Cornwall Cheese and Butter Board


tHE Glen Walter Cheese Factory is picturesquely situated in the village of Glen Walter, about four miles directly east of Cornwall, on the shores of the beautiful St. Lawrence  River.   It has a list of some thirty-odd patrons whose farms cover a territory starting immediately east of Cornwall to about two miles east of Glen Walter, with a few on the two Concession roads running north from the river.
       The proprietor of the factory is Wm. J. O'Brien who is generally recognized as one of the best cheesemakers in the Cornwall Cheese Board District. In proof of this Mr. O'Brien has won many prizes in cheese exhibits at various fairs and exhibitions.
       The names of the patrons of the Glen Walter Cheese Factory are: P. Purcell, S. Russell, D. Lalonde, H. Farlinger, F. Maville, W. Rae, Joseph Russell, Thurston Doherty, James Laplante, S. J. Fraser, J. A. Lalonde, John Adams, A. C. Tyo, A. Mitchell, L. Jacob, L. A. Parisian, D. Bergeron, E. Derochie, Mrs. M. Purcell, Joseph D. Lalonde, A. Fraser, J. D. McGee, G. C. Colquhoun, John Lafave, A. Gadbois, John Thompson, Wm. David, Branard Butler, John Skeetz, Wm. Campbell, Amos O'Brien, Nathan Copeland, Harvey Craig, Alex. Dingwall and R. A. McLennan.
       The patrons are generally a prosperous class of farmers who own their farms, many of them being wealthy. Among this number is R. J. Craig, a retired contractor of note whose beautiful residence and barns are shown on another page; G. C. Colquhoun, owner of the splendid Gilmour Hill farm; Nathan Copeland, former Reeve of Cornwall Township, who owns and personally operates several hundred acres; Mrs. M. Purcell, whose palatial residence is a source of pride to the neighborhood; John Lafave, who, perhaps, has one of the largest herds of cattle in the United Counties, and W. A. Anderson, whose family settled here several generations ago. Wm. C. Leitch, although not a Cheese Board patron, has perhaps the finest barns in this locality. All of these fine properties face the St. Lawrence River.
       A striking illustration of the remarkable civilization of the Red Man is the presence of a number of Indian patrons among the factory's membership. These Indians convey their milk by boat from St. Regis Island to the Glen Walter factory every morning, and receive, every two weeks, substantial checks in return.
       The soil of all of these splendid farms is most fertile, easily drained into the St. Lawrence River, and abundant crops are annually harvested.
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