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A long tradition of newspapering

"Stewart Scott McKenzie, a man who was a strong and active force in Bradford for more than 35 years as a politician and publisher for the Bradford Witness and South Simcoe News, died last week in York County Hospital in Newmarket, last Thursday following a short illness. Mr. McKenzie was born in the Village of Paisley in Bruce County where he grew up and was educated. The former publisher of the Witness has a long tradition in newspapering and was one of four sons born to a former publisher of the Paisley Advocate. Mr. McKenzie served in the Canadian Army during World War I. When he returned after the war he resumed his newspaper career and joined the production department of the old Detroit Times. In 1931, he and his wife Ina, also a native of Paisley, moved to Bradford and purchased the Bradford Witness and South Simcoe News from Publisher O.M. Seim. That began a career in this town that stretched over 35 years until the couple retired in 1968 following the sale of the Witness to Gerry and Nona Barker. Funeral services for the man who devoted so much of his life to his community were held on Saturday morning in the chapel of the Lathangue and Skwarchuk Funeral Home on Simcoe Street, in Bradford."

George Jackson

A portrait of Joe

"The mayor of all the people in Bradford for many years, Joe Magani (left) has received a great deal of well-deserved tribute for contributions. The latest is a photo portrait donated by the Chamber of Commerce, represented by president John Gaus (right). The portrait will hang in the town hall when the renovations are completed."

Bradford Witness

Art Evans Campaign Photo

Photograph of Art and Audrey Evans with their children. The photograph is found on the front side of a campaign card for Art Evans. Evans was running for a seat as an MPP.

(L-R) Cathy, Art, Audrey, Robin, Donald and John.

Barbara Verney

Art Evans cuts ribbon

"Arthur Evans of Bradford, former Simcoe Centre MPP, was among the dignitaries at the official opening of the new Simcoe County courthouse in Barrie last Friday. Mr. Evans who represented Simcoe Centre for 16 years, was joined in the plaque unveiling and ribbon cutting by Roy McMurtry, Attorney General of Ontario, and George McCague, Minister of Government Services. The courthouse is in downtown Barrie and it cost $7.3 million. It contains four county courtrooms and five courtrooms for the criminal and family court divisions. The building also accommodates the office of the sheriff and Crown attorney, administration offices, and the Simcoe County Law Association. A large crowd braved snowy weather to watch the opening ceremony and tour the modern building."

John Slykhuis

Art Evans is returned for PCs

"A different type of campaign relying on door-to-door canvassing paid off for D. Arthur Evans last Thursday when he was returned to the Ontario Legislature. Mr. Evans, the Conservative incumbent, led New Democratic candidate Paul Wessenger by 1,934 votes and Liberal Marg Kelly by 4,443. Mr. Evans said he felt the race was closer this time both because he was running against two good candidates and a provincial trend which saw the Conservative majority cut and their number of seats reduced to 51."

Art Chamberlain

Arthur Evans appointed

"Arthur Evans, retired MPP for Simcoe Centre, has been appointed as investment counsellor with the Municipal Savings and Loan Corporation in Barrie. The president of the company, Maxwell L. Rotsetin, announced the appointment."

Bernhardt Court Oath

Oath to become a member of the Court of Revision made by Bradford Councillor Oscar George Bernhardt, signed May 22, 1918.

John Harrison

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