Category Archives: LOCAL HISTORY

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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THE LAST LINK PROJECT

Completing the First Trans-Canada Highway in Ontario For 2018, a group of volunteers are organizing to commemorate an historic event that occurred in 1943. For the first time, a highway linked Eastern and Western Canada entirely on Canadian soil. In … Continue reading

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INCIDENT AT REESOR SIDING

It has been called the bloodiest conflict in Canadian labour history, and it happened in our backyard. Last night, driving west from Kapuskasing, I stopped at the sign that identifies the monument for the Reesor Siding Incident. The light was … Continue reading

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GRUBBING FOR GOLD (Conclusion)

4 ̶ Refining the Process [This letter appeared in the April 6th edition of the Times Star, Greenstone’s community newspaper.] 1 April 2016 Dear Editor, On Tuesday, March 29, I attended the regular meeting of our Municipal Council. Although I … Continue reading

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