History

Vaino Anderson – River Boatman and Boatbuilder

One of my fondest memories of an island resident is Vaino Anderson. Captain Anderson lived on Grindstone Island from 1945 until his passing in 1970 . . .

Volume 18, Issue 5, May 2023
Rick Casali

Exhibition of the Gilded Age Artist, Frank H. Taylor

Frank H. Taylor's paintings and drawings will be the subject of an exhibit at the Thousand Islands Art Center in Clayton from June 7-July 1. [This is one of those exhibits that you must not miss.]

Volume 18, Issue 5, May 2023
Nancy Gustke

An Encounter with a Mountain Lion on Grindstone Island

. . .I was almost at the location where an old barn had once stood when suddenly a full-grown mountain lion stood looking at me, maybe 50 feet away, maybe closer.

Volume 18, Issue 5, May 2023
Manley L. Rusho

Excerpts from: Peggy Hutcheon’s "Growing up in Gan"

Peggy Hutcheon's memories were transcribed by her son after her death. He posted in Gananoque Heritage Research Facebook, saying "My mother was Peggy Hutcheon. She was born in Gananoque in 1931 and lived there until 1954, when she married my father."

Volume 18, Issue 5, May 2023
Sherry L. B. Johnson

"Spring Fit-out" on the Great Lakes, Part II

It was soon time to get under way. A two or three master might need new gear such as throat and peak halliards; sheets for mainsail, spanker, mizzen, foresail . . .

Volume 18, Issue 5, May 2023
Richard Palmer

Equipment List for Great Lakes Schooners

See Part I and Part II Learning about the typical Great lakes schooners who plyed the Lake and Rivers in the 1800s is fascinating. One of t

History
Susan W. Smith

The Natural Spring on Grindstone Island

I first saw the spring some 80+ years ago, when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I was assigned to fetch drinking water for the schoolhouse . . .

Volume 18, Issue 4, April 2023
Manley L. Rusho

Snail and Rocket Mail from Gananoque

The variety of ways that mail has snailed or raced from Gananoque to its recipients over the years is quite interesting. ‘Rocket Mail’ has to be the most unusual and with good reason . . .

Volume 18, Issue 4, April 2023
Sherry L. B. Johnson

A River Family Mother's Day Tradition

Great Grandma Capitola Dingman was born in 1891, one of 14 children from a second-generation pioneer family of Alexandria Bay. . .

Volume 18, Issue 4, April 2023
Marilyn L. Schaaf

Howe's Southern 'Brother' Doesn't Disappoint

The 'Pinkie', likely honouring one of Qantas’ past navigators, was a Canadian-built DASH-8 twin turboprop designed to land on tiny airstrips anywhere, and in this case, on ‘Howe Island’.

Volume 18, Issue 4, April 2023
R.M. Doyon

Building the Ice Rink in Clayton!

At the end of a night of skating we kids would be told to grab the shovels and clean the rink . . .

Volume 18, Issue 4, April 2023
Melody Brabant

"Spring Fit-out" on the Great Lakes, Part I

In the mid-19th century, as many as one hundred ships wintered in such ports as Oswego. As soon as the ice melted, Oswego came alive like a bear awakening from its long winter’s nap.

Volume 18, Issue 4, April 2023
Richard Palmer

Life on Grindstone Island in the 1930s – 1940s

Weekdays, there was a routine that never changed; out from the warm bed under the feather-tick cover, we emerged to put feet on the cold flo

Volume 18, Issue 3, March 2023
Manley L. Rusho

Remembrances of Rebellion: The Odyssey of Stephen S. Wright

93 English speaking rebels were transported to the penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land. Stephen Smith Wright was one of these men, and this is his story . . .

Volume 18, Issue 3, March 2023
John C. Carter

Mudlunta Island Architecture

Once I had Philip's information, including that the Mudlunta resident C.V. Schuyler was married to Alice Britton, it was possible to quickly find the right people to research.

Volume 18, Issue 3, March 2023
Sherry LB Johnson & Philip Britton

The Thousand Island Park Great Fire of 1912 Heroes

The summer of 1910 was unseasonably hot and dry, and the population of TI Park had grown to about 12,000. The area was primed for trouble, and that summer, three major fires nearly destroyed the Park.

Volume 18, Issue 3, March 2023
Susan G. Mathis

‘Irish Bard’ Finds Family Roots on Wolfe Island

In the wee hours before Christmas Eve, Jannet Walsh suddenly bolted upright in her bed. Or what she believed was her bed . . .

Volume 18, Issue 2, February 2023
Brian Johnson

"A Near-Fatal Case of Mistaken Identity" and a John Fielding Tribute

With all the discussion about guns in America, I started to reflect on my own close call. While I was teaching high school in Brockville in the '70s . . .

Volume 18, Issue 2, February 2023
John Fielding & John Stencell