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From The Gleaner Archives July 10, 2024

150 years ago

July 16, 1874

THE DEWITTVILLE MILLS: The undersigned returns thanks to his numerous friends and the public generally for past favors and patronage and begs to inform them that his Mills are now in first-class order. The Carding Mill has been furnished with new Cards, and being under the able management of T.L. Hepworth, a man of 33 years’ experience, the best of work may be expected, and such is guaranteed. The Grist Mill has something new, an apparatus which receives the coarse flour as formed, and conducts the same back into the stones, where it is re-ground with the grain, and so gives at least 6 per cent more flour and 15 or 20 per cent better quality. Come one come all and prove this for yourselves. D.C. McDonnell.

125 years ago

July 13, 1899

NOTES: A sensation has been caused in Britain by the government’s presenting a bill giving authority to recruit the militia by ballot. That is, out of those eligible for service in the militia the required number is chosen by ballot. The men drawn will have to serve for 6 years, no substitute being taken. The bill is regarded as the beginning of an attempt to introduce the system of conscription, which rests on the continent of Europe like a nightmare…

VALLEYFIELD: The Canada Atlantic Railway employees’ annual picnic took place on Clark’s Island. The weather was not specially picnic weather, and many a nice piece of millinery was damaged by the rain; this, however, did not seem to interfere with the pleasure of the seventeen hundred people who gathered on the island, coming all the way from west of Ottawa to Swanton, Vermont.

100 years ago

July 17, 1924

LADIES KEEP YOUR HATS ON: Paris, July 16th – “Ladies with bobbed hair, please do not remove your hats,” reads a sign in a leading Champs Elysées theatre. The management explains that the tight-fitting cloche (bell-shaped) hats keep women’s hair cooped up, but as soon as the bobbed hair beauties remove their head-gear, the fluffy, frizzly strands expand like a baloon [sic] on both sides, leaving the spectators behind completely masked.




75 years ago

July 13, 1949

NEW PHONE BOOK HAS 12 EXTRA PAGES: Nearly 2,500 New Listings And Changed Listings Appear – The “Book of the Month” for many residents of Huntingdon, will be the July, 1949 telephone directory … Featuring on its cover the familiar figure of “The Spirit of Communication,” the new edition of the telephone directory … is thicker than its predecessor containing 88 pages in its alphabetical section as compared with 76 in its predecessor. The first telephone directory in Canada and probably in the British Empire, issued in 1878, consisted of a single sheet, 18 by 5½ inches, and contained the names of a mere 68 subscribers.

50 years ago

July 10, 1974

HEMMINGFORD: Photo contest for Festival – The Hemmingford Apple Festival Committee are sponsoring yet another contest – photographs of previous Festivals! Anyone may enter by submitting a photograph or photographs, black and white or colour, prints or slides of any of the previous Festivals. … ORCHARDISTS: Are you getting those entries in for the best five acres of orchard? … AND GIRLS: Have you entered the “Queen of the Festival” contest?

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