The Month That Was – December 1865

All article originally appeared in the Oshawa Vindicator

December 6, 1865, page 2
A Schooner Sunk at her Moorings
On Saturday last, the schooner “Atlantic,” of Port Hope, Howell & Treveth, owners, Walker, master, sunk at her moorings at the harbor.  She was from Oswego, loaded with coal for the Hall Works and JO Guy.  Coming to the wharf on Friday she cast a line, which was fastened, but owing to the roughness of the lake it broke.  She then anchored.  Upon trying again to get to the wharf, she fouled her anchor, and stove a hole in her bottom.  The pumps were set to work, but they were unable to keep her afloat, and she sank during the night.  On Monday, additional pumps were put in, and by pumping and unloading her she was again set afloat.  During the day she was so much lightened, that she was enabled to set sail for Port Hope in the night. The insurance upon her had expired about twenty-two hours before she sank.

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December 6, 1865, page 4
Barnum’s expressed design of exhibiting Tom Thumb in France, has called forth a good witticism from Ledru Rollin.  “Tom Thumb should exhibit Barnum,” said he, “for the latter is the greater curiosity.”

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Worlds Destroyed by Fire
The belief that this world is ultimately to be destroyed by fire is supported by the discovery that such a fate has befallen far larger planets than our town (sic). French astronomers assert that no fewer than fifteen hundred fixed stars have vanished from the firmament within the last three hundred years.  Tycho Bruhe gives an interesting account of a brilliant star of the largest size, which, on account of its singular radiance, has become the special object of his daily observation for several months, during which the star became paler and paler until its final disappearance.  Laplaco states that one of the vanished fixed stars of the northern hemisphere afforded indisputable evidence of having been consumed by fire.  At first, the star was of a dazzling white, next of a glowing red, then a yellow lusture (sic), and finally, it became a pale ash color.  The burning of the star lasted 16 months, when this visitor, to which, perhaps, a whole series of planets may have owed allegiance, finally took its departure and became invisible forever.


December 13, 1865, page 2
A Canadian lady crossed the river to Buffalo in bridal array, the other night, to be married, when the merciless revenue inspector confiscated her wedding outfit on suspicion that she was a smuggler.

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Fire in Columbus – the building occupied by Mr. Thos. Gammel as a dwelling and weaver’s shop, was burned down on Monday morning.  It took fire about three o’clock in the morning.  The inmates were all asleep at the time; but Mr. Hill of the “Crown Inn,” who was up attending a sick child, discovered the fire and aroused the inmates.  The building was entirely destroyed, as well as most of the furniture.  The shed of the “Crown Inn” was pulled down to prevent the fire extending to that building.  The furniture belonging to Mr. Hill was taken out, and considerable damaged by its hasty removal.  The store of Mr. May was saved only by the strenuous exertions of the neighbors.  No insurance upon any of the property.


December 20, 1865, page 2
Coloured men’s petition asking for suffrage in the District of Columbia is ready for submission to congress.  It has over 7,000 signatures.

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Between January 1 and June 28, 1865, no less than three hundred and sixty-one persons were conveyed to London hospitals to be treated for injuries received from dogs.

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Municipal Elections
Notwithstanding that the first day of the New Year is generally supposed to be a public holiday, the law does not provide for the postponement of the Municipal Election, when the first Monday of January falls, as it does this year, upon the first day of the year. – The Village Clerk has therefore issued the annual proclamation requiring the presence of the electors at Town Hall upon the usual days to elect fir and proper persons to represent them in Council for the year 1866.  Who these fit and proper persons are to be even rumor has not decided.  The Council for the past year has really consisted of only four, for the fifth, Mr. Hepburn, has not for some time been a resident of the village.  The Reeve has also signified his intention of leaving Oshawa also, and therefore will not be a candidate for re-election.  The other members when they spoke of the subject at all, have expressed the desire not to be put in nomination. No other persons; names has yet been publicly mentioned in connection with office.  This however is nothing unusual.  We should be obliged to go back in our village history several years before we should find an election that occupied attention for more than a week previous to its taking place.  Hitherto we have not wanted men to accept office not have we obliged to inflict a penalty upon any for refusing to perform the duties of an office to which he may have been elected.  The upcoming first of January will in like manner bring the compliment of benevolent men who will be willing to suffer public office to be thrust upon them for the public good.


