Worms and insects

Here’s a couple of filler articles from the June 22 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star describing infestations.

First, there were worms in the North Bay area:


I don’t know about you, but the idea of a mound of worms six inches high gives me the squicks.

If worms aren’t your thing, how about Spanish mosquitoes?


Apparently, many scientists foresee that insects will rule the world. Unless they are kept back with swatters and disinfectant guns, of course.


Made with olive oil

Here’s an ad from the April 9 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


I searched for the names at the bottom of the ad:

  • I wasn’t able to find John Barclay, but this might be the same guy, as the photo is similar.
  • Gladys Swarthout (1900-1969) had a career in opera up to the 1950s.

Two Governors General

Recently, I found not one but two photographs of people who served as Governor General of Canada in the 1930s.

The first is from the April 7 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


Vere Ponsonby, the 9th Lord Bessborough (1880-1956) was an Anglo-Irish businessman and politician. He doesn’t appear to have done anything particularly scandalous during his lifetime.

The April 9 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained a picture of Lord Bessborough’s successor: John Buchan, shown here at Oxford during Guy Fawkes Day.


John Buchan, the first Baron Tweedsmuir (1875-1940), was an author and politician. In 1915, he wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps, which Alfred Hitchcock later turned into a movie.


Blames on Presbyterians

Here’s an amusing bit of filler from the April 9 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:


I did a search in the 1934 and 1935 Toronto city directories for Rudolph Steigmeyer, but could not find him. Either he was from out of town, or the Daily Star misspelled his name.


Worried over her studies

Here’s an article from the front page of the February 26 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star that is sad and confusing:


The sad part is obvious: when an 18-year-old girl goes missing, you have to assume the worst. But the behaviour of the parents was confusing. Why did they not report her missing for two weeks? (Inspector Lundy of the Dundas Street East station was also confused by this.) And why had her parents pulled her out of private school to study at home?

Unfortunately, I never learned the answer to this. Searches in the Toronto Daily Star database turned up nothing. And there’s nobody named Gordon at 77 Castle Frank Road in the 1934, 1935, or 1936 city directories, and I couldn’t find C. F. Gordon at any other address either.

My hope, 85 years later: because there were no other references to her disappearance, perhaps her parents found her.

I did find one other reference to young Ms. Gordon by accident, when I searched for 1928 by mistake instead of 1935. Here’s a photo from the March 3 1928 edition of the Daily Star:



Tales of woe

The October 10 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this brief column listing people who had suffered various mishaps that day:


I feel particularly sorry for the boy who injured himself playing leapfrog.


91-year-old voter

The October 10 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained an article in which a 91-year-old woman claimed that she was going to vote for the Liberal candidate in her riding in the upcoming federal election.


I looked Miss Parkes up in the Toronto city directories and discovered that her name was actually Jane E. Parks. If the Daily Star had her age right, Miss Parks lived to be at least 103 – she appears in the 1948 city directory but not the 1949 directory. She would have had the opportunity to vote in two additional federal elections – the 1940 election and the 1945 one.

As for Salter Hayden: he did indeed win his seat in the 1935 election. In 1940, William Lyon Mackenzie King appointed him to the Senate; he remained there until 1983, when he resigned at the age of 87 due to poor health. He passed away in 1987.


Ten days for drunk driving

The July 8 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star had a brief article on a man who was jailed ten days for drunk driving:


The punishment would not be so lenient today.


Rockefeller at 96

The July 8 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included a bit of filler about oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, who turned 96 that day, and had 19 of his original teeth.


My question: who counted his teeth?

Rockefeller didn’t make it to 100, by the way: arteriosclerosis did him in a few weeks before his 98th birthday.


Mr. Pickel’s opinions

The front page of the April 3 1935 edition of the Toronto Globe contained two articles containing comments from F. H. Pickel, the Conservative member of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi.

The first was when he was quoted as calling plus fours “knee-high pyjamas”:


In the second, he complained about the lack of discipline of today’s youth:


Follin Horace Pickel (1866-1949) was a doctor and was the mayor of Sweetsburg, Quebec, for more than 40 years. He ran for Parliament in the 1908, 1911, 1925, and 1926 elections, losing all four times, before finally winning in 1930. He only lasted one term in office, losing in 1935.