Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | June 7, 2018

Quality First Laundry & Cleaners – final cleanup?

In 1906 Quality First Steam Laundry opened shop at 16 Fourth Street East.

Old Fire Insurance Plans reveal that a number of small businesses were in close proximity, including a popular blacksmith shop – some info on the blacksmith shop can be found at this LINK.

Ownership of the laundry changed hands.

And then again.

In 1942 the operation employed 11 women and 4 men.

This 1971 newspaper advertisement reveals the attractive plate glass store front; the store featured “electronic” dry-cleaning.

Likewise, this 1987 newspaper advertisement gives us a view of the store front and yet other owners.

Two years later the business closed its doors for the final time. The front shop disappeared from the streetscape some time ago, while the back of the building functioned as an automobile repair shop for a time.

These 2016 images reveal an area of the downtown very much in need of a re-birth.

The past few days the property has been undergoing what appears to be a demolition and salvage operation. What is to become of this property – has anyone heard?






Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | March 25, 2018

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Ltd

155 Pitt_AP_scrap0083_1960This December 1960 image shows the old A&P groceteria at 155 Pitt Street with window signs announcing the store’s imminent closure and the subsequent grand opening of its new modern store at 814 Sydney Street.

AP 1961_Farm Boy 2018_webIn this fantastic January 1961 Marcel Quenneville image we see the new A&P store’s official opening; the photo below Quenneville’s is mine [Don Smith’s] from today showing Farm Boy now in the same venue.

Rurban CRFarm Boy got its start in a section of the former Powdrell and Alexander curtain factory at Cumberland and Fourth Street. Rurban now calls that location home. Do you or someone you know have photos of the Bellemaire’s original farm market at that Cumberland Street location? If so, please e-mail me at .


Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | March 16, 2018

Calico Ball, invitation, Iroquois, 1886.

This invitation to the Calico Ball, printed on calico was sent to Ira Carman.

The Museum acquired this artifact in 1994.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | March 15, 2018

Chesterville, Ontario, – historic images.

ccThe archives at the Cornwall Community Museum has an extensive document and photograph collection of material from Stormont and Dundas Counties, this is a small sample of our holdings regarding Chesterville.

The Dominion House (Hotel) was established by Matthew Flynn at the time of Confederation.  Before World War I, it was operated by  Thomas. Flynn, located on Main St., the telephone number was “9”.  The three storey hotel had 25 rooms.  It was patronized “by the best citizens of Chesterville and vicinity.  “Stables and sheds for farmers and others were located in the rear of the hotel.”Located opposite the CPR Station, the enterprise was incorporated in Oct., 1907.  “They are manufacturers of Royal Condensed Milk and Imperial Evaporated Cream.  Royal Condensed Milk is produced in the celebrated Chesterville District of Dundas Co., Ont., dairy products from which district won the highest awards at the World’s Fair Chicago.  This brand owes its fine quality to the freshness and purity of fresh milk or cream.  It makes a perfect and naturally complete food for infants, nursing mothers, invalids and aging people, or anyone troubled with weak digestion…”

This Edwardian era postcard shows the bridge over the Nation River at Chesterville.

The postmark on this card is dated 1907.  The horseshoe is a symbol for good luck.

A late 19th century sepia cabinet card by Chesterville photographer M. Flynn.

The Honourable Fred McIntosh Cass, one of Chesterville’s most prominent 20th century citizens.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | March 14, 2018

Stanley Island, Maxville, Cornwall historic postcards for sale!

A R. & O. Steamer leaving Stanley Island.  $5.00 only.

If you are interested in historic SD & G and Cornwall postcards be sure not to miss this sale.  Price below ebay, the Cornwall Community Museum is featuring historic postcards in its bookroom, open 11 am to 4 pm Wed. to Friday throughout March and Wed. to Sun. 11 to 4 pm  from April.

