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"Excerpts from a conversation with Ed Morphet during the winter of 1999. by Sandy McGillivray"
The late Ed Morphet, who passed away on November 27, 1999 at 85 years of age, chose sailing The Great Lakes and other waterways as his life's work. Of particular interest are his eventful years at sea during World War II. The early war years saw Ed on ships hauling package freight and coal to such ports as Montreal; Cornerbrook, Nfld., and Sidney, Nova Scotia. He also sailed along the eastern seaboard of North and South America where the U-boat menace was acute.
It was while sailing on that route that Mr. Morphet was seriously wounded and hospitalized. In the late summer of 1942 he was second mate on the C.S.L. freighter Norfolk-a small ship the size of the "canalers" that used to ply the lower Great Lakes.
The crew had heard that Nazi submarines were nearby in the Atlantic when the Norfolk set sail from Paramaribo Dutch Guinea in South America. The ship had a full load of bauxite (aluminum ore) aboard and was escorted some distance out to sea by a war plane. It had to return to base before the freighter reached its destination, Trinidad.
At 8 a.m. a torpedo struck. The crew never saw their attacker. The Norfolk quickly sank taking with it the captain and four members of the crew.
Although suffering serious injuries, including 21 broken bones from shoulder to hip, Ed survived and found himself floating on the ocean. He was pulled aboard a life raft by other survivors. They drifted for a good six hours.
Eventually a Spanish merchant ship came by and rescued the remnants of the crew and took them into Trinidad. Ed spent three months recuperating on the tropical island before being repatriated to Canada. He was back home in Little Current by the beginning of 1943.
Mr. Morphet spent the remainder of the war years sailing the Great Lakes, at first on the Misener freighter, Frank H. Brown, and later on the Humberdoc, a vessel belonging to the Paterson Steamship Line. Cargoes his ship carried included silica bound for Buffalo and other ports from the Sheguiandah quarry. It was loaded at Little Current where a conveyor went over Water Street from Turner Park.
Freighters moored where the water pump house is now located to receive the stone. Mr. Morphet held the view that the Government's recent decision to regard merchant sailors as veterans was long overdue. He pointed out that the U-boat's primary targets were merchant vessels. They and their crews were virtually sitting ducks.
The ships he sailed on during the war were not armed and did not even sail in convoys, even though they were in waters where sinkings were common.
Following the war, Ed continued his career as a sailor, with short stints on land as an employee at Harbour Island, for the CPR and at the Sheguiandah silica quarry.
He retired at the end of 1979 and enjoyed gardening. In fact, when the sewer lines were installed in the Morphets' Campbell Street home 15 years ago, Ed went to great lengths himself to dig the trench to his house, going underneath roots of a favourite tree which still stands today. Ed Morphet is survived by his wife Lois (Eade) of Little Current and children Dwayne and wife Nancy of Burlington, Janet and husband Jamie Bourcier of Espanola and Marjorie Stevens of Calgary as well as by grandchildren Todd, Candace and husband Greg Hall, Andrew, Darryl, Martin, Mathew, Troy and wife Samantha, Brendan and Crystal. Predeceased by grandson Kyle.
Manitoulin Expositor January 12, 2000


"From a conversation Pat Hall had with Les Misner in the summer of 1999"
Leslie Charles Misner, a veteran of the Second World War, passed away on December 20, 1999.
Born in Silver Water on January 14, 1920, Les joined the Army Service Corps as a truck driver, enlisting in North Bay in 1940 as a private soldier, the rank he retained throughout the war.
Les said that, "there was nothing here (on Manitoulin) to do" and that when he "joined up" Les admitted he'd been looking for some adventure.
He found it. His unit was often close to the fighting and he retained a scar from a shrapnel wound. He recalled that during his five years of active service, there were "some good times and some bad times." He recalled close calls when he was bombed, "as close as from here to next door." This happened "a couple of times," but their unit only lost a single truck to the bombing.
He was, however, involved in fighting at Calais, France where he was landed after a crossing from Dover on the English coast, "and she was hot and heavy (the fighting) when we first landed."
For .20 per day, $10. a month, Les was part of the Canadian fighting forces that liberated France, Belgium, Holland and finally, Germany, "we were moving up all the time." His favourite war song, then and after the war, remained The White Cliffs of Dover.
His unit (25 men) only lost a single life, and it could have Les'. Ironically, this casualty took place after the end of the war, but before demobilization.
He had been helping to cook for his unit, but there was a dearth of potatoes. A driver was called for, to take a truck and bring back potatoes.
Les could have gone in the lead truck, but he didn't. Instead, Les' truck followed. "Be darned if he (the lead truck) didn't run over a land mine," and a comrade was killed. Les was married in uniform, with an army buddy standing up for him, also in uniform. His wife Kathleen (Kay) is a "war bride" whom Les met in England, introduced by a friend. His oldest daughter was nine months old the first time he saw her, he said, and she was a year and a half by the time he had his next leave.
His worst memories were of dead animals and dead people, and he once saw, after a 'gap' had been closed on them, 65 dead German soldiers in a wheat field.
After the war, he thought about re-joining, "but I said, "the heck with it." "That was enough for me. I was glad it was over.”
Les Misner had a career after war's end of 37 years with the Sault Ste. Marie Board of Education as a caretaker at Merriefield School.
He and his wife Emily Kathleen (Kay) Misner (Price) retired to The Slash where they purchased and lived in the old Anglican Church there.
He had recently been a resident of the Wikwemikong Nursing Home before his death. Loving father and father-in-law of Sharron and Steve Butland; David and Marilyn Misner; Mary-Anne and Gary McCauley; Susan and Roger Cormier all of Sault Ste. Marie; Colin Misner and friend Laurie of Webbwood and Kathleen and Terry Hill also of Sault Ste. Marie. Proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also survived by nieces and nephews in England.
Friends called at the Manitowaning Chapel Funeral Home, Manitowaning on Tuesday, December 28, 1999. The funeral service followed with Reverend Canon Bain Peever officiating. Interment in Hilly Grove Cemetery.
Manitoulin Expositor January 12, 2000


(From conversations with Autrell Wilkinson in the summer of 1999) by Sandy McGillivray
Autrell Wilkinson, a veteran of the Second World War and a life-long resident of Little Current passed away December 16,1999. He was 85.
Mr. Wilkinson enlisted in the Canadian Army at the old Manitoulin House hotel in Little Current on the morning of July 23, 1942.
Mr. Wilkinson travelled to Toronto and later trained at Cornwall and Kingston to qualify as a driver and linesman in The Signal Corps. He embarked for England from Halifax in January 1943.
More training followed and during the summer of 1943, Signalman Wilkinson was off for Sicily on a troop carrier full of trucks and soldiers. The trip was anything but routine. A torpedo from a German U-boat struck Autrell's ship off the coast of North Africa. He was below decks at the time and would have perished had it not been for a comrade pulling him out to safety.
As it was, Mr. Wilkinson's injuries required a month's stay in the hospital. The comrade who saved him was part of a holding unit in North Africa.
When he eventually arrived in Sicily, Autrell had another close call. While walking along a road, he heard a shell coming and flattened out on the surface.
Shrapnel came so close it sliced his suspenders. Although serving as a linesman in Signals, Mr. Wilkinson was armed, under fire and experienced many other close calls. Signalman Wilkinson was part of the Allied invasion force that sailed from Sicily across the Strait of Messina to the toe of Italy at the beginning of September 1943.
He fought in the Italian campaign until late 1944 when he was transferred to Northeastern France. He fought through Holland and into Germany itself. While in that part of Europe, he met with his brother Art and other Manitoulin recruits.
Mr. Wilkinson had become so accustomed to roughing it on the front that on one occasion, when he had the opportunity to sleep on a regular bed with mattress, he found it more comfortable to sleep on the floor!!
Along with about 20,000 other returning troops, Mr. Wilkinson arrived in New York at the end of 1945. On New Year's Day 1946, he was back in Little Current. Official discharge from the Army followed later that year.
Following the war, Mr. Wilkinson returned home to Little Current where he worked for the Department of Lands and Forests as Assistant Manager of the Fish Hatchery, a position he held for 17 years.
He also worked for the Ontario Provincial Police as custodian of the Little Current detachment building and held this job for 11 years, until his retirement. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was predeceased by his parents William and Annie Wilkinson and brother Art in 1975. He will be greatly missed by surviving brother Howard of Little Current. Remembered by three nieces in Alberta.
Manitoulin Expositor February 2, 2000


From conversations with Harold Gordon Moores by Sandy McGillivray
Signalman Harold Moores of Markstay enlisted in the Canadian Army in June 1941, in the City of Sudbury.
After two months of basic training in North Bay he went to Camp Borden and was there only a short time before embarking for England on the Louis Pasteur. The ship was designed to haul both freight and passengers. As a troop ship it lacked the freight which acted as ballast and, therefore, was rather top heavy causing it to roll a lot. Harold described his Atlantic crossing as very rough. Rumours circulated that on one crossing a recruit became so sick he went overboard.
When he arrived in Britain in the fall of 1941, Harold, who served in The Canadian Army Service Corps and was with the Fifth Armoured Division, volunteered for training as a wireless operator. After he returned to his outfit it was decided by the Army that the unit was not going to have its own operator and Harold was separated from the friends he went overseas with and was assigned to a Signal Corps holding unit.
Operators were needed in the Mediterranean Theater and in 1943 Harold embarked for North Africa aboard the troop ship Isle de France. After two months on that continent he was transferred to the recently invaded Axis partner, Italy.
As a wireless operator, Harold's war was fought from a "heavy utility wireless truck" in which he sent radio messages--in code, of course. Although Service Corps personnel were generally behind the lines, convoys of their trucks were the object of heavy shelling. Harold recalled instances when ammunition and fuel trucks in his convoy were hit--nearly blowing his vehicle off the road.
When transmitting wireless messages, there was always the chance the enemy might hone in on the signal and fire off some shells. Disrupting communications was a high priority objective. On one occasion shrapnel from a German 88mm shell passed clear through Harold's truck nearly upsetting it and knocking down the aerial. Although he 'got a blast' for being off the air temporarily, Harold never received a scratch. In fact he went through the whole campaign without any physical injury, but he admitted that it was emotionally draining to witness close friends killed by stepping on land mines or having their trucks take a hit from an '88'.
After serving in the Italian campaign until 1945, Harold was transferred to Northwest Europe as the war was winding down n that front. He was in Holland when the war ended in May. The last message Harold received was, "Hostilities have ceased, return to base at your convenience." He said he could not believe it, "There's nothing in the Army that you can do 'at your convenience'."
By then Harold had had enough of military life and was happy to resume civilian status after returning to Canada on The Aquitania in 1945. Signalman Moores earned six service medals during his years in The Canadian Army.
In civilian life Harold took up a career in motor mechanics.
When asked about his general observations regarding World War II, Mr. Moores concluded that "War is a terrible thing. I hope it never happens again...Actually, did we gain anything? I don't think we did--didn't make the world any better."
He added, however that despite many conflicts since the (balance is missing)


Mr. Alex. McNevin Meets his Death by Falling Thirteen Feet off Mr. J.T. Burn's Mill
A gloom was cast over Manitowaning Monday morning when the sad news spread that Mr. Alexander McNevin of Tehkummah, who was working on Mr. J. T. Burn's new mill, had fallen thirteen feet to the ground and was lying insensible. Mr. McNevin was working on a scaffold putting on some corner boards and in an effort to catch a slipping board overbalanced and fell to the ground . He went down head first and struck on the side of his head, causing a rupture of some blood vessel the blood running out of his ear. He was taken to the Queen's Hotel unconscious and Dr. J. W. McIntosh immediately summoned. Though the Doctor did all he could, he could not bring him back to consciousness. On Tuesday Dr. McDonald of Little Current was sent for and a consultation was held. They did everything in their power but to no avail. Mr. McNevin lay unsconsious(sic) until nearly six o'clock Wednesday night when he expired not having known what happened him nor being able to say one word to his sorrowing wife. Mr. McNevin was a gentleman widely known throughout the district and was highly respected by everybody. He was a kind husband and an affectionate father. His bereaved wife and six little children the eldest of which is twelve years, have the sincerest sympathy in their hour of sorrow.
His funeral took place Thursday to Hilly Grove Cemetary(sic) and was very largely attended, Rev. Mr. Rennie conducting the last sad rites .

