It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Pharmasave Huntsville!
Imagine swimming in this attire.
This is the Hutcheson family, date unknown. These modest swim coverings were typical at the time, but apparently not everyone followed the standards of the day. The July 3, 1906 minutes from a Town of Huntsville meeting asked the constable to “get some notices printed setting forth that swimming in the river between Dr. Hart’s boathouse and the bridge be prohibited except when swimmer is clothed in proper bathing suits…”
However, anyone braving the Muskoka River would have encountered a less-than-tantalizing stew of sawdust from the mills, waste water from the tannery, and untreated sewer effluent. Huntsville didn’t begin treating its sewage until 1959 when the Mountview plant opened. (Photo and details from Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve)
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