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The Month That Was - January 1965
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Area Lawyer Is Honoured

Saturday, January 2nd, 1965 – The Oshawa Times

Roger Gordon Conant, 42, of Greenwood, is one of the 107 Ontario barristers appointed as a Queen’s Counsel. Manager of industrial relations for Honeywell Controls Limited, of Leaside, he is a son of a former attorney-general and premier of Ontario.


A native of Oshawa, MR. Conant is a son of Mrs. Gordon D. Conant and the late Hon. MR. Conant. He received his education in the Oshawa schools and later at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall.


During the Second World War he served overseas and was wounded in action. Following his discharge he resided for a time in Ajax and was an officer in the Ontario Regiment in Oshawa.


Mr. Conant was recently named as returning officer for Ontario Riding to take the vote in the next federal election.


Legion Holds Open House

Saturday, January 2nd, 1965 – The Oshawa Times

Celebration of New Year’s Day by the Oshawa Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion took the form of the traditional “open house” for the members of the branch and their guests. The large hall at the Legion building was filled to overflowing during the forenoon as old comrades gathered to exchange seasonal greetings and enjoy the refreshments and food provided by the branch.


President Maurice Proctor, with his chief officers, welcomed the members and guests, and extended to all the best wishes of the branch for a happy and prosperous New Year.


Among special guests noted were Hon. Michael Starr, MP., Albert Walker, MLA., Mayor Lyman Gifford, Fire Chief Ray Hobbs, Alderman John Brady, Alderman Cephas Gay, and representatives of the Ontario Regiment, Naval Veterans Association, Canadian Corps Association, Polish Veterans Association and the Royal Canadian Air Force Association.


Many of the members remained to enjoy the lunch provided by the branch, and to sit in groups in the comfortable hall reminiscing over old wartime experience.


Couple Recieves Pope’s Picture

Monday, January 4th, 1965 – The Oshawa Times

An Oshawa couple were recently presented with a parchment picture of Pope Paul by Monsignor Paul Dwyer, pastor of St. Gregory’s Church on Simcoe street north.


They are Mr. and Mrs. James McKenna, of 239 Kaiser crescent.

The picture was presented in honour of their 45th wedding anniversary.


The picture was also autographed by the Pontiff who sent his blessings to the Oshawa couple through the Monsignor, who had an audience with him in Rome last month.


Traditional Rites Marked

Monday, January 4th, 1965 – The Oshawa Times

Polish residents of Oshawa observed Christmas and New years with their traditional ceremonies.


One of the most important customs is the ceremony of breaking of the bread between families and friends, as an assurance of good wishes. This originated in 9th century among the feudal princes of Poland who laid their differences at the Christmas season and lived in good will.


This custom extends from Christmas supper called “WIGILIA”, to Jan. 6, (Epiphany or 3 Kings). In this period, families and friends exchange good wishes for the coming year.


The bread called “OPLATEK” is specially baked bread the same as used in churches for the mass.

“WIGILIA” the supper is served traditionally prepared food consisting of 12 different courses which symbolize the 12 apostles.


With midnight Mass the holiday officially begins. During this time the families sing carols paying homage to the new born Christ.


On New Year’s Eve, a well prepared supper is served and lasts until 12 o’clock. At that time people drink health to each other and exchange wishes.


Noisy Drum Irks School

Tuesday, January 5th, 1965 – The Oshawa Times

Central Collegiate’s troublesome music room has been partially silenced, according to Principal Harrison Murphy.


Murphy told a meeting of the Oshawa Board of Education work on soundproofing the walls had progressed well. At ordinary level, he said, there was little or no carryo-ver of sound into adjoining rooms.


Work on the room had been completed before the end of the Christmas holidays, he said. The room, part of a new addition to the Collegiate, was found to be not soundproofed after construction was completed last year. Adjoining classrooms had to be vacated when the school band practiced.


The sound leakage sparked a Board debate on Dec. 15 over responsibility for defective soundproofing. At the meeting it was decided to ask Wilkinson Construction Company to tackle the noisy room again over the holidays.

While the sound has died down, however, MR. Murphy told last night’s meeting, several weaknesses still exist.

“When the band plays full blast it carries into the next room,” he said. “And we might have to do something about the drum…nothing seems to muffle it,” he added.


Area Breeders Ship To Italy

Wednesday, January 6th, 1965 – The Oshawa Times

Three Oshawa district breeders contributed to the shipment of 55 purebred Holsteins which left Toronto International Airport on Monday for Milan, Italy.


T. Robert Fleet, Oshawa; Harold A. Werry and Son, Oshawa and Hugh Ormiston, Brooklin, each supplied one head.


The shipment consisted of 13 bulls and 42 females, the latter largely bred heifers. The animals were valued at $100,000 and will be used as breeding stock.

The cost of shipping the animals by jet was just over $500 per animal.


Sales At GM Set Record

Monday, January 11th, 1965 – The Oshawa Times

General Motors of Canada reported today that sales by its dealers of 308, 536 cars and trucks during 1964 had set an all-time record for the year and exceeded the previous record established in 1963 by 8,909 vehicles.

“Our dealers did an outstanding selling job during the year,” said E.H. Walker, president and general manager. “It is particularly remarkable that this sales record was established in spite of the loss of seven weeks’ production due to a strike at the Oshawa plants and a lay-off caused by strikes against our supplier plants in the United States.”


Domestic sales of North American type cars and trucks by GM during the past year were made up to 249,015 passenger cars and 47,099 trucks.


Gas War May Hit Oshawa

Monday, January 11th, 1965 – The Oshawa Times

Whitby’s gasoline price war which began Saturday may be short-lived, according to a local service station operator. He told The Times today that prices should go back to normal, if orders from the gas companies head offices are obeyed.


An Oshawa representative for a gas company said that the battle should reach the city. “It is not here yet but prices sure will come down,” he stated, “prices will not go as low as they have in Toronto.”


Toronto service stations were selling regular gas at 31.9 cents per gallon this morning. Whitby prices also hit the 31.9 low on Saturday.


Steak House Safe Missing

Wednesday, January 13th, 1965 – The Oshawa Times

Thieves finally managed to et the 225-pound safe out of Roland’s Steak House. They succeeded sometime Monday morning.


Oshawa police said today that the safe, containing about $500 in cash, was carried up a flight of stairs and taken away sometime between 10:15 p.m. Monday, and 11 a.m. Tuesday.


About two months ago, the same safe, unopened, was discovered dragged 40 feet from its original position. When staff came into work at the Simcoe street north restaurant in the morning.


Inspector Ernest Barker said the Tuesday entry was gained by forcing a rear window with a large screwdriver or bar, and then unlatching the door.


Police are following up on a number of automobiles seen in the area throughout the night.


Publicity For Oshawa

Wednesday, January 13th, 1965 – The Oshawa Times

The recently issued annual report of the Bank of Montreal contains a picture of the new branch at the intersection of Simcoe and Athol streets, Oshawa
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