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The Glengarry News - - Our County Correspondents - To­day’s Par­ent JAMES JOYCE 613-527-1201 james@ tam- creek. ca

110 YEARS AGO Fri­day, Feb. 24, 1905

J.B. Sauve’s promis­ing trot­ter horse “Hon­est Joe,” gave fur­ther ev­i­dence of his speed at the Val­ley­field races last week when he won three straight firsts.

After an ab­sence of sev­eral years in the West, Eu­gene Macdon­ald is in town the guest of his par­ents Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Macdon­ald. An­other vis­i­tor is Hugh McLen­nan of An­twerp, North Dakota, who is vis­it­ing friends at Lag­gan and Kirk Hill.

Only one in 22 years have more logs been taken in at Schell’s where pay­ments for logs, teams and wages in Jan­uary reached $9,404.67. The mill frame and ma­chin­ery for the new Wil­liamstown mill are ready for trans­fer and set­ting up and is said a large ad­di­tion will be made soon to the ma­chine shop.

The cast­ing vote of the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer on Mon­day de­cided the elec­tion of L. Joseph Labrosse of St. Eu­gene as mem­ber of the On­tario House for Prescott.

100 YEARS AGO Fri­day, Feb. 26, 1915

Hugh McLean of Maxville has re­ceived word of the ar­rival in Eng­land of his daugh­ter, Miss Cather­ine McLean, nurse.

A.G. McBean, Lan­caster, has pur­chased the Sand­field farm ad­join­ing his Thorn­hill prop­erty.

Miss Annie McPhee, 38-3rd Lochiel, left Fri­day last for Thes­sa­lon, where she has se­cured a po­si­tion with the Thes­sa­lon Lum­ber Co.

In the new Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly for On­tario which opened at Toronto last week, Hugh Munro, MPP, Glen­garry moves up from the back benches to the front row where he is fifth from the leader, Mr. Row­ell. This is the first time in 32 years that a Glen­garry MPP has oc­cu­pied a front row seat.

90 YEARS AGO Fri­day, Feb. 27, 1925

The com­mu­nity was shocked by the tragic death by fire early Sun­day morn­ing of two of the chil­dren of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrille La­combe, Pearl, aged 12 and Paul Emile, 10.

Mrs. J.A.B. McMil­lan, sta­tion, fell and frac­tured her left arm on Sun­day.

Rod McLeod left Dun­ve­gan Satur­day for Drumheller, Alberta.

Chas. Blaney of Maxville, re­cently pur­chased 16 Ayr­shire cat­tle at Van­kleek Hill.

Stewart Grant, Dun­ve­gan, has con­structed a ra­dio and friends who lis­tened in Satur­day caught pro­grams from CNRO, Ottawa.

Dun­can Condie, 4th Ave., Lan­caster, re­cently in­stalled a ra­dio in his home.

Don­ald A. McKin­non, son of Mr. and Mrs. Angus McKin­non, “Hill­mount,” has been trans­ferred by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, from Peter­bor­ough to Toronto.

Ivan Gunn and Archie Curry of Curry Hill, left on Thurs­day for Hart­ford, Conn.

80 YEARS AGO Fri­day, Feb. 22, 1935

J.K. Munro, son of Dr. and Mrs. A.T. Mun­roe, Dalkeith, has joined the lo­cal staff of the Bank of Nova Sco­tia.

While to­bag­gan­ing near her home at Ap­ple Hill Satur­day, Lurline Dan­cause, six-year-old daugh­ter of Mr. and Mrs. Al­bert Dan­cause, suf­fered a frac­tured leg. It was the sec­ond time the young girl had suf­fered such an ac­ci­dent.

Miss Mar­garet Quinn of Curry Hill, left on Satur­day for Mon­treal where she has se­cured a po­si­tion.

At a re­cent meet­ing of the Board of Trustees of Alexan­dria High School, Alex Kerr was named sec­re­tary-trea­surer to fill the va­cancy caused by the death of his late fa­ther.

Mrs. Edgar Irvine left this week to spend two months at South­ern Pines, North Carolina.

