Madawaska Heritage Recordings...

 

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Our Lady of the Holy Rosary rectory and hall move, May 27, 2015

Vennachar Cemetery History on Cemetery Memorial Day, with Bill McNaught and Doug Richardson, June 7, 2015.  

Garry Ferguson presents story of the Varrin family at St. Andrews United Church Remembrance Day service November 2017

 

Voices of elders recorded in 1965, 1968 and 1978 by Elmer Strong for research used to write his books. If you have photos of the people, places, and items mentioned in the interviews please send them to the Madawaska Highlander (contact information above) for video to be added to the soundtracks. The first part of each link indicates who the speakers were, followed by location if known, date recorded, then a brief description of content. Names could be misunderstood and spelled incorrectly. Please let us know where we can improve our information. THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS AS WE CONTINUE TO EDIT OVER 400 CLIPS AND UPLOAD THEM. Please check back often as we develop the site.

Elmer Strong recordings in 1965 and 66 to gather history before Madawaska River Flooding - Overview

LOGGING, RIVER DRIVES, SAW MILLS, EQUIPMENT, SHANTY LIFE

PeteJohnKelly First timber harvested was pine Loading ships

1_Carl Bailey-Alfred Clark-Mr-Mrs John Thompson_Recorded in Calabogie May 1968_River accidents

2 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 LastDriveMadawaska1922

3 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 LoggingCampMethods

4 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 LogBoomsChutesAlligatorsNarrows

5 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 LogJamWindemereDeath

6 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 TentsShacksAlongDrive

07 02 Saw Mill Wm Thompson Cammell Chute July 1965

8 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 ShantyLifeSkatingCardsWrestling

09 01 Rueben Brown White Bay Brule Lake 1965

10 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 BaileyFormen

11 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 3barsCalabogieFights

12 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 BarretChuteSawmill

13 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 LumberCompanies

14 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 SquareTimberGrassyBay1890

Pete Kelly 09 Square timber elm for masts July 1965

15 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 CarswellSawMill 

16 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 French'sMill WoodenBridges

17 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Lindsay Martel Calabogie May 1968 JohnColhoranBrandyBrookInn

18 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson LumberMillCompanies

19 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson CalabogieIslandGristMill

21 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 IslandLogJamFindingGristStone

23 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 IslandGristMillBeforeRailBridges

Billy MacLaren 3 Charlie Strong's house construction Water saw mill July 1965

Billy MacLaren 4 Charlie Strong How saw mill worked July 1965

Billy MacLaren 10 Seven pound broad axes for scoring sq timber July 1965

Billy MacLaren 15 Lumber camp depots July 1965

Billy MacLaren 19 Drives until Aug 1 then sort logs Arnprior July 1965

Billy MacLaren 20 Madawaska Timber limits square and later McGillis July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 01 Jack Macpherson Harold Carswell Peter Kelly Clay bank raft oak and pine drive

Dougall MacLelland 05 Jack Macpherson Harold Carswell Peter Kelly Cutting hollow tree nearly killed How Joe MacLaren died

Dougall MacLelland 06 Jack Macpherson Harold Carswell Peter Kelly Camboose shanty Hyland Creek and 40 ft. tents New Ontario

Dougall MacLelland 08 Jack Macpherson Harold Carswell Peter Kelly 50 man Camboose snake creek back of Denbigh Shanty initiation

Dougall MacLelland 09Jack MacphersonHarold CarswellPeter Kelly_ Ned Boudrie Louis Mitchell Ed MacWood near drowning_July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 10 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKellyCoultonAccidentLeClair-Webber drowned-ArthurThomsonEddie MadiganGreenSurvived

Dougall MacLelland 11 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Coulton Creek accident Part 2- About boating and logs

Dougall MacLelland 12 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Canoes before pointer boats dangersGraves and names Donald Cammell (Camel Chute)

Dougall MacLelland 13 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Jim MacLaren forman drove the men hard

Dougall MacLelland 15 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Funny story Hit Colin Thompson on the head with a ball and hammer

Dougall MacLelland 18 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Local sawmills Dempsey Fox and field of oats

Steam mill natural Sound 1966

SOUND Stoughton Steam mill 1966

SOUNDS Gordon Stoughton sawmill 1966

SOUNDS Billy MacClaren Mower July 1965

SOUNDS Russell MacLaren Tractor and Rake July 1965

SOUNDS Steam train and whistle sound July 1965

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 8 Strong's water sawmill methods July 1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 15 Good names Near death accident with bad boatsman Colton rapids

