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From The Gleaner Archives July 14, 2021

150 years ago
Thursday, July 20, 1871
New Store at Athelstan!
The subscribers beg to call the attention of the public to their fine assortment of summer goods, consisting of Fancy Dress Goods, Lustres, Cobourgs, Table Linen, white and coloured corsets, Grey and Bleached Cottons, Prints, Tweeds, Velvet, Ribbons, Laces, Edgings, Umbrellas, Hardware, Groceries, &c. We would also inform our customers and the public in general that we still manufacture Boots and Shoes out of the best material the market will afford, and at prices as cheap as the cheapest. All kinds of produce taken in exchange for goods. P.S. A quantity of fresh-burned Swanton Lime for sale at $2 a barrel. – Wilson & McGinnis

120 years ago
July 18, 1901
School No. 7 (Elm tree) closed on June 28. A number of the parents and friends assembled in the afternoon and listened to a short program, after which prizes were given. Then Katie Levers and Eva Farquhar, on behalf of their schoolmates, presented the teacher, Miss L. E. Steele, with a handsome photo album and mirror as a token of their esteem for which Miss Steele thanked them in a few appropriate words. Miss Steele goes to Riverfield next year.

90 years ago
Wednesday, July 22, 1931
What Orchards Cost
A profit of $546.58 per acre out of total revenue of $1,462.71 is a very attractive proposition, and is one of the reasons why the “back to the farm” movement is gaining strength. These figures are taken from a statement appearing in the annual report of the Experimental Station of the Dominion Department of Agriculture at Cap Rouge, Que., for the year 1930. They are of special interest because the statement includes the complete cost of establishing an orchard and its maintenance over a period of eighteen years, 1913 to 1931. The orchard included 373 apple trees of the McIntosh and Wealthy varieties, and the statement supplied includes all operating charges. Some incidental figures of special interest show a profit of $546.58 per acre. It also shows an average profit of $30.37 per acre per year from the time of its establishment.

60 years ago
July 19, 1961
First Contract Signed by Milk Co-Operative
The Montreal Milk Producers Co-Operative on Monday signed its first contract for what is claimed to be the most modern method of milk marketing. The co-operative, incorporated in 1919, is now operating a reception centre in Ville Brossard which negotiates sales and delivers milk to Montreal area dairies in the name of the producer. Secretary-Manager Raymond Lanctot said the co-operative currently handles about 18 per cent of the area’s fluid milk sales and a larger portion of the cream and skim milk business. The Montreal Milk Producers Co-operative, which runs the new $500,000 milk reception centre, is one of a large number of agricultural commodity groups throughout Canada and throughout the world.

30 years ago
July 31, 1991
Arson suspected in Ormstown restaurant fire
Arson is suspected in a fire that enveloped the Casa Venezia Restaurant on Lambton Street in Ormstown in the early hours on Monday, July 29. At 3:50 a.m. a neighbor in a nearby house was “shook awake by an explosion.” Investigating the cause, the resident saw from the window flames coming from the side of restaurant where the owners habitually park their cars. The first call to the Ormstown Fire Department reported a possible car on fire. A closer look a few minutes later from outside the house showed the source of the fire was coming from a basement window of the restaurant itself. Four departments of the mutual aid – Howick, Franklin, Huntingdon, and Hinchinbrooke – answered the call. For more than three hours firemen hosed away. The building, built of non-flammable materials, remains standing and hides the devastation inside.

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