40 years ago
Wellington Advertiser, 1980
The Welcome Wagon began business in Mount Forest. The program welcomes new residents and parents in the town and the communities of Conn, Kenilworth and Holstein. As well as a greeting service, it combines advertising, sales promotion and public relations.
An Arthur-area fund drive is showing success in Arthur and Fergus. In the past month, more than $4,000 has been collected for the drive to help pay for the Arthur community arena. The outstanding bank loan balance is now reduced to about $36,000 for the arena. Another canvass is expected next month and the loan should be paid off by May, a spokesman said. Wintario also aided in paying for the $857,000 arena, built in 1977.
65 years ago
Harriston Review, 1955
A Czechoslovakian girl, Carol Joan Pachi, won the Canadian senior ladies singles figure skating title in Toronto last week. Ann Johnston, of Toronto, came second and Joan Shippam, of Calgary, came third. These three girls were invited to join the Canadian team for the world figure skating championships in Vienna in February. The men’s senior skating title went to Charles Snelling, of Toronto. Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden, world pairs champions, retained their Canadian senior pairs title.
Winter is well on its way and next Tuesday ushers in the month of February. Wednesday, the 2nd, is the day the bear or groundhog are supposed to come out of hibernation and if they see their shadows there will be six more weeks of winter, so they go back to bed again. We don’t take much stock in such and meteorological statistics have proven them false many times over. Wednesday’s dailies will probably support the above.
“Fishin’” talk is already heard around town and it’s only 93 days until the opening of the speckled trout season, which is April 30.
68 years ago
Drayton Advocate, 1952
The first of a convoy of four taxis conveying the Palmerston High School girls’ basketball team and their coach to Elmira was in a collision with a car driven by Allan O. Shurley of Elmira, at the corner of the 10th Line of Peel and the Alma-Elmira road. Miss P. Groshaw suffered torn ligaments of her left ankle and Miss Patsy Wright received cuts on her chin. Both were given medical attention at the office of Dr. B.A. Sandwith in Drayton. Other occupants of the Palmerston taxi, driven by D. Boyer, were Ardith McRobb, Gwenneth Latch, Mary Wilford and G. Smith, who proceeded to Elmira to play the scheduled basketball game. Both cars suffered exten-sive damage. The collision was investigated by the Mount Forest detachment of the provincial police.
82 years ago
Palmerston Observer, 1938
The funeral of the late Nelson Alfred Dyer was held on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22, at 2:30pm. The deceased was a locomotive engineer, in the employment of the CNR and was extremely popular with all who knew him. He was born in Surrey, England, on Feb. 25, 1885, son of the late William Thomas Dyer and Mrs. Elizabeth Dyer.
On coming to Canada he resided for three years in Toronto, and spent 26 years in Palmerston. Mr. Dyer was united in marriage on Sept. 9, 1911, to Miss Gladys Annie Jenkins, who survives, the ceremony taking place at Listowel. Of this union three children were born: Dick Melvin, of Kapuskasing, John David at home and a daughter, Gwlady Joy, also at home.