The Month That Was – March 1924

In honour of Oshawa’s 90th Anniversary on March 8, let’s reflect back to March 1924, the month that Oshawa was declared a City.

Front Page, Ontario Reformer

Front Page, Ontario Reformer

Saturday March 8, 1924

Oshawa of 67 Years Ago (Written by John Lovell, Montreal, 1857)

Oshawa, C. W.- A flourishing incorporated village in the Township of Whitby and County of Ontario. 2½ miles from Sydenham Harbor, on Lake Ontario. A large business is done in the produce of the country, and the place is especially celebrated for flour of a very superior brand. Several large factories also have been established, particularly the Oshawa Manufacturing Company, the most extensive in the country engaged in the fabrication of agricultural implements, and Fuller and Co’s furniture factory, which establishments make extensive shipments of their goods to different parts of Canada. The Grand Trunk Railway has a station here, at which all trains stop. Distant from Toronto 33 miles, and from Montreal 300 miles. A daily stage, carrying the mail, runs north from Oshawa through Columbus, Raglan, Prince Albert, Borelia and Port Perry, to Beaverton, on Lake Simcoe, distant 50 miles, fare $2.50. Daily mail. Population about 3,000.

Saturday March 8, 1924

McLaughlin Fire

Some of the factories in Oshawa were not doing much business, but the McLaughlin Co. was busy turning out carriages, buggies and etc., which was a great benefit to the mechanics of the town. In the winter of 1899, one night when the men went home from their work as usual, expecting to return in the morning as many of them did, not knowing the factory had been destroyed by fire while they slept.

The McLaughlin Co. and the business men of the town soon met together and arranged to assist, by granting a loan to them of fifty thousand dollars for twenty years without interest. The McLaughlin Co. had so much confidence in the people of Oshawa, that before the vote was taken they commenced to rebuild the factory. Some men voted against the by-law, but it was carried with a large majority, the big factory was built, the money loaned was paid to the town promptly, resulting in the General Motors coming to Oshawa. Little did they think that this important move would advertise Oshawa, all over the civilized world and give the opportunity to name this The Motor City.

General Motors Plant

General Motors Plant

Saturday March 8, 1924

Lawn Bowling

Oshawa Lawn Bowling Club now boasting a membership of considerably over one hundred, was organized eighteen years ago when the members numbered not more than ten. At that time the bowling green was located at Prospect Park. Ten years ago the green at the park was abandoned and the green at the Williams Piano Company was prepared. From this stage on, the membership gradually grew until it reached and later exceeded the hundred mark.

The bowlers, however, were still looking forward to greater things, and four years ago land was procured at Simcoe and Alexandra streets adjacent to the hospital where they now have one the best greens in Central Ontario.

Thursday March 20, 1924

Mysterious Mail

Columbus, O.,- Howard Rhodes author and publicist, received a mysterious package from New York containing nothing but a pair of bull’s horns. He thinks it’s a practical joke, for in the last few months the mail from New York has brought him, without any explanation whatever, such things as old shoes, funny pictures and a recipe for cooking carp.

Thursday March 20, 1924

The Nut Cracker

Connie Mack says he is liable to surprise the boys this year… by that he means he may take on a little weight.

The Athletics were in second place at one time last summer, and then slumped to sixth. Mr. Mack assures you this will not happen again… the inference being, we suppose, they will never be second again. – Joe Williams

Thursday March 20, 1924

Fire Wipes Out Fine Farm Buildings

One of the most disastrous fires in the township of Brock for years occurred on Monday morning last when the fine residence, barn, outbuildings, etc., on the farm of Mr. Earl Woodward were completely destroyed by fire.

The alarm was first given about 2 a.m. by neighbours, Mr. Woodward was away for the night and has not yet returned. In the house was his mother and sister and a lady friend who escaped by a very narrow margin. The only things saved were a few articles of furniture and horse with him.

A high wind was blowing at the time and the barn being situated just north of the house, the flames were blown onto the house.

10 horses, 39 head of cattle, 40 hogs, all his implements, grain and feed, poultry etc., were completely destroyed.

This property was one of the finest in the township and it is estimated the loss will be in the neighborhood of $25,000.

The cause of the fire is unknown. – Nth. Ontario Times

Thursday March 20, 1924

Editor’s Note

There are 564, 510, 000 Christians in the world and twice that many non-Christians.

Wednesday March 26, 1924

Postal Robbery

Chicago, March 25- Four mail bandits in the first important postal robbery in or near Chicago in two years, slugged a post-office messenger at Harvey, a southern suburb, and escaped with two sacks of registered mail known to have contained at least $135, 000 in currency. The bandits were heavily armed with revolvers and sawed-off shotguns.

Wednesday March 26, 1924

Life Insurance Before Marriage

Judge John C. Karel, of the state of Wisconsin, recently attacked one of the State laws regarding human development and improvement which requires every person who marries to present a certificate of good health. Instead, he advocated a law requiring every young man who gets married to present a life insurance policy. This, the Judge stated, would be adequate proof that he is of sound health and also that he is in a position to accept some of the responsibilities of married life.

Wednesday  March 26, 1924

Oh Wow!

Movie cameramen are completing a little stunt that will make it possible for theatre-goers to see a 32-story skyscraper shoot up from its foundations in less than a quarter of an hour. A Chicago film company, with a camera mounted immovably on a permanent stand in the park across the street, took a few yards of film each day while erection of the new Straus building in Michigan avenue was in progress.

”Now, there, step right up on the operating table.”- From the Brooklyn Citizen

”Now, there, step right up on the operating table.”- From the Brooklyn Citizen

 Wednesday March 26, 1924

The Nut Cracker

Pure “hokum” says Jack Dempsey with reference to Firpo’s retirement. Being in the same business and having retired himself, Jack is certainly competent to pass an opinion.

Since all our star athletes are also literary men it looks like our Olympic team would be largely made up of substitutes if the rule against writer-athletes is enforced. Possibly several typewriter events can be scheduled for the stars. – Joe Williams

Wednesday March 26, 1924

LOST- 75 feet electric cable between corner Ontario and Colborne and Cox Garage, finder please phone 481.


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