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From the Gleaner Archives June 8, 2022, Special Edition

150 years ago
Thursday, June 13, 1872
Ah bonny, bonny maiden, June,
We smile to welcome thee
With rose-wreath’d brow, and birds’ gay tune,
And breath of strawberrie.
We hold thee, June, thee ever dear,
The witching Love Month of the year.

For May is a capricious maid
With loving wilful ways,
But changing, with her storm and cold,
From pleasant, sunny days:
She fills our hands with violets sweet,
But still we haste, thee June, to meet.

For thou art warm and full of fire,
Thy breath perfumes the air,
The loveliest flowers, the earliest fruits,
Are all for thee, the fair.
White roses, roses, white and red,
With glorious beauty wreathe thy head.
Annie L.J.

125 years ago
June 17, 1897
ORMSTOWN: The pastures in some sections are very bare, and many hay fields show poor prospects. The bulk of corn and potatoes was planted two weeks later than usual. … Three-inch pine lumber is being used for sidewalks on the front street.
HOWICK: A game of baseball was played between Howick and Allan’s Corners players on Tuesday, resulting in the Howick boys being winners by a score of nine to six runs.
VALLEYFIELD: The first football match of the season to be played in Valleyfield called out a small crowd Saturday, when the home team met the Metropolitains of Montreal. The result of the match was not satisfactory to either the players or the spectators, for neither team scored a goal during the match. The home team must strike a better gait than they did on Saturday, or Point St. Charles will make quick work of them when they meet on Saturday of this week.PORT LEWIS: The steamboat traffic at this port has been exceptionally good thus far this season. … The new summer hotel is now nearing completion and will be ready for occupation in a few days.
DUNDEE: Between seven and eight hundred logs, taken out of the Lincoln woods, purchased by John Fraser last winter and piled on the banks of the Salmon River, were rafted and towed by the Granada to the mouth of the Salmon on Saturday evening last. The steamer Chaffey takes the raft from there to the sawmill at Lancaster.

100 years ago
June15, 1922
ORMSTOWN: Next week Ormstown will see the largest influx of cattle, horses, sheep and swine that has ever been exhibited here, and if the weatherman is only with us the people will also be here to see Quebec’s largest Livestock show.
RIVERFIELD: Arrangements are being made for the annual Sunday School picnic which is to be held in Mr. Templeton’s grove on June 27.
HOWICK: Moving picture entertainments have been given frequently in the Hall, Howick, by different persons … A machine that will give moving pictures as well as views with slides has been permanently installed by Messrs. S. Rorison and W. Logan, and exhibited for the first time last Saturday night. Views will be given once each week for the present.

75 years ago
Wednesday, June 11, 1947
DANCE, PAUL’S BARN: Every Friday Night. Good Music. Admission: 75c per couple, Extra lady 25c. Refreshments on sale.
BARN DANCE at: L’Omer Dumas, Dumas Range, Ormstown … Music by American Playboys Orchestra. First Dance June 12 to October 30 inclusive/ Admission 55c Tax included.
1947 ORMSTOWN EXHIBITION PROVES ANOTHER SUCCESS: … The usual school parade with floats and band, followed by drills in the arena was an event looked for and waited for by the crowd which began filtering into the grounds as the gates swung open on the 1947 show. It was children’s night so there were quite a number of them on the grounds and in the arena. Naturally the children were quite delighted with the acts that were staged in between the horse show events: The Skating Earls; Green, the ventriloquist and his dummy; Coley Bay, the wonder horse and the Campbell Sisiters. The midway did a great business, and the kids had a real time right up until a late hour.

50 years ago
June 14, 1972
SUPER FASHIONS IN MEN’S WEAR! Labipop Men’s Wear, Plaza K-Mart Mall, Valleyfield. Father’s Day Special: Free tie with any suit purchase. Choice of fabrics: Worsted, Polyester, Immacula, Fortrel, All Wool, Hand Finished. Gift suggestions for Father’s Day: sweaters, robes, slacks, shirts, ties, pyjamas, socks.
HOOK THESE BIG VALUES IN SPIN-CAST RODS and REELS … Viking “570” Beginner’s Luck, $2.89. Algonquin Blanchard “Diplomat” $12.95. Nifty Thrifty Spinning Rods and dependable Spinning Reels [Canadian Tire, Valleyfield].
HOWICK AYRSHIRE ACHIEVES NEW CANADIAN MILKING RECORD: Bryn Mawr Betty’s Fame, a young cow owned by Archie Roy, has smashed the Canadian production record for 4-year-olds. Milking as a junior 4-year-old, she produced 20,633 lbs. milk, 761 lbs. fat in 305 days with BCAs of 256 for milk and 233 for fat. In 365 days, she produced 23,229 lbs milk, 867 lbs. fat.

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