Memorials and Things of Fame

Researched and Compiled By Catherine Mills Rouleau

The Morning Chronicle

1850

Saturday last, being St. Andrew's Day, the members of the St. Andrews Society assembled together at half past 10 o'clock in the forenoon, at St. George's Hotel and, preceded by the pipes of the gallant 79th Regiment, marched with their banners and insignia to St. Andrew's Church. After the service the Society moved off in procession and by way of Ste Anne, St. Ursule and St. Lewis Streets, reached the St. George's Hotel, where they were met and saluted by the St. George's and St. Patrick's Societies. They then moved off together to salute the St. Jean Baptiste Society at the residence of the Honorable R.E. Caron.

Note from Cathy: Situated on St. John Street near Palace Hill,, "The St. George's Hotel" with its arched doors, extensive patios, a prestigious theater and grand ballroom, was a favored place for Quebec's high society, but in 1895, as happened to many grand buildings in Quebec, part of the building was destroyed by fire. The building was rebuilt to continue its illustrious saga. As it was so centrally located, a place of entertainment was included, with a gymnasium, bowling alleys, pool hall and a grand gym complete with modern washrooms. A few years later the owners went bankrupt and the building was transformed into an apartment building with the "Taverne du Vieux Quebec" on the first floor.


The Morning Chronicle

1860

The St. Andrew's Ball of Friday night was, all things considered, one of those successes which surprise almost as much as they please. The Society had accidentally to contend, in some measure, against some adverse circumstances, arising out of the fact of the Administrator's Ball so immediately preceding the St. Andrew's festival. That two such social gatherings could be held on two consecutive nights, without some prejudice more or less, at least to the second, could hardly have been expected. And yet we venture to say, that under the most favoring circumstances, the St. Andrew's Ball could not have been expected to be as great a success as it was. Shortly before one o'clock, after the usual ceremonies, the company entered the Supper Room. The Bill of Fare, which was altogether good was as follows: Grosses Pièces - Dinde à la Gelée, Langues à l'Écarlate, Petits Poulets du Printemps, Pâtes Froids à la Gelée, Têtes de Sangliers, Pâtes aux Huitres, Salade d'Homard en Bordure, Salade de Volailles à la Mayonnaise, Les Crèmes Vierges - Charlotte Russes, Crème Italiennes, Blanc Mangers, Crème au Naturel Ratafias. Pièces du Milieu - Gâteau Ornés, Paniers de Nougat, Pyramide Égyptienne. Wine, Port, Sherry, English Ales, Porter &c.

Chronicle Telegraph

1910

St. Andrew's Day was most fittingly celebrated at the Garrison Club last evening by a large number of the members of the society and their friends by a splendid dinner in the dining room of the club. A pleasing incident of the occasion was the fact that every seat was occupied and every one present had an exceptionally pleasant and enjoyable time. The excellent menu presented by the club was as follows: Deid Cock's Brea - Biled Kettle o' Fish, Bannocks (Flat Bread), -"Wa says, a wee drap o'soothing seerup - An noo" - Collops o' Hielan Beef, The Pibroch (pipes) will soun' the approach o' the Haggis -Roasbit Bubbly Jock (turkey) an' Grumpy - ;Chappit Tatties (Mashed Potatoes) an Green Peas - Snaw-Ba Puddie an' cakes

"A wee drappie tae haud a'doon - Who first laid down the electric cords - That million hearts in one combine- When flash along the magic words - Auld Lang Syne."

Quebec Chronicle Telegraph

1960

Attorney General Georges Lepalme yesterday presented a police report in the Legislature concerning the alleged circulation of counterfeit money during the last election. Mr. Lapalme said two RCMP reports concluded the whole matter was a hoax to embarrass the Liberal party after it won the election. The story was originally published by the Montreal weekly, "Nouvelles Illustrées" which said that $2½ million in counterfeit money was circulated during the election campaign. This week the provincial police raided a luxurious hotel room in Montreal where they found some missing links in the complicated puzzle. Two reporters from the "Nouvelles Illustrées" and some tape recordings were found. It appears that the pair had believed a story by known criminals, Jean Paul Pouliot and Gaston Alain, stating that counterfeit money had been used during the election campaign. Pouliot and Alain had sent the investigators on a wild goose chase designed to prove the money was being transported between Montreal and Quebec. In August two rooms were rented in a St. Roch hotel to await the arrival of a load of counterfeit money. The investigators waited in vain until 2am. The criminals also made false incriminating tape recordings which they wanted to sell for $15,000. If the tapes were not sold, they would be used to blackmail Union National Members of Parliament, blaming them for the hoax. "It is distressing that there are newspapers in which people can print such absurdities without verification or serious reflection," the report concluded.