We are sharing the stories that appeared on the front page of the Northland Post 50 years ago.
Quick action from a number of young people saved Mark Barnes, 12, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Barnes who was buried alive in a snow slide.
Barnes and his friend Douglas Haw were taking a short cut between the PUC building and the Northern Affairs office on Sixth Avenue on their way from the movies.
The lane becomes narrow beside the garage behind the Northern Affairs building and the boys were walking single file as were others using the short cut. The snow from the slopped building slid off and landed right on Barnes.
An unidentified youth saw the direction that Barnes fell. He and others began digging with their hands and managed to uncover Barnes’ face. Meanwhile Haw had ran to the Barnes home on Fifth Avenue and found Barnes’ brother who came running with a shovel.
The boy was rushed to Lady Minto Hospital and although he complained of pain in his shoulder and legs, x-rays showed no serious injury.
He returned to his Grade 7 glass at Central Senior Public School on Monday.
A local man, 20, lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident at Cochrane Enterprises. According to a company official a 8-foot log was misdirected onto a 4-foot conveyor belt. Too long for the belt, the log jumped and the man caught his leg between the roller and steel bar of the conveyor belt. He is reported in good condition at the Lady Minto Hospital.
Legion Speech Contest
More than 100 parents and visitors gathered at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall to hear 33 students from Cochrane elementary and secondary schools deliver speeches which could eventually lead to provincial honours.
Greg Toal, of Central Senior Public School, who was the area winner of the Ontario Hydro public speaking contest held two weeks ago, placed first in the Grade 7 and 8 category.
Other winners were Irene Vaillancourt of St. Joseph School and Wendy Powell of Central School.
Winners in the Grades 1-6 level were Della Powell and Joan Coutts of Ferguson School and Audrey Anne Belisle of St. Joseph School.
Joanne Sisco was the only entrant in the Grade 9 and 10 category, and won first prize.
However, the official said, “Joanne’s talk was excellent, and the lack of interest from the high school was unfortunate.”
The official felt that Joanne would have been a prize winner in any event.
Judges were Mrs. Medora Harris, George Rhodes and Edgar Berube. Bert Hutchinson was timekeeper while John Shirley and Tom McWhirter kept score.