||January 26, 2007
Taking a look at the history of
the North Bay area
This column for the information of North Bay
Nugget readers who now get the Community Voices newspaper each Friday looks at
topics of heritage or historical interest. Community Voices has been going free
to homes from Temiskaming, Quebec to Mattawa, to West Nipissing, to Sundridge
and points in between since April 2000.
Many people in North Bay with an interest in
the history of the surrounding area have asked for the paper which was only
available in North Bay at the Nugget Office. Now if you get the Nugget on
Friday you get Community Voices. People outside of North Bay will get some
North Bay News in their copy of Community Voices as well. With North Bay under
the umbrella it also provides me the opportunity to write on the history of
North Bay which I have only done on occasions where the topic touched on the
As a matter of interest I have written some
260 thousand-word columns usually with a photograph or two over the years. All
of these columns except the most recent are on my website at
www.pastforward.ca – click Heritage Perspectives and scroll to the index.
If you click on any title you will get the column. There is also a guest book.
By the way, I also write an Art Scene Column about once a month looking at art
exhibitions of interest – they are not on line. One was in last week looking at
current art shows and related activity in North Bay and area.
I usually write on one topic but I
occasionally cover several topics that I have in a current miscellaneous file.
For example today you will see several items of a follow-up nature as follows.
Campbell Mystery Solved
In March 2004 I wrote about Allan and
Margaret Campbell who disappeared in May 1956 on Trout Lake, North Bay and were
not found until recently (The Nugget top story of 2006). Their remains have
been identified and the case is now closed.
Nurses Edith Parkin and Jean Cameron
Two remembered WWI nurses were profiled in
two columns in July 2001 and September 2006. A new book It Was Their War Too by
Pat Staton, who contacted me to use their stories, is hot off the press and will
be in the Powassan Library soon and in other locations I am sure. It is
available from Green Dragon Press at 416-251-6366 Toronto or log on to Green
South River Centennial and Train Station
The South River 2007 Centennial can be
celebrated by purchasing one of several varieties of trees from the Municipal
Office at 705-386-7678. The ongoing CNR Train Station restoration got a boost
recently when a group of Grade 12 students in Brad O’Gorman’s construction class
at Almaguin Highlands Secondary School worked on the restoration to get it ready
for the celebration.
The Near North Heritage Group Brochure
Museums in Nipissing Village, Commanda,
Powassan and Burk’s Falls recently launched a new brochure in cooperation with
the Canadore College graphic arts program. The brochure by winner Ashley Martin
will be available this summer to encourage visits to these fine facilities.
||New book on Logging and Lumbering in the
New Books of Interest
Several new books with a heritage focus have
come to my attention recently. A new book on the Capitol Centre in North Bay is
now available. Lumber Kings and Shantymen: Logging and Lumbering in the Ottawa
Valley is a new book on logging history. Wayne LeBelle has a fine new book on
the Dokis Reserve which will be reviewed here in the near future. All of these
and many other history books are available at Gulliver’s Books, 157 Main Street
West, North Bay.
Ontario Archives to Move to York University
A new, modern Ontario Archives will be built
over the next two years at York University doubling the size of the Archives.
The largest provincial archives in Canada, worth over 400 million dollars will
now have a state of the art facility for new and future historical research on
all aspects of Ontario History.
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