Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dalkeith Historical Society is sponsoring 2 exhibits

Dalkeith Historical Society is sponsoring 2 exhibits

both at the Dalkeith Library
both from April 13-May 31

One exhibit is CHILDREN"S ART
compliments of Laggan Public School Children see attached

The other is 75th anniversary of WW2 exhibit
Compiled from local books and sources

You are invited to come visit either or both of these exhibits
during library hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 P.M. -8 P.M.
Wednesdays 10 A.m. -2 P.M.
Saturday 10A.M.-1P.M.

thank You


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Glengarry County Archives in Alexandria, Ontario

The newly-formed Glengarry County Archives in Alexandria, Ontario needs your help. 

 If you have historical material, such as letters, diaries and photographs, 

relating to the history of the county and would to see them preserved, 

For more information on this venture please contact  Allan J. MacDonald, 

the county archivist, at dorniemac @ 

3/29/14 update

Please add the following to the archives post.  

The county archives has been recently incorporated as a municipal corporation reporting to 

both North and South Glengarry Townships.  It is expected that the archives will open to the 

public by October of this year complete with a website and holdings containing land records, 

wills and municipal records.

Allan MacDonald

Take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


P.O. Box 69
Williamstown, Ontario KOC 2J0
613 347-3547
E: info @


This is an invitation and reminder of our April 3 meeting which will be held at the Nor'westers and Loyalist Museum STARTING AT 7:30 PM--not our usual time of 8:00 PM. This is a joint meeting with Encore that promises to be a very interesting session featuring Jennifer DeBruin who will share some of the processes of writing historical fiction. Of special interest is the fact that her work is embedded in the history of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry which gives it a particular relevance to our work on local history. Some of her characters are tied to the United Empire Loyalists which connects this presentation to some of the exhibits of the Museum.
Early arrivals to the evening will have the opportunity to tour the Loyalist section of the Museum. As in the past, there will be refreshments following the meeting.

If you are able to contribute a dessert, please contact Suzanne Bujold Bleile at 613-525-3806.

We are only six weeks away from our Annual General Meeting scheduled for May 1 at the United Church on the Hill in Alexandria. We have some serious concerns to deal with related to the future of the Society.
They are:

SOCIETY LEADERSHIP: There is a need for members willing to serve on the Board (both Graham Wells the current Vice-Chair and I have indicated that we will not seek another term) If you are interested in standing for the Board please contact Graham at 613-528-4485.

FINANCES: We are basically secure for the next couple of years providing there are no unusual expenditures needed. However, our normal expenditures have exceeded our revenue for several years now by several thousand dollars and as we know, postal rates are going up shortly. Operating with a loss each year is not sustainable without obtaining new sources of funding either through donations or bequests from members, increasing membership fees, or succeeding in securing help from granting agencies.

GHS STRUCTURE: As I write this there is a re-evaluation of the relationship between the Nor'westers Museum and the Historical Society occurring. That will need serious reflection and discussion.

The Annual General Meeting is also a time to gather over a potluck supper, share our reflections on the past year and enjoy the company of friends and members both old and new. I hope that I will be able to share your company on both April 3 and May 1. Also as I write this another snow storm is on the way. However, there is the promise of warmer weather to melt that snow and, perhaps, get me excited about a possible Spring. Either I am getting cranky in my older age or it really has been a long, cold winter. See you on April 3rd at 7:30 PM in



Take care and GodBless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cornwall Township Rocked by Suspicious Volvey Death, 1935

Just received the March 2014 Newsletter from the Cornwall Township Historical Society

Cornwall Township Rocked by Suspicious Volvey Death, 1935

Main article of 2 1/2 pages is on the Murder Case  in 1935, township Rocked by Suspicious Louis Volvey Death at Bonville, Ontario.  in which charges were laid agains Clarence Cameron and Mrs Viney Belle Volvey. The judge was Justice Nicol Jeffrey of the Supreme Court of Ontario. There was evidence of an illicit affaire  between Clarence Cameron & Mrs Viney Volvey

Also mentioned on the last page of this newsletter  the passing of Ranald McDonell on Jan 6 and Mrs Janet Quail on Jan 22

The SDG Historical society put of Cornwall Scrapbook, a pictorial history of Cornwall.

Another new book by Jennifer DeBruin  title Shadows in the Tree  is a novel that traces the plight of a family engulfed in the American Revolution. Jennifer will be the guest speaker at the Mar 25/14 CTHS meeting at the Heritage Centre, St Andrews West. Jennifer is also author of A Walk with Mary.

 Cornwall Township Historical Society


take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Glengarry History--Winter Lecture Series March 24/14

Glengarry and the First World War

A picture of life in Glengarry County in the period leading up to WW1 and how the population fared during the conflict

The Spring of 1914

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC
jars924 @

Thursday, February 27, 2014


from a recent mailing from the Glengarry Historical Society on upcoming meetings


I'm pleased to be able to announce the March 6th program which will
feature a presentation by former GHS President, Dane Lanken, on the history of
the Munro & McIntosh Sleigh and Carriage Company of Alexandria. The meeting
will start at 8:00 PM at the Church on The Hill in Alexandria and is open to the
public. Some of you may recall that Dane spoke on this topic at a very popular
session at the Nor'westers and Loyalist Museum in Williamstown. A number of
you have approached me to say that they missed that session and hoped there
would be another opportunity to hear about the M&M and its important history
and contribution to the area. Those of you who had the good fortune to attend
the earlier session might also look forward to the chance for renewed discussion
and additional learning about this company with an international reputation.

The April 3 meeting of the Historical Society will feature Jennifer DeBruin
whose topic will be TIME TRAVEL, Exploring our own family history as inspiration
for our writing. Jennifer adds, "it will include a personal account of how I wrote
both my fact-based/historical fiction novels set in SD&G: A Walk with Mary
(GSPH, 2012), and Shadows in the Tree (GSPH, 2013). It will touch on genealogy
and take participants on a historical journey into SD&G history."

We hope to have that meeting at the Nortwesters and Loyalist Museum in
Williamstown. I hope to see you on March 6 and April 3.

Please note that we are well into 2014 and we look forward to receiving
membership dues for annual members (can be mailed to GHS at Box 416,
Alexandria, ON, KOC 1A0).

Spring seems to be vaguely in the air. I'm ready!
Bill Gilsdorf, Acting Chair

February 20, 2013

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC