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TI Life Happenings in February ‘14

TI Life Happenings in February ‘14

Open this article to go for a walk on black ice with Kenny Brabant or see “1000 Reasons to do Business in Gananoque”. Get ready to take your snowmobile on a popular winter trail and think what it is like to be a farmer on Wellesley Island. Plus a dozen photographs…
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in March ‘13

TI Life in March ‘13

Do you want wind turbines near your island home? Do you worry about water levels? This article provides some thoughts. We also introduce new contributors and share photographs of those places you like the most! It is our largest issue to date.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in November 2012

TI Life in November 2012

As we launch there are still thousands in NJ, CT, NY, and NYC, suffering from the loss of family, power, homes, and livelihoods - we extend our heartfelt thoughts..... Everyone deserves a “last hit of Summer” so thanks to Great Lake Swimmers give us a new music video… Watch it now!
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life May 1st - Special edition, "One in a Thousand"

TI Life May 1st - Special edition, "One in a Thousand"

When I learned that Ian Coristine was writing a new book I got excited. As perhaps one of his most devoted fans (his contributions to Thousand Islands Life are immeasurable), I decided...
by: Susan W. Smith
Thousand Islands Life in January 2011

Thousand Islands Life in January 2011

In December, we received Dan Denney’s "Through the Ice - a Tale of Survival". Not only does he explain how dangerous it can be to drive on river and/or lake ice, he gives us techniques for survival which he had to learn the hard way! January's issue also presents history, photographs and more...
by: Susan W. Smith
Of Time and an Author

Of Time and an Author

Our house is built on a rock in a river. So begins "Of Time and an Island", a love letter to the Thousand Islands penne...
by: Kim Lunman
Eagles in the Islands

Eagles in the Islands

HILL ISLAND - Bud Andress grabs his binoculars and hops on the Jet-Ski at the dock of his St. Lawrence River home to go ...
by: Kim Lunman
"The Story of Grenell" and the Women Who Wrote It.

"The Story of Grenell" and the Women Who Wrote It.

It’s only a 5 x 8 book with 108 pages, but this little dynamo powers my unquenchable interest in Grenell Island history....
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Buck Mullin

Buck Mullin

“That young Mullin deserves a medal... taking me across the ice under impossible conditions...” Dr. Kenneth J. Regan; K...
by: Brian Johnson
Bob Hunt as I knew Him - an essay by Donald Heberling

Bob Hunt as I knew Him - an essay by Donald Heberling

After my father, Donald Heberling, died in 2003, I found two dozen essays he wrote during his plebe year at the United S...
by: Paul Heberling
From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Three: The Gordon Family Era

From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Three: The Gordon Family Era

From Coal Yard to Condos – The History of the Gordon Marine Property on the Gananoque Waterfront  Part Three: The...
by: Tom King
British Soldiers witnessed the first Stars & Stripes in Battle

British Soldiers witnessed the first Stars & Stripes in Battle

Travelling down the St. Lawrence River and passing Carleton Island...
by: Dennis McCarthy
Three Generations of News thanks to the Smith family…

Three Generations of News thanks to the Smith family…

As I delve into Grenell Island history, the newspaper archive is a treasure trove of information. Sporadically throughou...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
East Line Road Angel

East Line Road Angel

An article like this one is difficult to write. It was suggested to me at a recent HASHING OVER HISTORY session. A neigh...
by: Nancy Bond
Island View Hotel and My Family

Island View Hotel and My Family

My father, Robert Gareth Service, had many talents: gifted writer, creative artist, in spite of being color blind, and a...
by: Martha Grimes
From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Two: The Cuttle Years

From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Two: The Cuttle Years

From Coal Yard to Condos – The History of the Gordon Marine Property on the Gananoque Waterfront Part Two: The Cuttle Y...
by: Tom King
Reflections of a Local Biographer Chronicling His Grandfather’s Life & Works

Reflections of a Local Biographer Chronicling His Grandfather’s Life & Works

I first knew stained glass was something special, when my father brought home from work, two small, triangular-shaped pi...
by: William Lawrence Meikle
Barriefield Village Celebrates its Bicentennial

Barriefield Village Celebrates its Bicentennial

Two kilometers east of Kingston City Hall is an 1814-1816 rural village, much of it looking as way-back-then...
by: Floyd Patterson
Janet Sullins: River Queen of Arts

Janet Sullins: River Queen of Arts

Most people who live or visit the Thousand Islands have seen River Artist: Janet Sullins’ photographs.   They ...
by: Kathi McCarthy
February Hockey: That Very First Goal

February Hockey: That Very First Goal

With half of the second period gone, Brydge staged a nice little rush, passed the puck to Patterson who tied the count w...
by: Brian Johnson
Hay Island’s David Ross: Canada’s Junior Culinary Olympic Team Member

Hay Island’s David Ross: Canada’s Junior Culinary Olympic Team Member

The Thousand Islands region will, in 2016, have an  Olympian! David Ross, who will graduate from Niagara College t...
by: Susan W. Smith
They left Jefferson County Forever…

They left Jefferson County Forever…

In June 2010, TI Life profiled Dr. John Carter in John Carter’s Prisoners in Van Diemen’s Land, The story had a remarkab...
by: John Carter
From Coal Yard to Condos – Part One: Sampson Coal Company

From Coal Yard to Condos – Part One: Sampson Coal Company

From Coal Yard to Condos – The History of the Gordon Marine Property on the Gananoque Waterfront Part One: The Sampson ...
by: Tom King
Valentine remembrances, include the Cape Vincent Fire Department…

Valentine remembrances, include the Cape Vincent Fire Department…

So, who loves you? Hint: they are often seen around Cape Vincent driving a Valentine heart red vehicle.
by: Linda Rowe
Charley MacLean’s Homecoming Down River

Charley MacLean’s Homecoming Down River

In the midst of winter, it is certainly fun to think of the glorious ‘tea party’ hosted for the grand children and great...
by: Charles MacLean Cochand
Grindstone Family’s Olympic Games Connection

Grindstone Family’s Olympic Games Connection

Editor’s Note:  For those of us fascinated by genealogy, this story is perfect.  Rex Ennis weaves his magic by...
by: Rex Ennis
The River's Keepers

The River's Keepers

The Professor I was writing about the Thousand Islands for just a few months when photographer Ian Coristine introduc...
by: Kim Lunman
Will Salisbury Making Waves

Will Salisbury Making Waves

Will Salisbury began his art adventure more than four decades ago. “It was in Big Sur in 1971, that my first sales occur...
by: Susan W. Smith
“To Be or Not to Be”- Yes, Right Here in Prescott

“To Be or Not to Be”- Yes, Right Here in Prescott

Many of us have studied, or know of, Hamlet and, this summer, we may be able to experience something different, very dif...
by: Susan W. Smith
Two Fish – Two Stories

Two Fish – Two Stories

The muskie press gallery published several stories about two giant muskies caught in our Thousand Islands. Each headlin...
by: Susan W. Smith
Rose Bowl Parade and the 1000 Islands

Rose Bowl Parade and the 1000 Islands

  Carol and Ken Kozin of Clayton, NY, have been traveling to Pasadena California for the last six years to help ...
by: Susan W. Smith
The whole story of Hub Island

The whole story of Hub Island

Before my first visit to Grenell, my husband, then fiancé, tried to describe Grenell and surroundings. When he mentioned...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Life After Death for a Wooden Boat

Life After Death for a Wooden Boat

The life of a wooden boat can be harsh. As they age, these boats are often one problem away from being unceremoniously p...
by: Scott Ouderkirk
Special Weekend Guests

Special Weekend Guests

It all started with our neighbors. That is how most good things begin on Mink Island. The Navarras and the Ryans are fri...
by: Martha Grimes
Best Wishes from Round Island

Best Wishes from Round Island

It is Christmas on the River, a place quite different from summertime. The hustle and bustle of water sports and recreat...
by: Richard L. Withington
Memories of Zenda

Memories of Zenda

The first time I walked down the curving drive to the Zenda Lodge I was going to apply for a job. I had heard that they ...
by: Nancy Bond
“Thanks to the Community… We’ve Moved”

“Thanks to the Community… We’ve Moved”

Take a grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation and one from the Delaney Bay Foundation on Grindstone Islan...
by: Susan Smith and Bill Munro
Five Years of Island Life

Five Years of Island Life

Heron Cay. Kismet. Cherry. And Honey Bee. What do these Thousand Islands have in common? They will be featured in the pa...
by: Kim Lunman
Remembering the Battle

Remembering the Battle

As with the chronicling of any historical event, period newspapers and journals were written for different reasons and from varied perspectives.
by: John Carter
The Library grows a tree

The Library grows a tree

“How can we help the Library and the community?” asked the the Friends of the Hawn Memorial Library
by: Susan W. Smith
Remembering Clayton

Remembering Clayton

It's hard for me to believe that I'm so old that my childhood memories could be called history, but after sitting in on ...
by: Nancy Bond
St. Lawrence East

St. Lawrence East

On October 20th 2013 Jan and I entered the St. Lawrence River from the Atlantic Ocean through the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
by: Rex Ennis
A Proud Wolfe Islander from Button Bay

A Proud Wolfe Islander from Button Bay

Paul V. Johnson October 15, 1940 – October 8, 2011 Ambitious, meticulous, redheaded Irishman... could be hotheaded, to...
by: Brian Johnson
Tattered to Perfection

Tattered to Perfection

A River Shirt is that special work shirt that is tattered, torn or splattered with paint, but it goes way beyond that.
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Honey Bee Island’s Little Free Library

Honey Bee Island’s Little Free Library

Two years ago, Janice and I were watching the evening news when we saw a report on something called “The Little Free Lib...
by: Michael and Janice Laprade
River Rat Kids, A recollection by Hunter Grimes III

River Rat Kids, A recollection by Hunter Grimes III

These days, there does not seem to be much to distinguish young river rat types. Times have changed and young people hav...
by: Hunter Grimes
David Parkins - A big world view, from little Lansdowne, Ontario

David Parkins - A big world view, from little Lansdowne, Ontario

David Parkins is a top notch illustrator, whose work is seen in high profile international magazines, award winning ‘pic...
by: Liz Huff
Underground Railroad Station on Grindstone?

Underground Railroad Station on Grindstone?

This summer Meki Tate, a descendant of Cato Leonard visited the Thousand Island Museum in Clayton, NY.   Her v...
by: Rex Ennis
We didn’t need another boat… The “Lindsey”

We didn’t need another boat… The “Lindsey”

We didn’t need another boat, but Gary and I fell in love with 1922 La Tâche when we saw her at Antique Boat America. We ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Renaming Ceremony

Renaming Ceremony

When we bought our 1922 Lindsey launch in the fall of 2011, she sported the name 1922 La Tache for the favorite wine of ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Wood Boat Restorers of the Thousand Islands

Wood Boat Restorers of the Thousand Islands

In the 1960’s, when I was growing up on Manhattan Island on the St Lawrence River, fiberglass boats were beginning to ma...
by: John Peach
Just where in the heck is Redwood, NY?..

Just where in the heck is Redwood, NY?..

It was back in November 2011 that I first  published  “Just where in the heck is Redwood, NY?..What's in Redwo...
by: "Johnny Truesdell's ABay.com"
Evidence found for the origin of the Thousand Island Dressing!

Evidence found for the origin of the Thousand Island Dressing!

In 2011, Eric J. Roberts and Andrea Reeves took an “Uncle Sam’s” boat tour one morning during a day trip to the Thousand...
by: Susan W. Smith
A Boater's Perspective

A Boater's Perspective

I’d like to share some insights as a boater of the Thousand Islands. I’m not talking about day boaters or island hoppers...
by: Tim Kocher
Grenells Visit Grenell

Grenells Visit Grenell

We had exciting guests the second week of July. The descendents of Sam and Lucy Grenell—Connie Grenell, his wife, Mary, ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The Journey from House to Home

The Journey from House to Home

"Wait a minute lady! What about me? When you moved in here almost forty years ago with those eight little kids, do you know what I was thinking?
by: Nancy Bond
Remembering TI Park and the Hurricane of ‘38

Remembering TI Park and the Hurricane of ‘38

It was a dark and stormy night! OK that is a pretty lame way to start a narration but it was a dark and stormy night. I ...
by: Deane C. Parkhurst
The Search for Uncle ‘Moe’

The Search for Uncle ‘Moe’

“The sinking of the Athabaskan is the worst naval disaster in Canadian history,”
by: Brian Johnson
Community is key …

Community is key …

Pastor Arthur Couch isn't a traditional snow bird. His annual fall pilgrimage isn't to Arizona, South Carolina or Florid...
by: Christian L. Vischi
Grayce Lulu Bickford, Girl Friday

Grayce Lulu Bickford, Girl Friday

Grayce Lulu Bickford was Charles G. Emery’s girl Friday at the New Frontenac Hotel on Round Island. Born 19 December 187...
by: Rex Ennis
“Tails of Thousand Island Park” Coming soon

“Tails of Thousand Island Park” Coming soon

I met Ann Davis in the Thousand Island Pavilion last month..
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Mass Escape From Fort Henry

Mass Escape From Fort Henry

The mass escape of state prisoners on July 29, 1838 was a singular event in the history of Fort Henry, but it was an important chapter in the history...
by: John Carter
I am 10 years old… What my summer is all about

I am 10 years old… What my summer is all about

Editor’s Note:  Imagine how pleased we were to receive this submission written by Kate Modler, who just competed 4t...
by: Kate Modler
Clayton’s Goose Chasers

Clayton’s Goose Chasers

Back in the early days of television, we watched the CBS’s show: “What’s My Line”, which ran from the from 1950 to 1967....
by: Susan W. Smith
A Grand ‘ol Dame gets a facelift.. The Old House Museum on Wolfe Island

A Grand ‘ol Dame gets a facelift.. The Old House Museum on Wolfe Island

“I wouldn’t live anywhere else... I don’t think you can beat it!” Antoine ‘Tiner’ LaRush “People are drawn to this hou...
by: Brian Johnson
Same beautiful Park with a wonderful new Name…

Same beautiful Park with a wonderful new Name…

A handful of brave souls ventured out in the cold for the grand opening of the newly renamed Thousand Islands National P...
by: Lorraine Payette
Spring River Stories

Spring River Stories

The Thousand Islands Navy, or the Admiralty as it is known by some, was established in 1940 by W. Grant Mitchell, my gre...
by: Tom French
Have you ever considered owning a legend?

Have you ever considered owning a legend?

The boat you are looking at is the oldest motoryacht in continuous usage anywhere in North America, and presents one of ...
by: Michael Joyce
Our Lovely Man from the North Country

Our Lovely Man from the North Country

Remington died of appendicitis in 1909 at the age of 48. Theodore Roosevelt...
by: Deborah Shaw
“Growing Up on Wolfe Island”, history and storytelling…

“Growing Up on Wolfe Island”, history and storytelling…

“It began as a spark of an idea that grew from conversations about the wonderful ‘Island’ stories...
by: Brian Johnson
“1000 Thanks” to Military Families

“1000 Thanks” to Military Families

It all sounded too good to be true. When Dawn and Kevin Rast heard about a program where Fort Drum families were invite...
by: Missy L. Rosenberry
“I’d like to buy a tower today…”

“I’d like to buy a tower today…”

This is how -  we -  Heidi and Konrad Linckh, came to buy Hill Island's Skydeck Observation Tower. There is d...
by: Konrad Linckh
Alexandria Bay's Remarkable Boat Shop

Alexandria Bay's Remarkable Boat Shop

The decade of the 1920s is well remembered as a time of rapid growth in the American economy and the development of pers...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Flying Solo; the Felicity McKendry story

Flying Solo; the Felicity McKendry story

"Enough of that! Now for the really thrilling news... I soloed on Sunday, April 29! Yip, I SOLOed!
by: Brian Johnson
Jack Malette and Tomahawk

Jack Malette and Tomahawk

During the summer of 1912, Ralph Britton of Gananoque, Canada’s foremost canoe expert, had won every sailing race of the...
by: Karen Wand
Imagine the Thousand Islands without shoal markers…

Imagine the Thousand Islands without shoal markers…

My father, Keith Taylor loved to talk about the early TIA days. He was one of the original boaters who attended the Augu...
by: John Taylor
The Burning of the “Sir Robert Peel”…

The Burning of the “Sir Robert Peel”…

“...the burning of the Sir Robert Peel Steamer, by a band of masked villains – [was] outdoing the worst deeds of the worst ...
by: John Carter
Bringing Back River Memories

Bringing Back River Memories

The memories most dear to me are the times I spent with my Grandfather. He was so proud to show-off his first born grandson to the River captain community in the 'Burg...
by: Philip Jellie
“Riverlicious”and the Grenville Brewery

“Riverlicious”and the Grenville Brewery

Since 2004 my family and I have been visiting our secret garden cottage retreat, on the shores of the Thousand Islands R...
by: Michelle Caron
A Winter Wake on Wolfe Island…

A Winter Wake on Wolfe Island…

Island residents face their toughest winter in years. The ferry Wolfe Islander operates on an erratic schedule because o...
by: Brian Johnson
Clan St. Lawrence River

