History

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

More than a $tamp on an Envelope...

Folklore, Stamp collecting, a 1915 Classic Hutchinson, and… You Might Have a Pot of Canadian Seaway Gold in Your Attic!

Volume 15, Issue 8, August 2020
Cary R. Brick

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
Lynn E. McElfresh

Finding Grandma

Fleeing the Great Hunger – From Queen’s County, Ireland to Wolfe Island, Canada West - Finding Our GGGG Grandparents

Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2020
April Johnson DiRinaldo & Brian Johnson

"Miss Kingston" – Grande Dame of the Thousand Islands

One of the most distinctive and elegant tour boats that cruised the 1000 Islands in the last half of the twentieth century was Miss Kingston

Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2020
Tom King

Early Families of Westminster Park: The Twichell Family, Part 2

Is the River your Camelot? I refer to that magical kingdom of King Arthur, where the goal was “happy-ever-after-ing"!

Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2020
Linda Twichell

The Making of "Drain the American Revolution" on Carleton Island and Cape Vincent

On Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020, National Geographic released the TV program “Drain The American Revolution”. Two British ships, The HMS Ontario and HMS Haldimand are included.

Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2020
Kathi and Dennis McCarthy

Cooper's Ark: A Failed Effort of the War of 1812

Wars always inspire people to come up with innovative ways that might possibly bring a quick end to the conflict.

Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2020
Richard Palmer

Ferry Boats: "James W. Curran" and "John A. McPhail" Lost at Sea

The mate grabbed the brake wheel and started leaning on it. “Billy!” he yelled above the din, “Tell the skipper to back down! We’re gonn’a lose ...”

Volume 15, Issue 6, June 2020
Brian Johnson

Preserving Memories During Covid

Nothing will bring smiles and chuckles faster than seeing family and friends from long ago and sharing important memories.

Volume 15, Issue 6, June 2020
David Powers

Recalling the Days of Rafting on the St. Lawrence River

In the 1860’s Canada’s export timber trade rose to its greatest height. Every port on Lake Ontario had its crews of raftsmen in season.

Volume 15, Issue 6, June 2020
Richard Palmer

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
Lynn E. McElfresh

The Founding of Westminster Park

A day at Westminster Park will convince any that it is the most desirable summer resort on the River.

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
Linda Twichell

The Sea Keeper - CSL St. Laurent

Since that day, and my first encounter with the CSL St-Laurent's mural-in-motion, I have learned several interesting details behind the creation of “The Sea Keeper” mural.

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
Patty Mondore

Shipwrecks Wash Ashore on Lake Ontario’s Mexico Bay

Remains of two ships believed to be the schooners Ariadne and Hartford, wrecked in Mexico Bay during

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
Richard Palmer

Centennial of a St. Lawrence Icon

Robert McEwen began his career as a county lawyer. He went on to represent the North County in the NY State Senate and the US House of Representatives for nearly all his adult life.

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
Cary R. Brick

Early Families of Westminster…the Fairchilds

I claim Mr. and Mrs. DeForrest Fairchild for Westminster Park because that is where they began their River days and where they ended them.

Volume 15, Issue 2, February 2020
Linda Twichell