Relishelgin holiday2015 14 e

Page 14

Local History Toledo and Buffalo. The Arena's proximity to the Grand Central Hotel provided one of the necessities of recreational hockey and curling: easy access to a bar. The new Granite Arena would serve St. Thomas for the next half century. The 1930s saw a series of warm winters. The natural ice of the Granite was unreliable, and activity at the old arena decreased. By 1939 the St. Thomas Curling Club folded due to lack of ice after sixty-two years. In Hockey, the entire home schedule of the 1931-32 OHA season was cancelled due to lack of ice. In the late 1940s the Granite saw hockey played on roller skates with the St. Thomas Pill Pushers, sponsored by Small's Drug Store. With the opening of the Memorial Arena in 1954 artificial ice came to St. Thomas. The Granite Arena was torn down. The new arena brought hockey

success. The old arena and outdoor rinks are now largely forgotten, but they can easily be recalled or imagined when we walk down a winter street under the streetlights and the stars, and remember when we were young. Pete Sheridan is a local historian and president of the Elgin Historical Society (EHS, www.elginhistoricalsociety.ca). He created the EHS website and has added a substantial amount of content, including several videos, making it an invaluable resource. The EHS Annual Sports Night, Wed Nov 25th, will feature aspects of St. Thomas’ century plus love of hockey. The meeting will be held at Memorial Arena & Auditorium, 80 Wilson Ave, St. Thomas, and all are welcome to attend.

Migration by Sandra Poczobut

CHANGING EXHIBITS LECTURES • GIFT SHOP

Corporate Events Weddings | Gift Cards ST. THOMAS, ONTARIO

226-448-8466

cateringbyjamesmeadows.com

14

ON SEPTEMBER 8 TO DECEMBER 24, 2015:

BIRDS & BUTTERFLIES

Large-scale colour photos follow the migration of the Monarch from Canada to Mexico, plus work by local artists featuring birds of the region Elgin County Administration Building, 4th Floor, 450 Sunset Drive (Hwy 4), St. Thomas, Ontario Open year round - Call for seasonal hours

519.631.1460 ext. 160

WWW.ELGINCOUNTY.CA

RELISH ELGIN HOLIDAY 2015