Clan St. Lawrence River

It’s estimated that around 5 million people in Canada and 20 million people in the United States are of Scottish decent....
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Ashlie Corcoran takes the helm…

Ashlie Corcoran takes the helm…

For the first time since the Thousand Islands Playhouse was formed in 1982, a new Artistic Director has taken the reins....
by: Debbie Bennett
To Learn about Wooden Boats of Canada and 1000 Islands

To Learn about Wooden Boats of Canada and 1000 Islands

The historic and picturesque lakeside city of Kingston, Ontario will become the focus of the Antique and Classic Boat un...
by: John Peach
GE at Carleton Island

GE at Carleton Island

Early in September, 1927 a steam-powered barge appeared on the water off Snowshoe Point near Henderson Harbor in eastern...
by: Timothy W. Lake
Volunteering: A Time to Do Good Deeds

Volunteering: A Time to Do Good Deeds

When people hear the word ‘volunteer’ a lot of things may come to mind. For me, volunteering as a way to give back to my...
by: Nicole Gokey
New Chapter for Leeds County Books

New Chapter for Leeds County Books

My boots tap on the faux-wood floor as I walk into Leeds County Books in downtown Brockville. The brightness and warmth ...
by: April Scott-Clarke
35 years of Riverkeeping…

35 years of Riverkeeping…

My father-in-law used to joke that the most expensive piece of artwork he owned was the wooden blue heron that sat on th...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“May Irwin Gives Up Home to Join Hubby at Farming”

“May Irwin Gives Up Home to Join Hubby at Farming”

My thanks go to Brian Winter, the archivist for the Whitby Ontario Library for sharing this 1927 Toronto Daily Star arti...
by: Karen Killian
There's a 1000 Islands Calling My Name…

There's a 1000 Islands Calling My Name…

It's a new song about our favorite spot in the World. The 1000 Islands. It's written by a local performer called JPShaggy
by: "Johnny Truesdell's ABay.com"
The Era of the Hutchinson Day Cruiser

The Era of the Hutchinson Day Cruiser

In the early 1900s, long deck launches became the boats of choice among well-to-do summer residents on the lakes and riv...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Appreciating the River in Winter

Appreciating the River in Winter

My grandfather, Thomas Mitchell (1913-1990), told me many stories about life on the river during the winter months. Many...
by: Tom French
Point La Morte - or Lindsay Point's Place in History

Point La Morte - or Lindsay Point's Place in History

One of the little known historic sites on the Canadian mainland is the area around Sheriff’s and Lindsay’s Points west o...
by: Alan Lindsay
Quilting the River Region…

Quilting the River Region…

Readers of Thousand Islands Life well know how the St. Lawrence River inspires artists, poets, writers . . .
by: Kara Lynn Dunn
Patriot Chronicles: The Hickory Island Incursion

Patriot Chronicles: The Hickory Island Incursion

The date was February 1838. Action in the Upper Canadian rebellion had abated on Navy Island on the Niagara River and ha...
by: John Carter
An essay which is not all about hunting and guns…

An essay which is not all about hunting and guns…

The Serious Part of Childhood on the River and Elsewhere  …Milestones When we think of our progress down the river...
by: Hunter Grimes
Frederick G. Bourne and "The Things That Matter Most"

Frederick G. Bourne and "The Things That Matter Most"

His name has become quite familiar in the Thousand Islands in recent years even though he hasn't been there in almost a ...
by: Patty Mondore
Restoring an Outboard Engine

Restoring an Outboard Engine

In mid-September 2011, I visited the Thousand Islands briefly from my home in East Virginia to gather material for an ar...
by: Dave Whitford
May Irwin’s Home Cooking

May Irwin’s Home Cooking

In December I won an auction on eBay – a pewter “Trophy Cup”. Once again...
by: Karen Killian
Living the dream: the story of Cross-Island Farms

Living the dream: the story of Cross-Island Farms

The day that she and partner David Belding bought their first two pigs is the day Dani Baker thinks her mother rolled ov...
by: Melinda Stubbee
Photo Tribute to the Cape Vincent Seaway Pilots

Photo Tribute to the Cape Vincent Seaway Pilots

Just imagine yourself being one of the Seaway River Pilots stationed in Cape Vincent and you are scheduled for duty to g...
by: Martin Zonnenberg
North Country’s 20 under 40

North Country’s 20 under 40

For those of you who wish you were back on the River – be envious.  On Thursday, December 13, I had the chance to g...
by: Susan W. Smith
Who?  George Rockwell [1821-1897]

Who? George Rockwell [1821-1897]

Who? George Rockwell? Never heard of him! No, it doesn’t surprise me as he flew under my radar for a while. Let me star...
by: Robert L. Matthews
One Pilot's Dream: Paul Island

One Pilot's Dream: Paul Island

It's the towering tree that you first notice about this little island west of Brockville. It almost resembles a palm tre...
by: Kim Lunman
Grant ‘Lindy’ Lucy, boatman, founder of GBL

Grant ‘Lindy’ Lucy, boatman, founder of GBL

“There’s just gott’a be a better way to earn a living than this!” Grant ‘Lindy’ Lucy, machine operator at Parmenter &am...
by: Brian Johnson
Raising the Roof on Red Top

Raising the Roof on Red Top

 Anne and Charles Phillips honeymooned in the Thousand Islands in 1929. Before they left, the bride of a Methodist ...
by: Kim Lunman
Hale and Hearty–A Life on an Island

Hale and Hearty–A Life on an Island

“I don’t like your stupid old river!” blurted a little boy to his parents making the nighttime crossing by boat from a dance hall in Clayton, N.Y.,
by: Heather Chitty
Photographing Lost Channel

Photographing Lost Channel

After I developed my passion for photography I resisted for years taking pictures while in the Islands.
by: Chris Murray
A Royal Job

A Royal Job

Surfing the internet one day, I landed on a 1000-Island tourist attraction and found myself staring into the picture of ...
by: M.A. Noble
September 21, 1812

September 21, 1812

It was September 21, 1812 - 200 years ago, the first shots on the St. Lawrence River frontier rang out in Gananoque. &#...
by: Paul Scott
Story Book Wedding

Story Book Wedding

Bob, raised in Endicott NY often tent camped at Wellesley Island State Park. I am from small town Nebraska. Today we div...
by: Jill and Bob White
Great Lake Swimmers Dive into the River

Great Lake Swimmers Dive into the River

The Great Lake Swimmers literally swam and dove into the St. Lawrence, spending a hot summer day here in August filming ...
by: Kim Lunman
Rene Longtin… Still goin’ strong at 80

Rene Longtin… Still goin’ strong at 80

Lovely, home-built and all-aluminum the Thousand Islander queens it over Gananoque’s seaway. Alcan News, No. 6, 1972 W...
by: Brian Johnson
Found by a Rocket…

Found by a Rocket…

No I’m not talking about making a new dive site by sinking a ship with a rocket. I am talking about a lost shipwreck tha...
by: Kathi McCarthy
Getting Kids Back to Nature

Getting Kids Back to Nature

Now that my first summer as Coordinator of Education & Outreach at the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) is winding...
by: Corinne Mockler
Part II Mitchell & Wilson Ltd’s Minute Book: “People and Places”

Part II Mitchell & Wilson Ltd’s Minute Book: “People and Places”

“No story of a small privately-owned firm such as Mitchell & Wilson Ltd. can be...
by: Susan W. Smith
Bill Johnston: Correcting the Historical Record

Bill Johnston: Correcting the Historical Record

The history of every legendary figure includes tall tales, deliberate embellishments, and apocrypha. Bill Johnston, the ...
by: Shaun J. McLaughlin
Remington's Heaven

Remington's Heaven

Temagami Island   I am in Chippewa Bay 10 miles below Alexandria Bay. Seven miles wide here and blows like hell ev...
by: Kim Lunman
Little Boxes, Little Boxes.. Fort Henry Connection

Little Boxes, Little Boxes.. Fort Henry Connection

2012 marks the 175th anniversary of the 1837/38 Upper Canadian Rebellions. This is a chapter in that story which has a F...
by: John Carter
Taking the Plunge:  AquaZoo - Treasure and Local Lore Await in A-Bay

Taking the Plunge: AquaZoo - Treasure and Local Lore Await in A-Bay

Dave and Mary Roberts signed a lease to open their privately owned public aquarium...
by: Kristen Taylor
Romance and Tragedy on the River: The Circle Closes

Romance and Tragedy on the River: The Circle Closes

It has been a roller-coaster since I first saw Kim Lunmen’s June 2011 article  Fulford Yacht's Historical Homecomin...
by: Charles MacLean Cochand
River Stories…

River Stories…

I’ve always held a fascination with history, especially along the river. Whether it was the wreck of the Riverside near the rift...
by: Tom French
“That’s Her” Story…

“That’s Her” Story…

Grenellians have an intense attachment to the old launch "That’s Her". For me, the stories make her seem larger...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Beacons of Hope…Kayaking for MS

Beacons of Hope…Kayaking for MS

It stood out like a beacon, which in fact it was. For seven days, Rob Morrisette had seen nothing but water, sunrise to...
by: Brian Johnson
Mitchell & Wilson Ltd.’s Minute Book, Part I

Mitchell & Wilson Ltd.’s Minute Book, Part I

The 3-ring, leather, binder is the best “read” I have had in many years. Neither a novel or a piece of non-fiction it is...
by: Susan W. Smith
I am proud to be known as "The Ship Watcher."

