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The Way We Were – Feb. 28, 2024

25 Years Ago - Feb. 24, 1999
Bristol Carnival a hit with all ages: The car races on ice were canceled due to lack of snow for snowbanks, the beach party attracted few people and Saturday’s nice weather may have actually drawn people away to Winterlude. But despite those setbacks, organizers of the Bristol Carnival prevailed to put on an entertaining family weekend.
Although the beach party was lacking partiers, Friday night’s youth dance more than made up for it. More than 60 teens bopped the night away. Also Friday, the carnival’s first-ever King and Queen were chosen: Chris Tracey and Nicole Larocque.
Saturday’s crowds were light but Sunday’s crowds made up for it, even though Sunday was considerably colder. The three-on-three hockey tournament attracted a steady stream of participants and spectators. The team of Steve Rusenstrom, Erik Barber, David Coles and Jordan MacDougall won the “A” side of the hockey tournament, while Steven Woermke, David Woermke, Trevor Chabot and Myles Foley won the “B” side.
The first-ever tug-of-war was also a popular hit, attracting 10 teams. The hometown team made up of Bristol firefighters won in the finals against Atkinson’s Sports Bar.
A Rotarian first: The Shawville Rotary Club welcomed a new member Monday in a first for the club.
Caldwell’s Madeleine Wittig became the first female member of the 52-year-old organization.
“I’m very proud to be a member,” Wittig says, adding she can be a productive member of the club.
“If there was any club I would have joined, it was this one. There’s a great team effort here.”
In his welcoming speech to Wittig, René Latreille, the oldest standing member of the Rotarians, said the moment “gives us all the opportunity to reflect on what we’re doing here.”
“When you wear the Rotarian pin, people will cross a room to say hello,” he said.
A prospective member of the international club requires a sponsor. In this case, Hillis Connolly sponsored Wittig “because of her organizational skills.”
“It’s nice that she is the first woman in the club, but that’s not the reason I sponsored her,” Connolly says, adding acceptance by club members was unanimous.

50 Years Ago - Feb. 27, 1974
Jersey breeders annual convention held in Shawville: The Quebec Jersey Cattle Club held its 53rd annual meeting in the Pontiac House Hotel, Shawville on Feb. 9.
During the luncheon, Mr. Claude Hayes, manager of the Ste. Hyacinthe Artificial Breeding Unit, presented Willow Hollow Farm, Robert L. Younge and Sons, with a trophy for the highest production daughter from one of their unit sires. In making the presentation, Mr. Hayes asked the entire family to accept this award, as success with a dairy herd is the result of a family effort.
The day concluded with approximately one hundred and fifty people enjoying a well prepared and served banquet.
Quyon Snow-Derby attracted a thousand: Quyon’s Second Annual Snowmobile Derby sponsored by the Quyon Agricultural Society held on Saturday and Sunday attracted more than 1,000 spectators and over 75 competitors from a wide area. Held on the Ottawa River in front of Beach Park, the event was favoured with ideal weather conditions on Sunday, Feb. 24.
The only competitions held on Saturday were not so fortunate weather-wise. In view of the strong gales and blowing snow, the men’s 50 mile cross country race was reduced to about 42 miles and about half that for the ladies event. In spite of the rigorous weather conditions, ten men entered the race and seven hardy souls completed the course with Eric Provost of Alymer coming first in the men’s contest and Mrs. Schoular of Norway Bay the winner among the ladies.
With perfect weather conditions prevailing on Sunday, twenty races were held on the snow covered ice of the Ottawa River on a well groomed track which visiting competitors described as the best they had driven on anywhere this winter.
Jim James of Arnprior, driving a 295 El Tigra won the Hal Young Trophy for the highest aggregate points of the day and an additional $50 cash award. Gerard Trudeau of Quyon won the Shell Trophy donated by the Marshall Howard Service Station for the most points of any driver from Pontiac County.

