150 Years Ago
January 18, 1872
New Store in Athelstan!
The subscribers beg to call the attention of the public to their fine assortment of winter goods, consisting of Fancy Dress Goods, Lustress, Cobourgs, Wincies, Flannels, Tweeds, Prints, Grey and Bleached Cottons, Velvet Ribbons, Laces, Edgings, Gents Silk Neckties, Collars, and Cuffs, Shawls, and a large variety of Worsted Goods, Groceries, Crockery, Hardwire, also a large assortment of Boots and Shoes, comprising Ladies Kid, Calf and Buff Bootees, Men’s French Calf Boots, $4.50; also, a large Stock of Rubbers and Felt overshoes from 50 cents to $1.25. In returning thanks to the public for past favours, we would invite intending purchasers to call and examine our Stock and prices before purchasing elsewhere.
P.S. – A quantity of fresh-burned Swanton Lime for sale at $2 per barrel.
125 Years Ago
January 21, 1897
The social club held their regular weekly meeting on Monday evening at the residence of Mr. W. J. Smillie. Each alternate week there is a debate. At this meeting the subject, “Resolved that city life is better than country life,” was dealt with in such a manner that the effort of expressing views in public was done with more confidence than at the previous debates. Miss R. Smillie as leader in the affirmative made some pointed remarks and was ably assisted by Andw. Mack and John A. Smillie. For the negative J. Frank McVeay led and supported by Miss G Smillie and Miss Stowll, a good case must have been made, for the decision was rendered in their favor. Besides the addresses, music and games were provided. It was an instructive as well as happy evening. The club seems to have met with the approval of the young people in this section as the membership has more than doubled since its first meeting. Those holding office are John A. Smillie, president; Miss Stowell, vice-president, and Miss R, Smillie, secretary.
100 Years Ago
January 19, 1922
On Wednesday evening, Jan. 11, a very pleasant surprise was given Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Feeny, New Erin, when friends and neighbors gathered in to celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary. After refreshments were served, Mr. A. Rankin on behalf of neighbors and friends presented Mr. and Mrs. Feeny with a purse of silver, also several pieces of silverware. Although taken by surprise, Mr. Feeny made a fitting reply. Dancing was indulged in until the small hours, when all departed after wishing the host and hostess many more years of happy married life together.
75 Years Ago
January 22, 1947
Man breaks back in fall in barn
A bad accident occurred on Tuesday morning at the farm of Mrs. Mary J. Andersen, Trout River, when her son, Arthur, fell and broke his back. Just how it happened is not known at this time, but he was out working in the barn at the time. It happened about 9.30 a.m.
Dr. F. G. McCrimmon was called, and he found that the man was suffering from a broken back, two ribs broken and some injury to the spine. He was paralyzed from above the waist down and unable to move his lower limbs. After being made as comfortable as possible, as he was suffering much pain, the injured man was removed to the Neurological Hospital in Montreal in the afternoon. He is to undergo an operation this morning (Wednesday) and the results will not be known until some time later in the day.
The injured man was unable to say much about how the accident happened as the pain was too intense, but he has suffered very severe and serious injuries.
50 Years Ago
January 19, 1972
Two guest speakers at Ormstown drug meeting tonight
Two knowledgeable guest speakers will be on hand tonight (Wednesday) for the second public meeting concerning “Youth and the drug problem” at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School auditorium. The meeting is a follow up of a first successful venture in November when an estimated 150 local parents demonstrated interest by attending the program sponsored by the Continuing Education Department, Chateauguay Valley Regional School Board, and the Ormstown Committee for Public Awareness.
Scheduled as speakers for tonight’s meeting are Dr. Philip Beck, director of the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, and Mrs. Nancy Howe, a psychiatric nurse. A question period and informal discussion are slated to follow the speakers.