This Week in Local History – June 22, 2022 – The Review Archives – 1972 – Strawberry Social and Dairy Princess Contest – 1922: New cigarette tax encourages pipe smoking

10 years ago
Bust of a $2.5 million culture in St-Eugene
La Revue, June 20, 2012 – ST-EUGÈNE – Three men were arrested by the Ontario Provincial Police on June 14, in connection with a marijuana grow operation on Labrosse Street in St-Eugene, where a commercial building was used to produce a large amount of cannabis, valued at $2.5 million. A search of the building resulted in the seizure of 2,573 marijuana plants, 36 grams of solid cannabis resin (hashish), 784 grams of cannabis buds and equipment used in the production of marijuana.

25 years ago
Vankleek Hill celebrates two milestones
The Review, June 25, 1997 – VANKLEEK HILL – All roads will lead to Vankleek Hill this weekend for the culmination of the city’s bicentennial and centennial celebrations. Homecoming weekend activities will commemorate the 200e anniversary of the arrival of Simeon Vankleeck, the city’s first settler, and the centenary of the city’s incorporation.

50 years ago
Annual Strawberry Social and Dairy Princess Contest
The Review, June 21, 1972 – VANKLEEK HILL – The annual Strawberry Social and Prescott County Dairy Princess competition will feature well-known country and western singer Dusty Hill, as well as the dancing Donovan sisters, the Smith family, the Nixon family, the Chorus Prescott County Public School and many more. According to our source, the strawberries, cake and ice cream will be excellent this year.

75 years ago
Five young people drown on the Ottawa River
La Revue, June 26, 1947 – GRENVILLE – Five youths drowned on Sunday afternoon when the canoe in which they were paddling the Grenville Canal was swept away by the rapids of the Long Sault. The drowned were Donald Chapman, 18, of Hawkesbury; Gene Groulx, 19, of Hawkesbury; Robert (Bobby) Reeves, 21, of Grenville; Jeannine Roy, 19, of Hawkesbury; and Aline Cousineau, 18, of Vankleek Hill. The dinghy was found overturned near Greece’s Point at 9.30am on Sunday evening.

100 years ago
The cigarette tax causes pipe smoking and increases the price of cheese
The Review, June 23, 1922 – VANKLEEK HILL – Have you noticed how many young people are smoking pipes lately? The new cigarette tax may make a difference, but will the change last? Cheese is a good price and crops look good, making Prescott County farmers happier than they have been since Mr. Binette was elected by the The Moose Lawyer.

125 years ago
95 cents to Ottawa and back
The Review, June 25, 1897 – VANKLEEK HILL – On Jubilee Day, June 22, the Canada Atlantic will sell excursion tickets to Ottawa and return the same day for 95 cents. A special will leave Ottawa in the evening at 11 p.m., giving day-trippers the opportunity to see the greatest electric spectacle ever seen in Canada. The Parliament buildings will be lit and, in total, the electric lighting will cost about tens of thousands of dollars.

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