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From The Gleaner Archives August 11, 2021

150 years ago
Thursday, August 17, 1871
Cholera in Europe
If we may credit the accounts we receive from every quarter, a terrible subtle enemy is approaching our shores. For some time, cholera has been ravaging Persia. It has crept on slowly through the steppes of Russia, until it has grasped Poland, and has made its appearance in a virulent form in the eastern provinces of Prussia. This fatal drama has repeated several times within the memory of the present generation. Four times we have seen the approach of cholera by regular gradations, we have watched it coming upon us, and until we were actually wrestling with the epidemic, we took no measures to avert the devastation. Happily, there is some time, though not an hour to spare, left for preparation.

120 years ago
August 15, 1901
Athelstan
A 22-inch “Blymer” bell was put in place on the school house on Friday. This bell was bought from the Cincinnati Bell Foundry Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. The cost of bell and mountings, delivered at our station, was $18; customs duty was $5.40. Those who heard the bell are more than pleased with its fine tone, which is far ahead of the ordinary school bell.

90 years ago
Wednesday, August 19, 1931
Nomination speeches enthuse crowded audience in H’Don
Nomination day afternoon saw the usual contradictory meeting held in O’Connor Hall. The attendance was not as large as is usual on nomination day, but for all of that the hall was well filled and order was well maintained. Avila Caza, county warden, and Mayor Stirret Cameron of Dundee were joint chairmen and Armand Longtin, advocate, acted as timekeeper. It was arranged that both parties should have one hour and a quarter to speak and that Mr. Fisher should have 10 minutes for rebuttal. Mr. Fisher took the floor first and spoke for fifty minutes. This surprised many in the audience and we are reproducing his address in full. W. L. Carr was the last speaker on the programme and spoke in behalf of Mr. Blair. Mr. Carr was only allowed five minutes of time but in this brief interval he triumphed in an overwhelming manner over the Conservative hecklers.

60 years ago
August 16, 1961
Ormstown Band receives gift of money
The Ormstown Band was the recipient of a cheque for fifty dollars from Mr. Jacques Viau, local representative of Molson Brewery. Mr. Viau met the band master, Mr. Lindsay Cullen, and some of the members at the Ormstown Hotel, where a short presentation ceremony was held, then the band met in a body at the Snowden Convalescent Home, where they presented a fine concert of old favourite songs and band numbers. Mr. Cullen on behalf of the band members extended his thanks to Mr. Viau for his generous gift. It is the fond hope of the members to someday erect a Bandstand in Ormstown so that the concerts so much in demand will be easier to present.

30 years ago
August 7, 1991
National Defence contracts maintain 22 jobs at C & T
MP for Beauharnois-Salaberry Jean-Guy Hudon announced on Tuesday, August 6 on behalf of Supply and Services Minister Paul Dick that Cleyn & Tinker Inc. of Huntingdon, Quebec, won four contracts totalling $2,712,633 to provide National Defence with cloth. The MP explained that under the contracts the company will provide the Canadian Forces Supply Depot in Montreal with wool and polyester blend material to be used to make items ranging from shirts and trousers for helicopter crew suits to topcoats to be worn at sea. Delivery of the material under three of the contracts is expected by December 1991.

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