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 03 Comparing steam saw mills Engines Types of wood 1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 06_Jam at Billie Thomson's place (Camel Chute) Trees so big 5 ft saw could go through_1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 08_River drives company names Story the day Cemile and Webber drowned_1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 11 Worked in the bush with Bill Carswell Bill Wilson Jack MacDonald

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 14_Pointer Boats made in Eganville Pembroke N.Bay Arnprior. Only good for one trip_1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 18 Clay Bank accident spot is below Barret Chute Dam 1965

Pete Kelly 10 Clay Bank accident Dougie McLennon 1887 still burried under clay in the lake July 1965

Gordon Stoughton 1 Lumber Cos sorting logs at Calabogie 1966

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 12_Camboose Shanty different from today Names teamsters Mentions Thom(p)son Settlement_1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 13_Sawing logs with McLeod Graves at Slate Falls Joe Racicot Joe Dumars from Ottawa drowned Hyden Chute_1965

James Moore 2 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 SquareTimberJamsDrowningBarretChute

James Moore 3 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 SquareTimberJamsDrowningBarretChute Spring

James Moore 4 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 DangersCuttingIceRoadsHills

James Moore 4 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 MarkingScoringCuttingSquareTimber

James Moore 10 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 HugeSquareTimberLoadsAndWottieCameron

James Moore 11 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 HardshipsColdLumberCamps

James Moore 12 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 Non swimmersCarrying300lbAnchorAlongSquareTimber

James Moore 13 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 ArchieGrahamTwoMan'sWagesStrongMan

James Moore 14 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 SquareBoomLayers

James Moore 18 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 WhirlpoolsLakeSt Pierre

James Moore 19 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 PorkAndBeansSaurkrautHardWork

James Moore 21 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 LoadingShipsSQtimberThosePeopleHadBrains

James Moore 22 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 BoatmenDollarAday10aMonth

James Moore 23 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 BeanPotStandInitiationOverFire

James Moore 25 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 OakRaft OakDoesntFloatBottomOfMississippi

James Moore 26 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 OakRaft MorleyWaltersInHull

Johnny Kelly 1 9 ft Whip Saws First Trees Logging Original Pine July 1965

Johnny Kelly 2 Forman and Company River Runs July 1965

Johnny Kelly 3 Two tethered boats working tail booms July 1965

Johnny Kelly 4 16 hr days 4 meals a day on the creeks 10hr days 3 meals on the river July 1965

Johnny Kelly 5 Excitement on the drive took a bear cub to Calabogie July 1965

Johnny Kelly 6 Names Walked to Quadville stole bread and syrup 3 week delay for ice breakup July 1

Johnny Kelly 8 Alligators and winches July 1965

Johnny Kelly 9 FatherCampCookCambooseLongSchoonerAtMudCreek July 1965

Johnny Kelly 10 Companies taking booms to Arnprior Mill Shaw Lake July 1965

Johnny Kelly 11 Jim Wilson Tommy Peters Working age 12 ax cutting themselves July 1965

Johnny Kelly 12 Story Breakfast at camp barefoot prank July 1965

Rueben Brown 14 They would tie new men to a post in shanty 1965

Johnny Kelly 13 Not much fighting where I was July 1965

Pete John Kelly rec 1968 Capsizing swimming rolling logs

Pete John Kelly rec 1968 End of the drives

Pete John Kelly rec 1968 High Falls near Calabogie toll chute 2 cents a piece

Pete John Kelly rec 1968 Log jams at Colton Rapids

Pete John Kelly rec 1968 Quicksand near drowning

Pete John Kelly rec 1968 Water has an awful power

Pete John Kelly rec 1968 Worst for accidents Ragged Chute, Death at High Falls chute

Pete John Kelly rec 1968 16 miles of flat rocks Madawaska River below Calabogie landslide above Arnprior

Neil Cambell 2 worked for Jim Dempsey Calabogie 1966

Neil Cambell 5 Loading logs onto trains Rathburn Cameron Bay mill 1966

Neil Cambell 6 Lumber mills in Calabogie 1966

Pete John Kelly rec 1968 16 miles of flat rocks Madawaska River below Calabogie landslide above Claybank Arnprior

Pete Kelly 17 Jim Dempsey story 1965

Pete Kelly 07 Square timber companies Names funny story Callwell lumber baron July 1965

Pete Kelly 13 Palmer Rapids accident 2 boats of people lost 8 to 8 per boat July 1965

Pete Kelly 14 High Falls description and accident man from Low Quebec broke his back July 1965

