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National Grocers warehouse opening and runaway snowmobile featured on Cochrane history

As we return with our Cochrane History segment we look back at the 1973 edition of the Northland Post and the case of a runaway snowmobile.

A snowmobile rider got bucked off his sled while attempting to adjust the throttle around 15th Avenue. As the person tried to get off the ground the sled kept going on down the road colliding with a residence on 15th Ave, a driveaway and finally hitting a double car garage where it knocked down a centre post and hit snowblower, truck and car.

Property damage was assessed at $760.

In our second look at Cochrane history it’s back to the early 1970s edition of the Northland Post where we learn about the official opening of the National Grocers Warehouse that was attended by 200 people.

The facility will cover an area from Chapleau to Hornepayne including the James Bay Coast. Existing warehouses in Timmins and Kapuskasing as well as another in Cochrane were closed to make way for the new centre.

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Company president Peter Lennie told the crowd that faith in Northern Ontario was the deciding factor for National Grocers planning the new facility.

We thank the Cochrane Public Library for providing us information for our weekly history segment.

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