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From The Gleaner Archives June 1, 2022

150 years ago
Thursday, June 6, 1872
Just now the fields are yellow with the bloom of the “London taraxacum” that makes the whole scenery brilliant with their gleaming rays. If they did not sow the fields so thickly with their downy seeds, the farmers would not object to their beauty, for they are said to act medicinally upon the cattle. Grooms give them to horses that their coats may become sleek, and I have read a flock of weakly lambs turned into a meadow of these yellow flowers, and in a very short time, eating and contending for the delicate morsel, until the field was cleared of every blossom, the lambs became healthy. … Annie L.J., Chateauguay Basin, May 24.
WOOL WANTED! The highest price, in cash, paid for good clean Wool, at the Valleyfield Woollen Mills.
HAY WANTED: All parties having hay to dispose of in any quantity, from five-hundred weight to fifty tons, deliverable in this village, are informed that they can hear of a cash purchaser at the highest market price, on applying to Mr John Hunter, Merchant, village of Huntingdon.

125 years ago
June 3, 1897
The Chateauguay was high yesterday and today, almost at rafting pitch.
ORMSTOWN: Scholars of the academy are undergoing the examination required by the Quebec board under the direction of Rev Mr Morison and Mr Fred Kee assisting.
In some sections ice was seen early on Tuesday morning. Farmers are now planting corn and potatoes.
On Sunday morning, at 2:30 o’clock, Mrs Scott was aroused from sleep by loud thumping at her front door. Two fellows were trying to force the door. On her appearing, they ran to their buggy, first breaking a window with some weapon.
SAINT-STANISLAS: A pretty severe shock of earthquake was felt here a few minutes after ten on the night of the 27th.
We have a good opening here for a tinsmith and a shoemaker, either of whom would do well. Cannot promise a bonus.
FRANKLIN CENTRE: The earthquake Thursday night was thought to be the most severe ever felt in this section, and is getting credit for the cold, unseasonable weather experienced since.

100 years ago
June 8, 1922
BEAUHARNOIS: There seems to be more vacant houses than usual along the lake shore this year. Why this should be no one seems to know.
SAINT-CHRYSOSTOME: Joseph Hebert, butter maker of this village has acquired the butter factory of Joseph Henry situated at Norton Creek.
HEMMINGFORD: At present there are two ice cream parlours in town and rumour has it there are to be more.
ATHELSTAN: A visit to the Athelstan creamery this week shows how rapidly Mr. Gardner is getting his business back to normal. A new butter churn is now being installed and should be ready for use shortly.

75 years ago
Wednesday, June 4, 1947
Three Boys Charged with Alleged Theft From Caboose: Some time ago a freight car loaded with beer in transit to Yonkers. N.Y., was passing through the Huntingdon railway yards and was being bonded and so sealed before crossing the International Boundary Line. When the car arrived at Malone it was noted that the car door seal had been broken, the door was ajar, and some beer removed. Upon investigation it was believed the tampering with the car took place in Huntingdon. When the car was unloaded at Yonkers it was found three cases had been stolen. When one of the railway employees was checking cars on the railway sidings he noticed a boy, who would be in his teens, near a railway fence and a bush, drinking out of a bottle that might be beer. Upon investigating, the railwayman found a group of lads heading for the bush. Upon returning to the railway station, he reported his observations to the agent and the two men started out on an investigation and behold they found a hole covered over with hay or brush and in the hole were two empty beer cases.
BLAME IT ON THE SUNSPOTS – Increased Rash on Old Sol Promises Dull, Wet Weather: Astrophysicists at Ottawa’s Dominion Observatory “shot” the sun, and their photographic plate showed Old Sol to be as spotty as a small boy with measles.

50 years ago
Wednesday, June 7, 1972
HEMMINGFORD AREA: Residents note increased activity around the “wild animal farm” these days. No lions or tigers or such are in evidence yet, but work has been resumed on the enclosures.
ELGIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH will again benefit from the annual Elgin Horse Show Saturday, June 24. The event is now the largest individual horse show in Huntingdon County … 100 per cent of the proceeds of the day go to the church building fund.

BELL HIKES RATES: old Mother Bell announced a week ago today that her services would cost clients 5 per cent more … Bell Canada’s rates range from 20 to 30 cents monthly for individual residence lines, 35 to 85 cents for individual business lines and 5 cents on extension phones. The Canadian Transport Commission also authorized a 6-per-cent increase on such auxiliary services as switchboards and push-button telephones.

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