The Month That Was – October 1929

All articles originally appeared in the Oshawa Daily Times

October 5th 1929

If Women Candidates Are Successful It Will Be First Time Any Woman Has Been Elected to the Ontario Legislature

Toronto, Ont., Oct. 5. – With provincial elections day, Oct. 30, more than three weeks distant, 150 candidates are already in the lists. Three-cornered fights are already in progress in eight out of the 112 constituencies.

The conservatives under Premier G. Howard Ferguson have the greatest number of candidates, but the Liberal supporters of W. E. N. Sinclair are not far behind.

The candidates nominated by today included the following:

Conservatives ……………………………. 79
Liberals …………………………………….. 55
Progressives ……………………………….. 8
United Farmers …………………………… 2
Prohibitionists……………………………… 2
Independents……………………………… 2
Labor…………………………………………. 1
Communist…………………………………. 1

The endorsement made so far include two women, Mrs. Grant Needham, Liberal candidate in Toronto St. George’s, and Dr. Minerva Reid, who has announced her candidacy as an Independent Prohibitionist in Toronto High Park. There have been woman candidates in previous general elections, but so far no woman has been elected to the Ontario Legislature.

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October 5th 1929


Miss E. McGregor, Toronto nurse, suffered serious injuries in an unusual accident which occurred on the highway east of here, near Valcoes’ Tourist Camp, late yesterday afternoon.

Miss McGregor was traveling west in an ambulance which was conveying a patient from Madoc to Toronto. She was seated in the front seat with the driver when the door suddenly swung open causing her to be thrown to the side of the road. The driver brought the ambulance to a quick stop and Dr. B. A. Brown of Oshawa was called to attend to the injured nurse.

Miss McGregor was rushed to the General Hospital here and is now under the care of Dr. Brown. Her condition was reported as favorable this morning.

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October 5th 1929


Seven Days to be served in the county jail was the sentence imposed upon Stanley Peebles by Magistrate Hind this morning. Peebles was arrested yesterday on a charge of being intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle. This is the fourth conviction on a charge of this nature within the past two weeks.

October 22nd 1929


“Those must be valuable cows,” commented Ald. Preston at the city council meeting last night when a communication was received from G. D. Conant on behalf of J. T. Sleeman, intimating that although Mr. Sleeman had used a cheque of $400 forwarded to him by the council he refused to accept this amount as full payment for the loss of four cows which had died as a result of drinking polluted water in Oshawa creek. The communication was placed on file.

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October 5th 1929


A great deal is said about the value of the tourist trade to Canada, and to the money which they leave behind them when they visit this country. It is conceded that tourist traffic is a splendid thing for trade in Canada, and that it brings benefits to those communities through which the main highways pass. The Farmers’ Advocate, however, sees another angle of the question, and discusses it in a sarcastic vein, as follows: –

“It is idle to say that the tourist trade does not bring anything to the farmer. We cleaned up the lane recently at Weldwood farm, and found eggshells, paper napkins, newspapers, Dixie cups, dry bread, whiskey bottles, spare tires and other remains too numerous to mention.”

But there is more than mere humor in it. It touches upon habits of carelessness and disrespect for the property of others which are by no means common to tourists from the United States. One would imagine that people who find quiet resting places for their meals on the property of farmers along the highways would at least have the courtesy to remove their debris when they leave, but there are too many of them who never think of that little act of thoughtfulness.

October 5th 1929


In promulgating your esoteric cogitations or articulating your superficial sentimentalities and amicable philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity. Let your conversational communications posses a clarified conciseness a compact comprehensiveness, coalescent consistency, and a concatenated cogency. Eschew all communications posses a clarified jejune babblement, and asinine affections. Let your extemporaneous descanting and unpremeditated expatiations have intelligibility and voracious vivacity without rodomontade or pharsmical bombast.  Sedulously avoid all polysyllable profundity, pompous prolixity, psittaceous vacuity, ventriloquial verbosity, and ventriloquent vapidity. Shun double entendres, prient jocosity, and pestiferous profanity, observant or otherwise.

In other words talk plainly, briefly, naturally, sensibly. Say what you mean, mean what you say and “don’t use big words”.

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October 22nd 1929


Paris, October 22 – Whether country girls make the best wives or not is being publically debated by two French intellectual leaders, Pierre Mille, novelist and editorial writer, thinks they do because he believes they recognize man as a superior being and take better care of him.

Madame Maria Verone, one of the first women lawyers and president of the French League for the Rights of Women, says there isn’t any real difference between farm and city girls, but her chief attention was given to whacks at the old fashioned man who thinks a woman’s place is in the home and that “obey” is the most important part of a marriage ceremony.

Mille has been having quite a bit of correspondence with men of the old school who think modern girls altogether too “uppity”. He agrees with some of them that the provinces still afford a man some chance of finding a good housekeeper who knows how to play second fiddle. Madame Verone however, retorts that the country girl, like the town girl, regards herself as fully man’s equal and that while she allows him to imagine he is of much importance, she never for a minute consents to recognize her husband as “master” of the house unless she, at his side, is the “mistress”.

All this is still a live topic in France, where the “woman’s rights” movement moves slowly, with little chance of gaining the vote until several old senators retire or die.

Note: October 1929 may be a familiar month for history buffs, as it was on October 24, 1929 that the stock market crashed, continuing to October 29.  October 24 has gained the nickname ‘Black Thursday,’ and this crash marks the start of the Great Depression.  The newspaper collection of the Oshawa Museum includes October 5 and 22, 1929; a front page headline on November 4, 1929 talks about the NY Stock Market crash.

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