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Catholic Extension Society, Montreal, 1927

Montreal Daily Star, 12 Oct 1927, page 2

 

Annual Card Party

The annual card party of the Catholic Extension Society has been arranged to take place in the Windsor Hotel on Monday, October 24.  Among table holders are: Mrs. P Meehan, Miss S McKenna, Mrs. E McBrearty, Mrs. J Long, Mrs. FH Phelan, Miss M Casey, Mrs. JA Hammill, Mrs. L McKenna, Mrs. D Donnelly, Mrs. F Duckett, Mrs. JM Kennedy, Mrs. AJ McCauley, Miss Conway, Mrs. TF Butler, Mrs. RR Boon, Mrs. J Connolly, Miss K Gearn, Mrs. NH Dunn, Miss N Cox, Mrs. D Gallery, Mrs. G Coughlin, Mrs. TC Donnelly, Mrs. ER Gunning, Mrs. JJ O’Brien, Mrs. MA McInnes and Mrs. DJ Byrne.

St Jean Baptiste, Montreal, 1872

Courrier de Canada, 28 June 1872, page 2

 

God Save the Queen!

Il serait difficile de dire laquelle, de la partie littéraire ou de la partie musicale de ce programme si judicieusement choisi et si agréablement varie, a eu le plus de succès.

Les jeunes élèves qui ont fait les frais de la partie littéraire ont rempli leurs rôles respectifs avec un succès qui dénoté chez eux une remarquable facilite et chez leurs professeurs un talent considérable pour enseignement.  Le jeune Généreux a récité avec une parfaite aisance la fable du Loup et du Chien; le récit déclame avec feu par MJB Sirois a vivement intéresse l’auditoire; MP Riverin a déclame avec un accent anglai presque irréprochable l’énergique discours que Shakespeare a mis dans la bouche de Brutus; le réjouissant épisode de la vie d’un savant a été récité avec un naturel voisin de la perfection par MG Gagnon; enfin M Angers a été on ne peut plus heureux dans la déclamation de l’émouvante poésie de Beauchesne.

La partie musicale, malgré l’absence imprévue de M Lavigne, qui devait y jouer un des premiers rôles, a eu un succès au moins égal à celui de la partie littéraire.

Les membres de l’union musicale et l’orchestre du Septnor instrumental Haynd sont pour beaucoup dans ce succès, et le chœur des élèves de l’institution peut aussi en réclamer une bonne part.

Le contretemps que nous venons de signaler avait la nécessité quelque changement dans le programme.  L’auditoire n’y a rien perdu car il e en une pièce de plus à applaudir : le chœur des Batteurs de blé, chante par Messieurs Plamondon, Dugal et Messieurs Delisle. A la pièce portant le numéro sept on avait substitué un duo de flute t de violon, qui a été habilement exécuté par M Cyrille Duquet et M Alfred Pare.

La première partit du « Désert » a été enlevée avec beaucoup d’entrain. M Ernest Gagnon présidait à l’harmonium et M Gustave Gagnon dirigeait le chœur et l’orchestre. Cette œuvre musicale remarquable jouit, à Québec, d’une popularité extraordinaire, et tant qu’elle sera interprétée comme elle l’a été hier soir à l’école Normale Laval elle ne courra jamais risque de tomber en disgrâce.

Le chœur de la « Muette de l’ortici » n’a pas été moins bien rendu que la première partie du « Désert. »

Nous allions oublier de faire une mention spéciale de la désopilante chanson comique chantée par M George Gagnon.  M Gagnon a fait rire l’auditoire aux larmes, et il a été rappelé avec une telle insistance qu’il a dû reparaitre sur la rampe.

Nous ne parlerons de la distribution des prix que pour mentionner les noms de messieurs Félix Page, Charles Angers, Louis Leboeuf et Philippe Riverin, qui ont remporté à eux quatre, quelque chose comme quarante-huit prix.

