Category Archives: LOCAL HISTORY

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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BLACK DAN & DYNAMITE

Some months ago, I came across two logging stories from Greenstone Region, both told in one magazine article. As the title suggests, the stories deal with danger, death, and grief. I contacted the author, Ken Plourde, who worked in the … Continue reading

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YE OLDE GENERAL STORE

I am a fully paid-up member of the travelling public. So, when something interesting crosses my path, I am entitled to stop and check it out. When I was travelling north from The Soo near the end of June, I … Continue reading

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?I’LL GIVE YOU WACKY . . .

What’s a senior getting out of bed at 4:30 in the morning for? Yeah, yeah, besides that . . . Well, this senior got out of his bed yesterday morning at 4:30 to begin a 2,000-kilometre trip around Northern Ontario … Continue reading

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