Pete Kelly 15 Lumber co names Carswell Calabogie no relation to Matawatchan Carswells July 1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_18 Paid at Xmas Stayed at Wickware Hotel Cloyne till money ran out 2 weeks Wickware burned about 1964_1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_19 Erin Wickware Methodist missionary to Africa. Mrs. Wickware said it was rough with fights at the hotel. They didn't stay there_1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 21 Fascinating place River drives Cooks Henry McCoy Heman Towns

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 26 Denis Jocko story of river drive local hosipitality 1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_31 Denis? Jocko hard times pole drive worst Tom McLeod foreman Poles jammed 1/2 mile 2 1/2 days _1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_32 Denis? Jocko Tom McLeod good driver Car went through ice Drowned in Manitoba_1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_33 Denis- Jocko Antics in rough Calabogie Patti Dillon Jack MacDonald Tom McLeod and George_1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_34 Denis- Jocko running rapids Stuck in a backwater Rifle chute story about boatman's wages_1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_35 Denis- Jocko Jack Dillon Joe Dodge accident Tom McLeod saved them twice. Refusing to run rapids_1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 36 Denis Jocko Close call Tom McLeod and 1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_37 Denis- Jocko Need to know the water funny story bell on the boat_1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_38 Denis- Jocko Hotel bar wrestling story Tom McLeod Angus and Johhny MacPherson Huey Jack O'Donnell challenged _1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_42 High Falls 100 ft high How Bill Bailie died Farms there now under water _1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_43 Chain Rapids Jordy Bailie went from log to log. Crossed the river on a pork barrel_1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 45 winching booms dangerous eddies rapids 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 05 Beavers logging and dam building Deer hunting Funny stories 1965

PeteJohnKelly 152 logs on snow and ice roads balanced loads

PeteJohnKelly Big trees square timber long poles rafts on the Ottawa

PeteJohnKelly Dempsey's Kicking mare

PeteJohnKelly Piling lumber

PeteJohnKelly pulp wood Ferguson McFaddin lawsuit

PeteJohnKelly River Drivers

PeteJohnKelly Teamsters

Rueben Brown 06 Uncle did Mackie Creek drive for Gillis Brule and Fortune Dams 1965

Rueben Brown 11 Showing off lifting logs 600 lb weights, some did 700 lbs 1965

Stanley Gregg 04 Schooner LakesCamboose Shanty Andrew Wilson Foreman for Bill Wilson Tim Harrison

Stanley Gregg 05 Camboose no tables describes the chuck Mrs Harrison good cook 1965

Stanley Gregg 06 Snake River run Archie McFadgen cook How cooking in sand no stove 1965

Stanley Gregg 07 Snake Creek run for McCoy with McNeil to Ompah 1965

Stanley Gregg 08 Dad Hewed Sq timber with broad axe 1965

Stanley Gregg 10 Tom Strong great teamster Horses cared for, loved to work for him 1965

Alfred McMahon 02 26 drowned at Slate Falls at once Drunken boat fight Bones Indian fight

Alfred McMahon 05 Lumber companies and Matawatchan Rivermen names, Drove north in New Ontario, Spanish River

Alfred McMahon 07 Lived in shanty before house built Not camboose Had a stove 1965

Alfred McMahon 17 Log jam techniques Dangers 10 cents an hour 1965

Alfred McMahon 18 6 days week 14 hr days Sleep on the ground Wet clothes All weather except heavy hail

Alfred McMahon 20 Showing where side dams were built in summer on river Noisy rapids 1965

Alfred McMahon 22 How riverdrives worked Sweeping booms 1965

Alfred McMahon 23 How riverdrives worked Flat jams Center jams Noisy rapids and wind 1965

Alfred McMahon 21 Slate Falls worst rapids How it was done Noisy rapids 1965

Alfred McMahon 24 Go down 3 times and drown Saw Tremblay from Ottawa drown 10 ft from shore 1965

Alfred McMahon 25 Tremblay from Ottawa drown was afraid to drown Died next day Left on the bank until work was done

Alfred McMahon 26 Drowning Feet stuck below Came out easily after he died 1965

FAMILY ORIGINS AND PLACE NAMES FIRST SETTLERS STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE

Billy MacLaren 21 Free land for men and boys if not many trees, if improved July 1965

Pete Kelly 08 Free property improvements 200 acres 100 for 1st son July 1965

Pete Kelly 01 First Matawatchan settlers MacLarens Frasers July 1965

PeteJohnKelly Various ancestor origins

Rueben Brown 01 Tom Irving George Brown Denbigh John Wilson to MacPherson Hills, Aird's Lake Scotch Bush

