The 
following 
is 
a
 brief 
history
 of 
our 
Club 
assembled by Gord Clark from newspaper
 clippings, minutes of
 meetings
 and 
financial 
statements.
 Most 
of
 the 
information 
was 
found 
in
 a 
box 
of material 
that 
included
 a
 briefcase
 belonging to
 Harry
 Armstrong. 
We
 hope
 you
 enjoy
 reading 
the 
material 
and
 while
 it
 is
 as 
accurate
 as
 possible 
much
 of
 the information 
is
 difficult 
to 
verify. 
If
 anyone
 has 
corrections
 or
 additional
 information please 
forward to Gord Smith for update.

 

Curling
 in 
Barrie
 originated
 on
 the
 frozen 
waters 
of
 Kempenfelt
 Bay
 of
 Lake 
Simcoe. 
 In 1877 
a club
 was
 formed
 and a
 charter
 was
 granted. 
Today we 
are 
a
 seven
 sheet
 not-for‐profit
 curling
 club 
owned
 and
 operated
 by
 members
 of 
the Barrie
 Curling
 Club.

Over
 the 
years 
the
 Barrie 
Curling
 Club 
was 
located
 on several
 sites.
 In
 1899
 the
 first
 Club 
was
 constructed
 on
 the 
current
 site
 of
 Barrie
 Collegiate
 on 
the side 
of 
the
 skating 
rink. 
In
 1902 
the
 Barrie 
Curling
 and
 Athletic 
Club
 was
 incorporated 
and 
built 
 a 165x68
 foot
 frame 
rink
 on
 the
 corner
 of 
Clapperton
 and 
 Sophia
 Streets
 and 
the
 users 
paid
 rent
 for
 the 
use
 of 
the 
facility 
($200 
for
 the
 season 
in 
1932). 
This 
appears
 to
 have 
been
 a
 four 
sheet
 facility
 shared 
with
 the 
Barrie Thistle 
Club 
using
 two
 sheets 
and
 the
 Barrie 
Curling 
and
 Athletic 
Club
 the 
other
 two
 sheets. On
 December
 5, 1931 
following
 the 
Thistle
 Club 
proposing
 the
 amalgamation 
of
 the 
two 
Clubs 
to
 be
 known 
as
 The Barrie
 Curling
 Club, the
 Executive
 of 
the 
two
 Clubs 
adopted
 the 
 motion
 giving 
both 
Clubs
 equal 
representation.

In
 December
 1945 
a
 motion
 was passed
 at
 the 
Annual
 General
 Meeting 
that 
a
 constitution
 be
 drawn
 up
 for
 the
 Barrie
 Curling
 Club
 outlining 
the
 duties
 if 
the 
 officers and 
committees.
 At 
the 
same 
meeting 
a
 presentation 
was
 made 
on
 the 
status
 of
 a
 new
 rink. 
Mr.
 E.W.
 Jones 
reported 
that
 they
 had
 consulted
 with 
the
 architect 
in 
 Midland and
 plans 
were 
being 
drawn 
up
 for
 a
 five 
sheet 
rink
 “up 
to
 date
 in
 every
 way”
 and 
somewhat similar 
to 
the 
Midland
 rink.
 Following 
considerable
 discussion
 a
 motion 
was
 passed
 that
 the
 Committee
 of
 Way
 be 
given 
the
 power
 of means 
to
 proceed 
with 
finances 
for 
the 
new 
rink. 
Progress
 was 
slow
 in 
raising 
funds 
and
 members
 were encouraged 
to 
sell
 more
 shares
 in
 the
 new 
rink.
 It appears 
that 
the
 plans 
included
 the 
Bowling 
and
 Tennis
 Clubs 
also 
using 
the 
new
 rink
 but
 they
 would
 operate 
as separate
 entities.
 By
 December 
1946 
between
 eleven 
and
 twelve
 thousand
 dollars
 had
 been
 pledged 
to 
the 
new 
rink
 and
 following 
considerable
 discussion 
a
 motion
 was
 passed 
that
 a
 new 
committee 
be
 appointed 
and 
proceed 
 with 
the
 new
 rink.
 On
 May 
1, 
1947 
Harry
 Armstrong 
was appointed
 chairman
 of 
the
 Barrie
 Curling
 Club 
Building 
Fund 
with 
a 
mandate
 to 
make 
plans 
and 
raise 
funds
 for
 
new 
and 
modern
 curling 
rink.
 
