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Looking Back: Remember 22
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Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 11 September 1996
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember when:

Boys in our days used to make sling shots and practice their accuracy on tin cans placed along a fence. Others were known to try theirs out on windows in vacant buildings.

Here again, maybe the lack of inner tubes has laid the sling shot to rest.

Lochlin, Ontario situated a short drive from Minden or Haliburton was originally named "Little Egypt."

As kids we used to have "pea shooter" battles. If we ran out of peas we'd raid Mother's pantry to see if she had any beans we could use. These "shooters" that were made of tin were available in practically every store and cost but a penny or two.

The Minden Echo newspaper was sold to Mac McArthur by its' founder, the late R. H. Baker.

We were told that if raindrops were clinging to a clothesline after as storm, it meant that more rain was on the way within a few hours.

It was common for a merchant to give you change containing a fifty cent piece. When did you last see a fifty-cent piece?

The temperature gauge on a car was contained in the radiator cap?

A buck-saw was in common use? Yours truly hasn't seen one in use for years.

Lloyd "Nipper" Flack was a well-known optometrist in our town.

A common sight when entering homes were fly coils hanging from the ceiling. Or a pad, looking somewhat like a blotter, placed in a saucer with a tad of water in it which became poisonous and killed off the pesky flies. In either case they weren't the most pleasant things to look at.

Imperial Tobacco Co. donated the big time clock that was mounted at the north end of the Kiwanis Arena on Russell Street. It bore a "Sweet Caporal" cigarette advertisement.

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Looking Back: Remember 22