S of T Social – the Oshawa Division intent holding a social on Monday, Christmas evening.  It is to be confined to the members of the organization, and friends invited by members of the Division.  A committee has been appointed to prepare a programme for the evening’s entertainment.


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The police found in the pockets of a man who lay dead drunk in the streets of New York $7474.


The hopes of those who contemplated sleigh riding would form a great source of enjoyment on Christmas day were doomed to disappointment.  The snow that fell on Friday caused the bells to ring out merrily on Saturday, and the overcast sky encouraged the hopeful to expect another fall, but the heat of Sunday was too much for that already on the ground.  Skating was left as the only recourse.  Throughout the day the rink was well patronized by skaters and lookers-on.  A large number performed the regular duties of the day, although divine service was held in their respective churches.  In the evening the Sons’ Hall was thronged by the members and their invited friends.  Poetry written for the occasion was read; Christmas Anthems were rendered, and with these were mingled addresses, readings, recitations and music.  At about ten o’clock, the social broke up, and as they wended their way home, several were passed, who, by their positions on the walk or the wayward steps gave evidence that they has not spent the evening soberly.  Now and then the sound of brawling was beard, and once or twice drunken men came to blows.  These gave evidence on the morrow, that their pains has dearly purchased their “Merrie Christmas.”

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The Month That Was – October 1938

All articles originally appeared in the Oshawa Courier

Wrestling Here Friday Night
06 October 1938

Jack Thomas Enters the Squared Circle in Good Card

Oshawa’s only representative in big-time wrestling, Jack Thomas, will shows some of the stuff which makes him such a drawing card in the States during the summer months when he takes on Glen Wade to-morrow night. The grudge fight with Monahan is off because of the latter’s sore knee; but as Wade is a “stable-mate” of the Irishman, this semi-final will take on all the earmarks of a real grudge.

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Local Car Thefts Must Be Stopped!
06 October 1938

No longer safe to leave your car even though locked. Gangs of juvenile thieves mainly responsible. Curfew law should be applied to break up these gangs.

Your car is no longer safe on the streets of Oshawa or even in your own garage. Though you carefully remove the ignition key, there is every chance that your car will be missing five minutes after leaving it alone. Car-thieves in the city have grown bolder and bolder with success, and are now showing new recklessness. At first, only cars with keys left in locks were taken; but now our local gangsters have advanced in criminal knowledge and have keys made to order for the cars they want to steal. Hanging around garages, they can, without arousing any suspicion, take the key number off any car brought in; with this information, it is a simple matter to get a duplicate made. That is how some of the cars have been stolen lately.


The Car of the Future
06 October 1938

Many changes are looked for in the outward appearance. More hoods will be one piece and lift from the front. There will be smaller radiator grills. More headlights will be recessed into front fenders. There will be a distinct tendency toward flatter roofs. Windshields and rear windows will be of single instead of divided plates. The consumer demand for greater economy of operating costs will be met.

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Church Fights Sunday Law
06 October 1938

Do not like idea of Toronto parks open on Sabbath

As was to be expected, a number of the churches in the Queen City are attempting to get together on banning Sunday sports in the parks of that city. It is beyond us why such organizations feel that people who work in offices and factories six days each week are not entitled to spend the seventh day of leisure in whatever way they please. Perhaps there is something particularly evil in Sunday sports.

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Many Attend Style Show
06 October 1938

A large audience watched with enthusiastic interest the showing of new fall and winter apparel at Fox’s Ladies’ Wear Autumn Style Show last evening at the collegiate auditorium. The professional models were from Toronto and included the Misses Parker, Wheeler and Murray. The display included smart woolen sportswear, street dresses and dashing cocktail ensembles, Vanity Mode, Frances Kaye and Déjà frocks were featured. The winter coats and suits were outstanding. New fall millinery was shown with each costume.


