A bright future

City News – The Montreal Gazette May 17, 1879

The electric light was displayed last night from the roof of the Geological Museum, the motor being in the building, under the superintendence of Mr. J. Wilson, electrician, of this city and who has already fixed up the electric light in Craig’s furniture factory. The light was generated by a dynamic machine constructed by Mr. J A I. Craig, and was most powerful, radiating over the Champ de Mars, where the 65th Mount Royals and Prince of Wales’ Rifles were drilling. Small print could be easily read at the opposite end of the Champ de Mars, which was densely packed with an interested and wondering assemblage of citizens.


Deaf-mute man struck down by train

Fatal railway accident – The Montreal Daily Post May 14, 1885

As the passenger train from Cornwall was nearing Vaudreuil , this morning, the form of a man was noticed on the track walking in the direction of Montreal. The engineer immediately gave the usual whistle and put down the brakes, but all was of no avail. The unfortunate man appeared to be entirely ignorant of the danger which threatened, and never once turned to see if a train was approaching. The result was that the cowcatcher stuck him with considerable force, throwing him a considerable distance. When picked up he was almost unrecognizable, so terribly mutilated was he by the blow from the cowcatcher. The train was immediately stopped and the remains of the victim gathered together, when he was recognized as a deaf mute, known under the name of Poirier. This will account for his not hearing the whistle of the locomotive. An inquest will probably be held at Vaudreuil.


Noble pet missing

Disappeared – The Montreal Gazette Apr. 6, 1878

The large St. Bernard dog “Fan” belonging to Mr. McCrobie, Captain of the Salvage Corps, No. 2 Fire Station, has been missing since Wednesday evening last. She was well known in the vicinity of the Station, and even further away, as she was allowed perfect liberty to roam abroad. It is thought that some person has stolen her. The men at No. 2 feel concerned at the absence of their noble pet.


Medals for hero firemen

Honoring the Brave – The Montreal Herald Apr. 6, 1885

Gold Medals for Firemen Briere, Dubois and Provost.

It will be remembered that early on the morning of February 20th last a disastrous fire took place in a boarding-house at 1995 Notre Dame street, during which the corpse of the lady who had been proprietor of the place was reduced to ashes, one person was burned so terribly that death ensued, and others were rescued from a similar fate by the plucky and humane efforts of the hosemen from No. Four fire station. At considerable personal risk they carried down a number of boarders from the top flats of the building and prevented a more serious loss of life. To mark in a becoming manner how the services of the firemen in question have been appreciated, for their behavior at the place mentioned, a number of residents and business men of Notre Dame street West propose presenting the three men with a medal each as a token of regard. The medals have been designed and manufactured by Mr. Theodore White, whose experience in such matters has enabled him to turn out three of the prettiest trophies imaginable. The medals and appendages are of the finest gold, each four inches long. Over the clasp are a pair of crossed hose branches elegantly chased. A fireman’s helmet is attached below, being connected with the medal proper by a scroll bearing the date “1885,” and supported by crossed hose keys. The medal is somewhat larger than a double eagle and bears the name of the man to whom it is to be presented and the nature of the service for which it is awarded. The parties to whom these are to be presented are Pierre Prevost, Arthur Briere and Cleophas Dubois, all of the Chaboillez Square Station. It is expected that the presentation will take place during the week, and will be accompanied by an illuminated address. In the meantime, the medals may be viewed at Mr. White’s.


Brought up in houses of ill repute

Incorrigible – The Montreal Gazette Jan. 6, 1880

Frederick Hartly, a youth of ten summers, was brought up yesterday at a Special Sessions of the Peace, charged with being a habitual frequenter of disreputable houses. Owing to the questionable character of the lad’s mother, and to save him from the baneful society of which he moves, the youth was sent for five years to the Reformatory.