The Month That Was – April 1929

Thousands dying from starvation
April 1st, 1929

London, Apr.1. – The “Daily Express”, in a dispatch from Nairobi, Kenya today described “terrible famine conditions” in the Ruando district of the eigian Congo. The account was credited to Dr. J.E. Church, British Missionary working there.

Owing to the successive failure of crops during two or three rainy seasons, the backward state of communication thousands are dead and lying of starvation, according to the minister.


Astride Saddle Ridding Banned
April 2, 1929

London April 2 –Women horse riders are forsaking the modern astride seat for the old-fashioned side saddle. The return of the old fashioned is encouraged actively by prominent organizers of horse fairs. The authorities of the Richmond Royal Horse Show, one of the most popular events of the kind in the kingdom, have ruled that for the meeting in June women must not ride astride at the parades or in the classes of hunters and hacks.

Canadian Statesman, April 4, 1929, page 4
Canadian Statesman, April 4, 1929, page 4

Life Insurance Agents of Oshawa Form Association
April 3, 1929

At a meeting of life insurance agents of the city in the Y.M.C.A. yesterday afternoon, it was decided to form a local branch of the Life Underwriters Association. Officers were elected as follows:

President, W. O. Bennett, of the Prudential Life; executive committee, Alex Ross of the Sun Life, E. L Whitely of Canada Life, and H. J McComb, Metropolitan Life.

The objects of the association are to promote the mutual interests of the local insurance men and to keep the profession on the highest plane. Meetings will be held monthly.


Oshawa is Still Isolated by Rail
April 8, 1929

The total suspension of railway traffic that has existed in Oshawa since midnight on Friday night, and which still exists, may be lifted to some extent late this afternoon or tonight, it was expected by Canadian officials at noon today. Canadian Pacific agents here saw no hope of having trains run on the C.P.R. line in and out of Oshawa before some time tomorrow.


New “Sea Flea” Lauched (sic) Here
Whitby Gazette & Chronicle
April 11, 1929

The “Speed-boy,” new sea flea being manufactured in Oshawa by the Williams Piano Co., was officially launched in Whitby harbor Saturday afternoon.  A large crowd, including a number from Whitby, had gathered on the dock to witness the ceremony and cheer the little vessel as it dipped into the waters of Lake Ontario.

Mrs. D.B. Carlyle, wife of the vice-president of the company, performed the ceremony and broke a bottle of ginger ale over the prow of the boat.  A minute later the “Speed Boy” was resting on the calm bosom of the harbor, prepared to compete against all corners in the matter of aquatic speed.  The only untoward incident was the upsetting of one of the “Fleas” when a young man and his lady were thrown in the water.  Neither, however,  were any the worse of their experience.

Fair weather favored the launching of the boat and the harbor presented a gala appearance with men, women and children lining its piers.  Some adventurous youths even climbed to the roof of the coal shed in order to get grandstand seats.  Mayor T.B. Mitchell, of Oshawa, was present for the occasion and in a few brief remarks he referred to the manufacture of sea-fleas as a new departure for Oshawa industry.  He was certain that a bright future lay before this business and only regretted that because Oshawa was without a harbor the launching had to be performed in Whitby.  He hoped, however, that Oshawa would presently have its own harbor.

Canadian Statesman, April 18, 1929, page 4
Canadian Statesman, April 18, 1929, page 4

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