Street Lights Still Missing
06 October 1938

About a month ago, there was a great lot of publicity about the fact that the business district would almost immediately have new and powerful street lights. Plans were drawn apparently which would also remove the forest of poles which clutter up King and Simcoe streets. Certainly something like that is needed because Oshawa is one of the most poorly-lighted cities along the highway.

Anyway, the new modern steel lighting standards and such are still conspicuous by their absence from our business district. We certainly hope the whole plan hasn’t fallen through for some reason or other

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06 October 1938

Vehicle Recently Bought by Luke’s, Modern in Every Respect.

The Luke Ambulance Service has just placed at the service of local citizens one of the most modern ambulances in Canada.

Built by the world’s largest makers of such equipment, the body is on a 1938 LaSalle chassis. Light green in color, it is equipped with sirens and flashing red light for use on emergency calls.

Medical supplies for applying first aid at the scene of accidents, etc., are carried in a special compartment.  Al windows are of safety glass.  Electric fan and heater are also part of the very modern equipment, together with hot water heater and tank. The cot may be loaded either from the rear or the side; and when inside it is so attached that it cannot move.

All this added [illegible] that it’s almost worth while getting into an accident for the privilege of having a ride in this ambulance.


The Month That Was – September 1945

All articles originally appeared in the Times-Gazette

Club Holds Dance
25 September 1945

The Oshawa Youth Men’s and Ladies’ Club held a very successful weekly dance last Friday night at the Masonic Temple. There was a large attendance. Prize-winners in the spot dance were Miss Myrt Simmons and Mr. Doug Coackwell, and in the elimination dance, Miss Velma Chatter and Mr. Bill Smith.

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Pave Playground Cedardale School
25 September 1945

Paving of the play area adjacent to Cedardale School was begin at the end of last week as part of a program to improve the playgrounds at all the public schools in the city. The paving is designed to enable the pupils to play out-of-doors on days when the ground would otherwise be too damp. An asphalt mix is being applied.

While Cedardale is the only school where pavement is being laid, the playgrounds at all the schools are to be properly graded. It is expected that this will be commenced sometime next week. The contracts for the was let last week W. B. Bennett of Ajax.


Basic English
25 September 1945

The New Yorker, New York: Psychoanalysis seems to be here to stay, but one of the bugs that will have to be ironed out sooner or later is the problem of the foreign-speaking psychoanalyist and the English idiom. We know a girl, now in the process of being psyched, who mentioned to her analyst, a recent arrival from Zurich, that she had a dream involving a desk with pigeonholes. She heard him draw in his breath sharply, and the direction of his inquiry changed. It wasn’t until six months later that she discovered he had built an entire theory of her personality around the assumption that her dream desk included accommodations for birds.

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Situation Series
27 September 1945

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week His Honor Judge Madden of Napanee, sitting at the Court of Rental Appeals in the Old City Hall, considered fifty-nine cases, thirty-five of which were appeals against the freezing order which last July suspended indefinitely all notices to vacate.

One had only to sit and listen to the evidence at this the … court of its kind ever held in Oshawa, to realize to the full seriousness of the hosing situation not only in Oshawa but in the surrounding districts. Innumerable stories were told of heads of families purchasing homes to keep a roof over their families only to experience difficulty in securing possession of the premises. In many instances tenants would have been willing to move but were not able to find accommodation elsewhere.

From the evidence presented during the sessions of the court it would appear that something drastic will have to be done in the immediate future to provide additional homes. True many new homes have been built in Oshawa during the past year, but not all are in a position to make this expenditure. Employees of local industry should not be called upon to drive twenty miles, as was reported in one instance, to get to work and have to return home the same night.