70 YEARS AGO Fri­day, Feb. 23, 1945

Ray­mond La­fontaine, 49, postmaster at Moose Creek, died of a heart at­tack Wed­nes­day dur­ing a friendly hockey match be­tween the mar­ried and sin­gle men.

Sgt. John M. Fisher, 29 of Bainsville, was killed in the crash of an RCAF plane after take- off at Bagotville, Que., Tues­day.

A son of Mr. and Mrs. John Fisher, Bainsville, he was an in­struc­tor in me­terol­ogy.

Pte. L.J. Seguin, brother of Al­bert Seguin, 28-2 Lochiel, has been wounded in ac­tion over­seas, as has been Gnr. Al­fred Thomas Shorey of RR2 Mart­in­town.

Mrs. Colin Camp­bell, Ap­ple Hill, has re­ceived word that her son, Fly­ing of­fi­cer Hugh Camp­bell of the RCAF is wounded and a pris­oner of war in Ger­many. He was re­ported in Jan­uary.

The ra­dio shop of Daniel Sabourin on St. Paul Street was de­stroyed by fire early Satur­day morn­ing.

60 YEARS AGO Fri­day, Feb. 24, 1955

Alexan­dri­ans are out to raise $80,000 or a sub­stan­tial part of it, with which to build a plant for a new in­dus­try the S. Aug­stein Co. of New York will bring here. The com­pany will re­pay 10 per cent of to­tal cost each year and at the end of 10 years will pur­chase the plant for half the cost.

Ed Hunter, of Maxville, has re­ceived France’s Croix de Guerre with sil­ver star awarded him for ser­vice with the RAF in World War II.

Wil­liam Mullin, 63, Van­kleek Hill area farmer, was killed Fri­day as he at­tempted to pull his car out of a snow­drift with a team of horses.

Joseph Va­chon, a Dalkeith farmer, lost his left hand above the wrist Fri­day in a snow­blower on his farm.

Lyall Leonard of Van­kleek Hill, lost his car to flames Fri­day, when it caught fire just north of Alexan­dria.

50 YEARS AGO Thurs­day, Feb. 25, 1965

The roof of the big grand­stand at Maxville was blown off at noon to­day by gust­ing winds.

The home of Rol­land Massie, McCormick Road, was de­stroyed by fire yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. Robert Poirier, Green Val­ley, lost his barn Satur­day.

A stu­dent at Teach­ers’ Col­lege in Ottawa, Kathie Shep­herd won a trip to Florida in the Golf Club draw. Sharon Mitchell of Lan­caster will ac­com­pany her.

Dr. J.R. Lacroix plans to move in June to Ottawa where he will take up a prac­tice.

Mrs. N.W. MacCrim­mon of McCrim­mon, will be 91 Feb­ru­ary 28th. Mrs. Nor­man B. McRae, Van­kleek Hill will join the over 90 club the same day.

40 YEARS AGO Thurs­day, Feb. 27, 1975

The SD&G county board of ed­u­ca­tion’s French lan­guage ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee will be rec­om­mend­ing to the board that a fea­si­bil­ity study be made on the pos­si­bil­ity of set­ting up a par­al­lel French-lan­guage ad­min­is­tra­tion at Glen­garry District High School.

A record profit on the year’s op­er­a­tions was re­viewed at the an­nual meet­ing of the Glen­garry Farm­ers’ Mu­tual Fire In­sur­ance Co. held Satur­day at the head of­fice here.

Aer­a­tion of Alexan­dria’s sewage la­goons, in the plan­ning stage for sev­eral years, will prob­a­bly be pro­ceeded with this year, town coun­cil was told at last week’s meet­ing.

The open­ing of the ex­panded hospi­tal at Glen­garry Memo­rial will be held on May 12, 1965, the tenth an­niver­sary of the of­fi­cial open­ing of that build­ing.

