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From The Gleaner Archives July 26, 2023

150 years ago

Thursday, July 31, 1873

HUNTINGDON & PORT LEWIS STAGE LINE: The subscribers will run a line of stages during the present season, between Huntingdon and Port Lewis in connection with the boat; leaving Huntingdon on Mondays and Thursdays at 6½ a.m. to meet the boat going downward; Tuesdays and Fridays at 5 o’clock p.m. to connect going upward. By strict attention to business and the best of horses and stages we hope to receive the patronage of the travelling public. Parties will please leave word at T.K. Milne’s. Also, our stages will always call at the hotels before leaving. All kinds of freight drawn without delay. Charges moderate. S. Percy & Co, Proprietors.

125 years ago

August 4, 1898

ORMSTOWN: The brickwork of McDougall Hall is done, and Mr. McWhinnie has the truss supports for the roof ready, so that the work is being pushed rapidly.

VALLEYFIELD: Harvesting is well under way. Considerable quantities of both oats and barley are cut. Indications are that the crop will be up to the average, both in quality and quantity.

 

ILLUSTRATION Erica Taylor

 

100 years ago

Thursday, August 9, 1923

ROUSELLES’S BAKERY: We do not believe in boasting,but let us tell you a few facts about our bread. When the Tedstone bakery was taken over by us we were baking about 1600 loaves of bread per week. Three weeks or so later we changed the recipe for bread making and each week we have increased our bread production. [Although] a bakery opened up in Saint-Anicet, a locality that we were able to supply in summer, [which] has cut off a market for 600 loaves, we are baking between 4,000 and 4,200 loaves weekly. To give one an idea of the amount of bread this is, it would equal a string of bread almost three-quarters of a mile long. As the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so it is in eating “Rousselle’s Bread.”

75 years ago

Wednesday, August 11, 1948

HUNTINGDON: A good attendance was seen at the Holstein dispersal sale held at Elm Curve Farm, owned by D.M. Foster, Huntingdon, Que., on Thursday of the past week. L.E. Franklin was the auctioneer and V.R. Bucklin, Charlotte, Vt., made the highest number of purchases totalling $3,390. The total for the sale was $10,500 with an average price per head of $320. The top-priced animal of the sale, a bull, Luxiana Keyes Dekol Rag Apple, was sold for $1,025 to V.R. Bucklin, and also the top-priced female, Elm Curve Blackbird Rag Apple, was sold for $595.

50 years ago

Wednesday, August 15, 1973

ORMSTOWN: [The] village council, plagued by problems since the suspension of their part-time police force in May, are looking for answers but are finding a solution elusive. “We realize there’s a problem and we’re trying to do something about it,” Mayor Dr. John Whitehard told three men who approached the council to discuss the matter at an August 6 meeting. Ormstown is not undergoing a crime wave but loud cars, motorcycles and rowdy groups of young people roaming the streets in the wee hours of the morning have a number of residents up in arms. “It has been a real problem this year. After the hotels close there are people drinking beer on the streets and throwing bottles until five in the morning,” a storekeeper confided to a reporter.

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