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The Way We Were

The Way We Were – February 7, 2024

25 Years Ago - Feb. 3, 1999

Cash collected in fines will stay in MRC: Beginning this week, any money collected in fines by the Pontiac MRC Sureté du Quebec on non-provincial roads will stay in the MRC and in turn could lower taxes.
That means if you are caught speeding on Main Street of your municipality, for example, your $135 will stay in the Pontiac MRC. If you’re caught on Hwy. 148 or any other provincial highway, the money will be sent to Quebec City as was the case before.
Pontiac MRC Warden Robert Ladouceur says MRCs have been fighting for this since municipalities first started paying for SQ services two years ago.
“It’s just as well (the money) comes back to us as goes to the Quebec government,” Ladouceur says.
Accident brings family together: It was a family gathering of sorts. However, they may not want to meet this way again.
Debbie Hodgins, of Charteris, was driving her 1981 Buick eastward on the 9th Line in Bristol to her brother Don Miron’s house Monday. With her was her other brother, Bill Miron, and her daughter, Melanie Hodgins.
At the same time, Don’s daughter, Janet Beauchemin and her friend, William Larocque of Kazabazua were driving westward in his 1987 Nissan pick-up truck, taking Don Miron’s garbage to the dump.
At the crest of a hill on the 9th line, the family met. Head on. The Buick swerved to the right up a snowbank, and the Nissan swerved right up a snowbank before it flipped on to the driver’s side, dumping the garbage on the road.
Amazingly, no one was hurt. Debbie maintains the road conditions contributed to the accident.
“The roads are not maintained,” she says, scraping the snow with her foot to reveal ice. “And they’re not plowed wide enough, especially on this hill.” No charges will be laid.

50 Years Ago - Feb. 6, 1974

Tom’s busy day in Pontiac: During January, our member of parliament, Tom Lefebvre, took a special look at several important developments around Pontiac County.
At the railroad crossing on Highway 8 near Quyon, Tom surveyed the construction going on where an overpass will bring the highway over the railroad. This is a federal-provincial project to upgrade highways in the national capital area.
At Chapeau, Father Afelskie shows Tom the results of a part of the local initiatives project, supported by a federal grant, one of the three outdoor rinks in the area.
Clarendon Councillor Freeman Grant and Mayor Sterling Hodgins show Tom the site of a proposed addition to the municipal hall.
The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Hokum Mill near Shawville where Ben Hokum Jr. and Dalton Richardson showed him every aspect of this venture, one of the most modern of its kind where at present new machinery is being installed to increase production and create even more jobs.
Agriculture minister defends reasonable income for farmers: Canadian farmers must be provided with reasonable levels of net income to ensure consumers of a continued supply of top-quality food at reasonable prices, according to Canada’s ministers of agriculture.
While consumers can look forward to scattered price reductions for some products as production increases to match demand, they should not look forward to general price reductions for all foods, the ministers said.
Dairy farmers are cutting back production and leaving the business because income levels are too low and their alternatives are better, the ministers said.
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75 Years Ago - Feb. 3, 1949

Local News: Dire tragedy struck the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cleary when their home at Bristol Mines was burned to the ground with the lives of their three little children snuffed out in the flames. The victims were Lorraine, aged four; Dwayne, aged three and Andrew, a babe of eight months.
Mrs. A.F. Fokes honoured by Red Cross: A signal honour was paid to Mrs. A.F. Fokes of Shawville when she was presented by the President of Hull, Pontiac and Gatineau Red Cross with the beautiful medal of the Red Cross Society known as the “Badge of Service”.
Mrs. Fokes has given outstanding service from October 1939 until the end of the war and for a considerable subsequent period.
Local women will remember the leadership given by Mrs. Fokes in the sewing and knitting that was required throughout the whole period of the war, to provide comforts for the soldiers and clothing and blankets, quilts, etc. for the bombed areas of England and Europe.
A fast and exciting game of hockey was staged on Wyman Rink on Saturday evening. The opposing team were the “Canadians” composed of the younger boys of the district whose ages averaged about 11 years, nattily attired in the familiar red uniform of the famous team of that name and the “Amazons”, a ladies aggregation ranging in age from tiny tots of ten to the unmentionable era of mother hood. Although it resulted in a scoreless tie, the spectators were never without plenty of thrills.

100 Years Ago - Jan. 31, 1924

Local News: Following a mild spell on Friday morning after a night’s snowfall of several inches, the worst blizzard so far this year set in about 2:15 in the afternoon and conditions for drifting, in real old western style, were never more favourable. Although a snow plow went over the track eastward at five o’clock, the evening train going west was 45 minutes late reaching here.
The evangelistic meetings at the Methodist church are deepening and quickening the spiritual life of the people. Bring your hymn book and your good will and helpfulness with you as you come each night this week.
Soon to be 107 years old, born four years before the great Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Helena, and a witness to the burning of the parliament buildings in Montreal on April 25, 1849, are some of the claims to distinction of Mr. Joseph Beland, sturdy French-Canadian centenarian and pioneer of Calumet Island, QC. Should Mr. Beland live to see May 3, he will then have attained his one hundred and seventh birthday. Beland has lived under six British sovereigns. He is still vigorous and his general appearance would lead one to believe that he was closer to 80 years of age than considerably beyond the century mark and still going strong. In fact, only the production of the centenarian’s birth certificate carries conviction as to his exact age.

125 Years Ago - Feb. 2, 1899

Local News: A great many cases of grippe are reported throughout the country and several people in this section are very ill from the disease, the spread of which has been conduced by the variable weather we have been experiencing.
Intelligence was received at Bryson on Sunday of the death at Mattawa of Mr. John McTavish, a son-in-law of Mr. John McTiernan of Clarendon. The sad occurrence was due to an accident on the C.P.R. of which company deceased was an employee but particulars are not to hand. He leaves a wife and two small children.
Mr. James Riley, stone-cutter of Thorne, has shown us specimens of black marble, block and white granite and a species of beautiful white rock which he calls jasper marble. The block marble and granite specimens had polished surfaces and each indicates a very beautiful variety of stone, which Mr. Riley assures us is inexhaustible and only awaits the outlay of a small capital to develop a good paying business. Mr. R. says he has also discovered a large vein of gold bearing quartz on his property and that he has traced it for about a mile.
There was a very good attendance at the carnival held in Shawville on Tuesday evening last. Bryson, Portage du Fort, Bristol, Sand Point and Arnprior being represented.
The event was favoured with a delightful moonlight, mild evening and excellent sleighing. Manager Finnigan had the ice in the pink of condition and everything passed off pleasantly, expect that “Joe” Douglas, the winner of the half mile speed contest, had the misfortune to get one of his hands pretty badly cut by another boy’s skate.


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