Memories of Wellington North: 03/05/20

64 years ago

Harriston Review, 1956

The United Church in Harriston was filled on March 2, for the recital of the pupils of Mrs. Bruce Holtom. Parents and friends were ushered to their seats by Glen Wilkin, Wayne Mackenzie and Kenneth Mc Dougall, smartly dressed and wearing carnation boutonnieres. The girl pupils, in party dresses, wore miniature corsages. The Rev. J. F. A. Bewell, Minister of the United Church, in his brief introduction, congratulated Mrs. Holtom and her pupils and commented upon the place of music in young lives. Mrs. Holtom gave the words of welcome. Patti Griff played the national anthem. The program consisted of piano and vocal numbers, ranging from simple pieces for beginners in each group to intricate studies for advanced teenagers in piano and vocal duets, and vocal trios and double duets.

On Tuesday morning of this week, March 3, at about 11:15am, a fox was captured alive near the home of Ed Jackson at the outskirts of Harriston by Dr. Ken Fisk, local veterinarian, Fire Chief Burrows, Chief of Police Zimmer and this reporter in a dramatic setting. With rabid fox stories sweeping the province the capture seemed very timely. The strange acting fox was first seen by Mrs. Jackson from her home and she promptly notified local authorities. Approaching the house the fox was spotted crouched in knee-deep snow not more than ten feet from the front entrance to the house. As the party got nearer the animal got to its feet and wandered off about 50 feet and then walked around in circles, first in one direction and then the other. After about five minutes of this it lay down in the snow again and Dr. Fisk was able to get hold of it.

With the worst two days of winter less than two weeks past, a severe thunderstorm, accompanied by brilliant flashes of lightning, swept the district on March 3, leaving in its wake flooded cellars, inundated streets and disrupting things in general. It sure was a hectic day with a fire call and fox chase before noon, the big rain and the fine hockey game at night, besides the regular nine hour day. It’ll be a miracle if the newspaper’s out by Saturday but the staff will give it the “old college try.” Anyone got a job open for a good “mattress tester?”

72 years ago

Drayton Advocate, 1948

The Township of Peel met in Lynch’s Hall in Goldstone on March 1, 1948, with the members present  and Reeve W. A. Walker presiding. The minutes of the February meeting were read and adopted. The council with the road superintendent went into a discussion regarding the widening and construction of some township roads and it was decided that with the consent of the District  engineer they would widen from 8 to 10 miles of road in 1948, if contractors and  machinery is available.

111 years ago

Arthur Enterprise, 1909

A new industry is about to be started in Harriston, the firm being Messrs. Beacom, Harford and Skane, who will manufacture caskets, coffins and funeral supplies. They expect to be in operation in about three weeks.

A number of young people from Arthur, drove to Fergus on Monday evening, just to see what sort of ice they kept in the rink down there. They found it not too bad, though scarcely up to the variety produced by Mr. A. McLean.

Mr. W. J. Corbitt, who for six months past has been proprietor of the Queen’s Hotel, Orangeville,  recently sold out to Mr. G. H. Glaze. Mr. Glaze has been for years a shipper of horses to the old country and the United States.

Community News Staff