I am proud to be known as "The Ship Watcher."

Editor’s Note:  On May 30, Michael Folsom published this message on his website Ship Watcher Blog.  Michael is...
by: Michael Folsom
It’s about the Grenell Island Store…

It’s about the Grenell Island Store…

During my first week on the island, July, 1975, I went to the Grenell Island Store/Post Office to mail postcards home to...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Where did it all begin? Underwater music…

Where did it all begin? Underwater music…

Where did it all begin? I wasn’t old enough to hold a guitar, but my Uncle Tom both played professionally and gave lessons...
by: Peg Dolan
St. Lawrence ABCs: for everyone

St. Lawrence ABCs: for everyone

Z – At Zavikon Island, zealous children zig-zag around zebra mussels while Zipper zooms by.
by: Susan W. Smith
Taking the Plunge… River Yoga’s Liz Price-Kellogg

Taking the Plunge… River Yoga’s Liz Price-Kellogg

Though her journey to year-round Thousand Islands life was more of a self-described “gradual wading in” than “plunge,” my friend Elizabeth “Liz” Price-Kellogg
by: Kristen Taylor
A Wolfe Island Ceilidh

A Wolfe Island Ceilidh

A kitchen party in the 1950s, rural Canada. A small, tightly-knit, stable, island community in the mouth of the St Lawre...
by: Joan Russell
“It is a privilege to have shared…”

“It is a privilege to have shared…”

Ian Coristine is a modest man. While he aptly describes One in a Thousand as a collaborative effort, he doesn’t explain ...
by: Donna Walsh Inglehart
The River Runs Through This

The River Runs Through This

How it all began… Caroline and I have all of Ian Coristine’s books. We hadn't met Ian but I was always envious when his...
by: Doug McLellan
The Grand Lady of Totem Point

The Grand Lady of Totem Point

Author's Note: I first met Mary Hewitt in the summer of 2010 and interviewed her several times near Rockport at her ma...
by: Kim Lunman
Farewell, Buttercup

Farewell, Buttercup

“You got guts, Vicki, I like your spirit. Keep it up!” Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry “You got spunk... I hate spunk!”...
by: Brian Johnson
Taking the Plunge: Stories of Year-Round Thousand Islands Life

Taking the Plunge: Stories of Year-Round Thousand Islands Life

My husband, Jon, and I moved from the Washington, DC area to Clayton in fall 2010 after a few years of dreaming of year-round River living.
by: Kristen Taylor
Discovering Frank T. Lent

Discovering Frank T. Lent

I live a long way from the Thousand Islands but my quest to discover who designed my home in Worcester, Massachusetts le...
by: Dolores R. Buckley
Wolfe Island, Scene of the Crime

Wolfe Island, Scene of the Crime

Every year, on the second Saturday in August, the members of a criminal cohort make their way by ferry to peaceful, buco...
by: Vicki Delany
Almost Being Here…

Almost Being Here…

I found my own way to view the river and the ships when I discovered the various webcams on www.Abay.com.
by: Tara Hutson
The Doctor is in

The Doctor is in

This doctor doesn't just make house calls. Dr. Dick Withington, known around this stretch of the River simply as 'Doc,' ...
by: Kim Lunman
“Show Girl”, a Thousand Islands Classic

“Show Girl”, a Thousand Islands Classic

"Show Girl" is the name of a pristine vintage launch that was built in the shop of the Hutchinson Brothers Boat Works in 1921
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Washington Island’s Wreck

Washington Island’s Wreck

The 1876 St. Lawrence River Chart No 6, drawn by the US Army Corps of Engineers, listed a wreck off Washington Island in...
by: Dennis McCarthy
Ogdensburg’s Own Automobile

Ogdensburg’s Own Automobile

Orders were received for the Dunn Motor Works vehicle from as far away as India and China.
by: John Peach
The “Cangarda” Story

The “Cangarda” Story

There is, probably, no steam yacht on the St. Lawrence River that brought more delight to passengers, or spectators, tha...
by: Dick Sherwood
Searching for a Pirate's Lost Lair

Searching for a Pirate's Lost Lair

In 1838, William "Pirate Bill" Johnston served as admiral in the rebel forces that repeatedly attacked Upper Canada, and...
by: Shaun J. McLaughlin
The “Titanic” and Grindstone

The “Titanic” and Grindstone

One hundred years ago, 14 April 1912 the RMS Titanic sank in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, 1,514 perished. Consi...
by: Rex Ennis
Chasing the World Record Muskie…

Chasing the World Record Muskie…

It was a really good hit, I grabbed the rod, set the hook and checked the drag. Dan was right next to me and I said, ‘Here...
by: Rich Clarke
Thank you Frank Eames…

Thank you Frank Eames…

Frank Eames would be called an “amateur historian” which is why his role is not well recognized.
by: Susan W. Smith
The Essence of an American Christmas

The Essence of an American Christmas

Getting to Grindstone - First glitch, the boys had thrown locking hitches on the dock lines. NEVER a locking hitch after November 1!
by: Richard L. Withington
Bonnycastle versus Johnston

Bonnycastle versus Johnston

After Johnston and a small band of men destroyed the Peel, the Thousand Islands became ground zero for a costly bi-national manhunt.
by: Shaun J. McLaughlin
50 Year Old Sailing Memories

50 Year Old Sailing Memories

We finished last. We’d learned about starting, spinnakers that the Lightnings could deploy downwind, and how to get around the course without fouling.
by: Dave Whitford
The House That Jack Built, Kitsymenie Island

The House That Jack Built, Kitsymenie Island

Carolyn Pratt spent summers as a young girl with her family on Mudlunta Island just a pebble's toss away from Kitsymenie...
by: Kim Lunman
Who Was Sam Grenell?

Who Was Sam Grenell?

I probably have a dozen things with the word Grenell on them: t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, rain jackets, canvas bags and...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Hal “Moose” McCarney, ‘The Godfather’

Hal “Moose” McCarney, ‘The Godfather’

For nearly 82 years, Hal ‘Moose’ McCarney, the ‘godfather’ whose persona often resembled a human dynamo, had his feet planted firmly on his playing turf...
by: Brian Johnson
Anchors Away…

Anchors Away…

From the moment the anchor emerged dripping from the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the twelfth grade students of Tho...
by: Hayley Jones and Laura Kelly
Inheriting a Cottage

Inheriting a Cottage

Some good things start with death. When my father's Uncle Luther died in October 1952, Big Bob was glum. "You’d’ve like...
by: Dave Whitford
Garden Island grew from merely a dot

Garden Island grew from merely a dot

"Garden Island grew from merely a dot in the wilderness to be the home of hundreds - it made a bit of history all its ow...
by: Kim Lunman
R. B. ‘Ratch’ Wallace: ‘Captain Hollywood’

R. B. ‘Ratch’ Wallace: ‘Captain Hollywood’

It was Sunday morning, October 16, 2011. My good friend and fellow "Canadian Empress" colleague, Ratch Burnill Wallace had suddenly passed away. He was 66...
by: Brian Johnson
Borrowing Books…

Borrowing Books…

From the day the Grenell Island Community House was dedicated in 1934, the southwest corner room was designated as a lib...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“No son, It is a Cliffe Craft”…

“No son, It is a Cliffe Craft”…

The warm spring sun reflected brilliantly off the freshly varnished woodwork as Jack Preston guided his brand new blue a...
by: Tom King
Sketching Memories: Robert Hedden Artist

Sketching Memories: Robert Hedden Artist

Most of us go on holiday with our trusty cameras ready to capture our memories, but Robert Hedden travels with a sketch ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Post Office on Grenell

Post Office on Grenell

The trek to the post office to retrieve the mail is a daily ritual on Grenell. It’s rarely a straight shot there and bac...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The Gazebo Story

The Gazebo Story

It ended up being a love story of sorts. When one of my coworkers mentioned that her sister-in-law’s family was responsi...
by: Patty Mondore
The Eastland Disaster

