Month That Was: June 1927

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Seven Nurses Awarded Diplomas
Edition 11 June, 1927
Colourful Scene as Seven Nurses Receive Diplomas and Award at Hospital Graduation Exercises
…Seven young ladies who during the past three years have labored faithfully and devotedly in the training school of the Oshawa General Hospital, receive last night their diplomas as graduate nurses. Held in the assembly hall of the Collegiate Institute, the graduation was marked by a profusion of floral beauty and delightful ceremony. Presentation of the scholarships and prizes won by the graduating and undergraduate members of the training school followed the awarding of the diplomas. The address to the graduating class was delivered by Dr. F. N. G. Starr, of Toronto and he charged them that they uphold the spirit of their profession and make their careers what the great Lister has called “glorious occupations.” Gordon Conant, chairman of the hospital Board of Directors presided and in the absence of J, D, Storie, president of the Board, presented the diplomas.

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Cars Wrecked in Highway Crash
Edition 11 June, 1927
Three Autos Figure in a Collision at Liverpool on Kingston Road
Three cars were smashed in a mix-up in front of the Liverpool Hotel at Liverpool this morning A Dodge car driven by W. R. L. Blackwell, of Toronto, struck a Whippet motor car owned by S. J. Jackson of Toronto, which suddenly pulled out on the highway in front of it.

The Whippet was thrown a considerable distance on to the front of the car of William Anderson, of Dunbarton, smashing the radiator of the Anderson car. The Dodge was badly damaged as well and the Whippet was a complete wreck. Jackson has been charged by the Provincial Highway officer with reckless driving. All of the drivers escaped without any serious injuries though Jackson was badly bruised.


Teeth a Menace, Experts Discover.
Edition 29 June, 1927
Carnegie Foundation Asserts Most Risk Comes Through Mouth
New York, June 29 – Teeth are more apt to become defective than any other part of the body, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching reported Tuesday after a six year study of dental education in Canada and the United States.

“Disease germs that enter the body through decayed teeth, or along the side of the disordered teeth are frequent causes of such serious and common maladies as rheumatism, kidney trouble and heart failure,” the report aid.

“In 1924, of the 135,640 officers and men in the United States army – who, as a group are presumable among the healthiest persons – 12,507 were treated for dental disability.”

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Well Known Stars Coming to New Martin Theatre Monday
Edition 11 June, 1927
John Gilbert and Renee Adoree Both in “The Show” Coming To Regent Monday
John Gilbert and Renee Adoree, the combination that scored one of the screen successes of history in “The Big Parade,” are together for the first time since that picture, in “The Show,” Metro-Goldyn-Mayer’s sensational romance of the Budapest underworld, coming Monday to the Regent theatre.

They play the central characters in a strange romance laid in a mysterious sideshow on the outskirts of the “invisible city” – a sideshow of illusions, magician’s tricks and strange grotesques, with a “decapitations” illusion in which Gilbert has his head cut off in a “Salome” travesty as the central feature. Tod Browning, director of “The Unholy Three” and “The Road to Mandalay,” directed the story, from Waldemar Young’s adaptation of the Charles Tenney Jackson novel.

The settings, including the grotesque sideshows, with their floating living heads, mermaids, “spider women” and other startling illusions are realistic to the extreme, whole blocks of reproductions of quaint Budapest streets and other incidentals being used in the gripping mystery story.

Gilbert plays a swashbuckling sideshow “barker” and Miss Adoree a Salome dancer in the production, with Lionel Barrymore as “The Greek,” a sinister gangster leading, and Edward Connelly as the old blind man who eventually brings about an astounding climax.


A Lasting Memorial
Edition 11 June, 1927
There is in Oshawa a general agreement with Mayor Preston’s suggestion that the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation should be marked in permanent fashion by the erection of a fountain in front of the way memorial. It is to be hoped that this idea can be carried to a successful conclusion.

Not only will the installation of a fountain do away with the frog pond in front of the memorial, but there is also a peculiar appropriateness in having a fountain beside that beautiful monument. Water running continuously from a fountain suggests that the recollection of those in whose honor the memorial was erected, never ceases, that they are never forgotten, that they are, indeed, in the “Garden of the Unforgotten.”

