The Month That Was – May 1944

The Times Gazette: May 2, 1944

Oshawa Airman Member of the Caterpillar Club
Sgt. W. L. Smith in Many Raids on Nazi-Dominated Europe

Shot up by a Junker 88 over France… Chased by a Messerschmitt 410… These are the experiences of an Oshawa airman, Sgt. Wilbert Lyle Smith, who has just returned from overseas. Being forced to “bail out” by parachute and saving his life in the process, he automatically became a member in that exclusive world-famous organization – the Caterpillar Club.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert-Smith, 15 Yonge Street, received word that he was to arrive at the railroad station Sunday morning but, actually, he did not arrive until evening. To his wife, the former Mary Emma Manning, his homecoming was a complete surprise for she did not receive his telegram until after his arrival. When he stepped in the door of their Rossland Road East residence, she was thunderstruck. Although Sgt. Smith has been in Britain since last October, his young son, jimmy, who will be two years old in August, had not forgotten him. Giving his father a warm welcome, smilingly greeted him at night and “beat him up” the next morning.

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They Do Not Fight Alone

Our purchase of Victory Bonds does not line us up as an active participant with the Canadian in battle dress in the grim battle being waged in Europe. We cannot fool ourselves on this point. For there is little or no sacrifice here in Canada that can be related even remotely to the hazardous life or death work in which our boys are engaged overseas.

Yet the purchase of Victory Bonds is vital to the wellbeing of our men in battle for two reasons. First the cash we thus provide maintains the flow of necessary material to the fighting forces. Secondly, and perhaps more important, the enthusiastic support which Canadians at home give to a Victory loan informs the boys overseas better than any other method we have at our command that the hearts and minds of the overwhelming majority of folks back home are with them.

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Oshawa Blood Clinic Eighth in Dominion
15,023 Donations were Received Here During 1943

Official records of Blood Donor Clinics across Canada during 1943, which have just been released, show that the Oshawa Clinic was fifth in the province and eight in the Dominion in the matter of donations and only three clinics outside of Ontario, namely Montreal, Winnipeg, and Vancouver, had a larger number of donations during the year.

The report paints an encouraging picture of the progress of blood donor work across Canada. During 1943 536,311 donations were given as compared to 181,091 in 1942. The Oshawa total was also very commendable as 15,023 donations were given during 1943 as against only 4,912 in 1942.

A total of 361,045 of donations were given at clinics in Ontario of which 279,295 were given at regular clinics and 81,770 at mobile clinics. The donations at the three clinics outside Ontario, which exceeded the Oshawa clinic, were Montreal 34,183; Winnipeg 19,950 and Vancouver 17,338.


John Brockman Prisoner of War
Had been Reported Missing Since January 20 Last

Glad news reached the home of Mrs. John Brockman, the former Norma Westron, 321 Jarvis Street, and late Saturday evening in the form of a cable informing her that her husband, Pte. John Brockman is now reported safe and a “prisoner of war in Germany.”

The name of the camp where Pte. Brockman is being held a prisoner is not yet known but it is reported to be a transit camp in Germany. The cable stated that further word would follow when available. Pte. Brockman has been reported missing since January 20.

Pte. Brockman was born in Oshawa on April 12, 1918, and lived here all his life. He received his education at St. Gregory’s Separate School and the O.C.V.I. and was an employee of General Motors Ltd. prior to his enlistment in the army on July 14, 1942. After his enlistment he received his training at Niagara Falls and Debert, Nova Scotia, before proceeding overseas.

He has two brothers, Sgt. Donald Brockman, overseas, and Bobby, Oshawa, and one sister Betty of Oshawa. His parents Mr. and Mrs. L. Brockman, reside at 174 Church Street.

