Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | April 25, 2017

Joseph Laundrie – a Cornwall Blacksmith

Blacksmith shop in 1923 – 22-A 4th St E

Joseph Laundrie (1879-1966) was a well-known Cornwall blacksmith. He followed the pattern of many of his relatives who lived to their late 80s and 90s. In the 1927 Directory we find him operating at 22-A Fourth Street East and living at 306 7th St. W. The shop appears on the 1916 and 1923 Fire Insurance Maps, but is gone by the time the 1947 map was printed.

Vacant lot now

Today (2017) the property is an access way to a small parking lot behind the Medical Clinic across from City Hall. A decrepit portion of the former Quality First Laundry building still (barely) stands to its west. In its day the shop was quite handy to the Central House Hotel on Pitt Street.

Blacksmith shop in 1923 – 123-A Pitt St

By 1937 we find him living on Pitt Street in the Glebe (site of the Health Unit today) and operating his business at 123 ½ (later identified as 123-A) Pitt Street. Today it is simply a section of the parking lot behind Koala. That building was formerly identified as possessing an address of 34 St. John’s Lane. It was directly behind what had been the Ottawa Hotel (pictured) at 83 (later re-numbered 123) Pitt Street and also a stone’s throw from the Carleton House Hotel on 1st St. E.

Later Joseph moved the family to 829 York Street (extended family pictured in front of the duplex) and finally to 227 8th St. W. Joseph and his wife Rose Anne (McDonald) raised three children: the late Clifford, the late Doris and Gloria.

Prior to making Cornwall his home, Joseph operated blacksmith shops in Bonville and Lancaster, having started his career in Hemmingford working at the James McCanse shop as seen in this photo.

Joseph was the eldest of 10 children of John Laundrie and Julia (Boileau) pictured here. After his mother’s death, Joseph’s father re-married and had another five children with Rose Tyo. The Laundries/Landrys are descendants of the original mid-1600s settlers of Ste. Famille (Ille d’Orleans.)

In April 2017, the SD&G Historical Society became the proud recipient of a donation of several of Joseph Laundrie’s blacksmith tools, including his anvil, punches, hammers and wrenches.

Posted by: Media Manager | April 20, 2017

Canada 150 – Heritage Quilts at 2017 Show

Volunteers have been setting up since 8 a.m. Thursday in anticipation of the largest ever Quilts on the Seaway exhibition, taking place at St. John’s Church in Cornwall (new venue). As seen in this photo, quilts grace most of the pews; additional displays encircle the perimeter of the sanctuary.

Your Cornwall Community Museum is an exhibitor this year with several of our heritage quilts on display in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday; this photo is of our section of the sanctuary. The quilts are amazing. Some of the quilts pre-date Confederation. Please be sure to check us out.

The boutique is greatly expanded this year, with many different types of quilted items, books and supplies available for purchase. An adjacent room features items for baby.

The parish hall is set up with several racks, each one displaying one entire quilt or multiple smaller wall hangings, bags and clothes. The selection includes a number of Canada 150 themed quilts and hangings. Retailers from across the region are also on-site with everything from specialty irons and sewing machines to material and thread (poly and cotton).

The stage showcases an expanded Christmas section this year.

The exhibit is on from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday (April 21, 2017) and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Be sure to vote for your favourites.




Posted by: Media Manager | April 19, 2017

Artifact of the Week – Old Fort Tavern Sign

This historic commercial sign was purchased at a flea market subsequent to the King George Hotel’s demise in 1997. This Old Fort tavern sign also promotes the other King George Hotel taverns: Tropicana Bar and the 4C’s Lounge. Measuring 56 cm x 243 cm, the plastic sign is a considerable size.

The King George Hotel was built as a private residence by Dr. Noah Dickinson in the 1820s. It was never used as a home, but served as the County Court House, barracks, ballroom and concert hall. It became the American House around 1873; then the Balmoral House before at the turn of the 20th century and finally the King George in 1910. The hotel complex was destroyed by fire on Valentines’ Day, 1997.

The establishment was known to accept Canadian Tire money at par for beer.


Posted by: Media Manager | April 17, 2017

Celebrating Canada’s 150th – Heritage Quilts

Your Cornwall Community Museum has compiled a collection of some two dozen quilts, each with a story to tell. Some are family keepsakes; others commemorate aspects of our collective history. And some of them are signature quilts (bearing the names of multiple people who contributed to the making of the quilt.) A number of the quilts pre-date Confederation.

For example, this 6’ by 7’ signature quilt commemorates the sacrifice of those who defended their country during World War II. The centre panel is stitched with the wording: “For King and Country: Canada”, followed by the Union Jack (early Canadian flag), the community name (Morewood), as well as emblems for each area of military service: Army, Navy, and Air Force. Each of the 14 perimeter panels contains an outlined maple leaf surrounded by names of   community members who served; a yellow star beside a name indicates death in battle.

