The Month That Was – December 1922

Articles originally appeared in the Ontario Reformer; Newspapers from 1922, and 1926-1928 have recently been made available online, thanks to the Oshawa Public Library. Read more here: https://news.ourontario.ca/oshawa/1115358/issues/1922

December 2, 1922, Page 1
Cedar Dale Residents Discuss Annexation; Many Sign Petitions

Opponents of Movement Make Little Progress – Would Delay matters by Calling Vote of Ratepayers Fifty Sign Annexation Petition at Meeting – Majority Favour Proposal

Municipal Board Must Decide Issue

The majority of Cedar Dale residents desire annexation to the Town of Oshawa. They demonstrated that in no uncertain terms at an enthusiastic meeting held on Thursday evening in the Temperance Hall, Cedar Dale. At this meeting, GD Conant, one of the prime movers in the scheme, was the principal speaker. He outlined the whole proposition from beginning to end and cleared up many misunderstandings that had existed prior to this meeting. At the conclusion of his address he was the recipient of much applause and when he called upon those who were in favor of annexation to come forward and sign the petition approximately 50 electors complied and affixed their signatures to the petition…

Edward Powers, who has steadily opposed the scheme, was present with a handful of followers, but he fought a losing battle from the start and the audience did not take kindly to his suggestions. At one time during the evening Mr. Powers charged that intimidation had been used to get names on the petition favoring annexation…

Page 3
Slight Chimney Fire

Very little damage was done when fire broke out in the home of Mr. Alfred Robinson, Queen street, late yesterday afternoon. The chimney caught fire when the pipes became overheated byt it was detected in time to prevent serious consequences. An alarm was turned in and the Fire Brigade made a quick response. It was not necessary to use the hose as the fire had merely started. Precautions were taken to prevent fire from breaking out again.

newspaper ad for Buckley's Bronchitis Mixture
Ontario Reformer, December 2, 1922, page 5

December 5, 1922 page 2

The Whitby Gazette thinks that Oshawa is asking too much when we request a half million dollar harbor. Now how would it be if we waited a few years and when we annexed Whitby we could use their harbor!

December 7, 1922, Third Section
Stores Doing Rushing Christmas Business

The slogan “Do Your Christmas Shopping Early” has taken a strong hold in Oshawa if the throngs on the streets and in the town’s busy stores are any criterion. Every afternoon recently has seen large crowds of shoppers out doing their Christmas purchasing and the stores along Simcoe and King Streets have found their capacities and help taxed to the limit in coping with the situation…

Christmas decorations are seen in the windows while within the stores have a gala appearance which is seen at no other time of the year. Be they grocery stores, stationers’ shops, jewelry stores or departmental stores, it makes no difference – the same atmosphere pervades them one and all…

Talking to Reformer representative AE Lovell, of Jury & Lovell, the Rexall store, said: “Business is fine and increasing daily. We anticipate a record breaking turnover during the Christmas season.”

Page 8
William T. Henry

The death of William T. Henry, well-known resident of Oshawa and for many years harbor master of the town, occurred at his residence, 92 Albert Street yesterday afternoon. Deceased had been in failing health for some time but had been confined to the house for only a few days. He was seventy-three years of age.

Surviving are his wife, two brothers, Joseph and Jesse, and three sisters, Mrs. E. Dearborn, Mrs. John McGill and Mrs. C. Stone. The funeral will be held from the late residence on Friday afternoon, Rev. ET Cotton conducting the services.

newspaper ad for H. Engel, advertising their Christmas wares and encouraging customers to "Shop Early"
Ontario Reformer, December 7, 1922, page 20

December 9, 1922, page 3
Slippery Streets

The old saying that “the wicked walk in slippery places” was well exemplified on Friday. The sleet made a glassy surface all over the sidewalks much to the delight of the school kiddies and young folk, who slid all the way to and from school or work, as the case might be. The older and more sedate took the middle of the road. Some amusing incidents took place when boys on bicycles or careless pedestrians lost their under pinnings and measured their lengths on the streets. For the young people this meant laughter, but it is somewhat of a serious thing when older people fall.

December 12, 1922, page 3
History of Oshawa as a Gift

In sending Christmas presents to distant friends do not forget Dr. Kaiser’s “History of Oshawa.” He has 100 copies left which has will dispose of at $3 each. Many public libraries in Canada, England and the United States have sent for a copy of this work for their shelves. The University of Toronto “Historic Review” speaks of it as a “creditable effort.” The public of Oshawa should show its appreciation of this work by absorbing the entire issues without personal canvass. Christmas seems a good time to remember this effort on behalf of Oshawa.

December 14, 1922, page 1
Complete Cedar Dale Annexation

Little Opposition Offered at Hearing – Some Would Have Matter Put To Vote Of Ratepayers But Board Chairman Declares Petition Makes Move Unnecessary

226 Electors Sign from Total of 350

Cedar Dale becomes a part of Oshawa. Consummation of the scheme of annexation, which has been more a less a dream of the more progressive business men of the town and village for the past eight years, occurred yesterday when the Ontario Railway and Municipal Board met in the Town Hall and ratified the agreement between the Township of East Whitby, the Town of Oshawa, and the Police Village of Cedar Dale…

GD Conant, barrister, was the chief speaker for annexation. He had left nothing undone in an effort to have the scheme materialize and for over fifteen minutes the secretary of the board was busily engaged entering as evidence a large sheaf of statutory declarations and documents presented by Mr. Conant…

Edward Powers was the next to be heard. He had circulated a counter petition to the one favoring annexation. “I am in favor of annexation but want the matter put to a vote,” said Mr. Powers. “Furthermore the petition was carried around by a police trustee. Is that legal?” he asked.

