AULD LANG SYNE
120 YEARS AGO Friday, Sept. 16, 1898
• The Baptists of Maxville and surrounding district met Friday for the organization of their first church. In the afternoon a business meeting was held, the following officers being elected: Deacons, C. McNaughton, Duncan McDermid, Paul Currier; clerk, A.H. Edwards; treasurer, C. McNaughton.
• Duncan McKinnon, second son of John A. McKinnon, tanner, left Monday to accept a position in the CPR offices, Montreal. He assumes the position occupied by his brother Dan, who has been promoted.
• The matter of having the public scales removed from their location on the Mill Square was discussed at Council meeting and it was decided to have the owner remove same. James Young was appointed poundkeeper instead of Felix Bedard.
• D.D. McRae, Lot 25-9th Lancaster, recently decided to erect a new brick residence. The old residence was then removed and placed on a firm foundation so that it might be preserved. Mr. McRae belongs to the fifth generation of the people who have inhabited the house, a cedar log building, erected 110 years ago.
• Alex McDonald this week had the misfortune of losing a barn, stable and shed on his farm, Lot No. 8-2nd Kenyon, occupied by D. McDougall and family.
110 YEARS AGO Friday, Sept. 18, 1908
• A feature at the Williamstown Fair, September 23 and 24, will be a marathon road race, six miles from Lancaster to Williamstown. Prizes of $250 are being put up and Tom Longboat, the great Indian runner, is expected to compete.
• Owing to the scarcity of water and the absolute necessity for same for sanitary purposes, the trustees of the Alexander Separate School System are considering closing of the schools for several days. The typhoid epidemic in this county has not yet abated.
• William Robertson, a young man residing in the 3rd Lancaster, narrowly escaped death at the Lancaster crossing Saturday afternoon when the afternoon express struck his wagon. He was taken to the Montreal hospital on Monday morning’s express and is in a very critical condition.
100 YEARS AGO Friday, Sept. 20, 1918
• The district honour roll this week contained the names of many Glengarrians among the wounded. They include: R.P. Hartland, David Proulx, Williamstown; Wilfred Hurtubise, Moose Creek; Hugh Ronald McDonald, Glen Robertson; Arthur Rochon, Alexandria, H. Adams, D.B. Jodoin, Glen Roy; L.R. Gray, Dunvegan; Bert McDonald, Lancaster; Edward McMillan, McCrimmon; Lieut. Sydney J. McEwen, Maxville; John Wesley Keir, Martintown; Angus McLeod, Dalkeith.
• H.J. Walker, CE, of Cornwall, is awarded the contracts for building of concrete bridges, one south of Dalkeith and one west of Kirk Hill. The approximate cost will be $7,000.
• Rev. G. Watt Smith of St. Elmo, last week received official notification of the death in action on August 27, somewhere in France of his elder son, Lieut. D. Smith.
• A strange coincidence in the wounding of Lieut. Sydney J. McEwen, son of Mrs. D.A. McEwen of Maxville, is the fact that he was found in a shell hole and his wounds dressed by his brother, Lieut. Lyman McEwen, whose machine gun section at the time was moving up in support.
• Master Eugene Deagle left Wednesday to attend Ste-Therese College, Quebec.
90 YEARS AGO Friday, Sept. 14, 1928
• Announcement has been made of the transfer to St. Alexander’s parish, Lochiel, of Rev. J.J. Macdonell, who for the past four years has been the very popular rector of St. Finnan’s Cathedral here. Rev. Ewen J. Macdonald comes to St. Finnan’s from Lochiel.
• Miss Emily Simpson left for Ottawa on Monday where she will attend the Ottawa Ladies College this year.
• Ubald Rouleau has joined the staff of the King George Hotel, Cornwall, as day clerk.
80 YEARS AGO Friday, Sept. 16, 1938
• A wrecking crew has completed demolition of the Carriage Factory and is now razing the Bond Hanger building at the station.
• Miss Barbara Costello of Ottawa, sailed from Quebec, Saturday to visit her brother, Flt.-Lt. Martin Costello, RCAF, in England. Misses Ida and Dorothy Proctor of Ottawa also sailed for a holiday in England.
70 YEARS AGO Friday, Sept. 17, 1948
• Menard Construction Co. of Green Valley has completed excavation work for the new diocesan Retreat House, to be erected immediately east of the Bishop’s House. Wilfred Lalonde of Rigaud, has the contract. He also will build the new presbytery of Sacred Heart parish, excavation for which has been completed.
• The B & B Self Service store on Bishop Street South opened this week. Bruno Brunet and Rene Boisvenue are proprietors.
• Bernard Villeneuve left Sunday for Montreal where he begins his third year work in dentistry at McGill.
• Faced with the problem of handling 109 pupils in two Grade Nines, the Alexandria High School Board has decided to try and secure another teacher and open a third Grade Nine. Attendance is now at 296.
