Our County Correspondents
110 YEARS AGO Friday, Feb. 17, 1905
Louise Kemp was appointed Chief of the Town Fire Brigade at a salary of $25.
R. Hunter of Maxville has been elected vice- president of the Canadian Ayrshire Breeders’ Assoc.
John Hayden’s residence had a narrow escape from destruction by fire.
E. Leger has sold out his saddlery business to Ulric Lalonde.
Notice appeared to the dissolution of partnership of Sabourin Bros., butchers; in future the business will be carried on by Alphonse Sabourin.
Messrs. D. McPhee, D.C. Sinclair, H. Dick and Jno. Mulhern, were in Montreal to see the Ottawa-Wanderer hockey match.
John Coleman’s blacksmith shop at Apple Hill was destroyed by fire Feb. 8th.
J. D. McLeod of Cotton Beaver has purchased a fine organ from Mr. Durant of Vankleek Hill.
100 YEARS AGO Friday, Feb. 19, 1915
Recruiting for overseas is still going on. Since last issue the following have been accepted and are in training here: Claude Nunney, North Lancaster; David Schell, Maxville; Charles Spence, Laggan; Albert Kingston, Wm. Amana, Alexandria; Geo. Williams, Dunvegan. On Monday the following were promoted to corporal; Ptes. E. May, T. Smith, F. Smith and D. Dufresne.
J. Kennedy Macdonell, Elgin St., has enlisted for overseas service with the Fifth Mounted Rifles and is training at Sherbrooke.
D. Edgar McRae is in Moose Creek conducting a short course in agriculture.
Mr. and Mrs. F.T. Costello entertained at their spacious home Monday night. Cards were played at 19 tables and, following refreshments, there was dancing with Professor Beauchamp of Montreal, as pianist.
R. Metcalfe broke his arm at the skating rink in Maxville Friday night.
Dunc Christie, Geo. Doucette, Kennie Urquhart, Leonard St. John and Clifford Merkley left Maxville for Ottawa Monday to join the third contingent.
Mrs. Angus Hay and her ten children escaped death when their home at Kirk Hill was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. Mrs. Hay and her eldest daughter Mary Florence were severely burned in saving the younger children.
90 YEARS AGO Friday, Feb. 20, 1925
Miss Olive Huot, nurse-intraining Water Street Hospital, Ottawa, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A.C. Huot.
Mr. and Mrs. M.N. Stewart, Stewart’s Glen, have received word their son Donald L., was hurt in an accident in the Gulf of Mexico.
J. A. C. Huot was elected president of Alexandria Board of Trade at the annual meeting. Vice- presidents are G. W. Shepherd and C. Lacombe and secretary- treasurer is R. R. Macdonald.
The latest industry in the hamlet of Spring Creek is a portable sawmill, operated by J.K. McLennan.
The marriage of Mary H. McMillan and Donald John McLeod of Dalkeith took place at the Manse, Kirk Hill on February 11.
80 YEARS AGO Friday, Feb. 15, 1935
Donald Willard, 29, son of Alexander Willard, 2nd Kenyon, was fatally burned when his cigarette ignited the couch on which he had fallen asleep.
Miss Eva Goulet is being extensively entertained prior to her departure this morning for Montreal where she enters the Community of the Sisters of Holy Cross as a postulant.
Alex H. Robertson of Maxville, has been appointed a Justice of the Peace.
70 YEARS AGO Friday, Feb. 16, 1945
The SD&G Highlanders are reported in the thick of the Canadian Army Drive to capture the Ruhr.
Vincent Cameron has purchased the business block occupied for many years by A.W. McMillan, undertaker and will open a Massey-Harris agency.
Mr. and Mrs. John D. McDonell, 3rd Kenyon, have received word their sons, CSM Duncan G. McDonell and Cpl. John Leo McDonell, are spending leave in London together, their first meeting since August, 1942.
Pte. Munroe Grant, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Grant, Williamstown, died of wounds while serving in Holland; Sgt. Samson Brunet is dangerously ill as a result of wounds received in Holland; Seaman John McPhee survived the torpedoing of his ship in the South
60 YEARS AGO Friday, Feb. 17, 1955
Some $1,000 in cheques and stock were taken by thieves from the MacLachlan Bros. Store in Lancaster Monday night.
W.C. Steele of Lancaster, area electrician inspector, suffered severe burns to his left hand when the blow torch he was operating sprayed burning gasoline over his clothing.
A former warden, Donald B. MacDonald of Glen Sandfield, died Monday. Colonel John A. Gillies, VD, of Ottawa died that same day.
50 YEARS AGO Thursday, Feb. 18, 1965
Principal C. Campbell Fraser has tendered his resignation to the board of trustees of Glengarry District High School, effective June 30. He plans to continue his residence at Glen Sandfield.
The Glengarry Memorial Hospital Board has taken over the building from the contractor. Equipment is on order and it is expected the hospital will be in operation about mid-April.
Arthur Maclaren of Alexandria has been transferred by the Bell Telephone Co. from Montreal to Kingston where he will be Installation Foreman for the city.
A member of the fire brigade at Kingston for 15 years, Aime Lalonde of Alexandria, has been promoted to Captain.
Canada’s new flag was raised at noon, Monday, across the country.
40 YEARS AGO Thursday, Feb. 20, 1975
After many years of service as president of the Glengarry Pipe Band Association, Morlin Campbell retired as president and R. Grant MacGillivray was elected president for the remainder of the year.
The Town of Alexandria may sell part of the industrial park for a housing development. Discussion was held and it was decided by councillors that no action would be taken until a full study had been given the matter.
