Student Museum Musings – Digitization Surprises

By Jodie L., Summer Student

As I was working on the Henry House Digitization I came across a decorative bowl that I hadn’t given much thought to other than how heavy the thing actually was. But as I was cropping the photo, I had zoomed in on the picture because something looked slightly off. What I had thought were only rose designs were actually Dragons and roses. I was surprised that this old looking antique decorative bowl that had probably belonged a nice old lady, had these super cool looking dragons on it. This isn’t something that I had expected when I started working on the artifacts in Henry House but it did make it way more interesting as well as really wanting to know the story behind this dragon bowl.


The Month That Was – July 1947

Scientists Are Turning to Religion
July 2, 1947

Scientists are frightened by the destructive forces they have brought into existence, stated in H. L. Rudy, president of the Canadian Union Conference at the Adventist camp meeting last night. With the explosion of the atomic bomb men recognized they had brought into being something they had no power of counteracting. There was and is no defense against the atomic bomb. Realizing this, scientists appealed to religious leaders to bring forth some workable plan that would save mankind from utter destruction.


Clinic Building, Hospital Addition Are Major Projects
July 3, 1947

With the new Oshawa Clinic and an addition to the Oshawa General Hospital commenced during June, the city’s building permit total for the first half of 1947 has topped the $875,000 mark. With the exception of last year, this is the highest for the first six months of any year since 1928.

The major project undertaken to date this year is the $100,000  Oshawa Clinic building under construction at the corner of King Street East and Charles Street. Approximately 32 by 77 feet in detention, the building will comprise two stories and basement and the exterior walls will be brick. Contractors are Bathe and McLellan of Oshawa.


City Concurs in Plans for Simcoe Street
July 8, 1947

After hearing a brief dealing with Simcoe Street South, which was prepared by Norman C. Millman chairman of the Town Planning Commission, City Council last night expressed its hearty approval of the recommendations of the Commission.

Mr. Millman pointed out that in the future Simcoe Street South will be the city’s main street proving entrance for railway and highway passengers. It was up to the Planning Commission and the Council to see to it that its appearance was favorably maintained.

He urged that precautions be taken to provide for its widening as inexpensively as possible when this was necessary.

Canadian Statesman, July 17, 1947
Canadian Statesman, July 17, 1947

Canadian Statesman
T Everson Observes Ninety-First Birthday
July 17, 1947

Surrounded by members of hid family and his grand-children and showered with congratulations from a host of admirers, T.H. Everson, Oshawa, observed his 91st birthday at his King St. home on Tuesday, July 15, 1947. Still keen and active he has continued to keep fit by mowing his lawn with a hand mower. One of his many gifts was a power mower, a present from his sons. …

In the early days when typhoid fever was a recurring epidemic, Mr. Everson was elected to council and took a leading part in the fight for a waterworks and sewage system. He carried on a constant fight for better salaries for school teachers. …

During World War I Mr. Everson headed the Oshawa Housing Commission and continued in that post for 18 years. The success obtained by the Commission in building new homes has far overshadowed the efforts following World War II in attaining practical results. …

When asked for a motto as a guide to youth, Mr. Everson said: :Simply make up your mind to be useful.”

Student Museum Musings – Blissful Broadcasts: From 1946

By Karen A., Summer Student

Hi my name is Karen and as a summer student at the Oshawa Museum I’ve been tasked with a new research project which involves me going through microfilms dating back to the late 1940s. As fascinating as the post-World War II newspapers are, it started to drain on me, all of the news being reported is terribly sad: car accidents, murderers, robberies, news about the War and the Nazi Nuremberg trials… So today this blog post will hopefully cheer you up with blissful, yet unusual, reports I stumbled upon from 1946.


This article, which is more of an advertisement, I just had to put in here. It caught my eye and cheered me right up! Who knew Chinchilla, more specifically Royal Chinchilla, breeders was a viable career option? I was also surprised to discover there was a market to buy and sell Chinchillas, especially ones with royal blood.


This article is the sweetest thing I have ever seen in a newspaper. It describes the wonderful life of Chips and his young owner Diana. The two can be seen in the picture playing with a bone, both puppy and toddler are trying to eat it. And although it is not an Oshawa or Canadian story, the Times-Gazette here in Oshawa and Whitby felt it was important enough to report it!


This next article, discusses everyone’s favourite topic ice cream! It caught my eye, as ice cream normally does, because of the headline: Poor Ice Cream Bring $40 Fine. I was lead to believe the ice cream was fined $40! But really it was the ice cream man who was fined for serving ice cream of a low standard. I guess he had it coming… You should never serve under-standard ice cream.


“Community Chest $13,643 Over Objective” is the headline of the next gleeful story I wanted to share. I have been following this story in the microfilms for a while now, and I was amazed at how fast the community of Oshawa was able to raise $55,000 for the community and its well-being. But not only did they raise their minimum goal of $55,000, they surpassed it by $13,643! And in only three months through community events and fundraisers and private donations the total raised was $68,643. I can see from this article the Oshawa community has always been as captivated to help one another as they are now.

I hope these articles have brought some joy into your day, as it has done for me.

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.