The Manitoulin Guide, Gore Bay, October 16, 1897

BOYNE HEISE 1924-2000

Boyne Heise passed away on July 19, 2000 at the age of 76. The following memoirs of his wartime experiences are taken from an interview conducted by Sandy McGillivray in February of 1999.
Looking for adventure, excitement and a chance to see the world--not to mention a desire to serve his country--18-year-old Boyne Heise enlisted in the Canadian Army in May 1943. After training at Newmarket and Petawawa, Boyne embarked from Halifax on The Mauretania and arrived in England in November of the same year.
More training was taken in Britain. When it was completed, Gunner Heise was qualified as a radio operator in the artillery of the Canadian Second Division. Marching and infantry-type drills also took up the time in England before orders came to go across the Channel to France.
It was on July 8, 1944 that Boyne's unit landed on Gold Beach--a beach made famous by the D-Day landings there a month earlier. During the advance of Allied Forces out of Normandy, Boyne experienced his scariest moments of war. As Canadian troops were pushing toward Falaise in early August a tragic error occurred near Caen when several waves of RAF and RCAF heavy bombers mistakenly dropped their lethal cargoes on Canadian and Polish troops. Boyne recalled looking up and seeing Allied bombs falling through the air causing casualties to Allied troops and destroying a considerable amount of equipment.
On another occasion, he and his comrades were accidentally bombed by the USAF. It was not easy to distinguish friend from foe from thousands of metres in the air.
To avoid complete encirclement by Allied Forces the desperate German 7th Army raced eastward through the Falaise Gap during mid and late August of 1944. Thousands of enemy were captured in that part of Northwestern France but thousands more lay dead on the ground along with thousands of horses that had been used to transport their equipment. Boyne and his mates had to wear gas masks because of the over-powering stench of rotting flesh. Bulldozers were used to dig trenches into which the carcasses were dumped. Years later Boyne would describe the carnage as "pretty grim."
As a spotter for the artillery, Boyne continued to serve on the front lines as the Canadian Army advanced along the coast of France and into Belgium and Holland where fierce fighting occurred in clearing the Scheldt estuary of troops of the German Wehrmacht. The cost exceeded 6,000 Canadian lives and thousands more from other Allied Forces.
From Holland, it was on to Germany itself. Just inside the border, troops of the Second Division met stiff opposition in the Reichswald Forest. Although not large in area, the forest was home to a heavy and dense growth of trees where it was hard to determine the origin of enemy fire. Instead of fear Boyne felt "..mad because I couldn't get back at them." He and others just shot in the general direction of the foe--along with his radio equipment Boyne carried a stun gun.
After pushing through the Reichswald Forest the Division went to Xanten then across the Rhine River. While crossing the Rhine Boyne was wounded. Although it 'stung' at the time, it was a minor injury that responded to a simple battle dressing. The war ended with Boyne and his comrades of the Second Division in occupation of Oldenburg.
Boyne regarded V-E Day as just the end of one phase of the war and volunteered to fight in the Far East. It turned out to be a fortunate decision since he was among the first troops to be repatriated and arrived back in Halifax in The Cameronian in August, 1945. As it happened, he arrived on V-J Day so further service in the Pacific Theatre was no longer needed.
By then Boyne was Bombardier Heise--equivalent to a corporal in the infantry receiving a daily wage of $1.75 plus room and board, such as it was. He was not discharged until August 1946. During the year spent with the Army in Canada, Boyne was engaged in administrative duties as tens of thousands of veterans, who had to be demobilized and returned to civilian life returned home from Europe.
When Boyne returned to Little Current in 1946, he found employment as a freight clerk down at the freight sheds. He would remain at this job for 21 years. It was a busy time. The annual cattle sales were very large events sometimes with 4000-7000 head of cattle for Boyne to keep track of.
In 1968, when the CPR offices were reorganized, Boyne had a choice of postings.
Choosing to remain in Little Current, he left the CPR and started at the Little Current Town Office as the Clerk Treasurer. In 1978, he transferred to the Howland Township as their Clerk Treasurer where he worked until 1989. Starting in 1949, he worked part-time at Snappy's Furniture doing the books. He worked for Snappy's on a casual basis until 1996. In addition, he did bookkeeping for Elliot's Garage, Batman's Plumbing and Heating and did private income tax returns as a sideline.
Boyne Heise was a very active member of the Little Current Legion. He worked tirelessly to raise funds to get the Legion Hall built and oversaw the arrangements made to secure the loan. He was president of the Legion in 1962, when the Hall opened.
Over the course of his career with the Legion, Boyne held many positions of honour. Sergeant at Arms, Zone Deputy Commander, Secretary, Treasurer and later Secretary-Treasurer. He was awarded the Medal of Merit and the palm leaf. Verna Heise, Boyne's wife said, "he felt that he received this award in honour of all the older veterans that had worked so hard to get the Legion going."
Until 1995, Boyne was the area Poppy Chairman. This position demanded a great deal of effort. Each year the poppies would be distributed to all locations across the Island. At the end of the campaign, when Boyne would have to make the rounds again to collect all the money, the whole family would get involved. "I can remember sitting with him and counting out all the pennies and nickels," said his daughter Lyn Valiquette.
He may perhaps best be remembered for his role as the Decoration Day Parade Marshall and also served as the Parade Master for the Remembrance Day Parade. Mrs. Heise said, "people around here have said to me that the Decoration Day Parade just won't be the same without Boyne." The Parade Marshall before him was Doug Buchanan. Mrs. Buchanan gave her husband's 'swagger stick,' the ceremonial baton, to Boyne. "He was very proud that Mrs. Buchanan wanted to give it to him," said Mrs. Heise.
This spring at Manitoulin Secondary School when the agreement of partnership was signed ensuring that the school would always mark Remembrance Day, Boyne signed as the honoured Veteran.
His wife Verna remembers, "He wasn't feeling well that day, but he perked up as soon as he put his uniform on."
Besides his involvement with the Legion, Boyne was a very busy man. He had time to be involved with the Manitoulin Cenotaph Committee, local drama club, glee club, church choir and play hockey with the Little Current intermediate team. In addition, he found time to hunt, curl, bowl and ski.
Boyne and Verna had five children: Karen, Lyn, Myron, Nolan and Rodger and 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Although very active in the community, he always made time for his family.
It was very important to Boyne Heise that people remember why the war was fought and to appreciate that we live in a free country. As a fine man and proud veteran, we salute you Boyne Heise.
Manitoulin Expositor, July 26, 2000


Mr. and Mrs. Philip May came to Manitowaning by sailboat from Penetanguishene in 1843. He, being a cooper by trade, was sent by the government to teach the Indians how to make barrels to store and ship their fish. The settled in Manitowaning where Humphrey was born March 20, 1844. By the age of 13, Humphrey was driving stage out of Penetanguishene. He returned to Manitowaning about 1864 to work for the Indian Agent there. In 1865, he married Dorcas Jane Franklin, an orphan, who had come to Manitoulin with Rev. Jabez Sims, who married them in the Anglican Church in Manitowaning. They moved to Little Current and first lived in a log cabin, where the United Church Manse now stands. Then they moved to a farm west of town on the North Channel. His parents lived across the road. Humphrey and his father worked at their trade (coopers) farming, and cutting cord wood in winter to haul to Little Current dock for the wood-burning boats calling there.
Humphrey May in the early 1870’s started a sideline which became his vocation – making trips to various points with mail and passengers. Dog teams were first used, then a horse and later horses. Mail came from Parry Sound then. On one trip he went to Parry Sound to take a traveler, Joshua Belcher, from Parry Sound to Sault Ste. Marie. This trip took most of the winter, via Byng Inlet, Collins Inlet, Killarney, Little Current, Gore Bay, Algoma Mills, Mississaugi on on to the Soo. They covered this 300 miles on snow shoes with a horse carrying trunks. They camped in the open when no accommodations were available.
In 1878 he started a livery stable, with saddle horses and two and four-wheel carts. At this time he had a contract for carryingmail from Little Current to Gore Bay and Meldrum Bay. Dog teams and ponies were used in winter and sail boats in summer. He became quite a famous walker using animals to carry the load. It was 180 miles round trip in winter.
Increased livery business, first, at his home location and later he built the building no occupied by Snappy Cartage in Little Current. This he passed on to his sons John and Gilbert about 1905 and became a Massey-Harris agent for a number of years.
Humphrey May had a large family consisting of six daughters and three sons – in order of age as follows: Mary Jane (Mrs. William Priddle), Elizabeth (Mrs. William Longsworth), Maggie (Mrs. David Boyter), Dorcas (Mrs. George Priddle), Nellie (Mrs. Harrison Nevils), Lucinda (Mrs. Joseph Addison), Humphrey Jr., John and Gilbert. His wife died in 1912 at Little Curent. Humphrey died in Silver Water in 1933 and buried in Little Current. The last of his family to die was Gilbert (Gib), the youngest. He was in his 86th year. The oldest grandchild now living is Mrs. E.P. Sawyer (Mable Priddle) in Escanaba, Michigan. The youngest is Humphrey (Bud) May of Little Current.
By Lela Keatley
Through the Years, March 1984, page 22 & 23

