Celebrating the archives

It’s Our History! – Celebrating the Archives November 19, 5-8 pm Club de Golf Hemmingford Master of Ceremonies Gérard Laberge spaghetti supper, speakers, history exhibits 50/50 draw – silent auction live music by chanteuse Manon Décosse admission $15 per person, age 6 & under free tickets for more information call…

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Booze Over the Border

by Mary Ducharme  (April 2016) On the international line Hemmingfordians had a front row seat during American prohibition (1920-1933). While the smuggling of liquor was illegal, most people did not regard it as immoral to take advantage when opportunity knocked. While ill-gotten gain seldom has positive results, local farmers widely…

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James Woolrich: Land Baron

 by Mary Ducharme James Woolrich, born in 1762, was a wealthy dry goods merchant in Montreal. When our region was still a wilderness, he bought 12,000 acres of Granted land, including 47 lots in Hemmingford (according to the Hemmingford Statistical Report 1822; records of notary John Gerbrand Beek). Many of the individuals who originally had claims and patents had no intention of living in…

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