Drink­ing and driv­ing de­creases in RPM ter­ri­tory

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Ev­eryyear

(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

up­stairs.

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

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