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The Way We Were

Mar. 22, 1995
25 Years Ago

Saint Paddy’s Day at Gavan’s: Pontiac’s best-known cultural event is also its longest-running party.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at Gavan’s Hotel in Quyon marked its 34th year on Sunday with a show that featured the best in local and visiting talent.
Gail Gavan, whose father Lennox began hosting the celebration in 1961, has just released a new cassette and CD recording of Irish songs in the tradition of her father. Gail was the featured performer in an afternoon of first-rate music and dance.
Two members of Sault Ste-Marie’s Schryer family, Daniel and Louis, whose champion fiddle trophies would fill the Shamrock Lounge, amazed the audience with their masterful technique and spirited playing.
Test drilling starts next week: After years of living with unsatisfactory drinking water, Quyon residents may taste fresh H20 out of their taps as early as this summer.
Test drilling for a well is expected to start March 30, says Municipality of Pontiac Coun. Leo Gibbons of the water committee.
“It’s going to be a great relief to the population that is using the water,” says Coun. John Telford, also on the water committee.
For more than two years, Quyon has been plagued with water problems, water that is pumped directly from the Ottawa River.

Mar. 25, 1970
50 Years Ago

New highway by Quyon: contractors given year to complete 5 miles: The Hon. M. Fernand-J. Lafontaine, Minister of Highways for the Province of Quebec has signed a contract for $697,658.96 for the reconstruction of Highway 8 for a distance of five miles around the outside of Quyon and through sections of Onslow and Bristol.
The firm Payette Construction of Montreal has until March 31, 1971 to complete this work which will improve on the dangerous conditions which now exist on Highway 8 because of the narrow and winding nature of the road along that section.
Rebuilding and repairs to the same highway for a distance of eleven miles within the counties of Hull, Papineau and Pontiac have been done which bring the total expenditure to over three million dollars.
Pontiac Holstein barn meeting: The Pontiac Holstein Club held a barn meting at the farm of J. Edgar Russell and sons Thursday afternoon.
Club President Donald Duff was in charge of the meeting of approximately 75 Holstein breeders and visitors including the Agricultural Manpower Class from Shawville.
Edgar Russell welcomed everyone present and explained his unique feeding program which includes many of the advantages of loose housing barn and has resulted in an increase of approximately 30 per cent in production.
A sire mating contest was conducted by Mr. Pierre Leonard, ably assisted by George Pirie and Ken Kilgour.
There was also a weight guessing contest. Winners of the contest were as follows: Sire mating contest: Donnie Knox who won an electric can opener; E. Russell who won 100 pounds of calf grower; Dalton Hodgins who won ten pounds of cleaner. Weight guessing contest: Ken Kilgour won free service donated by Eastern Breeders; Lionel Telford won a jar of Sepko; Hilton Crick won a gallon of Icsan.

Mar. 29, 1945
75 Years Ago

Local News: Mrs. Reggie Hodgins of this village and Mr. Arthur Caldwell of Radford have received word that their nephew Gerald Caldwell died on March 7 after being wounded on the Western front. He was the 24-year-old son of Mr. Harvey Caldwell and the late Mrs. Caldwell of Carruthers, Sask.
Sgt. Joseph McCool, aged 28, son of T.E. McCool Pembroke lumberman, and the late Mrs. McCool is reported killed in action in Italy according to advices reaching his father on March 22.
Shawville and district which includes Thorne, Bristol and Clarendon townships surpassed any previous drive for the Red Cross and has gone beyond its objective with a number of canvassers yet to bring in their reports.
On March 21, Pontiac’s oldest medical practitioner passed away at his home in Bryson in the person of Dr. Henry Thomas Hurdman in his 86th year. The doctor had been in declining health for the past two years.
He was born in Eardley and began his professional career in the village of Fort Coulonge remaining there for almost two years when he moved to the county of Bryson.
In the early horse and buggy days, the doctor endured many hardships and trying experiences attending his patients and in late years he would, on many occasions, relate some of the amusing incidents of his early practice.
He also served as the county Coroner for several years and for the past thirty-five years was secretary-treasurer of the village of Bryson and a former member of Pontiac Community Hospital board.
Lulendorf railroad bridge spanning the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany was captured by the Ninth Armoured Division of the First Army before Nazis could destroy it.
Sleeping with one eye open: while two of his buddies caught some shut-eye in close quarters of a foxhole, a soldier kept a watchful eye on Germans across the Pruem River in Germany.

Mar. 18, 1920
100 Years Ago

Local News: The first of the general spring break-up was ushered in last Friday with a rainfall which continued from early morning till noon and under it, the snow sagged down to at least half its depth. Before nightfall, wind-swept fields in general revealed last year’s stubble quite distinctly. Whilst milder weather was most welcome, people would rather see sleighing hang out for a week longer.
The cottages of Rev. J.A. Macfarlane, Mrs. Lothian, G.F. Hodgins, Bernard Mullin and others at Norway Bay were recently broken into by some unknown parties and the contents scattered around promiscuously but nothing it seems, was taken away - merely the gratifying of a mischievous streak, in the make up of some individuals who have a somewhat contorted conception of a joke.
Mr. P.B. Moyle’s new building, on which good progress was made last week, despite some off-spells on account of broken weather, promises to be quite an attractive addition to the many good structures on Main Street. The lower flat is designed to contain two offices or business stands, to the left of the passage-way which runs through to the rear and is intended as an entrance to the garage which is to be built later on.
At the right of this passage there is also an office room and stairway leading to the second floor which is to be fitted up as a public hall. The front and sides of the building are to be veneered with brick during the summer.
The question of the adoption of an eight-hour work day in Canada was introduced in the House last week by Mr. Burnham and from the discussion which followed, it is quite evident any measure aiming to make the eight-hour day effective, is bound to meet with strenuous opposition, particularly from representatives of the rural constituencies who, apart from their own private opinions, realize that it would be quite impossible to face their farmer electors with such a proposal.

Mar. 21, 1895
125 Years Ago

Local News: Mr. L.D. Davis of Shawville attended the races at Fitzroy Harbour on Tuesday of last week.
The people of Bristol have given an order for a handsome monument to be erected over the grave of the late William King, Esq., who was the first post master and grist mill owner in the township.
Mr. James Armstrong has engaged Mr. George Kemp to take charge of the Green lake cheese factory during the approaching season.
A skimming station is about to be built at Galetta in connection with the Renfrew creamery.
Mr. George Morrison of Glengyle has been appointed a justice of the peace for Pontiac.
The Elmside Lodge of Good Templars gave an entertainment on Friday evening in No. 8 school which proved a success, the building being packed.
A lengthy programme consisting of music, dialogues, recitations, readings and addresses was delivered in the latest style.
Between seventy-five and a hundred men are now at work pile driving along the shores of Long Lake for the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway. There are so many bays along the lake that it will be necessary to construct about three miles of trestle work for the road. This should make quite a demand for men accustomed to timber work.
It is believed that the Dominion government have favourably considered the question of selecting from among prominent practical agriculturalists a farmer who has a knowledge of the wants of
the farming class and is well acquainted with trade and shipping, and the marketing of produce, etc. to be appointed to keep up constant communication with farmers’ boards, societies, etc. collect agricultural statistics, investigate markets, issue bulletins constantly, as to these investigate difficulties, as to shipping facilities, freight rates on farm produce, etc. Such a representative, it is believed, would be of great value to the farmers of the country by attending all gatherings of farmers and by keeping in actual touch with the farmers themselves.

Compiled by Bonnie Chevrier


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