The cover of the New Party movement’s 1960 platform paper (Image Source, including the rest of the document).
It is appropriate enough to post this in the week in which he have said our final goodbyes to the great Gordie Howe; June of 1960 found hockey fans likewise bidding farewell to one of the giants of the game. Elsewhere, a notorious Nazi was finally brought to justice, while at home, Peterborough set out on the road to some political history-making. Read on!
Peterborough Examiner, June 2nd, 1959
We’re back (and a little behind schedule, as I’m sure you’re aware)! Our period of interest for 1959 is actually the very beginning of June, and here we find Peterborians talking missile defence systems, provincial election politics, and — loudly and often — issues related to local traffic. Read on, for those matters and also an outbreak of Greek gods in Peterborough’s lacrosse scene!
(Photo by Patrick Conway)
Our look at this week in Peterborough in 1959 will be a bit delayed this due to travel, but should be up on the weekend at some point. In the meantime, I give you the above picture of buffleheads on the Otonabee, taken this April.
Peterborough Examiner, May 24th, 1958. “Danny Fortune” was a short-lived comic book series of the time.
“But what of 1957?” you ask! Sadly, the 1957 post will have to wait for another time, but we will address the events of mid-May of that year at some point. And that brings us to 1958, when this week in May began with a terribe, tragic story in Peterborough. There was also turmoil abroad, and economic problems at home, if anybody could figure out what they were. It was not all bad, however — Peterborough seemed to about add yet another sign of her status as a growing city… Read on!
Thompson Creek, Peterborough, near its mouth. (Photo by Patrick Conway)
I apologize for the continued delay here — our look at this week in Peterborough back in 1957 is on its way, but not arrive until the weekend due to some issues getting the material together for it. In the meantime, however, I offer you the above picture of a quiet woodsy spot over on the east side of the river, taken earlier this spring!
Peterborough Examiner, May 11th, 1956
On to another edition of This Week in Peterborough, and this time we are checking in with what was happening here exactly six decades ago, in mid-May of 1956. Read on, for a civic debate that will be very familiar to Peterborians today, as well as for other items including real James Bond stuff going on in Britain!
Peterborough Examiner, May 4th, 1955.
It was hot, unseasonably so, in Peterborough when May of 1955 opened; as the Peterborough Examiner reported on May 5th, only Toronto and Hamilton surpassed our city’s 85 degrees Fahrenheit (about 29 Celsius). And what else was hot around here? Well, there was a provincial election to come, and Peterborians were also reading about major developments in the post-war situation in Europe. At home, a major national award had come the way of one local figure, but on the downside, people were also starting to worry quite a lot about what would happen if one of those newfangled hydrogen bombs came Canada’s way… Read on.