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The Way We Were – May 22, 2024

25 Years Ago - May 19, 1999

Duck race brings in $3,000 for Lionettes: Although water levels were the lowest they’ve ever been for a duck race, a winner finally crossed the finish line Sunday, making one lucky duck buyer $1,000 richer.
Debbie Wittenburg of Bristol, was the big winner in the Quyon Lionettes duck race, as her duck was the first to make it into the black box at the finish line.
André Bélisle Jr. of Luskville, won $500 for his second-place duck, while Thorne’s Marsha Richardson took home $250.
But the real winners of the day were the Quyon Lionettes, who raised about $3,000 during the one-day event. Most of the money will be used to replace the lights which were stolen at the ball field.
Training ends: The whir of choppers and sound of gunfire were commonplace in the hills of Thorne and Clarendon last week as about 80 soldiers from Canadian Forces Base Petawawa spent last week training in the area.
Military training exercises don’t usually take place off of the base, admits Maj. Joseph Shipley, but the land in Clarendon and Thorne provided such excellent training and the public was so cooperative, the major hopes his company returns for more training in the future.
The unfamiliar area forces soldiers to use their navigation skills in the heavily wooded hills. It also provided an opportunity for a dozen or so local residents to get in on the action. Part of their job was to act as civilians and search out the enemy.

50 Years Ago - May 22, 1974

PPJ is subject of interesting lecture at Pontiac Historical Society: A large and appreciative audience heard the story of the local P. P. & J. Railway at McDowell School on May 14. The speaker was Wyman MacKechnie who was introduced by G. Crouse, President of the Pontiac Historical Society.
The speaker drew on documentary evidence, humourous annecdotes, and municipal history to weave an informative and interesting address.
Mrs. Lu McDowell added her amusing tale of passenger service on the old Pontiac and Pacific Junction Railroad.
Metcalfe named to chair Mines Manpower Committee: The management of Hilton Mines and the United Steel Workers of America Local 5656 have, with the assistance of the Canada Manpower Consultative Service and the Quebec Directorate General of Manpower and Labour established The Hilton Mines Manpower Committee.
This committee will assess manpower problems, develop manpower adjustment measures and make recommendations to parties concerned on problems arising from the conclusion of operations at Hilton Mines in 1975 or 76.
The management of Hilton Mines and the Union have nominated Fred Metcalfe of Bristol to act as chairman with approval of the Canada Manpower Consultant Services and the Director General of Labour and Manpower Quebec.
Robert Hortie and Owen Hill of Hilton Mines with Lee Hodgins as alternate and Terrence Mulligan and William Black of the Union with Valmore Chevrier as alternate, are the other members of the committee.

75 Years Ago - May 19, 1949

Local News: A group of Shawville Rotarians with their wives were royally entertained this week when they journeyed to Ottawa to attend the conference of the 170th District of the International Association of Rotary Clubs.
S. Wyman McKechnie, prominent farmer of Wyman, is the latest to announce that he will allow his name to go before the Liberal convention to be held in Campbell’s Bay May 23rd to select a candidate for the coming federal election. He is now serving his ninth year as mayor of South Onslow and has been Pontiac Warden for two years.
Complaints by tourists, farmers and others that Shawville restaurants were not open early enough brought results this week from Ken Pirie, who announced that henceforth his restaurant will open at 9 a.m. daily, including Sunday. Ray Hoban stated that his establishment had been opening at that hour for some time, but pointed out that morning operation of restaurants was carried on at a loss, there not being enough business to cover power costs for that period. The inception of Daylight Saving Time in Shawville July 1 is expected to further alleviate the situation.

100 Years Ago - May 15, 1924

Local News: Victoria Day (24th) falls on Saturday of next week and, as customary, will be observed as a public holiday by the business places in Shawville. Have your lunch basket and fishing tackle in readiness for the piscatorial onslaught.
Calumet Island has the distinction of including among its citizens the oldest man in the county, perhaps in the province. His name is Joseph Beland and a short time ago he celebrated his 107th birthday by cutting some wood (a favourite occupation) and working for a while in the garden. Mr. Beland lost his hearing and is bent over with the weight of years, but is otherwise vigorous in mind and body.
Premiums paid to settlers at the rate of $4 per acre of land they clear have been increased to $6 per acre by an Order-in-Council signed by the Lieut. Governor of the province of Quebec.
Fire at the factory of the Superior Electric Ltd. at Pembroke on Tuesday last caused seventy thousand dollars’ damage.

The first step in an Ottawa River power development project which looks ultimately to the generation of some 700,000 horse power, to be distributed throughout the province, was taken today by the Ontario Hydro-Commission when it made formal application to the Ferguson government for certain water leases. The sites asked for by the Hydro are located on the Ottawa River between Ottawa and Pembroke, being principally Chats Fall, Portage-du-Fort Falls, Des-Joachims Falls and Allumette Falls. Premier Ferguson stated that they would be made available to the Hydro, the government having agreed that the sites for this important Ottawa power plan would be reserved from private interests.
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125 Years Ago - May 25, 1899

Local News: The P.P.J.R. Company have a construction train at work hauling ties and a force of men at work making repairs on the road.
The Chronicle says: Prof. Workman, owner of the Steamer Janet Craig, wants a $40 guarantee for the first month from Arnprior merchants if placing this craft on he route between Arnprior and Portage du Fort. The merchants would guarantee only $25, which amount th professor told The Chronicle on Tuesday it would not suffice. Some of the merchants believe it would be possible to have the Hamilton make semi-weekly trips between Arnprior and Portage. The Hamilton is the new side-wheeler built by the Polsons of Toronto for the Upper Ottawa Improvement Co. and is speedy and commodious.
A man was sent to central prison from Kingston last week for ten months for hugging and frightening three women in a lonely spot.
Little Blanche Dallas, aged 11 years, and Stanley and George Mead, aged 11 and 12 years, were swept over the Deschene Rapids on Wednesday last. The little girl was drowned, but the boys, still clinging to their upturned boat, were rescued about one and a half miles below the rapids. The youngsters it seems, were attempting to cross the river above the rapids in a skiff when the latter was sucked into the seething cauldron by the strong current and as a result the frail craft was upset. The lads grasped the boat and clung to it and Stanley caught his little female friend but was unable to hold on to her and she was swept away.


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