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The Way We Were

The Way We Were – April 3, 2024

25 Years Ago - March 31, 1999

Silver Maple changes hands: No, the Silver Maple Hotel in Ladysmith is not being torn down. Rather, the new owners, Greg and Sylvie Bretzlaff of Ladysmith are aiming to restore the building to its original condition. As a result, the new addition built by former owner Robert Hitz came down last weekend.
The main floor of the original building will be converted to half bar, half restaurant with each seating about 40 people. The business will be run by Ernest and Cathy Pasch of Ladysmith under the name, Hotel Ladysmith.
Natural gas pipeline proposed for Pontiac: A request by Grand-Remous for a natural gas pipeline may see Pontiac benefiting from the cheap energy source.
Government is looking at two routes to bringing natural gas to Grand-Remous, which includes Pontiac.
Earlier this month, the two proposals were presented to Joseph Facal, the Minster responsible for the Outaouais, one would link Grand-Remous to Hull’s pipeline; the other route would cross over from Ontario at Portage du Fort, then wind its way up to Shawville, Thorne, Otter Lake, Danford Lake and to Grand-Remous.
Because the are is so sparsely populated, says Rock Marois, general manager of Hull’s Gazifere, the federal government would have to subsidize the cost by at least 90 per cent to make the project feasible.

50 Years Ago - April 3, 1974

Help on the way for mine-closing “catastrophe”: At the suggestion of Tom Lefebvre, MP, the meeting was called by county council to study the situation surrounding the proposed closing of Hilton Mines. Sponsored by the county, the meeting included about thirty men, and one woman all of whom were greatly concerned with the future of Pontiac, particularly after the Hilton Mines closed down and an additional three hundred jobs would be lost to the county.
The meeting was chaired by Mayor Orla Young, Mayor of Shawville, also Pontiac warden, and Cliff Robillard, County Clerk, was secretary for the occasion.
A committee is to be set up in Pontiac County for the purpose of developing industry here. This essentially, was the result of what may have been the most important meeting ever held in Pontiac last week in the county building.
The warden’s concluding remark as the meeting closed after two hours of intense discussion, was “if we try, we will.”
CHOV-TV will have more power and colour: Mr. Gordon Archibald, president of CHOV-TV announced on Friday that the station will be completely colour equipped for local programming, hopefully by this summer.
The station will be going to maximum power very soon also which will mean that there will be better reception over a wider area.
The locally produced “Town and Country” show including the Wednesday Pontiac County edition, should become even more popular with the greater power; larger potential audience and colour, as these additions are made at the station through the coming months.

75 Years Ago - March 31, 1949

Local News: Another local boy has made good in Montreal hockey. The Montreal Gazette has chosen Don McRae as coach of its 1949 High School Hockey All Stars as a result of his good work in coaching the Westmount team this year.
There was a large attendance at the March meeting of the United W.M.S. which was in charge of Mrs. S.E. McDowell’s group. The president, Mrs. M. Langford was in the chair, with Mrs. Asa Smart taking the minutes. The various reports received showed the sick visitors had been very active through the month. Because of the large number of the sick, and 13 boxes of fruit had been sent, as a token of good will, to those most seriously ill.

100 Years Ago - March 27, 1924

Local News: The demonstration of Municipal Government, according to the Suffragette idea, given at the Methodist Church on Monday evening, made quite a hit with the large audience who witnessed it.
THE EQUITY congratulates Mayor Fred Thomas on his election to the Wardenship of the county by unanimous vote of county council.
The trial of Father Delorme, charged with the murder of his half-brother, Raoul Delorme, came to a close last Tuesday without results, inasmuch as the jury failed to agree after being out all night. It is said that ten were for acquittal and two for conviction. This will necessitate another trial, probably at the next assizes.

125 Years Ago - March 30, 1899

Local News: Mr. D. Wilson has removed his confectionery store into the premises lately occupied by Mrs. McCredie, opposite Pontiac House.
On account of the sudden death of Mr. George Kemp at Ottawa on Tuesday, the Clarendon Cheese and Butter Company have been obliged to issue new tenders for the position of cheesemaker, which the late Mr. Kemp had secured for this coming season.
A carload of buggies will be on hand in a few days. Call and select one while the stock is large. A. Smiley.
On account of the heavy snow storms, the roads are very bad in Bristol. The high wind of Sunday tore the cover off the rink, not only tearing the cotton cover but also blowing down the rafters, rendering skating over for this year.
Snow fell to the depth of eighteen or twenty inches in Thorne Centre this week and left roads almost impassible.
One of the worst storms in the memory of the oldest settlers struck at Otter Lake Sunday and Monday, blocking the roads, stopping traffic and our mail courier is to be pitied. These hard times, unfortunately have not allowed the mail to come through every day; but that is not Albert’s fault.
Messrs. Armstrong and Rose have secured the contract of driving Mr. R.J. Davidson’s logs on the Quyon River this present season.
Mrs. D. McRae returned from the city millinery openings with the latest styles of trimmed and untrimmed hats, also a large assortment of millinery goods.

Pontiac captured three silver, two bronze in the provincial competition for Agricultural Merit held in 1898.

The winners of the silver medals are John Young, Bristol; E. Graham, Elmside. The bronze medals were contributed to A.S. Smart and H.T. McDowell, Clarendon.
The repairs which have been contemplated to be performed on the Bryson-Calumet steel bridge by the provincial government were begun on Saturday. The iron superstructure is to be raised up on heavy trestles and new sound timbers placed under it on the tops of the piers. The centre pier, which has settled considerably from the great weight resting on it, will also be raised to a level with the others by adding new timber to the top.
The outbreak of smallpox at Irish Creek and vicinity has been stamped out and there are no new cases of the disease in the place. Owing to the precautionary measures that were taken by the provincial health authorities, the disease was confined to the one family in which the patients have recovered. It is now proposed to burn down the Brown house, thus relieving the possibility of the disease breaking out anew.
An American view: the speech of Sir Wilfrid Laurier in the Canadian House of Commons in reply to Sir Charles Tupper was of peculiarly timely interest, not alone to the people of the Dominion, but to the United States as well. The Premier’s statement that Canada did not seek reciprocity in the negotiations and that it does not desire it now, must be taken as settling for the present, at least, all chances of putting our trade relations with our northern neighbours on the best possible footing.


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