History of the Club
Curling came to the Midland area in the minds of Midlanders who had previously enjoyed the
winter, they suffered an acute case of cabin fever and began to long for the excitement of
the well-swept stone, the well-built house, and the well-stacked broom. Our of these frustrations
and hungers evolved the Midland Granite Club dedicated to the ancient and honorable sport
- To go anywhere requires that a first step be taken. With this principal in mind and in the spirit of
free enterprise, meetings were held to develop a core of members and raise enough money to
install an outdoor sheet of curling ice adjacent to the City Skating Rink. This was accomplished in
Strong men threw giant stones over snow and fly ash in time with the frightful music from the
nearby skating rink while the temperature plunged to 20 degrees below zero and the wind gusted
to 40 knots. Faced with rising causalities from frostbite, curler's elbow, and pneumonia, the
directors of the Granite Club met to consider how to snatch victory from disaster. Land scouts
located land at the end of Gerald Court; a solemn money-raising ceremony was held among the
directors; another solemn money-raising ceremony was held at the bank; and a two-sheet curling
rink was built with natural ice. This was in 1965.
Nature, which had provided wind, rain, snow, and frostbite at the outdoor rink now provided the
Club with freezing and thawing. This coupled with certain subterranean features in the dirt floor
created very interesting ice. When the rink became a shallow pond in March of 1966, the number
of meetings of the directors increased, stock sales soared, and the bank responded. With much
tender loving care, artificial ice was installed in the curling rink.
As cars floundered in mud in the parking lot when the sun was out, and sank in the snow when it
wasn't, it became clear that the problem had shifted from refrigeration to transportation. More
frenzied activity and a blacktop parking lot appeared in 1967.
Teams from Midland began to invade Sarnia, Detroit, Kitchener, Lewiston, Wallaceburg,
Milwaukee, and the Canadian Soo. Back came the message, "Bonspiels are the life blood of
curling, and we need four sheets of ice instead of two." So in 1969, the directors, the members
and the bank again responded and the total Club facilities were doubled in size. Now, with four
sheets of ice and adequate Club room space, curling in Midland is here to stay!
This history was published in 1972, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the club. Since that
time, the club name has changed to the Midland Curling Club, to be more meaningful to potential
members. The club also became part of the Midland Community Center in 1987. Currently, the
club operates as one of five divisions of the Greater Midland Community Centers, Inc.
(formed in 2006).
- A new chapter in the club's history began on April 30, 2008 with the ground breaking ceremony for
a new building located on the Midland Community Center's campus. There is a written and
pictorial record of the progress of the project here: Relocation. You can also see pictures of our
Previous Club Building right before its replacement in 2008. The club officially moved into the
new facility at 2009 Jefferson Avenue, Midland, in October of 2008.
On October 23, 2010 original founders Marguerite & Doug Leng are inducted into the Midland
County Sports Hall of Fame. For the complete story go to LENG.
Click here to see a history of the club's Past President's.