Kawartha Lakes Public Library - Digital Collections
Looking Back: Remember 8
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Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 19 June 1996
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember When:

*Bread was eight cents a loaf.

*On Sunday nights, entertainers like Jack Benny; Edgar Bergin with his dummies "Charlie McCarthy" and "Mortimer Snerd"; "Fibber" McGee & Molly; Fred Allen and a mystery program, called "The Hermit's Cave," would enter homes via radio to entertain us. I can still hear the voice of the familiar bell-hop paging cigarette maker Philip Morris. "Call - for - Philip Mau reez."

*Air Canada was known to us as "Trans-Canada Airlines" or TCA.

*The late Frank Welch was the owner of the "John Welch & Son Funeral Directors" business in Minden.

I once asked Frank what the biggest cause of death could be attributed to and without missing a beat he replied "stoppage of the heart, of course!"

*Newspapers printed a Radio Log so one could follow what programs were being broadcast on radio.

*Trying to help a person get his car out of a mud hole by pushing the vehicle manually, we occasionally forgot to stay clear of the rear wheels and would be the recipient of a blast of mud spun all over our clothes.

*Engine oil, obtained from gas stations, was contained in glass bottles with long capped, aluminum spouts.

*Newspapers used to use "fillers."

These "fillers" were items, informative in nature, that might consist of anywhere from one to five lines and used solely to fill a galley of leaden news slugs.

*A newsstand, approximately seven feet high by four feet wide and four feet deep, stood about twenty-five feet south of Kent Street on the west side of William Street and was owned and operated by a man whose name was "Bucky" Geech. "Bucky" and his family tended this stand for a number of years and always had the latest newspapers and magazines available for their customers.

*The late John Carew, well-known owner of the John Carew Lumber Company, had a full head of white hair and a black mustache. One day a mother and her son met John on Kent Street and the lad asked him why his mustache was so much darker than his hair. "It should be boy, it's 21 years younger" was his retort.

*"Pete" Atman and Al Garden opened the Bowlaway Lanes.

*Ken Griffen opened the first United Cigar Store in Lindsay where Spence & Kelly are now located. Griffen was a barber and the late Herb Hardy worked along beside him the barbering business.

*Residents of the town living in areas where the streets were unpaved were assessed one dollar from the town for the old car oil that was spread to the keep the dust down during the summer months. By the time summer ended the streets looked like they had asphalt on them.

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Looking Back: Remember 8