Month That Was – May 1896

Did you know that Oshawa’s historical newspapers are available for searching online? Visit Canadian Community Digital Archives to discover Oshawa’s history for yourself!  This month’s edition of Month That Was has been researched and written based on newspapers available on the online database.  Enjoy!


Ontario Reformer
May 1, 1896

To Let
Brick House near the piano works.  Also a furnished hall over Pellow’s Store, suitable for Lodge or Concern room, seating capacity 200. G. W. Borsberry

Oshawa, March [  ], 1896
Local Statistics
The following are the statistics of the Town of Oshawa for 1896, as collected by Assessor Morris: – Population 4,008, non-residents 130;… value of real property $1,025-265;…dogs 218; cattle 216; hogs 116; horses 324; number of births 64; death 28…

May 1, 1896, p. 1
May 1, 1896, p. 1

Local News
Mr. J. O. Guy’s old horse Jim passes peacefully away on Wednesday afternoon.  This animal was raised by Mr. Andrew Annis twenty-eight years ago and Mr. Guy has driven him for the past twenty-five. In his younger days he was one of the finest and fastest horses in Oshawa, and has certainly done his share of this world’s work.  For the numbers of years past and up to the day he died he worked on Mr. Guy’s delivery wagon. Careful and kind attention on the part of his owner certainly lengthened his days.

He-I’d have you know I’m a self-made man.
She-I saw your make a donkey of yourself yesterday.
-Pick Me Up.


Ontario Reformer
May 8, 1896

Oshawa Town Council
The Fire Brigade Exonerated From Blame at Demill Fire: All Stores to Close at seven P.M.

A rather lengthy session of the Oshawa Town Council was held on Monday evening last, at which all the members were present. …

A letter was read from the Secretary of the Underwriters’ Association, enquiring if any investigation had been held regarding the working of the Fire Brigade at the Demill College Fire. The communication was laid on the table. Mr. Coulthard favored an inve4stivation in justice to the firemen. …

Mr. Henderson brought up the report of the Fire and Water Committee, in brief as follows:

  1. That Mr. W. H. Thomas be paid $3 for drawing the fire engine and hose to Demill Fire
  2. the committee had investigated the complaints regarding the working of the Fire Brigade at the College Fire, and considering the difficulties the Brigade had to contend with, the Committee exonerated them from all blame.
Luke Bros. Ad; May 8, 1896, p. 1
Luke Bros. Ad; May 8, 1896, p. 1

Queen’s Birthday Celebration
There promises to be a very large crowd of people in Oshawa on the occasion of the Oddfellow’s Queen’s Birthday celebration, and no effort is being spared in providing an excellent programme of amusements.  The large posters are already out and programmes will be ready in a few days. Among the say’s sports, will be a baseball match between Oshawa “Oriole’s” club and Whitby; a lacrosse match between Bowmanville and Oshawa clubs; and a baseball match between Oshawa and Toronto Oddfellows. .. Don’t fail to take in the Oshawa celebration on Monday, May 25.

Topics of a Week
The Important Events in a Few Words for Busy Readers
Robert Hodgson, of Toronto, was run over and killed by a train at Oshawa Saturday Evening

Mr. W.C.B. Rathbun, the Toronto representative of the Deseronto firm of that name, wounded himself dangerously, if not fatally, while cleaning a rusty revolver

The Sir Charles Tupper Cabinet took the oath of office Friday¹, The five now Ministers are Messrs. Angers, Tallion and Ross, from Quebec; Lieut-Col Tisdale, from Ontario; and Mr. Hugh John Macdonald, from Manitoba.


Ontario Reformer
May 15, 1896

Topics of a Week
The Important Events in a Few Words for Busy Readers
Back taxed in Peterborough amount to $8,600.

At Sarnia another Masonic Lodge has just been instituted.

An Ameliasburg man made more than 1,600 pounds of maple syrup this season.

A flash of lightening knocked a pair of spectacles from a woman’s face in Stratford.

Dr. Rae, who, a few weeks ago, was appointed Registrar of Ontario County, died of heart failure in Oshawa, Ont., Friday.

Dr Rae, May 15, 1896, p. 1
Dr Rae, May 15, 1896, p. 1

United States
Edison predicts that in ten years horseless carriages will be the rule.

The little town of Verona, Ma., has a population of about 500, and is quiet an old settlement; yet it has never had a doctor, a clergyman, or lawyer, residing within its limits.


Ontario Reformer
May 22, 1896

Mr. A. O. Geiger, Organist and Choirmaster of Simcoe Street Methodist Church, Teacher of Organ, Piano, Cornet, Violin, and Vocal.  Terms on application. Residence – Simcoe Str. North, first door South of Patte’s Store
-Oshawa, March 4th, 1896

May 22, 1896, p. 1
May 22, 1896, p. 1

Local News
Mr. D. M. Tod is about to relize (sic) the benefits which a new oven can confer upon business. It is larger than the old one, and , because of constructed upon the latest scientific principles, will greatly assist him in pandering to the increasing demands of his customers. If an up-to-date oven is a necessity or a virtue to a baker, Mr. Tod has it.



¹ Tupper was the 6th Prime Minister of Canada, in office from May 1 to July 6, 1896, making him the Prime Minister with the shortest term at 69 days.