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From The Gleaner Archives, April 5, 2023

150 years ago

Thursday, April 10, 1873

NOTICE: Whereas Mary Pettis, my wife, has left my bed and board, without any just cause or provocation, this is to forbid any person trusting or harbouring her on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting. James Sayers, Elgin.

NEW SPRING GOODS! JUST RECEIVED: a fresh supply of DRY GOODS, GROCERIES, BOOTS & SHOES &c. Splendid Prints, New Styles, being the latest patterns out, Felt Hats! Felt Hats cheap. Prunella Bootees from 85 cents, High-cut Prunella Bootees, Men’s Sewed Congress Boots, Carpet Slippers, &c., &c., Trunks, Grain Bags, &c., Coal Oil, Lamps, Lamp Chimnies, &c., &c. John MacDonald, LaGuerre. Eggs taken in any quantity. No lump Butter bought until further notice.

125 years ago

April 14, 1898

HEMMINGFORD: The premises lately occupied by C.L. Jodoin, on the province line, are now occupied by one Robidoux, and judging from the appearance of its frequenters, something stronger than water is being furnished. The friends of temperance felt happy at the prospect of being able to close up these places, and having the liquor curse banished from our township and village, but it appears that the efforts made for this purpose have so far failed of success.

SAINTE BARBE: A boy of 11, son of Ulric Perron, was amusing himself on Monday in the barnyard by riding a calf. The bovine instinct did not appreciate being put to equine uses, and the calf threw its rider. The fall resulted in a fracture of one of the bones of the left arm below the elbow, with a dislocation of the other bone.

DUNDEE: The run of sap the latter part of last week was considered in quality far ahead of previous runs in making syrup. Some had taken in their buckets. There are sometimes losses incurred by being in too much of a hurry.

100 years ago

Thursday, April 12, 1923

ORMSTOWN: On account of high water our electric light service has not been of much benefit of late, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights there being no light at all. As a consequence, church services in the three churches were cancelled at night.

HOWICK: The spring thaw arrived unusually late this season and sleighing continues. The ice is still firm in the rivers although it generally disappears before the first of April. Maple sap is beginning to drop from the trees where the sun’s rays reach them, but the air is too frosty yet for an abundant run.


Line drawing of a man mounting a cow. The cows eyes give the indication that the cow is confused.
Illustration by Erica Taylor


RADIO NEWS: All young men planning on building their own Radios will do well to call and get parts and information from J.C. Boyd, Huntingdon.

EGGS FOR HATCHING: Purebred White Wyandotte from Guild’s heavy winter laying strain. $1 per sitting. Jas. E. Barrett, Huntingdon.

75 years ago

Wednesday, April 14, 1948

Some headlines: Observe Riverfield Church Centenary All This Week; Supper Held on Friday – Special Service Held on Sunday. Huntingdon May Have Race Track; Driving Club Formed – Possibilities Being Studied. Huntingdon County Hospital Shows Surplus For the Year; Auditor’s Report Gives Balance of $405.38, Membership Fees and Grant Big Help. Two Boys Arrested for Thefts; Goods Returned to Rightful Owners. Gleaner Bowling Team… Champions!

50 years ago

Wednesday, April 11, 1973

$300,000 for site of battle: The federal government is hoping to start work to commemorate the site of the Battle of the Chateauguay at Allan’s Corners towards the end of this year. The government’s decision to spend approximately $300,000 on the historic site was confirmed April 3 by Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien after he was questioned about the project before a parliamentary committee… The area made history 160 years ago when a relatively small force of French-Canadian troops, British regulars, and Indians defeated a numerically superior army of Americans bent on capturing Montreal. Their action saved the city and what was later to become Canada and boosted flagging Canadian morale a year after the war of 1812 began. The fight was essentially a French-Canadian one and it established the name of Lieut. Col. Charles de Salaberry as an early Canadian hero.

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