Municipal Board Views Favourably Proposal to have Village Become Part of Municipality of Oshawa

Two Councillors Will Represent each Ward as Result of Cedar Dale Annexation – Will Liven Municipal Race – New Ward to Elect Councillors

The consummation of the annexation of Cedar Dale to Oshawa will make the forthcoming municipal elections in January more interesting than ever. The satisfaction of the agreements entered into by the Township of East Whitby, Oshawa and Cedar Dale, automatically created a new ward. It also means that the new ward is entitled to representation on the council…

Newspaper ad for ad for Luke Brothers, advertising their Christmas wares
Ontario Reformer, December 14, 1922, page 8

December 16, 1922, page 6
Public Schools Will Have Rinks

Albert Street and Centre Street Home and School Clubs will operate open air rinks this winter. The Board of Education at Thursday night’s meeting made a grant of $59 to each club for the purpose of buying the necessary lumber. The senior boys of the club will do most of the work in preparing them.

King Street School this year will have two rinks. Albert Street School did not receive a grant last year and forwarded an application to the Board which was received Thursday night. The board recognizing the necessity of rink accommodation readily granted the request.

December 19, 1922, page 1
Local Jews Are Observing Feast of the Dedication

The Feast of Chanukah, also known as the Feast of Dedication, is being observed this week in Jewish Homes in Oshawa and throughout the country, commencing last Thursday evening and continuing for eight days. This festival is a minor holiday and is reminiscent of the Maccabean victory in the battle of Israel’s faith…

During this festival all children of Jewish faith expect some token. Business places do not close, the festival being observed in the homes and in the House of God.

Newspaper ad for Kodaks, sold at The Rexall Stores, Jury & Lovell
Ontario Reformer, December 19, 1922, page 3

December 21, 1922, page 1
Christmas Rush Swamps Local Postal Staff

The post office is now in the throes of the great annual Christmas rush. Thousands of letters and parcels are pouring into the office. The stamp and registered wickets are doing a roaring business with dozens of people lining up in front of them waiting their turn.

Many people have responded to the request of the postal authorities to mail their parcels early and mark thereon the words “Do not open until Christmas Day.” This is facilitating the work of the department greatly and should result in a few, if any, gifts going astray of being misdelivered…

Mail for Santa

The usual batch of mail addressed to Santa Claus is finding its way to the post office. All of the epistles are addressed in childish hand writing and the address of good Old St. Nich is as numerous as amusing. Some of the kiddies are sending the letters to the North Pose, others to the departmental stores and others are addressed in the care of the post master. All of these little requests are considered to the Ontario Letter Bag and in some mysterious manner are turned over to Santa.

Man Has Close Escape When Car Hits Buggy

Struck by an automobile while driving along the Kingston Road E. with a horse and buggy yesterday morning about eight o’clock, Mr. Benjamin Haines narrowly escaped serious injury. The motor car collided with the buggy with considerable force with the result that Mr. Haines was thrown out and the buggt badly wrecked. It is alleged that the driver of the car did not stop but continued on into Oshawa…

Page 11
Thirty Years Ago from the Reformer

The closing of the Demill Ladies’ College was celebrated on Monday night by an address from Rev. John C. Ferguson.

The Ontario Malleable Iron Company of Oshawa, capital $100,000, has been incorporated with WF Cowan, John Cowan, RJ Cowan, Frederick W. Cowan and Susan Cowan as incorporators.

Black and white newspaper photographs of three Caucasian men, identified as WJ Trick, John Stacey, and R Moffat
Ontario Reformer, December 23, 1922, page 1

December 28, 1922, page 1
Festive Season Was Busy Time Around Oshawa

Christmas business in Oshawa this year was more extensive than in past years, according to local merchants who were interviewed today. Every local store has come in for a good share of the holiday trade and the merchants state that a marked preference has been shown by the buyers for goods of a better quality.

Shoppers seemed to have heeded the repeated warnings of the storekeepers and the exhortations of the press to do their Christmas shipping early, for although the business was heavy it likewise was quite steady over a protracted period…

Page 3
A Blustery Morning

The worthy citizens of Oshawa received a rude shock when they awakened this morning and looked out on a world of white snow being driven in high drifts by the strong wind. The mild weather of Christmas almost led people to believe that there would be no winter this year and instead of snow we would have dandelions and sunflowers, but Jack Frost has still a few kicks left in him.

It was a blustery morning, and the snow which fell was blown in drifts. There was sufficient snow on the ground to make it necessary for the street railway to have their sweeper out while the common or garden variety of citizens were busy with snow shovels and brooms. It was the first real stormy day of this winter.

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