Tim Hewlings of Montreal has confirmed that the creek in Cartierville, that I discussed in a previous post, a post that has been widely read, and that has been described as “very evocative” – it’s great to get that kind of feedback – by a recent site visitor, was called Raimbault Creek.
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The creek now runs entirely underground.
Tim Hewlings has also shared with us an extract of a 1949 map of Cartierville that he found. This is a wonderful archival document. I much appreciate the opportunity to share the section from the map.
Cartierville named after George-Etienne Cartier
I’m also pleased to say that I’ve recently confirmed, by talking with Grade 8 students who have been doing a history project, that Cartierville is named after George-Etienne Cartier (1814-1873).
A 1983 review of two books about Cartier describes him as “an elusive figure in Canadian history.” Among other topics the review, which I found highly engaging, highlights the history of the Sulpicians, who among other things were involved in the colonization of the land on the north shore of the island of Montreal that became known as Cartierville.
I’ve recently been reading George-Etienne Cartier: Montreal Bourgeois (1981), a book that is regarded favourably in the above-noted review. The book adds to my appreciation of William Faulkner’s observation that “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
Cartier’s hair style
Sample quote (p. 38) from the above-mentioned study:
“Cartier’s rising income allowed him to indulge his inherited bourgeois tastes. In its simplest form this meant attention to comfort, food, furnaces, carpets, and gas-lighting. However, Montrealers of Cartier’s rank sought more than storm windows, a full stomach, and a large house. The perception of Cartier by English Canadians as an unaggressive French-Canadian bon vivant obscured his serious social ambitions that are attested to by his wine cellar, servants, library, and hotel bills, by his stable, fruit trees, and country estate, by his military commission, baronetcy, coat of arms, uniforms, and hair style.”
American Revolutionary War; War of 1812
As well (p. 47): “Service as an officer in the Canadian militia was a traditional form of status for the francophone élite. As we have seen, Cartier’s grandfather had aided the British in the American Revolution and had become a lieutenant-colonel in the Verchères militia. Cartier’s father had served as a lieutenant and paymaster in the War of 1812. In 1847 Cartier himself, just ten years after being charged with treason, was appointed a captain in the Montreal Voltigeurs militia unit. He established the Ministry of Militia Affairs in 1861 and chose militia as his portfolio after Confederation.”
Given that we’re dealing with the 1960s era with regard to the upcoming 2015 Malcolm Campbell High School reunion, I was also interested to read an April 30, 2014 New Yorker article entitled “The 1964 World’s Fair wasn’t that great.” The article prompts reflection about aspects of the cultural history of the 1960s. Some things have changed. Some things are better now. Some things are worse. What matters most of all is the present moment.