Humphrey May a true pioneer
The burial of Humphrey May was on July 12, 1933. A fitting date for the burial of a life long Orangeman.
Humphrey May was the first native of Manitowaning, a mission set up in 1837 as an answer to Father Proulx’s thriving Roman Catholic community in Wikwemikong.
Manitoulin had been chosen by two lieutenant-Governors of Ontario, Sir Peregrine Maitland and Sir. John Colbourne, as a refuge for Indians driven out of Simcoe, Grey and Huron counties by white settlement. Indians did immigrate here from these areas, and more come from the United States but both Lieutenant Governors were recalled before they could establish some sort of permanent settlement.
Sir Francis Bond Head, the succeeding Lieutenant-Governor, came to the Island in 1836, and with his help, the mission to civilize the Indians was established. This enterprise, was reported to be unsuccessful.
Many of the Indians of this place were Ojibways, who knew nothing but hunting and fishing, and they did not take kindly to settling down in any certain place, but preferred to roam about.
The Manitowaning Mission, like William of Orange, did not succeed in forcefully converting the Indian to white ways, but Manitowaning became the entry point for colonialism on the Island.
Although not officially open to white settlement until 1863, the Manitowaning mission doomed pristine Indians ways of life. To instruct civilized skills to the natives, the government brought in craftsmen, whose tastes and economic demands were adopted.
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip May came to Manitowaning in 1843, from Penetanguishene. They were sent by the Indian department to teach Indians how to make barrels, for storing and shipping fish.
The first white child
Humphrey May was born the following March. Perhaps the demand for instructors of co-operage fell off because Humphrey May as a thirteen year old by was driving stages out of Penetang.
By age twenty, however, he was back on Manitoulin. He worked a year for the government “Indian Agent”. Next year, he married Dorcas Jane Franklin, and moved to the settlement at Little Current. He moved once again, shortly after, to what became known as the May Farm, at May’s point. His father lived on an adjacent farm. To supplement the farm income, father and son worked together at the coopers trade, building barrels for a market which now included a substantial white population. During the winter, he cut and hauled wood into town for the ships that called. This wasn’t his only winter trade; he also took up a side-line that eventually became his vocation; delivering mail and people.
First he used a dog team in his travels; then a horse and later a team of horses. During the 1870’s all mail, and most passengers came by way of Parry Sound during the winter.
It was a long and often precarious trip, with storms and extreme cold during the deep winter, and the dangers of treacherous ice in the spring.
There is one story of Mr. May’s cutter plunging into a breach in the ice. He thought he had reached the end of the lin when he stood on the seat of the cutter, shouting for help, as the vehicle and the perished mare slowly sank into the North Channel. Fortunately, some residents of a nearby island heard his desperate pleas and rescued him.
One trip he made occupied almost an entire winter. May tripped off to Parry Sound to pick up a Joshua Belcher, who wanted to go to the Soo. The trip, well over 300 miles long, was done on snowshoe, with a horse usually following with luggage. Often there was no accommodation at night beyond what shelter could be hastily erected in the open.
Livery Stable
By about 1800 the island had developed to the point where there was a demand for a full time livery stable. This he established in Little Current, living there until the death of his wife, in 1912. While his business was now mainly to rent out horses and carts, Humphrey May had the contract for the carrying of mail from Little Current to Gore Bay and Meldrum Bay. Through swamp and virgin forest he would travel, stopping in at various little niches of civilization along the way. Like most travelers, Mr. May was a welcome guest, a man known for his entertaining stories and amiable disposition.
He was, it is said, an “ardent card player.” Grandson Humphrey Priddle recalls: “Although he never swore, he had an expression of his own. When he became excited in playing a close game, he would bang his fist down and exclaim, “By the ginger tea.”
Maybe it was the toll of the years, or maybe it was a normal businessman’s drive towards comfort, but in 1905, Humphrey May passed his business on to his sons John and Gilbert, and became an agent for Massey-Harris. This agency he held for a number of years.
After the death of his wife, Mr. May sold his Little Current residence (now occupied by granddaughter Mrs. Grenville Orr, and husband) to his son Gilbert. Another son, Jack took over the family farm, now Grandview Lodge. The end of his long (89 years) life was spent visiting his children, who were spread across the Island from Little Current to Silver Water.
He was the proud patriarch of a huge family, the father of six daughters and three sons. There were in order of age: Mary Jane (Mrs. Wm. Priddle), Elizabeth (Mrs. William Longworth), Maggie (Mrs. David Boyter), Dorcas (Mrs. George Priddle), Nellie (Mrs. Harrison Nevills), Lucinda (Mrs. Joseph Addison), Humphrey Jr., John, and Gilbert. All except John had children.
So father and grandfather Humphrey had a lot of family to visit during the latter years of his life. It appears that he never became a burden to his family; in fact he would work on his children’s farms well after his formal retirement.
Mr. May had a wealth of information few possess, and up until the last, his mind was quite fresh and he could recall happenings 60 or 70 years ago with vivid recollection.
He passed away on July 10, 1833, while at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Priddle, in Silver Water. Hundreds attended his funeral; the church was filled to overflowing, and many stayed outside until after the service was over. Relatives and friends from all over the Island came to pay their respects to the pioneer. Small wonder they came. For after the religious ceremony they could all gather to compare anecdotes about a man who played a role in developing the entire Manitoulin.
He was the first white man to have the Island in his blood. Growing up among men who came here to develop it, to change it, or to exploit it, he was the first to be able to call Manitoulin “home”.
By Lela Keatley
Through the Years, March 1984, pages 23-24


By Mrs. A. Newby
The Lookers came from Sunderland, England. Mr. Looker’s family had died with tuberculosis and he came to this country seeking a drier climate. He intended to go west to the prairie. He got off the boat in Little Current and immediately was offered the job of painting Ashley’s new house on “Looker’s Point”. When the house was finished they had a “housewarming” with everone for miles around present.
Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Looker. Edith born in 1900 died in 1902. Florence died in 1918 at the age of fourteen of what Dr. Davis of Mindemoya termed “Black Jaundice”. Edmond was born on Nov. 27, 1906 and Norman on Dec. 26, 1910 and died May 21, 1936.
They built a house on what is now the Marburger lot and later Mr. Newby and Jack Cannard moved them to Spring Bay. They spent the winter there and then moved to Mindemoya on the Frank Vanhorn farm. Later they came back to Rockville to the Ashley farm where they lived until Mrs. Lookers health broke down. They then moved back to Mindemoya to stay with Beatrice (Mrs. Bob King) until Mrs. Looker’s death in 1940. Mr. Looker died in Aug. 1949
Through the Years, April 1984, page 15


Information given by Mrs. A. Newby
William Ashley came from Bristol, England and lived for some time in Egincourt, Ont. He came to Bidwell in 1875 with his wife and two children, Ted and Albert. They came from Bidwell to Looker’s Point and lived in a log house there. They built the present frame house on the point in 1900, later moving to Mindemoya.
Through the Year’s April 1984, page 16


by Linda Kelly
Mrs. Vincent, who has lived all but 5 years of the past 100 (on Manitoulin), can recall many changes to the town of Little Current. One of the most significant changes was when electricity came to many of the town’s houses from the Red Mill in the West End of Little Current. Wooden sidewalks, barns and chicken coops were all part of early Little Current’s history. Children had to make their own fun, playing games and taking part in dances in both the Orange Hall and the Shaftesbury Hall were some things that came to her mind.
As a small girl, Mrs. Vincent remembers riding with Father Papineau in his motor car. Her husband Elmer’s father, Oliver Vincent, was reputed to have one of the vehicles on the Island.
A teenager during WW1, Mrs. Vincent said she was proud as as a young woman, during WW2, to be able to be of assistance to Marjorie Young and others who were knitting and packing boxes for soldiers overseas.
When asked what she perceived to be the problem with today’s world, Mrs. Vincnet said that she often pondered this question. She attributes some of the problems to the fact that young people, boys in particular, seem to have lost their manners. In her time, boys would never have entered the house with hats on, now they sit at the table that way.
Manitoulin Expositor, January 5, 2000


By Michael Erskine

WIKWEMIKONG-The spirit journey has begun for a gentle warrior. Wilfred Joseph Kimewon, born April 13, 1916 spent nearly all of his live in Wikwemikong, surrounded by the family and friends that he loved.
As a young 24-year-old Mr. Kimewon left the familiar sights and sounds of his home to join the Canadian Army. He served in the Forestry Corps, in Canada and Britain in World War Two.
"He didn't talk about the war much about the war much, only in general terms," said his granddaughter Wanda Kimewon. "He didn't like the food much," she laughed, "He was always particular about his food, and the food in the army, he didn't like it very much." The Elm and Regent hill in Sudbury is also a common memory for many veterans of World War Two. A favourite site for the training and conditioning of soldiers, many Island residents remember the steep hill with less than fond memories. "He said they would march up and down the hill, over and over again. He didn't like that hill very much," said Wanda.
"The Forestry Corps built bridges, docks, anything that required timber, and they often cut the timber near the site of construction," explained Jerry Loosemore, of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 177, Little Current, of which Mr. Kimewon was a member. "He used to go in quite often for the Remembrance Day ceremonies, and that other day, the 6th of June, they would have ceremonies. When they started to have them here, he stopped going into town," said Ms. Kimewon."He said afterwards, 'it is harder to live with now that it is over, than it was going through it at the time," said Ms. Kimewon. The few occasions that she was able to get her grandfather to talk of his experiences overseas, he would usually get a far-off look in his eyes and then turn away, overcome with the memories of the past.
Mr. Kimewon lived his life in the present, raising a family and keeping them as close to him as long as he could, but seeing many have to leave to get by. Married shortly after his return from the war, Mr. Kimewon was blessed with 31 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Manitoulin Expositor March 7, 2001

