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Looking Back: Remember 13
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 30 March 1996
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember when:

*Tommy Langley was a popular dance band leader in the Lindsay area. Langley was a drummer and was known for his keen sense of humor and laughter.

There was a slogan "Tommy" loved that referred to a rival band and went as follows:

Swing and sway with Sammy Kaye,

Swing and sweat with Norm Bissette.

Swing and sway with Sammy Kaye

And you'll swing with glee

With Tommy Langlee!

*You could scoop up a handful of water from any stream and drink it without fear of it being polluted.

*A trip to the cottage meant tranquility. You could quietly paddle a canoe, listen to the birds, smell the fresh clean air, hear the fish jumping and the frogs croaking. Now it's all motor boats, water skiing, surfing, etc. No more peace and quiet.

*"Ice Creepers" were a common sight especially with the older folks. They could be pulled over the rubbers or galoshes or were permanently installed on the bottom of your footwear by a shoemaker and flipped out of place when not needed.

*It was said that little places that were voting against beverage rooms evidently did so because they didn't want to become known as "hic" towns.

*Ida M. Taylor, A.T.C.M., taught piano and theory at 22 Bond Street.

*You'd pick up a telephone receiver and hear the voice of the operator ask "number please."

Georgina Howe was with Bell Telephone in Lindsay for a number of years and was a supervisor over local telephone operators. Her husband "Sam" had a successful tinsmith business in town.

*Ministers were able to project their voices in getting their sermons across without the use of electronic equipment.

There was a story about one minister who, while preaching a sermon, had a lady rise from her seat when her baby began crying. He immediately stopped and said "please sit down madam; if I can't make myself heard above that little one's crying I shouldn't be in this pulpit." She sat down and he continues with his sermon.

*E.A. St. John, a local blacksmith, had a shop on Kent Street E. Some years later it was to become Charlie Lamb's Auction Barn.

*Rose Lewis was Forelady at Knitters Limited when it was located on Logie Street.

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Looking Back: Remember 13