By 
November
 1947
 $24,450 
had 
been 
promised.
 On
 Jan.
 16,
 1949
 the
 Club
 approved 
a 
request 
from
 the
 ladies
 of
 the
 Town
 who
 were interested
 in 
forming
 a 
Ladies 
Curling
 Club
 and
 that 
they
 be
 allotted
 time
 to 
curl. 
In 
 March
 1949
 the
 Executive
 initiated
 plans
 to
 build
 a 
new
 rink
 and
 also 
proceed
 with 
 forming
 the 
Barrie
 Curling
 Club 
into 
a
 limited 
company
 so 
that 
action 
could
 be 
taken
 to
 sell 
shares 
covering 
the
 construction 
of
 the
 new 
curling 
rink.
 On
 August
 19,
 1949
 the
 Building 
Committee 
had 
a
 credit
 of
 $25,000
 in
 the 
Building 
Fund
 and
 proceeded
 with 
plans
 for
 the
 erection
 of
 the 
new
 curling
 club.
 In
 September 
1949 
the
 Building
 Committee
 approved 
the
 expenditure
 of
 $12,000
 to 
the
 Structures
 and Foundations
 Co. Ltd
 for
 the purchase
 of
 the 
steel
 and
 sheeting 
that
 was
 removed
 from
 the 
Barrie 
 Arena
 (built 
in
 1934). 
In
 November 
1949
 the Committee 
reported 
to
 the
 Directors
 that a
 tentative 
price
 of
 $60,000 had 
been 
submitted
 by 
the
 trades 
to
 cover 
the
 cost
 of 
the
 new
 rink
 based
 on 
the
 blueprints 
provided
 by 
the
 architect.

On 
December 
1,
 1949 
Letter’s
 Patent
 incorporating 
the
 Barrie
 Curling 
Club
 Limited
 was granted 
to
 the
 provisional 
Directors
 of
 the
Company 
(Harry
 Armstrong, 
James
 Wilbur 
Harris, 
John 
Reiner 
Boys, 
Arthur 
Reginald
 Girdwood
 and
 Anthony 
Saso).
 When
 the
 site
 permit
 for
 the 
planned 
new
 site
 was
 rejected 
by 
the
 Town
 Council,
 the
 shareholders approved 
the 
offer 
by
 the
 Barrie
 Agricultural
 Society
 (BAS) on
 June 
15, 1950
 to 
lease the
 Club 
a
 site 
on
 their 
newly
 opened 
fair
 grounds
 at
 175 
Essa
 Road
 provided 
Town 
Council
 would
 bear
 the
 expense
 and 
assume
 the
 risk
 of
 moving 
the
 steel 
girders
 and
 lumber 
that
 was 
on
 the
 site 
adjoining 
the 
arena
 and
 providing
 the
 Council would
 co‐operate
 with
 the
 Curling 
Club
 and 
the
 BAS 
 regarding 
assessment 
of
 the proposed
 new
 building
 for 
taxes.
 
In
 May 
1952 
Bertram
 Brothers
 started
 construction
 of 
the
 24,500
 square 
foot
 (ice, 
basement
 and 
two
 levels)
 seven
 sheet
 curling 
facility 
(102.5ft.x180.8 ft.)
 and
 the
 Club
 opened later
 that
 year 
as
 a
 result
 of 
countless 
hours 
of
 time
 and
 effort
 by
 many
 dedicated
 people
 led
 by Club 
President
 Harry
 Armstrong
 and
 Vern
 Adams.
 On 
October
 21, 
1952
 attendees 
at
 the 
annual meeting approved 
a
 motion
 that 
the
 Barrie
 Curling 
Club
 be
 dissolved
 and
 the
 Barrie
 Curling
 Club
 Limited 
carry 
on
 all 
future 
business.
 The
 Examiner 
reported 
the
 demolition 
of 
the 
curling
 rink 
at
 76 
Clapperton
 on
 June 
21,
 1954.

Amongst 
the 
numerous
 changes 
from
 today,
 the 
members
 owned
 their
 own 
rocks
 and that 
the
 Club
 maintained 
an insurance
 policy
 for 
the
 stones.
 We
 believe
 some
 of
 the 
stones 
are
 still
 at
 the 
Club, 
but
 despite
 some
 rumours
 to 
the
 contrary
 they
 are 
no
 longer
 in 
use.

