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This Week in Local History – May 26, 2021 – The Review Archives

10 Years ago
Man fighting to have Crown patent recognized
The Review, May 25, 2011 – PLANTAGENET – What if you discovered that a high-profile relative willed you 12,000 acres of land in a Crown patent that was still active today? That is the situation Gilbert McGillivray and his family currently find themselves in. McGillivray recently learned that he is a direct descendant of William McGillivray, a Scotland-born fur trader and political figure in Canada. William had been granted a 12,000 acre Crown patent for land located in Plantagenet for his service in the War of 1812. His direct descendant is now obtaining legal counsel.

25 Years Ago
Alfred College is here to stay – Villeneuve
The Review, May 29, 1996 – ALFRED – The Alfred College of Agriculture and Food Technology will remain self-administered, French-speaking and fairly funded, Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Noble Villeneuve assured the local community at the school’s graduation ceremony last week. The minister sought to allay fears the college will lose its autonomy, in light of talks on the streamlining of agriculture training and research in the province. Locals fear the college could end up being administered from the University of Guelph, the key institution in the discussions.

50 Years Ago
Ayers lay-offs to affect 250 employees
The Review, May 26, 1971 – LACHUTE – Ayers Limited announced last week that general economic conditions have obliged it to curtail its manufacture of cloth, carpet yarns and tufted carpets for an indefinite period. Approximately 250 persons in production, supervision, maintenance and staff are affected by the move. The length of the curtailment is undetermined.

75 Years Ago
Green milk bottles on way?
The Review, May 30, 1946 –TORONTO – Now it’s painted milk bottles. Toronto’s Laboratories suggests that if a green bottle were used instead of the traditional clear-glass container, milk would retain its nutritional value longer. Experiments with riboflavin led to the painted milk bottle idea. Tests have proven milk exposed to sunlight loses its riboflavin fairly rapidly.

100 Years Ago
Montreal murder suspect traced to Vankleek Hill
The Review, May 27, 1921 – VANKLEEK HILL – A chance word dropped in a downtown Montreal Hotel has led to a chase for a suspect in the Jobin murder case. The search is being carried out by a reporter of the Montreal Star and by Detective W. R. Scott of the Broderick Detective Service in Montreal. The trail has already carried the investigation to Vankleek Hill and from that point to Hawkesbury and the surrounding district.

125 Years Ago
Concert at the convent
The Review, May 29, 1896 – VANKLEEK HILL – The young ladies of the convent school are preparing a very nice concert in which all the pupils, even the little tots, will play a prominent part, on Friday, June 5, in the Town Hall. The good sisters with their wonted devotedness and skill, have spared no trouble to make it a very entertaining soiree, so we trust that all the parents and friends will be present at the entertainment and witness the success of their children.

Reid Masson

Reid Masson is a graduate of Algonquin College's Journalism Program. He has over 20 years of experience as a staff writer and editor for various newspapers across Canada, including The Ottawa Citizen and Brockville Recorder and Times.

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