Our second quilt, consisting of 30 different squares, was made ca. 1972. Each person who made a donation has their name on the quilt. The proceeds were used for setting up the library archives.

This Lemon Star quilt was made in Eamer’s Corners in 1825. It has a central extension for the foot of the quilt to be between the posts of the bed frame. There are 37 stars in squares each measuring about. 9 1/4″ x 9″. The edges are protected with an edge sewn to each side.

This machine-sewn quilt was created in 1947, two years before Newfoundland joined Confederation. As such, that province is not included in the hand embroidered map of Canada’s provinces. Also featured are the coat’s of arms of the provinces, along with patriotic poems and a reference to the voyageurs sailing north along the Ottawa River from St. Anne de Bellevue. There are 7 squares across and nine squares down around the rim, laid out beaver/maple leaf/beaver, etc.

In addition to quilted bed covers, our collection also includes quilted clothing. This 1930s era lady’s silk thigh length jacket features a Mandarin neckline. A quilted design is on the sleeves, front and back. A hook closes the jacket at mid-waist. Seams are machine sewn while the lining is hand sewn. The funnel sleeves have a drop shoulder. A label reads: “Aux Galeries Lafayette; Paris; Nice; Londres; Lyon; Mantes; Alexandrie.” Mary Mack bought this jacket in Paris.

In honour of the Canada 150 year of celebrations, this coming weekend we are proud to participate as an exhibitor at the bi-annual Quilts on the Seaway show, this year taking place at a new venue, St. John’s church and halls. Please stop by and visit our exhibit Friday (April 21, 2017) from 10 until 6 and Saturday (April 22, 2017) between 10 and 4.

Bed Turning:  11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day

Remember, please send me your suggestions and historic photos: .

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | April 15, 2017

Artifact of the Week. 1730 Pewter Plate, found in Cornwall.

This pewter plate dated 1730 was found behind the old King George Hotel in 1956 and donated to the Museum at that time by Mrs. B.E. Vining.  23.6 cm in diameter.

The number in the shield touch mark may be 1705.

Sadly this is all the information we have about the plate, any help would be more than welcome.

PS   – Not a year goes by that someone doesn’t bring in some 200 year plus artifact found while during spring yard work in Cornwall’s historic Square Mile.


Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | April 15, 2017

Morrisburg – Waddington Ferry.

The Morrisburg – Waddington Ferry.

Originally named H.C.M. No. 17, this vessel was built in Montreal in 1904 as a grain elevator.

The boat was eventually acquired by the Morrisburg – Waddington Transportation Co., and renamed M.V. Morrisburg and Skippered by Douglas Cassel.

To learn more about this vessel and various ferries that sailed the waters of the St. Lawrence see THE LIVING RIVER – SECRETS OF THE ST. LAWRENCE, from Montreal to Cornwall to Prescott, by Lor Pelton and Ian Bowering, and published by Quarry Press.

In Cornwall the book is only available at the Cornwall Community Museum for $30.  The museum is open Wed. to Sun. 10 am to 4 pm.

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Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | April 15, 2017

The Town Hall Restaurant, Cornwall.

Remember the Town Hall Restaurant, on the southeast corner of Pitt and 2nd? (now Pommier’s parking lot.)

Publican Ray Henstock is shown here in this 1992 “Standard-Freeholder” photograph saluting his patrons with a mug of Guiness.

Ray and his wife Clara renovated the old Colossus in 1992 to give the consuming public a taste of an authentic English pub.  They closed in 1997, but the fish and chips live on at Ye Old English Fish ‘n Chip Shop at 9 1st St. E.

Menu 1992.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | April 13, 2017

Grand Trunk Railway Station – Moulinette; The Raymond Family home, Long Sault.

The Snetsinger Family donated this early 20th century photograph of the Grand Trunk Railway Station at Moulinette in 1979.

The Raymond Family homestead, circa 1908.

The Raymond Family in front of their home on the Canadian side of the Long Sault Rapids.  The home, now gone, remained on the Long Sault Parkway for many years after the drowning of the Rapids.

These are just two of the over 160 historic photographs in book THE LIVING RIVER – SECRETS OF THE ST. LAWRENCE, from Montreal to Cornwall to Prescott, published by Quarry Press, and authored by Lor Pelton and Ian Bowering, available from Quarry Press, or only at the Cornwall Community Museum, now open Wed. to Sun. from 10 am to 4 pm. for $30.



Posted by: Media Manager | April 13, 2017

Cornwall’s Historic Canal (1842-1958)

One of the current exhibits at your Cornwall Community Museum deals with the historic Cornwall Canal.

This photo postcard shows some of the 1898 Canal work under examination.

This Valentine & Sons postcard gives a view of the front of the Canal and the office.

Land and water transportation appear to meet; note the trolley car to the left.

In this colourized postcard, a Canada Steamship Lines vessel is in Lock 19.

