Charlie Day was a model Midhurst resident.

April 26, 2016

Charlie and Jean Day were my next-door neighbours on Bayfield Street when I was growing up.

19510222 Charles Day photo

From The Barrie Examiner, Thursday February 22, 1951:

Charles E. Day was recently elected president of the Barrie and District Civil Service Association. Previous experience with the association includes two years on the executive and six years with the sub-committee of the Department Council.

He is presently work foreman at the Midhurst Forestry Station, having been with the reforestry since 1928.

Born in Cambridge, England, Mr. Day received his education in that country. Upon finishing continuation school, he came to Canada and took up farming in Flos Township from 1920 to 1922. He farmed in the West the following year, returning east in 1924 to begin four years with the CPR.

Mr. Day left the employ of the CPR in 1928 and joined the staff of the Midhurst Reforestry as accountant.

He married the former L. Anne McGinnis of Midhurst in 1929 and they have one son, William. A member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Midhurst, Mr. Day has been warden of that church since 1929, with the exception of the war years.

He is a past master of Kerr Lodge AF&AM, Barrie, a member of the Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite, and Spry Sovereign Rose Croix Lodge, Barrie. A member of the Canadian Legion, Vespra Branch [149]. Mr. Day was president from 1936 to 1945. He saw war service in both World Wars. In the first war he served in the British Army with the 12th division, Kitchener’s Army. He joined the Grey and Simcoe Foresters  in 1940 and served with the A&T Staff till his discharge in 1945.

Mr. Day is an ardent hunter, and was connected with the Midhurst Athletic Club as secretary-treasurer from 1929 to 1934.

Mr. Robert Peacock was the only other Midhurst resident to serve in both World Wars.


Remembrance Day ceremonies at Springwater Park.

October 26, 2015

November 11th at 10 am.

Remembrance Day Invitation 2015

All welcome to this very special place. pdf


Remembrance Day 2012 at Springwater Provincial Park

November 29, 2012

To the 18 Vespra Boys who lost their lives in The Great War.

And to their families and those who chose to honour their sacrifice this fall.


Mr. Day and me

November 18, 2012

Bayfield Street from Barrie to Highway 26 at the Midhurst plains used to be called Mill Street.

From Finlay Mill Road to Highway 26, the highway divided modest homes and the provincial forest. By the late 1970s, the red pines were starting to be thinned out.

My Vespra township had men who served in two wars, helped build a cenotaph and  a Royal Canadian Legion and left an everlasting impression. And you could tell the most respected of them by how a gentle man dressed in civilian life.

Please children: try to listen to and honour older men, and keep an eye on those in hats.

With any luck, they’ll be with you forever,

They’ll be with you for always.


Midhurst is a complete community

January 1, 2012

Midhurst is a vibrant centre of new economic and social development stretching back almost 200 years.

Here are 132 cultural assets that go some way toward proving my point:

