Lynn E. McElfresh

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From Out of the Twilight - a Ray of Hope

In mid-July, Clayton P. O. mailboat driver, Brian Parker, delivered exciting news with the bag of mail. “Have you seen the comet?” he asked.

Volume 15, Issue 9, September 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

The Fawn that Came in out of the Rain

The fawn arrived exhausted on shaky legs on the shore of Grenell Island in the St. Lawrence River. Our daughter named him Pete.

Volume 15, Issue 8, August 2020
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Grenell Island’s Chapel First Wedding

On a Wednesday afternoon in August 1904, Lillian May Stoddard was the first bride to ever be married in the Grenell Island Chapel. Everyone on the island was invited.

Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2020
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A Stink of Mink

A group of minks saw this opening as an invitation: “Welcome! Spend your winter here.”

Volume 15, Issue 6, June 2020
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A Walk in the Parks

When I think “park”, I think slides, swings, and merry-go-rounds. My husband, on the other hand, might think Fenway or Candlestick. But in the late nineteenth century, a "park” was a resort

Volume 15, Issue 5, May 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

Ghost Island Affair

Authorities were hunting for a Syracuse man, Dean Hethington, a steel executive of Globe Forge and Foundries, Inc., who had been missing for nearly three weeks.

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
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Thank you Ian Coristine...

Ian, may you fly as low or as high as you wish from now on. You have "raised the bar" for all of us and we are grateful.

Volume 15, Issue 2, February 2020
Susan W. Smith

Ethos of Design – Steve Taylor and Arch Kerr

Arch Kerr was the architect, I was the builder, and I became his pupil, though I’m not sure he knew that at the time.”

Volume 15, Issue 2, February 2020
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Island Terrarium

It was always my dream to take a piece of the river home with me in the fall to help me savor my island world until I could return in the spring. Last fall, I did just that.

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
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Phat Boy, Thousand Islands Showman

At the time of his death in 1891, Phat Boy, Edward Fredrick Babbage of Rochester, NY, age 51, was regarded as the best tour guide on the St. Lawrence River.

Volume 14, Issue 12, December 2019
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Dog Tales from Days of Yore

As I troll through the newspaper archives I see that dogs and the River has been a tradition for over a hundred years.

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
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Ghost Stories

Islanders at the turn of the century didn’t wait until Halloween to enjoy ghosts. Ghost parties and ghost dances were popular...

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
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Betty White

She was the talk of Grenell Island—Murray Isle too. “Did you see the new set of ducklings? One of them is white.” Well, in all honesty, she

Volume 14, Issue 9, September 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

And Then There Was Light

Before August 1st, 1929, Grenell Island was dark at night. Imagine a world lit by lamplight.

Volume 14, Issue 8, August 2019
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2019.06.18 - Year of the Boot II (The Sequel)

Sequels are the bread and butter of Hollywood, so Mother Nature decided to jump on the bandwagon and create a sequel of her own. High Water once again...

Volume 14, Issue 7, July 2019
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South Bay

I love South Bay! It was the first section of the River I explored my first year on the island back in 1975.

Volume 14, Issue 6, June 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

The Cliff House Mystery

From the very beginning, Cliff House was a mystery. The Cliff House became a curiosity. Islanders from far and near flocked to the deserted hotel to wander through the furnished rooms.

Volume 14, Issue 5, May 2019
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Gliding Back in Time

What better way to start a day on the island than with a row in a St. Lawrence River Skiff?

Volume 14, Issue 4, April 2019
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