Après la collation des diplômes, et un très court mais très digne discours de remerciement, prononce par M Charles Angers, l’hon M Chauveau, a la prière de M le Principal, a adressé quelques paroles à l’auditoire et aux élèves.  Après avoir dit combien il regrettait de n’avoir pu assister à la célébration du triple anniversaire qui avait eu lieu récemment à l’école normale-Laval, l’hon premier-ministre de l’Instruction Publique a félicité les élèves du succès de cette soirée et a rendu hommage à leur bonne volonté de s’instruire en même temps qu’au sel déployé par M le principal et messieurs les professeurs pour maintenir l’institution a l’honneur de ce noble et méritoire mission.

La séance s’est terminée à dix heures moins quarts. Nous ne saurions mieux résumer les impressions que nous en avons rapportées qu’en répétant, pour notre compte les paroles tombées de la bouche même de M Chauveau rarement, il nous a été donne d’assister à une aussi agréable soirée.

 

Scots in Montreal and Quebec

For those who are interested, I was kindly asked by the Quebec Genealogical eSociety to give a talk on the Scots in Quebec, which I gave last night.  If you want to hear the talk, the recording will be uploaded in a couple of days, and is available to members.

The Scots in Montreal and Quebec

Gillian

Date and Time: Thursday, 13 February 2020 – 19:00 EST
Language: English
Description: The Scots have played an important role in the development and history of Quebec since the advent of British control of the region after 1759. This presentation will provide an overview of the settlement of the Scots in the province (with an emphasis on Montreal), the development of their own cultural institutions such as the Presbyterian Church, voluntary associations such as St. Andrew’s Societies, the Sons of Scotland, and sports clubs organizing curling, golf and shinty. There are a number of resources available to the family researcher, looking for information on their Scottish-Quebec ancestors. These will be discussed, including the use of private or associational archives such as the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal.
Presenter: Dr. Gillian Leitch

 

During the talk I mentioned that I had created a page on this blog with my bibliography and links for those that are interested.  The links are here

 

Pioneer Fetes 108th Birthday, Prescott, AZ 1936

Arizona Daily Star, 20 Mar 1936

Pioneer Fetes 108th Birthday

Edward McGinley, Guest of Pioneer’s Home, in Good Health

Prescott, March 19 – As on other days, Edward McGinley arose today and took a little nip of “dookey” as he calls it, from his bottle – but it had special significance because he was 108 years old when he awoke this morning, according to records of the Arizona Pioneer’s Home, where he is a guest.

“I’ve got to keep my old wagon all oiled up,” says he, as chipper as the fabled Cappy Ricks.  He referred, of course, to his “dookey”.  “For I’ve got another 50 years ahead of me.”

He’s still as fine a “cusser” as ever hit the Pioneers’ Home, but his talk these days is rather rambling, because ever so often it wanders back to his stout Irish parents who ushered him into the world in Mauch Chunk, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

After growing to manhood in the coal fields he became a mule skinner on big railroad building projects, once steamboated on the Mississippi, finally drifted to Arizona and stuck.

There’s no record of him ever having been married.

During a special entertainment program tonight at the home, a big birthday cake is to be presented.  On it will be a great candle to represent the first 100 years, surrounded by eight smaller candles.

McGinley’s only regret is that he was not born on St Patrick’s Day.

 

Patriotic League of America, 1896

Montreal Gazette, 18 Dec 1896

We laugh Ha! Ha!

An Association formed in New York to Annex Canada to the States

New York, NY, December 17 – the Patriotic League of America was formed at a meeting at the new Amsterdam Hotel Last night, with the following among its objects: The inspiration and extension of patriotism; the maintenance of the broadest interpretation of the Monroe Doctrine; the independent of Canada with a view to political union with this country; the admission into the Union of Hawaii and the islands adjoining the country on the east; the completion and control of the Nicaragua Canal and the independence of Cuba. These officers were elected – T St John Gaffney, President; Col CH Denison, First vice-president; Col Ethan Allen, Second vice-president; Francis Wayland Glen, third vice-president; AR Kretshmar, treasurer; Capt CT McCrystal, secretary; and AJ Toomey, recording secretary.  An address was issued to American citizens in which it was demanded that the Government take immediate steps for the recognition of the Cuban insurgents, and to bring about Cuban independence.  The establishment of six naval stations by Great Britain near our eastern coast and others at Vancouver, Quebec, St John’s, Kingston and the Niagara River, was regarded as a standing menace.

