Ernest George Hamel served as a Cornwall Councillor from 1909 until 1919 and returned to office in 1937. Hamel also served some partial terms between 1925 and 1956. When Hamel was first elected, councillors were not paid; later on that climbed to about $400 per year. These images are the front and back covers of a memo pad which was used as part of his 1956 election campaign.
East Ward boundaries changed during his tenure as illustrated below:
In a recent post we shared a photo of Hamel inside his grocery and general store at 33 Edward Street. In 1911 he sold three dozen eggs for 25 cents and a quart of milk for 5 cents.
Hamel was also known for involvement in many sports as well as the Cornwall City Band (previously known as the National Band) which competed against the Cornwall Citizen’s Band. Hamel played the sousaphone.
Hamel’s first wife and two of their three children died in a tragic house fire while visiting close family members in Massena, NY. He re-married years later. Cornwall TV Cogeco’s producer Bill Makinson is Hamel’s grandson from that second union.