A Long and Useful Life
The Late Richard Carney Ex-Sheriff of Algoma

On Monday, the 20th April, Mr. Richard Carney Ex-Sheriff of the District of Algoma, passed away.
Deceased came to Sault Ste. Marie in the summer of 1808, having been appointed Stipendiary Magistrate for the District of Algoma. A few years afterwards, on the District being erected into a Provincial Judicial District, he was appointed the first Sheriff of Algoma and Treasurer in connection with judicial matters of the District. These offices he held until March 1882, when he voluntarily resigned on account of his eyesight and hearing failing otherwise he was well qualified to fulfil the duties imposed.
Deceased was born in Dorchester, Eng., on the 3d February 1802 and at his death he was in his 84th year. His father, as the name indicates was Irish, of the County of Tipperary; his mother was English, of the County of Dorchestershire. His father joining the army, the family went over to Heligoland under Sir William TEMPLE, the Governor of the Island; while there the subject of this memoir received his principal education in the High German School of that place. A few years afterwards the family removed to England and while Mr. CARNEY was still a boy he, with the consent of his parents, volunteered in the medical or surgeon’s department in the naval expedition against the pirate Algerians in 1816. In this action before Algiers he narrowly escaped being counted among the dead. On the return of the fleet to England he was sent out to Bermuda where he only remained two years on account of a severe attack of brain fever and returned to England where he was appointed to one of the chief clerkships in the Tower of London where he remained five years. His father dying, and he being the eldest of the family and desirous of helping his relatives he was induced to emigrate to Canada where he, with others of his relatives were entitled to land for services. Before leaving the Tower inducements were offered him to stay; he was assured that should he return within two years his place would be open for him. On his way to Upper Canada, and passing through Kingston, he met an old acquaintance Lieut. CROWLEY, of the Royal Engineers, who offered him a place in the service. Having letters of recommendation to Sr. Wm. COLBORNE, the Governor, he with his relatives were induced by that gentleman to proceed to what is now the County of Simcoe. He settled in what is now the flourishing town of Barrie while some of his relatives settled in the township of Vespra and Sunnidale. He with relatives at the breaking out of the McKenzie rebellion shouldered their muskets and marched to the front. He took an active part in the early settlement of Barrie and county of Simcoe; he was the acting Inspector of Licenses for a number of years for that county, and it was no boys play to travel through the wilds of Mono, Adjala and other townships to put down illicit distilling and trading in whiskey.
In the summer of 1845 he was appointed Collector of Customs for the new Port of Owen Sound, which position he filled for over six years; he was then promoted to the chief collectorship of customs at Niagara by the Hon. Mr. HINCKS, now Sr. Francis, but having acquired large property in Owen Sound and surrounding country he declined to remove and resigned. He then went into general mercantile business and being solicited by a numerously signed requisition he started the Owen Sound Times in opposition to the Comet. These businesses he carried on with the assistance of his family until a short time of his removal to Sault Ste. Marie, disposing of the Times to his son-in-law Mr. P. G. LAURIE, now of the Battleford Herald. The commercial business he closed up. While in Owen Sound he represented one of the townships of Grey in the old District Council for the united counties of Wellington, Waterloo and Grey, having to travel with the other representatives through the mud and mire of a new country to what is now the city of Guelph to the sittings of the council. This position he occupied until Grey was erected into a separate county at which time he was elected one of the reeves and took a very active part in deciding the site for the county town, which was finally settled by selecting Owen Sound, he taking a strong part for that place. He was afterwards warden for the county of Grey and first mayor of the town of Owen Sound. he was appointed by Sir Edmund HEAD, governor of Upper Canada, in 1856 a commissioner for the protection of Indian lands in Upper Canada more particularly on the Sangeen Peninsula, and on removing to Sault Ste. Marie he was particularly requested to act in the same capacity in Algoma. He was one of the chief means of obtaining from the Indians the surrender of what is now known as Brook, Sarawak and Keppel, near Owen Sound.
He contested the county of Grey at two elections, first with the late George JACKSON and afterwards with Mr. HOGAN and Mr. HAMILTON. He was defeated in both cases by small majorities, his defeat being principally due to local jealousies and conflicting railway interests, he supported the then route known as the Central Rail Road, but more lately as the T.G.&B.
The town of Owen Sound owes the principal part of its public real estate to the active exertions of the deceased while reeve and mayor.
In politics he was in England a Whig or Lord John Russell man. In Canada he was known in his early days as a Liberal Conservative, supporting Rep. by Pop., the Secularization of the Clergy Reserves, &c. He belonged to the Young Men’s Club in London established by Lords Brougham, Durham and Richard Cobden. He was a strong temperance man in practice as well as in theory. In religion he was liberal, maintaining the liberty of conscience to all.
On the 14th of October last he was seized with apoplexy, from which he sufficiently recovered to enable him to walk about his room for three months, after which he gradually failed, finally breathing his last at 3:30 p.m. on the 20th April, 1885. His intellect was clear until within a few moments of his last and he passed away quietly in great peace with both God and man.
The deceased leaves a wife (to whom he had been married for 64 years) in her 83rd year, three sons and five daughters. The eldest son, Sheriff CARNEY of Sault Ste. Mari; the second John CARNEY, Battleford, in the Dept. of Indian Affairs; the third, Richard CARNEY M.D. of Windsor. The eldest daughter is the wife of P.G. LAURIE, editor of the Battleford Herald; the second daughter Mrs. BAILEY; the third daughter Mrs. ATKINS, both the latter of Winnipeg; the fourth and fifth daughters are with their mother at Sault Ste. Marie.
Manitoulin Expositor, May 30, 1885

Rex and Rhea Ward are honored for 80 years of wonderful memories

By Cheryl Waugh
Tehkummah--The best kept secret in Tehkummah was finally unveiled before the shocked eyes of Rex and Rhea Ward, owners of Ward’s General Store.
On a beautiful, Sunday afternoon this past weekend, the township came out to the senior hall to thank the Wards for 80 years of marvelous service and dedication, not only to their customers, but to the town.
Organizers of the 80th anniversary celebration, Pat Hall and Joan Sawyer somehow managed to keep the luncheon a surprise for the Wards - an impressive result considering about 150 people showed up for the event, and considering Ward’s General Store is not only the community’s shopping establishment, but also a place where friends go to mingle. Mrs. Ward said she was stunned by the reception she and her husband received. “It was such a shock. I couldn’t believe my eyes when we walked in,” she said.
One by one, many in the overflowing crowd stood up to tell the Wards just how much the couple has meant to them, and how much Ward’s General Store has become a part of their lives.
Esther Taylor-Smith spoke about how she can’t think of her childhood without thinking of Ward’s General Store, with its jars of candy, boxes of pink popcorn, and other wonderful delights to draw the attention of any child. “I remember in the summers we’d race our bikes to Ward’s Store, and go in with two cents or five cents and press our noses up to the glass to check out the candy,” she explained. “Ward’s has a really big place in my heart, there are just lots and lots of happy memories.”
Others in the large crowd talked with emotion about how the Wards extended them credit during hard times, and how the store is a daily, living legacy of Canada’s merchant past. “Believe you me, you have a lot of history in that store today,” said Murray McDermid, of Providence Bay, the master of ceremonies for the anniversary celebration, to the crowd gathered at the senior hall. “You are fortunate. That’s an unique establishment.”
Unique for its specialized and non-technologies service, but also unique for its merchandise.
“If Rex doesn’t have it, then I probably don’t need it,” said farmer Jim Anstice. “Without Rex, my business wouldn’t go.”
He recalled the time that the Tehkummah Fire Department was called out in the middle of the night to conduct a search for someone in Carter Bay, and the department’s batteries ran out. “We went over to Rex’s place and woke him up, and he went over to the stor and got some batteries for us,” said Mr. Anstice, who was then the Fire Chief.
He also noted that he usually went into Ward’s store with a rushed intensity, and recalled the time the “wonderful old fellas” who sat in the back window, talking and watching the comings and goings at the store, made a comment towards him as he hurried from the store with his merchandise. “I turned around ad said to them, ‘aren’t you guys going to take a break for lunch?;” remembered Mr. Anstice with a smile, and to much laughter from the crowd.
Joe Ward, Rex’s father, was also fondly remembered. He moved the store from Snowville to Tehkummah in 1922, and employed Mr. (Murray) McDermid’s father, J.E. McDermid. Dignitaries, Tehkummah Reeve Gary Brown, and Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Mike Brown both honored the Wards with plaques, as did the Triangle Club.
Mr. Gary Brown thanked the Wards on behalf of the community, and also thanked them for the support they’ve given to the community over the years.
A sentiment shared by others in attendance who voiced their opinion that the Wards continually go “beyond the call of duty to service the community.”
MPP Mike Brown noted that running a business tends to get more challenging with each passing year. “To have a business for 80 years is incredible. You’ve been in business for 80 years - that’s 80 years of providing the community with service that they really appreciate.”
Appreciation - for 80 years of wonderful memories and caring service to the community of Tehkummah.
Manitoulin Expositor, August 14, 2002

Card of Thanks

Mrs. Elizabeth Willett and family desire to express their gratitude in the many friends (sic) who rendered them assistance in their recent sad bereavement, through the death of the son and brother Herman.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, May 31, 1923
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish


Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Strain, Sr. of Gordon attended the funeral of the latter’s mother, at Manitowaning, which took place on Thursday.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, May 10, 1923
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Card of Thanks

Mr. Robert Baillie and family desire in this small way to thank their many friends and neighbours for their kindness and sympathy extended to them during the illness and since the death of son and brother.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, March 8, 1923
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Card of Thanks

We wish to thank those who were so kind during the illness and death of our beloved aunt, Mrs. Ellen Courish, and also those who sent floral tributes and so beautifully decorated the church.
Mr. and Mrs. J.C. McGauley.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, December 7, 1922
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Card of Thanks

Mr. and Mrs. Alex. MacLaren and family wish to express their gratitude for the many expressions of sympathy shown them during their recent sad bereavement.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, November 30, 1922
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Card of Thanks

Mrs. Geo. H. Bond and family wish to thank their many friends for their kind expressions of sympathy during their recent sad bereavement.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, November 30, 1922
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Well Known Wiky Resident celebrates 82nd birthday

Dominic Odjig, well known Wikwemikong resident, was pleasantly surprised on the occasion of his 82nd birthday when a large number of friends and relatives helped him to celebrate at his residence.
Dominic served as a special Police Constable at Wikwemikong for many years prior to his retirement and is one of only three surviving world war veterans at Wikwemikong. The other two are his buddies Lawrence Peltier and Philip Pitawanakwat. Other off the reserve first world war veterans still with us and also friends of Dominic’s, included George Holmes of Manitowaning and George Brown of Tehkummah.
It was good to see so many of his friends at the birthday party and also a number of our local residents present. Dominic received many gifts and a good time was had by all who enjoyed the visit with a great oldtimer.
Manitoulin Expositor, November 2, 1977
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish

Card of Thanks

Mrs. Allan Fraser wishes to express her sincere thanks to the people of Gore Bay for the kindness and assistance given during the illness of her dear departed husband, and especially to the Masons who so kindly offered to have the remains brought home.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, November 23, 1922
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Meldrum Bay

Several from here attended the funeral service of the late Norman Matheson at Elizabeth Bay last Wednesday. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the whole community.
The Recorder, August 10, 1922
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Card of Thanks

Mr. Thos. H. Hewitt and family wish to express their thanks for the kindness shown them by their many friends and neighbors during their recent sad bereavement.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, August 10, 1922
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Card of Thanks

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Berry and family wish to thank their many friends for the help and sympathy showed them during the sickness and death of their little son.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, April 13, 1922
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Debassige inquest ends

ELLIOT LAKE--A jury at a cornoner’s inquest into the deaths of three men here have made four recommendations on mine safety.
The inquest earlier this month probed into the reason three men, including Norm Debassige of West Bay, were killed when a massive piece of rock fell from the mine ceiling, ‘crushing two and fatally injuring Mr. Debassige.
The jury recommended miners suspecting unsafe conditions inform their shift boss and initial a long book; supervisors and minors(sic) should be further trained on hazard identification; a study be done on warning devices for rock falls; and studies be undertaken to improve stope mapping and exploratory drilling techniques.
Manitoulin Expositor, September 17, 1980

Local News Items

Rev. J. A. McDonald received a telegram on Friday announcing the death of his brother Neil at Carlton Place, Ont. On account of the difficulty in getting out at this time of the year Mr. McDonald was unable to go to Carlton Place to attend the funeral. Mr. McDonald has the sympathy of his fellow citizens in his sad bereavement.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, January 22, 1914
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish

Cockburn Island Preacher Suicides

Was Found Lying on the Shore With His Throat Cut
The body of Mr. Butler, a Presbyterian Preacher at Cockburn Island, was found lying on the shore at Burns’ Bay, four miles form the dock, by Geo. Wagosh, last Thursday, His throat was cut from ear to ear, his head was in the water, apparently he stood by the waters when the fatal gash was given and fell forward into the water.
The Cockburn people are at a loss to account for the deed. Mr. Butler was much respected by his congregation and they cannot understand why he should want to do away with himself.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, November 13, 1913
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Cockburn Island Minister’s Death a Mystery