The Eastland Disaster

Frank Cole, long time resident of Murray Isle, was a friend to many and a father who loved to share his memories with his family. This story is just one of many...
by: Rachel Cole
Reality TV’s Great Escape

Reality TV’s Great Escape

Six blindfolded men and women board a boat in the middle of the St. Lawrence River and are taken to a century-old castle...
by: Kim Lunman
The Dreamer: Captain Robert Beckstead of GBL

The Dreamer: Captain Robert Beckstead of GBL

Mix well: Seven months and $400,000. Add one motel owner, a lawyer and partner with a small boat company. Strain and pre...
by: Brian Johnson
About Hunter Grimes

About Hunter Grimes

“Sure is,” he said. “That was a hard crash. When I woke up in the ambulance and saw that white ceiling and the light, I thought ...
by: Dave Whitford
Augusta Cecconi-Bates: Willow Wind

Augusta Cecconi-Bates: Willow Wind

Augusta Cecconi-Bates is known as a composer of operas and operettas. Her most recent operettas were not only written in the Thousand Islands, but were inspired by characters
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Thousand Islands One-Design Sailboats

Thousand Islands One-Design Sailboats

The 1000 Islands is a playground for a multitude of summer water-based activities. Swimming, rowing, kayaking, wake-boar...
by: Tad Clark
Doing Something about Border Issues

Doing Something about Border Issues

It is not often that we hear that legislators and/or government officials in the United States and Canada are “doing som...
by: Susan W. Smith
Private Islands are Vladi's World

Private Islands are Vladi's World

They say every man is an island. Farhad Vladi says every man can own an island. Vladi, as he is known in international ...
by: Kim Lunman
Hail to the Chief – Jack Norris of the GBL

Hail to the Chief – Jack Norris of the GBL

Jack Norris became ‘chief engineer’ of the Gananoque Boat Line after spending a lifetime at sea. Standing head and shoul...
by: Brian Johnson
Varick Chittenden’s TAUNY

Varick Chittenden’s TAUNY

Varick Chittenden founded the non-profit organization, TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York), 25 years ago. Altho...
by: Ted Mascott
Cranker’s Machine Shop

Cranker’s Machine Shop

During the early to mid-1900’s, Alexandria Bay’s boat building and repair business included several machine shops. My fa...
by: John Peach
The Digger… on Carleton Island

The Digger… on Carleton Island

Dr. Douglas J. Pippin, Star Carter,  and I are standing on the embankment at Fort Haldimand, a British Fort built o...
by: Susan Smith & Douglas Pippin
Tinkering

Tinkering

Dave Whitford provides an article titled: "Tinkering" and a tribute to the late Riggs Smith whose contributions to the River community will be long remembered.
by: Dave Whitford
Louise Gaylord Cooke “87 years young and going strong”

Louise Gaylord Cooke “87 years young and going strong”

Louise Gaylor Cooke deserves special recognition for her dedication in preserving the history of Point Vivian.  We ...
by: Richard W. Randall
Arthur Pullaw: River Rat Extraordinaire

Arthur Pullaw: River Rat Extraordinaire

“Most people only dream of living to the age of 100,” she begins. “Our Gramp planned on it...
by: Brian Johnson
Grenell Island Regatta

Grenell Island Regatta

Island life is all about boats, so why did it take Grenell Island Improvement Association 91 years to come up with the i...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Charlie and The Magedoma… Romance and Tragedy on the River

Charlie and The Magedoma… Romance and Tragedy on the River

It was love at first sight. They were married July 28th, 1908 on the Magedoma,
by: Charles MacLean Cochand
Discovering my past…

Discovering my past…

In the 1980s, while working at St. Lawrence Islands National Park, I became involved with the writing of the history of ...
by: Kathleen Burtch
1904

1904

June 1904 marked the beginning of the Gold Cup Races, considered power boat racing’s ultimate contest in North America a...
by: Robert L. Matthews
The Keech Family of Clayton and Fishers Landing

The Keech Family of Clayton and Fishers Landing

Andrew Keech, and his young family, settled on a farm near Clayton, New York, around 1830, thus continuing more than 150...
by: M. Bruce McAdam
In Search of Molly Brant

In Search of Molly Brant

I am in search of Mary “Molly” Brant, Mohawk woman of the American Revolution. Her journey once took her to Fort Haldima...
by: Judith F. Pearson
The Top of the World For Sale... …

The Top of the World For Sale... …

Enterprising, accomplished, and a passionate champion for the Thousand Islands, Leonard Stratford is literally on top of...
by: Michelle Caron
Motor Heads and Car Buffs

Motor Heads and Car Buffs

If you ask Elliott Hillback how to begin collecting cars he answers with a question: Do you want to drive the car or sho...
by: Susan W. Smith
Welcome back Jim…

Welcome back Jim…

How many of us wish we could live, work and play golf in the Thousand Islands? James (Jim) Hungerford, who left the Rive...
by: Susan W. Smith
Two New Library Additions…

Two New Library Additions…

“Saints, Sinners & Sailors of the Gilded Age”, by Rexford M. Ennis and Archeophone Records presents "The High Priestess of Jollity & The Southern Singer."
by: Susan W. Smith
Honoring Hutchinson

Honoring Hutchinson

I started looking for sources of Hutchinson history to see if there might be enough material available to actually create a modest exhibit...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Fulford Yacht's Historical Homecoming

Fulford Yacht's Historical Homecoming

Cangarda, the century-old luxury yacht that once sailed the St. Lawrence River  as Senator George T. Fulford's Mage...
by: Kim Lunman
Ship!

Ship!

SHIP! It’s a game we started when my husband retired nine years ago. It’s nothing original. We actually got the idea fro...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
She Saves Wildlife

She Saves Wildlife

A few weeks ago, Sue-Ryn Burns called the TILT office asking permission to release a Great Horned Owl at the Crooked Cre...
by: Star Carter
Stereoviews–New Book Features River History in 3-D

Stereoviews–New Book Features River History in 3-D

For almost 150 years, the photos of Alexander Carson McIntyre, or A.C. as he was known, have been telling the story of the early history of the 1000 Islands as it became a tourist destination.
by: Tom French
Remembering the “Aycliffe Hall”

Remembering the “Aycliffe Hall”

It was just before 5:30 am on June 11th when Captain Charles Dyon of the Windsolite heard the warning whistles amidst th...
by: Joel Godfrey
Heather’s dedication, “For my Father”

Heather’s dedication, “For my Father”

Heather Chitty found a special way to honor the memory of her late father, this Father’s Day,
by: Susan W. Smith
Kestrel Finds its 'Castle' at Boldt Yacht House

Kestrel Finds its 'Castle' at Boldt Yacht House

George C. Boldt, who famously built a castle for his beloved bride on Heart Island in what would become the most tragic ...
by: Kim Lunman
Captain Richard ‘RF’ Fawcett and the “Wolfe Islander III”

Captain Richard ‘RF’ Fawcett and the “Wolfe Islander III”

“You know,” he began, “I’ve worked on all three ‘Wolfe Islanders’.
by: Brian Johnson
Northern Marine’s  community…

Northern Marine’s community…

Imagine if there was no gas station near your home, no mechanic to fix your car, or, when at home, no place to park your...
by: Susan W. Smith
Leaky Boats

Leaky Boats

I then knew, well before anyone else my age, that life’s basic needs were food, clothing, shelter and a boat...
by: Hunter Grimes
Miracle on the St. Lawrence

Miracle on the St. Lawrence

The man is getting worse, the weather is getting worse, the clock is running, the fireboat is unable to do much assistance...
by: Richard L. Withington
Ringer’s Mountains & Valleys

Ringer’s Mountains & Valleys

Artist and writer Michael Ringer, gave me the opportunity to peek inside his new book… Ringer’s Mountains & Valleys Northern New York...
by: Susan W. Smith
Creating Passion and Voices…

Creating Passion and Voices…

In the spring of 2000 my husband, Doug Girvin, and I moved to the Islands.  By summer we’d become 1000 Islands boat...
by: Linda Gayle Ross
A Picture Window onto Paradise

A Picture Window onto Paradise

I met many interesting people around the park but one particular gentleman stands out in my mind. Joe Pullaw was an old river rat, probably sixty years my senior...
by: Tom King
Kim’s Island Life

Kim’s Island Life

Last year at this time I introduced Kim Lunman’s “Thousand Islands Ink” publishing company and her glossy magazine Islan...
by: Susan W. Smith
Chalks Marina, Our Magic Portal

Chalks Marina, Our Magic Portal

The portal to our magical island world starts in Fishers Landing at Chalks Marina. I think my heartbeat doubles as soon...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The House that Jack Built

