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From The Gleaner Archives February 22, 2023

150 years ago

Thursday, February 27, 1873

HUNTINGDON: Huntingdon Horse Importing Company – The two newly imported Horses, the property of the above company, will stand during the season of 1873 for the improvement of stock, at the Company’s stables, Huntingdon, at the following terms: The Heavy Draught Horse “Gladstone” $10 for the season. The Fine Coaching Stallion “Derby” $15 for the season. For Pedigrees and other particulars, see Cards and Posters.

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS: Written Tenders … will be received until Friday the 14th March next, up to 3 o’clock p.m., for the construction of the Manse for St. Andrew’s Church, Huntingdon.

MISCELLANEOUS: A hen belonging to Dr Whiting of Hyde Park, England, hatched out a brood of chickens and, contrary to the rule generally adopted by hens under like circumstances, Biddy forsook her brood, and would have nothing to do with them. A favourite cat, also belonging to the doctor, taking in the situation of affairs, kindly stepped in and became the protector of the chickens, and has since watched over and guarded them with jealous care. If puss sees them in danger, she exhibits the greatest alarm, and never consents to partake of food unless the chickens are with her to enjoy the feast. So attached has she become to her adopted children, that she will not permit any of the hen tribe to show them any attention, and at night is very careful to have them under her protecting care. Strange as this may seem, says the Norfolk County Journal, it is an absolute fact.

125 years ago

March 3, 1898

ORMSTOWN: Mr. James Cottingham has sold the cheese factory to the original proprietors, which he purchased lately at the auction sale, for $1000. He re-sold it for that sum.

HOWICK: Monsieur Dame’s, alias Adams, big sale of carriages &c., drew a large crowd last week and bidding was fairly brisk, although farmers hesitated a little on account of the property having been brought across the lines in a hurry a year or so ago. The proprietor took abrupt leave after the sale, and there are a few uneasy creditors.

100 years ago

March 1, 1923

ORMSTOWN: At a meeting of the Directors of the Live Stock Breeders’ Association held last week it was decided to engage the Grenadier Guards Band of Montreal for our coming Show, to add classes for Brown Swiss cattle and that the prizes in the Holstein class be increased by the amount of the grant given to our Show by the Holstein Friesian Association of Canada. This will mean an increase of around $300 to the prize money and should be quite an incentive to Holstein breeders to prepare their cattle for the upcoming Show.

THE ACADEMY will re-open on Monday after being closed for two weeks on account of scarlet fever.

BEAUHARNOIS: The coal problem is at a critical stage in town; some are quite without it and are burning wood. The dealers are being continually disappointed as coal promised does not arrive.

75 years ago

Wednesday, February 25, 1948

DANCE: Ormstown High School, Friday, Feb. 20th, auspices Ormstown Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, Music by WIN PEASEY and HIS ESQUIRES. Admission $1 per couple. Extra lady 50 cents.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Leona Flood Concert, presented by Huntingdon Youth Association. O’Connor Theatre, Friday Evening, February 27th at 8:15 p.m.

ORMSTOWN RINK: 19th Feb., Hockey, Chateauguay vs. St. Chrysostome; 20th February, Hockey, Ormstown vs. Montreal Pharmacy; Saturday, Skating 3 to 4, 7:30 to 10 p.m.; Feb. 23rd, Hockey, Huntingdon vs. Ormstown; 26th February, Races, Carnival, FANCY SKATING by Montreal Skating Club.

50 years ago

Wednesday, February 28, 1973

WOOLCO: Boys’ Pinwale Corduroy “Western” Jacket – The Western Jacket, still making the scene for Boys this Spring! $9.95 each… Navy Blue Denim Baggies for Fashionable Boys! Navy denim has taken on a new look for Spring ’73. Heavy weight deep dyed denim Baggies have front patch pockets and 2-inch cuffs. $6.95/pair… Boys’ Pre-shrunk Denim FLARES – An old friend at a new low price! $3.99/pair.

MILK IS GOING UP IN PRICE: If so, let’s hope milk producers benefit directly. And let’s face facts: many commodities are going to soar in price. You tell us where it’s going to end and when… we call it inflation and we say our country is in for a rough time.

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