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No Children Wanted

We recently received a letter from a woman with three children who was unable to rent a place in Whitby. Everywhere she went it was the same “no children wanted, they do too much damage.” The situation is not peculiar to Whitby by any means. It prevails everywhere and one cannot help but feel sorry for soldiers’ wives in the city who must face this difficulty alone. It is even hard to rent a place with one child, let alone three. If landlords feel that their property is worth more than the lives of little children they are entitled to their opinion, but one wonders what the ultimate solution of the problem will be. We recall a story of the woman, looking for an apartment, left her three children in a Toronto cemetery until she returned from interviewing a land lord. Arriving at his place she was asked if she had any children and she replied that she had but they were in the cemetery. She rented the place and then went and got her children and moved. Deception it is true, but it was not too bad a move after all.


The Month That Was – April 1939

Oshawa Daily Times, April 10th 1939

Fascism Meets Armed Resistance

Fascism has struck again. This time the south end of the Berlin- Rome axis flung troops across the Adriatic Sea into Albania and for the first time in the totalitarian eastward drive armed resistance was met.

A look at the map of Europe shows Albania is opposite the heel of Italian boot and the country juts into Jugoslavia and Greece and could easily form a link in the Berlin-Rome drive towards the Black Sea. The bordering states of Jugoslavia, Greece and Bulgaria do not take kindly to this threat, neither do the democracies.

Mussolini’s ambition to grab the small and weak country was not born overnight but is calculated to be a well planned scheme to head off the Democracies’ “encirclement” and continue in these checkerboard movements eastward.

While Mussolini has not met with instant success such as has occasioned the goose-stepping Hitler moves, it is expected that even with the determined resistance of the Albanian guerillas, Albania will sooner or later come under domination of the “Big Boot” west of it forty miles across the Adriatic Sea.

Just what the latest Fascist move will lead to is only a matter of conjecture at the moment. It can hardly be said that the invasion justifies Mussolini’s expansion program when all things are considered. It may be he and his Nazi partner are together planning a daring coup that may startle the world for its sheer selfish audacity. It is just one more step that may lead to dreaded conflict for which the nations have been preparing but hoping would not be necessary.

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Easter Ski-ing Sets Record for Lateness

Going Excellent on Good Friday but Slightly Sticky Sunday Falling Fresh Snow

Eight members of the Oshawa Ski Club have definitely classified the winter of 1938-39 in the “old fashioned” category- one that they will be able to talk about to their grandchildren long after they themselves have abandoned the hickory runners for canes and rheumatism cures. The reason is that these eight ski “bugs” set ski-ing records over the week-end which will probably stand long after they have skied their way across the frozen Styx.

Five of the eight spent a good part of Good Friday darting over the “sugar snow” covered slopes at Ragian and then to make their ski-ing records even more imposing, two of the Good Friday skiers returned on Easter Sunday with three different companions to enjoy the newly-fallen snow.

Although ski-ing did not rank among the major sports with the “old-timers,” none of Oshawa’s oldest residents can recall any winter when ski-ing would have been possible at such a late date. Accordingly Oshawa’s ski men are laying claim to doing the latest ski-ing in history in the Oshawa district. It should stand for decades. Ski-ing on Good Friday and Easter Sunday is in itself unique, but when it is considered that the ski-ing was done on April 7 and 9, more than two weeks after Spring made her official bow, then there is simple reason for telling the skiers “You’ve got something there.”

Late snowfalls which would have permitted ski-ing are not unusual, but the fact that the ski-ing was done over the week-end on “old snow” it is certainly extraordinary.

The Friday quintet consisted of George Howden, Sam Cooper, John Bentson, Ron Luke and Dean Patte, newly-elected president of Oshawa Ski Club. They found the ravine at the club’s property well blanketed with snow on both sides of the stream which runs the length of the ski club territory. There was still some snow on the open slopes and the quintet were able to ski on the practice slope which is also in the open. The surface was a frozen sugar snow which made for very fast travelling, a surface which is rated excellent among skiers generally.

