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From The Gleaner Archives October 20, 2021

150 years ago
Thursday, October 26, 1871
Plough Repairing
At the solicitation of many Farmers in this vicinity, who have heretofore at a loss of time and of money, had to go a distance to get their ploughs repaired, the subscriber has left Messrs Gillies & Boyd and opened a shop in the village of Huntingdon, at which he will devote himself particularly to the repairing and setting of Iron Ploughs. Having served an apprenticeship to this branch of the blacksmith business, and had long experience at it, he believes he will give general satisfaction, and hopes to enjoy a fair share of the public patronage. He has now on hand a few excellent new Iron Ploughs for sale. He will be prepared at all times to also do all kinds of general blacksmith work, including horse shoeing.

120 years ago
October 31, 1901
The Ladies Aid Society of St. Paul’s church provided a very sociable evening last Monday in McDougall Hall, and a company of young people, as well as some that are not young, spent two hours in enjoyment that never flagged for a moment. Games and social intercourse so filled up the time that no room was found for literary and musical items that had been provided. The cakes were toothsome and the tea and coffee refreshing, and the ladies added over $10 to their funds. The fine weather, so favourable for ploughing and other fall work, caused that few were present from a distance, being no doubt too fatigued to care to go out in the evening.

90 years ago
Wednesday, October 21, 1931
New Consolidated School was opened at Howick
With well over four hundred adults and upwards of 150 children, all interested in the matter of education, gathered in the new Protestant Consolidated School in Howick on Friday evening. The purpose of the gathering was to mark the opening of the new school, which is the fourth school to be erected for the Protestant population in Howick. The new school was made necessary on account of school consolidation being approved last year. Seven rural schools have been closed. The Howick Model School, which now forms a part of Howick Consolidated School, was erected and opened 19 years ago. With the opening of this new school we once more see a further advancement made in the way of education, for in it the pupils can be taught the eleven grades, fitting the scholars to enter McGill University.

60 years ago
October 25, 1961
Legion Holds Successful Military Whist
A satisfactory enjoyable Military Whist was staged at the Legion Hall, on Thursday evening, October 19, by the Ladies Auxiliary of Huntingdon Branch No. 81, Royal Canadian Legion. In charge of the general arrangements were Mrs. Merle Ferry (convener), Mrs. Winifred Napier (vice-convener), and Mrs. Edith Thompson, members of the Ways and Means Committee, together with Gordon D. Ferry as M.C. of the card games. Refreshments were prepared and served by Mrs. Linn Cunningham (convener), Mrs. Wilber Arthur and Mrs. W. Middlemiss (Sr.), members of the Refreshment Committee. Also in assistance to both committees was Mrs. Ruth McIntyre, president of the Ladies Auxiliary. First prize team was Harold Arnold, Mrs. W.J. Arnold, James Arnold, and Ed Simpson.

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