From The Old Scrap Book
65 Years Ago

     October 1912: Sam Wyborn of Stokes Bay went to Wiarton on Friday with a load of fish, returning on Saturday.

     Messrs. Doran and Arthur of Stokes Bay, have their mill rebuilt and are putting new machinery in it; they will have a better mill than before the fire.

     George Hayward, Wiarton, is moving to Stokes Bay. We understand he has bought the Cameron property, which is 40 acres. Going to start farming, George?

     The storms last week drove vessels in to Stokes Bay harbour for shelter. There were four fishing tugs in the harbour for three days.

     Henry Ribbell and family, Brinkman’s Corners left this week for New Liskeard, where they will make their home. Mr. Ribbel has lived many years on the Peninsula, was Clerk of Lindsay, and has been well and favourably known. His many friends will wish him prosperity in Mew Ontario.

     A man who was afraid of thunder crawled into a hollow log as a place of safety during a storm. Then thunder rolled and the rain poured down in torrents and the log began to swell up till the poor fellow was wedged in so tight that he couldn’t get out. All his past sins began passing before him. Suddenly he remembered he hadn’t paid his newspaper subscription and he felt so small he was able to back right out. (Expect he made a beeline to the Echo Office.)

From the Scrapbook of 1914
     The greatest war in world history has just begun. On one side ar Germany and Austria. England, France, Russia, Serbia and Belgium are on the other.

     Urgent appeals are being sent to the women to knit or sew articles for our soldiers.

     Mr. Wm. McDonald, M.P.P. for the defunct riding of Central Bruce, was nominated for the riding of North Bruce as the Liberal Candidate.

     Seaman Brothers who operate a mill at the Sauble, have just opened a new brick plant there.

     George Ewald has sold his well-known horse Mae McKinley, to an Owen Sound man. That horse can step the mile in 2:20.

     Tara has a population of 500.

     Last Fiday a taction engine with a train of wagons passed up the Peninsula loaded with mill machinery. Some thought it was the Bruce Peninsula Railway!

     Mr. Hunt will be the mailman at Pike Bay for the next four years.

     The cost of living will come down now that tipping will be abolished. This is about the best thing the Canadian Senate ever did.

     Ford Runabouts are selling for $600.
     Gasoline retailed in London for 18 a gallon. May drop to 15.

     J. McVannel put an automobile service between Wiartonand Oliphant.

     Certificates for Entrance Examinations have been granted to Madge Crane and Cyrus Rutherford.

     Eastnor Tonship has voted 200 dollars towards the establishment of a new railway up the Peninsula.

     An Owen Sound Sun reporter made a survey of ministers in that city regarding the new dance steps: The Bunny Hop, Turkey Trot, Hesitation Waltz, One Step and Maxie. In each case, these men of the cloth stated that the dances were immoral and suggestive, and condemned them.

     During a tidal wave at Stokes Bay, the tide came up about four feet.

     A band of about 25 Arabs passed through the burg of Wolsley??
     On that last one – Where did they go? Where did they come from? Were they on a secret mission searching for oil? Many of the old “Scraps” really set your head a buzzing!
by Helene Scott

     P.S. Must add these 1910 problems.
     Shallow Lake: “Have you Wiarton people muzzled your dogs yet? We have. There are about two dozen dogs on the street and they are all muzzled except about 23.”

     Wiarton: “We have two abominable nuisances in the town,” said the Mayor at the council meeting. “One is dogs and the other is cows.” Councillors agreed that the problem was serious and the poundkeeper must be paid more money.

     George Hummel spent a few days in Lion’s Head, before returning to New Ontario, and the many friends there gave a ball in his honour. There were more than 80 percent.

     W.W. Ransbury was re-elected as Reeve of st. Edmonds ny accalamation, and in Lindsay, A.J. McDonald was returned to his post as Reeve.

     In the spring of 1910 boats sailing out of Wiarton were The Elsinore, The Elite and the Sanford. Captain Batten of The Dominion Fishing C., had sailed into port with two tugs as first boat of the season he received a new topper from the Board of Trade.

     One of the first settlers in Red Bay was William Ferguson who arrived there in 1879. Went to Sask in 1910.

