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From The Gleaner Archives May 31, 2023

150 years ago

June 5, 1873

The steamer JENNIE will leave Port Lewis every Tuesday and Friday at 4 o’clock p.m., to connect with the evening train for Montreal, and will leave Coteau Landing for Port Lewis every Wednesday and Saturday on the arrival of the train that leaves Montreal at 5 p.m.

THE POETRY OF GARDENING: It is all very pretty to think of. A garden, with its flowers, and trees, and humming bees, gives an air of poetic beauty to any homestead, but think not, oh lady visitors, who admire the charming bed of phlox, or ridge of early corn, while you criticize our rough unfinished pathways, that there is any magic but that of faithful labour can make our “wilderness to blossom as the rose.” There is nothing romantic in the application of the black well-rotted manure, that forms a necessary part of garden poetry; neither the society of slugs and worms particularly pleasant, although the children find “good in everything” by hoarding them up carefully to “catch fish.” … Yes, reader, who deems a garden all poetry, there is the secret of success – “hoe back to the other end,” and, faster than the flowers, and vegetables, will come the chickweed, the burdock, the dandelion, and all the tribe of weeds that wander at their own sweet will over the length and breadth of well-kept garden-plot. … Then there is purslane … a “fat, ground-clinging, spreading, greedy thing”  that if it once enters your Eden is as hard to eradicate as original sin.

125 years ago

June 2, 1898

HOWICK: This place has quite a corps of bicyclists, who take advantage of our hard, smooth clay roads to spin around the country.

AT THE NORTON CREEK CREAMERY 18,000 lbs of milk were taken in on Monday, and 9,000 lbs at the creamery at [Sainte-Martine]. Farmers continue to prefer sending their milk to make butter.

100 years ago

Thursday, June 7, 1923

GREAT ENTRY FOR ORMSTOWN STOCK SHOW: The Mount Victoria Stock Farms of Hudson Heights are bringing over the delight of the children, the Shetland Ponies. These ponies are in the pink of condition, and the youthful rail birds will have their hands full selecting the winners next week.

ILLUSTRATION Erica Taylor

 

FORD ROADSTER TRIES TO CLIMB LOWER BRIDGE: They say a Ford can go anywhere, but it can’t climb to the top of the lower bridge, as some young men found to their sad experience. A Ford roadster coming from the south side of Henderson Street ran onto the Lower Bridge, Huntingdon, Sunday night, but the steering of the driver was eccentric and instead of making the wide roadway the Ford hit the ironwork nearest the sidewalk and climbed its length into the air and then toppled over. The car was filled to overflowing with young people and it was fortunate that all escaped without serious injury … The car, while damaged, was not put out of commission.

75 years ago

Wednesday, June 2, 1948

HUNTINGDON: Race Track Assured for Fair: Land purchased, work to begin in two weeks. After several meetings between officials of the Huntingdon Agricultural Society and the Huntingdon Driving Club, it was finally decided on Monday night to purchase land to build a race track for Huntingdon Fair.

LUNCHED SERVED AT ORMSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL: The new School Lunch Room at Ormstown High School opened for service on Wednesday, May 26… Miss Eardley-Wilmot is Dietician in charge of menu planning, purchasing and accounting; while Mrs. Nelson Hooker is in charge of the kitchen. As this is a school enterprise, the students assist daily in class groups. These groups assume charge of Management, Food Preparation, Service and Clean-up. The new kitchen is complete. It has been built in what was formerly a basement store-room. … The charge for meals is 25 cents and family groups in which there are more than one pupil will be charged 20 cents each…. Sample menu: Tomato Juice/Sausages, Mashed Potatoes/Chocolate Pudding/Bread and Butter/Milk.

50 years ago

Wednesday, June 6, 1973

WHEN YOUR WHIMMEY WON’T DIDDLE: Whirligigs acting up? Your whimmey won’t diddle? Don’t despair, a membership in Huntingdon’s Little Green Library can rectify both situations. How to Make Whirligigs and Other Folkcraft Objects is but one of a variety of new books available at the public library on the second floor of Huntingdon Academy on King Street.

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