People

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

Editor meets a new friend, Joseph B. Stahl

Over the past 14 years, I have had the privilege to meet some amazing Thousand Islanders. Some live here year-round, others are snowbirds, and some I meet along the way. Joseph B. Stahl . . .

Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2022
Susan W. Smith

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

Will Salisbury, we will miss you . . .

There will be many tributes given in the future but this editor was fortunate as TI Life was able to highlight Will Salisbury's work many times over the years. I am pleased to share them again today.

Volume 17, Issue 8, August 2022
Susan W. Smith

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

Pies for God's Sake

In 2011 – at the beginning of "Pies for God's Sake" project, someone said they should call it "Pies for God." However, Peggy said, "No, let's call it Pies for "God's Sake."

Volume 17, Issue 8, August 2022
Susan W. Smith

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

A River Rescue

Storms on the St. Lawrence can be beautiful to behold . . . and they also can be life-threatening.

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
Tom Robbins, illustrated by Sarah Coate

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

"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

From the Editor, June '22

Tributes to Dr. Richard Withington and Dr. Art Pearson, Events: Half Moon Bay, Splash 22, Theodore the Tub Boat, Boat and Car Show, Clayton's Opera House and Thousand Islands Playhouse 40th!

Volume 17, Issue 6, June 2022
Susan W. Smith

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

Meet S. Gerald Ingerson and his Woods

This is a story about a generous and humble man, S. Gerald Ingerson, who grew up and raised his family in the Thousand Islands.

Volume 17, Issue 6, June 2022
Terra Bach

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