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This article first appeared in the November 8, 2006 issue of the The Low Down to Hull and Back News.External Link Reprinted with permission. Search complete list of Low Down Articles.

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La Peche plaques seven historical buildings

La Peche honoured the owners of seven buildings of historical significance - including the municipality itself - with 2006 Centenary Plaques Oct. 23, drawing a crowd of approximately 40 people to the Salle Desjardins.

A collaboration between the municipality and the Gatineau Valley Historical Society the plaques themselves are cobbled together with pieces of La Peche history: the wood background carved from barn hoard and the centenary recognition engraved on part of an old school blackboard.

Centenary plaque
Councellor Lynn Benhiaume (leit) and Mayor Robert Bussieee present Parricia Bassen with a centenary plaque at an Oct. 23 ceremony.

"People get a plaque they can put up on their building and they get a scroll and two photographs - one of the building as it would have been originally: and it's current state how it looks now," explained GVHS archivist Jay Atherton.

"One of the most interesting things was the municipality of La Peche getting an award from itself," added GVHS member Ernie Mahoney.

La Peche recognized its own building, currently housing the Wakefield Library on Valley Drive. According to local historian Norma Geggie, an 1897 insurance map of the village shows the building as the R.0. Morris Tannery, which was replaced by a door factory in the early 1900s. A fire hall was built in the space in 1957, which also served as a municipal office for the municipality of Wakefield until its amalgamation into La Peche in 1975.

Geggie noted another particularly interesting recognition that went to Patricia Bassett and Philippe Cappeliez, owners of a turn of the century cottage once owned by Senator Napoleon Antoine Belcourt after the completion of the rail line to Wakefield. in 1892 Renowned Quebec historian Lucien Brault bought the building in the 1940s.

Tijs and Vivian Bellar-Spruyt's Lascelles home, originally a 19th century homestead, also received a plaque, as did Genevieve Parent's turn of the century Wakefield cottage, the Whippet-will campground on the shores of Lac Gauvreau near Masham, the Marshall Brown farmhouse (now Chez Eric Restaurant) in Wakefield and Harold Gauthier's farmhouse in the middle of Lac-des-Loups.