AULD LANG SYNE
120 YEARS AGO Friday, October 14, 1898
• His Lordship the Bishop of Alexandria has separated the Church of Our Lady of Grace, Dickinson’s Landing, from the parish of Cornwall and has appointed the Rev. Father Campbell in charge of the new parish.
• M.W. Stewart of Dunvegan has embarked in the tea business. He has purchased one of A.A. Boyd’s outfits and the two men visited Montreal Monday and both purchased several tons of tea.
• Dr. Rob McLaren, formerly of St. Raphael’s, and a graduate of McGill, last week opened an office at Dalhousie Mills.
• The football team is billed for a match in Cornwall tomorrow with the Union Jacks, and despite the fact that the team will lack the services of James V. Chisholm and A. McDonald, the boys hope to win again.
• Steps are being taken to erect a cheese and butter factory on J.J. McMillan’s place, east near the tannery, McCrimmon.
110 YEARS AGO Friday, October 16, 1908
• The first free mail delivery in Canada was made on Saturday along the road between Hamilton and Ancaster Village.
• Among Glengarrians who were in Ogdensburg, N.Y. this week for the marriage of Dr. Wilfred Laurier McDougald to Miss Mary Catherine Hannan, one of the society belles of that city, were Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Smith and Master Arthur Smith, Major A.G.F. Macdonald of Alexandria; Mrs. David Fraser, Miss Cameron and Miss Rayside of Lancaster.
• At a public meeting of the congregation of the Presbyterian Church, held Tuesday evening, a call was unanimously extended to Rev. Donald Stewart, BA, of Morewood, Ontario to become pastor in succession to Rev. David MacLaren.
100 YEARS AGO Friday, October 18, 1918
• Public notice is given by the Board of Health that until further orders all places of public gatherings such as schools, theatres, dances, pool rooms and all other meeting halls shall be closed. The prevalence of influenza in Alexandria has assumed alarming proportions.
• A second bar to Distinguished Service Order decoration has been awarded to Lt.-Col. Donald John MacDonald, cavalry, belonging to Alexandria, Ontario. Lt.-Col. MacDonald also holds the Military Cross.
• The District Honour Roll this week includes: Died of wounds: Pte. Wm. J. Filion, Maxville; killed in action, Sgt. Stanley Fraser, Glen Sandfield; wounded, Lt. Archie MacGillivray, Pte. Fergus McRae, Pte. G. Alexander, Pte. Jos. Vanier, Pte. J. Sternier, Pte. M. Long, Pte. D. Ross, all of Alexandria; Corp. Geo. McDonald, MM, Green Valley; Pte. W. Guindon, Maxville; Pte. Roderick McLennan, Dalkeith; Pte. Alex Grant, Laggan; Pte. R. Lionel Cameron, Athol; Pte. D.R. Edwards, Lancaster; Pte. W.J. Jarrett, Summerstown; Pte. Donald Urquhart, Greenfield; Pte. V. Larocque, Williamstown; seriously ill, Pte. John A. McIntosh of Dunvegan; gassed, Pte. D.A. Gray, Dunvegan.
• The friends of James Macdonell, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Macdonell, Dalhousie Station, will learn with pleasure of his recent promotion to commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force. In a recent letter from England, Lieut. Macdonell advised his parents that he is shortly being transferred to Northern Russia, probably for service with the Canadian Expedition to Siberia.
• John Mitchell, one of Curry Hill’s most prosperous farmers, has invested in a tractor.
90 YEARS AGO Friday, October 12, 1928
• A number of young people met in the Town Office, Tuesday evening to consider organization of a Badminton Club in conjunction with the local militia. Major Franklin of Ottawa, brought down a complete outfit for inspection and gave some insight of the game. J.R. McRae and Clarence Ostrom and the Misses Marie McPhee and Catherine Macdonald were named to solicit members.
• AHS athletes ran a close second to Vankleek Hill in search for the Interscholastic Cup at the annual meet here last Friday. Two new records were established, Harold Stimson covering the 100 yards in 10 4/5 seconds, and Harold Hurley of VCI, vaulting to a new mark of 9 ft., 2- 3/4 inches.
• Through a fall from a telephone pole while working in Cornwall, Arch. C. Edgar, repairman, met instant death on Tuesday. A son of Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Edgar of Lancaster, the deceased had served overseas.
80 YEARS AGO Friday, October 14, 1938
• Fatally injured in a fall in his barn, Alex J. McRae, Glen Nevis, died Wednesday morning shortly after being found by his son, Roderick.
• Wilfred J. Macdonald, BSc., left Monday for Saskatoon after holidaying at his home, 4th Kenyon. He will take a post-graduate course at the University of Saskatchewan.
• Mr. and Mrs. Forbes McKinnon and family have moved from Lochiel to Maxville.
• D.D. McCuaig and Lloyd McPhee arrived at their Dunvegan homes after two months in Western Canada.
70 YEARS AGO Friday, October 15, 1948
• The Alexandria Hotel was purchased this week from J.A. McLachlan by Lionel DesGroseilliers. Mr. and Mrs. McLachlan will reside at South Lancaster.
• Gordon L. Watson has started a catering business here. Mr. Watson has sold his farm, 4-3rd Kenyon to Edmond Poulin and has purchased the Lacombe double house on Main Street North.
