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150 Years of History in the Hills

The following article first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the May 03, 2017 issue. Reprinted with permission.

The horseless carriage comes of age

150 Years of History in the Hills
A photo from the late Carol Martin's family album. Her maternal uncle, Arthur Reid of Kirk's Ferry, is standing beside the family's new truck. Carol's mother, Dorothy Reid, explains the purchase in a journal entry, dated June 9, 1933, "Men went to town this afternoon and brought home new truck, International, and it's swankie." The truck was an International Model D-1, built from 1932 to 1940.

Owning a car was a luxury few enjoyed in the Outaouais of the early 1900s. As production increased, prices dropped, and the gas engine vehicle became a mainstay of country life, whether people were taxiing to church or hauling goods.


 
150 Years of History in the Hills
A McLaughlin touring car, with members of the Tibbit family of Farm Point, circa 1917. Donated by Ian Crane.

 
150 Years of History in the Hills
'Buttercup', the lemony-yellow car of Louise and Rolf Krapf of Chelsea. Why the photo was taken isn't known, but it's captured the long-gone store owned by Ross and Winnie Ardell, still standing as a private residence on Highway 105 in Larrimac, circa 1995. Donated by Louise Schwartz.
150 Years of History in the Hills
Marcel Bertrand's Model T, one of the first cars in Masham. Left to right: Lucien Bertrand, Delphine Bertrand on the hood, with Eva and Louisette (nee Perrier) Bertrand. Clorinde (nee Dionee) Bertrand is on the veranda. Undated. Donated by Hector LeBlanc.

 
150 Years of History in the Hills
The Hills weren't without mishaps. A Chevrolet by the Gatineau River in Cascades, circa 1920. Donated by Preston Wilson.

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