By all means, let us have the fountain. It is also suggested that benches be plentifully supplied in that park. This too, should be looked after. That beautiful spot should be made more beautiful still and every opportunity should be seized to make it in every respect as attractive as possible. “The Garden of the Unforgotten is a shrine. The whole place should be made as restful, as peaceful, and as appropriate as it can be made.

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Red Cross Cottage To Be Formally Opened Wednesday
Edition 11 June, 1927
Was Completed at a Cost of More Than $3,00 to Rotary Club While General Motors Donated Duco for Painting Cottage and Chas. Bowrs Donated Wiring – Cottage Will Be Available for Outing for Crippled and Under-Privileged Children
The Red Cross Cottage erected in Lakeview Park by the Rotary Club will be opened on Wednesday, June 15. On this occasion the Rotary officials will hand over to the Red Cross officials the documents establishing the right of the Red Cross Society to use the cottage absolutely free of cost so far as the Rotary Club is concerned. It is the intention that the Cottage will be available as an outing for crippled and under-privileged children. It will mean an enlargement of the work that has been carried on in the past by the Red Cross in smaller and less suitable quarters.

The Cottage is a creditable addition to Oshawa’s institutions. While it has been mainly financed by the Rotary Club, General Motors of Canada through Rotarian Gordon LeFebvre have been most generous in painting the whole of the exterior with Duco and Rotarian Charles Bowra, has provided the electric installation. The work was undertaken at an expense of over #,000 to the Rotary Club has been made possible by the street fair conducted by the Rotary Club last summer with such successful results. Some work yet remains to be done in the construction of a stairway to the water’s edge and other structures f a minor nature but after the opening on Wednesday it will be ready and available for the purposes of the Red Cross.


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Roof Caught Fire
Edition 11 June, 1927
Fire started on the roof of the home of John Cameron. King and Charles streets at ll.10 this morning. Sparks from the chimney started the blaze which was quickly extinguished by the fire department without any serious damage being done.

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Month That Was: May 1929

Bank of Toronto Opens Branch
May 1st 1929
The Bank of Toronto, one of Canada’s leading financial institutions, has opened a branch at 19 Simcoe street south. Established in 1855, this is the oldest Canadian bank with the head office in Ontario, and during 73 years of careful and conservative banking, it has accumulated a surplus of more than $14,000,000 over all liabilities to the public.

The Oshawa branch has excellent facilities for handling savings and commercial business. The equipment installed includes a safety deposit box department.

F.S. Potter, assistant manager of the main office in Toronto, has been appointed manager. He brings with him years of banking experience gained in various branches of the bank throughout the country.


Farmer Children Must Pay Fee to Go to School Here
May 2, 1929
Whitby, May 2. –The farm assessment dispute between the farmers residing within the town limits and the town council has shown no new developments during the past few days. The farmers still maintain that they will carry their grievance before the Ontario Railway and Municipal Board while the town council has taken no action to change the bylaw which was passed last month under which farm properties will be allowed no other tax exemptions.


Treatment May Surpass Insulin
May 2, 1929
Springfield, Ohio, May 2- A new treatment for diabetes, which it is alleged may prove more efficacious than insulin, was announced before the Ohio Academy of Science recently.

Dr. C. A. Mills, of the laboratory of experimental medicine, University of Cincinnati Medical College, told the medical science section of the academy that experiments he made in China and America led him to believe vitamin “B” extract, a vegetable product, not only had the same property of controlling diabetes as insulin, but likewise curative properties. Vitamin “B” is obtained from alfalfa, sweet clover, onions, bran and other plants.



Oldest Hippo in U.S., 75 Dead
May 2, 1929
New York, May 2. –Mrs. Murphy, dowager hippopotamus of the United States, is dead at the Central Park Zoo.

She was 75 years old -The first hippo to be brought to this country- and her demise is thought to have been due to old age.

