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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!

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