Submitted by Arvina Bennett
Throughout the pandemic the president of Muskoka North Probus Club, Michael Walmsley, has written a weekly newsletter for members which includes an article called Streetscapes where he shares the history of Huntsville’s streets. The articles are well researched, insightful and fun to read. Michael’s column appeals to those of us who were raised here as well as to newcomers by providing interesting and related tidbits.
During one of my conversations with Michael, I realized there were so many men and women who left a positive mark on our town and its youth through their leadership, profession, and volunteerism who have not been honoured in this small way.
After speaking to Mayor Karin Terziano, I understand that naming of new streets is at the discretion of the developer, but that others can make suggestions or recommendations.
Listed are just a few leaders who come to mind that I feel should have an access road or street named in their memory:
– Harry Thornton, high school principal
– John Laycock, public school principal, committee for founding Muskoka Pioneer Village
– Doug Stone, high school principal
– Irene Stewart, public school teacher
– William Litchfield, chair for founding Muskoka Pioneer Village
– Esther Spencer, hospital administrator and Girl Guide commissioner
– Dr. E. G. Evans, I believe the only Huntsville and area doctor in the early thirties and forties
– Previous mayors
I am sure there are many, many more names that should be considered.
Reminiscing on these good people, I have reread Mr. Laycock’s Fifty Years in Huntsville, 1934-1984, books by Joe Cookson, publications by H. E. Rice, and several others. I would recommend them to anyone who does not know the history of our town.
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