History from the 166 years of the Stanstead Journal
125 Years Ago, Dec. 10, 1889
LOCAL NEWS For humanity’s sake, if you want a job printed have the copy in the hands of the printer a few days before the job is wanted. Don’t take a month to get it ready and then want the job the day before you hand in the copy – when you can help it. However, we solicit your orders and always do the best we can. Frank Adams, who stole the horse, wagon, etc., from the stable of Henry Lovell, Coaticook on the night of 22nd, it will be remembered escaped from St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary some time since. He has been in (and out) of jail during the greater part of his life. He has escaped from numerous prisons on both sides of the line.
100 Years Ago, Dec. 10, 1914
BRESETTE CORNER Many hunters are seen strolling through the woods, but no deer reported killed here. One hunter reported the killing of a bear near here Saturday. The animal was found under a log where he had taken up his winter quarters.
75 Years Ago, Dec. 14, 1939
ROCK ISLAND COMMUNITY RINK Doubtless everyone in the village of Rock Island is aware of the provision of a skating rink for the children of the municipality. Through the commendable cooperation of the Union Twist Drill Company, in granting the use of the necessary land, this has been built on the Butterfield & Co. premises, the only appropriate place for such a utility. The rink house is 24x24 feet with two rooms, one for girls, the other for the boys. The building is warmly heated and well lighted. Heat is provided by a three-foot stove, which heats the entire building. The rink itself is 155x65, all made of fine lumber. The rink, along with the building was erected by men who gave part of their time, and it was through this spirit that children are assured of a place to skate and play hockey this winter season.
50 Years Ago, Dec. 10, 1964
25 Years Ago, Dec. 13,, 1989
BREAD’S DONE: STANSTEAD BAKERS CLOSING UP SHOP
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The Three Villages is losing a local business but it isn’t closing down for lack of work. Patisserie R.G. on Dufferin Road in Stanstead is actually closing because it’s too successful. Owners René Ladouceur and Gérald Roy are making money but have sold out to a man who wants to start a bakery and imported food store in Sherbrooke. The deal included all of Patisserie R. G.’s equipment, along with the business and even the employees. As of Dec. 31, the area’s only fullfledged commercial bakery will be closed and Roy and Ladouceur will go to work in Sherbrooke for the man who bought them out. “We had a good offer,” Ladouceur said last week. “It’s hard to refuse something like that.” The sale will also give Ladouceur and Roy a break. For the first time in nearly five years, they’ll start working a 40 hour week. “It’s a bit of a holiday, only working 40 hours a week,” Ladouceur joked. When the partners started the business in 1985, they opened the first bakery the Three Villages had had in about 10 years, according to Ladouceur. Roy had baking experience he’d picked up at Dunkin’ Donuts, but Ladouceur was a beginner. They worked from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. almost every day to keep up with the demand, These days they only get up at 5 a.m. but after four and a half years of it, a good offer to buy their business was difficult to pass up – even if they were making money. “It’s a really good business,” said Ladouceur, a native of Stanstead. “It’s too bad somebody can’t take it over. It’s a good thing to have here.” Patisserie R. G. has a faithful clientele that liked the large variety of breads, doughnuts and cakes the bakery offered. It was also a popular spot for Transport Quebec, Bell Canada and municipal employees looking for a hot cup of coffee and a fresh jellyroll. And Ladouceur said American tourists arrived in a steady stream during the summer months attracted to the idea of buying sweets from a French bakery. Ladouceur, 37, said he’d start the same business over in Stanstead if the time was right and he indicated he might do it someday – if nobody beats him to it. He had a bit of advice for anyone who wants to go into the bread business, though: Be young and be prepared to put in gruelling hours. “You need a good vacation after four years,” he said.
SEASON OPENER – Taking part in ceremonies Sunday at the Border Arena, which marked the official opening of the Rock Island Jets hockey season, are, left to right: C. Viens, Windsor captain; Paul Tellier, general manager of the Jets; Jean Paul Fauche, general manager of the Windsor Papermakers; Eugene Menard, league president; Maurice Bachand, Windsor coach; Raymond Lemieux, Jets’ president; Jacque Beaudet, captain of the Jets; and Yvon Ellyson, Jets’ coach. The Jets won 5-0.
Gérald Roy and René Ladouceur