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The Way We Were – May 8, 2024

25 Years Ago - May 5, 1999

Spence edges out Sallafranque: By a mere 15 votes, Denzil Spence edged Jerome Sallafranque for the right to lead the newly amalgamated Municipality of Allumettes Island.
About 50 people gathered at the Demers Centre Fire Hall Sunday night to hear the results which weren’t announced until 10:45 p.m., nearly four hours after the polls had closed.
With the sting of the October referendum still fresh in the minds of his constituents, Spence promised to take his municipality out of Quebec if the province ever separated. Eventually that led to a “Staying Canadian” declaration signed by most of Pontiac MRC’s mayors which gained national media attention.
Immediately after the results were announced, Sallafranque said he would not demand a recount. Because the number of spoiled ballots, five, is fewer than the difference between the two candidates; 15, it is unlikely a recount will change the outcome, said Richard Vaillancourt, the secretary treasurer.
Open fires banned across southwestern Quebec: In the light of the dry weather, a fire ban is now in effect across southwestern Quebec, putting a halt to burning permits issued by municipalities.
The Maniwaki-based Société de protection des forets contre le feu issued the ban last Thursday for the regions of Pontiac, the Outaouais, Labelle, the Laurentides and Lanaudière. As of that day, three forest fires were raging in Quebec. Normally, open fires are not banned until the end of May.
The weather is also worrying farmers. After one of the driest Aprils on record, May opened with dry, summer weather conditions.

50 Years Ago - May 8, 1974

Free dental service for children under eight: The Quebec Health Insurance Board, responsible for the administration of the Dental Service Program, has made the final preparations for the coming into effect of this extension to the Quebec Health Insurance Plan as of May 1.
This program assures all Quebec children under age eight of dental services ordinarily required, such as preventative and corrective services performed by dental surgeons and specialists in oral surgery, either in private offices or hospitals.
Hydro Quebec honours Shawville district: Following two consecutive years of operations without having an accident at their work, the employees of the Shawville district were presented with an award by Hydro Quebec.
A supper was given for the employees and their wives and all received special jackets with a crest commemorating the 1973 safety achievement.

75 Years Ago - May 5, 1949

Local News: About 75 members of the United Church choir and their friends were entertained on Friday night to a choice banquet given in their honour by the Women’s Association of the church. After a delightful repast, given under the leadership of Mr. C.F. Jacques, Rev. A.F. Fokes presided for the program of a number of toasts.
Fire of unknown origin razed the outbuildings of the Robert Chamberlain farm at Dale’s Crossing about three miles west of Shawville Monday afternoon. The blaze apparently started in the machinery shed and had achieved a fair start before noticed by Mrs. Chamberlain, who was in the house at the time. Robert Chamberlain, owner of the farm, was attending to business in Shawville when the fire broke out.
Destroyed with their contents were the machine shed, the granary, the hay barn and the horse and cow barn. Mrs. Chamberlain, at considerable danger to herself, succeeded in liberating two cows and one bull from the cow barn. In the course of this, she had a narrow escape from being caught in the building when the door closed and jammed behind her. She was able to loosen it, however and led the animals to safety. A strong wind blowing from the west probably saved the house from destruction. Loss is expected to reach $5,000 and this is but partially covered by insurance.
The annual banquet of the Shawville Curling Clubs fittingly wound up the season at Pine Lodge Wednesday evening. Alex Horner, president of the men’s club, emceed the celebration and presented the prizes to winners of the various bonspiels held during the season.

100 Years Ago - May 1, 1924

Local News: “A backward spring” is the report from practically every section of Eastern Canada: snow flurries, cold rains, sharp winds, bleak weather. April on the whole, was not an ideal month.
Mr. Elliott Hodgins and family after a year’s residence in town, have returned to their farm; the latter having been taken back from the ex-soldier, Thornton, who purchased it last year and was unable to make good. Thornton seems to have been too long with “the colours” to become a successful tiller of the soil and he decided to throw up the sponge.
Forty-five men engaged in the erection of a massive covered wooden bridge over the Lièvre River connecting Notre Dame de la Salette, Que., about 40 miles from Ottawa, with Poltimore township; raced over several hundred feet of crumpling timbers to the safety of the shore. Two of the almost completed spans of the bridge, swaying in the grip of a gale-like wind, in the space of a few terror inspiring moments, toppled into the turbulent water of the river. Three men, less fortunate than their fellows were unable to get to shore before the collapse of the bridge. Two of them leaped far out into the water and swam desperately for their lives, escaping in some marvelous way, the shower of heavy timbers that plunged into the water all about them. The third was caught and pinned to the pier by a falling timber. He is now in St. Michael’s Hospital, Buckingham suffering from a badly injured spine as well as serious internal injuries.
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125 Years Ago - May 11, 1899

Local News: Photographer Gallichan of Quyon has pitched his tent in Shawville for the purpose of taking the features of those who feel so inclined.
On account of the extremely high water in the Ottawa River, the P.P.J. train did not pass Coulonge on Friday evening. A work train went up on Saturday to repair some washouts in the neighbourhood of Melon’s and Creighton’s Creek.
Messrs. Wilson and Argue’s pulp wood drive is now at Ragged Chute on the Quyon River and will reach the Ottawa River in good time.
A kindergarten class has been started in Portage du Fort with a membership of fifteen. Miss M.K. Thompson is in charge.
Astronomers and many others will learn with pleasure that the celebrated star, “Morgan”, will be visible to the naked eye at intervals during a period of about two hours in the Town Hall at Bryson on the evening of May 23.
The steamer L. Murphy, which made its trial trip last week, found the water three feet higher than when the first trip was made last season.
Mr. Andrew Hodgins expects to start his woolen mills on Monday next, 15th inst.
Messrs. George and Thomas Findley began the mason work at the new roller mill on Monday. The mill will occupy the site on Main Street, adjoining the property of Mr. John Brownlee, blacksmith.
Among the important and interesting problems of our empire, none are more important than those connected with the development of the vast and varied lands of the great Dominion of Canada. The proposal now before the people of this country to canalize the natural waterway from the mouth of the Ottawa River at Montreal to the northeast corner of the Georgian Bay, where the French River empties itself into Lake Huron, is, therefore, one that is not only full of interest but of vast commercial importance.
The effect of the canal on the extension of settlement in Canada will probably exceed all expectations. In 1891 (the date of the last census) the provinces of Ontario and Quebec had a combined population of 3,602,856, out of a total population of 4,833,239 for the whole Dominion. These two provinces thus contain three-fourths of the entire Canadian population.

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