“The old lady has been feeble and ailing all winter”, said Keeper Harry Kinney. “We were prepared for some such sad eventuality. Her teeth were all worn down, and her hay had to be chopped for her. But she kept her appetite to the last. Only Monday she ate 60 pounds of chopped hay, 30 quarts of mash made of bran, rolled oats, three or four vegetables, and several loaves of bread. Then she drank about half her tank.”

Mrs. Murphy is survived by her only son, Caliph 2nd, who occupies an adjoining cage.


Charlie Chaplin’s Former Wife to Be Questioned
May 11, 1929
Los Angeles, Calif., May 11. – William A. Bryne, investigator for the state Board of Medical Examination, announced here last night that he would again question Mildred Harris, former wife of Charles Chaplin, in an attempt to learn more about the associates of Miss Delphine Walsh, dancer, who died recently as the result of an alleged illegal operation.

Bryne also declared he was trying to locate “a wealthy Vancouver yachtsman whose name had been brought up for investigation.”


Many Mishaps to Pickering People
May 11, 1929
Four Placed Under Medical Care by Accidents

Pickering, May 11 – Four accidents occurred to local people during the last few days, all of them causing the patients to undergo medical treatment.

Mrs. R. Irish, had the misfortune to injure her foot last week, and was under doctor’s care, but is not able to be about again.

While at work in W. C. Reid’s butcher shop, where he is employed, John Liscombe, cut his first finger rather badly one day this week, and has since been nursing a very sore hand. The bone as well as an artery was affected, but the injured digit is responding to medical treatment.

Word was received in the village this week of the misfortune of Master Gerald Foster, of Dunbarton, who fell from a tree while adjusting a swing, and sustained a broken arm. Until quite recently the Foster family resided in the village, and Gerald was a familiar figure among the boys. His old playmates are glad to know that he is making a good recovery.

A badly sprained ankle, the result of a fall, has caused Mrs. A. Bayes, a great deal of pain during the past week, but at the present time it is rapidly improving.


Children’s Aid Shelter to Cost About $50,000
May 11, 1929
Work Expected to Start Early in June, Says Architect

Plans for the Children’s Shelter which will be erected by the Children’s Aid Society of this city, are well under way. The Times was informed today by C. C. Stenhouse, architect. It is expected that a tender call will be made in about two weeks for the general contract on the job, and that work will be started early in June.

A Tentative estimate on the cost of this building has been made at $50,000, according to O. M. Alger, superintendent. The shelter will be erected on the east side of Centre street, south of Rotary Park, where eight acres of land have been donated to the society by J. D. Storie.

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Month That Was – December 1926

The Oshawa Daily Reformer  
December 4th 1926

Montreal. Dec. 4. – Robbers, who broke into the offices of the Swift Canadian Company early today failed in their efforts to break open the safe where $25,000 was deposited, but got away with $100 in stamps.


The Oshawa Daily Reformer  
December 4th 1926

Los Angeles. Dec. 4. – Overtures for peace between Charles Chaplin and his estranged wife having failed, they settled down today for the finish of the fight in court, after an exchange of statements which brought some of the family skeletons out of luxurious closets of the film comedian’s Beverly Hills mansion. Chaplin has again denied his wife’s charges of cruelty, and charged that she had abused the privilege of unlimited credit, which he granted her in shops and cafes Los Angeles.


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Liquor in Candy Charge Quashed
December 6th 1926

Vancouver, Dec 6 – Conviction of R.C Purdy. Limited. On the charge of selling liquor in chocolate was quashed by Chief Justice Gordon Hunter yesterday on an appeal from the decision of Magistrate Findlay in police court when the confectionery firm was charged $1,000, “Was I right in my finding that it was proven that the defendant keep intoxicating liquor from sale?” was the question asked my Maggie Magistrate Findlay in a stated case granted the defense.


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Peace Ha
th its Victories
December 6th 1926

They are not featured on the front page of the daily press. You do not find the figuring in that weird amalgam of crime, folly, conceit, self-advertisement and grotesquerie that goes to make up what is called “news” but none the less it is as such of these that the best blood of the nation is made up and these six young fellows are types of whom any people may justly be proud. They have PRODUCED something, in contradiction to the vast majority of those who are featured in the news who have only destroyed something. Whether it be morals of lives. They are the champions of various competitions throughout the Western Province. They have won handsome trophies for their feats, awarded by the Canadian Pacific Railway and in addition were the guests of honor at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.

