The Way We Were

May 10, 1995

25 Years Ago

Never forget - vet pleads: Stanley Hogg still wakes up in the middle of the night wondering why he’s here and so many of his friends never made it.
A lot of the memories came flooding back for the World War II veteran during the recent celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Holland and victory in Europe.
“A lot of my chums are over there,” says Stanley, 71, referring to the thousands of Canadian graves in Holland. “I often wonder, ‘how am I here?’ I guess God had a purpose in that.”
Stanley, who now calls Shawville home, participated in last weekend’s celebrations in Ottawa commemorating the events in Europe 50 years ago.
Hundreds take part in ATV rally: They came from as far away as North Bay to take part in the third annual all-terrain vehicle rally Saturday.
And from the comments of participants near the end of the 75-mile route, it was well worth the trip.
“There should be more of these,” said Terry Provost of Quyon.
Riding their horses, Rick and Roxanne Ladouceur led the group of about 200 ATV’s into Fort Coulonge for supper without any incidents of horses being spooked by the noisy machines.
The drivers started coming to Mom’s Restaurant for breakfast in Campbell’s Bay before 6 a.m. and more than 300 hot dogs were served for lunch in Otter Lake.
Bower’s Motel was packed for supper and most of the participants attended the end-of-rally party at Baie Inn in Campbell’s Bay.

May 13, 1970

50 Years Ago

Shawville intersection lights: The first stop lights to go up in Shawville are at the Bank of Montreal corner and working counter-clockwise, the last one up was at the Royal Bank corner. Midway in the proceedings, the Brinks truck with its armed guards rolled quietly out of town claiming the honour of having been the first to stop at the new traffic lights.
Twenty eight lights will guard the safety of the drivers and pedestrians at the corner of Main Street and Centre Street in Shawville.
After a long wait without any traffic lights at all, the new fixtures were installed on Tuesday with seven lights on each of the four corners, four overhead and three vertical on the pole.
Marsha, Debbie and the weather break records at track meet: The annual track and field meet was held at Pontiac Protestant High School on Friday afternoon.
For once it didn’t rain on track meet day. That was a real record breaker.
So was Marsha Steinke. She broke Sue Hortie’s old high jump record from 1965 of 4’ 4”. Marsha sailed over the bar at 4’ 8”. Marsha now holds the Junior Int. and Senior Girls high jump records.
Debbie Howard broke a record in shot put. She out-threw Connie Little’s 1969 record of 21’ by 2’ 4” when she put the shot at 22’ 4”.

May 17, 1945

75 Years Ago

Local News: Y.P.U. plays delight large audience: the Shawville United Y.P.U. presented their 14th annual drama in the form of three plays on Monday night in the theatre to a capacity audience.
The play was headed by Desmond Hodgins and Kenneth Murray as two quack physicians, who set out to cure all kinds of diseases. The various patients with the variety of ailments were presented by Jean Stewart, Dougal Sharpe, Isobel Smart, Ann Campbell, Harry Meunier, Marjorie Smart, Hazel Davis, Everett McDowell and Arnold Garrison.
The second play was a thrilling mystery drama in which Margaret Dagg and Mrs. C.F. Garrison took leading roles, ably supported by C.F. Garrison, Betty Stewart, James Chant, E. St. Jean and Lois Schock.
Mr. and Mrs. Manson McDowell of Shawville, have received the good news from the Department of Defence that their son, Warrant Officer Donald McDowell, who had been a prisoner-of-war in Germany had now been released and returned safely to the United Kingdom.
W.O. Beverlay Howard, son of Mr. G.A. Howard of this village, who has been a prisoner-of-war in Germany for nearly two years is now reported released and returned safely to the United Kingdom.
It is expected that both R.C.A.F. officers will soon be returning home.
The salvage collection announced for last week will be carried out Friday evening and Saturday morning of this week in Bristol, Clarendon and Shawville.

May 6, 1920

100 Years Ago

Local News: The Bank of Nova Scotia have commenced alterations on their new premises which were acquired last fall from Mr. John H. Shaw.
A few of our local devotees of the sport piscatorial tore themselves away from the worries of business on Friday and hiked off northward to have a weekend tryout with the finny denizens that inhabit the waters of Pontiac’s Hinterland. Others are waiting, only waiting, till the weather improves.
Ad: Kodaks and Brownie cameras: there is just as much fun making snap shots now as in the summer. Fresh film always in stock. H. Imison, artist.
The strike of the building trades in Ottawa city, which at one time threatened to tie up building operations and throw some 4,000 men out of employment, seems in a fair way for satisfactory settlement.
According to a dispatch from Toronto, Mr. D.B. Hanna, president of the Canadian National Railways has brought suit against Mr. Frank S. Cahill, the federal member for this county for statements alleged to have been made by the latter a short time ago at the Montreal Reform Club in regard to Mr. Hanna, the truth of which had been emphatically denied by that official when Mr. Cahill previously gave utterance to them from his seat in the House last session.
The standard bred stallion ‘Golden Cresceus’ will be travelled in this locality during this season of 1920, health and weather permitting, and will stand at the Pontiac House, Shawville on Saturday afternoons of each week during the season.
He is a beautiful golden chestnut; two hind ankles white and white stripe on face. Weight 1,350 lbs., and as well as being speedy himself, has proven his power to transmit to his offspring.
Ad: Other farmers have these big advantages: Electric light in the house, stable, garage and other buildings. Power for separator, pump, grindstone, fanning mill and any other light machinery. Fairbanks-Morse “F” Power and Light Plant.
Ad: Caterers wanted: On the twelfth of July, several thousand people will spend the day in Shawville. It is proposed to feed them by letting contracts for 500, 1,000 or more to a group.

May 9, 1895

125 Years Ago

Local News: Our local lacrosse team seem to be putting in pretty good practice these evenings. We presume they will soon be looking around for some one to “tread on the tail of their coats,” so-to-speak.
Just what was required to hasten vegetation along, a copious shower of rain, accompanied by heavy thunder on Tuesday afternoon.
The heat of the past few days has been something unprecedented at this season of the year. Fancy 93 degrees in the shade for the 6th of May.
Mr. Sam Armstrong is at present engaged at the brick work of Mr. Harry McDowell’s new house, opposite Mr. S. McDowell’s house at the east end of Main Street.
A young man named Nelson Lingstrum of Westmeath was drowned Thursday afternoon while booming logs for Tucker and Hodges’ mill at that place.
A French-Canadian from the other side of the river was in the village on Wednesday evening with a wagon box about half full of fish, of carp, catfish and bar-but varieties. An exchange of notes among the villagers next day, as to how they relished their dinner was the result.
Mr. W. Sayer has leased the bakery business from Mr. D. Wilson and wishes to announce to the people of Shawville that he is now prepared to meet their requirements in the line of bread, fancy baking, etc.
A meeting of the Beechgrove Cheese Factory was held on the 24th ult. Mr. Jno. Hammond, one of our oldest residents was elected to the chair, while Mr. Samuel Wilson acted as Secretary. Mr. A.W. McKechnie was present and made a few interesting explanations concerning the different methods of conducting business and also gave a few remarks regarding the satisfaction and success of his factory in Bristol.
Several of the young ladies of the village are rising with the lark these bright balmy mornings and indulging in light constitutionals for the purpose of bringing the rosy tints of health to their cheeks. Although the experiment is a novel one, they find it decidedly beneficial in comparison with the old method of having their breakfast brought up by their mothers to their rooms at 10 o’clock a.m.

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