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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
More Than a Salad Dressing and Washington Island

More Than a Salad Dressing and Washington Island

Imagine asking the US residents on Washington Island, in Clayton, NY, to change the island’s name back to its original: ...
by: Susan W. Smith
A Tale of Two Clubs…

A Tale of Two Clubs…

Motorboats to sailing yachts - 100 plus years of CYC! Today’s Clayton Yacht Club recently celebrated its 75th A...
by: Rex Ennis
Clayton’s Railroad Depot

Clayton’s Railroad Depot

When I was very young living on East Line Road, my bedroom window faced south over-looking the farm. Early in the mornin...
by: Nancy Bond
An Alexandria Bay “Musky”

An Alexandria Bay “Musky”

Our thanks to Kenneth Deedy of Grindstone Island, for sharing an article from his collection of Thousand Islands memorab...
by: 1000 Islands
TI Park… Then and Now

TI Park… Then and Now

Thousand Island Park is no stranger to fire. On the night of August 13th, 2014, shortly before midnight, a fire was disc...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“You Can’t Go Home Again!” (Or Can You?)

“You Can’t Go Home Again!” (Or Can You?)

A cold February evening in Kansas, still at least six more weeks of winter weather. “You’ve got mail” ...
by: Deane C. Parkhurst
It's Kismet

It's Kismet

What's in a name? The dictionary defines 'Kismet' as "a power that is believed to control what happens in the future." ...
by: Kim Lunman
Finding 1000 Islands Pump Houses

Finding 1000 Islands Pump Houses

The most widely recognized pump house in the 1000 Islands stands at the downriver end of Heart Island. George Boldt’s ma...
by: John Peach
Hugh P. Papworth, Nine Decades a River Rat

Hugh P. Papworth, Nine Decades a River Rat

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Hugh Papworth in Alexandria Bay. Our conversations were much like reviewing a ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Talk About A Piece of River History!

Talk About A Piece of River History!

I accumulate stuff. Thirty years on the staff of the United States House of Representatives in Washington, gave me an o...
by: Cary R. Brick
A Dream Realized After 120 Years

A Dream Realized After 120 Years

On 9 July, 2014 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the opening of the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY, with the fo...
by: Rex Ennis
A Pilot’s Story

A Pilot’s Story

Do you remember the Great Canadian Flag Debate of 1964? When our country’s Prime Minister, Nobel Peace Prizewinner Leste...
by: Brian Johnson
Tracing a King’s Man on the St. Lawrence

Tracing a King’s Man on the St. Lawrence

It must have been an arduous journey for my 5th. great-grandfather, Jacob Karn travelling from the Palatinate region of ...
by: Arthur Pegg UE
125 Years of Boating at Ed Huck Marine

125 Years of Boating at Ed Huck Marine

A young German immigrant named Fred Huck discovered the Thousand Islands in the late 1800s; first in Cape Vincent and th...
by: Kim Lunman
Hunting for Fishermen in the 1000 Islands

Hunting for Fishermen in the 1000 Islands

Editor’s Note: In late March of this year I received an email from Rod Anstee.  He collects photograph albums and...
by: Rod Anstee
Chauncey Bugbee–the American Patriot

Chauncey Bugbee–the American Patriot

Unfortunately the story of the North American Patriots coming to Tasmania, has not had the publicity it deserves;  ...
by: Pauline Buckby
Finding my ancestor… and his Battle for Oswego

Finding my ancestor… and his Battle for Oswego

On May 3, 1814, troops from Kingston boarded seven ships, and eleven gunboats, manned by a thousand Royal Navy sailors; ...
by: Arthur Pegg UE
100 Year Old Naval Disaster Connects to Grindstone

100 Year Old Naval Disaster Connects to Grindstone

Over twenty years ago Janet, my wife, was working in her store, the Karmelcorn Shop in Watertown. It was an old building...
by: Rex Ennis
"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
130-Year-Old House Tour…

130-Year-Old House Tour…

  How would you like to visit some Thousand Island homes and cottages as they were one hundred and thirty years ag...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Cole Shoal Lighthouse

Cole Shoal Lighthouse

This article is one of a series examining the early lighthouses of the Thousand Islands, in both Canadian and American w...
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
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
How I found the missing American Boat Line…

