Souris Timeline

Souris Timeline

1724

A plague of mice devastates crops. This is the first of a dozen outbreaks that will be recorded over the next 90 years, though it is not known exactly when the harbour here is dubbed Souris or "mouse" by a French vessel encountering the aftermath of such an outbreak.

1817

Rollo Bay school hires Louise Seniat, the first Acadian French speaking teacher. The school remained in operation until 1834 as a french school.

1829

William Cooper, land agent for Lot 56 is elected as a radical reformer. His platform was to seize large estates from their mostly absentee-proprietors and grant the land to the tenants.

1843

First school in Souris is established in Norris Pond and was taught by Edmund Shea.

1848

St. Mary's church burns to the ground.

1864

John Shannon delivers mail from Charlottetown to Souris in a covered carriage four days a week. He is paid a sum of $3.50 a week.

1868

A plague of flying ants arrives on June 22 in East Point, they are in places three feet deep and just as wide. They extended along the North Shore many miles from East Point.

1869

John McLean and Uriah Matthew open a store in Souris.

1876

Construction is started on the Saint Mary's Convent.

1877

American CJ Haley builds a lobster factory just under the lighthouse in Souris.

1877

Alexander MacKenzie, Canada's second Prime Minister, was the first Prime Minister to visit Souris.

1886

July 14th, over 1000 people attended a church picnic next door to the convent.

1892

Fire started in Strathcona, July 12-23, and ended at Fortune Bridge, destroying thousands of acres of woods and fields and a least five homes.

1894

First ice rink opens. It is small and relies on naturally made ice to operate. Artificial ice will not make an appearance in Souris until 71 years later.

1900

The new Souris High serving grades 1-10 opens.

1909

The Imperial Hotel burns to the ground. To assist in the fire fighting, Charlottetown's Silsby fire engine is shipped by rail.

1912

William Dingwell, gradaute of the New England Institute of Anatomy, establishes Dingwell's Funeral Home in Souris.

1913

The Souris Silver Black Fox company is formed by Dr. Gus MacDonald and Charles MacKinnon.

1925

Over 50 whales beached themselves at Norris Pond creating a temporary economic boom. The rendered oil brings $10 gallon.

1927

Teenagers Bernard and George Leslie shoot the last known Island black bear near the Souris Line Road.

1929

St. Mary's Catholic Church is gutted by a fire. The stone shell is rebuilt with some modifications.

1931

The McQuaid block is constructed on Main Street by Art McQuaid.

1936

John McLean passes away. In addition to his business interests he served as a member of the PEI legislature, a member of Parliament in Ottawa and since 1915 as a Senator.

1941

Dundas hosts the first plowing match.

1958

The O'Donnell Usen fish company leased to Albert Griffin for the fish processing plant. The plant is the largest employer in the town until the fire in 1993.

1959

Souris' worst fire destoys an entire block on Main Street.

1961

Sterling Burke, SRHS bus recieves national attention on Jan 20th when it gets stuck in a snowstorm with 18 students and a teacher. Burke finally gets home 27 hours later.

1969

Johnny Belinda hits the main stage of the Confederation Center, and the play sends curious tourists to the Souris area.

1971

Dial telephone debuts in Souris. There is so much interest the circuits overload in the first week.

1973

Basin Head Fisheries Museum is offically opened.

1974

Matthew & McLean closes it's doors for the last time, the store reopens as Stedmans.

 

 

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