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Bring Blaze to The Fire Hall
27 September 1945

Yesterday noon a can of gasoline which was being carried in the rear of a Cope & Bone truck caught fire and the blaze was delivered right to Oshawa Fire Hall by the driver. One extinguisher was sufficient to bring the blaze under control. There was small damage.

A truck belong to Rinker’s Cleaners and Dyers caught fire while parked at the corner of King and Drew streets. The cause was said to be a short circuit in the electrical system. Very little damage was done.

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Fifty Women Visit Christie St. Hospital
27 September 1945

Fifty members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary, Canadian Legion Branch 29, visited Christie Street Hospital Toronto, with gifts on Wed., Sept. 19, Mrs. M. Foote reported to the Auxiliary at its Tuesday evening at which President E. Evans presided, and two new members were initiated and welcomed.

The gifts included cigarets donated by the Men’s Branch, and a quantity of cigarets, chocolate bars and matches donated from the Auxiliary funds. Several of the members also took personal gifts. Many books and magazines had also been given in for the hospital.

It was unanimously decided to set up a fund for comforts for Christie Street Hospital and for that purpose a collection will be taken up each week.

Parcels will continue to be sent to boys still overseas, it was decided. Any change of address should be sent to Mrs. G. Williams.

Articles for the bazaar were reported coming in and anything salable, including articles for the White Elephant Booth, will be very welcome.

The regular business meeting will be held next Tuesday at 8 p.m.

The Month That Was – June 1927

Babe Ruth Breaks 1921 Homer Record
Wednesday, June 1, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

Two home runs for Babe Ruth today in the double header between the Yankees and Athletics at Philadelphia have put the Bambino a run ahead of his mark attained at this stage of the 1921 race, when he set a world’s record by hitting 59 circuit blows. The Babe has 16 four-baggers thus far against 15 on the same date in 1921. However Ruth also had 16 homers to his credit a year ago today.


Gasoline Drops 2 Cents A Gallon
Wednesday, June 1, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

A general reduction in the price of all grades of gasoline was announced this morning. All pries were 2 cents a gallon lower than last night. High test gasolines selling previously for 31 and 32 cents were quoted for 29 and 30 cents. Low test gasoline dropped from 28 cents to 26 cents a gallon.


Ladies’ Auxiliary Oshawa Club Gives Fine Card Party
Wednesday, June 1, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

A very enjoyable time was spend last evening when the Ladies’ Auxiliary of Oshawa club gave a card party in their club rooms. About seventy people were present. The ladies’ first prize was won by Mrs. Wilkinson, the second prize by Mrs. Bint. The gentlemen’s first prize was won by Mr. Geo. A. Ross, of Whitby. Mr.O’Connor, of Oshawa, won second while Mr. Browning of Whitby captured the consolation.

The executive wish to take this opportunity of thanking those who donated prizes or who assisted in any way towards the success of the evening.


Alleges Children Misbehave
Thursday, June 2, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

A Gordon street man has complained to police about the behaviour of neighbour children whom he alleges, use indecent language towards him, throw rocks at his chickens and misbehave in general.


“Police Station, Walk In”
Thursday, June 2, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

The “Welcome” on the mat at the Oshawa police station is not upside down. A sign on the door now places everyone at ease. It reads, “Police station – walk in.”


Oshawa District Ball League Away To A Good Start
Thursday, June 2, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

Oshawa and District Baseball League is away to a good start for the 1927 season. In the junior series last night Oshawa Motors stepped out in front when they trimmed Whitby 17 to 3. In the intermediate series, weekend games resulted in Cobourg defeating Port Hope 7 to 6, Port Hope defeating Oshawa Christians 6 to 4, and Bowmanville defeating Cobourg 8 to 5. Last night Orono juniors defeated Bowmanville.

The junior series promises to provide plenty of excitement while a close race is almost certain for the intermediate honours.