On Sunday Luke and Patte went out again accompanied by Ben Fallman, H. Hayball and Lee Rolson. The snow which had fallen during the night made ski-ing a bit sticky, but with proper wax it was highly enjoyable. All trails were run by the Sunday quintet, there being an average of four inches of old hard snow covered with about an inch of the new fall.

Ski-ing started the first week of December, so that the enthusiasts have had a good four months of their favourite sport every week-end. Interruptions which thaws might have caused occurred mid-week.



Motor City Fans Whoop it Up Big as Their “Generals” Win Thriller to Retain Eastern Canada Puck Title

Geo H. Campbell- Sports Editor

On April 7, 1938, down in the Ottawa Auditorium, the Oshawa “Generals” defeated Perth Blue Wings by a score of 7 to 5 to capture the Eastern Canada Junior hockey crown and the handsome silver trophies which go with the laurels, The trophies remain in Oshawa and the championship also will be held in the Motor City for another year for on April 7, 1939, at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Oshawa “Generals” defeated Verdun Maple Leafs by 4 to 2 and thus successfully concluded this season’s Eastern Canada title series.

Now the puck marvels of Motordom stand on the threshold of another Memorial Cup series, one that promises to be almost as hostile and perhaps as thrill-packed and amazing as the memorable title with St. Boniface Seals last year. This season it is hand-picked Edmonton Roamers, rated as the best Junior team to come out of the Western Canada in years, who stand in the path of that coveted Junior hockey crown, the Dominion championship. The first game of the series will be played tonight in Toronto, with the second game on Wednesday and the third next Saturday night.

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Among the Latest Styles: Pattern 4087

fabric 4087 dress 1939Here’s the type of dress a matron needs most, since she’ll soon be practically living out of doors! There’s such fascinating chic in every slenderized line of this brand new Pattern 4087… And it’s suitable for everything from motor and shopping trips to bridge parties on the lawn. Consider the refreshing note in the panel fullness stemming from waist and shoulder seams, an effect flattering to every bosom. And make a mental memo that this panel is nice in self-fabric, as well as printed contrast or lace. The waist is “slimmed” by a wider-at-front girdle band. The sleeves are puffed at top, and long ort cut off above the elbow. Semi-sheers or supple crepe are perfect fabrics.

Pattern 4087 is available in women’s sizes 34, 36, as printed contrast or lace. The waist is “slimmed” by a wider-at-front girdle band. The sleeves are puffed at top, and long ort cut off above the elbow. Semi-sheers or supple crepe are perfect fabrics.

Pattern 4087 is available in women’s sizes 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, and 46. Size 36 takes 3 yards 30 inch fabric.

Send TWENTY CENTS in coin for this pattern to The Oshawa Daily Times.



The Month That Was – March 1926

The Ontario Daily Reformer
Bus Enters Ditch to Avoid Auto
March 4, 1926

Bus Owner Lays Charge Against C. H. Read for Recklessness

A Whitby-Oshawa bus ran into the ditch on the Kingston Road at Gibbons street shortly after seven o’clock this morning, when Harold Dalton, the driver, attempted to avoid striking a car driven by C. H. Read, 96 Gibbons street, when it turned on to the Kingston road off Gibbons street. The bus went on its side in the ditch. There were about 18 passengers in the bubs at the time, but none suffered injuries, outside of one man who sustained a scratched hand.

A charge of reckless driving has been laid against C. H. Read.


The Ontario Daily Reformer
At Local Theatres
March 4, 1926

Meighen in “Irish Luck” Opens at Regent Tonight

The famous Blarney Stone – heralded for many years in song, poem and Irish tale – has been kissed by Thomas Meighen, the Paramount star who went to Erin to make “Irish Luck,” the Emerald Isle romance which opens a three-day engagement at the Regent this evening.

Such an event in of sufficient importance as to have the exact time of its accomplishment recorded. Hence be it noted that the kissing took place at five minutes after two o’clock on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1925.

