The Month That Was – June 1928

The Oshawa Daily Times:

June 1, 1928

Good Looks Drawback to Girls as Engineers
London, June 1 – Good looks seem to be a drawback to a girl taking up engineering work. This assertion was made by Miss Hazlett, organizer of the Women’s Engineering Society, at a conference here on now careers for women.

“We put forward a woman for a drawing office appointment,” said Miss Hazlett, “and her qualifications were excellent, but the director said quite frankly that she was too good looking for the job, and would probably upset the men in their work.” Another director, expressing the technical qualifications required by a girl, added, ‘And she must not jump if the foreman says ‘Damn’.”

“A girl must also get rid of the idea that if she goes in for engineering she will spend the rest of her life in dirty boiler overalls. She passes through that phase, but it soon goes. Parents are often a great handicap for they think that a girl is abnormal if she wants to take up engineering – that is not a nice, ladylike profession like secretarial work. This is true in a wat, for a girl has to work with men, wear knickerbockers on occasion, and sometimes do night work. But this does not make us abnormal, and we want to cease to be regarded as curiosities. We want to work with men and not against them.”

Miss Hazlett later informed enquirers had received a very good post abroad,

Leaders of industry, to whose attention Miss Hazlett’s remarks have been directed, are not inclined to agree with  Miss Hazlett’s conclusions.

Sir Stanley Machin, a former president of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce, said; “My view is that good looks are rather an advantage than otherwise. Good looks in the hands of an irresponsible woman in business may be dangerous, but in the hands of a properly conducted woman good looks are certainly a benefit. If a woman merely uses her good looks to attract the men with whom she is working, then they are wasted, but otherwise they are a benefit. I quite disagree with Miss Hazlett that good looks are a drawback.”



June 8, 1928


Six-Footers from the Hebrides
Four stalwart crofters; all over six feet in height; who left the Hebrides where they “scratched a bare living by tending sheep”, to settle in Ontario. They reached Canada this summer in high spirits. The picture shows three cabin boys comparing their stature with the settlers aboard the Anchor-Donaldson liner Lititia, on which the Hebrideans crossed the Atlantic to begin a new life.


For thirty-two years this flying dragon faced the sea from the prow of the “Empress of Japan.” A new steamship age relegated the monster to the wrecker’s yard mill a few months ago when it was discovered by the Vancouver Daily Province, restored and presented to the citizens of Vancouver. Its nose still points to the seas over which the newer “Empresses” of the Canadian Pacific traffic from the Western Port. PicMonkey Collage

June 15, 1928

Southampton, June 13. – The Canadian Pacific liner Montreal sailed from here yesterday on one of the most unique voyages ever undertaken. She is chartered by the Baptists of Europe to send their 600 delegated to the World Baptist Congress at Toronto the Congress being held during the last week in June.

Of these delegates 70 are Baptist ministers. Never before have so many ministers crossed the Atlantic in any ship is taken by this delegation. There will be many nationalities represented drawn from many of the countries of Europe.

None of the usual entertainment associated with trans-Atlantic voyages will be present. There will be no dancing, no card playing, no alcohol, no gambling. The ball room is converted into a chapel where the pulpit will have prominence. The orchestra will not play fox-trots and other dances, but hymn tunes and anthems and sacred music. Every day will begin with devotions in which all the passengers will take part. Each evening there will be another service for prayer and praise. During each day, at least once there will be a preaching service at which, among others, one of the following ministers will preach, Drs. Fullerton, Brown, Roberts, Grey, Griffith, Ewing and Lang.

Besides, there will be debates on every kind of religious subject. There will be plenty of enthusiasm for there are modernists and fundamentalists, bond and free Baptists among the delegates.


A series of educational meetings have been arranged by the local Automobile Workers Union, in which employees of each of the departments in the local plants affected are being given an opportunity to hear explained the purposes and accomplishments of the union. A number of meetings have already been held, as follows:

The Chevrolet and Pontiac assembly line men met Monday, June 11. The dayworkers on Tuesday, June 12, the Millroom on Wednesday, and the Imperial and Pontiac body line on Thursday, the 14th. A meeting of the girls employed in the plant has been arranged for Monday, June 18, and the export, domestic shipping and unloading departments are meeting on Tuesday, June 19. Other meetings will be arranged later, union officials state.


June 22, 1928

Chatman, June 21. – A bee which attacked the driver of a car on the highway near Louisville today caused the man to lose control and ditch the machine. The occupants were painfully bruised, but the injuries are not serious. J. W. Grosse, the driver of the car, and his son are under the care of a doctor, while Mrs. Grosse and her daughter, May, are being treated at the General Hospital.


Night Club Proprietress is Sent to Jail for Selling Liquor
(Cable Service To The Times By Canadian Press)
London, June 22. – Mrs. Kate Marrick, night club proprietress and mother-in-law of two British powers, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment today, without hard labor. She was found guilty of selling liquor without a licences and supplying liquor after permitted hours. She received a similar sentence for a similar offence in 1924.

Mrs. Merrick’s daughter Dorothy Evelyn was married to Lord De Clifford in 1926. Another daughter Mary Ethel Isobel was married June 6 to the Earl of Kinnoull.


Amelia Earhart After Seeing London Society, Studies Social Service Work
Lays Wreath on Cenotaph Accompanied By Stultz and Gordon

(Cable Service To The Times By Canadian Press)
London, June 22. – Miss Amelia Earhart, who halts her social work temporarily to fly the Atlantic, returned to it this morning. Visiting Toynbee Hall, one of the largest settlement houses in London, she exclaimed, “there is no place like home.”

After enjoying several days amid the heights of London society the Boston girl went to the other extreme and spent several hours among the lowliest of the city.

Miss Earhart went to the slums in the east end of London after laying a wreath on the cenotaph in memory of Great Britain’s warrior dead. Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon, who flew with her, assisted her in placing the wreath. Miss Earhart later visited the statue of nurse Edith Cavell. This afternoon she went to Ascot for the races and luncheon.


June 29, 1928


The pupils of four public schools, Scarborough schools numbers one and three and Myrtle and Little Britain schools had a picnic at Lakeview Park today. Mr. Frazer, manager of the Jubliee Pavilion, kindly consented to allow the picnickers to hold their sessions in the Pavilion, the weather not being suited for an outing. The combined school affair was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone present.


Gasoline Spilled on Pavement Catches Fire, Threatening Car
(By Staff Reporter)

Whitby, June 29 – Gasoline spilled on the pavement in front of Jones, Garage, Brock street north, caused a spectacular, through short-lived conflagration, when in some unknown manner it caught fire, shortly before three o’clock, yesterday afternoon, and threatened to do serious damage to a Ford sedan was parked right over the burning liquid. For a minute tall flames enveloped the machine and there was serious danger of them catching, but prompt action on the part of Mr. Jones, proprietor of the garage, who secured a fire extinguisher and hastily put it to work, saved the situation. An alarm was sent to the fire brigade but by the time the chemical truck had arrived on the scene, the blaze had been extinguished.

As soon as the fire ball rang people rushed out to the street from shops and offices and in no time large crowds had formed on both sides of the road and men, women and children hastened to and fro with a common query, “Where’s the fire?” Someone would say, “Jones’ garage,” and numbers would hasten in that direction only to turn back in bewilderment when all that met their gaze was a car standing on what looked to be damp pavement, but which in reality was the remainder of the treacherous gasoline.


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