Conference Delegates Inspect Big General Motors’ Plant Here
Friday, June 3, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

The General Motors plant was inspected this afternoon by the four-hundred members of the Bay of Quinte conference. The ministers and laymen were escorted through the plant in groups of fifteen by guides supplied by the G.M.C. who explained the various processes to them.

This evening the session will take the form of a special service for anniversary of Religious Education in the conference. Three local young men will take part in the service. They are Meredith Moffatt president of the King street Y.P.S., J.C. Anderson of the Simcoe street Y.P.S. and Steven Saywell, president of the St. Andrew’s Y.P.S.


Legion Will Decorate Graves
Saturday, June 4, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

There is one thing that the Veterans of Oshawa will never forget to do, and that is do endeavour to keep green the memory of those who served and died. It is hoped that again this year, at the invitation of the Oddfellows to parade to the cemetery with them that there will be such a splendid turn-out as last year. Owing to the various activities of members of the Legion on behalf of our venerable Comrade James Dunlop active work for Decoration Day has not been started yet, but there is to be a special meeting on Monday, June 6th, next, when matters of supreme interest to all members are to be taken up. This meeting will conceive our future very much and should have the consideration of all members therefore all who should endeavour to be present.


Fire Drill Competition
Monday, June 6, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

This week the competition will be held in the schools of the city for the Dr. Kaiser shield for Standard Fire drill efficiency. The date has been moved ahead in order to heave it over before the children start to leave the schools. The shield is competed for twice a year and is at present held by the King street school.


Child Narrowly Escapes Death: Falls Eighteen Feet From An Upstairs Window – Nail Is Driven Through Hand
Monday, June 6, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

June Blow, the infant daughter of MR. and Mrs. Murley Blow, 320 Albert street, had a miraculous escape from death on Saturday afternoon when she fell from an upstairs window a distance of eighteen feet to the ground. The child fell on a pile of loose boards which partially broke her fall. A nail was driven through her right hand. Apparently, however, she suffered no further injuries except for a few scratches and bruises.

The child had been left asleep in her cot by her mother, expecting to return before the child awoke, had not bothered to close it. She had managed to get up on the window and pull herself out and had caught at the tassel of the blind which was torn off and was found in her hand. The child was just learning to walk. Dr. B. A. Brown, who was called, thought that the child escaped without any serious injury. Her hand was badly swollen however for some time.


Council Approves Mayor’s Idea of Erecting Memorial Fountain
Tuesday, June 7, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

On motion of Ald. D. A. J. Swanson at last night’s council meeting, council approved of the proposed Memorial Fountain to be erected in Memorial Park in the front of “The Garden of the Unforgotten.” Mayor Preston who conceived the idea, said the cost would range between $200 and $1,000.

Ald. Hart – “It would cost $1,000 anyway to make a fountain commensurate with the dignity of the city.”

Ald. Johnson – “How is this to be paid for?”

Mayor – “By subscription.”

Ald. Morris – “It’s a find idea.”

Ald. Hart – “I know of persons who will contribute to the fund.”


To Attend Unveiling
Tuesday, June 7, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

As many members of the city council as will be able, will attend the unveiling ceremony at Whitby, Wednesday afternoon, when photographs of members of Parliament, who have represented Ontario county since Confederation, will be unveiled. The whole county council will be there and this action was taken as a result of an invitation received from Whitby.


Stolen Car Recovered
Tuesday, June 7, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

The Chevrolet touring car of Walter Starr, 66 Lloyd street, was stolen last night from in front of the Regent Theatre about 10 o’clock. The loss was reported to the police who notified Police in each direction along the highway. Later in the night, however, the car was found parked on Albert street in good condition.


Sculptor Offers His Service As Designer Proposed Fountain
Wednesday, June 8, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

Alfred Howell, A.R.C.A., of Toronto, designer and sculptor of “The Garden of the Unforgotten,” has written Mayor Preston with regard to the proposed memorial fountain for Memorial Park. An excerpt of the letter reads, “You will remember I was designer and sculptor of Oshawa War Memorial, and if I can be of any service to you I will be glad to assist. I think it is a very fitting project and I shall be very glad to place myself at your service.”