30 YEARS AGO Wed­nes­day, Feb. 27, 1985

A team from Glen­garry Memo­rial Hospi­tal placed sec­ond this past week­end in an an­nual CPR com­pe­ti­tion held in Corn­wall. The group, which took first place last year, were beaten by a team from Winch­ester District Memo­rial Hospi­tal. Mem­bers of the team are Mau­rice Me­nard, Miche­line Jeau­rond, Pa­tri­cia Den Ot­ter and Melba Mur­ray.

Fire losses to­talling $1.6 mil­lion dealt an op­er­a­tion loss of $ 240,000 in 1984 for the Glen­garry Farm­ers’ Mu­tual Fire In­sur­ance Co., share­hold­ers were told dur­ing their reg­u­lar meet­ing on Satur­day. The year tied 1982 for be­ing the worst on record in the lo­cal com­pany’s long his­tory.

20 YEARS AGO Wed­nes­day, March 1, 1995

Two new doc­tors may be mov­ing to Alexan­dria by May 1995, pend­ing in­sur­ance of their On­tario li­cences; Dr. Robert Adams, GP, from Nova Sco­tia and Dr. Na­tod Likav­can is also in­ter­ested in mov­ing to the Alexan­dria area.

Glen­garry Memo­rial Hospi­tal is soon hop­ing to ex­pand its ser­vices to in­clude ul­tra­sound test­ing, di­a­betes coun­selling, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and speech ther­apy.

10 YEARS AGO Wed­nes­day, Feb. 23, 2005

More than 120 cat­tle were killed in a mas­sive barn fire at Boaudewine Ho­eve Farm in Wil­liamstown early Satur­day morn­ing. Emer­gency crews were dis­patched to the Heron Rd. res­i­dence at 4:30 a.m. after neigh­bours spot­ted the tow­er­ing flames. The own­ers of the prop­erty, Frans and Kelly Cor­nelis­sen, were sleep­ing when the fire broke out.

Marc Seguin, a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Elda-Rouleau in Alexan­dria, is fea­tured in the re­cently re­leased March is­sue of

magazine. An RCMP Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent with Glen­garry ties was re­cently pro­moted to the rank of As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner. Pat McDonell is a 24-year vet­eran of Canada’s na­tional po­lice force. Mr. McDonell is the son of Fran­cis and Kath­leen (née Master­son) McDonell of Loch Garry.

Mr. McDonell has a brother who is also in the RCMP. Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike McDonell is re­spon­si­ble for the RCMP In­te­grated Bor­der En­force­ment Strat­egy.

Spot­light on com­mu­nity


Early last au­tumn, I re­ported that Donat Le­duc and his wife Sandy — along with team mates Pierre Le­duc, Marie- France Le­duc, Jean-Pierre Di­caire and team cap­tain, Fern Ques­nel from Moose Creek — had bested teams from Crysler, Em­brun, StAl­bert, Li­mo­ges and Cas­sel­man to win a two-day, multi- event In­ter- vil­lage Chal­lenge at the 2014 St-Al­bert Curd Fes­ti­val.

While this was great news, the story was en­hanced by the fact their group, the Dun­ve­gan Pi­rates, promised to split the $ 3,000 prize be­tween the Glen­garry Pi­o­neer Mu­seum, the Dun­ve­gan Recre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion and the lo­cal recre­ation group in Moose Creek.

DRA Pres­i­dent, Ben Wil­liams, e-mailed me a few days ago to re­port that Donat and Sandy Le­duc have just re­ceived cheques from St-Al­bert’s Cheese for the Dun­ve­gan Recre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion and the Glen­garry Pi­o­neer Mu­seum. The plan, at least in the case of the DRA, is to hold a small cer­e­mony at which Donat and Sandy Le­duc will present rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the As­so­ci­a­tion with the do­na­tion.

I also wanted to ac­knowl­edge the group’s gen­eros­ity in this col­umn. This sort of com­mu­nity spirit is all too rare these days and I am thrilled to see the Le­duc fam­ily and the other mem­bers of the Dun­ve­gan Pi­rates set­ting such a fine ex­am­ple.