The Blarney Stone is located, as everyone should know, at Blarney Castle…

“Irish Luck,” a romantic-drama against a background of modern Erin, has a swift-moving plot, suspense, thirlls and heart-interest – and more – it has Tom Meighan in a duel role. Tom Geraghty adapted the story from Norman Venner’s Saturday Evening Post serial, “An Imperfect Imposter.” Victor Heerman directed the production, which features Lois Wilson at the head of a strong supporting cast.

Arthur Stone in a rollicking comedy creation and “Call of the Game,” a short sports film will be added attractions as will Sam Collis and his Regent orchestra.

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The Ontario Daily Reformer
Second Annual High School Play
March 4, 1926

Those Taking Part Are Working Hard To Make It A Great Success

On Friday evening of this week the students of the Oshawa High School are presenting their second annual play and concert in the auditorium of the school. The first part of the entertainment will consist of selections by the Glee Club of the school. The club have been practicing faithfully and well since early fall and under the able tuition of Mr. Lyonde of the Hambourg Conservatory of Music have developed wonderfully. This part of the programme will be made up of solos, duets, quartets, and choruses and should be highly entertaining.

The second part of the evening’s entertainment will take the form of a play put on by students of the school. In the presenting of plays the local students have won themselves a place in the hearts of Oshawa people by their stellar work in the comedy “Mr. Bob,” which was put on last year. Probably no play given by amateur talent in Oshawa has attracted more favorable criticism and well-deserved applause than this play and on their reputation won last year the students should have a large audience on Friday night.

…The play is being directed by Ms. Adams who was in charge of last year’s production and o whom much of the credit for the excellent showing of the students last year was due. The details regarding costumes and setting are in the hands of Miss Tuttle, MissArmstrong and Mr. Holme, all members of the High School staff who had charge of this work in the presenting of “Mr. Bob.”

The principal parts are being taken as follows: Mr. Pickwick, Maurice Hutchinson; Mrs. Bardell, Miss M. Hart; Mrs. Cluppins, Miss M. Anderson; Mrs. Sanders, Miss L. Mundy; Mr Winkle, Donald Crothers; Sergent Buzzfuzz, Manning Swartz; Sergeant Snubbins, Hartland Callaghan; the Judge, Irwin Deyman, and the Clerk, James Kinnear.

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The Oshawa Junior Reformer
Children Help Children
March 6, 1926

We wish to call the attention of all our readers to the special article (on the front page of this issue by Mr. George Speedie of Toronto, Superintendent of the Missionary Department of the Upper Canada Tracts Society’s Mission to Soldiers, Sailors, and Lighthouse Keepers etc.

I am sure all of young Oshawa feel proud to have had the chance to bring happiness to so many people and to merit the hearty thanks of Mr. Speedie.

Everyone of us knows the pleasure to be gotten from the reading of books. Living, as we do, with well-stocked libraries at hand we cannot realize what it is like to be without books and magazines to read.

To my mind, the most pleasing feature of this donation of books by the girls and boys of Oshawa is that a great many of the books have been given by girls and boys to girls and boys.

This readiness to help others is what we admire. A.S.


The Oshawa Junior Reformer
St. Gregory’s School Rink
March 6, 1926

The boys of St. Gregory’s School made a fine little rink which was enjoyed by not only by our own school but also by others. There were many hockey games played on it. In some of the games, the players looked like professionals. But some of the smartest games were those played by the Primary Classes; in one game the latter won by a close score, after a hard fought game.

The girls also enjoyed the rink. They held a skating party on Feb. 8, and skated until they were tired. Then they went to the hall where they were served a lunch. At last, they returned home tired but happy after their outing.


