Closer to home three of my Dirty Dozen golfing colleagues have recently tested positive and three of my daughter’s friends and their families, eight people in all, have been infected. The only good news is that their cases are mild, all were fully vaccinated and none had underlying conditions putting them at high risk. I continue to wear a mask in some situations and bought 50 more just to be prepared. I also picked up a box of rapid tests from my daughter in case I develop symptoms.
Like most of us I am getting weary, almost to the point of not wanting to talk about it anymore. But that would be foolish, we still need to be careful and it would be helpful if governments were more forthcoming.
The next big scare could be the Monkey Pox virus with Quebec (we’re number 1) leading the way in the number of cases in Canada.
July 2 I started a new batch of Sangiovese red wine. The directions that came with the kit called for a slightly different and longer primary fermentation phase. As a result I had to invest about $50 in new equipment. Bottling will take place near the end of July and it should be drinkable six weeks after that.
July 4 Another American tragedy in Highland Park as an Independence Day parade is devastated by a deranged shooter. Coming just weeks after Buffalo and Uvalde it makes me cringe. Congress had just passed a very weak gun reform bill but it is really too little and too late. I don’t think it will stop the carnage. I wonder how the legislators would vote if no more NRA or gun manufacturer’s money was being spread around.
July 6 Started picking green and yellow beans and a few early raspberries. Tomatoes are coming along but still green.
July 17 Aussie Cameron Smith wins the British Open beating Cameron Young by one shot and Rory McIlroy by two. I was pulling for Rory but he couldn’t buy a putt – too bad. Rumours are circulating that the Greg Norman and the LIV tour have offered Smith up to $90 million to jump ship. I guess the Saudis have a lot of cash to burn.
July 19, the January 6th committee holds another hearing connecting more of the dots about Trump’s behaviour during the attack on the Capital. Just as alarming was the revelation that the Secret Service had deleted emails and text messages that probably contained important information about events leading up to January 6th and on the day itself. And this happened after being told twice to retain the data. Makes you wonder what the hell was going on. They are taking a break until sometime in August but have several more witnesses lined up. It remains to be seen if Ginny Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will testify, either compelled by subpoena or voluntarily. Riveting stuff, a lot better than most of the mystery novels I’ve read in the last couple of years and certainly better than summer reruns now being broadcast.
July 20 Tomatoes are ripe and I now have so many beans and raspberries that I am starting to give them away.
July 22 Steve Bannon convicted of contempt of congress for refusing to obey a subpoena issued by the Jan. 6 Committee. To top it off the judge who head the case was a Republican who was appointed by Trump. Appeals will follow. I wonder who is paying his legal bills. Probably coming from Donald’s $150 million slush fund that he scammed from his followers.
When will it be Trump’s turn to face justice? Has the January 6th Committee not put enough nails in the coffin yet?
Meanwhile in Canada the Conservative party is on the brink of electing Pierre Poilievre as their leader (Canadian version of Trump?). Charest carries too much baggage from his Quebec Premier days to be successful, but it is kind of interesting how he can hop back and forth between the Liberal and Conservative parties and still sound credible. Poilievre has toned down his rhetoric lately but if he does win how will he fare in a general election? Thankfully our politics are a little dull compared to what is going on south of the border.
June 24 Brooks Henderson hangs on to win the Evian French open championship, her 12th win on tour. Nice to see that prize money for LPGA events have been increased substantially, she picked up a cool $1 million.
I would like to clarify something that appeared in last month’s newsletter. I may have given the impression that Jim Baxter wrote the “Being a Mother” article. Although I’m sure he would be perfectly capable of writing it, he did not. He found the piece and passed it on to me knowing that it would probably be of interest to our readers.
I’m done for the month, got to go harvest some raspberries. Thanks to all who contributed this month keep up the good work. However, we do need more input – pictures, stories, opinions & feedback would be appreciated. I know you have been up to something please share with us.
Until next month stay safe.
The war rages on. Stay strong Ukraine!
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Some early US history and a connection from long, long ago
As most of you probably know, John Charlton puts the finishing touches on every newsletter and gets it ready for publication. He edits some of the content (finds my mistakes), formats it to make it presentable and sometimes suggest changes, which is what he did last month.
