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Tillsonburg News, Feb. 7, 1963

Modern Store Planned

A new, ultra-modern I.G.A. Foodliner is scheduled to be built in Tillsonburg in the next few months, to be opened early next summer. It will be erected on Broadway at Hale St., on property now owned by the Tillsonburg Shoe Company Ltd. factory.

Ample parking space in front of the new half million dollar Supermarket will be a major feature. The building will be at the back of the lot where the Tillsonburg Shoe water tower now stands. This landmark, along with the rest of the three-storey factory will be demolished.

In addition to the full line of groceries, the Foodliner will feature a lunch counter; frozen food department; a complete self-serve meat department, with meat preparation areas open to public view and inspection; produce area; plus additional features such as a hardware department and drygoods department.

“A complete one-stop shopping centre,” according to Mr. Gordon Welch.

“Rest assured that we at Tillsonburg Shoe will do our best to retain the industry for Tillsonburg,” said Tillsonburg Shoe president Walter H. Gibson, who leased the property in 1936 and bought it five years later.

Tillsonburg News, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 1963

Flue Acreage Cut “At Least” 40%

There will be an acreage cut of “at least 40 per cent,” from basic acreage of all flue-cured tobacco farms in Ontario this year.

The possibility of an even larger cut is suggested.

Tillsonburg News, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1963

Constable Shot

Constable Frank J. Berenz, Tillsonburg detachment OPP officer, was shot without warning last night as he and Constable Robert J. Arbour were executing a warrant on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

The constable was wounded in the right thigh by a slug from a 12-gauge shotgun after the two officers had entered a trailer with a warrant of arrest, a short distance shout of Hwy 3, east of Tillsonburg.

Constable Arbour drew his revolver and ordered the man out. He offered no further resistance, and was taken into custody.

Berenz was taken to Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital by Tillsonburg Ambulance Service. His condition was described as good this morning.

Tillsonburg News, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1963

Old Tillsonburg By-Laws

Some interesting by-laws are still valid in Tillsonburg including one, dated Nov. 12, 1884, which most citizens seem to be ignoring these days. Dealing with public nuisances, it requires that all properties within the town be enclosed with a fence ‘high enough to prevent a milch cow from jumping over it.’

Another one on the books since May 3, 1904, is laudable, but difficult to enforce – an edict prohibiting ‘spitting on the sidewalks.’



Tillsonburg Observer, March 10, 1904

Daily Newspapers

Now the great Japan and Russia war is on in earnest, if you want to be up to date in news and know all about the war, let us deliver a daily newspaper to your house. We have three newspaper boys and can give you a quick delivery.

London Free Press, arrives at 7:30 a.m., at 25c per month.

Toronto World, arrives at 12:30 p.m., at 25c per month.

Toronto Globe, arrives at 12:30 p.m., at 35c per month.

Toronto Mail and Empire, arrives at 12:30 p.m., at 35c per month.

March 17, 1904


Four young boys were, on Friday evening, seen in a public place in the town completely under the influence of liquor.

License Inspector Andrew Sutherland of Ingersoll was in town on Tuesday making investigations, and charges have been laid by him against Mrs. James McBride, who owns the license of the Hotel Grande and Jos. Aspinall, of selling liquor to minors. The cases will be tried on Monday.


The match between a Galt team and the Pan-Drieds on the Electric Rink (an ice rink with a roof, lit by electric lights, but no walls, which blew down during a storm in the late 1920s) Friday night was a fine exhibition of the game.

The teams were about evenly matched and some skillful combinations were played on both sides.

At half-time each team had two goals to their credit. In the last half the Pan-Drieds scored once, making the score 3-2 in their favour. J. Andrews made a brilliant play in carrying the puck to the goal from the centre.

Rob Ross refereed the game and gave satisfaction to both sides. There was a good attendance. The Pan-Drieds received 20 per cent of the proceeds.

The Pan-Drieds were defeated by a score of 10-1 in the match with the Ingersoll OHA juniors, at the Ingersoll rink Monday night.

The Pan-Drieds suffered a defeat on Tuesday night when they faced the Klondikes of Brantford on the rink here. The score stood 1 to 4 in favour of the visitors. R. Ross refereed the game, which was the roughest seen here this season.

March 24, 1904


Mr. Chas. Burkholder has purchased the lot on the corner of Harvey and Brock streets and intends to erect on it, this summer, a two storey cement building for the purpose of manufacturing bicycles and automobiles.


The managers of the banks have decided to hereafter close the banks at three o’clock p.m. daily, excepting Saturday, when the closing hour will be one o’clock. Business men and farmers who have been in the habit of doing their banking after these hours should have this fact in their memories.


On Monday, Wm. Oatman, who works at The Tillson Company’s mills, received a cut on the head which required 12 stitches. He was struck by a trap door which became loosened and fell a distance of 30 feet. Mr. Oatman heard the door coming and protected himself with his hands, or the accident would have been more serious.


Charges laid against Mrs. Jas. McBride and Mr. Jos. Aspinall last week that they had sold intoxicating liquor to boys under 18 years of age, were heard by Police Magistrate Hare on Monday.

In the Aspinall case, John White, a son of D.S. White, testified that he had bought a flask of whiskey at Mr. Aspinall’s store on the 11th, and he and other boys had drunk the liquor.

Under cross-examination, he stated that he had on several occasions previously got liquor from the store with his father’s knowledge and consent to be delivered by his father to persons on his stage route between Tillsonburg and Ingersoll, and Mr. Aspinall supposed that the liquor he procured on the 11th was for some person in the country and the boy had been sent for it by his father.

No other evidence was provided.

Mr. Aspinall’s lawyer stated that his client had always endeavored to conduct his business in accordance with the law, and that offence in this case was more an error of judgment than a willful violation of the law. The magistrate assented to this view of the matter, but said that nevertheless, as a warning, he would record a conviction and impose the smallest fine possible – $10 and costs.

In the McBride case, Ernest Robins, a boy about 15 years old, testified that he had bought a 25c flask of whiskey from the bartender of the Imperial Hotel. On the other hand, the bartender swore he had not sold the boy liquor, and the defendant’s counsel argued the boy had either stolen the liquor from the bar when the bartender was engaged at the other end of the room, or it had been bought by a man and given to the boy.

The magistrate, however, accepted the boy’s statement as the correct one, believing the bartender had been careless and not noted the youthfulness of the purchaser. He imposed a similar fine to that in the previous case.




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