Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 21, 2017

Constitutional Act of 1791.

A copy of the CONSTITUTIONAL ACT of 1791, acquired by the Cornwall Community Museum in 2006, with donations by local historians.

This act replaced the Quebec Act of 1774 and divided the old Province of Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada.

It was designed to give the United Empire Loyalists their own province (Upper Canada), with English laws and institutions, while Lower Canada (Quebec) retained old French civil laws and institutions.


Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 20, 2017

Letter Brig. Allan Maclean of the 84th Regiment to Sir Henry Clinton, Quebec, July 1782.

Sir                                                                  Quebec 8 July 1782

I am honoured with your letter of the 24 last November from New York inclosing (original spelling and grammar kept) several extracts of letters from Messrs Cox Mair and Cox complaining of the disagreeable predicament in which they then stood respecting the accounts of the 84 Regt.  For this favour I return with thanks for the trouble you took, since the extracts of those letters from them, and which I received on my return from England, those extracts was I ever had of knowing, that they ever wrote a word upon the subject, and I cannot help saying that it has been a small misfortune to Lt. Col. Small and myself that those gentlemen have had too much other business to do, to pay any great degree of attention to our business and in order that you as Colonel of the Regt. may be made acquainted with those matters, since


its from you only we can expect any redress and from you we do hope and expect relief.  The state of acts which I take the liberty of inclosing with this letter, I must request you will do so good as promise, them you will be able to judge, if we have had justice doneus, by our agents.

I have the honour to be the most

Respectfully      Sir
Yours most obedient and
most humble sevt
Allan Maclean

Sir Henry Clinton

This document was acquired by the Museum in 2005.

Posted by: Media Manager | September 20, 2017

Mary Mack Book Launch

On Saturday, September 16, some two dozen members of the community gathered at the Museum and Archives to hear a short presentation on how the author was inspired to put to paper the Mary Mack story and what she learned in the process.

Author Ginette Guy was introduced by her friend Carole Libbey and the Museum’s City Representative, Councilor Claude McIntosh, extended greetings on behalf of Mayor O’Shaughnessy and Council. Councilors Justin Towndale and Bernadette Clement were also in the house.

Guy had the following to say about Mack’s contribution to Cornwall life:
Mary Mack had no different reverence for Canada’s Governor General versus the car mechanic in Cornwall.

High fashion was part of who she was; she got that from her mother. If we were speaking of Lionel Chevrier or John Sandfield Macdonald, would we have a display of their shirts and ties! For most men fashion would not come into the picture, but for Mary Mack it did. For perspective, these are things that she wore now and then for certain functions. But, what she did and who she was was something that she wore every day.

She lived our city’s slogan: “Choose Cornwall.” She could have done anything. She had connections in Europe, Montreal and Ottawa. Some of her letters landed on the desk of Mackenzie King. She wasn’t stuck here; she chose to be here and she chose to help her community.

Reading the book you’ll realize that her life is as current now as it was then. She cared about the waterfront, and the park. She had something to say about the size of City Council and representation by ward. She worked for the cause of refugees with her friend Carine Wilson, Canada’s first female senator. Mary was not a person who would criticize for the sake of criticizing. She served ten years on City Council. She worked for other associations at all levels. She didn’t just say that things were not right; she did something to make it better. Today there is a tendency to criticize on Facebook when something negative happens. People are prone to say: “well, what do you expect, that’s Cornwall!” Had someone said that to Mary Mack, her reply would have been: “I expect the greatest things!” Her family began with nothing and worked to better themselves. For us today, many good things have already been put in place for us; the question is: “what are we doing to carry it forward?”

TV Cogeco interviewed Ginette after the book signing, while guests conversed over tea.

‘Unforgotten: Mary Mack, Cornwall’s First Lady’ is available for $15 at the Cornwall Community Museum and at the Lost Villages Museum.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 17, 2017

Three Cornwall Politicians, December 2, 1958.

Left to right:  Mayor L.G. “Archie” Lavigne, (mayor 1957 – 60), councillor Gerry Parisien (elected mayor in 1975), and councillor Lary Keen.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 15, 2017

Saint-Felix de Valois, silver anniversary pin and ribbon, 1937 – 1963.

Plastic button and ribbon celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of Saint-Felix de -Valois Parish, 26 May, 1963.

Donated by Carolyn Filion.

Saint-Felix-de-Valois, Montreal Road, across from St. Lawrence College.

Cornwall’s third Catholic parish was founded in 1936 and the church opened a little while later under the guidance of Father J.-A. Goulet.

On May 30th, 1987 sexton Paul Pelletier discovered a fired in the attic, just hours before the 50th anniversary celebrations were to begin and tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the flames while Sister Elaine Robitaille called the fire department, who could not save the structure.

Due to changes in zoning regulations, it was not possible to rebuild on the same site.  Sod was turned for the new church on Glengarry Blvd. in May 1988.Firemen trying to save the church.

Looking south towards Montreal Road.

The church is engulfed in flames.

The day after the fire.


Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 14, 2017

Cornwall Souvenir teaspoon with a toboggan, 1894.

Sterling silver teaspoon with a toboggan for a handle, and “Cornwall” engraved in the bowl.   The back is engraved “Portia Dec. 14, 1894.”

This teaspoon has been part of the museum’s collection since the 1950s.

Sterling silver teaspoon with Samuel Champlain for a handle above the Canadian coat of arms.

The bowl depicts a steamship running the Long Sault Rapids.  I suspect it is the “Empire State” shown in the inset.


Acquired in 2004.

These and other souvenir teaspoons and teapots will be on display for the MARY MACK book launch and informal tea, Sat. Sept. 16 from 2 pm. to 4 pm.

Be sure to obtain your signed copy this book on Sat. Sept. 16 from 2 pm to 4 pm, only at the Cornwall Community Museum.

Ad for the 1950 municipal election.

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 9, 2017

Book Launch and tea in honour of MARY MACK.

The front and back of a souvenir sterling teaspoon with “Cornwall” engraved in the bowl, with the top surmounted by the Canadian Coat of Arms in enamel, ca. 1902.

Donated to the museum in 2007 by Ransom Ledoux.

You are invited to the book launch of UNFORGOTTEN MARY MACK CORNWALL’S FIRST LADY, an illustrated, 174 page biography by Ginette Guy.  The book launch at 2:15 will be followed by an informal tea.

The book is available only at the Cornwall Community Museum and the Lost Villages Museum for $15.  For mail orders email, postage in Canada is $4.00 more.

A nickel plate tea strainer depicting a man and a woman sitting at a table enjoying a cup of tea.  Circa 1900.

Donated to the museum by Ron Begg in 2014.

Mary Mack, around 1976.

Nearly 15% of the books have been sold and it has not even been formally launched.  Cost:  $15.

1955 Mayor’s Picnic.

left to right:  Percy Miller, Police Chief Allan Clark, O. Laurin, MARY MACK, Mayor A. Horovitz, unknown, Judge Brennan,, Joe St. Denis, Judge Bergeron, A.J. Villeneuve, B. Brownridge, Charles Adams.

White ironstone teapot and bowl made by J. & C. Meakin, Staffordshire, ca. 1890.

The teapot and bowl originally belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wood, 9 Mile Road, Moulinette.  The set was successively in the possession of Stephen, Wesley and Albert Wood.  Mr. Albert Wood of West Front Road, Cornwall donated the set to the Wood House Museum (aka Cornwall Community Museum), in 1956.

This teapot is one of a number that will be on display for the book launch and informal tea to be held at the Cornwall Community Museum on Sat. Sept. 16 from 2 pm to 4 pm.  The launch will officially take place at 2:15.

Information:  613 936-0280;

The event is free, everyone is invited.





Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 7, 2017

Cheese Factories of Eastern Ontario

From 1900 to the mid 1950s cheese making was one of Eastern Ontario’s largest industries.  The industry was fatefully curtailed at the end of World War II, as much of the cheese was sold to England.  Under strict rationing, the British market collapsed eliminating the producer’s major market.  This loss of income coupled with new costs arising from Ontario Health Board safety requirements, meant that cheese makers could not afford the upgrades and the cheese making industry disappeared everywhere Eastern Ontario except for St. Albert’s.

Robert Smith’s cheese factory and residence, Newington, Ontario, 1933.

This photograph was donated to the museum by the “Standard-Freeholder in 1997.

This receipt was donated to the Museum by Cornwall Electric in 2008.

This document was donated to the museum by Cornwall Electric in 2008.

Edwards Cheese Factory and Cornwall Electric sub-station, 1943.

This photograph was donated to the Museum by Cornwall Electric in 2008.

Moulinette January 2, 1872

Dear Sirs:

I see you have advertised for a cheese maker I would like to work for you this sumer (sic) I will work for $295 for the season and furnish my own help and board.

Yours truly

Cirtus Brownell, Moulinette

Our agreement made and entered into the 28th day of January in the year of our Lord 1888.

Between Levi W. Groves, Joel Eastman, Jacob H. Fickes, Robert Mullin and Daniel McKay in the Township of Cornwall  Directors of the Cornwall Centre Cheese Factory and Curtis Brownell of the same place Cheese Maker.  Whereas the said Curtis Brownell pursuant to public advertisement have offered by tender to manufacture the cheese at the said Cornwall Centre Cheese Factory, during the season of 1888, at and for the sum of $295, and the said tender having been accepted by the aforesaid directors of the said cheese factory.

It is witnessed that in consideration of the sum of $295  to b e paid by the Directors  of the aforesaid Cornwall Cheese Factory  to the said Curtis Brownell on the days and at the times herein after mentioned the said Curtis Brownell doth agree with the said Directors to furnish all the necessary materials for the making of the same, and the said Curtis Brownell further agrees that he will make good any loss that may be sustained by any defect of his in the manufacturing of the cheese, and the said Curtis Brownell agrees to commence work on the first day of May  next and to remain 15 days after the close or until the cheese is fully curd in the fall.  And the said Directors agree to pay the said Curtis Brownell $12 per month and to be paid up in full within 10 days after the closing up of the Factory, the witness whereof the parties hereto set their hands and seal the day and year first above written.

signed, sealed and delivered

in presence of R. Anderson

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 6, 2017

Mary Mack – Cornwall – biography book launch.

A pair of Mary Mack’s shoulder length white kid gloves, circa 1925.

Donated to the Museum by Mary in 1979.

Portrait photograph of Mary Mack by the Notman Studio Montreal, 1932.

Mary Mack’s biography,written by Ginette Guy will be launched at the Cornwall Community Museum on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Be sure to attend to obtain a signed copy.

Don’t delay too long, we have already sold more than 10 per cent of the print run and we haven’t even officially unveiled the book yet!

$15 at the museum only.  Mail orders an extra $4.50. Info.  613 936-0280;

Mary Mack displaying Cornwall’s new industrial brochure.

In 1972 “Standard-Freeholder” reporter Marjorie McCoy wrote:


Many Local Agencies Owe Origins To Former Alderman Mary Mack

Mary Mack is truly one of Cornwall’s leading citizens…in fact, many of the organizations in the City today owe their origins to her.

Her first involvement in social work began with the Federated Charities, an organization set up by Mayor Horovitz to aid the  needy of the depression era.  Representatives of the churches of the area were appointed and Miss Mack’s mother was one of those involved.  Upon the death of her father, Miss Mack took over the the post herself.  This organization was later to become the Family Service Bureau.

The Red Cross owes its beginning in Cornwall to Miss Mack.  Through her work with the Federated and National Red Cross she was asked by headquarters in Toronto to set up a branch in Cornwall and to serves as its first president.

Her great interest in social welfare brought the Children’s Aid Soc. and the Victorian Order of Nurses to Cornwall at a time when the City was greatly in need of assistance.  Unemployment was high and unemployment insurance (EI today) was non-existent.  The organization helped families set up nutritious meals on as little as possible…



Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 6, 2017

Embroidery Frame, circa 1860.

A wood, Confederation era embroidery frame, donated to the Cornwall Community Museum in 1958.

Height:  120 cm.

On display in the parlour.

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