A happy and thrilling end­ing

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News, The News News The The -- Richard Mahoney

An Ap­ple Hill man’s search for rel­a­tives of the late Lena McDon­ald has had a happy and “thrilling” end­ing. In the Jan­uary 30 edi­tion of

(‘Were you re­lated to Lena McDon­ald?’), we re­ported on Adolphe Gaudet’s re­quest for as­sis­tance.

“I don’t want them to end up in a dump,” he said when he vis­ited

last week with a large plas­tic bag full of fam­ily me­men­toes, in hopes of track­ing down rel­a­tives of their orig­i­nal own­ers, the late Lena and Roddy McDon­ald, who once farmed on Strath­more Road near Ap­ple Hill.

He dis­cov­ered the wealth of photos, cards and me­men­toes while he was set­tling the es­tate of his wife, Thérèse Le­vac, who had been given by Mrs. McDon­ald the McDon­ald fam­ily heir­looms.

“We had no idea that this ex­isted,” says Holly Cas­grainRober­t­son, who con­tacted

after read­ing the ar­ti­cle. “I am Aunt Lena and Un­cle Rod's grand-niece,” says the Sum­mer­stown res­i­dent. “My hus­band, daugh­ter and I vis­ited them on a reg­u­lar ba­sis when they were liv­ing in Ap­ple Hill.”

She con­tin­ues, “I am ec­static about the photos, cards and me­men­toes of Aunt Lena and Un­cle Rod.” Rod's brother, Phillip Hughie Phillip McDon­ald, from the 1st Con­ces­sion, Ap­ple Hill, was her grand­fa­ther.

Glenn McDon­ald and Phyl­lis MacDonell, née McDon­ald, live at Maxville Manor. They would be Aunt Lena and Un­cle Rod's nephew and niece.

“I would be thrilled to have these fam­ily mem­o­ries, and it would be a great project for me to bring the photos to Maxville Manor to get names and info from Aunt Phyl­lis and Un­cle Glenn, while they are still well enough to con­trib­ute to our fam­ily ge­neal­ogy.”

Rod McDon­ald, in his younger years worked at Gogama gold mine, be­tween Sud­bury and Tim­mins. He passed away in July of 1976.

Lena McDon­ald died in the 1970s.

Thérèse Le­vac was a close friend; both were very re­li­gious and reg­u­larly at­tended St. An­thony’s Church in Ap­ple Hill.

While they had no chil­dren, Rod and Lena McDon­ald were sur­vived by two nieces, one nephew, nine grand-nieces and neph­ews, and 13 great-grand-nieces and neph­ews.

“Al­though there is a geo­graph­i­cal dis­tance be­tween the three gen­er­a­tions, we re­main a closely knit fam­ily,” re­lates Mrs. Cas­grainRober­t­son.The as­sort­ment of sou­venirs will no doubt stim­u­late much rem­i­nisc­ing dur­ing fam­ily gath­er­ings.

“We the MacDon­ald Clan would like to thank Mr. Gaudet for pass­ing on this bag of trea­sures.”

In­tern sought

The United Coun­ties of SDG will hire an in­tern to help with var­i­ous projects while pro­vid­ing train­ing for some­one in­ter­ested in a mu­nic­i­pal career.

The po­si­tion would be­gin in April and would last nine months. Who­ever is hired would be paid about $26.60 per hour, based on a 35hour work week.

Half of the to­tal salary was placed in re­serves in 2018. The rest will come out of the 2019 bud­get.

Coun­cil­lor Steven Byvelds was par­tic­u­larly en­thu­si­as­tic about the mo­tion. He re­called when the coun­ties for­mer in­tern, Justin Watkins, worked there from 2012-2013.

“He was a great as­set to the coun­ties,” he said. “This is a great op­por­tu­nity to have some­one come in.”

MEM­O­RIES: Holly Cas­grain-Robert­son and Gary Robert­son with some of the McDon­ald fam­ily sou­venirs.

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