Pioneer Monument’s sight lines now functional
The Pioneer’s Monument on Dufferin Heights, in Stanstead East, has had another makeover, this time to make it actually function properly after it was brought to the attention of Mike Hackett that the sight lines on the monument didn’t work. “It was a surprise when Anna MacDonald, of Vancouver, contacted me last fall and told me about the problem,” explained Mike Hackett, of Stanstead, who was on the Pioneer Monument Committee that restored it about eight years ago. Mrs. MacDonald was visiting the monument with a group of German tourists when they made the dis-
covery that the sight lines were blocked by the granite slabs on the top of the monument’s walls.
When Mr. Hackett called all of the members of the restoration committee about the problem, they were all in favour of correcting the situation, so he called Roger Haskell, “Stanstead’s professional fixer” and repairs got underway.
Mr. Haskell, his son Hunter and Marc Roy found a 350 pound slab of granite three inches thick, removed the slab of granite that the topographical map sits atop, and inserted the new slab which raised the sight lines and made the whole thing functional.
When he first arrived at the work site, Mr. Haskell commented that he had lived in Stanstead all his life and didn’t know that the monument existed. “Many of our older residents know about the monuments up there on Dufferin Heights, but I’m not sure that the younger people know about it. The young school children might enjoy visiting the monuments and looking for the names of their relatives,” commented Mr. Hackett.
Besides bringing the problem to light, Mrs. MacDonald, who grew up in this area, also made a generous donation to cover the repairwork.
Work was recently done on the Pioneers Monument at Dufferin Heights so that the sight lines of the topographical map on the monument worked.