We cut off adding items about five days before month-end so there could be late breaking events that need to be picked up the following month. In July, I commented on the January 6th committee hearings in the US saying they were now on hold until sometime next month. John send me a note suggesting I update my editorial because a special, previously unscheduled, hearing was going to take place on Tuesday, June 28. This was the one featuring Cassidy Hutchison, Mark Meadow’s White House Aide.
He commented that he too was transfixed by the proceedings and was not happy with what he saw as the development in the US of a full-fledged theocracy. He recounted that his 9x great grandmother, Mary Dyer, had been hanged by the Puritans in Boston in 1660 for her ongoing actions in support of religious freedom and her refusal to recant her opposition to Church elders who were also the government of the day.
Not to be outdone, I wrote back and told John that my 9th great grandfather, Reverend Thomas Carter had immigrated to the US (Boston) in 1635, about the same time as Mary Dyer. I added that he wasn’t a Puritan. Actually I didn’t know what denomination he was but assumed that because most of the family were now “Methodists” or “Reform Druids” he wasn’t a Puritan. Well John did a little research and sent me a Wikipedia article about Thomas and yes indeed he was ordained in 1642, in Woburn Mass, as a Puritan Minister.
I sent a note to John expressing shock and my hope that Thomas was not involved in Mary’s hanging. He wrote back and said that although they most likely knew each other Thomas had moved away from Boston and was probably not connected.
Let’s face it, the Puritans were a rigid, unforgiving bunch that had been forced out of England because of their beliefs and opposition to the Church of England. Once they reached North American and established settlements, they made people toe the line; no dissent, no individual thinking. Punishments were harsh for even minor offences. Jail time, confinement in stocks, public flogging, hanging, pressing to death by piling stones on the “convicted” and in the case of being found guilty of witchcraft, burning at the stake. Although many “witches” were put to death by the Puritans in New England it is now claimed that none were burned but rather they were hanged. Perhaps this is an attempt to re-write history and make the punishment for being a witch seem more acceptable.
Thomas Carter’s story is pretty mundane compared with Mary’s. My sister in law prepared a Carter family history in 2005 without the benefit of all the genealogy information now available on the internet and was able to trace my lineage back to him. He had eight children with Timothy, the second son, being my direct ancestor. Most of the family remained in Massachusetts until Dr. Timothy Carter (not the same Timothy but three generations later) moved to Bethel, Maine in the late 1700’s and established what is now considered our family home/farm.
Thomas Carter was a signer of the Dedham Covenant. Wikipedia gives us this description of the document.
"As Puritans, the first settlers came to Massachusetts in order to live and worship as they pleased. While they were subject to the General Court, they had wide latitude to establish a local government as they saw fit. The first public meeting of the plantation was held on August 18, 1636. A total of 18 men were present, and the town covenant was signed. The covenant outlined both the social ideal they hoped to achieve and the policies and procedures they would use to reach it. Eventually 125 men would ascribe their names to the document. In 1636, there were 30 signers. In 1637, there were 46. By 1656, 79 men put their names on the document.
The Covenant was intended to extend beyond the lifetimes of those who wrote it and to be binding upon all residents in perpetuity. The Covenant was no longer enforced nor served as the guide for every decision by the time the town reached its 50th anniversary. It lasted well into the second generation which was, according to one commentator, "longer than anyone had a right to expect"
The covenant stipulated that only those "may be probably of one heart with us," in essence those who held the same Puritan Christian beliefs, could be admitted to the community. They swore they would "in the fear and reverence of our Almighty God, mutually and severally promise amongst ourselves and each to profess and practice one truth according to that most perfect rule, the foundation whereof is ever lasting love.”. While it was drafted by the first settlers of the town, new members would be admitted on an equal footing if they held the same community values.
A painting by Albert Thompson depicting the ordination of Thomas Carter. The painting of his ordination depicts all of the major ministers of Massachusetts, including John Cotton, Richard Mather, John Eliot, Edward Johnson, John Wilson, with Increase Nowell sitting in the front row.
My ancestor, Mary Dyer (nee Barrett) was born in England around 1610-11. She married William Dyer at the Anglican Church in St. Martin-in-the-Fields in 1633. In 1635 the couple followed their Pastor, Rev. John Cotton to the newly established Massachusetts Bay Colony. William, a London merchant of rising fortune, and Mary were admitted almost immediately into the Puritan Church in Boston. They were in fact welcomed with open arms. Their second son, Samuel (again my direct relative), was baptized by the Puritan elders who would later condemn Mary to the gallows.