The House that Jack Built

"The House that Jack Built", a 161-page illustrated catalogue that examines Sherman Pratt’s remarkable and little known residence on Niagara Island...
by: Portia Leggat
New Leaders in Town

New Leaders in Town

A visit to Clayton NY on a beautiful day in April gave me the opportunity to take a photograph of the newly appointed ex...
by: Susan W. Smith
How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

Sporting a weathered Commodore's cap to Sugar Island's opening encampment ceremonies complete with traditional bugle pla...
by: Kim Lunman
What’s Cookin’

What’s Cookin’

The ice is thawing and the birds are starting to migrate back to islands. However, birds aren’t the only ones making the...
by: Michael Folsom
120 Years and Counting

120 Years and Counting

"There's something pretty special going on here" says Scott MacCrimmon surveying the crowded room. It’s early January in...
by: Linda Gayle Ross
Kathi and Dennis McCarthy’s Discoveries …

Kathi and Dennis McCarthy’s Discoveries …

Dennis McCarthy inspects one of the frames of the "Iroquoise" in 80 feet of water off Niagara Shoal.
by: Susan W. Smith
Calumet Island's Lost Castle

Calumet Island's Lost Castle

It's one of the most familiar landmarks off the shores of Clayton, visible from the quaint village's waterfront patios a...
by: Kim Lunman
Tribute to Cap’t Charlie

Tribute to Cap’t Charlie

Our river chose many of us. Once chosen, we are life-long islanders, regardless of where we may be. Paul Malo The w...
by: Brian Johnson
How Dixie II got its name…

How Dixie II got its name…

What a thrill it was when a package arrived recently from a man I had never met, Bill Schroeder. The envelope contained ...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Floyd Carter’s Motor Iceboat

Floyd Carter’s Motor Iceboat

100 Years Ago:  “The familiar sound of a put-put from the vicinity of Washington Island caused people to look at on...
by: Mark A. Wentling
Update…Through the ice–a Tale of Survival.

Update…Through the ice–a Tale of Survival.

Dan Denney’s winter experience Through the Ice - A Tale of Survival, published in January 2011, caused quite a stir....
by: Dan Denney
Castle Rest, Past and Present

Castle Rest, Past and Present

Pullman Island stands for everything that was grand about the Thousand Islands during its gilded era a century ago and a...
by: Kim Lunman
Through the Ice - A Tale of Survival

Through the Ice - A Tale of Survival

Thousand Islands Life thanks author Dan Denney for sharing this harrowing experience with our readers.  No matter h...
by: Dan Denney
Van’s Motor Marine

Van’s Motor Marine

Very few of the boaters who stop by Van’s Motor Marine in Alexandria Bay have any idea that they are docking at one of t...
by: John Peach
A Gilded Age Fish Tale

A Gilded Age Fish Tale

The history of the Thousand Islands is littered with the tales of fishing and the big one that got away. Samuel Sondheim...
by: Rex Ennis
Fancy That!  And a Book Review…

Fancy That! And a Book Review…

Some islands have names with stories that are just meant to be told. This little known Thousand Island off the shores of...
by: Kim Lunman
Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part II

Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part II

A ship passes across the frigid, icy waters of Lake Ontario on a late November morning. Sea fog rises off the ripples of...
by: Michael Folsom
Dick Withington in December

Dick Withington in December

Usually, ships pass with their running lights and very little else showing.
by: Richard L. Withington
Ian’s Wallpaper Puzzle

Ian’s Wallpaper Puzzle

Who knows the correct answer? If you are a “subscriber” to TI Life, then from November to April, Canadian photographer ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Santa Claus of the Thousand Islands

Santa Claus of the Thousand Islands

Julius Mendel Breitenbach or as he was known in 1928 “Santa Claus of the Thousand Islands,” was born in December 1890.&#...
by: Rex Ennis
TI Life Editor Susie Smith Named 'Keeper of the Islands’

TI Life Editor Susie Smith Named 'Keeper of the Islands’

It's a crisp October afternoon in Rockport and the sky and River are postcard perfect blue. The sun is shining brightly ...
by: Kim Lunman
Hutchinson Boat Works

Hutchinson Boat Works

One of the best known and longest operating boat building businesses on the St. Lawrence River is Hutchinson Boat Works, Inc.
by: Bonnie Wilkinson Mark
Marrying into Island Life

Marrying into Island Life

We usually close up, leave the island and head south after Columbus Day. This year we left early as our son Rob got marr...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Blue Lips and Goose Bumps

Blue Lips and Goose Bumps

You could always tell the river kids who were living the really good life from the ones who were not. It had nothing to do with family fortunes
by: Hunter Grimes
Truths, Half Truths & Damn Lies

Truths, Half Truths & Damn Lies

Tom Massey’s was a fisherman, tour boat captain and tug boat skipper, but one of his most important attributes was being...
by: Susan W. Smith
Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part I

Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part I

Paper work. Mounds and mounds of paper work pile high on a desk in an office over the summer months – a common sight for...
by: Michael Folsom
Fish Tales

Fish Tales

I learned to fish here in the Thousand Islands the year before we were married. My husband, Gary, grew up fishing. It wa...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Hill Island’s Link to Monsters and Murderers…

Hill Island’s Link to Monsters and Murderers…

Looking up the history of Hill Island's Lot #7 we discovered monsters and murderers...
by: Susan Smith with the Heberlings
Round Island Embezzler

Round Island Embezzler

Tuesday 3 May 1898 the First National Bank of Carthage did not open its doors for business. Why had the directors posted...
by: Rex Ennis
A Return to Fairyland

A Return to Fairyland

Marilyn Lee stepped out of the classic wooden boat Teal and onto the shores of Fairyland Island for the first time in 47...
by: Kim Lunman
Play the Ball Where the Monkey Drops It!

Play the Ball Where the Monkey Drops It!

“The real drama came when a boat ferrying a dozen of our weddings guests, including my wife Nina, began to take on water over the transom...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Gananoque’s Link to Victory

Gananoque’s Link to Victory

Edwin A. Link could fix most any machine, but all he really wanted to do, was fly...
by: John and Jim Taylor
“Building Chris-Craft, Inside the Factories”

“Building Chris-Craft, Inside the Factories”

When I met Anthony (Tony) Mollica at a recent gathering, I told him that I...
by: Susan W. Smith
Captain James Ross Sinclair… a family discovery

Captain James Ross Sinclair… a family discovery

This story begins in the winter of 2009. My wife Amanda, and I had started...
by: Joel Godfrey
Cape Vincent's French Connection

Cape Vincent's French Connection

Baguettes, berets, French pastries, Canada's flag flying while “O’Canada” is being belted out from a singer on a main st...
by: Kim Lunman
Sequel: The Cangarda's 'Faithful Guardian'

Sequel: The Cangarda's 'Faithful Guardian'

Louis Richards wrote, "It is a chapter in the story ...
by: Kim Lunman
Cottage Life Isn’t for Sissies

Cottage Life Isn’t for Sissies

As our neighbor says, “Cottage life isn’t for sissies.” He says it with a smile though and we all know what it means.

by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Pirate Bill

Pirate Bill

  On the night of Tuesday, May 29, 1838 between 12 and 1 o’clock one of the inmates of the ladies cabin on the S...
by: Brian Johnson
“Toujours Jeune Always Young” by Rex Ennis

“Toujours Jeune Always Young” by Rex Ennis

A new book by Rex Ennis...
by: Susan W. Smith
Many thanks, Ian

Many thanks, Ian

Ian Coristine has constantly told his friends, that "raising the bar" in the Thousand Islands is our Number One task and...
by: Susan W. Smith
Photos and Music Celebrate the Thousand Islands

Photos and Music Celebrate the Thousand Islands

Beijing,China-Vancouver,BC-Chicago & Brockville-Clayton These are just a few of the stops on The Great Lake Swimmers’ 2010 Tour.
by: Erin McCarthy Brick
Fulford's Steam Yacht Afloat Again

Fulford's Steam Yacht Afloat Again

One of the most luxurious steam yachts of the Thousand Islands was a floating fixture on the St. Lawrence River during t...
by: Kim Lunman
Wellesley’s Cross Island Farms

Wellesley’s Cross Island Farms

As the first decade of the new millennium has passed, this writer has met many people in our community who ask “what doe...
by: James Rappaport
New River Leader

New River Leader

Clayton's Fred Schmitt has accepted the Board of Trustees’ offer to succeed John MacLean as Executive Director of the Antique Boat Museum.
by: Susan W. Smith
Arriving with Stuff…

Arriving with Stuff…

Non-island friends are always curious about how we get things to the island. There’s only one answer…by boat.
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Thousand Islands Ink

