The Month That Was – November 1929

Wednesday November  6,1929

Married Girl He Rescued

Married three months ago to Miss Edna Bauman whom he saved from drowning at King’s Dock, Ont., on the St. Lawrence River, on August 22. 1928, Elmer G. Costich, 24, of Rochester was notified Saturday that he had been awarded a bronze medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund commission for his heroic act.

When notified that he had been awarded the bronze medal Costich revealed that he had married the girl whom he saved from drowning three months ago. The drowning fatality in which Miss Marian B. Bauman, sister of Miss Bauman, and John L .Burns, 23, both of Rochester lost their lives in the St. Lawrence River will be recalled by many here.


Thursday November 7, 1929

Hunter Mistaken For Duck

Duck hunting has its perils, too, as Mr. A. J. Wood recently discovered. It may not be as dangerous as being mistaken for a deer or a moose but a hail of “B-B’s” doesn’t make one feel any too comfortable. Last week Mr. Wood was out in his canoe when a duck, flying low over water passed between him and a man in another canoe not far distant. The second man raised his gun and fired. The dick flew on but many of the lead pellets from the gun passed close to Mr. Wood and a few struck him. By that time they didn’t have force enough to do serious harm, but one passed through his right ear and another through his upper lip knocking out a tooth.


Friday November 15, 1929

Doctor Dies After Dental Operation

Collapsing after undergoing a dental operation, Dr. Raoul Chevrier, 42, well known surgeon, died at his home her yesterday. The operation was for the extraction of teeth. Dr Chevrier came through the anaesthetic successfully only to collapse five minutes later. He died despite the efforts of fellow doctors to revive him by administering oxygen.


Wednesday November 20, 1929

Editorial Notes

One might almost believe that summer is here again – judging by the weekend lists of automobile accidents.


Wednesday November 20, 1929

Monogrammed Bags

Monograms are smart as can be on new bags. The chic thing is to have tiny initials, simple as can be but squarish or oval in design, on the handle or strap or fastening, either in silver or gold. One black crepe de chine Chinese bag has yellow and green initials.


Wednesday November 20, 1929

Princes Receives Castle As Gift

The wedding gift of King Victor Emanuel to Prince Humbert and Princess Marie Jose of Belgium will be the Chateau of Racconigi, in Pledmont , the birth place of the Crown Prince, Popolo di Roma said today.

The chateau was built as a fortress in 1004. It has a big park and lake and has been used as a summer residence for Italian royalties.


Wednesday November 20, 1929

She Awakens During “Wake”

During a “wake” over the “corpse” of an aged woman at Mullahoran, Irish Free State, recently, she suddenly sat up in bed. Many mourners fled in terror. The women had been ill for a long time, and apparently died in the usual way. Neighbors and friends from all the mountainous district gathered for the “wake”. She had been in a cataleptic sleep and lived for two days after her awakening.


Thursday November 21, 1929

Editorial Notes

Oshawa’s Little Theatre is deserving of far more support than it is actually being given. It amazing how slow people are to support a worthwhile movement in their own community.


Monday November 25, 1929

Lost 400 Years, Painting Found

“The Lost Raphael” the original painting of the “Madonna of Saint Salvi” for which art experts have been searching, has been found here, according to several art connoisseurs. The painting, said to have been one of the master’s finest, has been missing four centuries.


Monday November 25, 1929

Boy Had Narrow Escape

While playing on the street in Warkworth, Harold Clayton, four-year-old son of Henry Clayton, of Belleville, narrowly escaped serious injury when he became confused and dashed directly in front of an auto driven by Ben Ewing of Oshawa, formally town clerk of Cobourg. The car knocked the boy down and passed completely over him but fortunately the wheels missed the lad’s body. A few bruises and soiled clothing were the extent of the injuries.