From the Oshawa Daily Reformer, December 1926

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A Canadian Pioneer of Transportation
December 6th 1926

Canada has always been the land of pioneers, especially in transportation. One of the greatest of them was Samuel Cunard, the founder of the Cunard line, who few people realize was born in Halifax. He came of United Empire Loyalist stock, and the 21st of November is the anniversary of his birth 139 years ago, in 1787.

From the Oshawa Daily Reformer, December 6th, 1926

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Strikes and Riot in Wake of Army
December 9th 1926

Peking. Dec. 9. – Strikes, riots and radical agitation are following in the wake of the marching armies in China’s civil war which has embroiled most of the provinces of the vast countries. Merchants, oppressed by militarist demands have formed an asso-broiled most of the provinces of the Anhui, Chekiang and Kiangsu to resist these levies of funds with a general strike and refusal to pay taxes.


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Open Doors of Hospital by Monday
December 9th 192

Quarantine at the Oshawa General Hospital will likely be lifted on Monday. The Reformer was told this afternoon by Dr. F. J. Rundle over the telephone. In the meantime affairs there remain unchanged with no indication of anything in the nature of new cases of small pox breaking out. Observation is however being continued for the prescribed time.

From the Oshawa Daily Reformer, December 1926

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27 Persons dead in Hudson River
December 20th 1926

New York, Dec 20. – Twenty-seven persons were drowned in the icy waters of the Hudson River today when a 60-foot-launch carrying an un-estimated number of employees to a New Jersey manufacturing plant from Manhattan was crushed by floating ice.


The Oshawa Daily Reformer    
Pope’s Criticism Shock to Fascism
December 21st 1926

Rome. Dec. 21. – The Italian Government considers as “strange, surprising and uncalled for,” the Pope’s pointed criticism of Fascism’s religious policies contained in yesterday’s allocution. The Associated Press was informed by a Government spokesman.

From the Oshawa Daily Reformer, December 1926


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Famous Stolen Diamond is found in “Luscious Apple”
December 21st 1926

Paris, Dec. 20. – A woman biting into an apple that did not belong to her brought about the recovery of the famous Rose diamond, stolen some two months ago from the Gem Tower of Chantilly Chateau of the Due d’Aumale.


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British Dramatist Believes Christmas should be abolished
December 22nd 1926

London, Dec 22. – George Bernard Shaw, sprightly British dramatist who recently was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature for 1925, thinks that Christmas should be abolished. Writing in The New Leader, Shaw says: “It has become an unbearable nuisance but the difficultly is to draft a bill making the celebration of Christmas a criminal act.”


The Oshawa Daily Reformer
Leopard Made Jump off Stage to Theatre Box
December 21st 1926

London, Dec. 7, – (By Mail.) – A packed audience at the Blackburn Palace Theatre had the thrilling and alarming experience of seeing a leopard crouching on the ledge of a private box snarling savagely and crawling at the occupants, a little boy and his mother. The youngster, Brian Bancroft, who showed astonishing pluck, was slightly scratched and his clothing was torn. Carmo was standing on this gangway showing the beauty and grace of his favorite leopard, which he held by a stout chain, when without any warning, the animal sprang on to the front of the box.

From the Oshawa Daily Reformer, December 1926

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The Winter Sports Centre of America
December 21st 1926

Winter reigns supreme in Quebec once again. The romantic and historic city of Quebec gives itself up as in former years to the investigating joy of winter sports. They take it seriously there and they have every reason for doing so. Perhaps at no other centre on the continent are the conditions so ideal. Plenty of snow, a keen steady climate, hills to ski down and great slides for toboggans.

From the Oshawa Daily Reformer, December 1926

The Month That Was – November 1926

The Oshawa Daily Reformer
November 2nd 1926        

Fedchishin started transporting chickens to Oshawa. They arrived bumping along in the body of a wagon behind a runaway horse. They were found to have been tied up in five bags and nine of the birds were suffocated so the S.P.C.A. officer N.S. Baird informed the court. A charge of cruelty was laid. To this through an interpreter, Fedchishin pleaded guilty and paid five dollars and costs.   

