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Back when the 'roarin' game' was only a whisper

In this edition of Remember This, the Timmins Museum and National Exhibition center looks back on how the Timmins Curling Club (finally!) came to be
Curling is a quintessential part of Northern Ontario’s winter culture, but it took many years of encouragement before clubs were finally formed in Timmins and South Porcupine in 1924. The tradition continues today at the McIntyre Curling Club. Timmins Museum photo

From the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre:

The first notice suggesting a curling club be organized in Timmins appeared in the Porcupine Advance in 1916. The author proclaimed that there were 40 men who would be interested in taking on the sport, and Colonel Hay, president of the McIntyre Mines, was offering four cups to be used in competitions. If only someone would put plans into motion and take on the project!

The cries for a curling leader in the community continued to be published in the Porcupine Advance every year or so. In 1919, there were testimonials about the pleasantness of the sport from miners who had played in Nova Scotia. People even came forward who were willing to help with financing and securing a site. But still, the project was missing a champion, and so the pleas continued.

Finally, in February 1924, the Timmins Curling Club was formed with Mr. D. W. O’Sullivan as president. In order to fund the construction of the rink, shares were sold at $100 and those wishing to become members (a limit of 150) were required to buy a share.

The rink was constructed on the “slimes”, opposite the old Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway station on Spruce Street. The opening of the club was held on Dec. 19, 1924. Noah Timmins threw the first stone down the fresh ice. 

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