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The Way We Were

The Way We Were

25 Years Ago - Feb. 10, 1999

Quyon Lions Club takes toilet seat: Their town may not have a pot to pee in, or rather a sewage system to dump in, but the Quyon Lions Club is doing what it can for the good of the town by winning the toilet seat, an honour reserved for the team which accumulates the most points in the Shawville Community Bonspiel.
For an unprecedented third time, the Quyon Lions Club has won the 10-day bonspiel. In fact, the Quyon Lions Club is the only multiple winner in the 24-year history of the bonspiel which, with 72 teams, is billed as the largest community bonspiel played out of a single rink in the world.
Skip Darryl Leach was humble about his team’s winnings:
“I don’t think we were the best team, I just think we were the luckiest ones this weekend,” says Leach who also played on the ‘86 winning team.
Clarendon, Shawville sign on to 911 service for Feb. 24: The 911 emergency service is scheduled to begin in Clarendon and Shawville Feb. 24.
The two municipalities are the latest to sign on to the service. Pontiac Municipality, Bryson, Litchfield and Campbell’s Bay signed on last year.
“We took a look at the system in Maniwaki (Centre Régional d’appel) and assured ourselves it was a service that could operate in both official languages,” Shawville Mayor Albert Armstrong says. “The previous council took a look at it and we followed up on it.”

50 Years Ago - Feb. 13, 1974

United Nations Club plans several trips: Pontiac Protestant High School United Nations Club has a busy schedule ahead. In the middle of march, eight delegates will attend at the Richmond, Quebec Model Assembly for three days. A week after the Richmond event, both the delegates and observers will travel to Hull where an United Nation Model assembly will be held for two days in the Philemon Wright High School. Recently the United Nations Club of Pontiac Protestant High School undertook an ambitious plan to raise money to send delegates, as observers, to New York city where the real United Nations headquarters is located.
Shawville Hockey League: Pepsi moved closer to a berth in the league finals with a last minute goal to beat Pontiac House 4-3 on Tuesday evening.
Scoring for Pontiac House were Barney Richardson with two and Charles Taylor with one. Barry Murray and Edgar Dagg each fired two for Pepsi. Murray’s second goal proved to be the winner, breaking a tie with just four seconds remaining in regulation time.
Thursday, Don Knox led Clarendon Hotel to a one game lead in series “B” with an 8-0 win over Pontiac Electric. Goal scorers were Don Knox with three and Brian Holt, Ronnie Dagg, Dave Hall, Randy Pitt and Cyril Gilpin with one each.

75 Years Ago - Feb. 10, 1949

Local News: Shawville Rotary Club had an enjoyable joint meeting with the Lion’s Club of Bryson on Thursday evening when over 20 members from Shawville were their guests at dinner in the Elk Hotel, Bryson. After an excellent supper, Doug Turner, the president of the Lions, welcomed the guests and Harland C. Rowat, president of the Rotary Club fittingly replied.
After the meeting, Shawville played Bryson an interesting game of broom-ball on the nearby rink, this ending with a tie, 3-3 and a little prematurely, because everyone was exhausted.
By a score of 3-1, Shawville High School hockey team not only defeated Buckingham on the beaten team’s own ice, but also finished an unbroken series of victories in the local division of the Rural High School League and are entitled now to play the winners of the MacDonald and Hudson section this week.
In the Buckingham game, Gerald Perry was the star goal-getter, with a ringer in the first period and another in the second. In the final stanza, K. Burman poked another into the nets for Shawville, while R. Westphal of Buckingham with one counter just managed to pull his team out of the goose-egg section.

100 Years Ago - Feb. 7, 1924

Local News: On Jan. 27, Mr. Fletcher Warren, who died in Iroquois Falls on Friday, was buried in the Methodist Cemetery. Mr. Warren was 84 years of age and was born and brought up on Allumette Island where he lived prior to moving to Iroquois Falls some twenty years ago.

His parents were among the early pioneers of the island, running a stopping house over a century ago, as well as the ferry from Pembroke to Allumette Island.
Ebert Huneault, an employee of the J.R. Booth Co., engaged in cutting ice about 60 yards below the Chaudiere bridge, was drowned on Thursday last. The ice on which Huneault was standing suddenly gave way and he was precipitated into the water beneath. The man had a new rope around his body, attached to the bridge and this is thought to have been cut by the sharp edge of the ice, as it gave way and he was swept out of sight under the ice.
Ex-President Woodrow Wilson died at his home in Washington on Sunday morning after a long, painful illness which began about three years ago. He was born in December 1856 and was regarded as one of the cleverest men produced by his country since the days of Lincoln.
The adventure of John McBrade began in the west and ended in the east but it very nearly ended in another world. McBrade had an August excursion across half the continent that didn’t cost him a cent but almost cost his life. He crawled into a box car standing in the railway yards in Edmonton and went to sleep on top of the coal with which it was loaded. When he awakened the car was in motion, the door was fastened tight and he was trapped. He beat frantically upon the door but with no result except to lacerate his hands and wear out his boots. And the train went on and on. Ten days later it came to a stop in London, Ont. where the car was opened and McBrade saw daylight again. He was too far gone to get out of the car alone and men who saw him said he looked like the picture of death. It had been a black-hole, starvation ride all the way from Edmonton and if the car of Alberta coal had been billed to somewhere in Eastern Ontario, instead of to London, there would most likely have been no more of John McBrade.

125 Years Ago - Feb. 9, 1899

Local News: On Monday Mr. Thos. McFarlane was elected mayor of Clarendon, while Shawville council re-elected Mr. G.F. Hodgins.
Rev. Mr. Warrington acknowledges with thanks the gift of 16 bags of oats for his horse from his parishioners of Clarke’s settlement.
Mr. John Douglas, principal of the Portage du Fort School was in town on Saturday and favoured THE EQUITY will a call. He informed us Mr. Valleé, an engineer of the Quebec government was at Portage du Fort on Thursday for the purpose of making an inspection and reporting on the bridge, part of which collapsed some time ago. This action is taken to indicate that some move is in contemplation to restore the structure, the loss of which has been a very heavy blow to the interests of the village, as well as causing a serious inconvenience to the traveling public at large.
Mr. Wartman of Kingston, while driving through a field in Clarendon the other day, became possessed of a very peculiar looking stone which he found on a stump by the roadside. He brought his “find” to Shawville where it was pronounced upon by a number of parties, some of whom are of the opinion that it is an aerolite, or meteoric stone. The curiosity for such it is, weighs about 12 pounds and is heavily charged with mineral of some kind other than iron and appears to have been subjected to intense heat at some time. Mr. Wartman intends taking it to the Geological Museum where doubts as to its true character will be set at rest.
Messrs. John and T. Clarke have purchased one of the latest improved evaporators, with other appliances for manufacturing maple syrup, and intend going into the business this spring in dead earnest. Mr. John Clarke estimates he can tap at least 2,000 trees in his bush.
There was great excitement in the Manitou region when two able-bodied men came walking up the road with great leather belts on. Some of the young folks thought it was Sharkey and Fitzsimmons, looking for a secure spot to decide the championship of the world, as boxers; but some of the older heads made enquiries of a man with a team that accompanied them and it was learned that no pugilistic encounter was thought of. They were two gentlemen measuring the road from Waltham station to Crow River, a distance of seventy seven miles, some fifteen miles shorter than any other road to that point.


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