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From The Gleaner Archives January 26, 2022

150 years ago
Thursday, February 1, 1872
Farm for Sale
The subscriber offers for sale his well-known farm on the north bank of the Chateauguay, township of Godmanchester, containing 93 acres, of which 60 are improved, and the rest under hard-wood bush, including over 2000 maple trees with sugar-house, furnace, and everything complete. The improved land is divided into 14 fields, well-fenced with cedar rails, and in the highest state of cultivation. The buildings are commodious, complete, and new. There is an orchard attached of 130 trees, all grafted. Such an opportunity for procuring a first-class homestead rarely presents itself. The farm is within two miles of the Village of Huntingdon, and conveniently situated in every way. – Alex McNaughton.

125 years ago
January 28, 1897
Hemmingford
The snowfall which came to us Wednesday night and Thursday morning last, was a welcome visitant. The sleighing that resulted from it has been generally made use of in setting in motion the long-delayed work of the winter season. The hauling of wood and ice has proceeded apace during the last three of four days and there seems a fair prospect now, notwithstanding the advanced period of season at which the work is commencing, of our people being able to supply themselves with the usual stock of those necessary commodities.

100 years ago
February 2, 1922
Howick
A provoking affair followed the [wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Black], when it was discovered that thieves, whose large and small footprints were seen in the snow, broke a large windowpane and entered the ante room of the hall. They lit a lamp and took away eatables as well as a silver sugar bowl, a dozen bread and putter plates, and the cover of a casserole. A good reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of the culprits. It is not often we hear of thieving in the village, especially during the day.

75 years ago
Wednesday, February 5, 1947
Woollen Mills closed due to lack of production caused by workers’ strike
While negotiation at the Huntingdon Woollen Mills regarding the drawing up of a new contract between the company and the union have been going on over the past week, the workers in the weaving section decided to go on strike on Friday. When the officials of the company returned to the mill after the noon hour recess it was discovered that the weavers refused to work and sat down on the job as a protest and non-acceptance of proposals. The night shift did not show up at all and the workers stayed out from the job until Monday night, when work [was to be] resumed. At this stage in the negotiations the spinners decided not to accept the proposals, and in consequence the night shift did not appear for work Monday night. The company has made certain proposals and a vote is to be taken this afternoon among these workers. It will depend upon the acceptance or rejection of the proposals as to whether the mill can actually re-open tonight.

50 years ago
Wednesday, February 2, 1972
Former Huntingdon girl Quebec Curling Champion
A former Huntingdon girl, Mrs. Lee Tobin [née Eileen Herdman], has won her second Quebec Ladies’ Curling Championship in three years. Tobin took the title with a perfect 7-0 record in an eight-team round robin. She credits a large part of her success in the championship event to the teaching of Don Duguid, 1971 world’s curling champion, during a seminar at Caledonia. Tobin gets a chance to go to the Dominion Championships in Saskatoon February 25.

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