The
 Club 
endured numerous 
problems 
in
 its 
infancy,
 mainly 
having 
to curl
 on
 “natural” ice 
during
 the
 first 
year 
of
 operation 
when 
the 
season 
was 
only
 three
 weeks
 long 
but 1953 
brought
 artificial 
ice.
 On 
July
 3,
 1953 
the 
Board 
approved
 the
 purchase
 of

 43,800
 feet 
of 
one
 inch
 pipe
 at 
a 
price
 of
 $7,129.36 
and 
the 
contract
 be
 awarded 
for artificial 
ice
 equipment 
to 
J.H.
 Locke
 of 
Toronto
 for 
$16,300
 once
 satisfactory 
financial 
arrangements 
had 
been 
made.
 
In 
August 1953
 a 
by‐la w
was
 passed
 approving
 a 
loan
 by
 way 
of
 mortgage 
of 
$35,000 
to 
pay
 for
 the 
artificial 
ice 
 surface. 
The 
loan
 was
 to
 be 
guaranteed
 by 
a
 minimum
 of
 ten
 of
 the 
shareholders,
 60%
 of
 whom 
shall comprise the 
Board
 of 
Directors 
until
 such 
time 
as 
the
 loan 
is
 repaid.
 Future
 Directors
 were
 required 
to
 sign
 off
 as guarantors
 of 
the
 mortgage
 until 
it
 was 
paid
 in
 full
 in
 1958. 
At the
 same 
meeting 
the 
Secretary‐Treasurer
 of
 the
 BAS announced
 that
 the 
Club
 would
 receive 
a
 minimum
 of 
$15,000
 from
 the
 Government
 through
 the 
BAS when
 the
 building
 was
 finished
 in 
accordance with
 government
 specifications.
 On
 November
 19,
 1953
 the 
 building
 was
 officially 
opened 
by
 Mayor
 James 
Hart
 throwing 
the
 opening
 stone.
 Wi l
 Harris and
 Tony
 Saso 
engineered 
a
 draw 
to
 provide 
funds
 for
 Matched
 Rocks
 which
 were
 in
 purchased
 and 
in 
use 
during 
the 
53/54
 season. 
Financial 
statements 
from
 1969 
identify
 the
 value
 of the 
stones
 at
 $3,705.
 On
 May
 26,
 1954
 the
 BAS 
advised
 the 
 Club
 that the
 Club
 would 
receive 
a
 $20,000
 grant
 related
 to 
the
 building 
of 
the 
new
 club. 
It 
is 
also
 noted
 in
 these
 minutes 
that
 the
 Directors
 were 
authorized 
to 
sell old
 curling 
stones 
at 
their 
discretion with 
the consent 
of 
the
 owners 
and that 
the
 proceeds
 from 
the
 sale
 would 
be
 applied towards
 the
 new
 stones.
 In 
November
 1954 
the 
steel 
roof
 was
 installed
 at
 a 
cost 
of
 $4,000. 
In
 1958 
the
 dehumidifier
 system
 was 
installed
 at 
a
 cost 
of 
$8,325 
by
 Linde‐Hall 
Canadian 
Refrigeration.
 Ten
 years 
later
 a
 9400 
square
 foot
 basement
 and
 two
 story
 addition 
to 
the 
front
 of 
 building 
was
 constructed 
(30ft.x104.4 ft) 
and 
the
 coal
 stoked
 boiler
 was 
replaced
 with
 a
 gas fired 
boiler.
 In
 1975 
the condenser 
was 
installed and
 in
 1977 
the 
stones were
 resurfaced 
at 
a
 cost
 of
 $1600. 
In
 1976
 renovations 
were
 completed
 including 
 construction 
of
 the 
offices. 


In
 1980 
two
 350,000 
BTU
 furnaces 
were installed
 at 
a
 cost 
of
 $6,132 
above 
the
 lounge
 for 
heating
 the
 ice 
area.
 The
 1985 
Barrie
 Tornado
 removed
 a 
major portion
 of
 the 
roof 
and
 damaged the
 lounge 
and
 kitchen. 
During 
the 
reconstruction
 a 
fire 
 ignited by
 a
 welding 
torch 
caused
 significant
 damage. 
Throughout 
the 
disasters
 the
 members
prevailed 
and
 no
 curling
 time
 was 
lost.

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