How I found the missing American Boat Line…

I’ve long been a fan of the American Boat Line double deck tour boats. In fact, I’ve written about them before on my blo...
by: Mike Fesko
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
The Other Pullman Island

The Other Pullman Island

For those of us who live at the foot of Grenell, Pullman Island is helpful for nighttime navigation. We depend on that r...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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
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
Cherry Island’s Stuyvesant Lodge

Cherry Island’s Stuyvesant Lodge

Island Settlement The War of 1812 was a 32-month conflict between the United States and Great Britain. At the conclusio...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
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
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
An Icy Toast to Summer

An Icy Toast to Summer

About right now, I’m thinking about sitting on the dock, staring out at the St. Lawrence and sipping on a MacDac. It’s t...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Grindstone, Grenell and Wellesley's Historic Churches

Grindstone, Grenell and Wellesley's Historic Churches

The idea for a study of the Architecture on Historic Churches in Jefferson County, New York came from a request by the J...
by: Rick Tague
Poetica, a Fitzgerald & Lee Classic Sedan

Poetica, a Fitzgerald & Lee Classic Sedan

Poetica is a charming name given to an equally charming one-of-a-kind boat from a superb boat builder. She was designed ...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Indian Pictographs

Indian Pictographs

Native tradition has it that a diminutive, ugly (hairy-faced), mischievous spirit lived in shallow caves on the cliff-si...
by: Herb Sheridan
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
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
Pictures of the Thousand Islands, circa 1886

Pictures of the Thousand Islands, circa 1886

These Thousand Island pictures, taken over one hundred twenty five years ago, are a treasure to be shared. They are sca...
by: Robert L. Matthews
The Traditional Shore Dinner

The Traditional Shore Dinner

The closest I’d been to a traditional Thousand Island Shore Dinner is the banner hanging in my cottage kitchen. I’ve bee...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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
Re-Enactors return to French Creek

Re-Enactors return to French Creek

Cannon fire, presentations and re-enactors commemorated the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 Battle of French...
by: Dennis McCarthy
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
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
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
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
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
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
Take the Rum-Runners Challenge…

Take the Rum-Runners Challenge…

When something is prohibited,....
by: Dianne Phillips
Under the Flapper’s Fringe: 1920s style

Under the Flapper’s Fringe: 1920s style

A “flapper” was the new woman of the 1920’s. The First World War had just ended. The world had lost its innocence....
by: Geraldine Last
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
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
A Cottage By Any Other Name…

A Cottage By Any Other Name…

It’s time to head north. I get emails from non-River friends all the time asking, “When are you going back to the cabin ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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.
A Look Back in Time…

A Look Back in Time…

Now That We’re Here, Where Will We Stay? Some people collect postcards or stamps but my efforts  turned to acquiri...
by: Robert L. Matthews, narrated by Jan Eliot
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
The Enduring Popularity of Lyman Boats

The Enduring Popularity of Lyman Boats

Among boaters that enjoy using their vintage craft frequently, Lyman boats seem to hold a very unique position. Many woo...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
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
Clayton, Tour Boats, Alexandria Bay – 60’s Style

Clayton, Tour Boats, Alexandria Bay – 60’s Style

So what's different? Who out there remembers the 1000 Islands from the 60's and can compare it to today? Let me take a stab at it...
by: Mike Fesko
“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
Hutchinson's Remarkable Wartime Transition

Hutchinson's Remarkable Wartime Transition

In the fall of 1940 officials from the United States Defense Department made a quiet trip to Alexandria Bay, NY. It was ...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
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
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
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
The Collection Moves On…

The Collection Moves On…

I love looking at photographs of the Thousand Islands. In fact, I can never get enough of them, so when I learned that D...
by: Susan W. Smith
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
The Bell Rings Twice…

The Bell Rings Twice…

You can see the utter joy on their faces as children of the congregation come forward to ring the chapel. Lots of childr...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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
1000 Islands 130 Years Ago

1000 Islands 130 Years Ago

There are times in one’s life when the stars seem to be in alignment and maybe this to be one of those times.  It i...
by: Robert L. Matthews, narrated by Jan Eliot
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
Grenell: Decade-by-Decade

Grenell: Decade-by-Decade

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to all Grenell Island residents – past and present -  who participated in the island...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“Last Chance”… Review

“Last Chance”… Review

As we approach the holiday season it is appropriate to reflect on our circumstances that might otherwise be taken for gr...
by: Richard L. Withington
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
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
Bridge or Ferry?

