AULD LANG SYNE

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

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.

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