35thBattalion Simcoe Foresters, No. 4 Company 1874, Agriculture Society, Agriculture Fair, Am Shalom Synagogue 2003-now, Barnardo Girls, Barrie and District Hunters and Anglers Association 1953-now, Barrie Baycats 2001-now, Barrie Central Collegiate Institute 1843- , Barrie Community Sports Complex, 2000-now, Barrie Country Club 1913-now, Barrie Curling Club 1877-now, Barrie District North Collegiate 1957- , Barrie Market Square 1856-now, Barrie North Winter Tennis, Barrie Pulbic Library 1914- , Barrie Soccer Club, Blacksmith shops: C1, L6 1828, Walter Black 1883- , Box Social 1904, Building Blocks Cooperative Nursery School 1976- , Canadian Templars 1867-70, Catholic Women’s League, St. Mary’s Church 1921-now, Ceiligh (seniors group), Citizen of the Year award, Congregational Church, District Office, Ministry of Natural Resources, Doran Park 1971-now, Dunn’s Tavern 1870, Eastview Secondary School 1960- , École Frère-André Elementary School, Electric power plant 1888-98, Elementary Schools: S.S. No. 6 1850-86, S.S. No. 6 1886-1928, S.S. No. 17 1912-1948  -1962, Cedar View 1957-?, Forest Hill 1962-now, Farm Forum Study Group, Farm Radio Program, Farm Union, Finlay Saw Mill, Girl Guides of Canada: Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Grand Ball, Grange Society, Home and School Association, Hospice Simcoe 2003-now, Hunter Russell Nature Trail 1986-now, Huronia District Office, Jolly Rebels, Ministry of Natural Resources 1978-now, Independent Order of Good Templars 1870-85, Junior Homemakers Club, Knights of Columbus, Barrie Council1626 1912-now, Ladies’ Aid, Little Majority, Loyal True Blue Lodge, Midhurst Autumnfest 1968- , Midhurst Community Centre 1978-now, Midhurst Community Centre, Hall Board, Midhurst Community Centre, Womans’ Auxiliary, Midhurst Community Newsletter, Midhurst Community Park, Midhurst Crafts Group, Midhurst Fair, Midhurst Fire Hall 1967-now , Midhurst Historical Society, Midhurst Hunt Club, Midhurst Pioneer Cemetery 1831-96, Midhurst Post Office 1862-now, Midhurst Research Unit, Ontario Tree Improvement & Forest Biomass Institute, Midhurst Station Athletic Association, Midhurst Train Station 1907, Midhurst Tree Nursery 1922-1993, Midhurst Union Cemetery 1892-now, Midhurst United Church 1887-now, Monsignor Clair Elementary School 1976-now, Name: Oliver’s Mills 1825-1862, Midhurst 1862-now, North Simcoe Soils and Crops Improvement Association, Oliver’s Distillery 1826-51, Oliver’s grist mill 1825-87 , Oliver’s saw mill 1825-87, Oyster Supper, Pancake Social and Concert, Patron Hall, Patrons of Industry, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 149 1929-74, Royal Victoria Hospital of Barrie 1856-now, Russell sawmill, St. Joseph’s High School 1946, 1985-now, St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery 1849, 1867-now,  St. Mary’s Catholic Church 1849, 1871-1972, 1969-now, St. Mary’s Catholic School 1855, 1871, 1893, St. Paul’s Anglican Church 1883-now, Salter Oat Mills, School Fair 1916-39, Scouts Canada: Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Shingle mill (Dunn’s hill), Simcoe Agricultural Society 1837-now, Simcoe County Administration Centre, Simcoe County Archives 1965-now, Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture 1940-now, Simcoe County Historical Association 1891-now, Simcoe County Museum 1928-now, Simcoe County Road Department 1973-now, Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic Elementary School 2002-now, Sisters of St. Joseph 1857, 1885, Soap factory, Springwater Chamber of Commerce, Springwater Library, Midhurst Branch 1988-now, Springwater Provincial Park 1930s-now, Springwater Soccer Association, Springwater Township Rotary Club, Springwater Vespra Lions Club 1980- , Sunlight College, Taverns: John McLaughlin 1874, John Cullen 1874, Patrick Dunn 1870, Francis Lamprey 1868, The Christian Endeavour, The Farm Radio Forum, The First of July Picnic, Midhurst Presbyterian Church, The Midhurst Cairn, The Redemptoristines 1947-1966, The Sisters of St. Joseph 1857-1980, Township Hall I 1854-1935, Township Hall II 1929-78, Township Fair, Trail Rangers, Tree Nursery Sports Park, Tuxis Boys’ Group, Union Church, United Farmers of Ontario 1919-23, Vespra Agriculture Society, Vespra Hills Golf Club 2010-now, Vespra Library Board, Vespra Municipal Telephone System 1912-58, Vespra School Board, Vespra township hall I 1854-1935, Vespra township hall II 1929-78, Willow Creek Baptist Church 1986-now, Women’s Association, Midhurst United Church, Women’s Institute, Young People’s Group

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