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From the Archives February 26, 2020

150 years ago

March 4th, 1870
Weights and Measures

The British councils of trade have agreed on recommending the uniform adoption of the system of selling grain by weight, and not by measure. The standard is the cental, or 100 lbs. In Canada there is now little grain bought in open market by any other mode than that of weight, but unfortunately, the names minot and bushel are still retained, forming a complex system, from which disputes often arise. We think it would be much better if the terms minot and bushel were abolished altogether, and grain sold nominally as well as actually by weight. If a grain buyer said to a farmer “I’ll pay you so much for the 100 lbs. of barley,” there would be no possibility of misunderstanding, but when he says “I will pay you so much for the bushel,” there is a risk of disagreement when payment comes to be made, and it is discovered that the farmer meant the legal bushel, which is 48 lbs., and the buyer the minot which is 50 lbs. In all other grains it is the same, oats, for example, being commonly sold by the minot of 40 lbs., while the legal bushel is 34 lbs. The disputes which arise as to how many pounds go to the bushel of timothy, buckwheat, and beans are numberless. While the government is assimilating the laws of the various Provinces, they should not neglect those regulating weights and measures.

120 years ago

March 3rd, 1900
Storm of the Century Hit the Valley

Old residents of Howick have not experienced such a heavy fall of snow as occurred last week for over thirty years. Business is at a standstill and it will take some time for the roads to become fit for hauling loads.
Ste Martine
Since winter set in everyone has been wishing for snow, but today everyone says we have too much. The wind drifted the snow to such a depth that no horse could haul even a light sleigh through it. On Thursday night the mail driver had to leave his horse at the Station hotel, and drove it back over the railroad track on Friday morning.
On Wednesday night, February 14th, we had a premature spring flood, the river rising at the upper village quite as high as last spring. But cold weather set in and the ice was chopped out on the road. The wind was blowing a gale, piling the snow in drifts some places ten feet high. Blocking the railroads and making sleighing impossible.
Thursday brought us the worst storm in our record, for old residents here say they never saw so much snow fall in so short a time.Two trains of the N.Y.C. were stalled in drifts at Woodlands station, 8 miles north of Beauharnois. Several of our people were passengers on these trains and were obliged to pass the night in the cars.
In the annals of Valleyfield it is the first time that snow had to be carted outside the town limits.The town was totally blocked.
If there is anything in the saying that if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb, we have a good prospect of the saying being fulfilled this year, for a more stormy and disagreeable day than the first day of March we have not experienced for years. The roads are blocked by drifts, and it is no easy matter to get through them even yet.

90 years ago

Feb. 26th, 1930
Are We Growing Bad?

The day is past when the generous critical individuals would endeavour to chalk up the acts of misdemeanour wholly to the French speaking girls. The glaring evidence that almost daily confronts us now, is that of English speaking girls, who are to all appearances respected. Are we as a people, going to continue letting the youth of Huntindon become so degenerate?
It is true that some of the parents of these same girls are to blame for the actions of the children, but two wrongs are not going to make a right. Our Town Council is able to legislate, but they do not want to prosecute, which might have the effect of making the offenders go to the bad, in place of to the good. Our churches can all educate and help to bring the young people together and enjoy one another’s company in place of seeking enjoyment on the highways. The citizens in general can alleviate this undesirable feature by creating a gymnasium in the proposed new school where the young people might profitably be entertained through sports and other educational training during after-school hours and on holidays. The main highway or the village street is no place for girls to spend their spare time.
Parents! If it is your son or daughter, or both, who are often and regularly seen on Chateauguay Street, which they use as a meeting place or playground, perhaps your sorrowful day is just around the corner. Guard against that possible eventuality by throwing your home open to the family to entertain their friends, whether it be after school or even in the evenings.

60 years ago

March 9th, 1960
Notes From the Police Blotter: Break into School

Thieves broke into the Langlois Academy and the new Secondary School at Hemmingford, on the night of February 26th and stole a few dollars and caused about $150 damage in the office of the Principal. After investigation by Det. F. Wilmot, the arrest of a young man and juvenile was made at Hemmingford, on March 3rd and 4th. The two are presently at Valleyfield and awaiting hearing.

30 years ago

Feb. 28th, 1990
Hinchinbrooke Residents Welcomed to View the New Town Hall

The official opening of the new Town Hall in Hinchinbrooke was Friday, February 23, at 8 pm. At the … ribbon cutting, Mayor Roland Greenbank had the honour. At his side were councillors Jos Renaud, Melvin Thompson, Donald Frier, Walter Chubry, Margaret Dawson and the Secretary-Treasurer, Evelyn Brunt.
At this ceremony everything was in the spirit of the celebration ‘A party between friends’; “It’s wonderful when all the persons present are friends,” underlined Mayor Greenbank.
The mayor mentioned the hard work of many people who came to the aid of the municipality. They were the volunteer firemen who saved many of the documents; and he showed as example Hinchinbrooke’s first Minute Book. He noted the support that other municipalities extended Hinchinbrooke during a difficult period. He underlined the conscientious work of the municipal employees during the transition period in the trailer for those many months. He noted the support of the neighbors during the fire crisis.
At the Open House on Saturday, the residents of Hinchinbrooke were invited to view the new facilities.

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