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The Way We Were

The Way We Were

Sept. 7, 1994

25 Years Ago

Biggest day in 138 years caps record fair: The 1994 Shawville Fair was a “massive success,” agree fair board president Ron Hodgins and manager Edrie Sharpe.
Sunday saw the biggest one-day crowd in the . . .

138-year history of the fair, upwards of 14,000, came through the gates on a beautiful afternoon.
The weather, of course, was the key to the success, with only a brief Friday sprinkle to interrupt a five-day stretch of perfect “fair weather.”
Mr. Hodgins says the number of exhibitors was up in most categories, such as the horse draw, heavy and light horse competitions and the steer auction. “We had an excellent air show,” he added.
The recently completed new buildings on the grounds helped things run more comfortably and efficiently and organizers credit the local RCMP security staff for making things run more safely.
Tireless community worker moving on: We usually take them for granted, the men and women of the community service clubs who put in countless hours to organize fundraisers.
But most people who know Eric Sutton will agree his presence will be sorely missed when he leaves the Pontiac region for Ottawa this week.
He is an active member and past president of the Shawville and District Kinsmen, belongs to a number of committees on his local church, is a former Legion member and at one time ran a store on Wolf Lake Road.
It may seem like ordinary involvement but for Eric, a simple thing like breathing takes up an extraordinary amount of energy. He suffers from Cystic Fibrosis but watching him and listening to him, its easy to forget he’s a very sick man.
Diagnosed with CF in 1986, Eric joined the Kinsmen two years later because their national objective is to raise money for the disease.

Sept. 10, 1969

50 Years Ago
Johnston proposes politics to bridge the generation gap: Participation in politics as a means of bridging the generation gap was proposed by Hon. Raymond Johnston to the members and friends of the Young Progressive Conservatives of Pontiac County at their fundraising dinner held on Sept. 6 at Forest Inn, Bryson.
Appealing to the young, so many of whom will be eligible to vote in the next election whether it be held in 1970 or 1971, Mr. Johnston urged that they become involved in politics.
Chairman of the YPC-YUN for Pontiac County is Kenneth Kilgour who thanked the guest speaker and gave an amusing account of his early days in politics. As a boy he had personally plastered Johnston stickers on every car in Shawville, later to discover that there was no way of removing them.
Shawville Women’s Institute last project: The Centennial project of the Shawville Women’s Institute was to erect a “Welcome” sign to greet visitors to our town. This project finally came to realization this week and the sign is now up at the edge of the Centennial Park on Highway 8.
This was the last project ever for the Women’s Institute of Shawville which has now disbanded and has become the Shawville Women’s Service Club whose latest meeting was Monday evening at Mrs. Art Hayes’ cottage in Sand Bay. A potluck supper was served to twenty-five members and visitors and an interesting evening was enjoyed trying to decipher quaint historic Ottawa Valley expressions.

Sept. 17, 1944

75 Years Ago
Local news: The closing dance at Coronation Hall in Bristol on Friday night had George Dube’s orchestra in attendance. The manager, Mr. D. McDougall, takes this opportunity to thank his friends for their splendid patronage since opening the hall since 1937.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Murrell of Wyman are happy having been informed that their youngest son, Lce. Bdr. Melvin Gordon Murrell is safe and back in England.
Mrs. Roy Dagg of Austin section, Clarendon, has received word that her nephew Cpl. Donald Gayler has been killed in action in France on Aug. 12. He was a member of the Hamilton Light Infantry and was in the first raid at Dieppe where he was slightly wounded.
On Tuesday when going for the cows, Wilson McCleary of Bristol Ridge encountered and shot a bear which weighed 290 pounds. Its’ front leg girthed 16 inches and its foot was seven inches long.
Last week Freeman Grant, North Clarendon shot a mother bear and two cubs and someone else in the same district shot all the branches off an apple tree but failed to bring down Mr. Bruin. Bear are still roving the country in numbers.
Flight Lieutenant Harold Walker, S.F.C., D.S.O., was one of two hundred Canadian repatriated flyers arriving in Ottawa last week.
Mrs. Walker, the former Miss Evelyn Dale of Shawville, was at Union Station to meet her famous flyer husband. A short time before his arrival, it was announced that Flt. Lt. Walker had been awarded the Distinguished Service Order for skill and courage as a bomber pilot.
Greetings for liberators: French lassies, joyful over their liberation from Nazi rule, greet Allied troops entering Paris with hugs and kisses. The boys just grin and bear it.

Sept. 4, 1919

100 Years Ago
Local news: This section of the county had a visit from a couple of bands of gypsies last week. The first lot were of the horse-trading variety, travelling in vans and were apparently all right, as gypsies go, but the second lot were a slick bunch, the slickest thing about them being their method of putting it over people and then getting off without the punishment they deserved. They travelled in big autos, a fact which enabled them to touch the different places along the route in remarkably short time. On Monday, parties in Portage du Fort and Bristol, it is stated, were victimized through a unique method of fortune-telling which the ladies of the outfit featured as a sort of camouflage in relieving people of their good money. No one was bitten by the game here in Shawville, but one of the women deliberately stole a two spot from a roll of bills which Dr. Klock for an instant laid on the counter while she was in the drug store. The doctor missed his coin before the thief got far away and promptly made her cough up on pain of immediate arrest. The Standard Church purpose holding a camp meeting in Hodgins’ Grove (near railway track) Shawville, commencing Sept. 12.

Sept. 6, 1894

125 Years Ago
Local News: The work of putting the mansard roof on Mr. J.H. Shaw’s new store is well underway. Mr. D. McKillop has the job of laying the galvanized iron.
A carload of hogs, lambs and sheep were shipped from here on Tuesday morning by Mr. Jamieson of Renfrew. The lot was purchased by Mr. W.J. Stark.
The young man Lafleur of Otter Lake whose accidental shooting was recorded in these columns a few weeks ago, died on Sunday the 26th from blood poisoning.
A deaf mute by the name of Gordon was struck by an engine and seriously injured on the K & P railway at Renfrew on Saturday last.
Mr. H.H. Elliott is recovering from a critical attack of typhoid fever.
The water in the Ottawa River was seldom ever lower at this season of the year than at present.
Prayers for rain were offered in a Kingston church on Sunday last.
Owing to low water in the Quyon River, Thackray’s saw mill has been closed down for a time and some of the staff laid off.
The new creamery that is being erected in Renfrew village will be 126 feet long and 40 feet wide, with an addition at the back 50 by 20 feet which will include the engine house, salt room and wash room.