Bridge or Ferry?

. . . Here I am again, sitting in my car on the Prescott/Ogdensburg international bridge, waiting in a line of traffic. ...
by: William J. Elliott
History Detectives…in Leeds and the Thousand Islands

History Detectives…in Leeds and the Thousand Islands

The history detectives at the Leeds and the Thousand Islands Archives (LTIArchives) are hard at work, constantly in search of their quarry.
by: Pierre Mercier
Had Enough of the War of 1812?

Had Enough of the War of 1812?

Had enough of The War of 1812? Not really? Good, because I feel the same way. Ever since the Kingston Historical Soci...
by: Bill Fitsell
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
Ring…. the way we were…

Ring…. the way we were…

Bounce! Bounce! PLOP! And the phone was gone. It was a blustery day and the river was so rough my husband changed to car...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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
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
The Antique Boat Parade…

The Antique Boat Parade…

When you live on an island, boats are important. In the early days, most people got to and from the island via a steamer...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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
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
Ogdensburg’s Harbor Lighthouse

Ogdensburg’s Harbor Lighthouse

The American lighthouses of the Thousand Islands have fared better than their Canadian counterparts over the years. Of t...
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
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
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
Do you know the Answer?

Do you know the Answer?

Bob kicked the clod of earth that had covered the artifacts and out fell a brass tag that was about two and a half inches...
by: Ken Deedy
Grenell Aglow

Grenell Aglow

If you cruise by Grenell Island after dark this month, you might notice something special. Grenell Island is glowing wit...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“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
Meeting A Wild Goose - A Captain's Story

Meeting A Wild Goose - A Captain's Story

I happened to meet a fellow the other day who asked what I did with my time. I told him that I had the privilege of bein...
by: David Dodge
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
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
If Minna Anthony Common had a Blog…

If Minna Anthony Common had a Blog…

If Minna Anthony Common had a Rock Ridges Trail blog I would have had it bookmarked, or better yet I would have pinned i...
by: Sarah Miller
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
Fire… Gone in 5 minutes

Fire… Gone in 5 minutes

Gone in 5 minutes… Every story I’ve heard about fire on the islands usually had the phrase…it was gone in 5 minutes. ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Why the name Chapman Shoal?

Why the name Chapman Shoal?

Chapman Shoal is located between Round Island and Pine (AKA: Beckwith) Island in the St. Lawrence River downriver from C...
by: Rex Ennis
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
Grenell by Numbers

Grenell by Numbers

If there is one thing that Grenell Island does not need, it’s more numbers. There are Lot Numbers, Fire Numbers and the ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Zipper, the Flagship

Zipper, the Flagship

Her name is Zipper and she's one of the most active classic commuters in North America. During the past twenty-seven yea...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Detroit Photographic Co. – continued

Detroit Photographic Co. – continued

Early postcard scenes of the Canadian Thousand Islands published by the Detroit Photographic Co.
by: Robert L. Matthews
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
Toujours Frontenac on Round Island

Toujours Frontenac on Round Island

The citizens of Round Island are gathering at the dockside post office under a sapphire blue sky on a Sunday afternoon i...
by: Kim Lunman
The Cottages of Grenell

The Cottages of Grenell

“How many cottages are on the island?” This is usually the first question I’m asked when I begin to describe life on Gr...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“Pot Pourri’s” Story

“Pot Pourri’s” Story

What you see is a photograph from 1965 of the Pot Pourri plying the St. Lawrence River with a Dodge Motor Home
by: Susan W. Smith
James Churchward’s Fishing Among the Thousand Islands

James Churchward’s Fishing Among the Thousand Islands

James Churchward, who lived from 1851 to 1936,  wrote a series of books on the Lost Continent of Mu  , in whic...
by: Jack E. Churchward
T I Collectables, Part IV, Detroit Postcards

T I Collectables, Part IV, Detroit Postcards

If you collect Thousand Islands memorabilia, my guess is that your first purchase might have been a postcard.
by: Robert L. Matthews
“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
Mudlunta's Matriarchs

Mudlunta's Matriarchs

A Gananoque businessman and sailor who loved to explore the St. Lawrence River
by: Kim Lunman
Water Water Everywhere….

