half interest in the big department store as a young man and, later, took over full control. Sons Frank, Harry and Laurence had devoted all their working years to the family business. Now, each is embarking on a new and long dreamt-of career.

75 years ago — 1937

Good progress is being made by the contractor, Mr. J.B. Pettaway, in the erection of the cement and steel addition to the north end of the St. Marys Collegiate Institute. The lower storage or basement portion is completed as far as the pouring of cement is concerned. (News of the Week)

A great deal has been said about the importance and service that weekly newspapers render to their community. We believe that credit should be largely shared by the rural district correspondents, whose weekly budget records the important happenings of their neighbourhood. The Journal Argus is fortunate in having about 50 district correspondents on its staff.

The coming of the hydro into many homes this last week revealed things not seen before, among them being cobwebs in the corner. However, everybody is delighted with the service. At Roy’s Church on Sunday night, the hydro was used for the first time and the special speaker for the evening service was the Rev. James Anthony of Motherwell. His subject was “Christ, the Light of the World” and was received by a good audience. (Thames Road and Roys).

100 years ago — 1912

The free rural mail delivery is now an accomplished fact. Wm. Louch has a four year contract as mail carrier. The route is known as Belton R.R. 1. The Wellburn post office has now been closed. (Wellburn)

From Town Council: D. Maxwell and Sons wrote Council asking that the six-inch main being laid on James Street be extended 252 feet to their factory in order to give them more effective service. The Water, Light and Heat Committee received a request from the Cement Co., asking for better lights on Church Street.

The W, L and H Board will be contacted by Council.

A deputation on behalf of the Firemen’s Demonstration approved before Council and returned to the Town coffers a cheque for $250 of the $350 grant which the town had made re: the reunion earlier this year.

The Provincial Board of Health has issued instructions to physicians that all cases of measles, whooping cough and mumps must be quarantined as are scarlet fever and other diseases. Physicians and nurses must report in all cases. Houses must be placarded and children kept at home. This is a new regulation.

125 years ago — 1887

Mrs. Bickell left town recently to reside in future with her daughter, Mrs. Wright, of Owen Sound, and wishes to say goodbye to her friends through the columns of the Argus.

Barley sold well on the market last Saturday. One farmer said he could do better on the St. Marys Market than on any other market within reach. St. Marys leads on price as she always does.

Mr. J.D. Moore is making a clearance of old houses and debris from his property on Church Street, preparatory to rebuilding the large brick stable upon the stone foundation remaining from the old one. We understand the brick is coming from Parkhill.

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