Dipping Into the Past
100 YEARS AGO Thursday, November 22, 1906
+ It really begins to look as if there is something real behind the Huron and Ontario Electric Railway project this time. The surveyors are at work and will have the whole line mapped this fall. The company have secured a franchise for a street railway in Goderich, the town taking stock to the extent of $50,000. The Goderich street railway is promised for next summer. Now they are after a street railway franchise for the streets of Owen Sound. That corporation will also be asked to invest $50,000 in the stock of the company.
Now it is reported that when built the Huron and Ontario will work in conjunction with Mackenzie and Mann's Canadian Northern Railway, now in operation from Toronto to Parry Sound. The roadway has been surveyed from Meaford to Shelburne and enters Shelburne from the west through Dr. Babe's farm. The line was run by a party of surveyors from Shelburne to Tottenham last week and we understand the surveyors were well satisfied with the route taken as to grades, etc. The line as surveyed will cross the corner of the Carr farm and will cross the C.P.R. track a little south of the Victoria Street crossing. The road is then laid out across the farms of Messrs. Dowkes Bros., Alex. Kannawin, John Dowkes and James Horsley's farms, paralleling the C.P.R. to 25 Sideroad in Amaranth, thence across Manning's and Hunter's farms, then to the southeast across Budd's and Lefflart's farms to the townline of Mono and Amaranth. It then passes through the farms of Robert Still, Thos. Maharg, Robt. Forsyth, Wm. Forsyth and R. Bremner's, crossing the Prince of Wales Road at Kyle's schoolhouse on Lot 24. Then it parallels 20 Sideroad to Mono Centre, turns north a short distance and then east across Mono township and will strike Adjala south of 20 Sideroad. It will then run north for two concessions, then it has a direct course to Loretto and Colgan and Tottenham.
+ Says the Shelburne FREE PRESS: We understand that the Licence Commissioners of Dufferin have sent papers to the different hotels in the county forbidding them to sell or give liquor to such parties whose names appear on the list. We are told that the restricted ones in Shelburne are jubilating right along and procure liquor whenever they want it. If the hotelkeepers are at fault and ignore the notices received they must take the consequence. It is such acts as this that bring the licensed hotels into disrepute and urges the people to support local option and other restraining measures. If it is a gobetween who is buying the liquor for these parties, they should be prosecuted. Let their names be made public and have an example made of some of them.
+ The Melancthon Literary Society is growing apace. The topic debated last Thursday night was: "Resolved that poverty is preferable to riches." The affirmative was taken by W. Myers and James Brown Jr., and the negative by T. K. Slack and Allan McComb. The addresses on both sides were eloquent and interesting, showing that the subject was well prepared. The judges gave the decision in favour of the affirmative.
75 YEARS AGO Wednesday, November 26, 1931
+ Construction of the new rural Hydro line from Horning's Mills to Honeywood is to start at once. The construction work will really be from Mulmur Lake up the Second Line West of Mulmur to Honeywood, a distance of 2 1/2 miles, the line from Horning's Mills to Mulmur Lake already being in operation. Twelve subscribers have already signed up for the new line.
+ The Warden's Banquet, the annual "event" of County Council life in Dufferin, took place at the Queen's Hotel, Orangeville, Friday night of last week, with Warden T. Ed. Watson, Reeve of Melancthon, as host.
50 YEARS AGO Wednesday, November 21, 1956
+ Municipal nomination meetings in Dufferin will be held this Friday, with the elections (if required) taking place on Monday, Dec. 3rd.
+ Shelburne's senior hockey club had 18 prospective players out for their first practice last Thursday night at Collingwood arena, where all future practices will be held on the artificial ice until the local ice is ready.
25 YEARS AGO Wednesday, November 25, 1981
+ Governor General Edward Schreyer and his wife Lilly visited Dufferin last week. At Centre Dufferin District High School they were greeted by the school's Studio Band playing the Vice Regal Salute. The program that followed included performances by choirs from CDDHS, Dufferin Area Christian School, Centennial Hylands Elementary School and Mulmur Mono Area School, with all the choirs then joining in singing "Canada Is." Mr. Schreyer later visited Grand Valley and Orangeville, concluding the visit by attending a program at Orangeville District Secondary School.
+ Melancthon council is examining plans for a new subdivision in Horning's Mills.