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That Sinking Feeling

Heather Darch

At its launch in 1750, the warship L’Orignal was a total loss because she was made from “inferior wood” cut in the forests of Saint-Armand.

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Legend of the Martin band of outlaws

The Devil’s in the Details 

Heather Darch

Most details within the Martin legend are not quite true, but it shows that in far-fetched family stories, there is an essence of truth.

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Robert Quirk Short

Coming Up Short

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From 1798 to 1804, missionaries from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG), came to St. Armand and quickly left again. John Doty, Robert Quirk Short, James Tunstall, and Charles Caleb Cotton.

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Smith Brothers cough drops

Pardon My Cough

Heather Darch

The first mass-produced Smith Brothers cough drops were created by a family who once called Missisquoi County home.

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Into the Fold

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Slavery, while limited in St. Armand, was an ugly part of Missisquoi’s history. Abolitionists like Reverend Stewart and members of his congregation helped to bring it to a close. 

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The Mystical Witches of Clappertown

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Fables about witches have fascinated and frightened humanity for centuries all around the world and even in Clappertown, Quebec.

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“When Death Says Come”

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Even in the late 19th century, it is estimated that a third to a half of all live births in Canada ended in death before the age of five. These calculations of child death probability were even greater for Black, urban and poor children.

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CF-100

Wild Blue Yonder

Heather Darch

This is the tragic story of a CF-100 jet that crashed in a field just north of Bedford, Quebec killing its two-man crew on December 4th, 1956.

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