Category Archives: LOCAL HISTORY

PAGWA : VILLAGE OF MEMORY

Ghost town. That is our first impression of the historic village of Pagwa River. When we visited on Thursday, August 1st, 2019, there wasn’t a living soul to be seen. It was a ghost town. But the ghosts were there. … Continue reading

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GIANTS OF OLD

Surely we ought to be giants, living in such a country as this. The playwright, Anton Chekhov, was remarking on his own country. He prefaced the remark with The Lord God has given us vast forests, immense fields, wide horizons … Continue reading

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FATHER COUTURE & THE OLD CHURCHES

Radio-Canada called me up for information on the Longlac church that burned down yesterday.  I was able, in the short time available, to put together this account: At age 36, Father Joseph-Marie Couture was ordained as a priest in 1922, … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 5 of 7)

5 ̶ Japanese Prisoners On February 24, 1942, the Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie King, as a war measure, proclaimed the coastal region of British Columbia out of bounds to all Canadians of Japanese descent. In an unprecedented … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 2 of 7))

2 ̶ Tracking the Barbed Wire      When Paul Mengelberg arrived at Angler as a German prisoner-of-war, it was deep winter. In his memoir1, he dates his arrival to January 27, 1941. He recalled a long walk from the CPR siding … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR 7 Chapters)

1  —   Tracking Down History Eighteen years ago, I joined a small group searching for the notorious prison, Camp X, under the guidance of a former German prisoner-of-war who had been incarcerated there. Today the place is almost unrecognizable. In … Continue reading

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THE BEARDMORE RELICS

The Discovery In July, 1934, Ted Eliot, a high school teacher and writer, was traveling by train from Longlac to Port Arthur. When the train stopped in the bush just south of Beardmore, Ontario, to pick up a prospector, Eliot … Continue reading

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WE OLD RELICS

I have lost a great many gray hairs, and I do not regret one of them. I am proud of every one. RIP. This rumination comes to mind because yesterday I addressed a class of student teachers at Lakehead U. … Continue reading

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YE OLDE SCHOOL DAYS

When I entered high school at age 13, I had not the faintest idea that history mattered. The people that lived and events that happened before I was born, and when I was growing up, had a tremendous impact on … Continue reading

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OLD LOGGING DAM

Coming back from Manitouwadge on Monday morning, on the Caramat Road, I decided I had to see the old logging dam again. At the turn-off to Hillsport, I drove east for a kilometre and a half, and there it was, … Continue reading

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