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The Way We Were – April 24, 2024

25 Years Ago - April 21, 1999

Home for handicapped opens: After spending the last two decades in various institutions, Ronnie McGovern is back home.
McGovern, who is originally from Shawville, is one of five people who now call the Thomson Street residence for intellectually handicapped home.
More than 50 people crowded into the Pavillon du Parc Foundation home for the official opening April 14. But the brand new house has been home to its five occupants for more than a month.
The near-permanent smiles on the faces of the residents is proof they’re happy in their new surroundings, says Francine St. Jean, Pontiac director of Réseau de services en défcience intellectuelle (formerly Pavillon du Parc).
“It’s to give them a normal quality of life,” says Claude Letourneau, president of the foundation’s board of directors.
Barn, tractor destroyed: A grass fire is believed to be the cause of an early morning fire in Clarendon Monday which destroyed a barn and a tractor.
The Shawville-Clarendon Fire Department was called to the 12th Concession farm of Lyall Howard at 2:30 a.m. Howard had been burning grass the day before. It is believed the smouldering fire likely set the barn ablaze. The tractor was inside the barn. It took firefighters about three hours to extinguish the blaze.

50 Years Ago - April 24, 1974

Sugar bush time on rural route three: The primary students of Dr. S.E. McDowell Elementary School visited the Maple Sugar Bush owned by Eric Campbell of RR 3, Shawville.
This visit is an annual one for the students when they have an occasion to observe the making of maple syrup from the tree to the finished product. Mr. Campbell gave a generous sample to each of the keen visitors.
Mr. Campbell owns a farm and the maple sugar production of 3,000 trees tapped.
Some of the students sampling the maple syrup were Vicki Chamberlain, Jennifer Malette, Annette Hodgins and Janet Murray.
Tennis courts were busy over beautiful weekend: With a lot of work on the part of a few tennis devotees, the courts have been put into readiness and last weekend’s beautiful weather was taken full advantage of. It was perfect tennis weather and everyone with a racket was there, or so it seemed.
The tennis courts, which are located on the Pontiac Protestant High School grounds, have a membership fee and are as follows: $15 for a family; $10 single and $5 for students of any age and the club has decided to only allow members on the courts after May first.
The man to see is Mr. Tipping, treasurer. Or if it is more convenient you can pay fees to either the president, Mr. Christie or the vice president, Mr. Petty.

75 Years Ago - April 21, 1949

Local News: Muskrats are very much in the news in Shawville these days. Some two weeks ago, patrons of the Pontiac House beverage rooms got the surprise of their lives when one of them opened the door to find a large and very much alive muskrat seeking admission. Harper Rennick appeared in the role of Outer Guard on that occasion and Basil Elliott eventually captured the intruder by using an empty beer carton. The wily forest denizen, however, made good his escape and caused considerable commotion in the room as one half of the occupants chased him and he chased the other half.
The Bristol Busy Bees held their regular meeting Thursday in Bristol Memorial Church. With Mrs. Claude Young presiding and assisted by Mrs. Earl Findlay, secretary, the programme was in charge of Mrs. Gordon MacMillan. The club plans to hold a sale in July and to send two food parcels to Britain. A quilting is also in prospect.
Mrs. Raymond Trudeau was hostess to the Wyman Women’s Institute at its first regular meeting of the new branch year. Mrs. Garth Graham presided and was assisted by Mrs. Hillis Graham, secretary. Mrs. H. Graham was in charge of the programme and chose as her subject Canada’s new province, Newfoundland.
Tenders for ferry: sealed tenders addressed and endorse “Tender for Sand Point-Norway Bay Ferry” will be received at this office until 3 p.m. April 27, 1949 for a license to operate the ferry across the Ottawa River between Sand Point in the province of Ontario and Norway Bay in the province of Quebec, in accordance with Dominion government regulations.

100 Years Ago - April 17, 1924

Local News: Mr. James P. Connelly left last week for Des Joachims, Que. to take the position of engineer on a steamboat during the season now opening.
The auction sale at Ellard Hodgins’ last Thursday drew the largest crowd ever seen at a similar event in this district.
An effort is being made to organize a golf club in Renfrew and $1,500 has been subscribed towards the purchase of suitable grounds for “links.” The creamery town seems to be taking on city airs quite naturally.
Mr. J.E. Gaboury, advocate, formerly of Campbell’s Bay and who for some time has been practicing in Hull, has been appointed assistant recorder for that city. He is a son of Dr. T.C. Gaboury formerly of Bryson and now of Montreal.
Since Thursday last, the day of its delivery in the House, business thought throughout the country has been engrossed and to a great extent perplexed by the Dominion budget speech and its bearing upon the industrial and economic life of the Dominion.

125 Years Ago - April 27, 1899

Local News: We regret to report that Mrs. J. Smith and Mrs. H.H. Knox are seriously ill at present with pleurisy.
Sheriff McNally was in town on Monday summoning the jury for the approaching term of the Court of Queen’s Bench which opens at Bryson on May 24th.
The nickel deposits on the property of Mr. John Ostrom, Calumet Island, on which Mr. Cowen began development last fall, have been acquired by the British-American Mining Company and preparations for active work thereon are now going on. Mr. James McLean of Bryson has procured the contract for erecting the necessary buildings and has already put a gang of men to work.
Lord Trelawney is one of the gentlemen associated with the company named.
Mr. George Ballantine of Bristol Corners intends resuming the ferry service between Bristol wharf and Sand Point which he established last year as soon as navigation opens.
The train service on the Pembroke Southern Railway has been somewhat demoralized during the past few days, a bad washout on the line being the cause. The washout is at Quad’s Creek near Golden Lake and is over a mile in extent, the water being in some places two feet deep.

The present has been a very unfavourable spring for syrup making, the sap run having been less than half that of last year.
Another party of Doukhobors will shortly be on their way to Canada. On the 17th of this month, a party of a thousand sailed from Cyprus on the Beaver Line Steamship Lake Superior and it is expected that they will arrive at Quebec somewhere in May.
A rumour is current that Judge Lavergne is shortly to be promoted to the Montreal district and that Mr. Albert Rochon, Q.C. will be promoted to the vacancy thus created. We learn nothing, however, of a resident judge being appointed for Pontiac.
Mr. W.W. Ireland of this town, has been appointed Clerk of the Magistrates’ Court for Shawville, Mr S.A. Mackay having resigned that position with the intention of removing to Montreal.
Intelligence reached Ottawa last week of the murder of Michael Henry Daley, an Onslow young man who has been working at Sudbury. It appears Daley and a companion got into an altercation with some Finlanders and that the latter afterwards followed them and stabbed both. Daley died shortly afterwards and his companion was severely hurt and was removed to the Sudbury hospital. John Johnston and three of his companions have been arrested for the crime.

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