• Miss Helen Decaire of Bainsville, winner of a Dominion-Provincial Scholarship at Maryvale Abbey, has gone to attend Normal School at Ottawa.
60 YEARS AGO Thursday, October 16, 1958
• A memorial plaque will be unveiled and dedicated, October 24, at St. Raphael’s, on lot 8-7th Charlottenburgh, the birthplace of Ontario’s first Premier, John Sandfield Macdonald.
• Leo Leblanc, 6, escaped serious injury when struck by a car on the Glen Robertson road as he crossed from SS#11 Lochiel to his home. A Glen Robertson tot, Richard Lacombe, 3, suffered head injuries, Sunday, when run over by a car.
• A heifer pastured on the farm of Bernard MacDonell, Green Valley, was found to have been rabid after it sickened and died.
• Miss Mary MacKinnon of Alexandria left Tuesday to train as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Montreal.
50 YEARS AGO Thursday, October 17, 1968
• Dr. Dominic J. Dolan was the man of the hour Saturday night when some 250 of his friends feted him at a testimonial dinner in Alexander Hall, here.
• The top plowing trophy was won by Ross MacGillivray of Glen Sandfield last Thursday at the annual plowing match held on the farm of Lewis Fraser, Glen Sandfield.
• The “Business of Farming” course is to be offered at Alexandria again this year.
• Raven Song, a pacer owned by Brian Prange of Alexandria will run at Blue Bonnets race track, Montreal, Saturday, after winning six of eight races he was entered in at Ottawa’s Rideau Carleton Raceway.
• Romeo Maione, executive director of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace addressed an assembly at Iona Academy Tuesday, October 8, chaired by diocesan president of the CWL, Mrs. Marcel Major.
40 YEARS AGO Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1978
• Commencement exercises were held at Char-Lan High School Saturday evening and most notable of the graduating class were the nine Ontario Scholars, all of whom are attending university this year. They are: Alex Cumming, Bea Feilotter, Darcy Gordon, Jennifer Gordon, Bonnie Howells, Diane Marlin, Marion McDonald, James Sova and Hilda van Walraven.
• Constable Robert Pilon graduated from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy Depot Division in Regina, Sask., on September 5, 1978. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Pilon of Martintown and is posted to the Yorkton Detachment in Saskatchewan.
• The MacCulloch Dancers placed first in the Ottawa Winter Fair Talent Show held at the Civic Centre on Sunday, October 8. About 25 acts participated in the instrumental, singing and dance categories.
30 YEARS AGO Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1988
• Alexandria resident Duncan MacMillan was the lucky winner of a 1988 Pontiac Sunbird in the Glengarry Golf and Country Club draw, October 1.
• On CJOH-TV, Ottawa 6 p.m. news on Monday, October 10, there was a very interesting presentation of farming in the Ottawa Valley. Interviewed for the presentation were Gordon McIntosh, son of Neil and his wife Betty of St. Elmo, regarding dairy farming and grain crops. Also interviewed was Alain Legault of Tayside, dairy and grain farmer.
• Construction of a $1.7 million 26unit senior citizens’ building in Lancaster Village is underway as workers began pouring the footings for its foundation last week. The building will be located on Pine Street, adjacent to the Lancaster Medical Centre. The project has been in the works for four years and it is expected to be completed next February.
• The Char-Lan Rebels regular season opener took place Saturday night with a face-off officiated by Kemptville 73s Captain Deryck Trehearn, Williamstown Fair Queen Margo McDonell, Cornwall Township MPP John Cleary, Glengarry Dairy Princess Heather Pasco, Lancaster Village Reeve Milton MacDonald and Rebels Captain Kevin Poapst.
20 YEARS AGO Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1998
• Acting upon the wishes of its patrons, the SDG County Library Board has decided to keep all 20 of its branches open, if it receives additional funding.
• Although it was hard to harvest a good bale of dry hay this year, there’s lots of green stuff to keep the cows chewing all winter. Gilles Quesnel, OMAFRA crop advisor, says the growth was so good this year that many farmers have left the third or fourth cut standing because they have no need for it.
• The North Glengarry Community Economic Development Group multipurpose office has closed. It was becoming increasingly difficult to staff the of- fice which depended solely on volunteers. The office was used as a tourist information outlet, part-time employment depot and entrepreneur and business advisory.
• Two members of the Glengarry Bhoys, a newly-formed Celtic music group from the county, unexpectedly got the call to perform before a royal audience recently. The band was playing a gig at Darcy McGee’s pub in Ottawa where staff members from the visiting Duke of Edinburgh noticed the musicians and, knowing their employer’s love of that style of music, invited the Bhoys to give a command performance. Band members Graham Wright and Gaye Leroux did just that on October 3 at the Convention Centre, playing a 20minute set.
10 YEARS AGO Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
• North Glengarry has ceased drilling for a groundwater supply for Maxville, five months after the latest fruitless, delay-ridden search began. The cost of the multi-year quest for a viable, affordable source of drinking water for Maxville is expected to surpass $451,000 this year.
• Howard Galganov was at the centre of another political storm last week after being snubbed by a Cornwall group that declined to invite him to a French language all-candidates debate held at the Cornwall Legion. The Williamstown resident who is running as an independent candidate in next week’s federal election, is well-known for his controversial stance on French-language rights, including his opposition to the policy of official bilingualism.