Boston was a small place at the time. Everyone knew everyone. She soon made friends with Anne Hutchinson. I'm related to her too through Samuel who married Anne's grand-daughter. Anne became like a mother and mentor to Mary. Anne was even more educated than Mary. Homeschooled by her liberal thinking Anglican cleric/school teacher father, Anne was not used to people telling her what she could or couldn't do. She did what she wanted. What she wanted was to be a servant of God and to worship him in her own way. This would soon land Anne in hot water as the private meetings she held in homes in Boston became far more popular than the official church meetings which by all accounts were like a form of psychological torture.
In 1637, Mary miscarried a female fetus of 7 months which today would be recognized as having spina bifida deformities. Anne, as a practiced midwife, helped Mary survive and her pastor buried the stillborn under cover of darkness to shield Mary from the scandal of what at that point would have been considered a sign from God of Mary's evil ways.
Meanwhile, Anne found herself at the heart of what became known as the Antinomian Controversy. This was basically a difference of opinion as to how one should or could worship. The Puritans insisted the Holy Spirit could only instruct and give guidance to you through the church elders. Anne taught her followers that this was not the case and that everyone had direct access to the Holy Spirit. This of course was a very threatening idea to the church elders.
Anne had supported Mary in her time of need and now Mary would support Anne when the Puritans turned against her. Mary made no friends with the Puritan court when she walked out of the courthouse hand in hand with Anne after she had being been found guilty of heresy.
In course, Mary's stillborn was exhumed and Mary was also found guilty of heresy for following Anne's teachings. One hundred men were given the opportunity to examine the stillborn, which they concluded proved Mary's guilt. A pamphlet was made describing the monstrous birth and distributed widely in England much to Mary's horror. This was perhaps a turning point for Mary.
In 1838, a group of men including William Dyer signed a protest letter in support of Anne to the court. For their trouble they found themselves disarmed and expelled from the colony. As a result, 75-100 families moved to Rhode Island where William and Mary became founders of Portsmouth and Newport. William later became Rhode Island's first Attorney General.
Between 1640 and 1650 Mary had 5 more children who lived to adulthood. That's when things really started to get strange. In 1652 Mary returned to England leaving children ages 2 to 17 behind. Five years later, she returns and is immediately taken from the ship in the harbour to prison. The Puritans have been waiting for them and accuse them of being Quakers, now a crime punishable by imprisonment and deportation. It was not unusual for Quakers to be mutilated, placed in public stocks, and dragged through the streets while being whipped. This was done as an example to the people of Boston that they should remain loyal to the Puritan regime or face a similar fate.
There is some disagreement as to Mary's actual religious status. The Society of Friends (Quakers) have certainly adopted Mary, who is known as the Quaker Martyr. The common belief is that she converted to the society when she was in England. Despite this, there has never been found any proof that she converted to Quakerism. Regardless, Mary makes it her mission for the rest of her life to stand up to the injustices visited upon Quakers by the colony she had already been banished from. She is threatened with execution and is taken to the gallows where two of her friends are executed while she waits on the ladder for her turn. In a dramatic piece of political theatre, she is rescued at the last minute by her son Samuel who has come to take her back to Rhode Island. He promises she will not bother them again. But she has no intention of staying away and soon returns. Again she is arrested for providing food, water and compassion to those jailed in Boston as Quakers. She has no direct access to them, but finds gaps in the bordered up windows to pass whatever she can to those locked inside.
Arrested and brought before the Governor Endicott, their exchange of words was recorded as follows:
Endicott: Are you the same Mary Dyer that was here before?
Dyer: I am the same Mary Dyer that was here the last General Court.
Endicott: You will own yourself a Quaker, will you not?
Dyer: I own myself to be reproachfully so called.
Endicott: Sentence was passed upon you the last General Court; and now likewise—You must return to the prison, and there remain till to-morrow at nine o'clock; thence you must go to the gallows and there be hanged till you are dead.
Dyer: This is no more than what thou saidst before.
Endicott: But now it is to be executed. Therefore prepare yourself to-morrow at nine o'clock.