Thousand Islands Ink

Kim Lunman publishes the premiere issue of an annual magazine on the Thousand Islands.
by: Susan W. Smith
Henry R. Heath: Union Soldier, Thousand Islands Pioneer

Henry R. Heath: Union Soldier, Thousand Islands Pioneer

Henry R. Heath was one of the visionary builders of the Gilded Age. However, Heath was not always destined ...
by: Steven D. Glazer
A “Long” Distance to Wolfe Island

A “Long” Distance to Wolfe Island

“Number please?” “Hello... Hello Mabel?” the female voice on the other end of the line was near panic. “Can you get Doctor Regan?
by: Brian Johnson
The Beat Goes On…

The Beat Goes On…

Music has been part of island life on Grenell since Uncle Otis had a heavy square grand piano pulled across the ice back...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Joseph Leyare, The Great St. Lawrence Boat Builder

Joseph Leyare, The Great St. Lawrence Boat Builder

One can’t discuss boat builders in the Thousand Islands without talking about Joseph Leyare.
by: Bonnie Wilkinson Mark
Early Pugilism in the Islands

Early Pugilism in the Islands

In 1867 the Marquess of Queensbury brought structure to the sport of prize fighting. These rules instituted the three mi...
by: Rex Ennis
Darlingside - the Story of Darling’s Wharf

Darlingside - the Story of Darling’s Wharf

The Darlingside store is located on the St. Lawrence  River, east of the Thousand Island Bridge, on the Canadian sh...
by: Alan Lindsay
Thanks for “ Things I Remember”

Thanks for “ Things I Remember”

"...My parents remembered Alexandria Bay when it was only a “wooding station: where boats landed for fuel.
by: Susan W. Smith
Grindstone Island: Lost in Time

Grindstone Island: Lost in Time

Listen to the audio version as read by Jan Eliot  Some islands tell a story. Grindstone Island tells many of them....
by: Kim Lunman
Final chapter in May Dewey’s Diary Part XII

Final chapter in May Dewey’s Diary Part XII

Part XII and final chapter of Kristen Pinkney's research
by: Kristen Pinkney
Nancy L. Gustke’s “The Special Artist”

Nancy L. Gustke’s “The Special Artist”

“It is amazing how there are so many Taylor drawings which have been printed and reprinted over the past century – yet so little is known about the man. “
by: Susan W. Smith
A Winter Islander Returns. . .

A Winter Islander Returns. . .

It isn't easy When I first thought of over-wintering, I thought of all the free time to do just as I pleased. Perhaps a ...
by: Richard L. Withington
May Dewey’s Diary, Part XI, July 1889

May Dewey’s Diary, Part XI, July 1889

Well today is the fourth of July. I have had a delightful day.
by: Kristen Pinkney
The River as a Way of Life

The River as a Way of Life

Pilots, by the very nature of their profession, become experts of the waters in their district. They are the logical adv...
by: Brian Johnson
Capitalists, a Socialist, and the Thousand Islands

Capitalists, a Socialist, and the Thousand Islands

The capitalists, the builders of our country, made the Thousand Islands their playground in what we call today the “Gold...
by: Rex Ennis
From Summer Docks To The Captain’s Spot

From Summer Docks To The Captain’s Spot

Seasons of change can be felt in many ways. Summer heat and rain changes to cool fall days with blowing leaves and the b...
by: Michael Folsom
Summer In December: Islands for All Seasons

Summer In December: Islands for All Seasons

As snow falls over the River against a backdrop of a chalk white sky, I can't help but think of summer in the Thousand I...
by: Kim Lunman
Captain Davis Recalls the Ships

Captain Davis Recalls the Ships

Captain Leath Davis can trace his Wolfe Island roots to the pioneer Hitchcock family who obtained a charter to start a ferry service to Kingston from Wolfe Island.
by: Brian Johnson
May Dewey’s Diary, Part X, June 1889

May Dewey’s Diary, Part X, June 1889

Last night we had a delightful serenade. I wonder who it was. He passed the Island five times singing...
by: Kristen Pinkney
May Dewey’s Diary, Part IX, April & May 1889

May Dewey’s Diary, Part IX, April & May 1889

It is so beautiful here now nice and pleasant just like
by: Kristen Pinkney
John Carter’s Prisoners in Van Diemen’s Land

John Carter’s Prisoners in Van Diemen’s Land

Tasmania seems like a distant land but for John Carter, Tasmania is a treasure trunk waiting to be opened...
by: Susan W. Smith
Broomstick Castle in Fairyland

Broomstick Castle in Fairyland

Storybook bridges. Broomstick Castle. An historic boathouse and an idyllic summer retreat called The Folly. This is Fair...
by: Kim Lunman
Castle Rest, Its story

Castle Rest, Its story

The Pullmans were the first of the islanders to arrive by private railroad car -a sumptuous conveyance, as might be expected of the railroad car builder.
by: Paul Malo
May Dewey’s Diary, Part VIII, March 1889

May Dewey’s Diary, Part VIII, March 1889

Saw Pansy this am. Took a walk and talked over the affair last night. Did not have our hats on.
by: Kristen Pinkney
A Muskie Jake Tribute

A Muskie Jake Tribute

For 66 years the legendary “Muskie” Jake Huntley led guests of The Gananoque Inn and Spa on their quest for the illusive muskellunge.
by: John Keilty
An Island Ghost Hunt

An Island Ghost Hunt

In 1984 there were three famous men best known for fighting evil spirits which had taken New York City by storm. They to...
by: Michael Folsom
One Tenth of One Acre

One Tenth of One Acre

In November 1901, Richard Standish Williamson acquired an island in the St. Lawrence River.  Standish, born in 1877...
by: Beth White
May Dewey’s Diary, Part VII February 1889

May Dewey’s Diary, Part VII February 1889

He wants me to think of him at twelve o’clock and
by: Kristen Pinkney
A Fraternity of River Rats – the Admirals

A Fraternity of River Rats – the Admirals

Jerry Huck is at the wheel of his Boston Whaler heading west out of his native Rockport on the St. Lawrence River toward...
by: Kim Lunman
What does being a boater mean to you?

What does being a boater mean to you?

As with surgery, I will never know all there is to know about boating. Moving from being a recreational boater to a mariner is similar.
by: Richard L. Withington
Exhibit in the Making – Alson S. Clark

Exhibit in the Making – Alson S. Clark

It was a cold and rainy day on June 1st – but the invitation to meet Mike Franklin, Patricia Tague and Rhea Jenkner and ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Navigating Lost Channels

Navigating Lost Channels

Great Lake Swimmers Back in River Tony Dekker, the lead musician of the Great Lake Swimmers, rests his hand on the helm...
by: Kim Lunman
Saying Goodbye to the River

Saying Goodbye to the River

Dudley Danielson is a man who has done just about everything in life, working as a (talented) professional photographer...
by: Ian Coristine
Masts Motors & Music

Masts Motors & Music

Great Lake Swimmers are coming June 6th! Celebrating the Maritime Discovery Center of the Thousand Islands. Eighteen m...
by: Ian Coristine
Time Stops on Watch Island

Time Stops on Watch Island

April's TI Life listed Watch Island on the "Properties" page where we post important properties of the region that are f...
by: Mike Franklin
Shipping Muse: A River Hobby

Shipping Muse: A River Hobby

  I was once spotted by innocent onlookers who crowned me to be the "crazy guy in a little boat with a big flag," i...
by: Michael Folsom
Peacock Yacht House, Part II

Peacock Yacht House, Part II

The Peacock Yacht House succumbed to a fire in early 1990’s leaving only the
by: Rick Tague
May Dewey's Diary, Part VI, January 1889

May Dewey's Diary, Part VI, January 1889

"Mr. Grey is a beautiful dancer. It is like a dream dancing with him. I wish I knew him better." May Dewey, January 21, ...
by: Kristen Pinkney
Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

Spending the month of August every summer of my youth at my Grandmother's cottage in Thousand Island Park was a child's ...
by: Trude Brown Fitelson
May Irwin and her Keeper

May Irwin and her Keeper

It started out innocently enough with a cookbook. Then came the song sheets
by: Kim Lunman
A Trickling Stream of History

A Trickling Stream of History

The first time we saw the Inn was in spring, on a day bursting with the promise of a fresh season. The grass was almost ...
by: Susanne Richter
A Spring Islander

A Spring Islander

In January the River took its leave, pulled a thick white blanket over itself, and rested. Freed from the turmoil of thr...
by: Richard L. Withington
An Historic Treasure: Comfort Island

An Historic Treasure: Comfort Island

Comfort Island is for sale. . .  When Paul Malo created Thousand Islands Life in 2006, he created a Properties page...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Peacock Yacht House

The Peacock Yacht House

Growing up in the Thousand Islands the old homes and
by: Rick Tague
River-Lations: A Music Video

River-Lations: A Music Video

Patricia and Robert Mondore received good news this
by: Susan W. Smith
Honey Bee Island's Magic

Honey Bee Island's Magic

It can be said every island has its magic. But not every island has its own magician. Honey Bee Island is the summer ho...
by: Kim Lunman
Geronimo's Remains in the Thousand Islands?

