150 years ago
Thursday, December 5, 1872
NOTICE: The undersigned wishes to inform the public for their benefit that he is prepared to treat the disease now affecting the horses of the country and has been so destructive in the cities causing death to many. Having attended a council held by the best Veterinary Surgeons in the Dominion, and being an experienced Surgeon in all other diseases that horses are subject to … I could give a thousand references and have had practice for the past 25 years … Mark the words, No cure no charge. Thomas Donohoe, Hendersonville.
[Editor’s note: The disease was “The Great Epizootic of 1872-73,” believed to be equine influenza, which brought North American cities to a halt that winter due to the dependence on horses for transport, trade, and commerce, as well as for fire response and even military action. Cramped, crowded conditions in stables and rail cars allowed for rapid, unchecked spread of the illness. An epizootic is analogous to an epidemic in humans.]
125 years ago
December 2, 1897
VALLEYFIELD: The ocean tugboat Brown, enroute to New Orleans, arrived here Monday on her way down, but could not enter the first lock, as the pontoons on which she floated were too wide. It will take three to four days to fit them so she can proceed through the canal, and by that time it is feared ice will prevent her going farther this season. She is steel built and said to be the best tug ever seen in these waters.
100 years ago
December 7, 1922
ORMSTOWN: A large number of curlers attended the annual meeting held in the Town Hall on Saturday evening as compared with former years, thus showing the active spirit that is to be taken to curling this winter. As Ormstown is the first on the list to play for the Quebec Challenge Cup, now held by the Quebec Club, an effort will be made to get ice made as soon as possible.
GIFTS FOR XMAS: Picture yourself in the quiet and comfort of your own home selecting your Xmas gifts. This is where the Fuller Brush Man comes in. He helps you select appropriate presents for your family and friends. He helps you arrange sets which can be added to from year to year. He delivers the brushes at a convenient time, nicely wrapped in decorated holly boxes already to send or give away.
75 years ago
Wednesday, December 10, 1947
T.B. FUND: “Enclosed you will find $1 for the Christmas Seal Committee. I happened to be one of the many thousands who had help for tuberculosis and I want you to know how thankful I am for the good care I got. I’ve just been home from Sainte-Agathe a little over a year. I’m not yet able to do any work but getting along very nicely. Wished I were able to give more but as soon as I am able to get working, I certainly promise to do my share” [Signature withheld].
HUNTINGDON YOUTH ASSOCIATION: The movie for next Saturday will be a Western titled Cowboy Blues and once again, all children are reminded to bring a friend with them and do not arrive earlier than 2 p.m. because the doors definitely do not open until 2:30 p.m.
50 years ago
Wednesday, December 6, 1972
ORMSTOWN: The Ladies Aux-iliary of the Barrie Memorial Hospital has donated $8,000 to the hospital for the purchase of equipment used for sterilization of surgical tools. The donation is in addition to other funds the organization gives the hospital yearly and was raised mainly from their annual bazaar, tag day at Ormstown Exhibition, and membership fees.
COVEY HILL GULF, a place of towering rock cliffs and windswept pine trees, is unsurpassed in this area as a place of rugged natural beauty. The gulf, bisected by the Canadian-U.S. border at Covey Hill, is thought to have been formed by a glacial waterfall.