August 12th

1615 - Recollet Father Joseph Le Caron celebrated the first mass in Ontario at Carhagouha, west of present-day Midland; Samuel de Champlain and Étienne Brulé in attendance; erected a cross

August 12th

1878 - Hanlan regatta on Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie

August 12th

1882 - Midhurst hit by heavy frost

August 12th

1885 - Death: Sydney Morehouse Sanford, first merchant in Barrie 1832, first postmaster at Barrie 1835, Simcoe County treasurer 1838-41 and 1884-5, at Mackinac Island, Michigan

August 12th

1889 - Birth: Arthur Reginald Marsden Lower, noted Canadian historian, at Barrie; died 7 January 1988 at Kingston, Ontario

August 12th

1890 - New Collingwood city hall destroyed by fire: loss $25,000

August 12th

1912 - First meeting to plan Crown Hill Mutual Telephone system