||January 14, 2011
The following are some interesting
heritage publications that have come to my attention and may be of interest.
Callander 125 Calendar
The Municipality of Callander is
celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011 (www.callander125.ca).
The event opened January 1 at the Bill Barber Complex and with a calendar of the
year’s events. A new book by Don Clysdale will be launched in July at the Books
By the Bay event.
||Callander 125 Calendar
The calendar lists the many events over
the year throughout the community. Each month features a group of photographs on
a specific category of community life – Lumbering, Buildings, Streets, the
Quints, the Waterfront, etc. The calendar was prepared by Don Clysdale and Nicky
Poulin. Tom Fletcher & his 125 committee have done a great job of planning the
event. The calendar is available at the Municipal Office & Library ($10).
West Nipissing Heritage
The 2010 West Nipissing calendar
featured a beautiful painting by the late Frank Casey local educator and artist.
The family sponsored an auction of Frank’s paintings recently. Auctioneer
Stephen Tomlinson sold some $30,000 of paintings. Some of Frank’s other
paintings may become a part of the Tom Thomson Gallery collection in Owen
Frank Casey, Jim Lillie & L.J. Gillard
produced an early history of Sturgeon Falls & La Societe historique de Nipissing
Ouest arranged for the translation of the history into French by Pierre LeRiche
& has published a gem of a 60 page history book in English and French with
historical photographs and several Frank Casey paintings. Wayne LeBelle who was
active in the auction and the book publication has a new book out on Iroquois
Iroquois Falls – Anson’s Folly
The Abitibi Power & Paper Company played
an important part in the development of Sturgeon Falls, Smooth Rock Falls &
Iroquois Falls. Wayne LeBelle wrote books on the first 2 locations and has now
done one on Iroquois Falls. All are done with his usual careful research,
photographs and production values.
||Frank Casey Sturgeon Falls book
The Iroquois Falls book is called
Anson’s Folly after the founder F.H. Anson who established the
community. The 200 page book goes back a 100 years to the
heartland of Northern Ontario when the Abitibi Power & Paper Company arrived.
The fascinating early machinations and power struggles make finteresting reading
leading to a well functioning larger municipality today.
The book includes the story of some of
the peripheral communities in the area and some history on the original
aboriginal people. The origin of the name is interesting when the native people
were not Iroquois. The French English struggles were interesting. The book has
several sections in French.
The story comes alive with profiles of
some of the area’s personalities including founder American capitalist
entrepreneur Frank Harris Anson who took the early lead in spite of many who
thought it was folly to do so.
The archaeological and museumological
references are of interest. The people of South River will be interested in the
story of the Shay logging locomotive that had run from South River into
Algonquin Park for several years. It was sold to Iroquois Falls where it was
restored and has become a fascinating tourist attraction.
The book contains dozens of Wayne’s
usually well produced old photographs and some fine new ones by David Lewis many
of which have been archived for future generations. People
with memories of Iroquois Falls and area and those who just love a great story
will enjoy this book. I was pleased to read about nearby
Monteith which became a prisoner of war camp and later an Adult Training Centre
for the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services. I visited
there several times (as a correctional administrator) and got to know the area.
The Trouble with Treaty Nine
Nipissing University professor Dr. John
S. Long has researched Treaty No. 9 which established the division of a vast
region of Ontario’s far north in 1905. His new book details
the strong aboriginal position that they were treated dishonestly in the
transaction. One commissioner’s work was ignored and oral agreements were
||Treaty No. 9 book
Long states that many of their rights
and territories were never surrendered. It is no wonder that First Nations of
far Northern Ontario are opposed to Ontario’s Far North Act.
This is a timely, thoughtful and courageous book that supports the evidence of
the abuse of native people in the past.
I am reminded of Wayne
Dokis book (2007) where he describes the machinations by the government and the
Indian agent in getting the old growth lumber from the Dokis reserve for lumber
companies. I read the detailed story in the book by Dr. James Angus – A Deo
Victoria. I mentioned Dr. Angus recent death in my December
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