SSSC - The Early Years
SSSC - Modern Times
SSSC President E.T. Brooks
The Hon. Justice E.T. Brooks MP, 1st president of the SSSC. Starting in 1877-78, Brooks served as president for the first six seasons.
SSSC Volunteer Drum Corps
The SSSC volunteer drum corps photographed at the International Snowshoers Convention held in Sherbrooke, January, 1932.
SSSC 1895-06 Executive
SSSC officers for the 1895-96 season, with president J.H. Walsh featured in the center. J. Penhale, back row, 2nd from the left, served as president in 1900-01. His jacket was selected by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network as one of its '100 Objects' representing the English-speaking community's contribution to the culture of Quebec. See 'Special' page for more info.
SSSC President E. Worthington
A 1905 photo of SSSC president Edward B. Worthington, a Sherbrooke notary, who served as chief executive for the 1907-08 and the 1908-09 seasons.
SSSC and Quebec City Members
The SSSC's earliest affiliation was with the Quebec Snowshoe Club of Quebec City. For many years, the two clubs would travel back and forth for weekend visits. SSSC members appear in their fawn-coloured jackets. Their Quebec counterparts in their white jackets. Photo taken in front of the Magog House in Sherbrooke.
SSSC Sleigh Ride
Members of the SSSC out for a sleigh ride. Date unknown. The sleigh belonged to the club and was fashioned in the shape of a large toboggan. On this particular occasion, the members sleighed to Lennoxville and back.
SSSC Sleigh Ride
Members of the SSSC on their sleigh in front of the Magog House in Sherbrooke. In 1894, this sleigh was transported to Quebec City on the Quebec Central Railroad where, loaded up with SSSC members, it appeared in the Quebec Carnival Parade.
A gathering of SSSC members in front of the Magog House on Dufferin Street in Sherbrooke. A Model T Ford appears on the left.
SSSC 1910 Excursion
SSSC members and their Quebec Snow Shoe Club guests in, around, and atop a railway car on an 1910 railroad excursion to Beaupre.
Quebec Snow Shoe Club
Members of the Quebec Snow Shoe Club visit the SSSC clubhouse in February, 1913.
SSSC Group of Trampers
A group of SSSC trampers including members and their lady companions. The ladies, who joined their male counterparts in the tramp, actually outnumbered the men in this photo from the 1906-07 season. The ladies were also known to participate in snowshoe races.
SSSC Visits Quebec City
SSSC members gather with their Quebec Snow Shoe Club friends in front of a hotel in Quebec City. Date unknown. Just one of many excursions to the provincial capital.
Sherbrooke & Quebec Logos
Graphic representations of the SSSC and the Quebec Snow Shoe Club logos. The image is reflective of the close bond between the two clubs during the early 1900s.
SSSC members preparing for a tramp in the post WWII era.
Sherbrooke Snow Shoe Assn.
Members of various Sherbrooke snowshoe clubs, that over the years numbered as many as eight, gather on the steps of the city's courthouse. Among those attending were representatives of the SSSC.
SSSC Co-ed Tramp
A group of SSSC men and women out for a tramp. Date unknown.
Victor Morrill served as SSSC president for the 1919-20 season. In 1921 he inaugurated the club's first subgroup known as 'The Red Party' primarily as an opposition entity opposed to the ruling executive at the time. Having adopted the colour red it was associated with the Russians and hence its leader, Morrill, nicknamed 'Rasputin'. Party members were renown for singing 'Jingle Bells' in an attempt to disrupt club proceedings.
A photo of the SSSC clubhouse showing the back half of the building during the 1932-33 season.
SSSC & Tuque Rouge
Members of the SSSC and the Tuque Rouge, the city's dominant francophone snowshoe club. The two clubs had a close relationship that is reflected in this church parade photo from 1940. The photo was published in the city's French language newspaper, 'La Tribune'.
Snowshoe Club Ribbons
A collection of international ribbons distributed at various winter carnivals and snowshoe club conventions that were exchanged by attendees as souvenirs.
A group of SSSC trampers heading off from downtown Sherbrooke to the clubhouse in the countryside outside the city. Date unknown.
SSSC 50th Anniversary
The SSSC executive from the 50th anniversary season of 1926-27.
SSSC W.A. Hale
A senior member of the SSSC, W.A. Hale joined the club two years after its formation. He is credited with initiating the concept mixed tramps, hosting the very first such outing. He is also renown for establishing the club's prohibition against alcohol.
SSSC 'The Bird'
A painting donated by a former club president circa 1920 as an inducement for proper language and decorum. 'The Bird' is still shouted when anyone accidentally employs foul language in the clubhouse.
SSSC Original Badges
B&W representations of the first and second generation triangular club badges. The 'S Shield' badge designed to quickly identify SSSC membership, it was also used for trading with members from other clubs.