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The Way We Were – January 24, 2024

25 Years Ago - Jan. 20, 1999

Fire rips through Hobbs’ feed mill: A blocked elevator appears to be the cause of a fire which ripped through the top story of H.I. Hobbs and Sons’ feed mill Thursday.
Filled with grain, the flaming building took firefighters about 14 hours to extinguish. Some 36 hours later, firefighters were called back to the scene to douse the fire which had reignited.
The Shawville-Clarendon Fire Department was called to the scene around 11:30 a.m. after mill employee Ron Telford Spotted smoke.
Equipped with oxygen tanks, firefighters Blake Pirie and Rick Atkinson, along with Bob Hobbs, a former firefighter, entered the building and climbed the stairs to reach the fire at the top of the approximately 75-foot high building.
“The smoke just drove them back,” said assistant fire chief Neil Sharpe. “You couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. It was very dangerous up there.”
Soon the smoke was so thick the men had to evacuate and the fire was fought from the outside.
At -31 C, Environment Canada said Thursday was the coldest day in the Ottawa region in two years. With the wind-chill, the temperature was close to -40 C, and soon the feed mill began to encrust in ice, as did the bunker suits and moustaches of firemen and other volunteers braving the elements.
Spring water on the way: Recent work on Shawville’s spring water supply is awaiting approval by the Ministry of Environment before the latter is released into the system, Mayor Albert Armstrong says.
“The work on the galleries proved successful,” he says.
“Our engineers have sent everything to the Ministry. It’s just a matter of waiting for the document of approval from them (the Ministry of Environment).”
In December, the four main galleries at the springs were refurbished with new sand, pea stone and pipes as per environmental standards.

50 Years Ago - Jan. 23, 1974

Federal Liberals hold meeting: At Montreal last weekend, the Quebec branch of the Federal Liberal Association met with workshops on various subjects and addresses by the Prime Minster and various cabinet ministers.
Nominated president of the Quebec wing on the Liberal party was Senator Jean-Pierre Coté who happens to be the only senator with any Pontiac connections, having bought a farm in Bristol recently.
The two delegates from Pontiac were Remi Fortin and Fred Metcalfe.
Many of the speeches of both Trudeau and his Quebec lieutenant, Jean Marchand, were concerned with maintaining federalism.
Fred Metcalfe attended workshops on energy and social welfare and spoke in favour of an all-Canadian pipe line and also for a scheme for senior citizens which would give them free transportation to anywhere in Canada once a year.
All directors re-elected at fair board meeting: Last Wednesday’s Agricultural Society meeting in Shawville provided no surprises. Thirty-two members attended the meeting and re-elected the 1973 directors.
At the outset of the meeting, President Bob Younge welcomed all present and in his short president’s address, remarked on the great cooperation he had received and said his year as president had been a very worthwhile experience.
The re-elected directors are Clarence Know and Philip Thompson, Vice-president; all of Clarendon, Clifton Dale, John Langford and Ken Kilgour of Shawville, Nellis Stewart and Loren Hodgins of Litchfield, Harold Wilson of Campbell’s Bay, Walter Yach of Thorne, John Richards of Eardley, James Tunwell of Deschenes, Kyle Smiley of Aylmer, R.E. Edey of Lucerne and Albert Quesnel of Hull. Everett McDowell was re-appointed for Secretary. Mrs. Dickson conducted the elections.
At the conclusion of the meeting the ladies served a substantial luncheon of a large variety of sandwiches, coffee and tea and many kinds of cake.

75 Years Ago - Jan. 20, 1949

Local News: Municipal elections cause many surprises: in some municipalities on election day, it was just the ordinary run of events at the polls; but in other places, revolution was in the air and the community rose in their might and made sweeping changes.
The vote was a record for Shawville with nearly 75 per cent of the possible vote cast. Ex-mayor Cliff Schwartz had a majority over all the other contestants put together with 191. Mayor elect Clifford Schwartz has been mayor of Shawville before and during his term of office did such excellent work that, when the community learned he would stay in the field, they gave him strong support.
The village of Bryson had a hot contest for councillors. This village has been growing and the people have been demanding a water system in the interests of health and fire protection.
A stiff race between the two ends of the township took place in Clarendon municipality and the west seemed to win out. Ira Hanna won the mayoralty contest.
In some municipalities there was a large number of candidates. In Quyon, the trouble was that they had a shortage. On Wednesday there were three nominations for mayor and before Saturday all had withdrawn from the contest and when the voters came to the poll, there were no ballots for mayor. The community is wondering what happens now without a mayor but those posted in political matters say that the council can now meet and draft a man to be mayor for 1949.

100 Years Ago - Jan. 17, 1924

Local News: A thoroughly social time was spent at the Orange Hall on Thursday night when the members of Shawville L.O.L. No. 27 gave a chicken dinner which several members of other lodges were present, including a few visitors.
Mr. J.P. Reddy, the Agronomist for Pontiac County, representing the Provincial Department of Agriculture who opened his office at Campbell’s Bay in December, spent Friday last in the Shawville district, organizing a swine judging competition and was pleased with his success.

The national debt of the country has increased over seventy-three million of dollars since the King government took office on the cry of economy and retrenchment. Huge joke, surely, if it could only be regarded as such.
Owing to the continued indisposition of Rev. J.D. Ellis who has been suffering from a severe attack of tonsillitis, there was no service in St. Paul’s Church on Sunday morning. Rev. E. Reid of Charteris took the service in the evening.
Messrs. J.L. Hodgins and Marshall Howard who have secured the selling rights of the Star automobile for this district, received their first shipment this week.

125 Years Ago - Jan. 19, 1899

Local News: Supplement to THE EQUITY: The Paris correspondent of the Daily News says: “I believe the suggestions that France would accept compensation for French Shore rights in Newfoundland are really prompted by the French government. There is a manifest wish here to be done with the vexations and perils of this question. The shore has become useless as a nursery for marines and the fishery is falling off. I am confident that money compensation would be accepted.”
May be a revolution in France: The Matin prints an interview with a prominent Bonapartist purporting to give the gist of Prince Victor Napoleon’s statements to his committee the other day at Brussels. This represents him as preparing assiduously for a coup, which he is fully resolved to execute. Prince Victor, however, is hostile to all useless manifestations. His brother, Prince Louis Napoleon, will be found beside him on the day of action. They are closely united in warm and sincere affection.

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