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The Way We Were

25 Years Ago - April 28, 1999

Allumettes election looms: With 110 votes cast at Sunday’s advance poll, the first election in the new municipality of Allumettes Island is underway.
The municipalities of Allumettes Island East, Allumettes Island West and Chapeau were officially united as one, Allumettes Island, as of Jan. 1 this year.
The candidates for the mayoralty race are former Allumettes Island West Mayor Jerome Sallafranque and former Allumettes Island East Mayor Denzil Spence.
Bryson House, Pontiac Tourism match made in history: If walls could talk, the 154-year-old walls at the Bryson House in Mansfield would tell the tale of how it was saved 19 years ago and recently received a new breath of life.
About 25 interested folk at the Pontiac tourism spring forum Saturday, heard of the recent deal between the association and the municipality of Mansfield whereby the two entities will work out a development plan for the historic building in the next year or so.
“We hope to re-position the house in an historical context,” says Ken Fisher, president of the association, adding it could become the centre of the Pontiac tourism industry.
The house is across Hwy 148 from the rare Marchand Bridge and a short hop to other historical buildings, such as Spruceholme in Fort Coulonge.

50 Years Ago - May 1, 1974

Arson suspected as police investigate two Shawville fires: The fire reported last week at the coin wash in Shawville has turned out to be more costly than previously estimated. Don Dods, owner, expects it to run about $27,000. The Quebec Police Force is still investigating the circumstances of the fire and arson is a definite possibility.
Meanwhile, plans are being made to repair what needs repairing, replace what needs replacing in order to reopen for business as soon s possible.
Another fire early Friday morning between two and three was noticed first by the caretaker at Pontiac High School, Lyle Howard, who reported it to the firemen. This fire was at the H & S Home Supply store in Clarendon on Highway 8 directly across the road from the Village of Shawville. The entire $6,000 wooden structure at the back of the cement block store was destroyed along with $9,000 worth of plywood, gyp-rock, insulation and roofing and a truck worth $8,500 complete with a $900 rack.
Although the loss was insured, the company cannot recover the total value of the truck and the building materials are very hard to replace at present, at any price.
The Quebec Police Force is investigating this fire with Constable Letendre in charge.
Shawville Lionettes attend District Rally at Arnprior: Sunday, thirteen Lionettes from the Shawville Club attended the 13th Annual District “A4” Lionette Rally at Arnprior.
Members attending were: President Muriel Imison, Lillian Dean; Gwen, Una and Jane Hayes; Rosemary McCredie; Marion Musgrove; Ann Rogers; Marlene Sylvester; Jean Smith; Merle Thomson; Marion Webster and Freida Yach.
The meeting opened with seven clubs represented at the guest panel table and ninety-five lionettes in attendance. There are nine clubs in this district. Interesting and informative reports were delivered by the president of each club.

75 Years Ago - April 28, 1949

Local News: The Pontiac Council of Farm Forums at their annual spring rally held at Pine Lodge, Bristol, Que. Tuesday night went on record as opposing daylight saving time, heard encouraging reports from member groups, learned of the success of the Pontiac Cooperative Medical Services Plan, sang in close harmony with tuneful effect and danced folk and square dances.
The spirit of sympathetic cooperation often seen in rural life was once more exemplified last week when Mr. Harry Wallace of Moorehead, who had suffered considerable loss by drowning of his cattle, received a donation from his neighbours and friends.
About three weeks ago, when the ice was getting thin on the mill dam creek six miles west of Shawville, the cattle of Mr. Wallace went to the river to drink. The point where the water holes had been cut was about 5 acres from the dam. In the mild weather, the ice had become thin and when the cattle wandered out onto it, seven of them broke through. Ropes were tied around the animals and they were dragged out of the cold water by horses after being in nearly two hours. Two of them had been drowned and four died of exposure.
While Shawville curlers were agog this week with plans for their annual banquet to be held at Pine Lodge, Bristol, Campbell’s Bay devotees of the winter pastime planned a drive for funds to erect a curling rink at that town.
Shawville Rotarians announced plans for development of a baseball diamond at the local fair grounds. These plans include an opening game between Ottawa Senators and another team of the border league if arrangements can be made.
Dr. Eddie O’Leary passes: Widely known for his interest in hockey and other sports, Dr. Eddie O’Leary of Campbell’s Bay and Ottawa, died in the Pontiac Community Hospital on April 22, age 60. Dr. O’Leary was a star in both football and hockey and eventually became a referee of the National Hockey League. He was a veteran of World War I during which he served with the Canadian Dental Corps. At the end of his hockey career, he opened his office for the practice of dentistry at Campbell’s Bay.

100 Years Ago - April 24, 1924

Local News: Local activity in the automobile business is beginning. Last week P.B. Moyle, dealer for the Chevrolet and McLaughlin people, dispatched two Chevs from here to Coulonge via the King’s highway, while J.L. Hodgins and M. Howard, who are introducing the new “Star” auto, supplied a Portage du Fort man with a car of that make.
The strides made by the automotive industry during the last decade are remarkable. The motor car is no longer regarded as a luxury. It has attained its rightful place as a utility. The first auto was sold in Canada in 1898. Today the total registration runs close to 556,000.
While engaging cutting wood with a sawing outfit at Robert Crawford’s, Charteris, George Finan met with the misfortune of having part of the thumb and first and second fingers of his left hand severed by the saw. It was several hours later before Dr. Neilson, who was summoned, was enabled to go out to Crawfords and attend.

125 Years Ago - May 4, 1899

Local News: Mr. Thomas Moran of Sand Point has sold his blacksmith and carriage shop to the Cotey bros., Thomas and Joe of Bristol. They are to take possession on the first of June.
We learn from the Ottawa Journal of Saturday last that the little boy, Harold Kennedy, who had his chin bitten off by a horse at Mr. W.A. Hodgins’ on 8th of March and who was removed to the hospital at Ottawa, has had a new chin grafted on at that institution. The boy had plump fat cheeks and a quadrangular piece was taken from each and brought down to the chin where they were stitched together. The chin is doing nicely and although the under lip at present droops a little, it is thought that it will be alright when the whole is properly healed.
The Ottawa River began rising very fast last week after the ice went out. It is expected if rains set in shortly, the flood may come up to that of 1876.
Our readers will observe from the notice found in another column of this issue, that the principal merchants of this town have decided to close their respective stores at 6 o’clock every evening, Saturdays excepted, on and after the 15th of this month, the arrangement to continue in force til the first day of October next. This is a step in the right direction and in keeping with the system now in operation generally in all the cities and towns throughout the country.
From all we can learn from careful observation, the present will be a profitable year for the cheese industry in Canada.
The report for 1898 of Quebec Schools by the Superintendent of Public Instruction indicates that progress, somewhat slow, however, is being made in raising the standard of the primary public schools of the province.
Dr. D.H. Knox arrived home from Colorado on Monday evening looking and feeling, we are glad to report, somewhat improved in health.

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