Cochrane history time now, and we go back to May, 1982. A group of Cochranites got a taste of being in a movie.
Public library archivist Ardis Proulx-Chedore reads from a report in the Northland Post from Wednesday, May 12th.
“Nine young Cochrane men all went down to North Bay last Friday and got dressed in furs and other clothing representative of those worn in the year 1686 by a regiment which worked from Montreal to Moose Factory.”
That was the DeTroyes Regiment. The movie was being produced by Ontario Northland, to be screened during excursions of the Chief Commanda II on Lake Nipissing. It covered the history of that lake.
ACTORS FROM COCHRANE
“The nine boys even sang two French songs for their part in the movie, and also spoke French as if they were really in the 1600s,” Proulx-Chedore recites.
The movie got organizer Lorne Fleece thinking about reviving the DeTroyes Pageant, which until four years earlier entertained tourists in the summer. It went defunct when it lost funding.
Thanks to the Cochrane Public Library for giving us access to the archives for our weekly history feature.