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From The Gleaner Archives September 8, 2021

150 years ago
August 17, 1871
Miscellaneous Western Rural
A correspondent asks if it is necessary to furnish his sheep with water. We answer, yes. Not that they will not live without it, for we have known them to be without drinking for a month, and apparently suffer but little if any inconvenience. But we have also noticed that where they have access to good, pure water, no animal resorts to it with more regularity, or partakes of it with more seeming satisfaction. Especially do we think it important that ewes with unweaned lambs should have water within easy reach. We speak of good pure water; for not only sheep, but all other animals, are only injured by the poisoned, stagnant water afforded by ponds and holes during the hottest season; and if they have to die, we don’t know but it had as well be by thirst as equally sure method of poison.

120 years ago
August 15, 1901
On August 8, while the mixed train was running from Hemmingford to Saint-Isidore, the engineer perceived something on the track which looked like a bundle of hay. When within 100 yards it was seen to be a man with a bicycle on top of his body, and the train being a heavy one, all efforts to stop it in time were futile, and the driving wheels passed over the body completely severing the legs at the hips. On stopping the train, the body was found to be that of a young man named Laplante, about 22 years of age, living near Saint-Michel, and who had left Saint-Remi an hour before in an intoxicated condition. The poor unfortunate was placed on the train for conveyance to the hospital and Dr. Taylor of Mooers administered a hypodermic injection, but death ensued before reaching Saint-Constant. A coroner’s jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts, exonerating the train hands from any negligence.

90 years ago
August 19, 1931
72 men take part in Huntingdon bowling tournament Saturday
True to form, the Valleyfield bowlers edged out victorious at the bowling tournament held in Huntingdon on Saturday. The tournament was made possible and brought about through the presentation made to the Huntingdon Bowling Club of a suitable trophy for such a competition by Martin B. Fisher, MLA. Much credit for the success of the tournament is due the tournament secretary J.A. Lanktree, and to the club president D.L. Kelly. It would be erroneous to pass by G. Cecil Stark who so materially assisted both the aforementioned in making the preparations for the day of days in the interest of lawn bowling in Huntingdon during this season.

60 years ago
August 16, 1961
Armand Brunet observes 50th year in monumental business at Ormstown
Probably one of the oldest monumental works in this particular area is celebrating an anniversary this year: this is the monument works of Armand Brunet at Ormstown, Que. The anniversary is one which marks fifty years of operation by Mr. Armand Brunet. However, the business was established before his taking over, by his father, Gonzague Brunet, which would be about 77 years ago. Mr. Armand Brunet went into the business with his father in 1911 and worked with his father until he died in 1925. It is a far cry today to those olden days, when all work was done by hand labour. When Mr. Brunet entered the business, the raw stone was bought at the quarries and sent to Ormstown, where this stone was worked up into the monuments that were sold for tombstones and such.

30 years ago
September 18, 1991
Rabies prevalent throughout entire Chateauguay Valley
Wild animals carrying the deadly rabies virus continue to be found in communities of the Southwest Quebec region, most recently in Havelock and Franklin. Over the past year, The Gleaner has reported on people, pets, and livestock coming in contact with rabid animals in all points of the Chateauguay Valley. Gerald Beaudoin, mayor of Havelock, received a notice from the Huntingdon office of Agriculture Canada which confirmed that two cases of rabies had been found in his municipality. He says many citizens act surprised. Vaccinating pets against rabies is one preventive step that can be taken.

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