This article from the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder identifies the boatman pictured on the 1969-79 Canadian $1 bill. -Editor
One local resident has a special connection to our older currency.
Therese Danis' father is in the picture on the back of a one dollar bill.
In 1969, the Bank of Canada introduced the first multi-coloured bank notes, changing the design of Canadian currency. That series, which
was printed through until 1979, featured images of Canadian scenery on the back.
The one dollar bill, that entered circulation in 1973, had a scene showing Parliament Hill in the background and a logging boat in the
foreground. That boat belonged to Danis' father Ovila Villeneuve.
Danis has fond memories of that boat, which her father used to move logs east to Montreal. She remembers living along the Ottawa River
and as his boat approached the area near their home, he would toot the horn and the Villeneuve children would run to the window to wave
their dad on.
Danis said she was old enough to remember the boat going past the house so she quickly identified it on the back of the bill.
"He would be bringing the logs down to be made into pulp," she said. "We had a big house and the girls' bedroom had a
big window facing the river. He would pump the horn just once or twice - I'm on my way (it meant)."
Danis said once her father could see the house he would blow the whistle again and they would come running to wave to him.
Villeneuve was born on July 14, 1878, and died on Jan. 4, 1955, so he never got to see his boat immortalized on Canadian currency.
To read the complete article, see:
Cornwallite's father has
his boat right on the money (www.standard-freeholder.com/2016/07/08/cornwallites-father-has-his-boat-right-on-the-money
Wayne Homren, Editor
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