Voyageur Gerry Duguid
Recounts 1967 Canoe Trip
It was a trip of a lifetime for local resident Gerry Duguid
and guest speaker at the Cornwall Township Historical
Society October meeting. While serving in the Canadian Army
in 1966 Gerry was chosen from a select few to represent the
province of New Brunswick on a team of six voyageurs who
would paddle their way across Canada in a canoe. The trek
began in May 1967 at Rocky Mountain House Alberta and ended
in September at Montreal at the site of Expo 67. Gerry
described his exploits on this journey of of lifetime facing
everything from hoards of black flies to carrying the canoe
in portages over rugged Canadian Shield wilderness.
says that he now meets regularly with his former voyageur
pals and on occasion have had an audience with various
Governors General. In the photo are Left Gerry Duguid, Ken
McDonald and Art Buckland.
Carol Goddard Releases New
local historian and now published author, Carol Goddard
recently released her book entitled The Morewood War
Memorial. The book is geared for children but the
message appeals to all ages: how war memorials remind us of
the great sacrifices made by others who fought and died for
our freedom. In particular, the book focuses on the
Morewood Memorial constructed and funded by residents in the
hamlet of Morewood in 1921.
Besides being well scripted, the book is beautifully
illustrated by artist Carrie A. Keller. A portion of all
book sales goes to the Morewood Cenotaph Committee
future care and maintenance. Her presentation was held
at our September 2018 meeting.
CTHS Donates to Bishop's
March 2017 meeting Brenda Baxter from Glengarry Fencibles
Trust updated us on the progress of the preservation and
restoration of the historic
located at St Raphaels. The Bishop's House was once the home of Bishop
Alexander Macdonell whose work in the early 19th century
raised the Glengarry Fencibles for the War of 1812 which
defended Canada and Great Britain. He was the first bishop
of Upper Canada and he acted tirelessly to help large
numbers of ordinary people of all faiths in their dealings
Members of CTHS feels that the efforts of the Fencibles
Trust is a worthy cause as it will send a message that we
need to preserve the past if history is to live on. It was
agreed almost unanimously that we contribute $2,000 which
will be matched dollar for dollar by a Parks Canada grant.
In the photo presenting the cheque to Brenda Baxter are Left
to Right Don McIntosh, Ken McDonald, Brenda Baxter and
Wood Crafter Brian Sturgeon
Builds Replica of Log Church
craftsman Brian Sturgeon attended our April meeting to
display the recent completion of the miniature log church he
built. The church is an exact replica down to the last
detail of the log church located at the pioneer cemetery in
St. Andrews. Brian says that he spent over 500 hours
this past winter building the model. Brian also showed us
some of the small tools he used during the construction.
Author Thom Racine Visits
opening meeting of 2013 in March, local author and historian
Thom Racine paid a visit to CTHS. Thom described the
background behind his writing the book Constable Davey: A
Future Lost and the efforts involved in the research. Thom
discovered that many of Constable Davey's descendants had
moved to the US, making the genealogy trail a bit
purchased a hard cover copy of the book which is available
for borrowing by all members.
photo, Don McIntosh presents Thom with a copy of our
Historical Memories book.
"Jessie Boyd" promotes Her
November Jessie Boyd, aka Art Buckland, made an appearance
at the Historical Society's monthly meeting to promote her
new book, Still Kicking But Not So High. At 96 years
of age Jessie recently published her memoirs and recounts
her life as a widowed mother, business woman and the
difficulties she faced. Feeling somewhat under the
weather for the meeting, friend and confidant Art Buckland
agreed to stand in for Jessie. In the photo, president
Bill Costello shares a laugh with "Jessie".
Readers may order Jessie's book through our web site.
Go to the BOOKS FOR SALE page of this web site.
Talks on the
History of the
At the May 24th
meeting of the
spoke to members
about the Larose
Following an idea from agrologist Ferdinand
Larose in the early 1920s, the
Larose Forest was born
in an effort to
effects of soil
Over 18 million trees
have been planted on
of territory between the
villages of Bourget, Casselman and Limoges.
The Larose Forest has
become a jewel of
biodiversity in the heart of
an area that is essentially
agricultural. John explained that
people have come
from as far away as
Japan and France to observe
some of the unique
spices of trees that
were planted in the
Don McIntosh (L)
Filliol with a
Dale Duncan Takes Up
At the Pot Luck luncheon on December 4, long time member
Dale Duncan was presented with a painting by Libby Cameron. The
occasion was Dale giving up her long time residence on the Black
River Road and making a move to an apartment in Cornwall. Dale
promises to remain active in CTHS and that only her address has
changed. Her enthusiasm for local history remains .
attendance wished Dale well in her new home and an invitation by
Dale was extended for all to drop by and visit her.
But just not everyone all at the same time.
Preserving the Gaelic Language
At the May 2010 meeting, guest speaker Sheena McKenna talked to CTHS
members about the Gaelic language and how it influenced local
culture. Immigrants arrived from Scotland in the early 1800s
with few processions; only their culture, music and language.
From the Highlands of Scotland, most immigrants settled in P.E.I.,
Glengarry County or Cape Breton Nova Scotia. Once in Canada, Sheena
explained how the Scots faced almost insurmountable odds clearing
land and setting-up farms. It was the culture and music that
sustained them in those difficult years.
discussed the decline in the use of the language and the reasons for
the decline. She says, however, that the echoes of the Gaelic
language can still be heard throughout Glengarry County. There is a
resurgence in the interest of the language. Currently, Gaelic
is taught in 16 schools in the province of Nova Scotia. Sheena
finished her presentation with a Gaelic song that is dedicated to
those who preserve tradition and history.
