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The Way We Were

The Way We Were – May 29, 2024

25 Years Ago - May 26, 1999

Viactive walk attracts 400 seniors to PPJ Cyclopark: Norbert Tetu walks because he wants “to live to be 99.” Lorraine Sabourin walks to get to know people in her area.
Whatever their reason, some 1,000 seniors participate in weekly Viactive programs throughout the Outaouais, including four local clubs in Campbell’s Bay, Calumet Island, Bryson and Shawville. About 400 of them descended on Shawville May 19 for the annual walk to close out the season.
Under a light drizzle, the seniors walked the PPJ Cyclopark for about an hour in the morning. In the afternoon, instructors taught the seniors T’ai Chi and dance at the Shawville arena. It was all part of the Viactive program which encourages older people to be active at their own pace.
Honour Trip: Honour students at Pontiac High School were rewarded for their academic efforts with a day off school May 12.
Instead of textbooks and lessons, the students spent the day at the National Aviation Museum, took in the musical “Billy Bishop Goes to War” and ended the day with bowling in Aylmer.
To qualify for the trip, students were required to make the honour roll twice in the last three terms.

50 Years Ago - May 29, 1974

Calumet Island young farmer wins 3 weeks in France: Jacques Lance of Calumet Island has won the Regional Competition for young farmers planning to establish themselves as future farmers.
This competition is sponsored by the Quebec Department of Agriculture and is open to all young farmers in Quebec. Jacques Lance will now compete in the provincial competition against other regional winners at Quebec on June 4.
Jacques is now in partnership on the farm with his father Isidore Lance and prepared a project on the operation of this farm indicating the present and future plans which included cropping programs, financing programs and the financial details of operating this farm on a profit basis.
Jacques will spend three weeks in France at the expense of the Quebec Department of Agriculture and has a chance for the $300 first prize at the provincial competition.
Babysitting course concludes with graduation exercises: A nine week babysitting course wound up with a graduation exercise in the basement of the United Church in Campbell’s Bay. Guest speaker was Dr. Louis Morissette who was introduced by Mayor Cecil Vibert.
The course had been sponsored by the CGIT (The Canadian Girls in Training).
Also present at the graduation were three of those who conducted lectures during the course, Mrs. Glen, Rev. John McGilligan and Mrs. Sheila Crozier.
Rev. Theo Crozier was master of ceremonies for the evening and Miss Kathy Fenton, CGIT leader and Mrs. Sheila Crozier gave brief resumees of various aspects of the course. Miss May Jay and Dr. Gregory were other lecturers.

75 Years Ago - May 26, 1949

Local News: The 1949 election campaign opened Monday in Pontiac county as approximately 300 Liberal delegates gathered at the Town Hall, Campbell’s Bay to nominate a candidate. Four candidates were offered to the meeting: Donat Goulet, one of His Majesty’s Counsel, medical man; S. Wyman McKechnie, outstanding dairy farmer of Wyman, Que. and Hugh Proudfoot, Fort Coulonge Lumberman. Each of the candidates addressed the gathering for ten minutes. In the second ballot, the convention chose Mr. Hugh Proudfoot.
The interior of the pretty little Stone Church at Thorne Centre is being redecorated under the direction of Mr. Mitchel of Otter Lake.
The first part of the task removing the two previous coats of alabaster was done by a group of energetic parishioners. The ceiling is being painted in white. The walls are in ivory semi-gloss with a pattern in babies blue at the height of the top of the pews. Lettering will be done in babies blue and gold. It is hoped that the task will be completed in good time for services on Whit Sunday, June 5.
In a three-cornered fight, J.M. Argue, 61-year-old lumber operator of Shawville, captured the Progressive Conservative nomination for the new constituency of Pontiac-Temiskaming, swamping his two opponents by a wide margin. They were Alex Horner of Shawville and Hector Belec of Fort Coulonge who unsuccessfully contested the riding under the PC banner at a by-election in 1946.
Two district school teachers have been awarded the Order of Scholastic Merit by the Quebec Department of Education. At a meeting of the Protestant committee of the Council of Education, M. Grimes of Aylmer High School and Miss Clara L. Strutt, Shawville High School, were named for the awards. Both teachers have taught a minimum of 20 years in the school of the Province of Quebec.

100 Years Ago - May 22, 1924

Local News: Sugar took another drop in price of 15 cents per 100 pounds on Wednesday, which makes a net reduction of $1.80 since February.
The Sand Point correspondent of The Mercury writes: The ferry boat Norvic is making trips across to Norway Bay, not regular as yet, and the work on the upper deck and other parts is progressing rapidly.
Farming operations have been seriously retarded by the repeated rainfalls which have made the present May a record breaker for that weather in this district. Work on the clay lands has practically been at a standstill and only those farmers who have light lands have been enabled to make any progress seedling, which on the whole is a couple of weeks later than years.
The play “Valley Farm” staged in Wilson’s Hall on Friday evening by a company of Starks Corners amateurs, was much appreciated by all who attended and was certainly deserving of a more liberal patronage than it received, as the cast was well sustained and the play interesting throughout.
Campbell’s Bay has decided on an improved gravity system of water works

125 Years Ago

June 1, 1899
Local News: A very heavy storm of rain and wind passed over this section on Friday. The first thunderstorm of much violence this season, in some places the rain fell in torrents, while out in North Clarendon a couple of inches of hail stones fell.
Reports from the country districts indicate that the crops this season will be exceptionally good. Notwithstanding that there has been very little rain til recently, and that the season was somewhat late, grass has a good start and other cereals are looking well.
An expert has been going over the line of the Pontiac Telephone Company, putting the phones in repair.
Four suspicious-looking characters, supposed to be tramps or “crooks”, came into Bryson on Saturday morning, from the direction of Clarke’s Station in the vicinity of which they had been seen the previous evening. One of the parties had made some purchases in one of the stores and subsequently the four were reported to have taken up temporary lodgings in a vacant house in the east end of the town.
We have received from Mr. Matthew Smith of Gordon Creek a copy of a very neat little booklet issued by the Lumsden Steamboat Line descriptive and illustrative of the magnificent country along the route to and in the neighbourhood of Lake Temiscamingue.
The 24th was an exceptionally quiet day in Shawville. There being no local attractions, the majority of our young people sought recreation in other places, some going to view the rugged splendor of the scenery at Calumet Falls, others preferring the peaceful beauties of Green Lake; still others of a more practical turn, got their fishing tackle in order at an early hour and departed for the haunts of the finny type.

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