Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GHS Annual Meeting -- Guest Speaker Brent Lafave

Notice of Annual General Meeting Thursday May 1 2014


As my last official  act I'm pleased to announce our Annual General Meeting which will be
held at the United Church on the Hill in Alexandria on Thursday, May 1.
As has been our custom, the meeting will include a potluck supper which will be served at 6:30 PM after a half hour of socializing,  to be followed by our business meeting at 7:30 PM and then a special presentation on the Sir John Johnson Manor House of Williamstown by the President of the committee, Brent Lafave. Please consult the enclosed press release for more information
about the presentation and Brent. Also, mark your calendars for Thursday, June 12, when our
annual picnic will be hosted by Frances Fraser and the Dalkeith Historical Society.

An important part of our AGM will be the election of a new Board of Directors. Graham
Wells is and will still be accepting nominations to the Board. At this date, seven individuals
have volunteered to serve, more are needed. They include returning Directors Frances
Fraser, David Anderson, Don Wood, Marlie Tilker, Michael Cowley-Owen, and Allan J.
MacDonald. Robin Flockton has also agreed to serve. Graham, Gay Hamilton, and I will not be
returning as directors. Gay and Graham were stalwarts over the past three years as members
of the Board and of the special ad hoc committee that examined and recommended changes
in the structure of the GHS. Through their efforts, and others, the difficult process of transition
was much smoother than it might otherwise have been. Gay will also be stepping down as
Chair of the Nor'westers and Loyalist Museum, having stabilized and guided that Museum
through its own difficult transition after the death of Joan P. MacDonald.

I have been a member of the Board of the GHS since 1990, serving as Treasurer for four of
those years and more recently as interim Chair, While I will continue to be an active member in
the Society, it is time for me to step aside and devote my energy to other volunteer activity.
These next years will be important ones for the GHS as it faces what could become a serious
shortfall in funding and a similar shortfall in leadership unless members become more involved
in fundraising and assuming leadership responsibility. In fund raising return to the regular
pleas I made when Treasurer, that members remember the Society or one of the Museums, as I have, in their wills or of through specially earmarked  donations. Without the generosity of our own members, the Society and/or the  Museums will face serious hardship. There are far fewer
opportunities for obtaining  government grants than once was the case.

Thanks for all your support and for the strong attendance we have had at meeting since the
beginning of the year. The Annual General Meeting also offers an opportunity for annual
members to pay dues for 2014 and for new members (Always welcomed) to join us. I hope to
see you with your potluck dish on May 1 in Alexandria. Let’s all celebrate Spring which finally 
seems to have arrived with its flooding and "mud lusciousness" everywhere
Bill Gilsdorf

The Glengarry Historical Society  http://glengarryhistory.ca/new/
Glengarry Historical Society Annual General Meeting, May 1, 2014
Presentation Features John Johnson Manor House of Williamstown

Brent Lafave will tell the story of the Sir John Johnson Manor House and the activities of
its committee at the Annual General Meeting of the Glengarry Historical Society on
Thursday, May 1, starting at 6:00 PM, at the United Church on the Hill, located one
block east of North Main Street in Alexandria. For additional information contact either
David Anderson, 613-347-7192 or Bill Gilsdorf, 613-525-5177.

Brent Lafave heads the Manor House Committee, a not for profit organization, which
began taking a role in helping Parks Canada care for, and promote the Sir John
Johnson House National Historical Site in Williamstown (founded 1784). Williamstown is
emblematic of the Loyalist settlements near the St. Lawrence River that Sir John
Johnson was entrusted to establish from what is now the Ontario/Quebec border to as
far west as Kingston.

In the 1990’s when the County Land Registry Office closed, the committee was one of the organizations that took land record abstracts and associated documents into safe keeping.  It also holds other research material such as church records, school records,
biographical information, etc. For additional information on the John Johnson Manor
House consult the web.  http://www.glengarryarchives.ca

Brent  Lafave, a resident of Williamstown, was born in Cornwall. He is a graduate of the
University of Western Ontario. He joined the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
Highlanders, Canadian Army Primary Reserve as an Infantry Officer in 1979. He was
promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1994 and commanded the Regiment from 1994 until
1998  when he retired to the Supplementary Ready Reserve. Brent's had a 32 year
career in Federal Law Enforcement with the Canada Border Services Agency;
completing his service in the Criminal Investigations Division in 2013. Brent has been
President of the Sir John Johnson Manor House Committee (SJJMHC) since January

His wife, Lynn Vogelsang, is a direct descendant of Sir John Johnson through her
mother Doris. She serves as Vice-President of the committee and will be accompanying

Brent to the meeting. The meeting is open to the public and the GHS welcomes new members


take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

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

DHS http://acorn2011.com/

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 @ gmail.com 

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 @ glenganyhistory.ca


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    http://www.cornwalltwphistorical.ca


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 @ me.com

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  http://glengarryhistory.ca

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC