Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | September 15, 2019

Bishop Macdonell Senior School

Back in the mid-1970s, Bishop Macdonell School located on Adolphus Street at Third Street was a senior school, housing just 7th and 8th graders, unlike today.

This photo of Mrs. Joan Martin’s class was taken ca. 1975. Who do you recognize?

So far we’ve identified several of the people pictured:

Monique Martin, Kenny Cox, Kim Lalonde, Brian Shaver, Gary _______, Don Smith, Colleen Dupuis, Joan Martin (teacher)
______________ , Curtis Collins, Gordie Lefebvre, Richard Martin?, Wayne Joseph, David Taillon, Sandra Mitchell
Greg Villeneuve, Joanne Lepage, Robert King, Kevin Blue, ________________, __________________, ________________, David McLeod
_______________, ______________________, Pam Wollinger, Brigitte _________________, Karen Leduc, __________________
Our thanks to David Taillon for allowing us to scan this photo from his elementary school years.
Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | September 4, 2019

The Seaway at 60

Ontario Power Generation’s Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre played host to the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority Management Corporation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration late this afternoon.

Saunders was proud to showcase its growing collection of vintage Seaway art.

About two dozen guests attended the by-invitation event.

The Seaway Authority commissioned Quebec artist Yvon Lemieux to paint four Seaway scenes; the artist was on-hand for the unveiling. Pictured with Lemieux is Terrence Bowles, President and C.E.O. of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority Management Corporation, who invited Lemieux to create the artwork.

The paintings will hang in the Seaway Authority offices at the intersection of Pitt and Second Streets.

Cornwall-born Lionel Chevrier was known to many as “Mr. Seaway” for his role in making the dream a reality. Chevrier’s sons Bernard and Jean represented the family at the event. Chevrier was Minister of transport from 1945-1954, President of the Privy Council in 1957, Minister of Justice from 1963-1964 and British High Commissioner from 1964-1967.

Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for SD&SG, presented a certificate marking the milestone.

The artist as well as the Chevriers were presented with a Seaway 60th Anniversary commemorative coin.

Refreshments included this 60th anniversary cupcake cake.

In this short video clip, Terrence Bowles and Guy Lauzon extend greetings and share a few memories.

In 2018, OPG celebrated the 60th anniversary of the opening of the international power plant at Cornwall.

This summer Post Media Chain posted a series of articles to commemorate The Seaway at 60.

Your Cornwall Community Museum has a large collection of Seaway and Chevrier artifacts, a number of which are on exhibit now.

Closeups of the images which Lemieux was commissioned to create appear below:








Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | September 1, 2019

1978 CCVS Football Championship Jacket

Cornwallite Greg Pollard has visited the Museum twice recently. During his first visit he was inspired by some of the exhibits, including the new school and school swag exhibit, medical exhibit and the budding retail exhibit.

Saturday he returned to donate a few personal and family treasurers to augment our collections.

2019-42.1_Greg Pollard_SignedGreg was a member of the CCVS football team which won the 1978 championship; here is proof that he can still fit into that high school jacket. Yes, we’re envious. Looking good, Greg!

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This was Greg’s Grade 13 “mug shot” in the Mirror ’78 year book.

His submitted profile follows:

Ambition:  Sportsman of the year
Probable Destiny:  Cripple of the year
Cherished Memories:  My 1st punt past the scrimmage line
Nick Name:  The Pod

Poor Greg; he was absent for the team champions photo due to knee surgery.

The yearbook write-up has the following to say:

With the strongest defence in the league and a re-vitalized offence, the C.C.V.S. Golden Raiders again captured the coveted Edward’s Trophy, the symbol of football supremacy in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.  It was the fourth time in five years that the Raiders had emerged as the League champion, a record unparalleled in the school’s distinguished sports history.

Despite major injuries to some key players, the Gold Machine was able to win each of its eight games, a feat which no other championship football team at this school has ever been able to accomplish.  It was the perfect end to a season of hard work for all those involved, especially the graduating members of the team.  With a fine group of players returning next year, the Raiders are looking forward to another winning season during the ’78 campaign.

What’s in your closet? Let us know if you have something to share.

Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | August 25, 2019

Residence – Clothier – Confectioner – Butcher – Dog groomery

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The building at 345 Fifth Street West near the n.e. corner of 5th and Cumberland Streets has witnessed a number of occupants in the past 90 or so years.

