150 years ago
December 4, 1873
OYSTERS! OYSTERS! E.W. Coggin, Dealer in Oysters and Fresh Fish, has constantly on hand a good supply. Can fill all orders, either wholesale or retail, in can, keg, or bulk. Will sell cheap for cash. Athelstan.
125 years ago
December 1, 1898
ROCKBURN: The boys amused themselves in the afternoon by setting up a turkey shoot. Not the inhuman method of shooting the turkey, but by shooting at a target, the best shot getting a turkey.
ORMSTOWN: The hose tower, which was too near the property of Mr. Cleland, has been taken down, and will not be re-erected this winter. A movement is on foot to erect a town hall, which would give all the accommodations needed for the engine and the drying of its hose, along with a council-room and a large hall for public gatherings. The estimated cost is $4000.
ORMSTOWN: The Chateauguay is safe for skaters, and with the clear moonlight has afforded much enjoyment to the young people.
HOWICK: Mr. Ness has sold his fine prize team to the Governor of Newfoundland to be delivered immediately.
100 years ago
November 29, 1923
RADIO: A complete line of radio supplies and parts on hand – Crosley Receiving Sets from $27.00 and up. Machine and Aerial installed free. Demonstration given every night.
AYRSHIRE MEN SWEEP THROUGH TO GREAT VICTORY AT ROYAL FAIR: Bulk of First Prizes Won by Breeders From District – R.R. Ness & Sons, D.T. Ness, J.P. Cavers, Gilbert McMillan and W.C. Tully Exhibit.
75 years ago
December 1, 1948
SKUNK MAKES BUS TRIP MEMORABLE: Last Friday some students at Barrie Collegiate Institute had the pleasure of viewing the Royal Winter Fair being held in Toronto, but on the return trip a rather unfortunate incident occurred. One of the three buses chartered was forced to halt at a nearby farm house for water. Just as the occupant had answered the driver’s knock, a skunk appeared and rudely perfumed the threshold standers. The driver, despite his condition, was forced to return to his bus and continue the journey to Barrie, although neither the driver nor the students were too happy over the unavoidable situation.
50 years ago
December 5, 1973
HUNTINGDON: A hushed and sorrowing Town of Huntingdon last week paid final tribute to a great and good friend at funeral services in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church for François Cleyn. As a mark of respect, most places of business closed during the morning hours of Thursday and from every corner of the town and the surrounding area people – the young and the old and even children – made their way for these last rites to the church where François Cleyn had worshipped.
HUNTINGDON: Cemetery St. may become F. Cleyn St. – Huntingdon Town Council is going to look ino the possibility of renaming Cemetery Street after the late Francois Cleyn and call it “F. Cleyn Street.”