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From The Gleaner Archives February 8, 2023

150 years ago

Thursday, February 13, 1873

A virulent and fatal outbreak of typhoid fever in Leeds, England, has been traced by the medical officials to the milk supply, which it was found came from a farm where there were six persons down with the fever, and the same woman managed the dairy and waited on sick persons.

125 years ago

February 17, 1898

ATHELSTAN: To our young men belongs the credit of moving in the matter of ridding our village of some persons whose characters, to say the least, are suspicious. Such persons will not find this a congenial place to fly for refuge.

The phonograph man is around again. His concert here Saturday evening was disappointing, only a few of the songs being distinct. Songs reproduced from our local singers seemed to give the best satisfaction.


HUNTINGDON: The following accounts were ordered to be paid: Thos. Chambers, brick work at power house, $41.91; J.C. McMillan, lodging tramps: $4; John Hunter, wood, $4; J.H. Gilmore, electric wire, $35.

100 years ago

Thursday, February 15, 1923

This year the “GLEANER” celebrates its Sixtieth anniversary. The founder of this paper is gone as is also his son who succeeded him. Checking back over old account books, reading the files of “GLEANERS” from the sixties till today the record is laid before us. The “GLEANER” has had its fortunate turns and its misfortunes, but without unduly boasting it can be said that the “GLEANER” has kept pace with its surroundings.

Last year’s business was the largest on record. This year promises better – the month of January was 30 per cent over the same month last year. The spring season is coming, and the natural increase will come in all trades. The “GLEANER” is preparing for it. More and new machinery have been installed with more to follow. Hundreds of pounds of new type have been put in the cases. New and better grades of paper procured. This has been possible through the record of the past. Your future needs can be served here … Sellar Bros.

75 years ago

Wednesday, February 18, 1948

J.J. Murphy, Huntingdon, stood first amongst the 1,300 contestants from all parts of the continent who took part in the judging competition held in connection with the selection of All-Canadian Holstein cattle. Mr. Murphy who is a veteran Holstein breeder and showman scored 148 out of a possible 150 points, this being the highest score ever recorded in these annual judging competitions.

Young Ladies Win Awards for Typing: The following report from the Huntingdon Convent Commercial section shows that the assiduous application of the young ladies following the course is being rewarded with success. Typing “Gold Pin” engraved “Competent Typist” merited by Edna Rankin for typing at the speed of 55 words-a-minute for ten minutes. Excellent work!

50 years ago

Wednesday, February 14, 1973

HUNTINGDON LANDMARK – Fire damages old grist mill: Fire damaged the interior of one of Huntingdon’s oldest landmarks Sunday afternoon. The large stone building housing a grist mill owned by R. Menard & Fils is located at 1 Henderson Street on the south bank of the Chateauguay River. The mill has been there over 100 years under various ownerships. Huntingdon Volunteer Fire Department was alerted at approximately 4:30 p.m. Claude Blier, a 15-year-old resident of Huntingdon was working at the Golden Eagle gas station on Chateauguay Street when he noticed smoke coming from the roof of the mill across the river and notified police immediately.

-25: The temperature dropped to 25 degrees below zero [Fahrenheit] Monday morning according to the weather watchers at Huntingdon’s filter plant.

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