History of Valcartier

Expropriation of 1914

By Gerry Nevile September 15, 1915 The Honorable. the Minister of  Militia and Defense. Acquisition of land for Valcartier Camp Site        With reference to your request for a memorandum as to how the matter of the acquisition of...

Valcartier Camp

Valcartier Camp

By Bernie Monaghan  At the outbreak of World War 1 in 19l4, a large section of the Township of Valcartier was selected by the Federal Government as a site for a Military Training Camp. As a result, this decision caused the properties of a sub­stantial number of...

Old Soldiers of Valcartier

Written by Bernie Monaghan in the 1980s.  From General Education to Education of Generals. By Padre R. A. B. Maclean, writing in L’Emerillon, May 19th 1982.  Anniversaries and local genealogical connections of my own family have driven me to search out the...

The Settlement of Bourg Louis

The Settlement of Bourg Louis

by D. Clark McIntosh Most of the research contained in this section was written in the mid 1970s. The work, observations, and data collected was used for my undergraduate thesis for the Geography Department at McGi11 University. The original seigniory of Bourg Louis...

An Outing in the Laurentides

An Outing in the Laurentides

by Sir James McPherson Lemoine in his book Maple Leaves: History, Biography, Legend, Literature, Memoirs, Etc. VII Series, 1906, published by Frank Carrell, Quebec “Time will not number the hours We’ll spend in the woods. Where no sorrow intrudes, With the streams,...

Valcartier Schools and Teachers

Valcartier Schools and Teachers

Valcartier Elementary School, built 1947, photographed c1977 by Bernie Monaghan, 1980s One of the oldest, if not the oldest school was situated at the foot of the Near Mill Hill, later known as the School at Todd’s. Todd’s moved there from the ­Fourth Range in 1864....

Sajuk’s Store

Sajuk’s Store

by Bernie Monaghan, 1988 One of the principal stores in Valcartier Village, in fact the only Dry Goods Store was owned and operated by James Sajuk, around the turn of the century. At that time Valcartier Village was commonly called "The Settlement. According to "old...

Place Names of Valcartier

by Bernie Monaghan, 1980s CLARK'S BRIDGE The bridge which spans the Jacques Cartier at Clark’s commonly called the Iron Bridge was built in 1891. According to some old timers the steel for the bridge had been hauled from Valcartier Station with horses up the river on...

Biographies

Letter from Elinor Clark (1898)

Submitted by D. Clark McIntosh, August, 2019 A letter to William Clark, the son of John Clark and Eleanor Billing who lived in Riviere aux Pins. Valcartier, PQ Oct 21, 1898 My Dear William I was so glad to hear again from you last week, for I was beginning to fear I...

Some Related Goodfellow Settlers in Canada

by Marjorie Goodfellow My great, great grandfather Robert Goodfellow emigrated from Scotland about 1820. As yet, no record of embarkation or debarkation has been found. Why did he come? It is assumed that he landed in Quebec, but that is not proven. With whom did he...

Susannah McKinley versus Susannah McKinley

by Audrey Henderson, 2012 It appears there are 2 females of the same name - Susannah McKinley – who lived in the area of Valcartier, at the same time, in the eighteen hundreds. One Susannah McKinley married William Henderson, I will refer to as her as Susannah-1. The...

Henderson Family History

by Audrey, Charles and Faye Henderson, April 2012 John Henderson (1791-1864) and Elizabeth Brown (1797-1873) Their Children and Families Preface The Henderson's family history was initially undertaken by my cousin Charles Henderson. Charlie conducted his research...

Delia Brown’s Autograph Book

Delia was the wife of Thomas Knox.  This has been kindly provided by her great-great granddaughter, Melanie Goodfellow. The book was was started by Delia when she was 20 years old in 1889 and added to until 1894. Mary A Billing, Valcartier Jan. 15 1889Grant Ireland,...

Father John O’Grady 1803-1872

This biography was researched and written by Dennis McLane of Boise, Idaho.  He maintains a website entitled, Frampton Irish.  With his kind permission I have reprinted it here. "The theme of this blog is Catholic priest, the Reverend John O’Grady. I was inspired to...

Curtis McBain & Caroline Ward

by Nelson Ireland and Evelyn Ireland Jewel, grandchildren of Curtis McBain; written April 6, 1988 CURTIS McBAIN 1846-1905 and his wife CAROLINE WARD lived in the Settlement of Valcartier, today known as Valcartier Village. Their residence stood on the site of what...

Owen Murphy

by William Cochrane Owen Murphy, Ex-Mayor of Quebec City, was born in Stoneham, Province of Quebec December 9th, 1829. His father was a member of the highly esteemed family of Murphys, of Ballainoulart House, County Wexford , Ireland, and was a man of peculiarly high...

The Madden Family of Valcartier

by Bernard Monaghan, 1985; edited by Patricia Balkcom, April, 2019 Family of Anthony Madden and Eleanor Calback Anthony Madden and his wife Eleanor Calback must have been married in Ireland and arrived in Valcartier in the early 1800s. They settled on a lot on the...

