Seniors Situation Room by Dawn Ford – Looking at the Lamp OCT 7, 2016


Cornwall Ontario – The year books for the School of Nursing of the Cornwall General Hospital were called, “The Lamp”. In the back of the 1959, 1960 and 1961 editions are many ads for local businesses.

See how many are still around today and how many you remember: Smith Hardware, Rita Marshall Millinery & Accessories, Hum’s Restaurant Specializing in Canadian and Chinese Dishes, Personal Portrait by Andre , Lavimodiere Furriers, John Entwistle General Contractor and Approved Roofer, Coleman Munroe Ltd. Hauling, Excavating, Asphaltic Paving, Devitt Fuel Co. Ltd for your Coal and Oil and Heating Equipment Needs call WE-3-3614, Cornwall Bottling Works, Radio United Cab 24 Hour Service, Clarke’s Shoes, Roy Florist, Morin-Payette Jewellers, St. Lawrence Power Co. Ltd., Rivermead Diary, Marilyn Shoppe Ladies Wear and Furs, Dor Jean, Reine Leblanc Exclusive Millinery, Howard G. Lough & Company, Dover’s Men’s Shop, Fraser Watches and Jewellery, Cornwall Eastside Dairy Co., Weber & Company Book Gifts and Stationery, Dover’s Ltd., Whittaker Bros. Flower and Gift Shop, TCF of Canada Ltd., Poirier Bros. Furniture, Monroe & Cottrell General Insurance Agents, Minute Auto Wash, Votre Beaute, Cornwall Bottling Works, Wagon Wheel Gift Shop, W. C. McGuire & Sons, Voque Ladies Wear, Cornwallis Hotel, Shell Co. Canada Ltd.,Track Rd., The Advance Shop, W. Harold Warren Jeweller, Nyman’s Shoe Store, Beulah Beauty Bar, King George Hotel, Albert’s Dry Goods, Beamish Store, Muriel’s Personal Shoppe, Bea’s Bar, Keyes Supply Co. Ltd. Office Furniture and Supplies, Jade Garden Restaurant, Vanity Ladies Wear, Hedley Allingham Photography, Boulerice & Payette 24 hour Ambulance Service, Ran-Gal Photos, James McAteer Clothing and Uniforms, The House of Gifts (Pommier Jewellers), Shirley’s Restaurant, Cornwall Motor Sales Ltd., Rice Bros. Lady’s Wear, Fullerton’s Drug Store, Wilson’s Wool and Gift Shop, C&R Marleau Co. Ltd., Schulman’s, Herman’s Women’s Wear, Hall Bros Hardware, Mac-Mar Fruit Courtaulds Canada Ltd., The Shoe Bar, Sones Jewellers, Ralph Ross & Co., Murray’s Jewellers, and S.W. Jacobs Ltd. How is that for a trip down Memory Lane!! Quite frankly, after typing this list, I may never type again. lol

This little poem was in one of The Lamp’s year books by Author Unknown:

The Nurses’ 23rd. Psalm

The sick are my patients, they shall not want.

I maketh them to lie down in warm blankets.

I feedeth them through a glass tube.

I resoreth their pulse, and teacheth them

To like the hospital for their own sake.

Yea, though they sleep in plaster casts

They shall fear no pain.

My smile and my dope shall comfort them.

I annointeth their backs with alcohol,

And wash their hands in warm water.

Surely thermometers and groans

Shall follow me all the days of my life

And I shall dwell in my uniform forever.

In a Disabled World newsletter recently is an article reporting that the Kakadu Plum, a little round green fruit grown in Australia, may be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. According to the article, this plum has the highest natural source of vitamin C of any plant in the world and also has superior antioxidant properties. The article states that the Kakadu plum contains phytochemicals such as gallic and ellagic acids. Gallic acid contains anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal activities as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour, anti-mutagenic and anti-bronchodilatory activities. The article also states that ellagic acid has anti-carcinogenic effects against a wide range of carcinogens in many human tissues.

