Kawartha Lakes Public Library - Digital Collections
Looking Back: Remember 14
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 18 May 1996
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Remember when:

*Tin cups hung by wells in the town for the weary to quench their thirst? It was considered to be the Community Cup and no one ever gave hygiene a thought.

*Cliff Campbell, Lindsay's Fire Chief, was appointed to the Ontario Fire Marshall's office.

*The next holiday we had as school kids following New Years, was Good Friday and Easter Monday. Following that break we had what was known then as a day for the "Teachers' Convention."

The next holiday was the 24th of May and then summer holidays followed at the end of June. Winter Break? Never heard of such a thing!

*A $20 bill was considered to be a large sum of money. Few were the workers who made that much in a couple of weeks. I recall when I worked for R. J. Morris, an employee had to let him or Ab Ashmore know when we had received a "Twenty" from a customer. They would immediately place it in the safe where it stayed until R.J. made his trip to the bank of Montreal.

*We were taught that the golden rule in spelling was "I" before "e" except after "c"?

Sometime, at your leisure, figure out how weird this rule is.

*When the County Gaol was commonly known as "Stony's Palace." This was because the Gaoler was a gentleman by the name of Harry Stone. More than one Judge or Magistrate would sentence a person to what even they referred to as "Stoney's Palace."

*The rattle of milk bottles would awaken folks when the milkman made his rounds in the early morning hours.

*Lorne Jordan and Ivan Moore shared offices on William St. S. as Attorneys until Jordan was named Crown Attorney and shortly afterwards Moore was appointed Magistrate.

*A British comedian by the name of George Formby would pack the Academy Theater anytime one of his movies came to town. I have never heard a fellow play a ukulele anything remotely close to what Formby could. His most notable songs were "Our Sergeant Major, Mr. Wu's a Window Cleaner Now and Me Grandma's Flannelette Nightie."

*It was said that tall people are lazier than short ones because they are longer in bed.

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Looking Back: Remember 14