Drinking and driving decreases in RPM territory
(RPM) compiles statistics covering a seven month period between January and July. Among these statistics, the police look closely at those for drinking and driving since it is the second leading cause of death on the roads, after speeding. This year, noticeable improvements have been revealed.
In 2013, they had the lowest number of arrests in four years: 95 compared to 148 in 2012. The only increase was in the age category of 26 to 35. The age group that had the lowest level of alcohol in their blood was, surprisingly, those aged 16 to 25.
The improvements in the statistics could be attributed to different factors such as an awareness campaign in the media and in the schools, the return of driving courses, a changing in mentality, hardening of the laws, better surveillance by police, etc. But what counts is that the social consensus against drinking and driving is increasing as people become more aware of the enormous loss of life, the human dramas and the social costs involved.
Goingsouth down Rock Island hill. Top of the hill was Tom Goodsell’s shoe and harness repair shop. Riverside Street. Del Monty Hotel. Paul Brault’s taxi parked beside the granite blocks, also had a phone on a post in a metal lockable box.
Turning left on Notre-Dame Blvd. across the bridge was Daignault’s garage, where the Granite Museum is today. Right of that was a house of two tenements side by side. Would be called a duplex today.
Coming back on south side, fire station on the corner, police station and jail. Cordeau’s tin smithing business. Sold woodstoves etc. Paul Salois’ barbershop at one time. Dr. Bonin’s first office. Notary office. Turning south on Main street. Deguire’s Restaurant on corner, Ben Stewart’s Jewellery store, Suprenant’s Market, sold mostly meat, some groceries. Border Theater, Poisson’s store, sold mostly groceries, Commerce Bank, Canadian Customs, Rock Island Overall Co. Building, four stories above street level, two below. On the street level was a Chinese Restaurant, a barbershop and Sam Bethel’s Men’s Wear.
Across the bridge was Eddie Lloyd’s Second Hand Store, Bill Dawson’s TV & Radio Repair.
Across the street was the Express Office, their trucks hauled most of the finished goods from local manufacturers to Sherbrooke to be shipped by rail. Going north from here was a road going down to Lay Whip Co. before the bridge.
Going next after the bridge was the Rexall Store, Levesque’s Furniture Store. Doug Putney worked there after W.W.2, also coached our Border Bandits’ basketball team,Cowan’s Store: women’s men and children clothing. Bell Telephone office in the same building.
Road going down to J.B.Goodhue’s factory, they made overalls, coveralls, pants and shirts.
Southern Canada Power Building. Dentist upstairs.
Royal Bank building on the corner of Main and Railroad streets.
Going west on Railroad street was Paul’s Shoe Repair, between entrance to the bank and the Quebec Central bus terminal. Art McHarg sold bus tickets and ran the telegraph. Donald Lafond and Amy Roy were the local busdrivers.
The Caisse Populaire bank was next for many years with an apartment
The next building on the very corner belonged to George Stevens. George and son Rodney lived upstairs. George had a 10 or 12 passenger vehicle that he ran between Rock Island and Beebe on a regular basis for people mostly going to the theater His top speed was about 25 miles/hour.
Ground floor, Wallace Julien had a shoe repair shop. On occasion he would partake in the spirits. If you went there when he was like this, you were sure to get a sermon, as he could really quote the Bible.
On the street going straight up was Dr. Laramee’s dental office. Going down, what was known as Foundry Hill, the next business was Rock Island Laundry, the Three Villages Building Association: doors and windows were made here, and other wooden products. Also sold paint.
After the corner on the bottom of the hill on the left, Julius Kayser & Co. made women’s hosery and underwear.
On the corner of Railroad and Passenger street was a small garage, Joyal Meatmarket, accessible from both streets.
Next on Passenger street was Jenkin’s overall factory. Coming back east on the corner Giards’ grocery store, across from Joyal.
Coming back up the hill, across from the bus terminal was Gratton’s barbershop. On the corner Rollins’ Esso station.
Going north on Main street, McCaffrey’s Meat Market, Roy Pharmacy, Happy’s Diner, a hardware store and Central Taxi, attached to the A&P building.
On the upper side was a garage in the back. Sources: Calvin Belknap
& David Lepitre The two books, Rock Island 1795 to 1985 by G.L. Monty and Rock Island 1892-1992