Student Museum ‘Musings’ – Victoria

Henry House, Oshawa
Henry House, Oshawa

Hello to all, my name is Victoria Nelimarkka; I’m a first year student at Durham College in the Library and Information Technician Program. This is my first job shadow; I have chosen to shadow Jennifer here at the museum.  I hope to learn about the history of Oshawa, archival methods working with databases and how to answer research questions, as I imagine the research method is a little different then what I’m use to at the public libraries. My goals at the end of this Field Experience program are to have a greater understanding of archives, how they work, and how they receive some of their materials. This is a good fit for me as I would enjoy working in museum or an archive when I have completed my course. (I’m little bit of a history nut) They have been really welcoming here at the museum, and have shown me all kinds of cool things. My favourite so far is the Henry House; it looks like they just left.   I’m looking forward to using the data base to add and create records for pictures and archives.  If you see me here say hi and tell me your story. Happy Halloween to all.  All of these pictures I have use are from the collection.


Student Museum ‘Musings’ – Kelley

My name is Kelley and I am a co-op student at the Oshawa Community Museum. Basically what I do as a co-op student is research a lot. I research about the Museums, about Ontario’s past, and recently historic fun facts about Christmas. I also help out with social media. I schedule blog posts for and take my researched information and turn them into twitter and facebook posts. Another thing I do as a co-op student is give tours of the Robinson and Henry house with Lisa or Jen there to help if I get stuck with certain information.

Inside Henry House - photo by Kelley
Inside Henry House – photo by Kelley


I have most definitely learned a lot by doing co-op at the Oshawa Community Museum. I’ve gotten better with remembering dates and getting a better idea for time periods, I’ve got a chance to learn about how the newspapers dating back to 1864 were written and I got a better idea of how to use programs and make media lists. It’s cool being able to use machinery such as a Microfilm Scanner and look at all the old papers. I really like being able to learn new things and then having the freedom to take that knowledge and write however I want with it. I’m really interested in film and design, so seeing all the old cameras and footage was amazing. I was really excited when I was able to take the old footage and make a practice promotional video with it. It’s really fun doing co-op at the Oshawa Museum because not only do I learn new things and get to use social media, but because everyone working here is really nice and are always there to help.

The Life of David Annis

By Shawn Perron, Visitor Host

It may be the case that discrepancies exist in every area of historical research. Events, dates, and even the images of some Oshawa Victorians can cause some confusion. The latter is the situation I have stumbled upon while reading into the life of David Annis.

There are two main sources which discuss the life of David: the Annis Annals and Upper Canada Sketches. They tell us that he was born in 1786 to quite a wealthy, large family, having eight siblings. His father, Charles, was one of the first owners of the 200 acres which made up the broken front concession (today’s Lake View Park in Oshawa). Raised in Oshawa David lacked the education of his brothers and never learned to write or sign his name. However, he quickly developed a strong relationship with the Conant family, and specifically Daniel Conant. Amongst several business enterprises the two opened a Saw Mill together and when David inherited the entirety of the broken front concession from his family he subsequently passed it on to Daniel. It is possible that David was somewhat of a father figure for Daniel being his elder, especially after Daniel’s father was assassinated in 1838. David worked with Daniel through the rest of life, fathering no children of his own and today the two are buried under the same marker in Union Cemetery.

However, while these two accounts agree on the above, they are divided in regard to David’s physical appearance. The Annis Annals – a genealogy of the Annis family from 1638 to 1931 – pictures David in a family photograph. Here David is quite distinct from his brothers, sitting on the far right he has dark hair and a short beard, wearing a rather severe expression.

The Annis Family
The Annis Family

This does not match David’s picture featured in Thomas Conant’s Upper Canada Sketches – an account of the author’s life in, and stories from, Upper Canada. This actually appears to be a cropped section of Levi Annis, David’s older brother, from the same family portrait.

David Annis
David Annis

One might logically deduct that Upper Canada Sketches provides a more accurate source because Thomas was the son of Daniel and possibly encountered David on a regular basis. However, there is always room for error. Indeed, to add another layer of confusion, the Sketches portrait inaccurately refers to David as Thomas’s uncle. While this does not hold true for David, Levi could be considered Thomas’ great-uncle, having married his grandfather’s sister, Rhoda Conant. But for now, the true appearance of David Annis shall remain a mystery and one has the freedom to imagine him either as a stern-looking dark-haired man, or a jolly Santa Claus-like fellow.

The Month That Was – October 1956

Monday October 1, 1956

Theatre Guide

Plaza – “Edge of Hell” 1:05, 3:42, 6:19, and 9:01

“Day of Fury” 2:20, 4:57, 7:34 and 10:16.