Coroners Jury say Murder
How the Rev. Frank Butler, a Presbyterian Minister on Cockburn Island, met his death on the south shore of the island is still a mystery. On Tuesday afternoon Nov 4th two Indians were walking along the south shore of Cockburn Island when they found the body lying on the beach with the head in the water and they attached a wire to one foot and to a log to keep the body from drifting away. They then proceeded to their homes where they spent the night. Next day they went to the village and reported to the Reeve what they had found. A coroner at Thessalon was at once notified and an inquest held. The jury found that the deceased came to his death by violence at the hands of some person or persons unknown. The body had been attacked by and eagle and the face was somewhat disfigured and one ear was gone. The throat was cut from ear to ear. This might account for the residents no recognizing the body of their own minister. After the inquest was over Mr. Bateman, with whom the deceased had boarded, having missed him for several days, went and viewed the body and at once recognized it as that of his late boarder. The identification was complete, no doubt remaining as to whose body it was.
It was then learned that Mr. Butler had left his boarding house on Tuesday morning and had gone for the mail to the Post Office, from there he was seen going south from the village and further south he had met and conversed with some of the settlers, others had noticed him going along the road. When his body was found there was no knife or other sharp instrument near it with which he could have cut his throat. Judging from the gash in his throat death must have been instantaneous and he could not have disposed of the instrument which made the gash. From this and from the fact that there were no blood stains on his clothing or on the beach it is thought that he must have been murdered.
Crown Attorney W.F. McRae was notified last week and at once sent Provincial Constable Shields to Cockburn Island to investigate the case. The case is too serious to be dropped and not doubt it will be thoroughly investigated. The Cockburn Island people are greatly worked up over the affair and are anxious to have a thorough investigation.
The deceased was an Englishman and had been out in Canada for about four years.
While his body was lying on the shore a letter arrived from his mother for him.
Provincial Inspector A.E. Storie, of Sudbury, and Provincial Constable Sam Flanagan, of Thessalon, arrived in town on Sunday night and proceeded to Cockburn Island on Monday morning.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, November 20, 1913
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish

Memorial Service

The people of Gore Bay gathered together on Sunday in the United Church in memory of Ptes. William Carr and Gus Haring who were killed in action on August 27th. Rev. R. Wiseman who conducted the service read Psalms 46 and 76 and those for his text Revelation 2:10:” Be Thou faithful unto death and I will Thee the Crown of Life”.
The pulpit was decorated with ferns, flowers and flags by some members of the congregation.
The Choir sang a very beautiful Anthem “The Homeland” and the following were the Hymns for the occasion: 48, 234, and 810. Mr. Wiseman spoke very highly of theses two heroes who were faithful unto death pointing out the Glory, Honour and Blessing awaited them in the Homeland. He also expressed the sympathy that all felt for the relatives and friends of these two boys who have paid the price for our liberty.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, October 10, 1918
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Former Gore Bay Teacher Killed

Chloroform, with which she is believed to have attempted to treat a toothache, caused the death on Sunday last of Mrs. Frances Parker, teacher of History at the London Collegiate Institute. Mrs. Parker was found dead in her room and a vial two-thirds filled with chloroform was on the bed beside her.
Mrs. Parker was a lady well known in Gore Bay having taught in the High School here, and was held in high regard.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, April 11, 1918
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish

Local News Item

The body of the late Frank Ross was taken from the water at McKie’s Falls, three miles from Walford, on Monday 25th. It will be remembered that Mr. Ross was one of the four men who met death at Espanola a few weeks ago by being swept over the falls in a canoe. The body has been shipped to his former home in Collingwood.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, June 4, 1914
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish


Mr. Wickett, who carries on a general store on Whitewood Ave., is a man who understands life in a new country, having come here from Manitoulin in 1902, where he was in the timber business. Was in the town Council in 1904 and the Herald office is located in his block.

Temiskaming Speaker
February 1, 1905, page 11

Card of Thanks

Mrs. Geo. Sterling wishes to thank the many friends, neighbors and others of the surrounding country for the faithful and kind assistance shown in the sickness and death of my husband, who has passed away. I appreciate their kindness very much. Mrs. Geo. Sterling, Providence Bay
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, August 28, 1913
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Two Men drowned on Lake Manitou

Din Tucker and Will Lockyer
Boat Blankets and coats washed Ashore
It is feared that W.J. (Din) Tucker and Will Lockyer were drowned on Lake Manitou on Tuesday Aug. 6th.
Tucker left Manitowaning on Tuesday morning and drove to Manitou Lake where he expected a launch to meet him and run him across to Sandfield. The launch not being there he engaged a row boat and stared across the lake, but after rowing about four miles he went ashore where some men were working in a hayfield and engaged will Lockyer to row him down to Sandfield. The boat was leaking and he found it difficult to keep her bailed out and do the rowing himself. They pulled off from shore and the other men went back to their work in the hayfield, Lockyer intending to walk back along the shore. Nothing more was heard of them till Wednesday when it was learned that Tucker had not reached Sandfield. A search was immediately started but no trace of them could be found till Saturday when their boat was found upside down on the beach with tuckers coat and grip under it and his blankets and pillow which had washed ashore a mile farther down.
Stoddarts tug and several other boats, besides a large number of people, have made a thorough search along the shores but no further trace has yet been found.
The water is said to be 125 feet deep in the vicinity of the shore where the boat was found. The bottom of the lake is being grappled and a through search for the bodies is being made.
Din Tucker is the eldest son of the late W.J. Tucker, Druggist, of Manitowaning, who died but a few months ago. Din was fond of camping at Sandfield and was very popular among the people on the East end of the Island, or wherever he was known.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, August 15, 1912
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish

Additional Locals

Mr. A. G. Murray received a telegram on Monday stating that his father died suddenly at Beaverton Ont. Mr. and Mrs. Murray at once left by special stage for Spanish to catch the Toronto Local. The deceased Mr. Alexander Murray M.A. was an expert mathematician and taught for years in Galt and Brampton Collegiate Institutes.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, March 21, 1912
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish

Card of Thanks

Mr. Benjamin Bock, now of Providence Bay, on behalf of himself and his family desires to express deep appreciation of the unremitting and unwearied kindness of the ladies of Providence Bay during the sickness and death of the late Mrs. Bock. He will never forget the warm sympathy of old neighbors in this time of his affliction.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, January 20, 1910
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish

Terrible Explosion in Silverwater

One Man Succumbs to His Injuries
Another Man Horribly Scalded and May not Recover
One of the most frightful accidents that has occurred on the island for many years, happened in Silverwater on the 11th inst., in which Frank Guinn, a young and respected man of about twenty years of age, met a horrible and untimely death. Another young man, James Hazzard, is likely to die from scalds and wounds, and two others, B. Addison and a young man by the name of Cronk, were injured slightly.
It was shortly after noon on Friday that the mill hands in the employ of James Crawford, were gathered around the boiler room awaiting the starting of the mill for the afternoon run, when suddenly the huge boiler lept (sic) into the air like a thing of life, belching forth at the same time a torrent of scalding water and steam, turning topsy turvy the boiler landed some twenty feet away on the rollway, while sixty feet away, writhing in agony, were the young men who had been blown that distance by the force of the escaping steam.
Frank Guinn, who came to Silverwater in the spring of 1908, made a host of friends there, being of a quiet disposition that invariably wins friends in any community. He only survived the accident a few hours.
James Hazzard has been in Silverwater for over a year, stopping with his brother Wesley. The sad part about his case is having lost an arm a few years ago through an accident. He is still quite a young man, being only about twenty years of age, and even if he recovers from the recent calamity will be severely handicapped through life. Latest reports say he is still living and making a gallant fight against the grim monster, and, as he is known to be full of grit, it may help him to pull through.
Barney Addison is injured slightly, having refuse blown in his eyes, which was removed by Dr. Johnston, who left in haste for the scene of the disaster.
The peaceful little settlement of Silverwater is plunged in the deepest gloom over the lamentable catastrophe. Possibly nothing has occurred in its history to occasion so much genuine regret.
It was in the summer of 1901 that the boiler in the Burpee mill blew up, killing three men.
Mr. James Crawford, owner of the Silverwater mill, is deserving of sympathy. He only recently purchased the boiler from Mr. Wright of Petrolia. It was previously used by Messrs. Buchanan & Brake in their drilling operations in Silverwater and Gore Bay, and it will mean a loss to Mr. Crawford of several hundred dollars.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, March 18, 1909
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish

Sad Drowning Accident at Indian Point Bridge

Never perhaps in the history of our little town, has the community received such a shock as that which occurred on Wednesday evening, when the tidings of the accidental drowning of little Albert Couden, which occurred at Indian Point Bridge, on Wednesday afternoon.
The grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Platt, together with Mr. and Mrs. Couden and two small children, left their camp at Smith’s Bay, after dinner and motored out to Indian Point Bridge to enjoy the fishing which has been exceptionally good this summer.
After the party arrived at their destination, all preparations were made for an enjoyable afternoon, and as a safe guard against accident the younger of the two boys, being not yet three years of age, was tied with a light rope to the girders of the bridge, and all went well for a time, when Mr. Couden’s attention was attracted by a scream from his wife and looking up beheld the little tot falling into the rushing torrent. The rope apparently was not long enough to permit the child reaching the water before the whole weight came on the slender cord which parted and the child precipitated into the water.
Mr. Couden, without waiting to throw off his heavy clothing, immediately leaped into the might current in an attempt to rescue his child, and for about forty minutes, struggled heroically to effect a rescue. Three times he reached the child, only to be baffled by the treacherous current, which again and again, tore the child from his grasp, and finally when nature had spent itself and his strength gone and with death staring him in the face, Mr. Couden was forced to desist from his efforts and narrowly missed losing his own life.
So completely exhausted was he that he was not able to stand when help arrived and he was assisted out of the water.
Mr. Couden by her Herculean struggle to save his boy from drowning has won the admiration of our town and country people which was manifest by the mad rush from all quarters to render assistance, when the news spread abroad. Every motor car available in the town and the surrounding country was rushed to the scene of the accident, and searching parties were instituted, which have been keeping vigil and diligent search, by night and by day, but to date the answer to the oft repeated query, Watchman What of the Night? No recovery of the body is yet reported
The mother of the lost child is completely prostrated with grief.
Mrs. Platt, the grandmother is bearing up bravely, under the terrible shock, although being in delicate health for some years.
This case, as above stated is possibly one of the most heart-rendering that has been recorded in the history of Manitoulin.
The Recorder, September 20, 1922
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish

The Body of Little Albert Couden Recovered

The great tension that has existed in our community since the accidental drowning of Little Albert Couden, which occurred at Indian Point Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, September the 20th, was considerably relaxed when tidings reached the town and surrounding country that the body had been found in Lake Wolsey, on Sunday afternoon.
Searching parties have been on the alert ever since the terrible accident happened which has wrought so much anguish in the hearts of the immediate relatives and also the whole community. At the time of the discovery of the body, hopes were being shattered of ever reclaiming the lost child, and while the finding will open afresh the wounds sustained by the relatives yet there is more or less comfort in the knowledge that the litle (sic) tot will be interred in some cherished spot, rather than the uncertainty of his whereabouts while engulfed in the merciless waters, which claimed him for a victim.
The parents and relatives have shown rare fortitude in their great hour of trial and have given evidence of courage which will finally bring a reconciliation to the inevitable, and time, the great healer, will lesson the sting that has been caused by so sad a bereavement.
We may be pardoned in the feeling of just pride in our community, who have felt so keenly the suffering that the stricken family have endured, and by their untiring efforts to alleviate that suffering, in rendering service and assistance must have convinced Mr. And Mrs. Couden that the hearts of our sturdy Northern men and women have gone out to them in a great surge of sympathy, and while Mr. Couden is a citizen of Michigan City, the bonds of a great brotherhood has been manifest, between our neighbours to the south and ourselves where only an inaginary (sic) boundary line exists.
This is only one instance of the great friendship that exists between the two great countries and we are more than ever imbued with the conviction that “Toward a great friendship the world is slowly but surely moving, midst difficulties and delays, reaction and reconstruction, when boundry (sic) lines between nations and race hatred will be known no more.
Miss Tryon, the brave little neice (sic) of Mr. Couden, who was with the party on the fatal day, and who rendered invaluable service in her efforts to assist her uncle out of the water, when he was completely exhausted, is deserving of special mention. The Recorder, October 5, 1922
Transcribed by Marilyn Irish

A Glimpse of the past reveals countless changes

By Diana Smith
WIKWEMIKONG--An interview with some residents of Wikwemikong Nursing Home, and Wikwemikong resident and former teacher Margaret Fox all provided a glimpse aback at the past before entering the New Millenium. The discussions centered around many of the changes seen in the 20th century and brought fond memories of formers New Years celebrations.
While younger citizens of the world tend to embrace the coming of the twenty-first century with enthusiasm, the older generation provides a storehouse of memories and experiences of the century we now leave behind. A century that saw the beginning of flight in 1903, two World Wars, the Nuclear Age, the Space Age, and now a world being brought closer together and becoming totally dependent on a device called a computer.
In talking to people like 86 year old Ida Dokum, her memories of the twentieth century are rooted closer to home. Memories of time of hard work, living a life farming in Kaboni, a rural existence she always enjoyed and was sorry to leave. Mrs. Dokum can remember many hours spent turning a separator by hand twice a day to get the cream that would be sold for the production of butter on the Island.
Cows were milked by hand because there were no milking machines. She fondly remembers a pedal sewing machine, purchased from a travelling salesman, bought with some of the cream money.
Many of the people interviewed like Mrs. Dokum and Lawrence Wemigwans lived on farms where all the work and transportation was handled by horses. Perhaps the biggest change in the 1900’s to effect all was mechanization.
Cars brought more freedom to travel, the tractor made farm work a little easier, and the invention of the chainsaw helped most of the men worked at one time or another in the bush.
All those interviewed thought the appearance of hydro in the 1950’s made a big difference to their lives, even though a lot of them couldn’t afford to install it until the 1960’s. Agnes (Beaudry) Wemigwans now 60 years old never had a T.V. until she was in her forties. Radio was the main entertainment after hydro was available.
Many like Kenny Roy have good memories of New Years past, family dances at the old Wiky Hall with lots of people of all ages, and live music.
Esther Annimikwaan can remember family dinners at New Years with games like euchre, checkers, and crokenole being played afterward.
The children would usually go sliding on bobsleds. Nursing Home resident May Kingsly originally from Tehkummah, can remember dances at Tehkummah Hall where she danced until one a.m. to live music provided by Jim Hunter and Clint Gordon.
She lived on a farm and Lorne Pennie would bring a lot of people to the dance by sleigh or cutter. Sadie from Mindemoya remembers dances in 1930 at the Gore Bay Hall, with music by the Gore Bay Orchestra. “We didn’t get home until four a.m. and met the ploughs going out” she said.
Larry Cada who is now a resident of the nursing home was born in Wikwemikong, but lived and worked in Toronto, and has different New Years memories. He can remember going to City Hall on New Years Eve skating, eating hot dogs and listening to music. As a child he can remember excitement over huge ham dinners with all the fixings.
Gabriel Mishibijimina (sic), a World War II veteran, remembers being shipped back home on Christmas Day. He spent Christmas and New years of 1944 on the ship the Queen Elizabeth, in very rough seas.
He was pleased to report that he was lucky enough not to be prone to seasickness when a holiday beer ration was handed out he found himself with two kit bags full of beer. He ended up with a lot of beer rations belonging to his fellow soldiers who were too sick to be able to enjoy the treat.
Margaret Fox a retired teacher who makes her home in Wikwemikong has a different perspective on the changes seen over the past century.
She finds that children today don’t have to work as hard or have as much responsibility at a young age as was expected in the early days of the 1900’s.
She remembers in particular a very harsh New Year when she was 10 years old. Her father, as many of the dads of that generation, worked away in logging.
The snow was as high as the tall picket fence around their yard. There had been an over night rain storm and Margaret’s mom was ill. It was up to 10-year-old Margaret, the oldest of two sisters, to go and dig the ice out of the family well. She also was required to dig out the entrances to the chicken house and pig shed to feed the stock.
Mrs. Fox also found herself in boarding school in Pembroke in her early teens.
This schooling away from home has been a fact of life for many in Wikwemikong, who wanted to further their education in the not so distant past.
Mrs. Fox also remembers a few of the past traditions carried out in the New Year. If you had visitors in the New Year in Wikwemikong you gave them an apple.
At the time apples was a precious commodity that were gathered in the fall and kept for this time-honoured tradition. This practice is still carried out by a few families in Wikwemikong on New Years Day.
Mrs. Fox also remembers in the late 1940s and early 1950’s that a Feast for Three Kings was always cooked on January 6 and shared by everyone. There was a penny cake at the end of the meal and the person who got the penny held the next feast.
Manitoulin Expositor, January 5, 2000


Joseph and Ann Abbott came from Manitoulin Island, Ontario in 1886. A year later Joseph died. They had acquired a home in the vicinity of Hannah, so Ann remained. Their family consisted of William, Jane, Lucy Ann, Mary Elizabeth, Amos, John, Margaret, Charlotte Ann and Sarah. Ann lived at Hannah until about a year before her death when she moved to Langdon, ND, where her son, Amos, was living. Ann Abbott died in June of 1910.
Amos was born in 1867. He owned land west of Hannah for a time and was employed at McGruer's Drug Store in Langdon. Later he had his own drug store. After about 20 years in Langdon, he moved to Saskatchewan and then to Burdette, NY where he died in 1932 at the age of 65.
John Abbott remained at Hannah and owned land west of town. Margaret, better known as Maggie, married Thomas Spiker (see Thomas Spiker).
Sarah married Hugh McDowall in December of 1893. They farmed at Langdon all their lives. Their children were: Leonard Roy, Ella (Mrs. Hugh J. Work) and Ethel (Mrs. Walter Hart - Walter was her second husband; her first husband was Hugh McDowall). They also had a son (David) who died in infancy. Sarah died in 1942 (October 7) and Hugh in 1945.
William may (was) have been the William Abbott who married Rebecca before coming to Hannah in 1887 from Ontario. The rest of the family we have no information about. William and Rebecca came from Manitoulin Island, Ontario to Hannah in about 1887 with their children. Three years later William died and the family returned to Ontario. They had three children: Annie, Wes (Joseph Wesley) and Susan.
Annie married John H. McLean in 1900 (see John McLean).
Wes was born in 1883 on Manitoulin Island, Ontario and came with the family to Hannah when he was four years old. He returned to Ontario with his mother and later came to Langdon ND, where his uncle, Amos Abbott, had a drug store. He (Wes) married Letitia Brown from Harvey Center in 1910. He drove the star mail route from Langdon to Walhalla, ND, for about four years. Later he operated a dairy farm for about ten years and at the time of his death on February 15, 1943, he was employed at the Close Drug Store in Langdon. Letitia died August 22, 1959. They had no children.
Susan was married to James Carson. They first lived at Langdon and in 1937 were living in Devils Lake, ND.
John H. Mclean (married to Annie Abbott) was born September 15, 1875 at Singhampton, Ontario to Charles and Mary Jean (Fenwick) McLean. He came to Hannah in 1897 to work for James Kyle in his general merchandise store. On September 5, 1900, he married Annie Abbott, the daughter of William and Rebecca Abbott. She was born in 1880 at Manitoulin Island, Ontario and came to North Dakota as a child with her parents. In 1912 John was appointed postmaster at Hannah and Annie assisted him there until 1922. Then they opened a grocery store and operated that until 1936 when John's health began to fail and he was forced to retire. In the early fall they left for Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, to spend the winter with relatives. Annie died that winter on February 13, 1937 and John died August 4, 1940 in Shaunavon also. They had no children. While living in Hannah they attended the Methodist Church. John was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge at Hannah and Annie belonged to the Easter Star.
Hannah Centennial Book - Family Histories

Sissy Sim celebrates 107th birthday at Manor
by Lindsay Kelly
LITTLE CURRENT-Dressed in her favourite colour--red--and arms overflowing with a beautiful bouquet of colourful flowers, Cecilia (Sissy) Sim was the picture of contentment last Wednesday afternoon as she sat amongst family, friends and well-wishers who came by her home at Manitoulin Centennial Manor to wish her a happy 107th birthday.
The young-at-heart centenarian and fellow manor residents were treated to cake and live music to honour the birthday milestone. Mrs. Sim's charm and sense of humour have endeared her to manor staff and residents over the years, and they were also by her side as the room broke into a round of Happy Birthday, much to the delight of Mrs. Sim.
Her story begins with her parents, John Maguire and Cecilia Lowe. As Scottish pioneers, they arrived in Manitowaning on a sailing vessel from Glasgow before settling on Manitoulin.
Mrs. Sim was born as the sixth of nine children in Bidwell Township in 1898. During her childhood, her family moved to the Maguire farm in Hilly Grove, which is scheduled to be named a Heritage Farm in 2006. As a young girl, Mrs. Sim met her future husband, Grenville, while attending the one-room Hilly Grove Country School House.
Following their marriage in 1924, the young couple began building a legacy of their own. Today, Mrs. Sim boasts two daughters, 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, many of whom attended last Wednesday's celebration in honour of their family's matriarch.
In recalling his fond memories of Mrs. Sim and her husband, Herman Pelletier regaled the well-wishers with a tale of his connection to the couple. Some years ago, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, Mr. Pelletier, a lifelong musician, was asked to play at the celebrations. When his father discovered he would be playing for the Sims, he commented to Mr. Pelletier, "'Well, for heaven's sake! I played for their wedding.'"
Father and son made their way to the anniversary party where they played together to celebrate the well-known couple.
"Sissy's husband was so glad to see [my father], and he was so proud to have that affection for my dad," Mr. Pelletier recalled. "I want to thank you, Sissy, for that."
Music and singalongs followed the story-telling, and well-wishers streamed in to offer Mrs. Sim kind words, hugs and congratulations, to which the ever-polite and elegant Haweater replied, "Thank you very much. I appreciate it."
Mrs. Sim even took a few moments to impart some words of wisdom to this reporter, curious to know her secret behind living such a long and happy life. "Live a natural life and enjoy every day of your life," she revealed.
She was a woman of few words on her big day, but with family and friends around her, music, laughter, cake and flowers to celebrate, Mrs. Sim didn't have to say much. Her grin said it all.
Manitoulin Expositor, July 13, 2005

