||September 23, 2005
History Updates and Footnotes
The following are some
items that may be of interest relative to previously written articles in
Heritage Perspectives. All of the articles are on line at the address below.
The number after the article reference is the on line index number you can click
on to bring up the full article with photos on my website (www.pastforward.ca)
History of Parry Sound – Adrian Hayes
John Macfie, Parry Sound’s outstanding
resident local historian and columnist has written 11 books on Parry Sound (71,
41, 213). There is always room for a new look, in a new book, by a new face.
Adrian Hayes who wrote the book on the native soldier and leader Francis
Pegahmagabow, has written an excellent new book on Parry Sound published by
Natural History/Natural Heritage.
Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden
Joseph Boyden’s remarkable
book Three Day Road about 2 native snipers from Northern Ontario in WWI is well
up on the best seller list. After writing about the book (218) I attended a
book signing at Gulliver’s Books in North Bay and had a chance to meet him.
Joseph, who is from Toronto and cottages at Ahmic Harbour, has lived and taught
in New Orleans for 11 years. Maclean’s magazine in its September 12 issue has a
lengthy article by him on the devastation of Katrina which contains more of his
||Joseph Boyden, author of
Three Day Road signing books at Gulliver’s Books in North Bay. Gullivar’s
The Powassan History Book
The Powassan 100th
Anniversary History Book will be available in October and a notice will be
published in the newspaper. There are extra copies available for those who did
not place advance orders. A great Christmas gift.
The original Powassan
municipal building built in 1906 will celebrate its 100th next
summer. The building now houses the Golden Sunshine Club and the Powassan
Players Theatre Group so the building still makes a fine contribution to the
South River Water Management Plan
In an article on the South
River Watershed (169) I talked about a pending plan “to establish and control
water levels and flow on the river relative to flooding, power generation and
aquatic life.” A public open house will be held to invite participation in a
review of a draft of the plan at the Machar-South River Community Centre in
South River on Saturday, September 24, 2-5pm. Comments will be received until
October 14, 2005.
Stories of the Deer Hunt
I have written about the
deer hunt a couple of times (196, 207) and recently received an email about the
history of another hunt club, the Beaver Meadow Hunt Club located north of the
one I wrote about at Sand Lake north of the village of Nipissing last year. I
will do a story with photos in the near future of this fine old club that has
been in existence since 1919.
Einstein “The most famous
scientist of the 20th century” has been widely recognized for his
discoveries 100 years ago during this 2005 “World Year of Physics” (212). The
prestigious Perimeter Institute of Physics in Waterloo is having an Einsteinfest
from September 30 to October 23 with displays, exhibitions, performances, and
John Tootoosis/Grey Owl
In my recent article on the
meeting of native activist John Tootoosis I mentioned his actor son Gordon
Tootoosis. Gordon is the star of a new movie “Hank Williams First Nation “ set
in a sleepy native community in Alberta. Variety Magazine states that “Tootoosis
The Cameron Finns
My article on the Cameron
Township Finns (202) led to the development of a display at the Mattawa Museum
next to a new display on Agriculture in Cameron. The museum is gearing down for
the season but be sure to look for the new display in the future.
Archie, Angele, and Anahareo
I have written several
articles on Archie Belaney (Grey Owl) his Bear Island wife Angele Egwuna and
Mattawa’s Anahareo (Gertrude Bernard) (11, 19, 197). The W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery
has a major exhibition planned on the life and times of Angele and Archie in
June 2006. Coincidentally next June Mattawa will celebrate the 100th
birthday of Anahareo who was born in Mattawa June 18, 1906. Look for these
events exploring the life of these fascinating Canadians.
The Hartley Trussler Exhibition
The material from the
Hartley Trussler Photo Exhibition in the Downstairs Gallery at the Powassan
library has been given to the Clark House Museum for future reference (212). As
a follow up to the exhibition I met with Don Cowden from the longstanding Cowden
family in Trout Creek who provided more excellent information. His daughter
Maureen took Trout Creek resident Larry Ciglen and his wife Les Anne and me on a
tour of the old Trussler Mill property at the waterfall on Trout Creek on the
old Carr property. We subsequently visited with Rose Carr long time Trout Creek
resident to talk Trout Creek history. There may be a publication on the
community in the offing.
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