Rueben Brown 02 Browns from Napanee Gfather Peter Quackenbush Jim Keller 1837 John L Sullivan

Pete Kelly 17 Strongs Ilands from County Connacht and Co Mayo Ireland story Pattie Morin July 1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 03 John Ilan Wheat on back, Colton Rapidsto Calabogie Story

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 04 John Ilan Built second house and expanded store area 

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_01 John Ilan (Hiland in Ireland) Arriving in Matawatchan through deep snow 6 cows in front of cart oxen tied behind Look for school_1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 02 John Ilan trapper bought furs from Indians around Brule Lake

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 10 Strong and Ilan family histories Old chimney near Fallbrook Names

24 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 Arrival to NorwayLake1885

17 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Lindsay Martel Calabogie May 1968 JohnColhoranBrandyBrookInn

22 Carl Bailey Alfred Clark Mr Mrs John Thompson Calabogie May 1968 BarryvaleCalabogieName Origin1830

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978 Celia Morin Story Alvie's GrandmotherTom McNaught rec 1978

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978David Livingston bro of Dr Liv and another Laird MacNabb escape rec 19

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Fallbrook Strongs Jim Peters Hwy 7 rec 1978

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978George McLellan poet Mr Peverly lumber scaler rec 1978

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Jim Peters Mary Jane Parks rec 1978

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Legris wasn't registering births rec 1978

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Mrs Susanna Daughter Aida her son Gordon Train accident

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Mrs Whiteduck

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Sarah Strong Jim Fourney rec 1978

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Thompsons

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Wilsons escape Laird MacNabb McLelland drowned rec 1978

Billy MacLaren 1 Wilsons, MacDonalds from Glengarry Springtown to Matawatchan July 1965

Billy MacLaren 2 Fraser owned Matawatchan early but didn't live there July 1965

Billy Maclaren 6 Carswells Madigan Mt St Patrick to Matawatchan July 1965

Billy MacLaren 7 Carswells Madigan Mt St Patrick to Matawatchan Mrs Colin Thompson July 1965

Billy MacLaren 8 Bill Thompson from Glengarry Live to 90 eating pork 4 times a day July 1965

Billy MacLaren 11 Pointer boats July 1965

Billy MacLaren 12 Pulp wood July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 16 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Peeling hemlock Jack's Lake named for Jack MacDonald - Various names and farms

MacLennons MadDonald by canoe then MacPherson Hutson Fraser by road Story Working in underwear when camp burned. Story of 15ft diameter cedar stump_July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 25_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Ghost stories of old Ireland told to kids_July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 26 Jack Macpherson Harold Carswell Peter Kelly stories of old Scottland conflicts and Laird MacNabb

Dougall MacLelland 28 Jack Macpherson Harold Carswell Peter Kelly Funny old stories noisy July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 30_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Not many farms left in Matawatchan Talk about old people left_July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 31_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Angus Lackie beautiful singer Son Jack and Bill_July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 33_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_About his father school summer shanty winter, surveyor,liner,river pilot_July 1965

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 2 MacPhersons Scottland Glengary Carswells UEL Colin Thompson family

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 4 William Strong Ilans Leaches from N Ireland together July 1965

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 5 William Strong family and spouses July 1965

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 1 Early Matawatchan Names All related to MacPhersons July 1965

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 7 Jim MacDonald moved past the Black Mountain July 1965

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 9 Strong journey from Ireland to Matawatchan July 1965

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 12 Strong boys go West Asquith Sask and BC July 1965
James Moore 5 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 Tracking Strong ILAN Leach History

Pete Kelly 06 Jim Carswell poisoned by a fly and died Small man good with an ax, mason Story Huey

Pete Kelly 07 About Dave Carswell, Jim's father, funny story pigs Who his girls married and where they went

Pete Kelly 08 About Dave Carswell's 2 families named 18 in all 1965

Pete Kelly 09 Jim MacPherson married a MacPherson 1st teacher Stella Moran Interfaith marriages

Pete Kelly 10 Dougall MacLennan married Emily Belanger interfaith marriage Funny story 1965

Pete Kelly 16 About Jim Dempsey family history and stories Later Ontario Legislature for Renfrew 19

Pete Kelly 18 Tommy Barnett's Grandfather 6 foot 6 and strong 1965

Pete Kelly 19 Irish, Scotch, French got along French Irish did not Irish Tom Moore and French wife

Pete Kelly _20 French and Indian names. A lot of intermarriage around Cammell Chute Names LeClaire Belangers and Stories of Mrs. Tim Harrison_1965