Burial of Marie Ursule Hubert Neilson

At the same time I also obtained the following excerpt from the Register of the Church of the parish.  On this 23rd day of June 1866, we the undersigned priest, have interred in the cemetery of this parish, the body of Marie-Ursule Hubert, wife of the late Hon....

Jimmy Poole (Powell)

by Jack Griffin Jimmy Poole (Powell) was a native of Lismore,  County Waterford. and went to Newfoundland from Ireland, later coming to Quebec and eventually to the Valcartier/St. Catherine district. His seems to have been a very adventuresome spirit for not long...

Death of Jack Murphy and the Phantom Train

Johnny Donaldson tells me that the famous phantom train, which traveled the tracks of the old Gosford and Quebec-Lake St. John railroads in the early days began its ghostly journeying after Jack Murphy of Pine River was killed by a train near Scott's Corner - near...

Stories

Historical Tidbits

Historical Tidbits

Unknown Author NAME CHANGES There is a lake on the 5th concession of Valcartier which appears on maps as lac Jacques or lac St. Jacques. In pioneer days this lake was referred to by the local people of the area. as lake Jock or Jock's lake. called after the first...

My Summers in Shannon

My Summers in Shannon

(about his summers about 1947-8) Ice Cream Galore As a ten year old boy who spent summers in Shannon, I would always accompany my cousin Jackie Griffin when he would drive to the local station to pick up the daily mail bag. Pete Bowles ran the store close to the...

Farming in Valcartier

Farming in Valcartier

Milking During the early 1920’s, as I remember them, all the people were dairy farmers and had been following the same system for many years before my time. A herd of 14 milk cows at that time was considered a big one. Herds on the various farms would range from four...

No Repeat Please

No Repeat Please

told to Vincent Kelly by Thomas Guilfoyle A husband and wife lived long ago in the vicinity of Pinkney Mountain. The wife sickened and died and, after a night’s waking was carried to the churchyard for burial, borne on the shoulders of neighbors who took turns...

The Harvest Excursion

The Harvest Excursion

told to J. A. Griffin by Tim Kiley When we got to Napinka tow we found a different tune Strong men stood round in sadnessThere was nothing could be done "No work", was what the people said "Your trip will be in vain Two hundred men are starving on the streets of...

The First Oil Lamp

The First Oil Lamp

by Pete Powell A family named McCloskey once lived on lot #425, sixth range, now the property of Johnny Donaldson. Whether they were related to the fifth range McCloskeys is not known, but Johnny does not think they were. He remembered seeing one of them, John...

Horse Racing

Horse Racing

Joe Bowles once told me of a famous horse-race which took place in St. Catherine’s a long time ago between a horse owned by Andrew Dunn and a steed belonging to "Rich" Anthony Maher. A wager of $100 was made and the race took place on a Sunday afternoon, starting at...

A Heavy Ghost

A Heavy Ghost

When my grandfather, Michael Woodlock, died in 1927, I went to the wake with my father one evening, and recall being seated in the kitchen near where three men: William "Rushabuc Bill" Conway, Willie Hayes and Bill Landers were telling ghost stories. Being only twelve...

A Christening

A Christening

told to Dave Woodlock by Michael King of New York in about 1932 In Valcartier pioneer days, there was a young couple settled on one of the back ranges, far from the Village. In the dead of winter their first child was born to them - a healthy baby boy. The husband...

Earthquakes Felt in Valcartier

Earthquakes Felt in Valcartier

Valcartier and the surrounding areas have experienced their share of earth­quakes over the years. For the most part, they were minor tremors hut some of them were quite severe. In November 23, 1988, a minor quake, measuring 4.4 on the Ritcher Scale awakened us from...

James McCartney’s Songs

James McCartney’s Songs

typed by Bernie Monaghan James McCartney, son of Andrew McCartney and Janet Wolff . Born, March 16, 1889. Died, February 15, 1931, at the age of 41 years at the Jeffrey Hale Hospital, Quebec City.. Lived in Valcartier Village. Buried in St. Andrew's Presbyterian...

A Close Call

A Close Call

The story as told by Mrs. Annie Corrigan in 1964. In olden days the Catholic children of Valcartier would have a period of religious instruction during the month of May. It was called Catechism.  The Catechism would be taught in the Sacristy of the Church to the...

Gelé à Mort  (Frozen To Death)

Gelé à Mort (Frozen To Death)

by Jack Griffin The bitter Quebec winters seem to have taken their toll among the early Irish settlers of St. Catherine’s, unused as they were to such horrible cold, and, in most cases, inadequately clothed as well. Thus, the parish records of St. Augustin de Portneuf...

Driving Pulpwood on the Jacques Cartier River

Driving Pulpwood on the Jacques Cartier River

by Bernie Monaghan and Michael Corrigan In the late 1800's, a pulpmill was established in the town of Donnacona, which is situated on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, a short distance from Quebec City. The vast forests of the Jacques Cartier water shed was...