AULD LANG SYNE
120 YEARS AGO Friday, July 28, 1899
• During Thursday’s terrible storm a thunder bolt entered the home of J. Carpenter, Dunvegan, and took the life of his seven-year-old son Duncan John. He was sleeping between two other children who were unharmed. The dwelling house of D. Urquhart, Skye, was also struck.
• Sam Macdonell’s CPR telegraph and stationary office was badly damaged by fire early Friday morning when the building was struck by lightning. F. Leslie’s hardware stock also sustained considerable damage from water and smoke.
• Among those who recently passed their examinations at the Ottawa Normal School were: Misses Ann McDermid, Tayside; Jennie McDermid, Martintown; Bella B. McDiarmid, Avonmore.
• The Georgian Bay waltzes, written by “Louise Field” and published by Messrs. J.L. Orme and Son are attracting favourable criticism. The composer is Miss Louise Sandfield Macdonald of South Lancaster.
110 YEARS AGO Friday, July 30, 1909
• On Friday of last week at the invitation of Messrs. F. A. Leslie and W. J. Simpson, a number of the citizens of the town spent an enjoyable day at F.A. Leslie’s summer home, the island, Loch Garry.
• Work on the new French church will, we understand, commence on Monday next.
• Knox Church, Lancaster, is running an excursion up the river by the steamer “Filgate” on Wednesday evening next. The Martintown Brass Band has been engaged.
100 YEARS AGO Friday, August 1, 1919
• Friends were pleased to hear that Miss Edith MacGillivray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. MacGillivray, Alexandria, had been decorated by the British government. The award is the British Royal Red Cross.
• Owning to pressure of other work James Weir is quitting the CNR delivery service this weekend. Adelard Gagnier will take over the delivery.
• We welcome home Private Se- bastian Laporte who returned a few days ago on RSM Royal George. Among others who returned last week are: Pte. Harold McDonald, Alexandria; Pte. Moses, Alex Collette, Lancaster, and Alf. Jodin, Glen Roy.
• Donald F. McDougall, of the Strathcona Horse, arrived at Green Valley Saturday evening. He was at Mons when the Armistice was signed. Mr. McDougall intends leaving shortly for Netherhill, Saskatchewan.
90 YEARS AGO Friday, August 2, 1929
• Mr. and Mrs. Ben G. Munro, Monroe's Mills, have the sincere sympathy of their many friends in the death of their youngest son, Malcolm Munro, who was drowned on Friday last.
• Leslie Simpson of Ottawa, who is holidaying with his parents Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Simpson, leaves shortly to accept an important position with the T. Eaton Co., Toronto.
• Ground has been broken for an up-to-date bungalow which Donald J. Kippen will erect on his property on Spring Street, Maxville.
• Rev. Eugene Legault, CS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon Legault, 1st Lochiel, arrived home from France on Monday and will sing his first Solemn High Mass in Canada at Sacred Heart Church, Sunday morning.
80 YEARS AGO Friday, July 28, 1939
• One of the best known and most widely respected railwaymen in Eastern Ontario, George W. Shepherd, a leading citizen of Alexandria, died suddenly Tuesday morning.
• Gordon Stewart of Maxville, suffered a fractured skull when the drop door being installed on Smillie’s new garage fell suddenly striking Mr. Stewart.
• John E. Morris left last week to fill a position at Drummondville, Quebec.
• On Friday, July 21, Alexander J. Campbell, Maxville’s oldest resident, celebrated his 100th birthday.
70 YEARS AGO Friday, July 29, 1949
• Town Council has decided to buy the Island property as a site for the new community playground. It was also decided to rent the grist mill to the new Farmers’ Co-operative.
• Duncan Joseph McDougald, 49, of Green Valley, is making good recovery in hospital following an accident at the Green Valley crossing when his car was struck by a train.
• Three area barns were lost to fire thought to have originated from combustion. At Glen Nevis Tuesday night, Alphonse Besner’s fine barn, lot 15, 7th Lancaster, was lost. A new $15,000 barn on the farm of J. N. Ravary, Summerstown, was destroyed Monday night. The church of St. Andrews West was threatened Sunday afternoon when a large frame barn in rear was destroyed. 60 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 30, 1959
• Two Glengarry farmers were attacked by their bulls early this week and both, fortunately, escaped with minor injuries due to the fact others were on hand to rescue them. Willie K. MacLeod, Dunvegan, suffered fractured ribs and body bruises, Tuesday. John Denovan of Dennyland Farms, Dalkeith, suffered bruises and shock when butted three times by his bull, Monday.
• George Lefebvre’s big new Foodorama opens for business Friday at its new location, Lochiel Street at Chisholm.
• Jean Paul Leger, 43, suffered severe burns yesterday in a gasoline explosion at Alexandria Bakery where he is maintenance mechanic.
