History

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

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

"The Runners"

CSL commissioned the mural, which was created by Bryan Beyung, along with equally renowned Canadian artists Emmanuel Jarus, Andrea Wan, and K.C. Hall, to help celebrate the spirit of the 2022 Canada Summer Games

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
Patty Mondore

The Burnt Island Lighthouse

Burnt Island saw two women appointed as lightkeepers, including the first woman officially recognized as a lightkeeper anywhere in the Thousand Islands. . . .

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
Mary Alice Snetsinger

Miser, a Railroad Dog

This morning I left the elegant coach with its comfortable, high-backed seats, for a trip in the baggage car. . . I wanted to get better acquainted with my friend Miser.

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
Richard Palmer

Grindstone Opens New Heritage Museum

On July 23rd The Grindstone Island Research and Heritage Center will open The Grindstone Island Heritage Museum in the 142-year-old Lower Schoolhouse (District#1).

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
Liz Raisbeck

"Dishing It Up" with May Irwin - Her Lost Cooking Columns

These articles may have been lost to time if they hadn’t been discovered and preserved by a chance meeting with Karen Killian. Karen has made it her personal mission to preserve the history of the Thousand Islands. . .

Volume 17, Issue 6, June 2022
Emily St. Marie with Karen Killian

Memories of our Little Bay on Grindstone Island

Growing up on the little bay on the south side of Grindstone Island, where the Lower Town Landing is located, there were five boathouses that provided shelter from the west winds.

Volume 17, Issue 6, June 2022
Manley L. Rusho

A New Role for an Old Punt, by Emily Holt

The old red punt was always a part of my memories of my summer home, Long Point, on Grindstone Island. Daddy (WDC Wright) bought the cottage in 1923 and it seems that the boat came with it . . .

Volume 17, Issue 6, June 2022
Emily Wright Holt

Wreck of The "Janet"

A voyage that started out as a pleasure cruise, to attend a regatta from Kington to Cape Vincent and French Creek (Clayton) on August 14, 1851, came to a tragic end when the yacht Janet overturned during a squall, drowning 17 women and two men

Volume 17, Issue 6, June 2022
Richard Palmer

The Muskrat

If there was one animal that everyone on the island admired, it was the muskrat.

Volume 17, Issue 5, May 2022
Manley L. Rusho

Remembering Atlantic Convoy Sailor Fletcher Raymond Wade

Speaking softly, Ray Wade points out that he made 56 trips in convoys to Britain, eventually working his way up to second mate status. Wade also remembers that first convoy, that first trip, heading out into the North Atlantic Ocean. With who knew what waiting for them . . .

Volume 17, Issue 5, May 2022
Brian Johnson

Watch "The River, Living the St. Lawrence! from WPBS"

Did you see the PBS Series "The River, Living the St. Lawrence?" All six episodes are here to watch, including one with me - Susie! (For sure it was a honor to be part of this project)

Volume 17, Issue 4, April 2022
Susan W. Smith

Clayton's 150th: Clayton's Opera House

There will be more than 80 events scheduled in 2022 that include both TIPAF events and rentals – yes, right here in the Clayton Opera House - but what is its history? The cornerstone was laid in 1903 . . .

Volume 17, Issue 4, April 2022
Julie Garnsey