“No agreement for the establishment of a permanent court of arbitration should ever be ratified,” reads the address, “except on the condition that all her (Great Britain) maritime fortifications south of Halifax and those along the southern border of Canada shall first be dismantled and destroyed.”

The League hopes to establish branches throughout the country.

Mr Barou, makes off with stock, England, 1786

The Public Advertiser, 3 November 1786

AM Barou having purchased East India Stock to a great amount, on time, at 1800 livres each share; it happened that on the day of payment stocks were only 1600, and payment of the differences being rigorously insisted on, Barou disappeared with 10,000 shares of 1000 livres each in his portefeuille; diligent search is making after him, but his retreat is not yet known.

[In a wide search for more information about the husband of my many times great aunt, Frances Guise-Barou-Wright, I have done searches for the name Barou.  Is he related to Jean Victor Barou?  No idea – clues, pieces to a puzzle….]

 

 

Jessie N Cashion obituary, Los Angeles, 1936

Los Angeles Times, 15 April 1936

Widow dies soon after contractor

Miss Jessie N Cashion, widow of James Arthur Cashion, pioneer railroad builder with the Souther Pacific and Santa Fe lines, died yesterday following a brief illness at her home at 2764 Francis Avenue.  Her husband died March 19.

Mrs Cashion was born in Napa county in October 1867.  She had resided in Los Angeles more than twenty-seven years.

As president of the Grant Brothers Construction Company, Cashion supervised the laying of the Santa Fe Railroad through Arizona in the early 1880s.

Mrs Cashion leaves one daughter, Mrs JW Flanagan, and a son, James Cashion Jr, both of Los Angeles.

A rosary service will be read at Pierce Brothers Chapel at 7:30 pm tomorrow, and final rites will be conducted at 9 am Friday from the Church of the Precious Blood, Hoover Street and Occidental Avenue.

Arrival of Mr & Mrs Conmee, Montreal, 1928

Montreal Gazette, 25 Jan 1928

Mr and Mrs AV Conmee of Port Arthur, will arrive in town on February 2, for the wedding of Miss Irene Virginia Corley, daughter of Mrs Corley and the late Mr Timothy Corley, to Mr Hugh James Leitch, BSc, son of the late Mr WC Leitch and Mrs Leitch, of Westmount, which will take place on February 9.  Mr and Mrs Conmee will be the guests of Mrs Corley. Miss Elsie Brant will entertain at a bridge and tea in honor of the bride-to-be tomorrow afternoon.

Mrs Leo J McKenna’s bridal reception, Montreal 1913

Montreal Gazette, 5 Feb 1913

Social and Personal

Mrs Leo J McKenna, formerly Miss Gertrude Eagan, held her bridal reception yesterday afternoon at her home, 684 Cote des Neiges Road. She wore her wedding gown of white satin trimmed with carrickmacross lace and a corsage bouquet of Killarney roses, and receiving with her were her sister, Miss Katherine Eagan, and her sister-in-law, Miss Rose McKenna.  Pink Killarney roses formed an attractive decoration in the reception room, while in the living room a red color scheme was carried out with tulips and azaleas, interspersed with palms and ferns.  Mrs Patrick McDermott and Mrs Harry McLaughlin dispensed tea and coffee in the dining room, where springlike decorations of yellow daffodils and tulips were used.  Mrs John Hamel, assisted by Mrs Allan Beauchamp, were in charge of the ices; the ladies helping to serv being Miss Margaret McCrory, Miss Nellie Hayes, Miss Stella Cummings, Miss Madge Corley and Miss Evelyn McCarthy.

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