Don Smith

Then and Now – Ice ice baby

Then and Now – Ice ice baby

Cornwall Ontario – With these recent temperature fluctuations, we’ve certainly been experiencing a fair deal of outdoor ice and icicles hanging off of roofs, which hearkens to mind related matters. Not so many years ago commercial ice making was a very different endeavor than nowadays. Prior to the widespread use of automatic home refrigeration, Cornwallites relied […]

 Don Smith

Don Smith’s Then and Now: St. Lawrence Sanitorium

Don Smith’s Then and Now: St. Lawrence Sanitorium

Cornwall Ontario – Your weekly dose of Local History! In the 1930s and 40s, Tuberculosis, caused by a bacterial infection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, was easily spread through the air by coughing/sneezing and typically caused such symptoms as fever, night sweats, chills, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, chest pain and coughing up of blood. Commonly […]

 Don Smith

History of the Cornwall Cotton Mills from 1868 to present

History of the Cornwall Cotton Mills from 1868 to present

Cornwall Ontario – Recently I received a few requests concerning the history of the Cotton Mills in Cornwall, particularly which mill was in operation during what time frame. Collectively, those mills were once the major source of industrial employment in the Cornwall area, much as were the Courtaulds companies and the paper mills in their time. What follows […]

 Don Smith

Domtar reunion leads to renewed interest to support United Way

Domtar reunion leads to renewed interest to support United Way

Cornwall Ontario – The Cornwall Community Museum in Lamoureux Park launched a new Toronto Paper Mfg Co / Howard Smith / Domtar exhibit. A key factor in the timing of this exhibit is the success of the September 30th Domtar Cornwall employee reunion. It has been 10.5 years since Domtar Cornwall closed its doors for […]

 Jason Setnyk

Cornwall Historic Walking Tour illustrations installed along waterfront

Cornwall Historic Walking Tour illustrations installed along waterfront

Cornwall Ontario – The Cornwall Historic Walking Tour, a collaboration between the Downtown and Le Village Business Improvement Areas, weaves a tapestry of local history through illustrations that dot the landscape throughout the city. Nearly 20 historic illustrations are being erected along the Cornwall waterfront, commemorating the rich history of the Seaway City. While passersby can […]

 Don Smith

Then & Now: Jail Governor suicide made to appear as murder in 1938

Then & Now: Jail Governor suicide made to appear as murder in 1938

It was a Macabre Ending: A ten day investigation, headed by the chief of police, concluded that Cornwall Jail Governor Ralph A. Cook, for some unknown reason, arranged his own May 7/8, 1938 alleged suicide to appear as a murder. The chief of police stated: “Had it not been for the existence of strong motives for suicide, […]

 Don Smith

Then & Now : Historic West Front

Then & Now : Historic West Front

The 1957 Annexation saw Cornwall grow from just over a single square mile to 30 square miles. However, West Front was not one of the early suburbs in the former Cornwall Township that became a Cornwall neighborhood on January 1, 1957 when the City annexed much of the Township. Rather, it was an area along […]

 Jason Setnyk

Sara Lauzon’s House of Refuge Monument Unveiling

Sara Lauzon’s House of Refuge Monument Unveiling

Ingleside Ontario – On Saturday, July 23rd, 2016, at 10am, Sara Lauzon invites the public to join her at the St. Lawrence Valley Cemetery in Ingleside Ontario, to commemorate the lives of 29 House of Refuge inmates that were originally buried on the House of Refuge property (and relocated to the Ingleside Cemetery with unmarked […]

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City of Cornwall Erecting Banners to Celebrate War of 1812

City of Cornwall Erecting Banners to Celebrate War of 1812

Cornwall Ontario — Residents will notice a change to the streetscape in Cornwall’s commercial areas with the arrival of new street banners highlighting local events and figures from the War of 1812. The colourful banners are replacing existing City banners on Water Street and in the Downtown and Le Village areas. Installation of the new […]

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MP Lauzon announces Feds support of Lost Villages Historical Society

MP Lauzon announces Feds support of Lost Villages Historical Society

Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, will announce on Monday the support for the Lost Villages Historical Society from the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program.