     Leslie and Jarvis Martindale have purchased from Dan Smith of Tobermory his stove factory and intend putting a large stock in readiness.

     Jesse Lawrence had a mill at Pike Bay. He lost his little finger when it came in contact with a saw at his mill. Jesse washed the hand in carbolic acid water and finished his sawing before going to Wiarton to have it attended too.

February 1910
     The government has said that we must tie up or muzzle our dogs. Shallow Lake correspondent says: “Have you Wiarton people muzzled your dogs yet?” We have. There are about two dozen dogs on the street and they are all muzzled except about 23.

     Joe Quesnel of Owen Sound had his right arm badly mangled at Mr. Kent’s mill at Dyers Bay last week. His coat sleeve was caught in one of the wheels, and the flesh stripped down to the bone for about 9 inches.

     Baptist church at Mar was officially opened on Feb. 20th. The cash cost would be in the neighbourhood of $3,000.00 and the credit for its erection largely due to Mr. Edwards, the student pastor who worked very hard to this end.

     Capt. Golden of Stokes Bay got a duck in the lake the other day when he went out to look at his nets and went through a soft spot in the ice.

     Plenty of timbering in Albermarle. George Vogt, Robert Forbes and the Newman Company all have gangs at work cutting.

March 1910
     About two weeks ago, Robert Thompson of Elderslie, while working at the Shouldice camp on the Peninsula for the Kastner Lumber Co., hauled a load of hemlock which measured 1790 feet, to Pleasant Harbour, a distance of five miles. It is probably the largest load of hemlock ever transported in this area.

     J.R. Lane, who has been running a store at Barrow Bay for the past 2 years, has sold out to Messrs R. Greig and an W.I. Hewton of that place.
     Passed their entrance from Stokes Bay: Alex McKay, Ola McDonald, Malcolm Smith.

March 1909
     Amos Hilyer got his hand badly torn on the skids, while loading logs at Mitchell’s camp, Stokes Bay.

     The corner stone of the church at Ferndale will be laid Aug.17th.
Operating expenses were down this year (lumbering). Formerly a man wanted 35 dollars a month, but this year they were getting 22 to 25, and teams were getting on $2.50 instead of $3.

May 1909
     A raft of logs containing a hald million feet of lumber arrived this week from Barrow Bay for the Kastner Lumber Co.

     Albert Pacey, manager of Johnstone, Hunter’s and Crawford’s driven completed the contract this week. He is the only man to ever run the drive from start to finish without a jam.

June 1909
     Pedwell and Lemcke are rushing work on their new tug at Lion’s Head.

     The Lion’s Head Scale Company will erect a set of scales capacity 5,000 pounds, on the vacant lot of Bruin and Miers, and will put a building over them.

July 1909
     H. Ribbel, who has been teaching school at Brinkman’s Corners, held a picnic to secure money to buy a bell for the school. The people came from near and far and $45. Was raised, so they will build a belfrey and install the bell.

August 1909
     Robert Hoath of Hope Bay has built a barn for Ronakd Cameron of Spry. Itis one of the largest and best barns in Eastnor Twp.
     A teacher wanted for Miller Lake school. Salary is $350.00.

     During a heavy gale last Friday (June 1909) the barge Herschell which was off Lion’s Head, was struck by winds and waves, listed and spilled 6,000 ties, belonging to Forbes and Williscroft. It is expected they will drift to Christian Island.

     A gentleman from Chicago is erecting a cottage at Oliphant that will cost $1,000, a veritable palace.

September 1909
     Mr. And Mrs. Jesse Lawrence of Pike Bay celebrated their 55th wedding anniversaty recently. They came from Newcastle, England in 1881.

     Two threshing machines came in to town on GTR on Saturday. One was for James Ward, Lake Charles and the other for Mr. Wardrope, Dyer’s Bay.

December 1909
     There will be extensive operations on the Peninsula this year, H. Kleinscroth, Stoke Bay will contract for 2 million feet and Lemcke and Pedwell will cut as much as usual.

Pages 33 - 37 of Old Timers’ Tales
A History of Stokes Bay and Area
(Bruce Peninsula)
By Helene Scott