Phone digit er­ra­tum

In last week’s story about the Dun­ve­gan Soc­cer pro­gram and the fact it is in jeop­ardy, I ex­pressed hope that a com­mu­nity-minded per­son would step for­ward and vol­un­teer to be Dun­ve­gan’s soc­cer rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Glen­garry Soc­cer League com­mit­tee. The only prob­lem is that I messed up one of the phone num­bers. Ben Wil­liams is reach­able at 613-5254006… NOT “527”. On the plus side, I did get Vi­vian Franklin’s num­ber right: 613-527-3242.

Pay­phones: end of the


While we’re on the topic of phones, did you know that there are fewer than 56,000 pay­phones still in ser­vice across Canada? And if you think find­ing a pay­phone is hard now, you haven’t seen any­thing yet. The Cana­dian Ra­dio Tele­vi­sion and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (CRTC) just gave the tele­com com­pa­nies the green light to start moth­balling the pay­phone net­work.

Ac­cord­ing to a fact-find­ing study on the role of pay­phones in the Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem that the CRTC or­dered in 2013, only 32 per cent of Cana­di­ans sur­veyed say they’ve used one in the past year. The study also found that 636 of Canada’s pay­phones aren’t used even once a year, and nearly 11,000 phone booths av­er­age less than one call a day.

No doubt this de­cline in the once ubiq­ui­tous pay­phone comes as a re­sult of the me­te­oric rise in the use of cell phones. How­ever, not ev­ery­one in Canada has a cell phone or even a land­line phone, for that mat­ter. This is con­firmed by the fact re­search has shown the ma­jor­ity of pay­phone users are low­in­come house­holds and ru­ral Cana­di­ans.

With the CRTC’s bless­ing, tele­com com­pa­nies can now take pay­phones out of ser­vice, pro­vid­ing they give 60 days’ pub­lic no­tice. And this is where I think the train comes off the track.

In ad­di­tion to the “pub­lic no­tice” pro­viso ( which will prob­a­bly be a tiny ad buried in the bow­els of a news­pa­per), I be­lieve the tele­com com­pa­nies should be re­quired to erect a sign right be­side the pay phone slated for clo­sure in­form­ing peo­ple of how they can share their con­cerns about the loss of the phone with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. I’m not con­vinced that the peo­ple most ad­versely af­fected by this new pol­icy are reg­u­lar con­sumers of print me­dia. And point-of-use no­tices would have a much greater chance of reach­ing the ac­tual pay­phone users.

“Make your will...”

In No­vem­ber of last year, I did a piece on a few of the wartime ex­pe­ri­ences of Al­lan V. Mac­In­tosh of Skye Road north of Dun­ve­gan. It was to have been the first in a se­ries of sto­ries hon­our­ing the con­tri­bu­tion of Dun­ve­gan na­tives in the de­fence of this na­tion’s free­dom. I re­gret that it has taken this long to re­visit this im­por­tant topic, but bet­ter late than never.

As you may re­call, Betty Bracken, daugh­ter of Roberta “Ber­tie” MacKinnon, lov­ingly as­sem­bled the in­for­ma­tion for this se­ries. Betty’s mother, now a res­i­dent of the Maxville Manor, grew up in Dun­ve­gan in the early years of the 20th cen­tury. And it is one of Ber­tie MacKinnon’s sis­ters (and Betty’s name­sake) who I wanted to fea­ture next: El­iz­a­beth ( Betty) MacKinnon.

Betty MacKinnon died in 2009, so I was un­able to speak with her di­rectly about her role in World War II. But her niece pro­vided a num­ber of writ­ten ac­counts of the pe­riod. She also loaned me a cou­ple pho­tos of Betty. A strik­ingly at­trac­tive woman, her ra­di­ant smile can be seen in pho­tos from the war, as well as one taken 40 years later upon her re­tire­ment.

After grad­u­at­ing from Corn­wall Gen­eral Hospi­tal’s nurs­ing pro­gram in 1942, and work­ing briefly in Kirk­land Lake and Cochrane, Betty joined the Royal Cana­dian Army. She was sent over­seas in 1943.

