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The Way We Were – April 17, 2024

25 Years Ago - April 14, 1999

Clarendon farmer hit with mudslide: “Just another mess to clean up.” Clarendon farmer Gilbert Dubeau shrugs his shoulders as he walks away from the pile of debris left over from Thursday’s mudslide on his farm on the 7th line just north of the Veteran Gaz Bar near Bryson. “Another Sunday project,” says Dubeau.
Dubeau was near his barn with his wife, Cheryl, their two children, Philip and Marc and his parents, Maurice and Laurette Dubeau at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday when they heard what sounded like shotgun blasts coming from a treed slope about 300 metres north of his barn.
“We were walking out of the barn when it started to come down,” he said. “It took about five or 10 seconds.”
When it was over, there was a large gap where the treed slope once was. Eyeball estimates of the size of the gap are about 30 metres wide by 30 metres high.
The clay deposits in Pontiac are marine sediments left over from the post-glacial period of about 10,000 years ago when what is now the Ottawa River was a much larger channel of water.
Carleton University geography professor Ken Torrance says slopes, such as the ones on Dubeau’s farm, are “the undisturbed material of the old riverbank.”
River levels rise, no flooding yet: Due to a slow spring melt and minimal precipitation, no flooding has been yet reported in Pontiac.
“The Coulonge river is pretty stable right now,” Don Marion, secretary-treasurer of Mansfield told THE EQUITY Friday. “It has risen about six inches.”
Last year, an early spring and heavy rains combined to raise the levels of the Black, Coulonge and Ottawa rivers, causing flooding in low-lying areas.

50 Years Ago - April 17, 1974

Jean Beliveau talks of love at National Prayer Breakfast: Taking part in the National Prayer Breakfast for our nation’s leaders in Ottawa last week were three from Pontiac county: Orla Young, warden; Remi Fortin, industrialist, and Rosaleen Dickson, editor.
The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast has been held annually for the past nine years and brings together responsible leaders in a spirit of meditation and prayer for themselves and for their nation.
The actual breakfast, though a major production of the culinary art, is only a part of this annual event. A preliminary supper gives an opportunity to meet informally with people from every province of Canada. The following morning at the breakfast, the RCMP Brass Ensemble played.
The keynote speech was followed by two seminars. Jean Beliveau said that the real sense of life is not found in fortune, popularity nor high position, but in our faith in God. Mr. Beliveau also projected the question, “How can I love and care for the people I am with each day?” The guests at the seminar also tackled that question which brought forth discussion which could not be concluded in the time allotted. The good number of senators and members of parliament in attendance was reassuring.
Mr. Beliveau is probably the only Prayer Breakfast speaker ever to have faced a lineup of admirers all wanting his autograph.
A hundred and eleven and still going strong: Ceasar Paul, born April 13, 1863, celebrated his 111th birthday last Saturday at Fort Coulonge where he lives with his grandson Loyola Graveline and family.
Mr. Paul, who is the senior citizen of Pontiac County, buried his first young wife and baby at Jim’s Lake after a drowning accident almost a century ago and later married Miss Paquette of Fort Coulonge. Their only son was Rheal Paul and their six daughters became Mrs. Gervais, Mrs. Weatherby, Mrs. Lacroix, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Laderoute and Mrs. Graveline, the mother of Loyola.
With seven children, 36 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren, Mr. Paul has ninety direct descendants.
Mr. Paul was asked if he could come as a guest on a TV show in Pembroke but it couldn’t be arranged at this time. It would seem particularly interesting if Mr. Paul, who can well remember pre-confederation days and a time when even rough bush roads were a novelty, could see himself on television.
Having spent a lifetime outdoors as a trapper and hunter and guide, he now lives in Fort Coulonge with his grandson.

75 Years Ago - April 14, 1949

Local News: “I will certainly bring the matter of street cleaning before council at the first opportunity,” Mayor W.C. Schwartz stated to THE EQUITY at press time. His Worship was interviewed on Main Street as passing motorists stirred the dust, dirt and what-not left behind by the passing snows into clouds of atmospheric pollution that quickly settled on passers by.
The Canadian Press in a dispatch from Montreal, states that “Murph” Chamberlain, Shawville-born hockey star of Montreal Canadiens will retire at the end of this season. “At 35 and after 12 years in the big league, I’ll be ready to call it a career”, he said. “Murph” is an ardent farmer and is expected to follow that pursuit in the future.
The Shawville bakery changed hands once again this week as Orla Young returned to dairy farming and operation of the mail route. Norris R. Horner, who has already appeared in the role of operator of the bakery has re-purchased the business and will carry it on henceforth. Mr. Horner already has active business interests being Shawville dealer in Dodge and Desoto motor cars.
Acting in cooperation with the Dominion Department of Agriculture, the Ottawa Experimental Farms and through the good offices of Rotarian Neil Drummond, Quebec Provincial Agronomist, the Shawville Rotary Club is making plans to start an experimental apple orchard expected to be of great benefit to large and small farmers of the hilly country around Ladysmith and Otter Lake. It is planned to obtain the use of a suitable tract of land and set this aside as a Rotary Experimental Orchard. A lengthly time is expected to be necessary for sure results from the experiment and this is estimated at about ten years.

100 Years Ago - April 10, 1924

Local News: This year, W.A. Moore, merchant and lumberman of Otter Lake, is taking out the largest drive of logs on the Pickanock River that has been handled there since the old Gilmour days, when lumbering in that district was at the peak. Mr. Moore has 125,000 logs, containing something over nine million feet of lumber and pulpwood. Everything is ready for the break-up and when the drive gets underway, it will take about 8 months to land it in the Gatineau River.
The box social held on March 28 at No. 5 school hall by the Good Time Club came off very successfully despite the handicap of poor sleighing and dark weather.
Eggselent: Two hundred and sixty eggs in thirty-one days, from thirteen hens, is the record made by Mrs. R.C. Woodley’s little flock of Plymouth Rocks during the month of March, so reports that lady to this paper, and she would like to hear if anybody in the district can tell of a better showing.
Meryil Fleurie of Chichester is a victim of a strange accident which occurred on Friday. The boy, a bright lad of fifteen years and the eldest of the family, had been living temporarily with an uncle and aunt, who had charge of the camp of the Pontiac Fish and Game Club and with a companion, was practicing shooting with a small rifle, using a heavy weight taken from a set of scales for a target.
Young Fleurie hit the target, the bullet rebounding and striking the tire of a waggon, ricocheted and entered the boy’s head above and to the right of the right eye while a splinter from the bullet also penetrated the skull near the ear. He lies unconscious in the General Hospital with the bullet lodged in his brain and with weeping mother constantly at this bedside praying for a recovery for which there is practically no hope.

125 Years Ago - April 13, 1899

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