The Oshawa Junior Reformer
Games to Play and Tricks to Preform
Edition 06, March, 1926

A Magic Trick

This clever mathematical trick, by which you can tell the month and the year of a person’s birth, will startle many of your friends says “The American Boy Magazine” Tell your friend to put down the number of the month in which he was born, multiply it by two, then add five, multiply by fifty, add his age, subtract 365, and then add 115. The two figures on the right will tell you his age, the REMAINDER will be the number of the month of his birth. For example, if the total is 615, he is fifteen years old and was born in June.

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The Month That Was – February 1952

Oshawa Daily Times – February 1 1952

Ottawa (CP) – Canada’s railroading business has hit the $1 billion a year class for the first time in the country’s transportation history.

Unofficial figures compiled today indicate that the combination of near-record traffic volume and increased freight rates pushed the carriers’ 1951 gross into the 10 figure mark for an all-time high in their straight railway earnings.

However, rising expenses kept their net income well below the war and post-war highs.

A gross intake of close to $1, 100, 000, 000 is the estimate for the companies’ earnings on railway operations within Canada. That does not include steamships, hotels and other enterprises or Canadian owned rail subsidiaries in the United States.

Though the companies’ books are not yet closed on 1951, the indications now are that the Canadian National Railways grossed about $550 million on its rail division, with the Canadian Pacific Railway taking in about $433 million. Income of the smaller companies would bring the aggregate up to some $1,080,000,000.


Rite Demands Athletic Prowess: Braving the icy waters of New York’s East river, three divers plunge in (top) to retrieve a cross thrown by a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist. It is an annual rite, preformed to celebrate the Feast of Epiphany. At bottom, during a similar ritual in the Hudson River. Gus Kottenkos comes up with the cross. It was his 11th recovery out of 13 tries.

Dog’s Taste Complicates Housing
London (CP) – Gretchen, a sleek daschund who didn’t like Canada, may have to move over and make room in her dog-house, figuratively speaking, for a couple of human beings.

For the last four years, ever since she took a dislike to the chilly Canadian climate, Gretchen has been a problem to her mistress, Mrs. Mary Stott, and to property owners.

Now it looks as though Mrs. Stott and her 16-year-old daughter, Hyllerie, may have to move again- all because Gretchen is back in the dog-house. The municipal authorities who won Mrs. Stott’s apartment in nearby Ilford have sent her six warnings that she must get rid of the dog-or move out.

“Dogs aren’t even allowed to visit the apartment,” Mrs. Stott said.

“I wish we’d given Canada another chance,” she added with a sight. “I’m sure we could have found friends who would have given us a home and allowed us to keep Gretchen.”

The Stotts emigrated in 1947 and lived in two Toronto hotels. Gretchen made many friends, the family says, but couldn’t stand the climate.

Back in Britain. Gretchen was boarded out with Mrs. Ethel Lee. But Mrs. Lee left to visit her daughter in Montreal, and Gretchen was back in the bosom of the family.

That brought the six strict warnings from the housing authorities. Now Mrs. Stott doesn’t know what to do. Her only consolation is that Mrs. Lee will soon be back, bringing with her a new dog coat form Montreal.

Meanwhile, if the eviction notice is finally served, Gretchen may have to give up part of that dog-house.


The Daily Times-Gazette –February 8, 1952

Driver Rides Air-Borne Truck 30ft.
A CPR Express truck went through some rare shenanigans in the wee small hours of the morning in Bowmanville without doing very much damage either to its driver or itself.

At 1:30 a.m. the truck-driver, John Carney, of 29 River Crescent, Toronto, was eastbound on No. 2 Highway, when he skidded on the overhead bride crossing the CPR tracks. Tearing a 25 foot gap in the south rail, he then slide over to the north side of the road, went through the railing and plunging some 30 feet on to the right-of-way below. Carney stayed in the truck all the way, and only received a severe shake-up. The truck, went over the edge but sustained relatively little damage, remained where it was until CPR could make arrangements to have it removed.

