150 Years Ago, Jan. 31, 1861
FLAX COTTON AGAINST KING COTTON A private letter from Boston thus speaks of the recent invention for flax-ing out king cotton: There are now in operation in this city experimental works for the manufacture of flax fibre into a material called fibrilia, or flax cotton. …The raw material, flax, wild or cultivated, can be produced and is produced in Canada and all the northern states in vast quantities.
125 Years Ago, Feb. 4, 1886
HATLEY The meeting of the members of the Stanstead County Agricultural Society held at Ayer’s Flat, on the 27th was well attended, and passed off very quietly. …The directors, or a majority of them, were of the opinion that it would be unjust to the members to allow every person in the county to vote upon the question as to where the society should hold its meetings… The ayes and nays were recorded; total vote of 199; those in favor of moving were 67 and those opposed to moving 132-majority of 65.
100 Years Ago, Feb. 2, 1911
STANSTEAD WINS The local hockey team played the Magogs at Magog last Friday evening. There was a large attendance and it was a closely contested game as the score of 3 to 1 in favor of Stanstead proves.
75 Years Ago, Jan. 30, 1936
SNOW AND WIND GIVE ROAD MEN LITTLE REST AND NO PEACE Road maintenance has been a serious problem the past two weeks. …Maintenance men fought desperately in unprecedented storms and succeeded in keeping these avenues open to traffic most of the time until the last big storm set in January 23. …On Sunday the working crew was increased to about twenty-five, including volunteers bent upon adventure. Heavy drifting began within the village limits… The drifting was almost continuous to and over Dufferin Heights, but the crew broke through the barrier there late in the afternoon and reached Burroughs Falls at nightfall. Drifting was heavy in the vicinity of the Thompson and Langmayd farms at Cassville, but a Government plow from Lennoxville had attacked the drifts from the north, making work easier for the Stanstead crew.
50 Years Ago, Feb. 19, 1961
FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR NEW CUSTOMS Rene Letourneau, M.P has announced that the 1961-62 estimates include $150,000 for the completion of the Customs and Immigration Building to be built on the new four-lane bypass highway now nearly completed. …Mr. Letourneau also announced that construction is expected to commence this year on a federal building at Magog. …The new building will provide 7,570 square feet of floor space and will accommodate the local units of the Post Office Department, Unemployment Insurance commission and the Department of National Revenue. The site for the building is on the town-owned property at the corner of Main and Sherbrooke streets.
25 Years Ago Feb. 5, 1986
BLACK OUT STORIES The electricity blackout lasted from four hours to four days. Starting in the night on Sunday, January 26 and for some people lasting until late Thursday, January 30. Different spots were harder hit than others. …Cowansville lost it from 6:45 a.m. Monday until 10:45 a.m. The administrator at the Brome Missiquoi Hospital said it did not affect them. …Thoughts and threats of sueing Hydro Quebec, ran high. Bresee said he hoped that Hydro will have learned something, for any future crisis. …According to Hamelin, Hydro Company had come from all over – as far away as Valleyfield, Sorel, Brossard and St. Hyacinthe. Why it took so long is because many lines pass through fields, deep with snow. … Needless to say, this was a long and difficult task over a vast area. … Another unfortunate incident occurred, when one of the Hydro trucks got a little too close to the edge of the road. When they put out the bucket ladder, the whole truck turned over on its side!