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Cochrane history: October, 1951 on the road

We’re on the road for Cochrane history this week, going back to the Northland Post issue of Thursday, October 25th, 1951.

On the front page is a report of a head-on collision on Highway 11, just west of Cochrane that very morning.

An eastbound car driven by Walter Melanson of Kapuskasing with a fellow jury member on their way to the courthouse in Cochrane… collided with a westbound car operated by John Ouellette of Cochrane.

All three were taken to Lady Minto Hospital, but only Mr. Melanson was held there.  Mr. Ouellette was charged with careless driving.

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On that same front page, a story about public works chairman, A.D.W. Cuthbert reporting to town council on a delegation he led to Queen’s Park.  It was there to ask the Minister of Highways to help pay for paving of arterial streets in town.

“Mr. Doucett, the Minister, had been called away… but arranged for Mr. P.M. Higgins of the municipal roads branch to represent him. Mr. Higgins said he believed the government… would pay a maximum of 50%.”

Thank you, as always, to the Cochrane Public Library and its archives for contributing to our weekly history feature.

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