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The Month that Was: November 1955
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Splendid Response

Tuesday, November 1st, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette

Householders in the north end of Oshawa made a fine response to the new type of Hallowe’en shell out last night. A total of $32.15 was collected on their rounds by the children, in the Rossland road area, for the United Nations “Save the Children” Fund. Those responsible for the idea wish to extend their thanks to the children and householders for their help.


Food Solicited For The Needy

Wednesday, November 2nd, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette

Thirty-five children from the elementary division of Oshawa Missionary College, under the direction of Principal Carl Ritchey and his assistant, called on Oshawa friends, Hallowe’en soliciting food items to be used in making up baskets for local needy families.


"The response was even more generous than we could imagine,” said MRs. Willard Gray, one of the ladies assisting. Approximately 200 items of canned and packaged food were received in less than an hour’s time.


“Bulging uniform pockets indicated that our children had not missed out entirely on the usual Hallowe’en treats either,” added Mrs. Gray.


Thirty-five tired children were reluctant to leave their Hallowe’en mission of mercy when the allotted time was up. The children were accompanied by adults in cars, and after completing their calls they returned to the college where refreshments were served.


Big Blast Of Tuesday Is Unsolved

Thursday, November 3rd, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette

Officials are still puzzled as to the origin of the tremendous blast which shook houses and sent citizens rushing outside to investigate at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday.


Police Chief H. Flintoff believes it may have been caused by a jet aircraft breaking the sound barrier, and there are strong reasons supporting this theory.


Squadron Leader R. Wood, public relations officer at Trenton RCAF station, says that it definitely was not an RCAF plane. There is speculation that it might have been a U.S. jet or an experimental craft. Officials at Oshawa Wireless Station, which is operated by the Department of National Defence, denied that the explosion had any connection with work carried on there.


“It sounded like a meteor,” in the opinion of H. Kift, 83 Patricia avenue. He is a Canadian Corps commissionaire.


“I’ve heard meteors before,”, said Kift. He described the blast as sounding like “a dead bung, as if a meteor had crashed into the earth behind us.”


Whatever the cause, Oshawa residents are hoping that it won’t happen again. It doesn’t make for restful sleeping.


Few Outside Plants Affected

Thursday, November 3rd, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette
Few plants outside GM have been affected by the 45-day strike of CIO United Auto Workers, according to Norman Hodgson, manager of the local unemployment insurance commission office today.

He said that few employees have been laid off from so-called GM feeder plants. Many GM strikers are accepting odd jobs around Oshawa, Mr. Hodgson mentioned, and about 50 of them are working full-time as construction laborers at the new shopping centre site on King Street West.


Mumps Outbreak Reported Mild

Thursday, November 3rd, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette

There was a mild epidemic of mumps in Oshawa during October but the disease was mainly confined to children of school age.


Figures released today by the Medical Officer of Health Dr. F. Mackay showed that 40 cases of mumps were reported during the month.


Of these, 36 were children of school age, 22 of them male. Other communicable diseases during the month were not prevalent, but the following cases were reported: Chicken pox 1, infectious hepatitis 4, measles 3, german measles 1, poliomyelitis 1, scarlet fever 1, whooping cough 4.


Total cases of reported communicable diseases was 58 for the month.


Oshawa Records Best Poppy Day

Monday, November 7th, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette


In spite of the conditions existing in Oshawa at the present time, the Canadian Legion’s annual Poppy Day, held on Saturday, realized the highest total in the history of Poppy Days in the city. Citizens bought poppies generously, and the total proceeds of the day amounted to $1,991.92. This is some $80 more than last year’s figure, which was the high record up to that time.


Members of the Oshawa Branch of the Legion and of its active Ladies’ Auxiliary, assisted by many school pupils, spent a busy day selling poppies on the streets and in a house-to-house canvass, and were delighted by the generous response to their efforts. The proceeds of the day go, in their entirety, into the Branch Poppy Fund, which is used for the relief of distress and urgent need among war veterans and their dependents.


Hundreds Of Guests Attend Chrysanthemum Tea At Parkwood

Monday, November 7th, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette


Many guests from Toronto, Oshawa and district, Montreal and Hamilton enjoyed the hospitality of Col. and Mrs. R.S. McLaughlin at Parkwood on Saturday afternoon and appreciated the privilege of viewing the magnificent display of chrysanthemums.


Battalions of single blooms, some standing over six feet high, lifted proud heads of curling petals, white, yellow, bronze, and pink, row on row, in the green houses. Other varieties were arranged in the reception rooms, and trailing blooms decorated the balustrade of the staircase.


Assisting the host and hostess in receiving the guests were Mrs. M.E. McEachren and Mrs. C.C. Mann. Mrs. McLaughlin wore a sheath gown in Chinese red silk crepe made with a long pointed tunic over fine pleats. From the long torso line in the back a slim pleated panel fell into a slight train.


Firemen To Parade

Wednesday, November 9th, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette


Members of the Whitby Volunteer Fire Brigade will hold a church parade to St. John’s Anglican Church, Port Whitby, this Sunday morning. The firemen will meet at the Bay fire hall at 10:45 a.m. to parade to the church for the 11 a.m. service. Leading the parade will be the Sea Cadet Band from Oshawa.


Police Find Missing Boy, 16

Thursday, November 10th, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette


Missing for several weeks, 16-year old Arthur Ferjo alias Johnny Pollock, has been returned to the home of his parents in Oshawa.


Toronto police discovered the lad working in a store in that city and he was returned to Oshawa right away.


Council Gives Green Light To Five By-Laws

Thursday, November 10th, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette


The Oshawa City Council this week approved five bylaws, the most important of which authorized the execution of a sewer contract valued at $67,699.


The sewer contract went to F.F. Welch Limited, an Oshawa contractor. Other bylaws approved are:

To authorize the execution by the city in agreement with the Canadian Pacific Railway Company for the laying of a sewer pipe under the right of way of the CPR.

To establish and lay out certain highways and parts of highways in the city of Oshawa.

To authorize the construction of a cement concrete sidewalk on the south side of Athol street, between Simcoe Street South and Celina street.

To re-divide certain polling subdivisions in the City of Oshawa.


To Hold Service At Cenotaph

Thursday, November 10th, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette


Many citizens of Whitby will pause for a brief space of time tomorrow at Whitby’s shrine of Remembrance on Dundas Street East, here a memorial service will be held, starting at 10:45 a.m.


 Rev. David Marshall, chaplain of Whitby Branch 112 of the Canadian Legion, will conduct the brief and impressive service, and over 60 wreaths will be deposited in tribute and memory of the men from Whitby who, during two great wars, laid down their lives. During the service there will be heard the Last Post and Reveille by Legion buglers, and sharp at 11 o’clock a moment of silence will be observed.


There will be a parade of ex-servicemen and representatives of other local organizations from the Legion Hall to the cenotaph.


Driver Saves Truck

Friday, November 11th, 1955 – The Daily Times-Gazette


A Toronto truck driver saved the tractor and half the merchandise when his vehicle burst into flames two miles east of the Bowmanville Interchange on Highway 401 at 12:28 a.m. Thursday. The fire, visible for miles around completely destroyed the trailer valued at about $8,000 and several tons of freight which included bubble gum, dixie cups, tea and steel. The truck, owned by Direct Motors, Ltd., Quebec, was travelling from Toronto to Quebec drive by Gilles Lacoursiere, 28, of 38 McGill St., Toronto. His co-driver was Paul Gagnon, 28, of Quebec.

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