60 YEARS AGO Thursday, Sept.18, 1958
• Glengarry Branch of the Legion at Apple Hill has moved the former schoolhouse at “Frog Hollow,” east of Glen Roy to a site on Main Street and will renovate it to provide clubrooms.
• Jean MacRae, a student at Char-Lan, has been awarded the A.J. and Margaret Grant scholarship to Queen’s University, valued at $500.
• A family dinner at their home in Williamstown marked the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Grant.
50 YEARS AGO Thursday, Sept. 19, 1968
• Louise Lanthier, 6, escaped serious injury when struck by a car on Ottawa Street near her home.
• Dr. Laszlo Roman is erecting a new office building in rear of his St. George St home.
• Apple Hill born Pierre Guindon is the field-goal kicker for Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL this year. He is a son of Hon. Fern Guindon, now of Cornwall.
• Mary McDonald, 4th Conc., Lancaster, is attending the University of Toronto where she begins a two year post-graduate course leading to a Masters degree in Honours Anthropology.
40 YEARS AGO Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1978
• Greenfield copped the highest number of trophies in the Senior Division of the Glengarry Soccer League at the banquet Saturday night. The team won first place in annual competition, the championship trophy, highest scoring team and Donnie Morris and Brian Filion, two team members, won the awards for highest scorer and most valuable player respectively.
• Joanne MacDonald, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garry MacDonald of RR# 4, Alexandria, has successfully passed her Registered Nurses Assistant exams. She is employed at the Alexandria Community Nursing Home.
• Henri Periard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Periard (Idola Roussin) has graduated from Ottawa University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He is presently pursuing further studies at the University of Marseilles in France.
• Murray MacDonald, son of Gretta and Campbell MacDonald of Kirk Hill received his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Queen’s University and is presently employed as production manager with NIFE Powertronics Corporation, Toronto.
30 YEARS AGO Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1988
• About 350 people came out to honour United Counties Warden George Currier during the warden’s banquet at the Maxville and District Sports Complex, Saturday night.
• The North Lancaster ballpark was officially opened Sunday afternoon. Performing the opening honours were SDG and East Grenville MPP Noble Villeneuve and Lancaster Township Reeve Bernie McDonell.
• Jean- Paul Claude crossed the finish line first to capture the Alexandria triathlon Saturday. Mark Major placed second in the event.
• Three fraternal members of the Alexandria Royal Canadian Legion were presented certificates of merit, Sunday. Harry Main presented the certificates to Rheal Fournier, Joe Massia and Doug Dumouchel.
20 YEARS AGO Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998
• It was recently announced at the Seaway Valley Farmer’s Energy Co-operative’s marathon meeting that the ethanol plant would grow if members invest more. Three years ago many local farmers bought shares in the co-op with a minimum investment of $2,500. President Bud Atkins says this investment was spent on engineering, consultation and planning and the $ 48 million required now is strictly for the construction of the plant. An interested financial institution, Rabobank International, is willing to invest $6 million but requires members to invest before they approve any loan.
• There is mounting concern over the increase in traffic in Alexandria as two residents requested improved safety for pedestrians. Michael Ashburn, concerned about south-end traffic, presented a 318signature petition that calls for a crosswalk or traffic lights. Gordon Turnbull repeated his request for stop signs and a crosswalk as he did more than two months ago. Reeve Grant Crack said the roads committee will review a report on the south end from M. S. Thompson Engineering and the roads committee will report at the next meeting, Sept. 28.
• South Glengarry has warded off a confrontation with residents wishing a ban on roadside spraying in the municipality. A resolution was passed which will see roadsides and ditches maintained primarily by mechanical means (cutting) in the future. However, council has reserved the right to continue to spray “where cutting is ineffective and/or impractical and where all non-toxic methods have failed.”
10 YEARS AGO Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008
• Glengarry lost one of the most important and colourful members of its agricultural community last week with the death of Alexandria resident Omer Poirier.
Mr. Poirier, who died on Sept 1. at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital at the age of 87, was well known for his shrewd business sense which led to the success of his cattle buying and selling business, Omer Poirier Livestock.
• The granddaddy of Glengarry harvest dinners, St. Joseph's Parish Harvest Supper, took an army of volunteers on Sunday to make it happen, plus a flock of 28 fat turkeys, each weighing about 30 pounds, to produce the 775 lb. of meat required to feed a crowd of about 1,000.
Early Sunday morning, volunteers were in the hall kitchen peeling, cutting and prepping, getting the 400 lb. of potatoes, 275 lb. of carrots and 275 lb. of turnips ready for the feast.
• McCrimmon Corners resident Donaldson MacLeod, who is the Manager of Highways and Bridges for Public Works and Government Services Canada, was the distinguished lecturer at the 7th International Conference on Managing Pavement Assets, held in Calgary from June 24 to 28.