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10 June 1927; Oshawa Daily Reformer

Red Cross Cottage to be Formally Opened Wednesday
Was Completed at a cost of more than $3000 to Rotary Club  while General Motors donated duco for painting cottage and Chas. Bowra donated wiring – cottage will be available for outing for crippled and under-privileged children
Saturday, June 11, 1927 – The Oshawa Daily Reformer

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 as enlargement of the work that this has been carried on in the past by the Red Cross in smaller and less suitable quarters….

Some work vet remains to be done in the construction of a stairway to the water’s edge and other structures of 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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Above are shown the seven young ladies who last evening received their nurses’ diplomas at the annual graduation exercises of the training school of the Oshawa General Hospital together with Miss E. MacWilliams, superintendent of the institution.  This is the fourteenth class which has graduated under Miss MacWilliams’ supervision. From left to right the graduates are: Misses Mary Drimmie, Holstein; Ina Oldham, Mount Albert; Kate Shearer, Kenne; Annie Redon, Toronto; Margaret Peters, Sudbury; Inez Cook, Cannington, Viola Holdaway, Wesleyville. Sitting, Miss MacWilliams.  11 June 1927, Oshawa Daily Reformer


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11 June 1927; Oshawa Daily Reformer

Of interest, the 30 June 1927 edition of the Oshawa Daily Reformer is of interest, as it is a commemorative edition, celebrating Canada’s Jubilee Year (60 years since Confederation).  It is full of stories, photographs, and advertisements.  It can be read online HERE.


The Month That Was – March 1967

All articles originally appeared in the Oshawa Times

March 1, 1967
Starr’s Early Campaign to be in low key
By Ken Clark

It’s the low-key approach for Michael Starr in his slow starting bid for the Conservative leadership to be decided at a Sept 6-9 convention in Toronto

“There’s plenty of time to get into high key,” the former labor minister told a reporter in his office Tuesday. “that will be done in the last two months before the convention”

Mr. Starr, Conservative floor leader in the Commons, eased into the race where others dramatically jumped. He finally committed himself last weekend in Oshawa, core city of Ontario riding which he has represented in the Commons since 1952. …

Mr. Starr says he’s moving slowly on his campaign but has stepped up his public appearances in the last two weeks.  He has just completed an Ontario swing.

Asked how he would appeal to youth, a big voting bloc at the convention, the 56 year old MP said

“I’ve never had any problems appealing to youth. I think young. I’m interested in today, tomorrow, and the future. What has gone on in the past is history.”

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March 2, 1967
War of 1812 Was Brewing Long Before it Broke Out
By Bob Bowman

The War of 1812 was brewing for a long time before it actually broke out.  There was more reason for war in 1807 than there was in 1812.  The Americans who wanted to fight Britain, with Canada the most important objective, were known as the “war hawks.”  They finally got their way when it was learned that a Capt. John Henry had been spying for Britain in the New England states.

Henry had been engaged by Sir James Craig who was Governor of Canada from 1807-1811.  He was given “most secret” instructions to learn if the Federalists in New England would side with Britain in case of war and break away from  the USA.

Henry was told that he might insinuate, though with the greatest caution, that if any of the Federalist leaders wished to enter into communication with the British government through Sir James Craig, that he (Henry) was authorized to receive any communications and deliver them.

His first report to Governor Craig was on March 2, 1808 and he claimed that New England was ripe for secession and would form an alliance with Britain in the event of war.

After making a number of similar reports, Henry tried to get a permanent job with the British government but was rejected.  He was so angry that he sold copies of his correspondence with Governor Craig to the US State Department for $50,000.

They were read to Congress and declared to be “an act of still greater malignity than any other outrage against the United States.”  War soon followed and although the New England States did not secede they did as little as possible.  In fact part of the State of Maine was captured by the British and its citizens took the oath of allegiance.  Money earned from a customs office there was used later to found Dalhousie University in Halifax.

