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The Way We Were

The Way We Were – Feb. 21, 2024

25 Years Ago - Feb. 17, 1999

Otter Lake Carnival draws many: With plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures, the annual Otter Lake Carnival drew large crowds to the three-day event.
“The attendance was up from last year,” organizer and recreation association member Joan Dubeau says.
“More activities were organized and overall the weekend was a blast.”
The carnival began with the royalty pageant Friday night. Angela Dubeau was crowned Queen and Jeremy Dubeau was picked as King.
On Saturday, after breakfast was served, the hall was set up for the craft show, euchre tournament, face-painting and a willow furniture-making demonstration by Jack Gauthier of the Polish Hills Wilderness Farm.
On Saturday night, a St. Valentine’s dance featuring the ‘50s and ‘60s sounds of the Heart Beats was enjoyed by a large crowd.
Activities continued on Sunday with the parade and log sawing contest. Live entertainment was provided until the trophy presentations in the evening.
Quyon Carnival comeback a hit: The revamped Quyon Co-op Carnival was a success, say organizers.
“It showed great community spirit,” co-organizer Betty Hickey says.
This year the carnival returned to three days, though Friday was a washout due to the unseasonal showers which halted the kids and adults mixed ball hockey tourneys.
When the adult ball hockey did resume on Saturday, the Curley Team took first place.
The carnival got rolling Saturday morning with a puppet show at the Legion. Later in the day at the Legion, a talent show was held with about 40 entries vying for best duo and single boy and girl.
Also on Saturday, various races were held at the fairgrounds.
On Sunday the carnival wound down with ball hockey and volleyball. The Luskville Fire Department beat the Quyon Fire Department in ball hockey while the MRC des Collines police beat the carnival committee in volleyball.

50 Years Ago - Feb. 20, 1974

Tax rebates for farmers: A number of farmers have already received tax rebates on 1972-1973 taxes. A fairly large number of farmers are not as yet on the eligible list and therefore have not received rebate application forms in the mail.
A farmer to be eligible for the tax rebate must have yearly farm sales of $1,000.00. Farmers who were not listed on the original list and who are qualified are being added to the eligible list. Farmers should keep in mind that rented land can be claimed for a tax rebate. In this case a farmer who qualifies for the rebate should pay the taxes on land he rents.
A number of farmers have already applied through the Shawville office and their cases are now being studied.
Spreading love for “Valentine”: The students from grade six, room 16 of the Dr. S.E. McDowell Elementary School presented a Valentine programme on Feb. 14 at the Ade Home for senior citizens.
The students presented three plays entitled: “The Robbery”, written by Scott Horner; “Valentine Sweethearts”, written by Nancy Rowat, Susan Paul, Nancy Wilson; and “The Wish Washers”; a poem entitled “A Valentine” was read by Monique Blanchette.
Various songs were sung by members of the class.
To climax the valentine project for the grade six students, they were permitted to take valentines and treats to all the patients at the Community Hospital.

75 Years Ago - Feb. 17, 1949

Local News: Considerable interest is being aroused throughout the county over the possibility of Shawville getting a new senior high school to supply the educational needs of the Protestant people of Western Quebec.
W.G. (Bill) Gibson, prominent Shawville sportsman and manager coach of the Shawville Juniors, was unanimously elected president of the Upper Ottawa Valley Junior Hockey League at a meeting of the league executive at the Lion’s Auditorium on Wednesday night.
Miss Irene Shaw and Mrs. H.M. Turner, representing the Shawville Ladies Curling Club, were guests at a tea last Friday at Government House given in honour of the winning teams in the Lady Tweedsmuir competition.
The Senior Hockey League closed its regular season on Friday night when Campbell’s Bay bowed before the leading team of the series, Shawville, by a score of 4-2.

In last Wednesday’s game with Renfrew in the semi-finals of the Upper Ottawa Junior Hockey League, following a Renfrew victory at Shawville on Monday night, Shawville Juniors were eliminated from the league. As the same thing happened to Arnprior at the hands of Pembroke, it means that Renfrew and Pembroke will battle it out for the championship in the best three out of five games in order to decide who is to meet the winners of other Eastern Ontairo Leagues.

100 Years Ago - Feb. 14, 1924

Local News: Dr. Klock informs THE EQUITY that he had a letter from Dr. Lippiatt during the past week in which the latter stated he had recently been made a “fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinborough,” a distinction regarded by medical men of considerable value. Dr. Lippiatt hinted that he may return to Canada in the course of a year or so and should he do so, he will likely engage in hospital work where he can put into practice the extensive knowledge of surgery he has acquired since he went overseas during war-time.
The most interest-absorbing matrimonial event ever staged in the city of Ottawa took place on Monday afternoon, when Miss Lois Frances Booth, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Fred Booth and grand-daughter of the veteran lumber king, Mr. John R. Booth, became the bride of Prince Erik of Denmark, cousin of the King of England and nephew of the Danish sovereign. By this union the bride acquired the title of “Her Highness Princess Erik, Countess Rosenburg.”
The death occurred at his home in Mansfield (near Fort Coulonge) on Saturday last of Mr. James W. Bryson, youngest son of the late Hon. George Bryson. The funeral took place on Tuesday morning. Many representatives of the social, professional and business life and the lumbering industry of the capital, the Ottawa Valley and the County of Pontiac were present at the funeral held from the old Bryson homestead in Fort Coulonge where Mr. Bryson lived all his life.

125 Years Ago - Feb. 16, 1899

Local News: The sleighing which everyone was talking of as being so good, was spoiled considerably by the blustery weather of Thursday and Friday last. They were among the coldest days of the present winter.
The many friends of Dr. Knox will be pleased to learn that according to the late communications from him, he is feeling much better since he went to Colorado, than he was some weeks previously, notwithstanding that the weather out there has been of unusual severity.
The erection of a town hall and some kind of water supply other than that generated by the ordinary method of elbow grease plus pump handle, will likely be one of the questions which will occupy the attention of our town fathers during the year upon which we have entered.
News was received last week of the death at Hawaiian Islands on Jan. 20 of Mrs. Joseph Pritchard, formerly Miss Maggie S. Morrison, third daughter of Mr. George Morrison of Glengyle, Bristol. The deceased leaves a husband and three children to mourn her loss. A letter from Holualo gave additional information: two weeks ago there was born to them a little daughter. All went well until the fifth day when fever set in. The resident physician and a good nurse were in constant attendance but the fever gained on them so that on Thursday a neighbouring physician was called in but too late, she departed life. All that loving hands could do, was done but it was God’s will that she should be taken. The deceased leaves a husband and three children. The little ones are well and for the present the nurse will care for the family. Mr. Pritchard feels his loss keenly.
The citizens of Portage du Fort held a meeting on Tuesday night last at which it was decided to send a deputation to Quebec to interview the government on the subject of granting assistance towards having their bridge rebuilt.


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