22 May 2013

Ottawa Branch Meeting - Saturday, May 25th

13:00 – 15:00
City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Room 115
Arrive by 1:00 p.m. for Coffee, tea, cookies and networking.
Please sign in at the security desk when you arrive.


The life of Jack Couture
Presented by Michael MacDonald, author of "The Eye that Never Closes" (a look at the life of Joseph Roney of Aylmer who worked as a private investigator in the region for over 40 years) and "Poolroom and Politics: Aylmer History through the Lens and Pencil of Jack.

Couture was a journalist, activist, storyteller and poolroom operator. He was a unique mid-twentieth century resident of Aylmer, Quebec who originally hailed from Deseronto, Ontario. Like many such newly sprung industrial towns of the mid to late 1800s, it was populated by an imported French Canadian labour force. Couture was of this stock. The presentation will trace his poverty stricken beginnings and concentrate mostly on his colourful contributions to life in Aylmer, Quebec including his many contributions to the Ottawa daily newspapers in the 1940s to 1950s, most especially in his role as president and founder of the Aylmer Cow Watchers' Society. The Cow Watchers was an invention of his which provided a satirical vehicle through which he commented on events of the day.


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