• Menard Construction Ltd. of Green Valley, has added a new line, ready mix concrete.
50 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 24, 1969
• W. A. ( Bud) MacKinnon of Alexandria, was the winner of a brand new Barracuda convertible sports car while attending the Calgary Stampede.
• All use of hoses for watering lawns and gardens in Alexandria is prohibited until further notice the PUC advises.
• Gilbert Sabourin of Alexandria has opened a butcher shop located immediately north of the new liquor store on Main St. S., and will retail only meats, as well as specializing in custom cutting and wrapping.
• The Glengarry local of the Ontario Farmers’ Union has a new slate of officers: Mike Oetelaar is county director; Mrs. Helena McCuaig, lady director and John Peters is president.
• Ronald Macdonald took the Class “A” golf title on Sunday in a final game against “Bud” Mutchler.
• McCrimmon has increased its lead to 11 points over Maxville in the Glengarry Soccer League with two more wins this past week.
40 YEARS AGO Wednesday, July 18, 1979
• Induction of former sports greats into the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame at the first annual induction dinner were: Stanley G. McDonald of Maxville and Wellie Barrett of Williamstown. Receiving posthumous induction into the hall were Roderick R. MacLennan, Alexander MacDonald and Rev. Charles F. Gauthier.
• Linda Ann Lessard graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury recently with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Linda’s brother Bruce recently received his diploma from St. Lawrence College. They are the daughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Lessard of Alexandria.
• Ross C. McIntosh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon McIntosh of Maxville has recently graduated with the degree of Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.
• Paul Hurtubise has been appointed principal of Harmony Glen School for Trainable Retarded Children by the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County Board of Education.
30 YEARS AGO Wednesday, July 19, 1989
• Construction workers lowered the boom on the Alexandria Hotel last Thursday. The town landmark, purchased by Alexandria Drug Mart owner Sam Sultan last year, is being demolished to make room for expansions to his pharmacy. Onlookers watched the building eventually tumble to the ground over the length of about two hours.
• After 26 years, one of Glengarry’s largest independently owned businesses has been sold. Roy’s Garage (Green Valley) Ltd. is now Roy’s Pontiac Buick Cadillac Inc.
• The first annual MacDonald family golf tournament was held Saturday at the Glengarry Golf and Country Club, Alexandria. The day began with over 65 people teeing off at 11a. m. Some were still golfing until after 7pm. The tournament was followed by a delicious supper, awards and a dance.
• A gang of Alexandria kids made the trek up to Ottawa Wednesday to meet the stars of CBC Television’s children’s program Under the Umbrella Tree. They attended a taping of the show at the CBC studios.
• The Lung Association of the five Eastern Ontario counties donated a Medicaid Aerosol Compressor to the Glengarry Memorial Hospital The device, enables patients with a breathing problem to enjoy a more active lifestyle.
• Alexandria’s Bobby Brown was a double gold medal winner at the Ontario Games for the Physically Disabled in Ottawa over the weekend. The 13- year- old Alexander School student took first place in the discus throw with a 13.52 metre heave and was tops in the javelin event, with an 11.46 metre toss.
• Laggan senior ladies twoyear reign as MacLachlan Cup champs came to an end Saturday night in Lochiel when Dunvegan reeled off their third straight tournament win- 2- 0 - to capture the championship game.
20 YEARS AGO Wednesday, July 21, 1999
• The Kenyon Agricultural Society’s Highland Games Committee Thursday unveiled a Millennium Patrons Program to raise working capital and help pay for improvements to the sprawling fairgrounds on the western edge of Maxville, the host village for the Games.
• People who swim at Alexandria Island Park this summer do so at their own risk. After years of hosting swim programs and posting lifeguards at the popular waterfront park, North Glengarry Township has apparently washed its hands of both in 1999.
10 YEARS AGO Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Counties Council has approved a $1-million donation to the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, but not before encountering some opposition to the move. Some conditions of the grant, which will be paid in 10 annual installments of $100,000 beginning this year, elicited votes of disapproval from North Glengarry mayor Grant Crack, his South Stormont counterpart Bryan McGillis and South Glengarry deputy-mayor John Warden, but the motion to bestow the donation still passed by a wide (8-3) margin, the result of an open vote.
Redevelopment of the decommissioned service centre along the 401 east of Bainsville should be getting underway within a few months, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Transportation’s Policy Branch.
A Glen Nevis teenager has found her calling, as she and her gentle seven-year-old gelding have found success on the dressage circuit. Allison Lalonde, aged 14, and Royal Dalton made their national-level debut this spring at the Ottawa Spring Dressage Classic, and despite rainy conditions, the pair came away with first and third rankings in their competitions and were recognized as Reserve Champion in their division.