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Arrested in Conspiracy: Clay Shaw (center) is led away from the New Orleans district attorney’s office after he was arrested and accused of taking part “in a conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy.” Shaw was taken from the office in handcuffs by district attorney assistants.

Murder Conspiracy Charge Laid Against Clay L. Shaw

New Orleans (AP) – Clay L. Shaw, wealthy retired director of the International Trade Mart, has been booked on a charge of “conspiracy to commit murder” in the District Attorney Jim Garrison’s first arrest in the Kennedy assassination investigation.

“There will be more arrests, a considerable number of them,” said Garrison, who has been conducting an investigation of the assassination of the President John F. Kennedy for the last five months.

Shaw, 54, a decorated army major in the Second World War, was released on $10,000 bond after his arrest Wednesday night.  His luxurious French quarter home was searched for nearly three hours by Garrison’s agents…

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March 3, 1967 – City Centennial Project One-Third Completed: George Price, right, Sunnyside Park Neighborhood Association treasurer, looks out on the construction of the Civic Auditorium addition.  Explaining some of the features of the city’s centennial project is Robert E. Wilson, a director of the auditorium. Mr. Price made a donation to the building fund on behalf of Sunnyside Park, located at Stacey and McKim Streets for the new recreation complex.  The addition is one-third finished according to Harry Gay, building committee chairman.  “We are progressing well,” said Mr. Gay, “and we expect to complete the building before Sept. 1.”

March 6, 1967
Vanier Always Had Plenty of Time For All Oshawa School Children

Governor General Georges Philias Vanier, who died peacefully at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Sunday, was cheered by thousands of Oshawa people during his 1965 visit here.  His great warmth, dignity and vice-regal elegance impressed those who saw and met him.

He was a special way of quickly integrating himself with those with whom he came in contact, regardless of their position in life.

He gave a good demonstration of this Sept. 24, 1965 when he addressed thousands of city school children in Memorial Park who had been given a special holiday for the occasion. They were cheering and applauding him with courteous concern from the outset. He didn’t diminish his stock with them when he announced that they would have a special holiday on the following Friday.

During their 20 mile auto tour of the city, the governor-general and Mrs. Vanier stopped several times to chat with school children grouped alongside the route.  Their excellencies also made an unscheduled stop at Hillsdale Manor to shake hands with some senior citizens seated in front of the building.

Lyman Gifford, then mayor, presented the distinguished guests with four replicas of Oshawa-made autos, at a civic luncheon.

The governor-general constantly made references to “the happy, well-nourished children he saw here and added “They are a guarantee of what our future will be:

The governor-general also paid tribute to RS McLaughlin on that visit.  He pointed out that Col. McLaughlin’s imagination and genius made his name famous throughout the country, but that “Mr. Sam’s” love for the Motor City had never diminished…

Before their departure, the governor-general said he was much impressed with the “beauty and friendliness of the Motor City.”


March 7, 1967
200 Students May Attend New College

“Community colleges are going to help make Canada more competitive in world markets and, at the same time, provide new paths in enjoyment of a rewarding life,” Dr. Gordon F. Willey, president of the new Ontario Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology, said at the Rotary Club of Oshawa Monday

Dr. Willey said the college will offer technological courses similar to those offered by the Ryerson Institute of Technology: technical and trade courses as well as business courses and applied arts subjects.

It will take care of those who cannot afford to go to a university as well as those who fail at these institutions of higher learning, he said.

It is planned to start classes this fall with an enrollment of about 200 students in the technology and business centres.  The college at first will occupy temporary or converted buildings, but that it is hoped by the end of the third year to have permanent facilities.

“We are planning a market survey to ascertain what the community wants and to visit industries to find out what skills are needed in the area,” Dr. Willey said.

He explained that the community colleges are institutions of continued learning past the secondary school level where courses in skills and occupational work will be geared to the needs of the community and meet the needs of the students.  Some students, after completing their course, may go on to university…