Kawartha Lakes Public Library - Digital Collections
Looking Back: Remember 25
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Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 11 November 1996
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember when:

*Boys were noted for curling up in an old tire and then having a friend roll them around the street. Often after getting out of the tire we would stagger around for a while trying to get over the dizziness we experienced.

*A man by the name of Percy Groves used to go from door-to-door selling home-made aprons and fancy pot holders in an effort to feed his family. They lived at 40 Queen Street.

*"Eddy" O'Donnell who lived on John Street was the town's Raleigh representative and used his bicycle as his means of gathering and delivering orders.

*Harold V. ("Doc") Mercer was a popular pharmacist in town? His store was located around 18 Kent Street. He was one of the LCI's alumni.

*It was safe to plunge into the goodies you gathered from door- to- door on Halloween night. There weren't as many "sick-minded people" in those days.

*Many light bulbs were made of clear glass thus allowing us to see the filament light up when we closed the power switch.

*Farmers could be seen carrying coal-oil lanterns as they made their way to the barn in the dark. Yes, and they milked their cows by the same light with their hands. No electric milking machines back then.

*Those who owned an automobile were the exception.

*We had never heard of such things as diesel engines, propane or natural gas. And those of us who were born before 1940 were here prior to television, penicillin, frozen foods and plastics. Before nursing homes, credit cards, panty hose, air conditioners; and who had heard of such things as Frisbees, artificial hearts, tape decks, yogurt or dishwashers?

*John L. Baker and J. George Baldwin operated their coal, coke and wood businesses out of their locations on Lindsay Street North between Queen and Colbourne Sts.

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Looking Back: Remember 25