Skilled Surgeon Removes 2-Inch Splinter From Eye

In a dramatic and courageous piece of surgical work, a Manitoulin man three weeks ago was enabled to work again for the first time since an accident at work cost him the sight of his left eye last year.
The hero of the story is a Dr. C.W. Callaghan of Toronto, an accomplished and daring surgeon; the victim, Doug. Bailey, 29, of Kagawong.
Injured last April when a dead branch falling from a tree he had cut on Cockburn Island took the sight of his left eye, Doug. Had been treated by a number of doctors, who were unable to understand why the eye should continue to bother him. when the pain and annoyance persisted, however, X-rays were taken, showing a splinter of wood about two inches long and larger around than a wooden match driven into the inside corner of the eye. According to reports by the father, Cliff Bailey of Kagawong, the splinter had begun to work in toward the brain.
Within half an inch of the brain, itself, the splinter was too close to be tampered with when surgeons attempted to take it out by making an incision below the temple. Only Dr. Callaghan, a specialist in his field, would attempt the task of going between the eyeball and the corner of the eye to remove the sliver, which was then wrapped neatly to be kept as a souvenir by the man who had carried it around in his eye for most of a year.
Compensation Pays The Bill
Although at the time of the accident he was working as a private contractor on Ontario Paper Company land, the company has a regulation that all contractors working on company property must be covered, so that Doug, has been receiving wages for all this time and will also have his hospital and doctor's expenses taken care of through workmen's compensation. Considering the cost of hospital care and surgery, this is most fortunate for him.
But last Friday, three weeks after his operation, Doug, drove his car over the hills from Espanola to Kagawong, thanks to a doctor's courage.
(date handwritten /59)
Dorothy Hopkins Addison Scrapbook (green ledger), transcribed by Marilyn Irish

Card of Thanks
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bailey and family wish to thank their many friends for help and sympathy rendered during the recent illness and death of Ernest, age 15 years.
The one we loved so dear,
Silent though we hear his merry laugh.
We hear his step upon the floor
And hope to live to his welcome on the fair and golden shore,
Where we'll meet to part no more.
The vacant chair leaves many lonesome hearts,
But his life was God's to take and give.
We all must face the test.
"Thy will be done not Mine."
-Sadly missed by all.
Him who gave his service, not only as a skilled physician and surgeon but as a true brother, will be remembered through the years to come by all in the family.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, May 26, 1927

Appointment of Harold Bailey
Little Current
Mr. Harold Bailey,
Dear Harold,
At a meeting of the Executive Com. for the Island last night the Committee recommended to W.L. Miller that you should be appointed Game Warden for Manitoulin Island.
Let this be your authority for getting in touch with Mr. Miller.
Sincerely yours
G.E. Baxter
Secretary of the Committee

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Party for Harold Bailey
A stag party was held on Wednesday, September 11th in the Gore Bay Community Hall in honour of Harold Bailey, of Gore Bay , who retired this summer after twenty-six years of service as a conservation officer of the Department of Lands and Forests.
Friends, neighbours and colleagues of Mr. Bailey from Thessalon, Sudbury, Espanola, Killarney and Manitoulin Island together with the Department of Lands and Forests, Wildlife Branch, Sudbury district, presented the honoured citizen with a TV set and a purse. Mr. George R. Boyd, of Gore Bay, made the presentation.
Among the guests were Charles Bibby, fish and wildlife supervisor, Keith Acheson, regional forester, and John Fullerton, MPP.
(date handwritten 1963)
Dorothy Hopkins Addison Scrapbook (green ledger) transcribed by Marilyn Irish

Bob was killed in a freak farm accident. He was hauling load of loose hay from his brother-in-law's, Albert Gibson's place below the bluff. He was just fastening the pole that they tied on top of the loose hay when he slipped, fell only a short distance, but hit his head and died instantly. He was just 61 years old.
History of Burpee Township by Pat Best, page 154

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Summer Wedding in Gordon
Baskets of peonies decorated Gordon United Church, when, on Saturday, July 6th, at three p.m. Rev. R. MacEachern officiated at the marriage of Margaret Elizabeth, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Slomke, Gordon, and Mr. Clifford Chester Beange, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beange, Gore Bay. Miss Sandra Slomke presided at the organ, and accompanied the soloist, Miss Georgeanne Slomke, who rendered two appropriate selections, "The Lord's Prayer," prior to the ceremony, and "I'll Walk Beside You," during the signing of the register.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, was radiant in an original gown of brocaded satin cut on princess lines with bracelet-length sleeves and full skirt. A lace cap held her finger-tip veil of embroidered net. She carried a cascade bouquet of sweetheart roses. Miss Shirley Slomke, as maid of honour, wore a gown of periwinkle blue brocade of identical style to the bride's. A wide-brimmed white hat and short white gloves completed her ensemble. Her colonial bouquet featured briarcliff roses and white carnations.
(date handwritten 1957)
Dorothy Hopkins Addison Scrapbook (green ledger)
transcribed by Marilyn Irish

Brilliant sunshine, warm breezes, a pretty bride attractively gowned, a radiantly happy groom, such are the items which make for a successful wedding, and such was the setting on Wednesday, August 26th, when Evelyn May, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Beange, became the bride of Matthew Ward.
The ceremony, performed by Rev. W. H. Bradford and Rev. E. E. Sykes, took place under an archway of fernery and flowers. The bride a dainty figure in white georgette and lace with draped head dress, entered the room on the arm of her father to the strains of bridal march from Lohengrin played by Mrs. Gordon Beange.
After the ceremony, a varied and very tasty repast was served to the guests who were seated at two effectively decorated tables. Rev. W. H. Bradford proposed the health, wealth prosperity of the bride and groom and Mr. Sykes, speaking for the groom spoke of the great help which the bride has been in church work and that both bride and groom were known in the community as young people of sterling value.
The groom presented his bride with a silver tea service, and the organist with a silver neck pendant.
A reception will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, September 3, 1931

Ice Lake
About fifty of the friends of Mrs. Ward, (nee Miss Evelyn Beange) gathered at the home of her parents, on August 19th, and showered her with many useful gifts which shoed the esteem in which she is held. A very pleasant evening was spent in playing games and dancing.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, September 10, 1931

Bride-to-be Showered
A very pleasant evening was spent at the home of Miss Margaret Hamilton on Friday, Sept. 12th, when the friends of Miss Della McTaggart gathered there to give her a miscellaneous shower in honor of her approaching marriage.
After the many pretty and useful gifts were opened and verses read the bride-to-be thanked her friends. The remainder of the evening was spent in games, singing and dancing. Refreshments were served about eleven o'clock by the girls in charge.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, September 18, 1930

A pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McTaggart on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 24th, when their daughter Della became the bride of Mr. Gordon Beange. The bride entered the room on the arm of her father while the wedding march was being played by Mrs. Arthur Lane, Barrie Island, cousin of he bride.
The bridal couple who were unattended took their places beneath an arch of ferns, dahlias, asters and other autumn flowers.
The bride was becomingly dressed in a sand wool suit with brown hat shoes and stockings to match, she wore a fox fur the gift of the groom, and carried a bouquet of sweet peas, white dahlias, asters and fern.
After the ceremony which was conducted by the Rev. Jewell, a dainty buffet luncheon was served to some sixty guests.
The happy couple left on Thursday via Little Current for Toronto and other points East, on their return they will live at Ice Lake.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, October 2, 1930

The home of Mrs. F. Orr, Gore Bay was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Tuesday afternoon when her daughter, Florence, was united in Missing………. were prettily arranged with ferns and flowers and the wedding cake centred the bridal table.
Mr. and Mrs. Beeton are spending a few days in town and will leave this week for Dayton. The out-of-town guests included Miss Jessie Beeton of Dayton and Mrs. McKay of Thessalon.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, September 22, 1921

Local News Items
Married- Mr. Milton Beattie, of Gore Bay, and Miss Genevieve, daughter of Mr. Thomas J. Robinson, were united in bonds of matrimony on Wednesday November 26th, 1913, at Benton Harbor, Mich.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, December 4, 1913

Pte. J. H. Beattie, who enlisted in August 1914, and went to the front with the First Canadian Contingent, is a Gore Bay boy. During the severe fighting at Langemarck and Ypres between April 24th and 29th last he disappeared and has not been heard of since. Despite the efforts of his parents and friends to locate him, it has not yet been learned whether he is a prisoner in Germany of has fallen on the field of battle. We all hope that he may yet turn up and be restored to his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Beattie of this town.
Through The Years, Vol. V, No., 8, June 1988, page 9

At Providence Bay - April 17, 1919 - Pte. Bob Beattie
Bob Beattie who returned home from overseas last week enlisted with a draft of the 69th Battery in 1916. After spending a month in England he went to France and was attached to the C. D. A. C.
Bob has had many varied and thrilling experiences having had many narrow escapes taking ammunition and guns to the front lines, very often under heavy fire.
Among the souvenirs which he brought home is a German Dress Helmet, one which was made to be worn by an officer when the Germans made their march into Paris.
His brother, Harry was killed in action in the Battle of St. Julien in April 1915.
Through The Years, Vol. II, No. 11, September 1985, page 18

Card of Thanks
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Beatty of Manitowaning, Ont., desire to thank their many friends for assistance and sympathy extended to them during their recent bereavement, also for the many beautiful floral tributes.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, September 8, 1927

Mrs. J. M. Fraser has received word of the success of her grandson, Munro Beatty, of Toronto. He stands first in the honor course in English and History at Toronto University and won the Hamilton Fiske scholarship.
The Recorder, July 17, 1930

Card Of Thanks
We desire to thank our many friends of this community for the kindness shown to us during the continued illness of our daughter, Elsie, who has been in bed over five months. Your kindness has been greatly appreciated and we take this opportunity of thanking you one and all.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Beaudin,
Providence Bay
The Recorder, Gore Bay, April 14, 1932

Marriage #350 - 17 May 1868
MAI/MEGH, Djane (May, Jane) - The 17 May 1868, dispensed 3 banns of marriage in accordance with our custom by Msgr. Jean Farrell, Bishop of Hamilton, not finding impediment, I have received the mutual consent to their marriage of Israel Beaudin, son, over 21, of Regis Beaudin and of Louise Dumas of the parish of St. Louis, diocese Montreal, with Jane, daughter, minor, of Philippe MAI and of Emelie GIROUX. Witnesses were Philippe Mai, father of the bride, and Octave Lahaye. Signed J. Hanipaux, jesuit priest.

Certificate of Marriage - Church of Holy Cross at Wikwemikong, Ontario
This is to certify that Louis Legace' son of Antone Legace of C? St. Ignace ___ and Marie Frie x___ and Mathilda Baudin dau. Israel Baudin & JaneM __ were lawfully married on the 13th day of January 1896. According to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church and in conformity with the laws of the Province of Ontario, Rev. Julian Paquin officiating, in the presence of Thomas Tyson and Ernestine Solomon Witnesses, as appears from the Marriage Register of this Church.