Estate Planning For You and Your Loved Ones
the April 27 meeting of the CTHS, our guest speaker was
Michele Allinotte. Michele is a lawyer and a resident of the area.
Michele points out that estate planning is not just for the sake of
the individual, it protects your family and your loved ones too.
Michele says that we should review our wills periodically and that
estate planning is not a one size fits all solution. As an added
service to her clients, Michele will often record a conversation
with her clients as a legacy to pass on to loved ones. "We all have
stories to tell," she says. What a great idea to be able to share
those stories with future generations. In the photo, president Ken
McDonald thanks Michele for her presentation to CTHS members.
Military Heritage Museum Area's Best Kept Secret
the March 23 meeting of the CTHS, guest speaker Leon Chamois talked
to members about The Military Heritage Museum located at the
Cornwall Armories. Mr. Chamois is the volunteer curator of the
museum where displays and artifacts of S.D.&G.'s proud military past
can be viewed. He makes it clear that the museum doesn't celebrate
war; rather, it commemorates the proud history of our military men
and women who fought valiantly for the freedom that we all enjoy today. The museum is
dedicated to currently serving S.D.&G. Highlanders, former
Highlanders and their families. As such, it is a Regimental Museum
unlike the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
The museum is
open by appointment only. For guided tours, Mr. Chamois can be
reached at 613-936-9124. In the photo, Don McIntosh (L)
presents Leon Chamois with a copy of Historical Memories.
Cornwall Cheese Maker Eugene Kyer demonstrates the Process of
What normally takes 8 1/2 hours was completed in just 20 minutes as
Eugene Kyer put on a cheese making demonstration for members of CTHS
at the October 27 meeting. With his props and equipment Eugene,
Upper Canada Village's cheese maker, explained the whole
process starting with un-homogenized milk and ending with a 90 pound
cheese round. Eugene explained the ingredients that go into making
cheddar and why temperatures are a big factor in determining the
type of cheese produced. After the meeting, members sampled some of
Eugene's two year aged cheddar. The reviews were excellent.
Eugene with his assistant Don
take a temperature reading from
Historical Society member Charles Cameron (L) thanks Eugene for an
Frank Quinn Looks Back Over the Past 50 Years of Seaway History
At the September 22 meeting, special guest speaker Frank Quinn spoke
to members of the Historical Society about the St. Lawrence Seaway
Authority. Frank recently retired from the Seaway. He presented a
well researched background on the project and how the political and
technical issues were overcome.
It is still unclear whether the Seaway project has long lasting
benefits for Eastern Ontario. The project silenced the Longue Sault
Rapids which were one of the greatest natural wonders in Canada.
is seen here receiving a book from Maureen McAlear.
Gary Ivens Gives CTHS Members the Sweet Details on the Making of
On May 26, local maple syrup producer Gary Ivens gave members the
sweet facts on the process of creating maple syrup. Gary and his
wife Jean produce over 400 gallons per year on their 400 acre farm,
Maple Ridge, near Apple Hill. Their maple syrup operation is the
first in the world to receive the Approved Forest Certification, a
much coveted world renown forest certification.
Maple Ridge produces syrup with ultra modern equipment and sells
mostly for the wholesale market, shipping products world wide.
The farm has been producing maple products since 1850; this
generation since 1969.
Gary provided all the members in attendance with bottles of his
syrup. Here receiving his sample from Gary (R) is Don McIntosh (L).
Dale Miller Talks About Evolution of Stormont Agriculture Book
On April 28, former Ag Rep for Stormont County Dale Miller
explained how agriculture offices started as an experiment in 1906,
spreading across the province. Stormont County established its
first Ag Office in 1944. It was during his tenure as Ag Rep in
1994 that Dale and his committee of area farmers came up with the
idea of recording the changes that have been made in farming over
the past 50 years. That led to the publishing in 1996 of the
"Evolution of Farming in Stormont County".
Dale explains that one of the features of the book is that it has
lots of pictures.. something that Marland Murray insisted on.
Guest Speaker Carol Goddard Talks About the Importance the War
of 1812 Played in Shaping Our Country
On Tuesday March 24, members of the CTHS heard from someone
who has a keen interest in the War of 1812. Carol
Goddard gave her perspective on the causes of the war as well as
some of the pivotal battles that happened right in our area.
As a member of the St. Lawrence War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance,
Carol gave members a sneak preview of some of the activities that
are planned for the 2012 bicentennial celebrations.
Carol assured members that the history of the war will be dealt with
in a respectful and appropriate manner. Anyone who has an interest
in assisting with the upcoming celebrations can get more information
at www.celebrate1812.ca .
Ontario Heritage Trust Foundation Commemorates John Sandfield
On Thursday November 13, the Ontario Heritage Trust Foundation
unveiled a plaque and raised the Ontario flag in St. Andrews’
historic Pioneer Cemetery. The occasion was one that Jim Brownell
MPP worked long and hard to bring to fruition. “This area is rich in
culture and heritage. It saddens me every time I drive by the
cemetery in St. Andrews that there is no marker honoring Ontario’s
first premier buried here.” Jim’s life long goal is finally
achieved. In 2007, under a Premier’s Directive, Dalton McGuinty
appointed the Ontario Heritage Trust to mark and commemorate this
site, as well as all resting places of deceased Ontario premiers.
Jim paid tribute to the CTHS and in particular Maureen McAlear for
her encouragement and the passion she has for this historic
South Stormont Mayor Brian McGillis reminds people of the rich
history that we have here in the former Cornwall Township. He is
also pleased to announce that Council recently passed a motion to
name the park at St. Andrews in honour of explorer Simon Fraser,
another historic figure buried in the cemetery.
At the conclusion of the official ceremonies, CTHS hosted a
reception in the St. Andrews Parish Hall.