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$19,000 bull

"Agriculture Minister William Newman was on hand last Wednesday with cattle owner John Devins for a special service. The men were celebrating the first time an imported breed of cattle has been sent back to its country of origin. John Devins' Charolais bull, Jericho, has been sold to French cattlemen for $19,000."

George Jackson

1959 Fire - Bradford Fire Department

"This week's photo, courtesy of the Bradford Fire Department, depicts the fire in February of 1959 which destroyed a large block of the downtown section, from Evans and Evans to the police department. The fire swept through several businesses, unprotected by fire walls. Firefighters from five arena departments battled almost 20 hours to quell the stubborn blaze which caused an estimated $500,000 damage. This week's photo was suggested by Ernest and Lola Peterman of Bradford who sent in a newspaper clipping of the fire."

Ted Leonard

A happy Salad Queen

"Donna Ramsay (centre), this year's Salad Festival Queen, receives congratulations from the 1976 queen, Annette Grencer, as fellow contestant Nancy Bergeron (right) applauds. Donna, 18, was elected at the Salad Festival dance Saturday night in the Bradford community centre. She is the daughter of Don and Mary Ramsay of Concession 9, West Gwillimbury, and she plans a career in hotel management. The festival runs from Sunday, June 10, to Sunday, July 17."

Bradford Witness

All they need is a pole

"M.P. Martin Allan presented George Robson with a Canadian flag on behalf of the federal government. Mr. Robson accepted the flag on behalf of the residents."

George Jackson

Angele rides to Montreal, is first in her class

"Angele Breland, the 13-year-old girl who set out on her bicycle for Montreal in The Great Canadian Race made it all the way and took a prize. Not only that, she'd like to do it again. She is not a bit tired. In fact, her mother said she can't stop moving. While her family drove into town from their home on Graham Sideroad the other day, Angele walked. She was the youngest biker in the race from Toronto to Montreal. The group set out Saturday, June 19, using everything from unicycles to stilts. Angele said one fellow was riding his bike backwards."

George Jackson

Area historical society formed

"The first major steps to preserve the heritage of the Scotch Settlement and area were taken last week when about 20 people officially founded a historical society. Known as the Scotch Settlement and District Historical Society, it will seek to preserve the historical record of not only the struggles of the Scottish settlers but those of Bradford and West Gwillimbury as well. Phillip Baker, a representative of the Ministry of Culture and Recreation was on hand to describe the procedure in setting up a historical society, the grant structure, and the initial problems that will have to be faced..."

John Slykhuis

Art display opens today

"Former Bradford artist Pauline Holancin Kulha opens an exhibition of her landscape paintings at the York Fine Art Gallery in Snowball Corners today. Mary Gilbert, also formerly of Bradford, operates the gallery."

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Awards for atoms

"The champion Canadian Tire atom team received awards at the Bradford minor hockey banquet. Back row: coach Bob Jackson, Roger Sorenson, Steven Twin, Robert Young, manager Leighton Davies. Middle: Chris Taucar, Mike Scholl, Glen Gurin, Lee Rost, Doug Vanluyk, Gary Nash, Kent Bray. Front: Andrew Heighington, Richard Mosser, Scot Broom, Peter Buys, Tony Lizzi, Adrian Vanluyk, Jason Romagnoli."

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Barron's Hardware sold after 45 years

"Norm Barron, owner of Barron's Dominion Hardware, has retired after 32 years in the hardware business. The store was founded by Norm's father Harry Barron in 1932 in a location now occupied by John Gaus Interiors and N.S. Smith Real Estate. The elder Mr. Barron, a native of Brampton, had been a foreman at the Peace Foundry before making a move to Bradford and starting in the hardware business. Norm helped his father part-time in the store until the Second World War broke out and he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was stationed in the western provinces during the war and taught aerial photography, and while out west met and married his wife Carol.After the war, Norm returned to Bradford and entered into full partnership with his father."

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Best in town league

"The Bradford town hockey league held its banquet at the community centre and awarded trophies to the top players. From left, John Gorecki, most valuable forward; Art Moor, top scorer and most valuable player; Larry Bray, Jabko league champs; Rick Holancin, Jabko playoff champs; George Skitterai, most valuable player in the playoffs; Ken Bellar, best defenceman; Ron Zielke, most gentlemanly player. Absent, John Lynn, best goalie."

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