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Noth­ing with mem­ory could equal the im­pact on this in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity of the news shortly af­ter noon on Fri­day that an at­tempt had been made on the life of the Pres­i­dent of the United States.

As it prob­a­bly was ev­ery­where the first re­ac­tion was one of stunned dis­be­lief that such a thing could hap­pen in a civ­i­lized coun­try in this en­light­ened age.

When word came a lit­tle later that John F. Kennedy had died of wounds in­flicted by an as­sas­sin, the mood changed to grief and, in some cases, anger. Busi­ness came to a vir­tual stop and the streets were nearly de­serted as peo­ple crowed to the near­est ra­dio or tele­vi­sion set to hear the grim de­tails of this vile act.

The first of­fi­cial re­ac­tion came at Rock Is­land when Mayor Al­bert Fregeau called the coun­cil to­gether and the fol­low­ing tele­gram was unan­i­mously ap­proved and dis­patched. Mrs. John F. Kennedy and Fam­ily, Wash­ing­ton, D.C

The peo­ple of the town of Rock Is­land, Que­bec, Canada, on the in­ter­na­tional boundary at Ver­mont, ex­tend to you their most heart­felt sor­row in the tragic death of ev­ery­one’s Pres­i­dent and ded­i­cated pre­cur­sor of world-wide peace. May God give you ev­ery courage to re­flect the char­ac­ter of a man whose work and ef­forts shall never be for­got­ten.

Al­bert H. Fregeau, Mayor of Rock Is­land.


With all places of busi­ness, and schools, closed in Derby Line dur­ing the funeral ser­vice on Mon­day, there was also a hushed si­lence in the Cana­dian part of the Com­mu­nity.

At Christ Church, Stanstead, Rev. R. W. Peirce held a spe­cial com­mu­nion ser­vice at mid-day, and at 7 p.m. that evening a spe­cial memo­rial ser­vice was held at the Univer­sal­ist Church, Derby Line, with Rev. Gale Bas­combe of­fi­ci­at­ing, as­sisted by Rev. Carl Gustafson, of Stanstead South United Church.

On Satur­day, there will be a spe­cial Re­quiem High Mass at St. Ed­wards’s Church, Derby Line.

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