The Oshawa Daily Reformer
Says Change in Policy Is an Indication Ferguson’s Governm’t Can’t Be Trusted
November 3rd 1926


“The Ferguson Government cannot be trusted”, is the striking sentence in a statement on the political situation given to The Reformer this afternoon by W.E.N. Sinclair, K.C. leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario. The statement is brief in extent and Mr. Sinclair’s reaction to the announced curtailment by Premier Ferguson of his policy with respect to beer. 

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Proposed New Fifty Room Hotel for Oshawa
November 4th 1926


The above picture shows the fine new structure which, according to present plans, will be erected on the site of the Borsberry property at King and Mary streets. G.W. Myles, promoter of Toronto, states that excavation work will start as soon as possible. The residence on the property now occupied by J.W. Borsberry is to be removed. Mr. Borsberry will move in possibly five or six weeks’ time. The front of the building is shown the terraces for summer use. The exterior work will be of brick and stucco with an all steel roof. The building will be absolutely fireproof.

The Oshawa Daily Reformer
November 4th 1926

London. Nov. 4. – Premier Mackenzie King, Ernest Lapointe and Madame Lapointe will be Canadian representatives at a dinner to be given tonight by King George at Buckingham Palace, to Dominion Premiers attending the Imperial Conference. Tomorrow, the Dominion Premiers will visit Manchester to receive the freedom of that city. Premier Mackenzie King will spend the weekend at Chequers as the guest of Premier Baldwin.

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Four Killed, Three Injured As Prisoners Make Daring Attempt to Gain Freedom
November 4th 1926

New York. Nov 3. – Four men are dead and three wounded, two perhaps fatally, as the result of a spectacular outbreak late today in the Tombs, the famous Central Prison of New York. Three prisoners mysteriously supplied with arms and ammunition attempted to shoot their way to freedom. Two were killed and the third may die. The warden was shot and died five hours later. A keeper was instantly killed. Another several wounded and a spectator shot.


The Oshawa Daily Reformer
November 4th 1926

Last evening at 8:30 o’clock the assembly room of Simcoe Street United Church Sunday School was well filled with an enthusiastic body of Temperance workers, assembled at the call of the Executive of the Oshawa Prohibition Union to discuss ways and means of promoting their work in the present provincial election campaign.

The Oshawa Daily Reformer
November 4th 1926

Montreal. Nov, 3. – A stove pipe wire on his father’s back fence was the first piece of apparatus used by Prof. Alexander Graham Bell in the Bell Telephone Company of Canada, said W.H. Winter, assistant-general manager of that company, in the course of an address given to the Northern Electric Company Engineering Society in the Engineering Institute on Mansfield street.

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Fifty Three Miners Perish When Caught in a Cave in
November 4th 1926

Ishpeming, Mich., Nov 3. – Fifty-three miners are believed to have lost their lives when the bottom of a swamp, under which the Barnes-Hecker iron mine, near here, today had been extended, dropped into the shaft.


The Oshawa Daily Reformer
November 11th 1926

For the first time in 70 years a woman was made a respondent in a divorce suit brought by a wife against her husband. Mrs. Jessie Pepper sought a divorce from her husband, and her counsel applied specially to have the respondent. Mrs. Gertrude Bake, made a respondent against her will. It was the first application of the kind that had been made since power was given under the Matrimonial Causes Act of 1857 to join a woman as a respondent as well as the husband.

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“Empire Gidler” Ends Great Feat
November 13th 1926

Sir Alan Cobham. “Empire girdler,” completed his most elaborate air venture recently when he returned to England after flying to Australia and return, a distance of 28,000 miles. This great achievement, for which King George, not only establishes Cobham as one of the greatest airmen of the day, but shows the great possibilities of Empire air routes. Cobham regards his flight not as a “stunt” but as an effort to discover the best methods of running air routes and at the same time to demonstrate the practicability of flying.

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