Pete Kelly 21 Tim Harrison funeral story prosthetic leg 1965

Pete Kelly 02 Kellys arriving from Ireland July 1965

Pete Kelly 03 McLennons and funny story July 1965

Pete Kelly 04 Adam McLennon's mother McLennan saw mill July 1965

Pete Kelly 05 Mrs McLennon MacDonald funny story Down with the witches July 1965

Pete Kelly 06 Bill Thompson John Thomson funny story Davie Thompson and Davie Thomson July 1965

Pete Kelly 11 Dougie McLennon surveryor liner sang the psalms relatives North Bay July 1965

Pete Kelly 22 Incomplete Part of a song about Black Dan 1965

Pete Kelly 16 Carswells and funny story July 1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 06 John Ilan Mrs Ilan story fights off bear taking calf 1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 07 Mrs Ilan Funny story surprised by old Indian looking in window

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 08 Mrs Ilan telling off Mr Ilan Funny story to let Indians come inside

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 09 Mr Jocko and daughters hand sleighs over ice to sell furs 1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 13 Story behind artifacts from Ireland Saddle Sword Grampa Ilan

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_17 Teamster for Gilmore Schooling = Gr 10 Took Euclid from Dr. Tinney $25 a month rolled logs too_1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 20 Strong family William Fanny Joshua and John 1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 23 Story Fanny tricked Indian friend 1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 27 Denis Jocko Jocko dad's name Jocko Defoe Arrived age 6 1879

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_29 Denis? Jocko Aunt died 14 ran away from school started work (place?) $7 mo_1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_30 Denis? Jocko Farmed for Smith? .75 day Drive River he and Miller Nicholson (Mickleson?) lose way twice on walk at Bill Bailey's Names Tom Moore Jack Mitchell_1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 39 Denis Jocko Angus MacPherson big man fighter 1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 40 Denis Jocko Story of fights Calabogie and Arnprior 1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 44 Eli Trope story 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 02 UEL families Carswell Yankie Dutch Kings Merchands Dodges 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 04 Carswell and McKay irish Scottish names McFadgen McFaden 1965

PeteJohnKelly Hutson small man white hair alcoholic end

Rueben Brown 01 Tom Irving George Brown Denbigh John Wilson to MacPherson Hills, Aird's Lake Scotch Bush

Rueben Brown 02 Browns from Napanee Gfather Peter Quackenbush Jim Keller 1837 John L Sullivan

Rueben Brown 03 Brisco McFadgen Carol Peter John Quackenbush Proudfoot McCoys Tough men 1965

Rueben Brown 04 Strong Family names Srong Upright Sawmill described 1965

Rueben Brown 05 Lester Brooks Hard times but humour 1965

Rueben Brown 13 Bob Johnson Kellers from Napanee Story 300 lb man hitting once 1965

Stanley Gregg 02 George & Harry Leach Story trading horses adding a song to boot Lyrics 1965

Stanley Gregg 03 Shanty Dempsey Bob Johnson Jack Jim Billie Avery Wilson's Store eating raisins

Alfred McMahon 06 Dave Carswell lived where Sel Dodge lives Describes Dave boys Pat Bill Jim Lucie

Alfred McMahon 11 Dave Carswell from Mt St Patrick Relations still there Bruces, Kennellys, Dan Murphy

Alfred McMahon 12 MacPherson bought Joe Scully house Getting old Dick Thompson killed himself drinking

Alfred McMahon 27 When your time is up Pete Kelly's son Albert survived war to be hit by a train

CEMETERIES AND GRAVES ALONG THE MADAWASKA GHOST STORIES

Alfred McMahon 01 Graves at Wolfe Rapids 1965

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978 Cemetery at Springtown Fraserville rec 1978

Billy MacLaren 14 Looking for grave sites old heavy chain by the river picnics floating on logs July

Billy Mclaren 28 Funny story Dave Carswell Colin MacPherson falling into grave July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 12 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Canoes before pointer boats dangersGraves and names Donald Cammell (Camel Chute)

Dougall MacLelland 37_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Deep River graveyard Johnny Shaw worked terrible stuff Names recent Griffith deaths Soon too many people Babies born weak_July 1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 07 Graves at Wolfe Rapids 1965

Pete John Kelly rec 1968 Graves along the river afraid to sleep there

Pete Kelly 13 A lot of poeple came from Lower Quebec and no one knew who their people were when they died

Pete Kelly 14 Hydro to move graves Too much stress on the dead Where is the soul 1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_22 Graves Hotels Shanty at Brule Lake Indian Cemetery 3mi in the bush south side of a hill_1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 10 No such thing as ghosts 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 11 Ghost story strange light 1965

