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Looking Back: Remember when

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 28 August 1995
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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*Hilton Manley's garage at the foot of the Wellington Street bridge where he had a Nash car dealership.

*Everyone would have their radio tuned in to hear "Jim" Hunter report the latest news out of CFRB in Toronto. His theme song was "A Hunting We Will Go".

*"The Post" was only three cents per copy and Fred Reeds was editor.

*Earl Craig opened Lindsay's first "Box Lunch" outlet located on the north-east corner of Durham and William streets.

Fred Bray's "Chick Hatchery" was located in the "Old Mill" on Kent Street East.

*"Pork Pie" hats and "Zoot Suits" were in vogue.

A cinder in the eye was common when railway trains made their runs through town.

A midnight cruise on the Scugog aboard the "Stoney Lake" was a must in the summer months.

A case of "Blue Top" beer contained a key ring with a small blue top attached thereto or a top, with string attached, that one could spin.

One could always tell if surgery had recently been performed at the Ross Memorial Hospital by walking in the front door of the building. The telltale evidence was the strong smell of chloroform that greeted visitors.

Fred Edmonds was owner of the Kent Theatre at the foot of Kent Street. Later his daughters were to become his successors until they sold the business to 20th Century Theatres Ltd. Of Toronto.

Lantern-slide projectors were so common. Folks would fill a church or town hall to see a lantern-slide show, sitting in awe at what they were viewing on the small screen placed at the front of the hall.

Morris Cigar Store had a lending library back in the early 30's.

Lindsay Collegiate Institute's first principal was Dr. Watson Kirkconnell.

George Kemp was a popular bar steward at the Royal Canadian Legion.

Merchants in Lindsay used to close their shops on Wednesday afternoons and remain open Saturday nights. Saturday nights were the busiest when farmers from the surrounding area would come into the town and visit while their wives did the grocery and other shopping.

(Locals recall getting cinders in their eyes)

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Looking Back: Remember when