Researchers believe that this plum could become the most powerful treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. It is being distributed by the Kakadu Plum Co. and founder Tahlia Mandie is making it her mission to make it available to everyday Australians and making more people aware of the native bush tucker foods. The Kukadu Co. also employs some people with disabilities.

Go to and for more detailed information. For the reference to the study go to:

Child Haven International will be hosting a fundraising dinner at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria. The dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29,2016 at 6pm. There will be an Auction Exhibit and Cash Bar at 6pm followed by a Thai dinner catered by Bhanthai Cuisine at 7pm. The evening will be emceed by Scott Hannant and Kinnon Lajoie. The Silent Auction will feature Nepali, Tibetan, Bangladeshi and Indian artifacts. Tickets are $45 per person or $320 for a table of 8. Contact Julie Slater at 613-525-1104 or the Child Haven Office for tickets. RSVP by Oct. 22. Tax receipts will be issued for contributions over the ticket cost.

Child Haven International has 10 projects in four countries: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Tibet in China which house, educate, provide medical care and lots of love for destitute children and women in need.

Their motto is:”Let me light my lamp says the star, and never debate if it will dispel the darkness.”-R. Tagore.

There is a song titled, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” sung by Chrystal Gayle. Sometimes I sing, “Don’t He Make My Black Hair Grey” which is caused by Tiger, my cat, of course.

I couldn’t find him the other day. He was nowhere to be found. I called and called. No Tiger. I searched every cupboard and closet and every room. He was not in his little house either. I opened the front door even though I hadn’t opened it yet that day and searched around. No Tiger. Whew! What to do?? I was getting panicky. I imagined him suffocating somewhere I had missed. Then I thought of the window. Maybe he had managed to slide the screen from the lower window open and down he would have gone. Just as I am checking it, I noticed him in a tiny corner behind the TV stand, staring at a little bug which was probably frozen in fear on the wall. Now that is a cat for you. If you call a dog, they come to you. Not a cat mesmerized by a big alien bug. That cat totally ignored me for quite a long time. Don’t he make my black hair grey!! Cat for sale, again!! Cheap!!

From my old photo album from my student nursing days is a photo of our skeleton named, I thought, Charlie. However, in the picture Charlie seems to be dressed in Baby dolls pj’ it must have been called some name a bit more feminine like Charlene. I asked a couple of my classmates but they couldn’t remember either. The skeleton was a teaching aid in nurses training.Remember the song we used to sing,”The hip bone’s connected to the leg bone. The leg bone’s conected to the knee bone.” etc. etc.We had to learn the proper terms like pelvis, femur and patella.

We were having a party and it looks like Charlie alias Charlene got invited for some reason. Two of the instructresses are beside it. We are not sure of their names but I remember that the teacher on the left of the skeleton taught us Massage Therapy…I think. lol Where did the years go and our memeories with them!!

Two classmates, the late Gladys Moss-Garlough on the left and Bess Konecny on the right of the photo with her date.

Notice the plaid skirts they are wearing which was in voque at the time. It would be nice to have one today actually. Always in style.

How is this for a ‘Cool Lass”? Actually Lady is her name and is owned by a friend of mine. Lady is a beautiful dog, frisky and playful. Thanks Kev, for sharing this amusing photo with us.

Here is a cute joke from one of The Lamps:

Nurse:” You say you want the death certificate changed, doctor. It’s rather against the rules, you know”.

Doctor: “I know but it is important. I was in a hurry and didn’t pay any attention to the space marked, “Cause of Death” and that is where I signed my name”.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day, October 10, 2016, Dawn


  1. I love the Nurses Psalm – so funny. Tiger will make your hair rise or yes, turn white your black hair white. What a little imp!!

  2. LOL LOL. ROLF! The dog in the picture has the same sun glasses that I have. I glanced over to see if the dog was here and grabbed them. Dawn you are wonderful and brought back a lot of the businesses. Can you imagine how Cornhole died literally. The daughter of Shulman’s men’s wear taught me English at CCVS and a very good teacher. I enjoy hearing about the past Dawn.

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