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From The Gleaner Archives December 13, 2023

150 years ago

December 18, 1873

GREENBACKS bought at the Highest Market Rates, by the subscriber, at Franklin Centre. John Haire.

LARGE SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS: Until after the Holidays the Subscriber will take Tintypes of the size 8 by 10 inches, with handsome frame, for ONE DOLLAR. J.S. Gilmore, Huntingdon.

125 years ago

December 22, 1898

ORMSTOWN: Opening of MacDougall Hall – This building, begun last spring, being completed was opened on Monday afternoon. … The roads afforded passable going for cutters, so that there was a good turnout. … [The hall] is a plain, unpretentious structure, solidly built of stone and brick, with an iron roof. … The foundation walls are 6 feet, which is the height of the basement, devoted to two furnaces and the apparatus for making the acetylene gas which lights the building. … Going up the staircase, you step directly into the hall, nearly 40 by 60 feet, and a 16-foot ceiling. … The hall is seated with opera chairs, and comfortable seats 350, or 400 at a pinch. … The platform is neatly carpeted and on it stands a piano. … The contractor for the building was Joseph McWhinnie, carpenter, who sublet the mason and brickwork to Peter Reid and the painting to Isale Aubrey. … The designer of the building was R.H. Crawford.

100 years ago

December 20, 1923

FIGHTING MAN TAKEN IN TOW: On a holding charge of vagrancy, Onisme, alias Joe. Sauvé who lives in the Teafield, was arrested yesterday. The warrant was sworn out by the Warden of Huntingdon County, W.R. Stewart. This is the result of the work of a Pinkerton detective who has been making an investigation into the numerous thefts of poultry during the past months. When officers went to arrest Sauvé he put up a determined fight and it took three men to subdue him. He will appear before the Justice of Peace today.




75 years ago

December 22, 1948

MOOSE BEEF STRAIN BRED NEAR OTTAWA: Meat of Hybrid Animal Said to be Excellent. … The “boose” – or is it “Meef?” – comes from Canada’s strangest breeding farm, run by Freeman T. Cross at Aylwin, about 50 miles northwest of Ottawa. Since 1944, when his Ayrshire cow accidentally mated with a moose, the Quebec farmer has crossed moose with cattle. … Today he has tow moose-cattle bulls and the first female cattle-moose, all Ayrshire-moose crossbreds. [One bull] has sired 10 offspring from Durham cattle. … The hybrids, carrying an exceptional weight of meat, are long-legged, rangy, long in lip, and “Roman nose”-looking about the face.

[Editor’s note: Such hybrids are biologically impossible, moose (alces) and cattle (bos) being of different genera. Apparently, stories of these hybrids abounded in North American newspapers throughout the mid-20th century – before genetic testing, of course.]

50 years ago

December 19, 1973

SANTA VISITS VALLEY: … Out on the stairway of the Church Hall of the [Rockburn] Presbyterian Church somebody said it wasn’t for real. They said it was Norval Blair from just down the road a piece on Route 52 who came to hand out gifts at the Sunday School Christmas concert. But that seemed unlikely. For one thing if it had simply been Norval Blair dressed up, the youngsters, despite their fanciful glee, would surely have known him sooner or later. After all, he hung in for a good hour… Another thing, Norval Blair would likely have used binder twine to splice his bandolier of sleigh bells. Not this Santa. He was the real thing because his strap of bells which jingled with every movement was held together with tinselled cord. Very seasonal. … It looked as though nobody in the area stayed home. And chances are that there hasn’t been so much bug-eyed joy in this hall since Santa’s last visit.

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