What was making headlines 25, 50 and 100 years ago
25 YEARS AGO
WIDGEE Shire Council has a vision for its major townships. The visions involve strategies to enhance the existing features of Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach, the South Side and Imbil.
The Council hopes to create a management plan, co-ordinated by the Shire Planning Department to encourage development around a central theme. Elements considered in the strategy include major buildings, parks and gardens, pedestrian pathways, landscaping, land uses in the area and vehicle corridors.
Shire Planner Greg Martoo, who is one of the first four university graduates in Australia to complete a degree in urban design has been drawing up the strategies and said the concept of urban design is in its infancy in Australia but foresees an important future for urban design. It gives Councils and investors a reference point from which to co-ordinate works and developments.
AFTER more than 40 years loyally working for one company Prongers' employee Colin Fritz retired on Friday. He was employed in the timber joinery division as a joinery machinist and started at Prongers on April 4, 1951.
Prongers timber division manufacturing manager David Gahan said Mr Fritz's retirement was a historic moment in Prongers' 124 year existence. He said it must be recorded that Mr Fritz's bearing, attitude, loyalty and dedication were exemplary and he leaves us with the reputation of the 'typical Australian' that a great many people aspire to but never achieve.
50 YEARS AGO
ONE of Gympie's best known identities, Mr Henry McKenna, 75 years, died on Tuesday in a Brisbane hospital. He had been in indifferent health following a fall some months ago.
It was the late Mr McKenna's proud claim to have been in business as a jeweller and watchmaker in Mary Street for more than half a century and his rotund figure and ready wit were widely known. He was mentioned in the book, A Migrant's Story, by former Gympie publican Ossie Bonutto. The late Mr McKenna is survived by his son Eric of Gympie, a daughter Mrs C. Whittington, and a granddaughter. The funeral service will take place this afternoon at the Mt Thompson Crematorium, Brisbane.
ALL THE railway buildings in Gympie will be repainted as a gesture by the State Government to the city's centenary year. The painting programme would also include the subway area, which was last painted in 1959 for the visit of Princess Alexandra.
100 YEARS AGO
MR AND Mrs Green of Deep Creek have received a letter from their son, Private Henry Green, dated November 27. He has been wounded and was in a Canadian hospital in England. He has lost the sight of one eye, but it is possible he may recover it in time.
He writes that he thought his head was blown clean off. A shell burst in his face and he could not see at all for a few days. He has had great treatment and good food and the hospital staff is very kind to him. He has been in a few battles on the Somme.
He saw John Clark of Deep Creek also in hospital. He has a slight wound in the chest but will soon be going back to the firing line. He had also heard of poor Lewis Smith's death and said it was a great relief to get out of the trenches for a while.
ALTHOUGH the log timber trade is rather dull, the trade in sawn timber at Pomona is brisk. Large quantities of sawn hardwood from the Nine Mile Creek mill are being forwarded to Brisbane.