New Reference Resources about the 1838 Upper Canadian Rebellion/Patriot War

New research and the latest interpretations on topics abut the Rebellions/Patriot War, fought in the North Country and in Upper Canada . . .

Volume 18, Issue 11, November 2023
John C. Carter

Santa Claus is coming to town . . .

For the 8th year, River Santa and his team of elves will be welcoming Santa Claus when he arrives by boat at the village of Alexandria Bay, NY, on Saturday December 16th

Volume 18, Issue 11, November 2023
Doug Tulloch

Simcoe Islander Ferry

Memories of life on Simcoe Island and the arrival of the new "Simcoe Islander II".

Volume 18, Issue 11, November 2023
Brian Johnson & Shauna Kingstone

Clayton's Premier "Citizen of the Year"

I knew a man who lived his entire life in Clayton. He was born, lived, and died in the same house. He said it was “his” village, and he wasn't too happy when the summer people came . . .

Volume 18, Issue 11, November 2023
Cary R. Brick

130 Years of Armstrong - Street Friendships

Happy 90th, Skippy. We go back awhile. Skippy, our cottages go back a lot further than 78 years, and I wondered if there might be an untold story here that could be created for you on this birthday. So, with the help of two Gananoque researchers . . .

Volume 18, Issue 10, October 2023
Robert H. Street

Thousand Islands Adventures

The engine turned over but did not start. My Dad, getting annoyed, jumped aboard, brushed my sister to the leeward side of the boat, and went to start the engine. What happened next was like something out of a horror story.

Volume 18, Issue 10, October 2023
Alexandra O’Rourke

Tibbett’s Point Lighthouse

The oldest of the lighthouses in the Thousand Islands, Tibbett’s Point was first built in 1827, and was so named because the 3-acre lighthouse site was once part of a 600-acre parcel of land granted to Capt. John Tibbett (or Tibbetts).

Volume 18, Issue 10, October 2023
Mary Alice Snetsinger

“Dishing it Up” with May Irwin— New Dish Discoveries!

To explain how this book began, we must go back in time to the 1990s, Karen Killian had answered the call for volunteers to clean up the TI Museum's basement. While tidying up, she came across a box of torn, dirty, and musty old newspapers from NYC.

Volume 18, Issue 10, October 2023
Emily St. Marie with Karen Killian

Chapel at Westminster Park, 1892

In August 1891, plans for the new chapel at Westminster were accepted and arrangements with the managers of the N. Y. Central and the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg railroads to transport the building materials at no charge were completed.

Volume 18, Issue 10, October 2023
Linda Twichell

Discovering Memory Lane

What happens when one history buff meets another history buff on the internet? The world is not a better place, but certainly, both buffs are smiling!

Volume 18, Issue 9, September 2023
Susan W. Smith

My First Day of School, Grindstone Island Lower Schoolhouse, 1936

Almost halfway across the width of Grindstone Island was the Lower Schoolhouse.

Volume 18, Issue 9, September 2023
Manley L. Rusho

The Story of Eddie McEvoy

It wasn't unusual for him to be here in February, since the island was available for year-round use. He was heading for Sugar Island in 1951, when he set out from Gananoque on skis to cross the ice.

Volume 18, Issue 9, September 2023
John F. Patterson

Thousand Islands Railway

The Thousand Islands Railway (TIR) was a great boost to the factories of Gananoque, which had sprung up on both sides of the Gananoque River . . .

Volume 18, Issue 9, September 2023
Joseph Naismith

The "Other" Thousand Island Dressing

Now, here's the lowdown on Ella's salad dressing. She didn't share it with every Tom, Dick, and Harry, but she did give it to her friend, my mother Emily (1914 – 2004) . . .

Volume 18, Issue 9, September 2023
Cary R. Brick

Stock Your Pantry at These Gourmet Eastern Ontario Food Shops

Visiting a food shop is a great reason to check out some of the area’s great communities, including Merrickville, Westport, Portland, Lyndhurst, Seeley’s Bay, Gananoque, Athens, Brockville and Prescott.

Volume 18, Issue 9, September 2023
Laura Byrne Paquet

Densmore Church Needs Your Help

With the help of all our Friends, we aim to raise the funds we need to Preserve Our Past and Build Our Future so that generations to come can continue to enjoy beautiful and historic Densmore Church. . .

Volume 18, Issue 9, September 2023
Rhonda McNeely

The Resurrection of Comfort Island

I concluded my 2015 history/memoire about Comfort Island with the passage: “Goodbye Dear Comfort. May you flourish again in the years to come.”

'Volume 18, Issue 8, August 2023
Tad Clark

Blind Bay and CBP's Proposal

Even to the casual observer, Blind Bay is an environmentally sensitive area. It is extremely disturbing that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) appears solely focused on establishing a large facility specifically in this fragile area . . .

'Volume 18, Issue 8, August 2023
Larry Asam