Accession Ceremonies Break Nation’s Mourning For Beloved Sovereign
London (CP) – Historic pomp and ceremony relieved royal mourning today to mark the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to Britain’s throne. Union Jacks lowered to half-staff since the death of King George VI two days ago, waved at their accustomed height throughout the realm as the royal proclamation was read to the people. After six hours they were to be lowered again, to remain at half-staff until the King’s funeral Feb. 15.

In London, a fanfare of trumpets sounded from the balcony of St. James Palace, where the new Queen had made her declaration of accession an hour earlier in a simple 15-minute ceremony.

In bright sunshine, the liveried Garter King-of-Arms, Sir George Bellew, read the statement by the accession council declaring the 25-year-old sovereign “Queen of this realm and of her other realms and territories, head of the Common-wealth, defender of the faith.”

Other heralds, in picturesque 15th-century dress then read the proclamation at Charing Cross, from the steps of the Royal Exchange and from just inside the Temple Bar. A fifth reading was given by Col. James Carkeet, governor of the Tower of London, he stood in the courtyard surrounded by a square of Yeomen of the Guard, clad in the uniforms of the first Elizabeth.

A 62-gun accession salute boomed across the Thames from the tower guns as he finished.

Meanwhile at Sandringham, where Queen Elizabeth will pay homage to her father later today, the King’s body, clad in the uniform of an admiral of the fleet, lay in state in a plain oak coffin. Later today, it will be carried 200 yards to the little 16th-century royal chapel of St. Mary Magdalence

At the chapel the King’s people-his farmers, gamekeepers, woodsmen and villagers for West Newton, Deringsgham, Sherrnborne, Flitcham, Wolferton, Castle Rising and Hillington, which nestle under the royal walls- will take their last leave of the man they called their squire.

There will be a short service in the chapel Monday. Then the coffin will be placed on a gun carriage and a guard of honor of 20 grenadiers will draw the cortege slowly down the two-mile-long rhododenrum banked drive to the railway station.

By train the coffin will travel to London to lie in state at West Minster Hall, in the Palace of Westminster.

Prime Minister Churchill in a broadcast last night pledging loyalty to the new Queen an praising as a model monarch the late George VI.

Most of his broadcast, heard over much of the world was eulogy to the dead ruler, his close friend, who he said had walked fearlessly with death. But the veteran statesman whose career began in the reign of Victoria said in closing that he felt a thrill “in evoking once more the prayer and the anthem, ‘God Save The Queen’.”

Churchill linked the coming reign with the greatness of the first Elizabethan era of four centuries ago and said the sovereignty of the new Queen Bess “will command the loyalty of her native land and of all other parts of the British Commonwealth and Empire.”

Throughout yesterday a string of motorcars drew up at the east lodge by the jubilee gates of Sandringham House. One by one, the kings neighbours and friends came to pay their respects in the traditional manner by signing the visitors’ book.

A few wore mourning clothes. Others had mourning bands on their sleeves. Those who signed has been presented at court or were known personally to the royal family.

Queen Mother, Elizabeth and Princess Margaret remained in seclusion throughout the day. At dusk last night, as rain began to fall, lights burned in only one room of the house.

The Queen’s 130-mile trip to Sandringham will be the last stage of a sorrowing 4000-mile journey from the animal ranges in East Africa where Wednesday the tidings of the King’s sudden passing and her own accession to the throne came to her.

Elizabeth displayed her queenly qualities when she returned, pale but composed, in yesterday’s gathering dusk to the homeland she had left just one week earlier on a holiday and state tour with her husband. It was to have taken them around the world, through Ceylon, Australia, and New Zealand.

There was a heavy sadness to her eyes, but she showed no other outward effect of her grief nor to the burdening weight of new responsibilities.

She at once approved the arrangements for her father’s funeral which were made by her councillors. The last services and burial will take place at S. George’s Chapel at Windsor a week from today.

The King will be buried within the royal castle’s St. George’s Chapel, resting place for the bones of many another sovereign.

