One of Port Pirie’s oldest pioneers, Mr T.J. Footner, dies. He and his parents came to Port Pirie in 1873 – three years before Pirie was gazetted as a corporate town.
Mr Footner’s first job was on the waterfront when a Mr Thorne opened an aerated water factory in the town. Tom Footner was the first employee.
The lad developed a liking for the trade and remained in it for the greater portion of his life.
Norris and Sons took over the business from Thorne and Footner continued with the firm.
After some years of success he linked up with Mr Norris Jun and acquired the business.
Norris and Footner developed the cool drinks trade in the town, and then sold to W.H. Moyle.
Mr Footner stayed as foreman for 32 years.
After Mr Moyle’s death, Mr Footner purchased the cordial manufacturing of B.J. Knight and Sons which was on Beach Road.
No Smelters Picnic this year owing to the war.
The Scott Medal for the juniors was won by Ross Pritchard with 14 points of the Solomontown team. The runner-up was W. Petagna (Proprietary) with 12 points and the third was Solomontown captain Brian Meschke with 11 points.
Sugar rationed for every man, woman and child in Australia. Each person will receive one pound of sugar per week.
Port Pirie combined football side to play a combined Port-Torrens team was J. Brady, J. Brustolin, J. Kretschmer, H. Willis, D. Hansberry, R. Murdock, T. McLaren, W. Ryan, N. Parslow, F. Stiewood, P. Fawcett, D. Gunn, E. Seery, L. Kretschmer, L. Veal, R. Ryan, W. Cochrane, A. Harvey, C. Naulty, R. Williams. Port-Torrens won 18.14 – 122 to Port Pirie 10.10 – 70.
Milk deliveries in the town was zoned. The milkmen were F. Connor, J. Tobin, A. Key, M. McBride, W.Lane, H. Wolter, S.A. Lane, R.S.J. Lane, H. Burford, W.H. Nance, A. Creasy, J.T. Smith, R.H. Nance and P.J. Fricker. Today there is 14 milkmen, two years ago there was 34.
The housing trust’s first houses in Port Pirie in Jellicoe Street and Veal Street.
86 gain QC at Pirie school. They were; Rex Quirk, Ron Baverstock, Peter Sharman, Bruce Mortess, Robert Butcher, Brian Holdsworth, Kevin Brook, Tony Forgan, Mae Hoar, Kevin Burgan, Bob Ahola, Tony Antonias, Fred Berry, Ron Bott, John Buchanan, Kevin Demarco, Ray Dugan, Brian Dungey, Ron Gerrad, John Moody, Keith Netting, George Penglis, Graham Pillar, Ernest Reid, Ron Rerecich, Leslie Roberts, Graham Sumner, John Willis, Ross Wiskar, Ray Yates, Joyce Adams, Maria Anastas, Margaret Bottrall, Joan Burgess, Fay Castle, Joyce Clarke, Yvonne Cocking, Doreen Davis, Dawn Dixon, Jean Dodd, June Easton, Mavis Finlay, Daphe Francis, Lilian Fry, Margaret Gray, Barbara Harker, Jill Hocking, Jill Jenkins, Audrey London, Dora Magookin, Evangelia Mavrikakis, Valda McNicol, Merle Mitchell, Valmai Monce, Lorna Nelson, Fay Parkes, Alisa Patrick, Betty Pearce, Margaret Phillips, Maurine Powrie, Sylvia Reardon, Shirley Richards, Lorna Roberts, Auriel Rutgers, Margaret Smith, Lorraine Stigwood, Shirley Thompson, Gwen Twinning, Trixie Vass, Grace Vinall, Gay Walker, Ruby Watts, Shirley Wolter, Betty Zarnice.
A BLAST FROM THE PAST: 1954 – Solomontown Football Club ladies committee: Peg Lane, Mavis Davis, Doreen Crocker, Kath Stigwood, Hilda Walker, Mavis Rogers and Joan Smith.