Dyer: I came in obedience to the will of God the last General Court, desiring you to repeal your unrighteous laws of banishment on pain of death; and that same is my work now, and earnest request, although I told you that if you refused to repeal them, the Lord would send others of his servants to witness against them.
The next morning, the sentence is carried out. Although Mary loses her life, the death marks the beginning of the end for the Puritan regime. King Charles II was not impressed with what the Puritan's had done and their power soon wained.
Statue of Mary Dyer at the Friends Centre in Philadelphia.
I've just skimmed over some of the basic facts of Mary's life. If you are interested in her story and want to know more about her and theocracy in colonial America, there are some great books to be had. The best I have read is Mary and William Dyer by Johan Winsser. A large portion of this scholarly text is devoted to footnotes and sources making it the most authoritative recounting I have found to date. If you are looking for a good summer read, the historical fiction Mary Dyer Illuminated by Christy K Robinson and the follow-up For Such a Time as This are wonderful at bringing Mary and Anne to life. Finally, I would be remiss not to mention A Measure of Light by Canadian author Beth Powning which purposely strays from known facts to tell a very engaging story. Another great book is Anne Marbury Hutchinson, American Founding Mother, also by Christy K Robinson. All three of these authors are extremely concerned with historical accuracy. Powning does stray from the known to the unknown but fully discloses this with an appendix which describes each of the characters in her book and if they are real or part of her imagination. She provides a possible scenario of what Mary ended up doing in England for the 5 years she was away.
SOME BOOKS YOU MIGHT LIKE
Class of 1971
Class of 1949
For Train Lovers
Jack Anderson, co-chairperson of the Alumni Association has acquired a limited quantity of two books that might be of interest to some you. The first, by CCHS alumnus Lorne Perry is “St. Lambert a Train of Thought”. It is a fascinating history of CN Rail’s operation in St. Lambert and more broadly the south shore. The book comes with a CD containing 16mm films of trains passing though and stopping in St. Lambert. They were shot by Bill Leggett with the narration provided by Lorne Perry. Bill’s grandson Jim Leggett (Class of 1976) made the films available for the CD. If you are the least bit interested in St. Lambert history and/or have a passions for trains, this book and CD set will not disappoint.
A Train for Thought by Lorne Perry
The second book is an extensive pictorial history of Montreal street cars dating back to the horse drawn era of 1861. It is 84 pages and describes Montreal streetcars up until their removal in 1959. Over 150 photos with bilingual descriptions. One of the authors, Fred Angus, is the great-great grandson of Richard B. Angus co-founder of CP Rail. The Angus shops located in Montreal East were named after him. Fred was employed by CP Rail’s Information Systems department in the 60’s and 70’s and has written a number of books about railway and street car history.
Streetcars of Montreal
If you would like a copy of either or both books please contact Jack Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. All profits from the sale of the books will go to the Alumni Association. The price is $15 per book or both for $25. Shipping is extra and will be quoted by Jack when he receives an order. Please make sure to include your full street address, including postal code when placing your order,
French, Latin and History teacher
The Latin Student
The notice of publication of Denis Brault’s book was sent to me anonymously and without explanation. I didn’t know Denis being long gone from high school by the time he showed up. Bernie Praw was able to find a photo of him in the 1984 year book.
The Latin Student by Denis Brault
Holden Hainsworth was quite an outstanding Latin student in high school and university. But his talents went beyond the walls of the classroom. His life encompassed dating, dancing and danger. Holden has just been hired as a Classics professor, but his flashback reveals the full fascinating story of that young man's life.
Price is $30 and available online at http://flowerpublish.com/store/p_2916931/the-latin-student
Class of 1963
Class of 1940
ELIZABETH BROWN, 1922-2022
On July 9, 2022, Betty Brown (nee Corner) died peacefully at the age of 99. She graduated in 1940, making her the oldest CCHS alumnus and she carefully read the Newsletter until very recently. Betty was the eldest of the 4 Corner girls - Babs, Fran and Carol - all graduates of CCHS as were both her children - Rod & Janice.
