Memories of Wellington North – 02/20/20

72 years ago,

Drayton Advocate, 1948

“Glenardie Beauty,” a valuable col-lie dog belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hardie, 10th Maryborough, had a close call on Monday night of this week. The dog broke through the crust of ice over water in a ditch beside the Hardie farm. When found, “Beauty” was frantically digging away and would have undoubtedly drowned had not help come when it did. Jack Har-die, Jr. lay on the crust and while his father held him by the ankles, was successful in extricating “Beauty” from her trap. This collie’s near death should serve as a timely warning to children venturing on thin ice, which often looks much stronger than it is.

For the first time in many decades the tinkle of the cash register has temporarily stopped at the old familiar landmark, for years known as the Royal Hotel. On Tuesday of this week, Mr. Peter Dyck, proprietor, moved his equipment to the Springs Hotel, formerly the Magnesium Springs Inn, across the road. The heat has been turned off and the day for wrecking draws closer. Mr. Percy Trussler, proprietor of the Canadian Oil Co. garage here, says the company, which purchased the Royal from the O.B. Henry Estate, intend to tear down the hotel and build a modern service station as soon as building materials become avail-able. This will certainly make a big change in the appearance of our main corner.

88 years ago,

Harriston Review, 1932

It was with shock the people of this community learned of the death at the General Hospital, Guelph, on Feb. 22 of Miss M. Jewell Young, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Young, of Harriston. Taken to the hospital a few weeks ago for treatment, she at first seem-ed to improve slightly, but for a few days before her death her condition became serious … As a child, Jewell was not very strong, but of late years had seemed to grow out of it and had enjoyed fairly good health until recently. She was of a very bright, kind and loving disposition and took her part in the young people’s church work, being a teacher in the Sunday School of the United Church. That funeral will be held from the church on Thursday afternoon. The sympathy of the community goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Young and family in their time of mourning.

124 years ago,

Arthur Enterprise, 1896

Mr. Joliu Robertson, the editor of the Harriston Tribune, is now able to be in the office a part of every day, but had to charter Dowling & Leighton’s furniture dray to cart him to and from the office. He is getting to be quite an expert upon crutches, but dare not tackle the icy sidewalks.

111 years ago,

Arthur Enterprise, 1909

M.E. Stewart of Orangeville, better known as Dime Stewart, who was given judgement for $11,500 from Chief Justice Mulock and jury in November of 1908, for injuries sustained in the Caledon wreck in Sept. 1907, has been paid practically that amount by the C.P.R. The railway appeal against that judgement has been dropped.

The flax mill at Alma has been purchased by the Canada Flax Fibre Co. Ltd, of Montreal. They are a strong milling firm and intend to push the Alma business for ail it will stand. Mr. McGowan Jr. will have charge of the mill in Alma and all farmers are assured courteous and just treatment. The growing of flax has been found a profitable industry in many other parts of Ontario and the Canada Flax Fibre Co. believe that such will be the case in this district.

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