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The Way We Were – March 27, 2024

25 Years Ago - Mar. 24, 1999

Corridor contaminated: MoE: A warning from the Ministry of Environment to the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) that soil on the old railway corridor is likely contaminated never reached the buyers of the land in Pontiac Municipality.
Quyon farmer Alain Larose obtained the Ministry of Environment letter last week through Access to Information.
Larose, a member of the Neighbour’s Association, the group formed to purchase the corridor from CP, never received this information, nor it seems, did any of his fellow farmers with land adjacent to the track.
Luc Fuoco, of the Outaouais-Laurentides UPA says the letter was given to all local UPA presidents at the last board meeting but Fuoco believes Alary was not at that meeting.
“It’s no good for agriculture,” Larose says.
Michel Rousseau, the engineer who signed the letter to the UPA agrees sections of the corridor used as stopping points are even more likely to be contaminated from oil spills and PCBs.
If no work is done to the land, the contamination will likely not spread.
Fishing winners: The Campbell’s Bay-Litchfield Fire Department held an ice fishing day Feb. 27.
First place winner was Brandon Graham and second place winners were Kaitlyn Heart, Ryan Hearty and Devin Hearty.
Fern Laliberté accepted a trophy on behalf of the third place winner, his grand-daughter Heather Romain.

50 Years Ago - Mar. 27, 1974

Parents vote for centralization at Campbell’s Bay: Last Tuesday and Wednesday nights, the parents of children attending the Catholic Elementary Schools of Vinton, Campbell’s Bay, Bryson, Calumet Island and Otter Lake met at two separate meetings to express an opinion on the proposition of the Department to Education that all these schools be unified into one central elementary school in Campbell’s Bay.
At present, the schools are all administered by the same principal André Pilon, and vice-principal Raymond Levesque, under the jurisdiction of the same school board consisting of Dick Bowie, Ray Johnston, Marcel Pigeault and Brian Stanton and directed by the same director general, Jean-Louis Brizard.
The school board attended the two meetings and a number of teachers also attended in their capacity of parents. The teachers and the school board had already agreed on the principle of centralization but these two meetings were for the purpose of discovering the will of the parents.
Roly Armitage is new Trotting Association president: The cover-man on the Feb. 22 issue of Harness World, the bi-weekly newspaper of Canada’s harness racers is Dr. Roland Armitage.
He is also featured in a lead story which relates some of his early history as a 16-year-old member of the Canadian Army and his present achievements as president of The Canadian Trotting Association.

The glaring omission in the story is the eighteen years, half his adult life, that Roly lived in Shawville and practiced as a general veterinarian throughout Pontiac County and neighbouring towns across the river.
He is past president of the Canadian Standard bred Horse Society and as the new president of the Canadian Trotting Association, he hopes to improve the sport in this country.

75 Years Ago - Mar. 24, 1949

Local News: A total of 42 hockey fans got out of bed early Saturday morning to catch the Canadian National 4:48 a.m. train for Montreal. The purpose of the migration was the scheduled presentation to Shawville’s white haired boy, the renowned star of the Montreal Canadiens, “Murph” Chamberlain.
The trip and presentation came as the result of yeoman work of a committee headed by Art Hayes and composed of Mayor Cliff Schwartz, Bill Gibson, Walter Smith and other members of the Shawville Senior Hockey Club executive.
In Montreal, when the intermission came between the first and second periods, Shawville’s Mayor, Cliff Schwartz was escorted to the center of the ice by “King” Clancy, referee. Following him were Art Hayes and Bill Gibson carrying the Shawville gift for “Murph”, a matched set of three smart Gladstone bags. Both opposing teams were lined up facing each other and the scene of the presentation. Mayor Schwartz stepped forward and the formal transfer was made to the smiling “Murph” amidst ear-rending cheering and applause from the delighted forum audience. Mrs. Chamberlain was presented with a beautiful orchid.
Shawville was not alone in honouring it’s native son. The Montreal Gazette on Monday morning said: “Murph”, “Hard Rock” Chamberlain had his night Saturday when he was presented with three traveling bags from admirers from his home town of Shawville.
Proudly sporting new shirts with a familiar blue check design, a number of Shawville district men returned Friday from a visit to St. Louis, Missouri as guests of the Ralston Purina Co. The group of four were Lloyd Stevens of Shawville Milling Co., Gordon Brownlee of Shawville; Earl Fulford and Orval Smart of Stark’s Corners.

100 Years Ago - Mar. 20, 1924

Local News: The men will get some new ideas in regard to town government on Monday when the Ladies Aid of the Methodist Church demonstrate the efficiency of “The Suffragette Town Council” in the church lecture hall.
Mr. E.C. Whitney, retired lumberman and noted philanthropist of Ottawa who died last month at this apartments in the Russell House in Shawville, left an estate estimated at nearly three million dollars. Bequests to relatives and friends amount to slightly under a million dollars, the bulk of the estate being willed to charitable and educational institutions.
For having been found in possession of a gun while in a lumber camp, Isadore Dubeau, Pickanock River, was fined $100 and costs by Judge Roland Millar on Saturday.
The people of St. Paul’s Church are planning to erect a memorial to the late Archdeacon Naylor, rector of the parish from 1876 to 1907. It has been decided to endeavour to raise sufficient funds to install a clock in the tower of the church which the Archdeacon loved so well.

125 Years Ago - Mar. 23, 1899

Local News: Mr. R.M.C. Ritchie of Bryson has a young moose, received last week, which is attracting the attention of the young folk of that neighbourhood. The animal is quite tame and a perfect pet.
Mr. H.S. Dowd of Quyon has sold out his stock of merchandise to Messrs. George Walsh and Son of Onslow, who are now in possession.
The Dumoine agent for the Messrs. E.B. Eddy Co., arrived at Otter Lake House Friday evening and reports very heavy snow. It was fine last Saturday coming down and he told that it took Mr. Fraser’s team 11 hours to make about 20 miles.
One of Rev. Mr. Warrington’s Portage du Fort congregation recently presented him with a fine cow, a gift which the Rev. gentleman is very thankful for and appreciates very much.
The storm of Sunday and Monday was by far the most severe of the present winter, seriously impeding travel of all kinds.
Mr. Jim Derouin has a very expansive smile on him today. Another boarder at his place - a boy.
Mr. D. Gillies, M.P.P., passed through Otter Lake Wednesday on his way to Crow River.
The Grand Calumet Mining Co. resumed operations on the Lawn property last week with a small force of men, under Mr. A. de Bruyere of Aylmer.
The annual report of the geological survey shows that in 1898 there was an increase of over $9,000,000 or nearly 32 per cent in the production of minerals in Canada as compared with 1897.
Notice: Distributing Home, Knowlton, Quebec: A party of children and young people are expected at this House early in April. These little folk have been in training all winter, at Mrs. Birt’s Sheltering Home in Liverpool.
Applications for such are solicited, enclosing minister’s recommendation and railway fares. Photos of the smaller ones only can be sent to any kindly disposed people who wish to give them a trial. The majority will be under 12 years of age, however there are a few older boys, who will be useful on farms.

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