AULD LANG SYNE

The Glengarry News - - THE OPINION PAGE -

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.

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