Geronimo's Remains in the Thousand Islands?

Are the remains of Geronimo in the Thousand Islands? The legendary Apache Chief died
by: Rex Ennis
May Dewey's Diary, Part IV October and November 1888

May Dewey's Diary, Part IV October and November 1888

"Well the Pullmans have all left & we are here all alone in our glory.
by: Kristen Pinkney
Time On Tug Was No Breeze

Time On Tug Was No Breeze

  Some sleep in queen-sized beds on luxury yachts, some sleep under the Thousand Islands sky in a sleeping bag, but...
by: Michael Folsom
King of the Empress

King of the Empress

PRESCOTT: The Canadian Empress is about to set sail from the Fort Town to its next port of call - Brockville - with passengers from all over North America
by: Kim Lunman
Winter Island living - "How do you do it?"

Winter Island living - "How do you do it?"

In listening to the Inauguration, I was struck by our new President's call for individual responsibility. As I thought a...
by: Richard L. Withington
Preserving the Thousand Islands

Preserving the Thousand Islands

Have you seen the terns circling over their nests on the Eagle Wing Shoals? When was the last time you walked the Macshe...
by: David Ray & Susan W. Smith
May Dewey's Diary, Part III September 1888

May Dewey's Diary, Part III September 1888

"Ella & I did nothing much today. Edgewood has closed & everything is on the decline. I received a letter from L...
by: Kristen Pinkney
More Than a Salad Dressing & an Author of Astronomy

More Than a Salad Dressing & an Author of Astronomy

Kim Lunman wrote about John Keats in our January issue (Of Time and an Author) and we all appreciate the Trilogy written...
by: Susan W. Smith
Part II - May Dewey's Diary

Part II - May Dewey's Diary

This is the first day of a new month. We all have been hanging around ...
by: Kristen Pinkney
Rock Island Lighthouse: A Story of Discovery

Rock Island Lighthouse: A Story of Discovery

When I was 10 years old, my mother sat me down at her parent’s porch table and showed me her grandmother’s notes written...
by: Mark A. Wentling
Black Duck Cottage Family History

Black Duck Cottage Family History

In November we received a note from Marnie Ross, a member of the Canadian Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust, “Would ...
by: Jean King
More than a Salad Dressing & the Golden Apple Fire

More than a Salad Dressing & the Golden Apple Fire

Each month I seek links to the Islands which highlight the area's history and activities, to emphasize why the Islands s...
by: Susan W. Smith
A Winter Islander

A Winter Islander

So you think you're a dedicated Thousand Islander? Dr. Dick Withington (also known as Doc) is enjoying his fourth consec...
by: Richard L. Withington
Grenadier Island and its Unofficial Mayor

Grenadier Island and its Unofficial Mayor

GRENADIER ISLAND: June Hodge was born in a houseboat on the St. Lawrence River.
by: Kim Lunman
More than a Salad Dressing and “See’s Famous Old Time Candies”

More than a Salad Dressing and “See’s Famous Old Time Candies”

It is almost Christmas and I am about to buy several boxes of candy to give as presents. Of course I know all about See’...
by: Susan W. Smith
Contributors in December

Contributors in December

Kristen Pinkney We are pleased to present Part I of a series to publish a diary, researched and transcribed by Kristen ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Brockville's Waterfront

Brockville's Waterfront

"Brockville’s Waterfront" first appeared in the Brockville Recorder and Times on August 30, 2008 and subsequently was pu...
by: Kim Lunman
The Mystery of the Thousand Islands Dressing

The Mystery of the Thousand Islands Dressing

CLAYTON, NY The salad dressing that put this place on the map might have a slight geography Challenge.
by: Kim Lunman
Great Lake Swimmers

Great Lake Swimmers

  ROCKPORT - A Toronto band is using the Thousand Islands as a backdrop for its fourth album, recording in some of...
by: Kim Lunman
More than a Salad Dressing and the 1st Duke of Wellington

More than a Salad Dressing and the 1st Duke of Wellington

Throughout the winter, I will provide a number of links to demonstrate how our region of the mighty St. Lawrence River s...
by: Susan W. Smith
Queen of the Castle on Dark Island

Queen of the Castle on Dark Island

DARK ISLAND N.Y. It's hard to know what to pack when you're going to spend the night in the Royal Suite of a castle as ...
by: Kim Lunman
King of the Castle on Dark Island

King of the Castle on Dark Island

DARK ISLAND N.Y.: Scott Garris gets to be king for a night almost every night of the year at Singer Castle. The 46-year...
by: Kim Lunman
Paul Malo Remembered

Paul Malo Remembered

  "Malo's gifts were, as his students, many. But his legacy lives on in his lessons about this special place he so ...
by: Kim Lunman
Viva Hoffmann: A Thousand Islands Painter

Viva Hoffmann: A Thousand Islands Painter

  A special thank you to Judy Wellman, Paul Malo's dear wife and special partner in life. Judy found this articl...
by: Paul Malo
Tribute to Hal McCarney

Tribute to Hal McCarney

  The Thousand Islands' fine friend, Hal McCarney died on September 16th in Kingston General Hospital. He was 81. ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Thousand Islands Life introduces Susan W. Smith as Editor

Thousand Islands Life introduces Susan W. Smith as Editor

A compliment, for sure by Susan W. Smith One day a few weeks ago, I met Ian Coristine and Mike Franklin to discuss the ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Remembering Paul Malo: "Mr. Thousand Islands"

Remembering Paul Malo: "Mr. Thousand Islands"

A memorial service will be held Saturday Oct. 11 at Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University for Paul Malo, architect, pr...
by: Kim Lunman
More than a Salad Dressing and George Washington

More than a Salad Dressing and George Washington

More than a Salad Dressing… Years ago, I met a young medical student and I was telling her about my favourite vacation r...
by: Susan W. Smith
August Tributes to Paul Malo

August Tributes to Paul Malo

The August issue of Thousand Island Life Magazine was dedicated to the memory of Paul Malo.     The magazine ...
by: Susan W. Smith
A tribute to Paul in Brockville's The Recorder & Times

A tribute to Paul in Brockville's The Recorder & Times

The Thousand Islands has lost one its most influential voices. Paul Malo, architect, author and advocate for this magi...
by: Kim Lunman
River-Lations - Mr. Thousand Islands

River-Lations - Mr. Thousand Islands

The River community lost a very special member of our community a few weeks ago.  On July 22nd, author and beloved...
by: Patty Mondore
Custodian of Character: Trude Brown Fitelson

Custodian of Character: Trude Brown Fitelson

As this issue of Thousand Islands Life appears, the Preservation League of New York State honors Trude Brown Fitelson at...
by: Paul Malo
Joseph and Molly Brant, compiled by Paul Malo

Joseph and Molly Brant, compiled by Paul Malo

Thayendanegea’s father, a prominent warrior, died
by: Paul Malo
Photography, Recent work of Dudley Danielson

Photography, Recent work of Dudley Danielson

“It is as clear in my mind as this morning's newspaper headline: I had just turned ten and for my birthday that year, Ap...
by: Paul Malo
Forgotten Architect John B. Williams, Clayton, N.Y.

Forgotten Architect John B. Williams, Clayton, N.Y.

Overlooked by history was the designer of many river landmarks--overlooked because he did not practice independently but...
by: Paul Malo
Captain Jim's Hubbard House

Captain Jim's Hubbard House

Before we had hotels, we had inns. Before we had inns, we had taverns. The earliest accommodations for visitors on the r...
by: Paul Malo
Vince Dee Remembered

Vince Dee Remembered

Most of us ask what a place offers us;  fewer of us ask what we can offer the place.  Thousand Islands Life co...
by: Paul Malo
New Publication Wins International Award

New Publication Wins International Award

  Competing against nearly 7,500 entries, Ian Coristine's latest publication received a Premier Print Award.  ...
by: Paul Malo
Rex Ennis' Book Project

Rex Ennis' Book Project

For several years Rex (Rexford M.) Ennis of Grindstone Island has been compiling research for a biography of Charles Goo...
by: Paul Malo
Important New Book

Important New Book

One of the leading international publishers, Rizzoli, currently is
by: Paul Malo