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February 25, 2015   ·   0 Comments

125 – February 27, 1890

• Says the Shelburne Economist: The Orangeville Advertiser5 last week entered upon its 23rd volume. The Advertiser is in better hands now than at any time since our arrival in the County. The paper is really a credit to Orangeville, and is deserving of generous support. We wish the Wallace brothers, the proprietors, continued success.
• Mr. J. T. Simpson, Mayor of Moose Jaw, N.W.T., was in Shelburne last Thursday. He was accompanied by Mr. Chapman, secretary of the Ontario Pump Co., Toronto, and the object of his visit was to inspect Shelburne’s system of waterworks. One hundred feet of hose was run out and attached to the hydrant infront of the Mansion House. From this point the water was thrown onto the roof of the Town Hall, and from the hydrant at the foot of Owen Sound Street the water was thrown to the top of the flag staff on the Jelly block, a distance of between 60 and70 feet. It was a very stormy day, making the conditions very unfavourable for a test. However, Mr. Simpson expressed himself as highly pleased with what he saw. He says Moose Jaw is a town of about 900 inhabitants, and they are looking about for a suitable system of protection from fire.
• Americans have contracted for huge shipment of ice from Dufferin Lake for Buffalo, Boston and other cities in the Union. It is placed on board the cars at Forks of the Credit.

100 — February 25, 1915

• The caucus of the Ontario government held a brief session Tuesday forenoon to discuss various policies of government. One decision arrived at was the selection as Conservative Party Whip, Mr. C. R. McKeown, MPP for Dufferin, being chosen to succeed the Hon. Dr. R. F. Preston.
• It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of the meeting to be held in Shelburne Town Hall this Thursday in connection with the Patriotism and Production campaign being conducted by the Agricultural Department in Ottawa. It would appear hardly necessary to urge the desirableness of a large attendance. Subject will be dwelt upon of the upmost concern to the whole Empire, in fact, it might truthfully be said, to the whole world. Many of the customary channels from which large shipments of foodstuffs have usually been made from Europe to Great Britain will be entirely closed. Even from neutral countries, considering the difficulties of navigation from the mainland, there is bound to be a great shortage. In this emergency Britain naturally looks to her nearest and most prolific child. Canada is that child, and being so, has serious responsibilities thrust upon her and a great duty to fulfill. It is impossible for all of us to join the fighting line, but it is not impossible for any of us to add a mite to the general welfare. We can do this by giving heed to, and acting upon, the needs of the moment. While doubtless much stress will be laid upon the necessity of preparing the soil for larger and more generous crops, it is not alone in this direction that we can do our share. Dairy products, beef, mutton, wool and horses, are equally as important. In short, there is not a department of agriculture that is not called upon to exert itself to the utmost. By fulfilling this duty, by maintaining supplies at the highest standard and in abundant quantities, we shall be helping forward that consummation which we all so evidently desire — the victory of the Allied Forces.
• Effective Monday, March 1, trains numbers 719 and 712, on the CPR’s Elora subdivision, will run as mixed trains instead of straight passenger, daily except Sunday.
• A couple of men in the Hydro-electric service were in Shelburne Thursday. They were going over the route of the transmission line from Eugenia Falls to Shelburne. The route, as now proposed, will be down the Gravel Road from Flesherton, through Dundalk from McDowell’s corner, and then to Shelburne by way of the Back Line. Village Clerk Ridley has a letter from the chief engineer in Toronto to the effect that Dundalk Distributing Station will be require a building to cost in the neighbourhood of about $900. The contract for construction will be by lot by the Hydro people so work may be started in the spring.
50— February 24, 1965

• Canada Packers’ new creamery, which will be formally opened by Shelburne Reeve T. J. O’Flynn, in a ceremony at Shelburne Town Hall Friday, may be rightly regarded as a monument to the integrity and sound business judgment of the creamery manager, Mr. John Anthony Hughes. “Tone,” as Mr. Hughes is known to his many friends in Dufferin County, was born in 1873 in Laurel, and began his career in the contracting business with his father, William Hughes, and his brother Herbert. However, in 1906. he purchased the store in Laurel and operated it successfully until 1912 he was forced to give it up on account of ill health. He spent the next three years in British Columbia, but on his return again settled in Laurel, where he purchased and operated the Laurel Creamery. In 1927, however, he closed his plant at Laurel and, buying out the then idle Shelburne Creamery, transferred his operations to Shelburne. Three years later, he sold his interest in the creamery to Gunns Limited, which became a part of Canada Packers in 1927. Mr. Hughes, however, continued as manager of the creamery, and has won the respect and affection at the staff of Canada Packers, just as he has that of his many friends in Dufferin County.
• More than 1100 fans gathered in Shelburne Arena last Wednesday night to witness one of the most spectacular hockey games ever to take place in the area. The contest was between the NHL Oldtimers and the Shelburne Muskies. The final score, although it showed no indication of the type of game which took place, was 14-12 in favour of the Oldtimers. The game raised $500 in aid of an artificial ice fund.
• Shelburne Post Office has started flying the new Maple Leaf flag of Canada. It replaced the old flag at noon last Monday.

10 — February 24, 2005

• Premier Dalton McGuinty will be in Shelburne Friday to campaign for Bob Duncanson, the Liberal candidate in the upcoming Provincial byelection. The Liberal nomination meeting, held at Orangeville District Secondary School last Thursday, saw Mr. Duncanson, of Mulmur Township, acclaimed as the candidate in the March 17 byelection. He was nominated by Shelburne Mayor Ed Crewson. Conservative leader John Tory will seek to hold the seat for his party.



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