The Corners were long-time residents of St Lambert although over the years they all moved to other parts of the country. Betty settled, after the death of her husband Grant, in Mississauga to be close to family; however, the St. Lambert / Preville friendships Betty made over the decades remained. Maureen & Wally Charron (class of '39), Marlene Knight and the Dunwoody family often received cards or phone calls. Betty's memories were clear, accurate and vivid. So much so that the family often called upon her to connect the family histories. "Betty, who was the tailor on Green Street near Oak?" And she would know!
Betty was always involved with the United Church - in St Lambert and later in Mississauga. Whether fulfilling her duties as president of the UCW or knitting prayer shawls, she kept busy. Although Betty left St. Lambert almost 50 years ago, she never stopped describing herself as a 'south shore gal'.
There will be a Celebration of Life in October - an acknowledgment of a remarkable life lived richly and fully. She will be missed.
Class of 1970
Shelley Joanne Hartman
Oct 23, 1952 to Jul 17, 2022
Shelley Joanne Hartman passed away peacefully in hospital, surrounded by loved ones on July 17th, 2022 at the age of 69. Loving mother of Forrest Hartman, predeceased by her parents, Barney & Johanna (Carr) Hartman.
Never to be out done, Shelley was the epitome of a life fully-lived. She was a scuba diver, a fine arts & biology student, a graphic designer, and perhaps most notably, the number one rated rock-jock at Chez 106 in Ottawa for 21 years.
An eloquent and engaging voice, gracing Ottawa's airwaves and endearing generations of listeners. Later in life, she followed what she felt to be her true calling as a passionate and dedicated student of Greek and Roman Studies at Carleton University.
“I’ve seen the Parthenon, Delphi, the Pyramids, the Nile at dawn, and The Tragically Hip at Barrymore’s. I've flown with Canada’s Snowbirds and built my own cabin”.
Chez listeners will undoubtedly have just read these words in her voice. Always full of zeal and infinitely curious, Shelley felt that “Adults are young people stuck in aging bodies”, a sentiment she consistently embodied. A force of nature, she was an intrepid explorer, a scholar, a builder, an artist, and a rocker. From exploring the Arctic and Ancient Greece, to rocking the airwaves for over 20 years, Shelley was truly larger than life.
Not politically correct and the language is coarse but I had to use it. The submitter did not want to be identified.
Golfers will appreciate
Police are called to an apartment and find a woman holding a bloody 3-iron standing over a lifeless man.
The detective asks, "Ma'am, is that your husband?"
"Yes" says the woman.
"Did you hit him with that golf club?"
"Yes, yes, I did."
The woman begins to sob, drops the club, and puts her hands on her face.
"How many times did you hit him?"
"I don't know -- put me down for a five."
Just what the doctor ordered
A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, right up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, "I would like to buy some cyanide."
The pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?"
The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband."
The pharmacist's eyes got big and he exclaimed, "Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband!
That's against the law! I'll lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!"
The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.
The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "Well now. That's different. You didn't tell me you had a prescription."
Kids on A plane
A man boarded a plane with six kids. After they got settled in their seats a woman sitting across the aisle from him leaned over to him and asked, "Are all of those kids yours?"
He replied, "No. I work for a condom company. These are customer complaints."
This comes from 2 math teachers with a combined total of 70 years' experience. It has an irrefutable mathematical logic from a strictly mathematical viewpoint... and it goes like this:
What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?
Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%?
What makes up 100% in life?
Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Is represented as: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%
AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%
So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that while Hardwork and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.
Now you know why Politicians are where they are!
I've never seen a better explanation than this formula. How true it is.
It's All in the Name
A psychiatrist was conducting a group therapy session with five young mothers & their small children.
"You all have obsessions", he stated. "I am concerned that these individual obsessions are going to impact your children.
To the first mother, Mary, he said: "You are obsessed with eating. You've even named your daughter Candy.
He turned to the second Mum, Ann: "Your obsession is with money. It manifests itself in your children's names, Penny, Goldie and Frank.
He turned to the third Mum, Joyce: "Your obsession is alcohol. This too shows itself in your children's names: Brandy and Sherry. You even called the cat, Whisky.
He then turned to the fourth Mum June: "Your obsession is with flowers. Your girls are called Rose, Daphne & Poppy".
At this point, the fifth mother, Kathy, quietly got up, took her little boy by the hand and whispered: "Come on Dick, this guy has no idea what he's talking about. Grab Fanny and Willy, we're going home".