Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | October 23, 2014

Artifact of the Week, Cornwall’s Mayors, Part III


Dr. Charles James Hamilton, 1855 – 1937, Mayor of Cornwall, 1889, 1894; MP for Stormont, 1925 – 26; Medical Officer for the Town of Cornwall 1885 – 1937.  Over his 58 year career, Dr. Hamilton delivered 6,807 babies.


Will Pollock, Mayor 1913.


Mayor Aaron Horovitz standing next to his wife, sports a fine pair of plaid knickerbockers on his holiday to St. Petersberg Florida in 1927.

Horovitz was Cornwall’s, and some say Canada’s first Jewish Mayor.  He served in that capacity from 1930 – 34; 1936; 1944 – 46;  and 1949 – 56.


A poster from Horovitz’s clothing factory in Cornwall dating circa 1925.  Was Aaron showing off knickers made in Cornwall on Florida’s golfing links?


For many Cornwallites. Horovitz will be forever remembered for his Annual Children’s picnic.  Held in Central Park the Park was renamed Horovitz in his honour.


Dr. Emile D. Menard is elected Mayor in 1957 after defeating incumbent Aaron Horovitz.  He died in office the same year and was replaced by L.G. “Archie” Lavigne.

Excerpts from the diary of farmer A.J. McGillis of Glen Walter, Glengarry County.  Today the museum was fortunate to receive this diary from the daughter of Thoie Laplante.  Every week, a week long list of events will be included with the Artifact of the Week.

Original spellings and grammar will be maintained.

October 1909

20      finished picking potatoes in front of the house .  put first apples in cider.

21      picking apples in back orchard.

22      finished picking apples out back.

23      Alex got letter from E. Mann.

24       nothing

25       thanksgiving day.

26       we began to pick potatoes out back.

27       D. McGillis is helping pick potatoes


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