Some early history of Gordon Township, by Annie Williton
Philip Beck came to the Gore Bay, Gordon area with his parents Charles and Jessie Margaret Beck from the Gaspe Peninsula.
They lived on the 7th line in Gordon Township on the farm where John Strain now resides. The old log house was east of the present house.
Philip married Annie Cook and lived on the farm till later years when their son Harvey took over. Philip and Annie moved across the road and when I was a child they had the Foxey P.O. in their home. I can remember the mail boxes in the corner of the kitchen and the trunk that held the stamps, money orders, etc. Mr. Joe Williams carried the mail from Gore Bay to Meldrum Bay. In later years Charlie Wright and boys carried it. The mail truck also carried passengers and freight. Then came the rural mail and Foxey P.O. was gone.
Philip was a very mild man and used to tell of his mother-in-law telling him when he got married that when one lost their temper but the other to hold his peace. Anyone who knew them would know he held his peace many a time.
Besides Harvey they had 4 daughters, Lily who died as a young girl, May and Beryl who went west and married there and Edna who married Harvey Wilson. They are all deceased now.
Philip and Annie Beck were my maternal grandparents.
Through The Years, Vol. II, No. 4, February 1985, page 15

Card of Thanks
We desire to express our sincere thanks to our many kind friends for their assistance and sympathy during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father.
Mrs. Beck and Family
The Recorder, Gore Bay, April 14, 1932

A quiet wedding took place on the 2nd line of Plympton at high noon on Wednesday, April 23, when Grace Darling, youngest daughter of Mrs. Mary L. Luckins, and the late Chas. Luckins, became the bride of Clarence Vinton, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Beck of Plympton and Enniskillen townline. The Rev. L.J. Stones, pastor of Wyoming Baptist church performed the ceremony, in the presence of the immediate relatives. The bride, who was given in marriage by her mother, looked charming in a gown of Copenhagen taffeta with pleated panels and slippers to match. She carried a bouquet of pink and white carnations. The young couple were unattended. They took their places beneath an evergreen arch beautifully banked with roses, and white wedding bells held by white streamers. During the signing of the register Mrs. Stones sang very sweetly "O Promise Me." After the ceremony a dainty wedding dinner was served. Mrs. Luckins, mother of the bride, wore a gown of black silk tricolet. Mrs. Beck mother of the groom, was very becomingly attired in black and grey silk. Mr. and Mrs. Beck, left by motor for a short honeymoon to western points and showers of confetti, the bride traveling in a tan coat with hat and gloves to match. On their return they will reside on the groom's farm P. & E. townline.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, July 3, 1924

WILSON-BECK-On Tuesday, Mary 4th, a pretty wedding was consummated at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Beck of Gordon Township, when their daughter Edna Grace was united to Harvey John Wilson of the same Township. After the ceremony which was conducted by Rev. G. A. Bainborough and which was witnessed by numerous friends from the surrounding country, a banquet was partaken of to which the guests did ample justice. Many presents useful and beautiful were displayed and bore witness to the esteem in which the wedded pair are held. Among these were a few cheques. The groom's present to the bride was a gold brooch; to the bridesmaid Miss Emma May Beck, the bride's sister, a bar pin and to the groomsman, Mr. Truman Wilson, gold cuff links. The bride was handsomely attired in cream embroidered net over silk with trimmings of cream satin. A lovely embroidered veil decked with orange blossoms surmounted the whole. A bouquet of pink and white American Beauty Roses was carried by the bride. The bridesmaid was gowned in embroidered net with overskirt and girdle of pink silk, the waist trimmed with pink roses. She also carried a bouquet of American Beauty Roses.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, May 13, 1915

Mrs. Mary Alice Blackburn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Currie of Gordon, and Mr. Harvey Langton Beck, also of Gordon, were quietly married at the Manse, Gore Bay on Tuesday, November 8, by Rev. A.R. Gibson.
The bride was dressed in a navy blue embroidered tricotine suit with hat to match and a set of lynx furs, the latter the gift of the groom.
After the ceremony the bride and groom motored to the home of the bride's parents where the wedding supper was served and a reception was held afterward at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Beck where about one hundred and fifty guests gathered to wish the young couple happiness and prosperity.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, November 17, 1921

Early Pioneers of Gordon
.....Agnes the only one of the Beckerton girls to marry, was a very attractive and stylish blonde. On October 6, 1881, she and Frank Royal were married at St. Luke's Church in the town of Creemore where his family lived. One of their wedding gifts was a rocking chair brought to Canada from Scotland by his parents some years earlier, and which is presently in the Gore Bay Museum. She and Frank settled on his farm in Gordon Township, near that of her parents, where he had cleared a fair amount of land and built a log house and barn. On March 23, 1883, a little girl, Elizabeth Florence was born to the young couple. Two years later, December 1, 1885, James Thomas Henry arrived. In January 1893 Agnes was about seven months pregnant when she became very ill with "the grippe" presumably similar to our cold or "flu". On her 37th birthday, January 22, she gave birth to a very tiny, premature baby, Flossie Mimer. Since the child was so small and as Agnes was too ill to even nurse her, no one expected her to survive. Frank, however, took charge of the situation and fed her frequently with a mixture of brandy, sugar and water. He kept her warm in a small box on the oven door. Because of his devoted care, the baby thrived and grew strong. There was always a special bond between Frank and his youngest daughter, and one was rarely seen without the other. Elizabeth grew into a tall and lovely young girl who closely resembled her father's dark haired family. Jim too had his father's brown hair and eyes. Flossie remained a very small person with her mother's blond hair and blue eyes.
Through The Years, Vol. II, No. I, December 1984, page 21

Early Pioneers of Gordon
....."Duke" (Wellington) and Tom, the youngest of the Beckerton boys, stayed on the homestead in Gordon except for a few years that Tom spent working in Manitoba. They were good-looking men, musical and popular, but despite the efforts of several marriage-minded ladies, Duke remained a bachelor, and Tom didn't marry until relatively late in life, Tom and his Maggie had no children and were not married too many years when she died. He then moved back home after Duke died in 1883 and took over the farm. Here he stayed until near his death in 1960. His nieces, Flossie (Royal) Strain and Elizabeth (Royal) Williams cared for him when he finally had to give up living alone.
Through The Years, Vol. II, No. I, December 1984, page 21

Early Pioneers of Gordon
......Henry, known as Harry, was a very popular and handsome young man. He had trained as an engineer and carpenter before moving to Manitoulin, and was also a gifted musician. He helped the family get established and did odd jobs for other farmers in the area. With his friend Henry Lowrie he often provided the music for dances in Gore Bay usually held at the Braziner Hall (Ocean House) as well as for parties in Burpee. He kept detailed records of his finances-for instance he and Henry earned $8.00 for playing for the Masonic Ball at the Braziner hall (Ocean House) in Gore Bay on February 3, 1885, and enjoyed a very good time besides. There was a lot of construction going on in Little Current at this time and Harry moved there to work. On September 15, 1887, he married Mary Pears. The following year there was an outbreak of Typhoid fever in the Little Current area and Harry became ill. Mary gave birth to their son Henry Jr., (later to be known in the family as "young Harry") on November12, 1888 and just over 3 weeks later Harry died, on November 27, 1888 without ever seeing his son. Mary too succumbed to the fever soon after, but the baby was spared. Mrs. Beckerton, had a battle with the Little Current authorities over the body of her son. Victims of typhoid fever were disposed of very carefully to prevent the spread of the disease; but she was determined that Harry's body be brought home to Gordon Township for burial in the family plot. After suffering as much as they could tolerate of Eliza's sharp tongue and fierce temper, the officials finally gave in and allowed her to transport the body in a sealed coffin to Gordon Cemetery. She bought the biggest and best tombstone available at the time and triumphantly had it erected over his grave. It is still there today nearly a hundred years later, and still stands taller than most of the other stones. The baby, "young Harry" was raised for a time by the Beckertons then went to live with Mary's parents Mr. and Mrs. Pears, in the Spanish area of the North Shore. He remained there most of his life, married, raised a large family and died on March 2, 1975 in Spanish.......
Through The Years, Vol. II, No. I, December 1984, page 21

Early Pioneers of Gordon
Among the early pioneers of Gordon Township was the Beckerton family- James, Eliza and their children.
James, a quiet and gentle man was born in Norfolk, England, in March 1826. Eliza Fletcher, born in Belfast, Ireland, January 1830 was a sharp tongued, hard working girl. With their respective families, they emigrated to Canada and settled in Simcoe County near Barrie, Ontario.
They married, probably in 1850, and established a prosperous farm near the town of Stayner. Here their nine children were born.
Sarah Ann - December 16, 1952, William John - July 20, 1854, Agnes Fletcher-January 22, 1856, Eliza Jane - January 20, 1858 (died August7, 1858), Robert - May 17, 1859, Henry (Harry), April 15, 1861, Wellington (Duke) February 1,1863; Emily-October 17, 1866; Thomas -June 23, 1874.
After the Manitoulin Island Treaty was signed in 1862, the government was able to offer land on Manitoulin for sale cheaply to encourage settlers. Gordon Township was surveyed in 1872 and soon after Jim Beckerton, his brother Roland, and Frank Royal, the fiancee of Jim's daughter Agnes, decided to investigate. They liked what they saw and bought quite a number of acres. After giving some thought to the horrendous amount of work that would be involved in clearing this heavily forrested, rocky land Roland changed his mind, sold his share to the others and headed back to the village of Ivy.
In 1879, Eliza and most of the family moved to Manitoulin, although Agnes remained at her job as tailoress and milliner in Stayner for a time. They lived in a log house built from timber cut to clear some land for planting crops. Later they built a large cement house on what was known later as Beckerton's Corner - on the road and on Lake Wolsey. Eliza, according to her grandson, "Young Harry", was a hard working lady and a tough boss. In the morning at breakfast she would go over the work to be done that day and assign jobs to everyone. She worked in the fields with Jim and left the household chores and cooking to Sarah Ann and Emily. These girls had little formal education but could read and write. They were very skilled in cooking and needlework, but never married and rarely took time to even travel to town. They remained on the homestead all their lives and after the death of their parents they continued keeping house for their bachelor brothers. In time Bob and John took over small farms near the family farm. They were shy quiet men who never married and rarely left home.........
James and Eliza Beckerton remained on their farm in Gordon. Jim died February 26, 1906 in his 81st year and Eliza died 7 years later on May 4, 1913 at the age of 83. Nothing remains of the Beckerton homestead except a stone pile near where the original cabin was, and a barn which was built much later, in Tom's time on the lot.........
Through The Years, Vol. II, No. I, December 1984, page 21

Roy Becks and Norine Tracey were married at Little Current on Wednesday, February 6th. Congratulations, Roy! Melvin Bock and Effie Becks accompanied them to help keep up their spirits. You won't have any excuse for getting lost on the lake now, Roy.
The Recorder, Gore Bay, Thursday, February 14, 1918











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