The 1933-34 City Directory lists it as a vacant store. In 1937, it is shown as two residential units.

This 1947 receipt indicates that A.J. Clouthier was selling clothing there prior to re-locating to lower Pitt Street.

By 1951, Alcide Vincent operated his grocery store there while living upstairs. By 1959 Vincent still owned the building, but Doug Hall operated a convenience store from the premises. By 1963, the confectionery was operating under the name of West End Handy Store and in 1971 it was Rick’s Handy Store, operated by Richard Hebert.

By 1973, it carried on business under the name of L. Gosselin Meat Market. Until 1985, it was sometimes marketed as Gosselin’s Meat Market, and sometimes as L. Gosselin Meat Market, as illustrated in this 1983 advertisement.

From 1986 until 1990, Rejeanne Leblanc and Janet Miseferi (who grew up in her parent’s home across the street) conducted business there under the name of Butcher’s Block. During 1989, Roger Perras moved in, operating his business as Butchers Meat Shop a.k.a. The Butcher’s Meat Market. After 1990 Roger became the sole business operator there until 1995 at which point the building sat vacant for a few years.

This 1991 photo illustrates that the business was also known as “Butch’s” Meat Shop,

as does this 1993 advertisement.

The Hounds of Cornwall dog groomery closed shortly after this photo was taken in 2018.

Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | August 15, 2019

Wilfrid Laurier – Stormont Liberal Association ribbon

The donor of this Liberal political ribbon was startled to find it among family belongings, since the family was staunchly Conservative.

Wilfrid Laurier defeated Robert Borden, his Conservative rival in the October 26, 1908 federal election with 213 seats (48.9% of the vote). The party held 37 seats in Ontario and 52 in Quebec. It was the first election in which Alberta and Saskatchewan participated as provinces.


Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | August 11, 2019

Stradwick’s Closing after 60 Years

This was Stradwick’s Flooring & More final day of business after about 60 years in Cornwall and at the same 11 Balmoral Avenue location, close to Cornwall’s VIA Rail station.

The building has been sold and the owners are packing it in; no doubt there are mixed emotions after such a long run.

To help the community remember them, this corroplast sign was given to the SD&G Historical Society for its collection of business signs.

This 1966 Stradwick’s invoice was recently donated by Nick Cox.

Our file includes this 1987 newspaper advertisement,

as well as the ad from 1991.

A store representative told us that if any stock remained at the end of the day, it would be donated to a pre-determined charity.







Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | July 27, 2019

Hats off to the Paper Mill

The former Domtar Fine Papers mill at Cornwall issued a great many souvenir ball caps and visors down the years.

This one was issued to commemorate the launch of a new line of paper called Fusion.

Some were to commemorate production and safety milestones and events, such as this 1995 Safety Week cap.

Some of the caps were issued for participation in company recreational activities, such as this Domtar Fish & Game Club cap,

and this cap for the 12th Annual Domtar Tenneco Paper Operations Bonspiel in 1985.

The mill had its share of golfers, too.

The annual Field Day at the company’s property in Apple Hill was always a good time.

These September 7, 1985 Field Day photos are from the Don Smith collection.

Our thanks to Nick Cox and the Ernest Filion, Sr family for a nice selection of this type of head gear.

What Cornwall area memories are loitering in your closet? Let us know what you no longer need and are willing to share.

Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | July 20, 2019

Was that vinyl l.p. made in Cornwall?

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Have you ever wondered how to identify vinyl music records that were made at the former East Front Decca / Compo record factory here in Cornwall? If so, you are not alone. Here are some pointers. For starters, from 1964 until the early 1970s the Cornwall plant used a 1″ pressing ring; note the 1″ circle around the spindle hole. It seems likely that the Compo Lachine plant was using a 1″ ring at an earlier date, but not overlapping with Cornwall. Additionally, Compo did press some l.p. s for Decca in the United States. Below are some examples of Compo records (a few may have been made at the Lachine factory rather than in Cornwall).

