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From The Gleaner Archives June 14, 2023

150 years ago

Thursday, June 19, 1873

TEMPERANCE HOUSE: The subscriber, in compliance with the wishes of a large and respectable number of residents in Huntingdon and vicinity, begs to announce that he has opened a House of Public Entertainment, which, while affording accommodation of the best description to the travelling community, will be conducted on strictly temperance principles. He relies with confidence on the support of the public in his effort to demonstrate that Hotels can be sustained without liquor-selling. Good stabling and every accommodation for transient and other travellers. D. Shanks, Huntingdon.

125 years ago

June 16, 1898

ROCKBURN: The base-ball season opened here on Saturday last with a friendly game by the Huntingdon academy and Rockburn base-ball teams. A pleasing feature of the game was the absence of all wrangling and profane language, which speaks well for the base-ball players of Huntingdon and Rockburn.


Illustration by Erica Taylor


100 years ago

June 21, 1923

GIVE THE YOUNG COUPLE SILVER AS A WEDDING GIFT: Our table silver and hollow ware affords a wide choice of splendid gifts that will last for years. You can choose a single inexpensive piece or a whole set or chest as your purse may permit. In any case the price will be moderate. Wm. G. Webber, Watchmaker and Jeweller, Huntingdon.

VACATION DAYS MEAN NEW CLOTHES: Plan now the pretty sports clothes and frilly dresses that will make your holiday pleasant. Gay frocks for idle days on the river, smart practical costumes for tennis, golf and riding – you can make a whole summer wardrobe for very small outlay if you use McCall Printed Patterns. All the newest, smartest models are shown is McCall styles. All are quickly, inexpensively, and easily made with McCall Printed Patterns, 15c to 45 c. Duffy Bros. Co, Malone.

75 years ago

Wednesday, June 23, 1948

HUNTINGDON: [A] truck accident occurred on the Ridge Road when a truck load of sand was going east on that road and collided with a stationary truck owned by Max Rubenstein. The sand truck was owned by G. Primeau. Mr. Rubenstein and Mr. G. Finnigan were standing beside the truck talking when the sand truck came along and collided with their truck and knocked Mr. Finnegan down. Mr. Finnegan claimed several injuries as a result. The sand truck was quite badly damaged, but the Rubenstein truck received only slight damage. The driver of the Rubenstein truck was Mayer Zips. Traffic Officer C. Robins investigated.

50 years ago

Wednesday, June 20, 1973

FARMER GETS SWEET CROP: Andre Billette, a Huntingdon farmer who lives on the Ridge Road scarcely more than one mile from Huntingdon, is one of a diminishing number of honey producers in the Chateauguay Valley. His apiary consist of 190 hives. The number of bees vary between 125,000 per hive in the Spring to up to 175,000 in July and August.

ANNEXATION SCHEME MAY BE FACT JULY 1: Mayor Claude Pilon hopes the Town of Huntingdon will be larger come Dominion Day, June 1. He said in an interview Monday he believed the formalities in connection with the annexation of part of the Township of Godmanchester to the Town would be completed by that date. So far, no special ceremonies have been planned.

VALLEY RUGBY TEAM…: The Ormstown Saracens, a rugby team made up of area men, is alive and well in its second season. “We’re faring pretty well for a young team,” according to Rod Beattie of Huntingdon, the co-founder. … Last Saturday the Saracens met Westmount at CVR and downed the visitors 14-0 … “We smash each other about on the field but after it’s over both teams go for a beer together and have a good time.”

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