There are buried the late King’s father and every other British monarch from the days of George III, except for the last reigning Queen, Victoria.

As the arrangements were announced, the busy mills of Manchester sped bolts of bolts of black and purple fabric throughout the kingdom to drape in mourning the entrances of public buildings, stores, and theaters, and the quiet suburban homes.

Every store in London will close on the day of the funeral.

The BBC cancelled all comedy shows, dance music and other light entertainment, both on the radio and on television, until after the King’s funeral.

In his broadcast Churchill said Elizabeth’s gifts have “stirred the only part of our Commonwealth she has to visit (Canada)” and he raised hopes for the future under the Queen with a reminder that “some of the greatest periods in our history have unfolded under their sceptre.”

Terming the constitutional monarchy the “most deeply founded and dearly cherished” of British Institutions, Churchill said the late King’s “conduct on the throne may well be a model and a guide to constitutional sovereigns throughout the world today and also in future generations.”

The last few months if the King’s life, Churchill said, “made a profound and an enduring impression and should be a help to all.”

“During these last months the King walked with death as if death were a companion, an acquaintance whom he recognizes and did not fear. In the end death came as a friend after a happy day of sunshine and sport.

“In this period of mourning and meditation, amid our cares and toils, every home in all the realms joined together under the crown may draw comfort for tonight, and strength for the future, from his bearing and fortitude.”


Century Old Book Shows Burial Record
Bowmanville- In a cubbyhole in the big steel vault built into a corner of Town Clerk Alick Lyle’s office rests a book that had quite the story to tell.

Properly titled the volume is called: Registry of Burials of Bowmanville Cemetery. It dates back to the spring of 1857 and faithfully lists the individual names of the 7, 526 persons who have been interred in Bowmanville Cemetery since that time.

Bound in calfskin, the volume will be 100 years old in 1957. The pages of the book seem similar to parchment used in olden days; the paper is watermarked: T. Dewdney – 1856. When purchased from Henry Rowsell, the proprietor of a Toronto stationary store, the book cost seven-pound-ten sterling, which is approximately $21 at the current rate of exchange.

First entry in the ledger is devoted to the re-internment of Miss Marjorie Beith, sister of Robert Beith, who came from Scotland and who were among the first settlers in Darlington Township. Miss Beith, was born in Scotland but came to Canada in 1826. She understood, and was first buried elsewhere in the Township before being re-interred in Bowmanville Cemetery prior to August, 1857.

The first five entries in the burial registry lack in sufficient detail to identify the individual. First detailed entry is the sixth which makes note of the death of Donald Cameron, 64, of Bowmanville. He was buried Aug. 13, 1857; the account was charged to Malcolm Cameron, relationship unknown.

The first page of the ledger id interesting in other respects. Twenty-eight persons had a “Cause of Death” listed beside their names in a special column. Of these, 12 died of “consumption” or Tuberculosis as it is known today. Other death dealers included croup, cancer, scrofula, inflamed bluffer and cankers.

Only one person, Solomon Tyler, 83, is listed as dying of old age. He was born in Vermont and died in Bowmanville. The balance of the entries indicate no cause of death.


February 12, 1952- The Daily Times Gazette

Britain’s Heart Stilled In Two Minute Silence
London (Reuters) – For two minutes today the heart of Britain stopped beating as the King’s funeral service started in Windsor.

Throughout the land work came to a standstill and in factories, offices and city streets men, women, and children rose to attention to stand with bowed heads.

In London, the silence began with the boom of police torpedoes. Elsewhere air-raid sirens signalled the 2 p.m. GTM (9 a.m. EST) hush.

The silence was requested by the Queen.

All traffic jerked to a halt in London.

At the cenotaph in Whitehall, passing by the funeral procession not long before, a crowd gathered to observe the silence.

In Piccadilly and Leicester Square, Londoners stood like statues in memory of the King. Piccadilly Circus was a mass of unmoved humanity. Bus drivers jumped from their seats and stood in the roadway.