Rueben Brown 12 Jack Wilson through bush from Burnstown to Mazinaw Story of Keller's broken clock

Pete Kelly 13 A lot of poeple came from Lower Quebec and no one knew who their people were when they drowned. Burried where they died

Alfred McMahon 03 MacDougal boats Graves in fields Death flowers Story trick at gravesite 1965

Alfred McMahon 04 Lackie and Dodge babies burried at TJ MacLennan farm Plow right over Death flowers

Alfred McMahon 15 Locating grave where canoe and all 4 men were buried on the farm Death flowers 1965

Alfred McMahon 16 Riverman boot on top of grave at the Coltons Yellow Death flowers in the field

Alfred McMahon 19 Showing where graves are on river Story Jack Dillon Foreman 1965

VENNACHAR FIRE 1903

Billy MacLaren 5 1903 Vennachar fire July 1965

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 10 Vennachar fires 1903 July 1965

Pete Kelly 19 Fighting 1903 Vennachar Fire first hand July 1965

Stanley Gregg 11 Vennachar fire 1902 at Jack McCoy farm with Henry Johnson Herb Holmes born that year

ROADS TRAILS TRANSPORTATION GENERAL STORES SHIPPING MAIL TELEPHONES BUILDINGS

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978First cars

Billy Mclaren 31 first cars and owners July 1965

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Telephones

Pete Kelly 18 Strong saw mill house and store July 1965

Billy MacLaren 32 Strong General Store wares stocking stoves July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 02 Jack Macpherson Harold Carswell Rathburn Desoronto last sq timber ship to England

Dougall MacLelland 17 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Old Man Card built Matawatchan Store for Bill Willson funny story

Dougall MacLelland 34_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Thom(p)son- Wheat to Plevna by horse then to Springtown by canoe- Funny story Plevna trip Names_July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 35_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Henry Orr mason eat and drink creek water on travels_July 1965

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 6 Strong's First Store Matawatchan July 1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 01 Trying to think of store keepers in Vennachar Thompson and Connors

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 10 Joe Joyce kept store at Hiderman's 1965

James Moore 7 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 MatawatchanMillsFirstStore

James Moore 15 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 StageCoachRouteToPerth

James Moore 16 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 TollRoad GoodRoadSystem

Johnny Kelly 19 McFadgeon 1st covered buggy at Church July 1965

Johnny Kelly 20 First cars big hills July 1965

Johnny Kelly 21 Stage coach Matawatchan to Calabogie K&P July 1965

Johnny Kelly 22 Float iron bridge griffith bridge July 1965

Johnny Kelly 23 Changes in roads and bridges local workers July 1965

Johnny Kelly 24 First telephone line July 1965

Neil Cambell 4 Box's store and hotel Calabogie burned 1965 1966

Neil Cambell 7 Lots of work Price of goods 3 hotels Calabogie 1966

Pete Kelly 12 Used to be a hotel at the foot of the Wolfe Rapids at Cammell Chute 1965

Pete Kelly 15 Snake Rapids hotel Describes whitewater Story Tommy Thompson had to ride the rapids

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 05 John Ilan Fortune Lake Proudfoot traded fish Take in barrels

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 06 John Ilan Trips Runners wear out in summer Take ax to replace them

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 15 Statute labour build road for $50 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 09 Moose challenge trains Every train killed moose Meat donated to children

Stanley Gregg 01 Strong General Store 1965

Pete Kelly 12 Used to be a hotel at the foot of the Wolfe Rapids at Cammell Chute 1965

HEALTH CARE DOCTORS NATIVE HEALING

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Doctors Death Carswells

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978SicknessDoctors Mrs Whiteduck

Johnny Kelly 25 Doctors Denbigh Renfrew July 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 15 Medicine shows partial 1965

FIRST SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Old schoolsAngus Colin McPherson rec 1978

Billy MacLaren 29 First schools and teachers July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 04 Jack Macpherson Harold Carswell Peter Kelly Edna Carswell Black Donald teacher Elmer's mother

Neil Cambell 3 Elmer Strong's mother Edna Carswell taught in Calabogie 1966

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_25 Urgency to record Madawaska history Mrs. Sandy MacPherson 1st teacher. Memories of church and first picnics Hester Ann McLellan_1965

CHURCHES PICNICS DANCES SOCIAL WORK BEES

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Churches

Pete Kelly 12 First log church was where it is now July 1965

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978River Drives Marshall camp cookie Church built rec 1978

Billy MacLaren 13 Alex McPherson in photo of log drives at Griffith picnics floating on logs July

