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.

scan0007Ontario’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.

scan0010Jean-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.
scan0009A postcard depicting the Park House, Cornwall’s tallest home, now the home of Council 755 of the Knight’s of Columbus.


  1. Wonderful pictures. Have known or at least recognize the names of most of these people . So sad that the beautiful home is hidden. Loved visiting the museum while living in Cornwall. Wonderful to share all this on Facebook.

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