Asked if she was ner­vous about work­ing in an op­er­at­ing room, she said, “No.” So she was told to make her will and say good­bye to her fam­ily. Shortly there­after, Betty joined the Fif­teenth Can adian Gen­eral Hospi­tal in Italy. It was there she earned the pres­ti­gious Oak Leaf for her nu­mer­ous in­stances of hospi­tal duty un­der fire. As the Ital­ian cam­paign wound down, Betty re­turned to Eng­land to join the Fourth Cana­dian Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

There she was pro­moted to op­er­at­ing room su­per­vi­sor and worked 12-hour days, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., in a “ca­su­alty clear­ance” or triage sta­tion. Her role was to pri­or­i­tize who re­ceived what treat­ment and when. On av­er­age, her unit per­formed over 60 op­er­a­tions a day in four op­er­at­ing rooms.

One of Betty’s most vivid mem­o­ries was of D-Day when her hospi­tal ad­mit­ted and dis­charged nearly 1,000 peo­ple in a sin­gle day. One story in par­tic­u­lar stuck with Betty. A se­verely wounded pa­tient re­lated how, after be­ing shot in the groin, he lay bleed­ing to death in a mud hole. As he grew in­creas­ingly weaker, he grabbed fist­fuls of mud and packed his wound in an at­tempt to staunch the bleed­ing. To ev­ery­one’s amaze­ment, in­clud­ing his own, the soldier sur­vived.

In 1946, Betty re­turned to Canada and worked with the Depart­ment of Veter­ans Af­fairs in Ottawa and Mon­tréal at var­i­ous veter­ans’ hos­pi­tals. On the 50th an­niver­sary of D- Day, Betty re­mem­bered how her time at these post-war in­sti­tu­tions back home was prob­a­bly the hard­est of all. “There I saw shat­tered lives and dis­abled young men; some we had treated after D-Day,” Betty was quoted as say­ing. “It was enough to make you weep.”

Two years later, in 1948, she took a post­grad­u­ate course in O.R. tech­niques at St. Michael's Hospi­tal in Toronto. How­ever, it wasn’t long after this that Betty’s coun­try roots be­gan to emerge. She found that life in big city life was get­ting to her. So, in 1951, she joined Atomic En­ergy of Canada Lim­ited (AECL) and be­came O.R. su­per­vi­sor of the Deep River Hospi­tal where she stayed for 32 years.

It was in Deep River that she met her hus­band, Les Culpepper. Born in Bri­tish In­dia, Les joined the Royal Air Force and fought in the Pa­cific the­atre. After the war, he re­turned to In­dia, but im­mi­grated to Canada shortly after In­dia was granted in­de­pen­dence and landed a po­si­tion in elec­tron­ics at ACEL.

There, the two found the peace they so richly de­served, far from the killing fields of their youth. Greet­ings, Dalkeith. Woke up this A.M. and it was warm and the sun was hot, and I am so happy to have sur­vived Win­ter. I think the birds are feel­ing frisky; they are con­sum­ing a feeder full of seed a day, and chat­ting it up.

Put Sun­day, March 15 on your cal­en­dar, for the next Dalkeith Brunch. A good place to gather and chat with your neigh­bours while en­joy­ing the yummy home­made food. See you there, 9 a.m. un­til noon.

Don't for­get to turn your clocks ahead this week­end. An­other sign that things are warm­ing up around here.

I am ask­ing you to save me your stamps. You can let me know when you have saved some up and I will pick them up. Or you can drop them off at the li­brary for me. This pro­ject is for dig­ging wells to pro­vide clean wa­ter in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Thank you in ad­vance.

Is there any­one out there who likes to paint mu­rals? I am head­ing up a mu­ral pro­ject of a scene of horses to be painted this sum­mer on the DHS grounds in Dalkeith. Call me if this in­ter­ests you.

Friends of the Dalkeith Li­brary in­vites ev­ery­one back again for an in­door yard sale Satur­day, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Con­tact Helen at 874-2337 now to rent a ta­ble.

Come for the bar­gains, stay for the con­ver­sa­tion!

So un­til next week, keep smil­ing and singing a happy song as we roll along into Spring. Cheers, Mag­gie.

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