Travels Down Memory Lane ~ RAWDON IN 1940s
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Jean Turgeon
Authorís note: It's funny, I didn't think much about Rawdon until fairly recently, now I guess it's a way of being a teen-ager again. Jean Turgeon 2011
I was born in 1930 and went to Rawdon almost every summer until 1952.  My father wanted us to learn English, and it was a good place for that.  We usually stayed at Mrs Burns' (Annie Rothdram) at the corner of 4th and Albert, a few times we rented a cottage on Albert from a Mr. Paradis, who had a general store on Queen Street. Before the War we had a shingle cottage in the Minister's Field (what we called the Anglican Rectory grounds) in from what is now an Ethnic museum on Metcalfe. At the time I think the building belonged to the Rothdrams.  I am sending out messages to see if I can get others to send in their memories. I am also begging for photos taken in Rawdon from 1915 to 2000. Funny enough, or not even funny, I have very few for those years. Mine are all older. I am working on getting the old ones ready to post but would like more recent†ones for this page.

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In '44 and '45 Mrs Copping let me see movies for free in return for fetching the Star from the Post office six days a week, a sweetheart deal for me. 
I remember dancing at Haddad's (Stardust was very popular), and his children, Pauline, Victor (an engineer), and a second son, whose name I forget. 
We rented boats from Reggie Purcell. His sister Hazel worked in the P.O. 
I vaguely remember Dr. Smiley...he had a black car with a rumble seat. 
I was friends with Glen (one "n" ) Way, who lived across from Mrs Burns' on 4th Av. The Ways had two daughters, Alberta and Viola, and 5 boys: Glen, Ernie, Elwood, Randolph and Earl. 

Before the War there were regattas on the lake near the dam on 3rd Av. 
Mr Latter, the CNR engineer, retired in 1956 when the train service was discontinued. I remember that before the War he was rumored to be making $3,000 a year, a fortune in the depression. He lived on Metcalfe. His daughter Violet is living in TMR. 
Before the War, Violet, my brother Guy, Stan Baddeley and Dagmar Rothdram used to play tennis together. 
There are no Coppings in the Rawdon phone book. I knew Newt and Marjorie. She became an alderman or something in the West Island. The Coppings had a place on Blueberry Mountain. 
I remember meeting Mr Nichols (Frederic W.) back in '46 or '47. He was an IBM executive.

Well, I could go on and on. It feels good to write about the old days.
Before the war we kids went down to the RR station to "help" them turn the locomotive around. In the old days you could go wading in Manchester Falls, near the RR bridge. 
When I went to Rawdon a couple of years ago I saw that that huge tree was still there on the beach. 
As recently (!!) as the 1940's there was still a "gentiles only" sign at the beach entrance. I didn't know what it meant at the time. 
There was some ill will in the '40s when Father Piette removed the statue of St. Patrick from the church.  Father Joseph-Louis Beaudry (late '20s) was a cousin of my grandmother's. 

Shorts were forbidden in the village in the '40s. I remember walking down Queen St. one evening with Stan Baddeley and others. The top two buttons of Stan's shirt were undone. A policeman (Frank Wilmot ?) told him to button up his shirt. 

Walking back and forth along Queen St in the evenings was a popular pastime for families with kids... People got French fries from a stand on 4th Ave., between Mrs Copping's theatre and Queen St. 
I remember Blagrave's on 4th, near Metcalfe. For a while Mrs Burns' son Cecil had it: "Burns' Groceteria". Near there were the Crowes and Blannerhassetts. 

I could go on and on. It's funny, I didn't think much about Rawdon until fairly recently, now I guess it's a way of being a teen-ager again.
Jean Turgeon 2011

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