Corn­wall Mem­o­ries From The Sev­en­ties

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At one point or another, we have all sat around a ta­ble dur­ing a fam­ily gath­er­ing and lis­tened to our fam­ily rem­i­nisce about the “good old days.” My Grand­mother started “fam­ily Sun­day lunches” when she was still liv­ing, and it is a tra­di­tion my Un­cle Jake proudly keeps alive since her death in 1994. Dur­ing these Sun­day bar­be­cues, I have lived vi­car­i­ously through my Aunts, Un­cles and my Dad as they re­lay sto­ries about grow­ing up in Corn­wall in the sev­en­ties, and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the “won­ders” that were in town and around Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry. POP­U­LAR HANGOUTS

At the corner of First and Alice Streets (900 First Street East) sits a large run down white apart­ment com­plex. Back in the sev­en­ties, this was “Fred’s Place”, a pop­u­lar hang­out for teens in the area. This store later be­came A&G Con­fec­tionary, owned and op­er­ated by my Grand­mother, Rolande Séguin. If you grew up in the East end, I guar­an­tee you re­mem­ber her telling you to get off the pin­ball ma­chines and get back to St. Lawrence High School!

Did you ever play pool at Snakes Pool Hall? This es­tab­lish­ment was lo­cated on Pitt Street, close to the Palace The­atre. Many chil­dren flocked to the pool hall af­ter their school day was done.

King Ge­orge Park on Sev­enth Street is still around for the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion to en­joy, but back in the sev­en­ties if you went to play hockey, you had to watch out! Hockey games at King Ge­orge were some of the rough­est games played in a Corn­wall park. The chil­dren that played there didn’t en­joy “new­com­ers”, which of­ten re­sulted in scraps. It wasn’t un­com­mon to see the Lap­ine kids fight­ing the Lalon­des.

Some­thing un­known to chil­dren to­day, is jump­ing off the Sil­ver Bridge ( at the foot of Au­gus­tus Street) into Corn­wall’s canal. Another hot spot for swim­mers was around Lock 17. Braver kids would swim at the “Boardy Bot­tom” of Corn­wall’s By­wash.

Although it is lo­cated in Glen Wal­ter, many chil­dren from Corn­wall made their way to Pre­cious Blood Church to swim and fish. It was a pop­u­lar place for young high school­ers to hang­out!

Chil­dren of­ten wan­dered the yard of Chalet Artis­tic Glass ( which opened in 1962 and claimed bankruptcy in June 1975) to find coloured pieces of glass that most chil­dren con­sid­ered to be “trea­sures!” Around the same area, teenagers would of­ten make their way to Lover’s Lane. It wasn’t un­com­mon to see a line up of cars dur­ing the evening hours!

Doyle’s Ma­rina near East Front Pub­lic School was also a fun place for chil­dren to poke around. Although it was out­side of Corn­wall, the Bonville Quarry was another pop­u­lar place for teenagers to spend their day. RESTAU­RANTS

A place I have heard about count­less times, is “Jack’s Fries” at the corner of Pitt and Third Streets. Were you one of the chil­dren that raced there on your lunch break to grab a 25 cent bag of fries?

A&W used to have two restau­rants in the sev­en­ties. There was one on Pitt Street (where Lo­las Pub is cur­rently lo­cated) and one lo­cated on Vin­cent Massey. In the sev­en­ties, girls on roller blades would skate over to the car win­dow, take your or­der, and bring the meal to your car.

Although it burned down in 1972 along with Ford’s Jewel­ers, the New York Restau­rant (later re­named the New York Cafe) was one of Corn­wall’s big­gest hot spots. It op­er­ated for 59 years, hav­ing been founded in July, 1913 by Peter Wong. Peo­ple hitch­ing rides to Massena as­sem­bled at the Cafe on Fri­day nights.

Another favourite was Shirley’s Restau­rant ( owned by the Mcdon­ald fam­ily), where Panda Restau­rant is cur­rently lo­cated on Sec­ond Street. It was a com­mon sight to see stu­dents from CCVS and St. Lawrence munch­ing away on fries and gravy af­ter school was out for the day.

Other pop­u­lar restau­rants and food joints in­cluded: Dairy Queen (on Mon­treal Road, in the area where Taz gas sta­tion cur­rently is), Hum’s Restau­rant and Go- Go Pizza on Mon­treal Road, Jack Lee’s and Vera’s Lunch (both lo­cated on Pitt Street), Whim­pey’s Diner, Mike’s Sub Shop and Her­bie’s Sub Shop (both lo­cated on Pitt Street), and Séguin Chip Trucks and Ice Cream Trucks were both very pop­u­lar. STORES AND BUSI­NESSES

There were so many pop­u­lar stores in Corn­wall. A&P, Peo­ple’s and Zellers, all lo­cated on Pitt Street, Vogue Shoppe a pop­u­lar women’s wear store on Mon­treal Road (which opened in 1948 and ceased op­er­a­tion in 1995), Levesque Chil­dren’s Wear ( do you re­mem­ber the live mon­key in the back of the store that lived in a cage?), Wool­worth’s on Sec­ond Street ( which had a fan­tas­tic lunch counter!), Snetsinger’s Hard­ware on Pitt Street, Beamish Cloth­ing Store and St. Lawrence Meat Mar­ket both lo­cated on Mon­treal Road, Con­sumer’s Dis­trib­u­tors, Clark’s Shoe Store ( on Pitt Street), I R Bell Scrap­yard ( on Amelia Street), Tex­aco Gas Sta­tions which had mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions around town, Do­min­ion Tape ( lo­cated near the Cot­ton Mills, chil­dren would of­ten sneak to­ward their garbage bins to find tape to use for their hockey sticks. Se­cu­rity would end up chas­ing them away.)

École élé­men­taire catholique Notre-dame of Corn­wall hosted a pro­gram called “Les pe­tits en­trepreneurs du CSDCEO” on Wed­nes­day June 20th. The en­trepreneurs that were in­volved were all grade 2 to grade 4 stu­dents of the school. They were asked to cre­ate their own busi­ness by fab­ri­cat­ing a prod­uct or of­fer­ing their ser­vice and sell­ing it to the 800+ friends and fam­ily at­tend­ing the an­nual fam­ily pic­nic. The stu­dents pre­pared a booth with posters to pro­mote their home­made prod­uct. All the stu­dents sold their prod­ucts which boosted their en­tre­pre­neur skills, and most im­por­tantly their self-es­teem. Dur­ing the day, the school com­mu­nity was also able to en­joy in­flat­able struc­tures, a pet­ting zoo, face paint­ing and a ma­gi­cian.

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