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The Way We Were

The Way We Were

Aug. 10, 1994

25 Years Ago

New era of tourism for Bristol: On Saturday the newly-renovated Norway Bay wharf and Bristol Town Hall were officially opened by Pontiac-Gatineau-Labelle MP Robert Bertrand and Provincial Minister of Public Security Robert Middlemiss.
From the pier, the Quebec Police Force lead the . . .

procession of dignitaries who were driven in convertible Mustangs and a 1995 Windstar for MRC Pontiac mayors courtesy of Shawville Ford, to the town hall. On Aug. 9, 1991, the old town hall was destroyed by fire and it was shortly afterwards that council passed a motion to rebuild.
MP Robert Bertrand spoke of the history of the wharf which was built in 1911 and consisted of pile and cribwork. For a number of years it was used as a ferry crossing to Sand Point, Ont. and in 1973 it was turned over to the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans.
At a special meeting of the Bristol council held in 1987, a motion was made and passed approving the purchase of the Norway Bay Federal Wharf for $1.00.
Rivers Festival a success: The team of Richard Bissonnette, Gerard Giguere, Yves Bisson, Martin Benfey and Pierre Lefebvre win a narrow victory in the “five in a canoe” race during the First Annual Rivers Festival in Waltham this past weekend.
A close race throughout with Friends of the Pontiac’s Rivers in front, Esprit closed the gap and took the lead in the final sprint to the finish line carrying the canoe. The winning team in this race was Jim Coffey, John Bedloe, David Miller, Richard Anderson, Stephen MacDonald and Justin Morgan.
Organizers were pleased with the tremendous turnout of paddlers and river enthusiasts to the festival’s two day event.

Aug. 13, 1969

50 Years Ago

Lands and Forests Minister visits Pontiac County lands and forests: Claude Gosselin, farmer from the Eastern Townships of Quebec and Minister of Lands and Forests for this province, awoke early last Friday morning to find himself deep in the heart of Pontiac County, comfortably bedded down in the lodge at the Pontiac Fish and Game Club near Schyan Depot of the Consolidated-Bathurst Lumber limits.
The tour of the mill on Friday afternoon was a delight to the Minister’s party as well as to the hosts because everything was going good and production was threatening to break even the recently broken records.
At the Pontiac Fish and Game Club, Mr. Ed. Sullivan and his family looked after the needs of the guests.
Overnight trailride to McCord’s Lake, Charteris: Thirteen children, thirteen-years-old and under enjoyed a weekend they will never forget under the leadership of Sally Thompson, secretary of the Shawville Saddle and Pony Club. Also accompanying the young riders was Miss Pat O’Connor, RN and the club president Bill McCord, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bean and Mr. and Mrs. David Dickson helped invarious ways to make the overnight trail ride a great success.
The group rode out from the Shawville Fair grounds at noon on Saturday, took back roads and crossfield shortcuts to McCord Lake in Charteris, pitched a lean-to with birch boughs and canvas tarpaulins, swam, fished and played on a raft in a shallow corner of the lake.
Three little girls, Bonnie Sue Cruickshank, Norma Judd and Valerie Thompson and ten boys, Gary Thompson, Lorne Bean, Terry MacDougall, John Stanley and a new member Gordon Beardsley, two Dicksons and three from the LaMadeline family took part in the overnight trail ride.

Aug. 17, 1944

75 Years Ago

Local news: Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brownlee, 5th Line, Clarendon, that their son, Flt. Sergeant Irvine Brownlee of the R.C.A.F. overseas is reported missing while on air operations over enemy territory.
Soldiers to have grant of money: mustering out benefits for servicemen estimated at $750,000,000 and an increase in clothing allowances from $65 to $100 were announced in the Commons las week. Prime Minister MacKenzie King introducing war service gratuity legislation said the benefits would go to volunteers, drafted men obligated to serve without territorial limitation or in the Aleutians and to members of the women’s services.
Preparations are underway for a bigger and better fair at Shawville, Sept. 21, 22, 23. Group Captain Carl (Moose) Fumerton, D.F.C. and Bar, Fort Coulonge, arrived at Union Station early Sunday morning with a group of R.C.A.F. repats.
Group Captain Fumerton has been with the air force since the start of the war. He is credited with having destroyed 14 enemy planes and damaging one.
He told reporters he didn’t think he’d have time to get back in the fighting over Europe because the Germans were fading too fast but he hoped to see some service in the Pacific. Three weeks ago saw him flying support for the ground forces in Normandy. The famous flyer said on his last flight over France three weeks ago “our lads down on the ground seemed to be having it pretty much their own way.”

Aug. 7, 1919

100 Years Ago

Local news: It seems like a dream, but is it not a fact that Shawville enacted a speed limit by-law some time ago and also that a resolution was placed in the records (sometime before the advent of motor cars) prohibiting the use of obscene or profane language on the streets on penalty of a fine? In view of the total disregard for either of these regulations that is glaringly manifest just now, it would be well, perhaps, for the council to dig up the latter and re-publish them for the benefit or instruction of those who seem to fancy that we have no law governing public order or morality.
Haying throughout this neighbourhood is pretty well wound up. On the whole, the crop is not above average, some sections being very light.
Horse livery: The undersigned desires to inform the public that he has started in the horse livery business at the Pontiac House stables and respectfully solicits a share of their patronage. Good service assured. Clarence L. Hodgins.
A very pleasant evening was spent at the home of Mr. Stillman Smith, Litchfield on Thursday evening when a large number of friends and neighbours gathered to welcome home his son, Thomas who returned from overseas a few days before. After the presentation of a cheque, the time was spent in games and music. Refreshments were served by the ladies of the Morehead Soldiers Comfort Club.
Arnprior, so a local paper reports, is to have a new theatre with a seating capacity of one thousand.

Aug. 9, 1894

125 Years Ago

Local News: Harvesting has commenced in Clarendon and Bristol oats were cut and saved last week.
The two little Jennings girls who were injured by falling from a mountain in Sheen two weeks ago are recovering. One is able to walk around now, the other is still in bed.
Several members of the family of Mr. Wm. Sturgeon of Clarendon Front are prostrated with a very malignant type of diphtheria. Dr. H.H. Knox is in attendance.
We are happy to learn that W.J. Poupore, Esq., has procured six hundred dollars from the Quebec Government to rebuild the north end of the Chapeau bridge.
Near the Schneaux Rapids, on the property of Mr. Alex Elliott is situated a deposit of mineral-bearing quartz which local mining enthusiasts have given the name of the “Hoopskirt Mine.”
Paddle your own canoe at the Quyon picnic on 14th inst and win that beautiful silver cup offered as a prize. If your own canoe is not fast enough, get someone else’s. At all events try for it and if you win, you will have something in your old days to remind you of the days when you were young.