Subway trains everywhere stopped at the neatest station to observe the silence.

Buckingham Palace guards sprang to attention and sloped arms before hundreds of people. From nearby Wellington barracks came the sound of the last post. Far underground in the coal mines of South Wales, miners stood in the dim light of their tiny lamps to pay their tribute.


The Cancer, Polio and Tuberculosis Committee of the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges in Oshawa last night presented the Oshawa General Hospital with an oxygen machine and tent. Shown in the above photo are (left to right) Claude Keating, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee; Orville MaGee, vice chairman of the CPT Committee; Mary Mason, intermediate nurse; Mrs. William Leavitt, secretary of the CPT Committee; Eleanor Stark, graduate nurse; Mrs. George Kinsmen, chairmen of the investigative committee of the CPT Committee; Miss Mary Bourne, superintendent of the Oshawa General Hospital; Mrs. J. K. Wickens, treasurer of the CPT Committee; and Norman Hinds, chairman of the CPT Committee.


February 22 1952- The Daily Times Gazette

Donald Motors, Dundas Street East, Whitby, was broken into last night for the 15th time in 15 years. Thieves, working in a brilliantly lighted room facing on Highway No. 2, opened a “burglar-proof” safe and smashed concrete surrounding an inner strong box which they removed. Cash and cheques were in the box.

The yeggs made off in a new grey de luxe Chevrolet, bearing dealers plates, which they stole from Donald’s service station. Another Whitby service station, owned by W. Wilson and opposite Pickering Farms, was entered last night and a greasing machine, spark plug cleaner and some tools were stolen.

The robbery at Donalds duplicated one carried cut there a year ago. At that time the thieves used a greasing lift to raise a half-ton safe onto a truck they stole from the garage. No trace was ever found of either the truck or the safe.

After that robbery, Mr. Donald purchased the burglar-proof safe and set it in concrete. He kept cash, cheques and company records in an inner strong box which was also imbedded in concrete. The thieves last night broke into the garage through a service entrance door on the North side of the building.

They hacksawed their way through the safe’s other door and smashed the cement surrounding the strong box. All that was done in the lighted glass-fronted showroom. Whitby police noticed the open safe in the room at 3:45 a.m. this morning.

OPP figure print expert George Long is investigating.


The Month That Was – January 1927


All articles are from The Oshawa Daily Reformer

New York Beauty Shop Owners at Convention Decide to Abolish Bobbed Hair For Ever 
January 4th 1927
New York. Jan. 4, – “The worst crime committed in the name of beauty is bobbed hair,” Mrs. Ruth Maurer, head of the National School and Cosmeticians, said in an address to a convention of beauty shop owners today. “For several years,” she said, “women have been going about looking worse than comic Valentines, with wisps of hair straying about their faces. Then there are those who look like Fiji Islanders or cedar mops.” The speaker declared there was little individuality to short hair and the convention resolved that it should be abolished forever.


Fine Bronze Tablet Erected In Memory of Red Cross Worker 
January 5th 1927


The above is a picture of the memorial which was erected by the Oshawa Red Cross Society in St. Andrew’s Church in honor of the late Mrs. Mary unveiled on Sunday morning by F.W. Cowan, president of the Society

Gave up Dentistry for Rum-Running 
January 5th 1927
New York, Jan. 4. – Not only were schooners, speed boats and scroed of other craft employed by the Costello-Kelly $25,000,000 rum ring to smuggle liquor from Canada into the United States. But on occasion even seaplanes were chartered to keep unbroken the lines of communication between rum row and the shores

Married Fifty Years Ago, Dec. 28
January 6th 1927

Who on December 28 celebrated their golden wedding at their home, 774 Simcoe Street South, when friends and relatives assembled to extend congratulatory messages indicated the esteem in which the couple are held in the community.