Kawartha Lakes Public Library - Digital Collections
Looking Back: Remember 16
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 26 May 1996
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember when:

*As kids we used to carefully remove the cork from the inside of a bottle cap, place it under our shirt and press the bottle cap on the outside of our shirt, back on to the cork thus making ourselves a fancy badge.

*Rigging up a piece of light cardboard with a clothespin through our fender arms and onto the spokes of our bike to make it sound like a motorcycle with its' clatter was a common occurrence.

*The corner of Lindsay and Rideout Sts. had a black and white fingerboard sign pointing the direction to Peterborough, Ottawa, Haliburton, Minden, and Orillia complete with the mileage to each place.

*Buying the best tasting fish and chips in the world when they were wrapped in our newspaper was the norm.

*The Ranson family were owners and operators of the "Ranson House" in Minden before moving to Lindsay.

*The town "Smithies" were "Sinclair's Carriage Works" located where the police station is; E.A.St. John's blacksmith shop was on Kent St. E.,and Bill Cain's was on the site of the Monumental Works.

*Students took great pleasure on Arbor Day when they went out and cleaned up the school yard. Planting trees and flowers was a fun thing to do and helped provide beauty around the school.

"*Rusty Ruebin and His Ranch Boys" were frequently on stage at the Academy Theater back in the 1940's.

*Ashes were "sifted" from coal stoves and furnaces to retrieve any unburned chunks of coal.

*Alice B. McLaughlin wrote in the LCI's "Tatler" of 1933-34:



You guided wisely, young uncertain hearts,

Impatient of learning, soon to tire,

To find the joy that finer thought imparts.

The small horizons of the schoolroom yield

To life, where north and south are further set,

But we shall not forget.

Lessons taught there finer than books could hold,

Of quiet dignity - glad praise for little things,-

Of courage wrought in understanding gold,

Crowned splendidly with laurel.

Where greatness and humility gently met,

We cannot forget.

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