Silly ass!


Jack Bowers of Chesley and Huron-Kinloss dropped a copy of the Thursday, July 19, 1923 edition of The Kincardine Reporter at the office a couple of weeks ago.

The Old Boys and Girls Reunion had kicked off Monday of that week, says the Reporter, and home comers had been arriving all week. "On Monday, the noon train was a scene that will not be forgotten. Perhaps never before were so many autos gathered at the station to meet the homecomers."

The story says crowds from Chicago, Detroit and other places as well as the famous Galt Kiltie Band helped fill the four passenger coaches. The band led the new arrivals uptown.

The big event of the day, though, was the arrival of the S.S. Owana of the White Star Line which dropped off a 500-strong delegation from Detroit.

Also on the front page of the second section were photos of Ontario's new cabinet ministers and the photos of ministers who would be preaching on the Sunday. There was a photo of Rev. T.H. Farr, rector of the Church of the Messiah, grandfather, I believe, of Michael Farr of Kincardine.
Page 7 and 13 were cheery - the first listed everyone who had died since the 1907 reunion and the other listed everyone who had died since Jan. 1, 1922.

Page 13 also carried a large ad from Palmer's United Attractions. The company advertised: three big band organs; Palmer's $10,000 jumping horse merry-go-round; Palmer's new Big Eli ferris wheel (grandest on the continent); the trip to Mars; and Palmer's Indian shooting jungle. Palmer's set up at MacPherson Park at the end of Lambton Street.

Another report said: A Toronto woman has cremated her fourth husband. Some live to be old maids and others have husbands to burn.

The best column in the paper was by the Office Dog, written I assume, by publisher J.J. Hunter. Following are a few items from the Office dog:

*There was a young chap named Glass
Who delighted to step on the gas.
He tried - but in vain -
To out speed a train,
Silly ass, silly ass, silly ass!

*We know a girl who is so modest that she blushes when the radio announces Bedtime Stories.
*Frankie Hurdon says if he could avoid getting up to eat, he wouldn't mind having breakfast at an earlier hour. (I wonder who Frankie was.)

*If you can't travel you can get Pullman luxury at home. Just crawl up on a closet shelf and stick a cinder in your eye.

*If you don't like the BUSTLE of the city, move to the OUTSKIRTS.

That's enough of Office dog.

The municipality recently distributed posters outlining the history of each building in downtown Kincardine. The poster we received says 840 Queen St. was owned by a James Marcus from 1920 to 1926. According to the business directory in the 1923

paper, the Northend Grocery was owned by Russell & Marcus.
So besides being home to a funeral parlour, furniture store, ladies wear shop, two newspapers and God knows what else, 840 Queen was also a grocery. The Independent has occupied 840 Queen longer than any other business.

I'm impressed with the Chinese government.
I was reading last week that Chinese weather guys have already been told to provide fair weather for the opening of the Olympics.

If it were only that easy to control events in this country.

Finally, the corner of Harbour Street and Huron Terrace in Kincardine is an accident waiting to happen. The municipality could solve that problem by allowing parking on only one side of Harbour Street west of Huron Terrace. There is a public parking lot beside the restaurant.