Information:  613 936-0280 or

The world famous Algonquin Hotel, Stanley Island.  This Edwardian era postcard is available for $5.

Jealous?  Bathers in the St. Lawrence off Stanley Island.

If you want read more about the Algonquin, and the history of the St. Lawrence between Lachine and Prescott be sure to obtain a copy of SECRETS OF THE ST. LAWRENCE, only available for $30 at the Cornwall Community Museum, only 10 left.

Along with this book the Museum’s bookroom also has a selection of out of print local histories.

Edwardian Hamilton Island, postcard for sale.

Edwardian Main Street.  For sale.

The Great Fire, Pitt Street, Cornwall, August 7, 1933.  A bargain at only $5.

Cornwall’s old fort, aka Fort Augustus.  When you open the card up it reads “Oh Joy, Cornwall is the best town in Canada.”  $5.

Cornwall Public (Central) School.

This is just a small selection available at the Cornwall Community Museum.


Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | March 12, 2018

CORNWALL and SD & G history for sale.

No history of Glengarry County can be considered complete without this book.  Author Rayside documents the other Glengarry, a poignant counter to the heroic Glengarry Myth.

It is possible that you may never have heard of this book, as Glengarry booksellers actually sold it under the counter in a brown bag when it was released in 1991.

This rare second hand edition is now available only at the book room at the Cornwall Community Museum for $20 (original price $40).

The museum is open throughout March, Wed. to Friday, 11 am to 4 pm, call 613 936-0280, or email

The perfect book for the Revolutionary military enthusiast. Softcover, originally $15, now $5.

Cornwall International Bridge, construction of the North Side, April 8, 1898.  The construction, collapse, and repair of the international bridge system was captured in a series of photographs by J.A. Noe of Cornwall.

The south span of the International bridge between New York State and Cornwall Island, the day it collapsed claiming 15 lives, Sept. 6, 1898, photograph, J.A. Noel.

To see more rare photographs and histories of Cornwall’s two bridge disasters be sure to obtain a copy of  THE LIVING RIVER – SECRETS OF THE ST. LAWRENCE only at the bookroom at the Cornwall Community Museum.  Cost:  $30.

If you follow this page, you will remember that by some strange twist of fate, the book was withdrawn, lost and then found in a storehouse in Surrey BC.  We were able to obtain some copies and now with Ian’s imminent retirement only have ten left.  Once these are gone, that is it.

South span repairs, Sept. 30, 1898.

A circus parade led by elephants lumbers through Cornwall, late 19th century.

Have you heard the story about the elephant that tried to swim across the St. Lawrence at Cornwall?

If not, be sure to obtain a copy of THE LIVING RIVER SECRETS OF THE ST. LAWRENCE, while available.



Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | February 23, 2018

Chuck Charlebois – Mr. Renaissance

Our followers may be interested in these political campaign items, which give some insight into Chuck Charlebois’ personal involvement in the community from years ago.

Our condolences to Mr. Charlebois’ family on his passing.

Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | February 22, 2018

Your Museum: Five Year Review


Your Community Museum:
Some Five Year Facts & Figures

Since 1954 the City of Cornwall in partnership with the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Historical Society have proudly worked together to preserve and promote Cornwall’s rich and proud heritage.  The City maximizes this partnership with the Historical Society by contracting them to operate a Museum in the City-owned Wood House at a substantial saving every year through staffing and management and by using the Society’s ability to attract grants from senior levels of Government (12 in the last five years along and over 160 in the last 40 years).  The Historical Society is also able to attract substantial financial support from the community at large.  In addition the Society “lends” the collection to the City for our Community Museum.

As a result of this positive partnership, the Historical Society has been able to raise our museum to National Museum status and build a collection of provincial and national significance.

City Funding: $536,613
Society and Senior levels of government: $115,417

The Historical Society has contributed 21%.
Including the value of volunteers and in-kind, the Society’s contribution rose to 29%.
Add in the value of the artifacts, the Society contribution soars to 41%.