This next series of images is taken from an engineering drawing labelled: “Cornwall Canal: Sketch of Gate and Protection, south end of culvert, east of Lock No. 18.”

Front elevation.

Top View of Protection Timbers.

Sectional View.

Top of Gate.

Some Post-Confederation Cornwall Canal milestones 
1869 350′ addition to upper entrance pier at Lock 21, waste weir at Lock 17, dredging above Lock 20
1871/72 Dredging below Lock 21
1874 Recommendation to deepen the St, Lawrence canals, placing Lock 21 abt 1/4 mile above then existing lock
1877 New entrance and work affecting Locks 17 & 18
1884/85 The 1874 recommendations were implemented
1891 Five locks (21) added to Cornwall Canal
1893-98 Sheek’s Island Dams construction
1894 New Locks 18, 19, 20 in use
1897 Original entrance docks converted to dry docks
1899 Improvements at Upper Entrance west of Lock 21
1902-04 Strengthen & widen north bank east of Pitt St
1904 Cedar Rapids Manufacturing & Power Co was incorporated
1905 Improvements affecting Lock 17
1908-06-23 165′ of bank washed out above Lock 18 collapsing ONYR span
1910-11 Construction of cribwork and 660′ concrete approach wall north side upper entrance Lock 17
1911 Level high areas esp. near upper dam below Lock 21
1912-14 Removed 300′ of old north entrance wall below Lock 15 & constructed new wall in new location, tore down & rebuilt south entrance call
1920- Constructed Powerhouse & head race for Cdn Cottons Co
1924-25 Raised banks, roads, walls abt 18″ to 2′ above the Guard Gate to Lock 21
1934- Constructed 14′ canal to by-pass the Long Sault Rapids
1958-06-30 Officially closed after rapids drowned and Seaway opened
1967 Harbour opened
1971-11-01 Parts of the Canal were filled in

This is but a sampling of the many Cornwall memories preserved at your Cornwall Community Museum and Archives.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | April 7, 2017

Knights of Columbus, Council 755, Cornwall.

Ontario Council 755 of the Knights of Columbus received its charter November 29, 1903.  The original members were the Rev. George Corbet, John McDougald, Edward O’Callaghan, T.E. Donihee, J.T. Lacroix, J.E. Tallon, J.M. Brouillette, O.T. MacDonald, John A. Chisholm, J.E. Chevrier, Dan P. Tobin, Wm. Brady, W.G. MacDonald, W. Fitzgibbon, Frank Lally, Angus Lalonde, Dr. W.B. Cavanagh, D.J. McDonell, Curtis T. Deruchie, N.B. Boulger, W.F. Donihee, Dr. P.J. Maloney, James E. McDonald, J.P. Cavanagh, J.M. McDonald, Wm. Pendergast, J.A. Sauriol, Archie McKinnon, J.J. Broderick, Oscar LeBlanc, W.J. Derochie, Edmond M. Galvin, J.C. Broderick, B. Leclair, J.P. Gormley, W.C. Burns, Dr. M. Gallivan, D.J. Gillies, J.F. O’Neil and Alex Langlois.

Ontario’s third Council, it grew to have the largest membership (over 1,250) in the province.  Counting several Cornwall mayors in its ranks since its formation, its most famous members included the Hon. Lionel Chevrier, MP Albert Lavigne, MPP Peter Manly, Brigadier-General Michael S. Dunn, Lt.-Col. A,G.F. Macdonald, mayors Angus Lalonde, Frank Lally, L.G. “Archie” Lavigne and J.A. Chisholm, to name only a few.

K. of C. installation of officers, 1956 – 57, Council 755.

Standing to the left:  L.G. Lavigne, Grand Knight, seated L to R, past Grand Knight L.T. Lawson, trustee, A. Adams, Deputy Grand Knight G. Murray, financial sec. H. Earle, Chancellor Rev. R.J. MacDonald, D.P. and trustee, A. Quig.

Standing, L to R, Inside Guard N. Villeneuve, trustee J. Piquette, Advocate C.J. Leorux, Warden T. Lussier, treasurer, H. Shields, recorder, D. MacMdonald, lecturer, E. Bourgeois, outside guard, A. Varin, The Chaplain, Rev. F.E. Lefebvre was unable to attend the installation.  Photo donated by L.G.”Archie” Lavigne.

Gabriel O’Brien, left is congratulated by Grand Knight Gerald Villeneuve standing, (Council 755) and Lawrence Lalonde, right, deputy grand knight, on his selection as 1994 “Knight of the Year,” for his outstanding service and dedication.  Photo, Sultan Jessa, “Standard-Freeholder” collection.

Jean-Guy Gauthier, followed by Angele Papineau, leads the Knights of Columbus and the Daughters of Isabella down Montreal Road as part of the June 1988 Marian Devotions, in the honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A postcard depicting the Park House, Cornwall’s tallest home, now the home of Council 755 of the Knight’s of Columbus.

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