Billy MacLaren 14 Looking for grave sites old heavy chain by the river picnics floating on logs July

Billy MacLaren 22 Wood bees dances and whiskey from Renfrew July 1965

Billy MacLaren 23 To Douglas to grind wheat bring Christmas supplies and booze dances before heading back to the camps

Billy MacLaren 26 Funny story swearing at church revival meeting Vennachar July 1965

Johnny Kelly 7 Names Lumberjack contests Church picnics Griffith July 1965

Johnny Kelly 15 Names House dance after the work bee July 1965

Johnny Kelly 16 Names ministers churches when built July 1965

Johnny Kelly 17 Names Church picnics July 1965

Johnny Kelly 18 Names Church picnics Going to church July 1965

Pete Kelly 11 Dougall MacLennan sang in church Many church birth and death record books lost or burned

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_24 Building shared church Presbyterian John Thompson locked Baptist out_1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_25 Urgency to record Madawaska history Mrs. Sandy MacPherson 1st teacher. Memories of church and first picnics Hester Ann McLellan_1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 01 Funny stories revival meetings N word said Old Mr Ball 1965

Pete Kelly 11 Dougall MacLennan sang in church Many church birth and death record books lost or burned

Alfred McMahon 09 Ghost story 1965

TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE IN OLD PHOTOS ELMER STRONG COPIED FOR USE IN HIS BOOKS.

Dougall MacLelland 03 Jack MacPherson Harold Carswell Peter Kelly Identifying people in photo at Wolfe Rapids

Dougall MacLelland 07 Jack Macpherson Harold Carswell Peter Kelly Laughing at photo Walter Lamb WWI uniform

James Moore 1 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 PhotosLoggingCampsSquareTcamboose

Pete Kelly 01 Naming teams and people hauling logs to Colton Creek in photo taken 1920 1965

Pete Kelly 02 Peter and bro Alex at Lumber camp for George Gordon 1965

Pete Kelly 03 Old photos mostly unknown except Joe MacLaren 1965

Pete Kelly 04 Identifying men in photo Erecting Church Drive Shed 1965

Pete Kelly 05 Photo of boy who died of appendicitis Brother of Edna and Ruby 1965

CURRENT EVENTS AT TIME OF RECORDING CHANGES SINCE THE OLD DAYS

Billy Maclaren 25 More sociable visiting on Sundays July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 21 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Prices today Hydro pays too much Making everything too dear

Dougall MacLelland 27 Jack Macpherson Harold Carswell Peter Kelly An aside Don't drink that water - Any alcohol_July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 29_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Young Anne-Marie and Roberta MacLellan say their names to Elmer_July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 36_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Lived longer worked young Canned food heart disease now No doctors needed then Dick Thompson (Johnny Robert's brother just died age 62_July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 37_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Deep River graveyard Johnny Shaw worked terrible stuff Names recent Griffith deaths Soon too many people Babies born weak_July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 38_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Upcoming election 5 parties so no majority Not good_July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 39_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Mail strike Pensions funny story Must be 70 and no money in the bank Not charity so take it_July 1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 05 Tape recorder Talk about war 1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 17 Fishing and stocking lakes with pike 1965

Gordon Stoughton 2 Lost photos in fire in 1930

James Moore 6 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 BlacksmithToolsUsedBy4GenerationsOfCameron

James Moore 9 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 AboutDavidGilliesStroke_Grandfather

Mr Giulia Sonia a baby Talking about when to visit to record 1965

Neil Cambell 1 Gathering info About Gordon Stoughten Jack Wilson saw mill 1966

Neil Cambell 3 About Elmer love the Madawaska Valley Neil's kids 1966

Neil Cambell 8 More people more work more fun 4 trains a day 1966

Neil Cambell 10 Hard times Calabogie Matawatchan after logging 1966

Neil Cambell 11 About Edna Box and Mrs Ambrose Box present day 1966

Neil Cambell 11 Directions to Stouten's office round building 1966

Neil Cambell 9 Hydro dam helped low wages then and now 1966

Pete Kelly 14 Hydro to move graves Too much stress on the dead Where is the soul 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 03 Carswells in Arnprior related not Calabogie Elmer asks aunts and uncle

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 06 Game Warden Pattie McLennon Poaching crimes and punishments 1965

Rueben Brown 07 Flooding expected to Centennial Lake from Calabogie Hydro Dam 1965

Rueben Brown 10 Brown in good shape at 83, only working 10 hr days Strong men Hard work 1965

Rueben Brown 15 Beautiful Lake Brule property Picking up litter 1965

Rueben Brown 16 Alvie Strong working in Renfrew for Bernett, Tommy his father Thanks for the visit