    • Decca label, Compo Canada, 1″ pressing ring:

Brenda Lee_Bye Bye Blues_Labelled
Glenn Miller_Story_Labelled
Grady Martin_Roaring 20s_LabelledVarious_We WYaMC_Labelled

    • MCA Decca label, Compo Canada, 1″ pressing ring:


    • United Artists label, Compo Canada, 1″ pressing ring:

Sunday and Me_Jay and the Americans_Labelled

    • Everest label, Compo Canada, 1″ pressing ring:


  • Others:

Note that records pressed by Decca in London, England bear a slightly larger pressing ring mark:


Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | June 17, 2019

The Horovitz Legacy Lives On

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This afternoon we received visitors representing three generations of descendants of Cornwall’s longest-serving mayor, Aaron Horovitz. Aaron’s daughter, Barbara Wetstone who resides in Farmington CT, was accompanied by her son Brad, his wife Caryn and their two young sons, Reed and Will, from Alameda CA. While visiting family in the Montreal area, Barbara wanted to make a side trip to Cornwall to reconnect with her roots.

Wetstone_McGimpseysThe family stopped by the old Horovitz homestead on Second Street West next to Memorial Park. Current owners, Bill and Darlene McGimpsey, were only too happy to take time out of their workday to provide a personal tour of the well-appointed house.

Wetstone_BC and BarbMayor Bernadette Clement rearranged her schedule in order to extend official greetings from the City of Cornwall (see our video clip below).

The mayor joined the tour of the home, enjoying hearing Barbara recall the days of her Cornwall youth and of how much the house retains its early charm.

The Wetstone’s next stop was at the Cornwall Community Museum; there they were treated to an exhibit (pictured below) that included photos and commemoratives of Aaron’s time as Cornwall’s mayor, his famous annual Mayor’s Picnic and Parade (pictured above), his involvement in creating Cornwall’s historic Roosevelt Bridge, old family vacation photos and more.

Wetstone_Barb and Brad

Wetstone_KevinBefore resuming their journey, the Wetstones were presented with some official Cornwall swag by Cornwall Tourism’s Kevin Lajoie.

Aaron and his brother arrived in Canada from Romania in 1910, relocated to Cornwall the following year and operated the highly successful Cornwall Pants and Prince Clothing in Cornwall. He served his community (1930-34, 1936, 1944-46, 1949-56) at a time when the mayor’s job was considered part-time; Aaron chose not to draw his salary and was known for his generosity. He is considered Canada’s first Jewish mayor.

DanielleIn 2017, the City resurrected the once hugely popular Mayor’s Picnic for the City’s Victoria Day Monday celebrations during the Canada 150 celebrations. During that event, another Horovitz family member, Danielle Rosen, attended the Museum to conduct some research for her thesis. She too was treated to a homestead tour by the McGimpseys and introduced to the community at the band shell in Lamoureux Park. The Standard-Freeholder ran a feature article; Danielle is pictured above with her mom, Melanie Rosen.

Please follow this LINK to view a blog post on Aaron Horovitz.

Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | June 10, 2019

Hard to imagine this was downtown Cornwall

A certain family immigrated to our city in 1849, after the potato famine. They established a downtown general store. As can be seen in these photographs taken by a local commercial photographer, the rear of the property included a “courtyard”, two barns and a livery stable.

The family lived above the store; an elevated walkway connected their residence to one of the barns. The building’s main floor later housed other businesses with residential tenants above, but has since been demolished.

Have you been able to figure out the location and the family?

church CR_WMThis photo spills the beans; the property is southwest of (behind) St. John’s Presbyterian Church on First Street; note the church spires which have since disappeared from the structure and much of the property is part of the municipal parking lot known as Warrington-Brown, accessible from 39 First Street East, from Pitt Street and via St. John’s Lane on Second Street East.

The Warrington family later relocated to 226 Adolphus Street. We appreciate Warrington descendant Herb Malcolmson agreeing to lend us the above photos for scanning in order to share them with you.

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These two more contemporary photos, shared on a garage band site, reveal that in the 1960s, 21 First Street East was the apartments above a once popular teen alcohol-free dance club at 23 First Street East. Previously Lalonde’s Dry Goods operated there in the 1950s. Back in 1849 this was the site of the Warrington general store and family home.

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23 1st St E_1978

This 1978 view from Pitt Street shows what still remained of the area just prior to the creation of the Cornwall Square. This photo is from Dr. Margaret Macaulay’s collection.

23_WarringtonNotice that Kastner’s added a second storey and increased their footprint.




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