BORDER COMMUNITY MOURNS DEATH OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY
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.