Stanley Gregg 09 Gregg history Vennachar farm men today aren't as strong as at 82 1965

Alfred McMahon 08 Busy laying house foundation and 4 holer toilet 1965

Alfred McMahon 12 Sharpening sythe and trying it out 1965

 

FARMING HUNTING CHEESEMAKING MILLING SMITHING EVERYDAY LIFE

Billy MacLaren 9 Jobbing for lumber companies in winter farm in summer July 1965

Pete Kelly 07 Making potash July 1965

Billy MacLaren 18 Making new fields July 1965

Billy MacLaren 24 Farming bees and equipment dogs horses July 1965

Billy MacLaren 27 Vennachar and Matawatchan cheese factories July 1965

Dougall MacLelland 14 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Funny stories deer hunting Bill Scott Bob Johnson Herb Smart

Dougall MacLelland 19 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Sandy soil crops Made no money Jesh- Teeple Hyderman Pedlo George Smith store

Dougall MacLelland 20 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-Tanner Smith George Smith tarred and feathered disinherited finicky, drinker

DougallMacLelland 22 JackMacphersonHaroldCarswellPeterKelly-10hrDaysPineHillRockCut Little WottieBernieDavieCohenDigPotatoesOldManRose

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 3 Archie Jim MacDonald Strong Farm history Clearing growing building 1908

Elmer's Dad Alvie Strong 11 Charlie Strong blacksmith shop July 1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 02 Farmer names Steam thrashing mills 1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 04 Thrashing Bob Thompson's field 1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 09 Hunting deer bobcats 1965

George Varrin & Harold Carswell 16 Bobcats around kill deer 1965

James Moore 8 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 CameronBlacksmithWoodworkers

James Moore 24 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 HandForgedAxeMaking

James Moore 8 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 NeighboursNeededEachOther

Johnny Kelly 14 Work bees July 1965

Pete John Kelly Rec 1968 Handling horses on the farm

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 11 Strong boys and girls shaved shingle shake mill 1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_12 Strong brought equipment by oxen team Made mash Denbigh for flour mill. Log houses before mill came. House construction_1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 14 Clay pipes Use one day Cool smoking 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 12 Smoking pipes, chewing, cigarettes 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 13 Ned Dodge Tom LeClaire grew tobacco Old man LeFevre Cured it in a maple tree

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_16 George Leitch and Red Colin Thompson paid $50 to cradle 45 acres of wheat Bought new boot_1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 28 Denis Jocko Story driving cattle for Jimmerson 1965

Pete Kelly Flo Hannah & Dave Harold 41 Denis Jocko Gabe White a good hunter, but I couldn't do it

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 05 Beavers logging and dam building Deer hunting Funny stories 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 07 LeClair moose hunting story 1920s 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 08 Black bears moose conservation 1965

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 08 Moose meat from Indians 5 cents a pound Indian followed wounded moose

Pete Kelly Harold Carswell 14 made moccasins and boots with cat (cougar?) skin 1965

Rueben Brown 08 Strong Store Matawatchan Browns L34 C2 Miller Wouldn't sell an ax on a Sunday 1965

Rueben Brown 09 Supplies for Strong Store by waggon Plevna and Lavant 1965

WHY PRESERVE HISTORY?

Alvie and Beulah Strong 1978Recording for Luke

Billy Mclaren 30 Elmer I would have loved to live 100 years ago July 1965

Pete Kelly_Flo_Hannah & Dave Harold_25 Urgency to record Madawaska history Mrs. Sandy MacPherson 1st teacher. Memories of church and first picnics Hester Ann McLellan_1965

Dougall MacLelland 32_Jack Macpherson_Harold Carswell_Peter Kelly_Good singers and valuable history books_July 1965

James Moore 20 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 WhyPreserveThePast ListenToOldFolk

James Moore 17 Admaston Walter Cameron Fallbrook June 1968 ThinkingAboutPioneersWhoAreGone

Rueben Brown 17 2000 ft recorded Before you fool with a fool expression 1965

Rueben Brown 17 Discussing lakefront cottage real estate Brule Lake Says goodbye 1965

Stanley Gregg 12 Elmer Interested in everything Antique pickers buying Get off there Freddy! 1965

Alfred McMahon 10 100year old assessment book 1867 Names Big families MacPherson settlement 1965

Alfred McMahon 13 Mrs MacPherson poetry scrapbook old books 1965

Alfred McMahon 14 Fishing at Twin Lakes needed a fire to stay warm July 28 1965

 

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