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From the Gleaner Archives February 9, 2022

150 years ago
Thursday, February 15, 1872
To the people going West
Four express trains leave Suspension Bridge, Toronto, and Hamilton daily, Sundays excepted on arrival of trains and steamers from the east, for Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and all points West; leaving Valleyfield daily, Sundays excepted, at 5 p.m. via Canadian Navigation Company’s steamers, making direct connections at Toronto and Hamilton with Great Railway to all points West.

125 years ago
February 11, 1897
On Sunday Rev. D.R. Drummond preached his farewell sermon to his congregation at the Flats and Covey Hill. Although it was raining, large audiences turned out to hear him for the last time. As Mr. Drummond was very much liked by all through this section, a number of adherents of other churches were present. He took his text from I Corinthians, XV chapter, 58 verse. At the close of the services Mr. and Mrs. Drummond stood at the door and bade each good-bye as they filed out. Mr. Drummond and wife left Tuesday morning for St. Thomas, Ontario, to begin his new duties. He received the call from St. Thomas not only without preaching on trial but without even visiting the place. His successor, Rev. Mr. Young, was a collegemate of Mr. Drummond. He is expected to arrive on Friday and will conduct the services on Sunday.

100 years ago
February 16, 1922
Inspector Gilman visited Elm Tree School, district No. 7, on February 3, and found the scholars all present and everything in fine shape. The marks obtained were 97.8, reflecting great credit on the teacher, Miss Daisy McClatchie, who got a holiday and a certificate of first-class standing. She, having obtained a bonus last year, was not eligible for one this year. Elm Tree School now has a fine organ, thanks to the efforts of Miss McClatchie the teacher, who, with the scholars and a few friends, got up an entertainment and raised the funds to buy it.

75 years ago
February 19, 1947
Ormstown war veterans organize Legion Branch
Thursday evening, thirty-four veterans of Canada’s wars met in the Town Hall with Dr. Chas. F. Hyndman acting as provisional chairman. After an open discussion it was unanimously decided to organize a branch of the Legion in Ormstown. After a few brief opening remarks, the chairman of the membership committee informed the gathering that the branch would be officially known as No. 196, and by a unanimous vote of all present, the official name was decided to be Ormstown Branch.

50 years ago
Wednesday, February 16, 1972
Dewittville Carnival attracts good crowd
The Dewittville Winter Carnival, sponsored by the Dewittville Women’s Institute, attracted a good crowd of children, parents, and friends from community and surrounding area on Friday evening. Because of its postponement from the previous week due to inclement weather, the contestants were not quite as numerous as last year. Racing was keen and full of excitement. Following the races, a game of broomball between Howick and Dewittville resulted in a score of 5 to 3 in favour of Dewittville. This means the trophy is again kept in Dewittville.

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