Places

Part I: Grandmothers—And Great Aunts—of the Thousand Islands: Frances “Meema” Thompson

Born Frances Thompson, “Meema” inherited Ragnavok Island in Chippewa Bay, which had been purchased by her parents in 1889.

Volume 16, Issue 4, April 2021
Callie (Caroline) Quarrier & Hugh Quarrier

Part II: Grandmothers—And Great Aunts—of the Thousand Islands: Caroline Post Wright

Our grandmother, Caroline Wright, was known for many things, but on the St. Lawrence River she could always be identified by her signature white sailor’s cap,

Volume 16, Issue 4, April 2021
Tom Robbins, illustrated by Sarah Coate

Part III: Grandmothers—And Great Aunts—of the Thousand Island: Great Aunt Margaret Griffin

My Great Aunt, Margaret Elizabeth Griffin, was the third youngest of the eight children. . .

Volume 16, Issue 4, April 2021
John Kunz

John Nalon – Gananoque’s “Mr. History”

Forty years at the helm of the Historical Society – four to six meetings, and two newsletters per year. That’s 180 meetings, and 145 guest speakers . . . all thanks to John Nalon.

Volume 16, Issue 4, April 2021
Paul Scott

Camp Life at the American Canoe Association

While the events attracted spectators, the camp itself was a curiosity, as interesting as a circus or Wild West show.

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Lynn E. McElfresh

Mark Ellis, the Limestone, and so much more

“Hi, I’m Mark from there” (pointing at Dumfounder). And at that moment, my 30-year friendship with Mark Ellis, long-time River Rat, esteemed yacht designer, and father of the Limestone began.

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Doug McLellan

Jacob Hays, Round Island

Jacob Hays of Round Island was born into an esteemed New York City family. Unlike many of the self-made millionaires who came to the Thousa

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Linda Twichell

The Blonde Bombshell and The Iceboat

Sallie was the very definition of a blonde bombshell. Tall, shapely, blessed with thick waves of long blonde hair, and striking blue eyes that mirrored the color of the River on a perfect summer’s day.

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Tom Robbins, illustrated by Sarah Coate

Glen Elbe Farm Gift

At Glen Elbe is a farm so deeply steeped in history and so very rich in nature, that its story needs to be told .

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Don Ross

More About Minna

We discovered a little more of Minna Anthony Common's fascinating story that ends up circling back to the Thousand Islands of today!

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Patty Mondore

"A.E. Vickery" Hits a Shoal

One of the most popular dive sites on the St. Lawrence River is the remains of the sunken schooner A.E. Vickery, off Rock Island Light near Clayton.

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Richard Palmer

Excursions in the Pacific Ocean, Part 2

In Part I, some readers thought there should be no problem with a flood tide that gets you "back to the launch ramp" when the wind drops to zero, but . . .

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Derek Innes

Emily Wright Holt Remembers

This winter, Emily Wright Holt, who has a 95th birthday this year, she started to record some of the stories from her past, and we, the readers of TI Life, get to listen in!

Volume 16, Issue 2, February 2021
Emily Wright Holt

Frank H. Taylor: Harper's Weekly Special Artist on Tour

Frank H. Taylor, Harper’s Weekly's "special artist" accompanied former president Ulysses S. Grant, General Philip H. Sheridan and their wives to Florida, Cuba, and Mexico in 1880.

Volume 16, Issue 2, February 2021
Nancy Gustke

DELANEY'S POINT: Before and After the Canoes

In 1883, this tract of land, known as Delaney's Point, looked very different than it does today. Decades before, loggers ...

Volume 16, Issue 1, January 2021
Lynn E. McElfresh

Casa Blanca, the setting for "Reagan's Reward"

Casa Blanca is one of the most well-preserved Gilded Age cottages along “Millionaire’s Row” in the Thousand Islands and the setting for my latest novella, "Reagan's Reward."

Volume 16, Issue 1, January 2021
Susan G. Mathis

Walkin' on the Railroad

Bob and I want to spread the word and help fund the renovations TILT is planning to make on a 60-foot historical railroad trestle...

Volume 16, Issue 1, January 2021
Patty Mondore

A.B. Munro - A Journey of Discovery

I began going through that box of pictures, books, and documents. Doing so began a journey of discovering my family's Canadian connections resulting in a fresh insight into American history and my heritage.

Volume 15, Issue 12, December 2020
Tom Hughes