The Month That Was – February 1928

Whitby Gazette and Primer, February 9, 1928, page 1
Lad Who Tampered With Mail Given Warning

A boy ten years of age appeared before His Worship Magistrate Willis in police escort Monday afternoon charged with the rather serious offence of tampering with mail boxes in the post office and taking mail therefrom. The boy stated that a companion of his dared him to take out the glass of a certain box in the post office and that he did so with a nail. Evidence showed that this had been going on for some time, and that mail, including a man’s salary cheque, had been taken and destroyed.

Whitby Gazette, Feb 9 1928, p3.

Page 3
Long Distance

“I must call John by Long Distance and let him know I got here all right. Then neither of us will be worrying. It’s wonderful to be able to visit you like this, and yet keep as close touch with home as if I were there. What must it have been like in the old days, before Long Distance made it possible?”

“I’ll place this call for you while you are taking off your wraps”

“That will be fine. Just ask for our number, 124,  so I’ll get the cheaper Station-to-Station rate. In a couple of days I’ll call up again, in the evening, so I can have a few words with the children, too. The Evening Rate after 8.30 is really very low.”

Whitby Gazette, Feb 9 1928.

Page 5
Fire Destroys Barn

Fire of unknown origin, which caused almost the total destruction of a large barn owned by Mr. Edward Bradley and adjoining his house on Brock Street South, broke out about nine o’clock Saturday evening, and before the blaze was extinguished the building was completely gutted. Two cows, some hens and a cat were brought to safety but a quantity of hay in the loft where the fire apparently started, was destroyed. After notification the firemen made a quick response but considerable water pressure was lost when one line of hose laid from Brock Street burst. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley were out when the fire was discovered by neighbours who gave the alarm.

Whitby Gazette, Feb 9 1928, p4.

The Oshawa Daily Times, February 14,1928, Page 1
Missing Oshawa Boys           

Jimmie Webster, missing from his home, 737 Cedar Street, since Friday noon, is in Detroit, and it has been almost definitely established that Clement Innis, 126 Alice Street, went to that city also. Word was received by Webster’s parents this morning by a post card that he was safe in Detroit. He did not volunteer much more information, but said he would write at greater length later. He did not mention Innis in his card. Police have practically definitely traced a part with two boys answering the description of these youths to Windsor, so it is believed that the two went together to the American city across the river.

Page 3
Church Site

Definite purchase was completed this morning of two lots on Mary and Hillcroft Streets on which the new Christ Church will be built by the local Anglican parish. It is on this property that the proposed $75,000 church will be erected. The new church site has 83 feet frontage on Hillcroft Street by a depth of about 130 feet on Mary Street. The lots were purchased through G. W. Rose of Rose Real Estate, Simcoe Street North, for the Anglican church, the total purchase price being $2,300.

Page 5
Spot of Fashion

The polka dotted gown has created a furore in the smart fashion centres. Polka dots, large or small, and in all colors are smart, but particularly smart when of navy-blue on a light background with a border design. We present here a one-piece frock, the simple design of which is admirably suited to materials of this type. The dress opens at the neck and is finished with a round boyish collar. The long sleeves are trimmed with tailored cuffs, and two inset pockets furnish a decorative note.

Oshawa Times, Feb 14 1928, p5.

The Canadian Statesman, February 23, 1928

Page 2
A Prince’s Peonies
So numerous were the letters received acknowledging the peony plants which the Prince of Wales had distributed throughout Canada last fall as a memento of his visit that His Royal Highness has requested that his formal acknowledgement to the Bank of Montreal, through whom the letters were forwarded to him, be taken as constituting a general reply. It will be remembered that His Royal Highness asked the bank to undertake for him the distribution of Canadian-grown peony plants to His Excellency the Governor-General, the prime minister and member of his cabinet, the lieutenant-governors and premiers of provinces; also to all cities, towns and incorporated villages throughout Canada.

Canadian Statesman, Feb 23 1928, p2.

Page 3
Symphony Speaker

The famous Rogers “Two-Twenty” (now in its second successful year) is the standard in performance and quality that every manufacturer of the “new” electric sets is striving to attain. The former price of this model alone was $275, now you can buy it in combination with the Junior Symphony Speaker (built into a handsome Walnut-finished Table) for $275- no more than you would pay for any first-class battery operated set!

If you’re “sold” on the Rogers Batteryless principle- if you want to replace your old battery set with the first and only time-tested batteryless receiver- here is the radio “buy” of the season for you.

Canadian Statesman, Feb 23 1928, p3.

Page 4
Wood Sale

Saturday, February 25th–E. C. Ashton will sell on Lot 14. Con. 8. Darlington, 5 acres standing mixed timber, mostly cedar, suitable for posts and anchor posts, in ¼ acre lots, more or less. Timber must be removed by April 4, 1928, owing to Hydro passing through. Sale at 1p.m. For terms see dodgers. T.M. Slemon, Auctioneer.

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