140th an­niver­sary

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Special - - News -

This is a spe­cial year for Green Val­ley which cel­e­brates its 140th birthday in 2018. As his­to­rian Ron La­joie re­calls it all be­gan 140 years ago when the new gov­ern­ment in Canada, gave the small vil­lage a name and its first post of­fice. On April 1, 1878 Green Val­ley of­fi­cially be­came a vil­lage and Ge­orge Blair, a lo­cal farmer, be­came the first post­mas­ter.

Green Val­ley was born as a re­sult of three piv­otal events: The ar­rival of Scot­tish set­tlers in St. Raphael’s (1786), the build­ing of the CPR (1887-1914), as part of Sir John A. Macdon­ald’s dream and the ar­rival of cana­di­ens, who be­gan dairy farm­ing in the area in 1890.

Dur­ing these early days, it was a pop­u­lar spot. Trav­ellers be­tween Hawkes­bury and Lan­caster would stop here for a rest and for a drink. The devel­op­ment of Green Val­ley gained mo­men­tum in 1887 when the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way crossed High­way 34. This would link Green Val­ley to Ap­ple Hill and even­tu­ally Toronto and Mon­tréal.

In 1938 Léo La­joie built the Green Val­ley Pavil­ion which drew crowds from ev­ery­where. The hall be­came a church in 1956. In the ‘30s Wil­frid Mé­nard moved into the vil­lage with Mé­nard Con­struc­tion (now Cruick­shank) and Jos Vail­lan­court built a large feed mill near the CPR tracks which later burned in De­cem­ber, 1966.

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