The Moose Creek Sunshine Club has been awarded a New Horizons'’ grant of $12,757. The money is to be used by this senior citizens group to organize a drop-in centre for social, cultural and craft activities.
30 YEARS AGO Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1985
Bad weather conditions are being blamed for a multi-car pileup on Hwy. 34 north of Alexandria Sunday morning that injured four and caused damage estimated at more than $16,000. Blowing snow causing whiteouts, forced police to close the highway to travel for a time.
Alexandria Figure Skating Club came away with top honours at the Inter-Club competition held Feb. 9 and 10 in Brockville in a field of 12 clubs.
The new executive for Glengarry Pork Producers was elected Monday night. They are: President Jim Gillissie, Vice President Gilles Glaude, Secretary- treasurer Kitty Ewaschuk, Directors: Charles Myers, Norman Abraham, Wes Lancaster, Claude Maloney, Yvon Renaud and Jacques Renaud.
20 YEARS AGO Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1995
Alexandria’s rail station has been designated a heritage site by Canadian Heritage Minister Michel Dupuy. The designation means that no railway company may remove, destroy, alter in any way or dispose of a heritage railway station under its control without the government’s approval.
Kenyon township council is calling the Raisin Region Conservation Authority to the carpet and asking the board to explain why the chair of the board overspent his honoraria and travel expense budgets by more than $6,000 last year.
The town of Alexandria went ahead with a meeting last week with Consoltex to discuss ways for it to reduce its water consumption. The Ministry of Environment and Energy has extended a freeze on development after it was discovered the town has been exceeding the amount of water it is allowed to take from Loch Garry.
10 YEARS AGO Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005
Over a hundred tractors all but shut down a stretch of Highway 401 on Friday morning to send a direct message to Queen’s Park. The event was organized by the Glengarry Landowners’ Association as a protest against what many rural residents see as restrictive and expensive government legislation.
An intense fire raged through the home of Cornel and Janet Keusch at 438 Main St. N., Alexandria late Monday evening. The family narrowly escaped the blaze which killed the family dog and one of its three cats.
Two more North Glengarry restaurants have taken up arms in the battle against indoor smoking. As of March 1, Maggie’s Bar-B-Q in Alexandria will officially be smoke-free, as will the Candlestick Restaurant following shortly thereafter.
Glengarry Curling Club winners for the week of Feb. 16 include Marty McDonald, Green Valley $ 20; Riley Villeneuve, Maxville $40; David Sabourin, Cornwall $30; John MacSweyn, Alexandria. $ 30; Patty Nowry, Maxville $40.
World Day of Prayer
The World Day of Prayer service is being held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Maxville Friday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m. This year the service is written by the women from the Bahamas.
The Maxville Chamber of Commerce is holding its first ever snowman competition. Build a snowman, take a picture and post it on their Facebook page. Pictures must be submitted by Feb. 27 at 11:59 p. m. Voting will take place March 3. Winners will be notified by Facebook. Creations will be judged on originality, design, size and how it is accessorized. This contest is open to Maxville and area (Dunvegan, Kenyon Township, Greenfield) residents and businesses. For further information, contact Adrien at 613-930-7733.
Employee of the month
Bruce McDonald continues to amaze at Maxville Home Hardware. During a snowstorm last week, he was able to sell a lawnmower! Now that is a salesman!
The Maxville Library Branch of the SD&G County Library invites you to some exciting programming in March. Tuesday children's program- ming includes Lego Club, March 3 at 4:30 p.m. Wii Night, March 10 at 4:30 p.m. Story Time, March 17 at 4:30 p.m., March Break Board Game Night, Thurs. March 19 at 4:30 p.m., STEAM March 24 at 4:30 p.m. Ukrainian egg decorating is on March 31. Drop in anytime between 4: 30 and 7: 30 p.m. This program is free but registration is required to guarantee that there are enough eggs for everyone.
Adult Programming includes Crafter's Haven March 5 at 6:30 p.m. The Adult Book Club is reading “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova and will be meeting March 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Save the date
Save the date: May 1, 2, 3 weekend. The Maxville Musicfest Committee is pleased to bring you a lineup of four concerts featuring a variety of musical genres. Stay tuned for more details and ticket sales coming soon. Check out www.maxvillemusicfest.ca.
The Maxville Manor is a notfor- profit community service supported by skilled and reliable individuals who care about others. Your help as a volunteer will improve the quality of life of those who may be lonely, need help with shopping, need a ride to medical appointments, provide musical entertainment, engage with group activities, serve customers at special events, deliver hot meals to isolated seniors, and so on. Hours are flexible, training and support is available. Kindness and a caring heart are required. If you fit this profile, please contact Phyllis Burtenshaw- Lalonde, Volunteer Coordinator at 613527-2170 ext. 228 for further information. There are numerous opportunities for which you can volunteer in your community.
Mark this date on your calendar for the famous Irish Stew Supper at St. Michael's, Saturday, March 7.
The 1st Maxville Scouts will be hosting its third annual “All you can eat” spaghetti supper at the Maxville Arena Feb. 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The dinner will include salad, spaghetti with two kinds of sauces, rolls, coffee/tea/juice.
There will also be a bake sale run by the Cubs and Scouts to support them going to a weeklong summer camp.
For more information check out www.maxvillescouts.ca.
Quote of the week
“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased!” – Katharine Hepburn.
YFC DONATION: Alexandria YFC is grateful for the $2,000 in matching funds the Alexandria Scotiabank branch contributed towards the Georgian House annual fundraising dinner for Youth For Christ, also known as Alexandria Youth Unlimited. Over $5,500 was...