The Month That Was – June 1919

All articles appeared in the June 13, 1919 edition of The Ontario Reformer

Oshawa Complimented on Her Great Industries by Gov.-General of Canada
A felicitous occasion long to be remembered in the goals of the town

June was in her brightest and happiest mood on Thursday, the 12th last, to greet the Vice Royal party who made Oshawa its first gubernatorial visit. Central Ontario and Oshawa, the centre of this district, looked their best dressed in Nature’s luxuriant given, adorned with a profusion of flowers and foliage, when Oshawa enjoyed her first visit from a Governor General of Canada. The Duke of Devonshire, and party, consisting of his consort, Her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire, and party,  consisting of his consort, Her Grace and Duchess of Devonshire, and two daughters, Their Honors Lady Dorothy and Lady Rachel Cavendish, Miss Egeren, Lord Richard Nevill and three A.D.C.’s- Capts, Cator, Harold MacMillan, and Lord Haddington.

His Excellency and suite arrived about 10:15 a.m. in the Governor-General’s private car, over the Grand Trunk Railway. They were received at the depot by the Mayor and Council, War Veterans, Citizens’ Band and a concourse of representative citizens in all walks of life, many of whom met him in their autos.

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Crowds are thrilled by a Bold Airman

Lieut. Locklear, a former army instructor, was the flashing comet across the aviation sky at Atlantic City recently at the aerial field staged by the Second Pan-American Aeronautic Congress. The crowds were thrilled by his daring aerial acrobatics, which included changing planes in mid-air, 2500 ft. up, and crawling all over an aeroplane speeding at 80 miles an hour.

Lieut. Locklear first went into the air with Lieut. S. Short, who rose to a height of 3000 ft. They were closely followed by Lieut. M. Elliot, who mounted just above them. The air was found too bumpy at that level, and the machine descended 500 ft. Lieut. Locklear here crept out over the cockpit, climbed up on top of the upper wing. Standing up he rode across the field 2500 ft. up until over the grandstand.

Then as Lieut. Elliott, by clever jockeying, hovered overhead with a rope ladder dangling from beneath the machine. Lieut. Locklear suddenly stretched his full length, clutched the rungs on the second effort and the next instant was a human pendulum swinging in space beneath the upper plane. The machines were making more than 80 miles an hour at the time. For two minutes he swung there and then was seen to climb the ladder and into the cockpit behind Lieut. Elliott.

When he had descended to a lower level, he proceeded to do stunts all over the plane, standing on top of the wings, hanging head down from the landing gear clinging to a skid by one hand beneath the tin of the right wing and crawling out to perch on the tail.

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Don’t want any Boom in Oshawa

Because the prospects for industrial expansions in Oshawa are bright at the present time, a real estate boom threatens. In fact, it has already begun. Here is one instance which has come to our notice within the last month or two, which indicates, the somewhat general, movement towards a real estate boom. A front street property, which was offered for sale at $8,500, jumped to over $10,000, when it became more or less generally known that a considerable increase in the capacity and production of our great industry was pretty well assured. Dwelling house prices have been boosted accordingly.

If this has resulted from a rumor, what will be the outcome of an authentic announcement, such as was made in the Reformer last week. It is likely to precipitate a disastrous real estate craze and cause residential property prices to soar out the reach of the average Toller with the brain or brawn, making this too expensive a town to live in, directly interfering with the expansion of the industries, which everyone so much desires. The reaction, which must follow, is self-evident. Therefore, anyone having a property to dispose of should not put the price at an exorbitant figure if they did not wish to balk the town in the promised progress coming to it, if property owners do not thus close the door on those who would otherwise come in, and who are needed to make good the contemplated development.

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Don’ts for Children

Here are some warnings, which safety campaigners have prepared for parents and teachers to impress upon children whenever the opportunity offers:

Don’t step off the sidewalk without looking in both directions. The left is most important, because traffic should be coming from that direction.

Don’t walk behind a street car without looking carefully for automobiles or other street cars coming from the other direction.

Don’t run. If others are with you hold hands tightly and don’t separate. The driver can miss you if you become confused, providing you stay together, but if you separate one of you is almost sure to be struck.

Don’t read letters or books when crossing the street. Keep your mind on the fact that there is danger and you must be on guard.

Don’t take a chance, if the streets are slippery because an automobile is approaching slowly. A quick step is impossible, and the machine may skid.

Don’t run after a ball f it goes into the street without stopping first at the curb to make sure there are no machines approaching.

Don’t be a “jay-walker.” Cross the street at street corners.

Don’t play in the streets.

Don’t “hop on” for a ride on someone’s spare tire. The greatest danger is getting off without being able to see in all directions.

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