75 Years Ago - Feb. 24, 1949
Local News: In a bus-car crash on the Portage du Fort road on Saturday near Ken Hodgins’ gate, the front end of the new car of H. Taggart, who lives on the first concession of Clarendon was wrecked and those in the car suffered many cuts and bruises. The vehicles were coming in opposite directions, each topping the hill between two gullies and seemingly did not see each other until they met on the hill top. The car was driven by Dalton Taggart, son of H. Taggart and in it were Mrs. H. Taggart, a second son, Marlin and their daughter Joan. All were severely bruised and had cuts.
In descriptions of the Pontiac Community Hospital previously issued, little has been said about the five-room x-ray department and the excellent equipment that has been installed in it. The chief piece of equipment is a 100 mille-ampere Keleket X-ray unit, which with its accessories cost $10,000. With this machine is installed the very latest x-ray equipment, doing high class work for its type and size.
Dale was in a rousing goal-getting mood in the game Monday night and romped home with four out of the eight counters that Shawville made, against three for Fort Couonge. It was a real old-fashioned contest and the fans loved it as over 1,200 filled every cranny and nook on the sidelines and gallery, and even hung from the rafters to cheer on their favourites. H. McCredie was also in good form and piled in two, while Hobin and Knox also set the red lights shining. For the Fort town, it was Frank Ethier and the Gervais brothers, John and Charles that did their part for their team with ringers.
W.L. Lucas, 31, of Caldwell is being treated in Pontiac Community Hospital for multiple fractures of the ribs and spine, suffered when twice pinned by a falling tree while working on his lot.
A tree he had chopped in company with Wilfred Thoms, also of Caldwell, felled him into deep snow when it toppled toward him instead of in the intended direction. Mr. Thoms quickly dug snow from around him and when about to remove the injured man, the tree settled against his chest. Continued digging enable Mr. Thoms to effect a rescue after which he walked two miles to the Lucas farm to get horses to remove him to his home. Traveling by snowmobile, Dr. B. Horner of Shawville, treated the injured man at his home and then took him to the Pontiac Hospital.

100 Years Ago - Feb. 21, 1924
Local News: The first carnival of the year held at the Shawville rink last Thursday under the auspices of the Girls Guild of St. Paul’s Church came off very successfully. The rink was attractively decorated with vari-coloured streamers suspended at intervals over the ice and lending added colour to the brilliant scene.
The weather could not have been more favourable for the event and the attendance was very encouraging. A large number appeared in costume, and among the ‘make-ups’ were some ancient garbs that did service more than half a century ago. One young man was attired in a suit reputed to be one hundred years old, a rarity surely.
The following information is gathered from an official source: in 1922 the number of marriages in Pontiac was 124; births numbered 607 and deaths 188.
A lodge of the fraternal organization known as “Elks” is being organized in Fort Coulonge this week by Mr. Suton of Montreal. This will be the first lodge of the kind north of Ottawa on the Quebec side.

125 Years Ago - Feb. 23, 1899
Local News: The recent thaw has left the roads in Thorne in a very bad state but we hope to see them good in a few days.
On Friday evening a meeting of commissioners and persons interested was held in Quyon for the purpose of considering the erection of a new school building.
A number of musically inclined citizens of our town have formed themselves into a club or association for mutual enjoyment and incidentally to give an entertainment or two by and by when things get in good smooth running order.
Mr. Thos. Clarke who moved from Bryson to Almonte some time ago and engaged in the manufacture of brooms, will shortly move his plant to Bryson where he will continue in t he business.
The Florida orange crop is said to have been practically ruined by the severe frosts of last week.
Mr. Henry Lunam of Upper Litchfield passed away on Tuesday at the age of 84 years.
The deceased was among the earliest settlers of the country, and for a great many years was in the employ of the Gilmour’s at Otter Lake. Of late years, he has resided with his son David, near Campbell’s Bay.
The Messrs. T. and J. Somerville have already sent up fifteen loads of lumber to their lakes in the Trout Lake Settlement, Sheen, to be used in the erection of the cottage which they and Messrs. Anthony and Irvine of New York are putting up. The walls of the building will be of sided logs and it will be quite extensive with high ceilings sheeted with tongue and grooved lumber which will be highly polished and oiled. Extensive verandahs will surround the building and an elegant open fireplace will be placed in the chief living-room. The Trout lakes on which this house will stand are situated in the mountains, eight miles in rear of Trout Lake near James Sullivan’s and possibly about fifteen miles from Sheenboro.


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