Volunteers: 177      Hours: 1879       Donors: 320       In-kind: $24,000

Over these Past Five Years there were 50 + Partnerships including:
1812 Alliance Group, Canada 150 celebrations, Condo Board (former YM/YWCA), Cornwall Arts Board, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Cornwall General Hospital Nursing school alumni, Cornwall Lions Club, Cornwall Rotary Club, Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Cornwall Tourism, Cornwall Waterfront, Cotton Mill Project, Downtown BIA, Economic Development, Friends of the Cornwall Public Library, Heart of the City,Group Renaissance, Jane’s Walks, Kinsmen Club, Kinette Club, Le Village B.I.A., Lift-off committee, Newcomers Club, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Sears Employees, Seaway Valley Quilters’ Guild, South Dundas, Sunrise Rotary; Transition Group, United Counties of SD & G, Winter Carnival

Historical Societies/Archives Partners these Past Five Years:

  • Brant County HS
  • Dalkeith HS
  • Glengarry HS
  • Glengarry Archives
  • Heritage Cornwall
  • Lennox & Addington
  • Lost Villages
  • Soc. Gen. St. Laurent (Cornwall)
  • National Museum-Ottawa
  • Ontario Heritage Foundation
  • Ontario Historical Society
  • Ottawa HS
  • Public Archives
  • SD & G Highlanders Museum

Recent Partnerships:
During the summer of 2017, we happily shared some space:
Educational Outreach:Slide10
Books were published to benefit the community:
We Couldn’t do it without the community:

To show your support and interest in preserving our rich and proud heritage, you may express your interest in the City’s budget feedback page by clicking on this LINK and completing their survey, asking to retain the current level of Museum Funding. In Question 10 (maintain service level). We truly appreciate your vote of confidence!

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | February 12, 2018

Cornwall and area history for sale – Heritage Fair.

Along with out of print histories with have books such as Donald Stuart’s book of poems.  Signed.  Now only $5 reduced from $12.

This work and many others will be offered at the 2018 edition of the Heritage Fair, to be held on Saturday Feb. 24, at the Cornwall Square from 9 am to 5 pm.  Only available at the SD & G Historical Society’s table.

Here is a rare copy.  The many historic sites such as Inverarden Museum, listed in this book, may no longer be open making it an ideal purchase for anyone who wants to see what we have lost due to Government negligence, lack of public support and general inertia.

Along with listing former historic sites, the book talks about the Lost Villages, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the McIntosh Apple, the arrival of the Holstein Cow to Eastern Ontario, Glengarry County, the fur trade Chesterville and SD & G’s hinterland.

Only one copy:  was $15, now $5.

Now $10.

This rare postcard would cost as much as $20 on ebay, it will be available for $5.

Note the Royal Bank on the left hand side.

This first day cover celebrating the official opening of the Seaway and Royal Visit will be offered for $1.

This cover with the 1984 Loyalist stamp and the Cornwall Bicentennial logo will be offered for $1.

What local library could be considered complete without this volume?  At this year’s Heritage Fair for a mere $5.  Really you owe it to yourself.

Please note for most of these books, stamp covers and postcards we only have one copy, so first come first served.

Also we only take cash, or cheques – not credit or debit – we are still struggling to enter the 20th century!

See Don at the SD & G Historical Society’s table at the Heritage Fair Sat. Feb. 24 from 9 pm to 4 pm.


Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | February 11, 2018

SD&G Historical Society Newsletter

Our newsletter is sent to Members of the Society. However, in light of the exceptional year that we’ve experienced, in no small measure thanks to our supporters and community partners, we are publishing a version of the current newsletter online for the benefit of anyone with an interest.

If your browser has a pdf plug-in you may view the document online. By using the free Adobe viewer software, you may download it for offline reading.


Newsletter_2018-02_non-member edition

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