Town (Vankleek Hill) Turned Village By Railroad's Action, Published 4 June 1953It used to "burn up" People who lived In Vankleek Hill when they went into the Canadian Pacific ticket office to buy a ticket : for "The Hill."
Here is how it would go,
"I want a ticket for Vankleek Hill," would say the customer.
"Are you going to the village?" the CPR clerk would ask innocently
"No, I am going to tne town," would reply the customer.
A good Vankleek Hill man used to get mad when his town (population 1,674 according to the 1901) censust was referred to as "the village."
The CPR has really made Vankleek a "village". The fast morning train, No. 502, does not stop at "The Hill", now, for the first time.
This will also upset the Hawkesbury people no doubt, because they use the Vankleek Hill station, six miles away.
But chances are that business is not what it used to be. If the CPR is to maintain its new record fast schedule of 2.05 hours, it has to make up the time some place. Just the same, it is going to seem funny whizzing through Vankleek Hill the next time I go to Montreal on No, 502.
One has to assume that lack of patronage has forced village status on the Town of Vankleek Hill.