Last complete show 9pm

Regent – “Great Day in the Morning” in Superscope and colour 3:15, 6:30 and 9:55

“Flying Leathernecks” 1:30, 4:50 and 8:15.

Last complete show at 8:05

Biltmore – “The Trouble with Harry” in VistaVision and colour 12:30, 3:45, 7:00, and 10:20

“View from Pompey’s Head” in CinemaScope and Colour 2:10, 5:25, 8:45

Last complete show at 8:45

Marks – “Bread, Love, and Dreams” 1:15, 4:10, 7:00 and 9:55

“Out of this World” 2:45, 5:40, and 8:40

Last complete show at 8:40

Drive –In – “Phantom from 10,000 Leagues” 7:30 and 10:35

“Day the World Ended” 9:00

Last complete show at 9:00pm


Tuesday October 2, 1956

Baby Lion Gets Mother

A dog named Fuzzy joined the circus Monday with the job of nursing a baby lion.

Fuzzy was grieving over the loss of a puppy, and the cub was trying to escape being killed by its mother when Huntington police got the two together. They hit it off fine.

The cub’s mother belongs to a travelling animal show. She killed cubs she had once before, owner Eddie Kuhn said.

Lion cubs will not feed on a bottle, and their mothers rarely raise their young in a circus because of the nearby humans, Kuhn said. SO Fuzzy will travel with the troupe, nursing the cub about 30 days before returning to her owner here.


Tuesday October 2, 1956

10-Year-Old Girl Steals Boy Baby

Four month old Danny Shaw and his carriage disappeared Monday.

Police, aided by taxi drivers and motorists, found the boy an hour later.

The “kidnapper?”  a 10 year old girl. She told the police she was lonesome and wanted a little brother. Police turned her over to juvenile and family court authorities.


Thursday October 11, 1956

Blind Mother Cares For Babe

Before her baby was born, Mrs. Joseph Kezac had many telephone calls- come callers saying she shouldn’t be having the baby at all, and others offering to adopt it.

The callers knew that pretty, blonde Mrs. Kezac was blind, but they needn’t worried. She took lessons on baby care from a member of the Victorian Order of Nurses, using a doll as a model, and her husband read books on baby care to her. Now she is successfully looking after her seven-weeks-old daughter, besides doing the housework.

Mrs. Kezac, 26 became blind from a head injury five years ago, before she was married.


Thursday October 11, 1956

Australian Swimmer, 17-Year-Old Boy, Sets New 400-Metre Mark

Murray Rose 17-year-old Sydney swimmer, was clocked in four minutes 29.2 seconds Tuesday in an unpaced 400-metre training swim on the long course at Brisbane pool.

This is the first time 4 ½ minutes has been bettered for the 400 metres over the long course.


Monday October 15, 1956

Lucky Find

A 20-year-old girl who had been engaged just three days lost her diamond ring in a busy London shopping centre. She found it an hour later where it had fallen on the sidewalk, unnoticed by thousands of shoppers.


Monday October 15, 1956

Monster Lobster

An 11-pound, 10 ounce lobster was caught on a rod and line by a fisherman here. The Brighton aquarium asked if they could exhibit the lobster, measuring four feet, four inches, but it had already been cooked and eaten.


Thursday October 23, 1956

Editorial Notes

One of the easiest ways to deflate the ego of parents is to ask them to help with the children’s homework – or even try it.


Thursday October 23, 1956

British Church has Ghost For Organist

TORQUAY, England – The vicar says that when Henry plays the organ in vine – covered St. John’s Church the music is something, but you can’t help noticing you can see right through him.

The vicar, Rev. Anthony Rouse, reported the matter last night to the Church of England’s fellowship for Psychical Study.

The ghost is supposed to be Henry Ditton Newman, a former church organist who died as a young man in 1883.

“I myself have heard the organ play twice at night. I can’t tell you the music. It is sweet, but sort of heavy.”

A former vicar, Rev. Sir Patrick Ferguson-Davie, thinks Henry will always be around.

“Unusual ghost in a way,” Sir Patrick said. “He is very happy. He doesn’t want to go away.”