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From The Gleaner Archives June 15, 2022

The old Huntingdon Gleaner building and printing plant on Chateauguay Street is still there, though it has been used for various other purposes since the 1980s. Here is a rendition of its pillared entrance, with the dimensional signage inset into the brickwork above.  ILLUSTRATION Erica Taylor


150 years ago
Thursday, June 20, 1872
MR. FAX BACK AGAIN: The subscriber has much pleasure in informing the people of Durham and vicinity that he has opened … a Tailoring Establishment, which is to be under the sole charge of Mr. Fax, who has returned from Upper Canada.

125 years ago
June 24, 1897
ORMSTOWN: In some sections the wire worm made sad havoc during the wet chilly weather of early June.
DEWITTVILLE: A raffle for a horse was held on Thursday night, which degenerated into a drunken squabble. Two of the visitors had sets of harness cut, and threaten legal proceedings. It ought to be widely known that persons who attend raffles, or who buy raffle tickets, are breaking the law, and are liable to fine or imprisonment.

100 years ago
Thursday, June 22, 1922
ORMSTOWN fair racing: The water is draining off [the track] cleanly and with over fifty horses available, efforts are being made to give them a good chance, if the weather will only clear up for a while. Tomorrow the card will start at one o’clock. The plan last night was to run a four-card event: 2:20 trot and pace, 2:24 trot, Free-for-All, and a farmer’s race.
Complete Baby Outfits at The Baby’s Store, Malone, N.Y. Canadian Money at par.
BEAUHARNOIS: Owing to a child playing with matches and making a little fire for his amusement, the boathouse of his father was burnt to the ground. Fortunately, it stood by itself and so did not endanger any other building and there were no boats in it at the time.

75 years ago
Wednesday, June 18, 1947
THE FARMERS’ BASKET PICNIC will be held Tuesday, July 1, Dominion Day, as usual. Boys and girls get ready for softball. Good prizes. T. Mason Greig, President; David T. Ness, Secretary.
TEXTILE TRADE sees trouble around the corner – Retail stores cut buying – More cottons, rayons arrive from U.S. … Is Canada’s textile industry heading into rough weather? Some signs point that way…

50 years ago
June 21, 1972
GAME FARM nearing date for opening: If you’re in the Hemmingford area in the next few days and see a couple of elephants wandering around, don’t be alarmed. They will be among the first occupants of the African Lion Safari and Game Farm which is scheduled to have its official opening next month.
HUNTINGDON library ready for business [The Little Green Library]: Huntingdon’s new library officially opened its doors Monday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Claude Pilon and MNA Ken Fraser… In a short talk before the ceremony, Mrs. Sarah Raxlen, who has been the guiding light behind the library, said that she was glad the day had come, and she hoped that the library would succeed because it was a “good thing.”



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