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March 2019 Cover of the Month

Courtesy: Peter McCarthy

Nathaniel Pettes

To most, the cover shown below would be completely overlooked, but to me it was well worth the couple of dollars I paid for it. A good story behind the cover.

Posted from Granby, C. E. August 18, 1856. South to Cowansville same day and East to Brome arriving August 19, 1856


Cowansville Brome

Nathaniel Pettes was born in the township of Brome, Quebec on April 21, 1816. In his adult life he was a merchant in the town of Knowlton, within Brome County on the shores of Brome Lake, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

From Libraries and Archives Canada

In addition to being a merchant Nathaniel Pettes was also the Secretary/treasurer of the Brome County Agriculture Society, sponsors of the annual Brome County Fair, one of the best fairs in Canada and certainly the best in the province of Quebec. He also represented Brome County in the House of Commons as a Liberal from 1874 to 1878. He was a Warden for Brome County and a director of the Southeastern Railway and the Canada Central Railway.

Nathaniel Pettes died on October 20, 1889. In 1893 Nathaniel’s wife Narcissa (nee) Ferrand had constructed in the town of Knowlton Pettes Memorial Library in memory of her husband. Pettes Memorial Library is the oldest free public library in rural Quebec

Pettes Memorial Library Narcissa Pettes (nee) Ferrand

From “The History of Pettes Memorial Library”