History

What a Honeymoon!

We explained we had a US licensed car and a number of sails we were taking to Toronto. “No!” The customs officer said, “and if you cross this line,” . . .

Volume 18, Issue 1, January 2023
Ralph Boston & Sherry L.B. Johnson

An Old Ice Boat

Somewhere around 1943, my cousin John (Dano) and I had a winter project to fix up an old ice boat. We had been working on this old ice boat for several days now, salvaging parts from all over . . .

Volume 18, Issue 1, January 2023
Manley L. Rusho

Fate of the Schooner "Maggie L"

Captain Merton H. Mellon was at the helm of his small two-masted schooner, the "Maggie L.", sailing down the St. Lawrence River on the night of November 1, 1929 . . .

Volume 18, Issue 1, January 2023
Richard Palmer

Winter Duck Hunt on Grindstone Island

It was two days before Christmas in the early 1950’s. I was up at 4 am, dressed and out of the cellar door with my flashlight in hand. I headed to the boat house . . .

Volume 17, Issue 12, December 2022
Manley L. Rusho

Is the Architect as Interesting as His Architecture?

Franklin Townsend Lent’s works are among those that have been researched as the early development of resort architecture in the Thousand Island region of Upstate New York and Ontario . . .

Volume 17, Issue 12, December 2022
Sherry L. B. Johnson

"OL BOY" – 1938 Chris Craft 25 Sportsman

Joe Cardamone was a serious fisherman from Utica who owned a 21-foot utility. He fished out of Dingman Point, and wanted a slightly larger boat for the St. Lawrence River . . .

Volume 17, Issue 12, December 2022
Rick Casali

Raccoon Hunting with Uncle Aaron

Uncle Aaron was a true outdoorsman; he knew how and where to catch squirrels, how to find wild honey trees, where to gather hickory nuts, how to trap a muskrat, and where the fish were biting – a true man of all seasons.

Volume 17, Issue 11, November 2022
Manley L. Rusho

Cruise Ships are Back!

All about the 2022 cruise ship OCEAN NAVIGATOR and the 1948 cruise ship ONTARIO.

Volume 17, Issue 11, November 2022
Susan W. Smith

Teenage Adventures in the Thousand Islands

Our summers began when the ice went out and lasted beyond Thanksgiving. We rented cottages along the St. Lawrence and enjoyed friendships with cottagers who summered along the River from New Jersey, and New York, Oakville and Ottawa.

Volume 17, Issue 11, November 2022
Ian Wilson

The Barn Dance

This story is about the barn on Grindstone Island and in particular, the dance that occurred there in October of 1941, when I was ten years old.

Volume 17, Issue 10, October 2022
Manley L. Rusho

Totem Poles and Island History

The Eaton family started the totem pole trend at the west end of Tar Island. In 1899, the New York City family bought this property, built a large summer home, and named the property Totem Lodge.

Volume 17, Issue 10, October 2022
Nattanya Hewitt

The Binder and Threshing Machines on the 1940’s Farm

By mid- August, the grain fields on Grindstone Island had changed to a light brown, the grain heads were full with seeds, the stacks were brown, and it was time for the grain harvest . . .

Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2022
Manley L. Rusho

The "Qamutik"

I had no idea when I went out for a short paddle that I would end up discovering a language developed almost 200 years ago, not too far north from the River. My morning started out with a picture I took of what looked like a typical ship heading toward Boldt Castle . . .

Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2022
Patty Mondore

Memories of Wild Goose Island and the Dodge Family

My happy acquaintance with Wild Goose Island in the St. Lawrence River, and with the family of Cleveland “Clee” Dodge, Jr. that own it, was an outgrowth of the fact that Clee’s daughter Alice was one of the best friends of the lady I was courting in London in the 1980s. . . .

Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2022
Joseph B. Stahl

Queen Elizabeth II & HMY "Britannia"

Lynn McElfresh and Rick Casali's past articles are remembered. Also, Robert and John Street share a lovely movie of the Queen's passage through the Thousand Islands.

Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2022
Lynn E. McElfresh

1940’s Summer Haying

Starting in late June and usually the entire month of July, daylight was consumed with the hay harvest on the farm. The fields that had been set aside for growing hay were cut and the hay was placed on wagons and hauled into the barn.

Volume 17, Issue 8, August 2022
Manley L. Rusho

The Walking Tour App!

Using archival photos, mainly from the Town of Gananoque Civic Collection, the walking Tour App allows participants to see the shifting or constant use of Gananoque’s built heritage over the last 200 years.

Volume 17, Issue 8, August 2022
Mathew Thivierge

Childhood Adventures at the Bridge on Grindstone Island

Arriving at our paradise one morning, my brother and I were pleased to see an old and frequent visitor to the bridge, Nate McCarty, a one-eyed old man . . .

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
Manley L. Rusho