Water Water Everywhere….

From my very first summer on the River, I’ve heard the story about Harry Chalk and his tin cup. Harry was the intrepid c...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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
T I Collectables, Part III, Wheelock Souvenir China

T I Collectables, Part III, Wheelock Souvenir China

The Wheelock family began selling china in Wisconsin..
by: Robert L. Matthews
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
“Taps” a Reveille Classic

“Taps” a Reveille Classic

The magnificent launch was completed on schedule as promised. Wela Ka Hao met Col. Wilber's expectations so completely that it became his principle boat for the next twenty-five summer seasons.
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
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
TI Collectables Part II, Four Track Series Brochures

TI Collectables Part II, Four Track Series Brochures

I had no idea as to its value and asked the dealer the price. She held up two fingers but did she mean two dollars, twenty dollars or two hundred dollars?
by: Robert L. Matthews
Around and Through: The Path that Binds Us

Around and Through: The Path that Binds Us

Before my first visit to Grenell in 1975, my then fiancé - now husband, Gary, showed me the lot map of Grenell drawn in ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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
The Ship named “Supply”

The Ship named “Supply”

The summer of 1904 proved to be the debut in quantity of the gasoline launch in the Thousand Islands. The Syracuse Post ...
by: Rex Ennis
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
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
TI Collectables, Part I Squiggle Glass

TI Collectables, Part I Squiggle Glass

When my wife, Prudence, and I began to collect, we didn’t understand or recognize the value of glass and consequently le...
by: Robert L. Matthews
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 End of the Ferry Crisis…

The End of the Ferry Crisis…

This story first appeared in the Kingston Whig-Standard as: “1946: End of the ferry crises” on November 17, 2006. The tr...
by: Brian Johnson
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
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
Grenell Island Community House

Grenell Island Community House

Located near the foot of the island, just down the sidewalk from the Grenell Island Chapel, stands the heart of Grenell—...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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
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
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
Baseball’s Boys of Summer at The New Frontenac

Baseball’s Boys of Summer at The New Frontenac

In the Gilded Age, as now, American’s love sports; hotels, clubs, and communities had teams. The Thousand Islands region...
by: Rex Ennis
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
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 Map

The Map

In July 2011, TI Life published a book review of Saints, Sinners and Sailors of the Gilded Age: A compendium of biograph...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Castle of Secrets

The Castle of Secrets

It was famously dubbed the Castle of Mysteries by the New York Times more than a century ago and today it still holds mo...
by: Kim Lunman
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
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
The Army Landing Barges ‘Wolfe Islander 1’ and ‘Wolfe Islander 2’.

The Army Landing Barges ‘Wolfe Islander 1’ and ‘Wolfe Islander 2’.

    In Wolfe Island’s hour of need for means of transportation...
by: Brian Johnson
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
The End for the “SS Wolfe Islander”

The End for the “SS Wolfe Islander”

Each stroke of the huge paddles brought forth a series of creaks and groans from the ancient timbers below... But the we...
by: Brian Johnson
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
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
Facilities for the Faithful

Facilities for the Faithful

The first Christian denomination on Grindstone was known as Christian Order founded by elder Jason McKee of Stone Mills ...
by: Rex Ennis
Tom King’s Internet Research

Tom King’s Internet Research

I love the internet! It seems that not a day goes by without me marveling at the vast array of information that is avail...
by: Tom King
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
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
Henry R. Heath: Union Soldier, Thousand Islands Pioneer (Part II)

Henry R. Heath: Union Soldier, Thousand Islands Pioneer (Part II)

Part II of a two-part biography of Henry R. Heath, a pioneer promoter of the Thousand Islands.  This is the second ...
by: Steven D. Glazer
More Nostalgic Vessels

More Nostalgic Vessels

I dug into the family archives and found some more great pictures of interesting and memorable boats that plied both the American..
by: Tom King
St. Lawrence River Skiff goes beyond…

St. Lawrence River Skiff goes beyond…

In December 2010, The Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique Classic Boating Society published this article written by Tony...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
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
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
Gananoque Boat Line–Photo Memories

Gananoque Boat Line–Photo Memories

Having grown up in Gananoque I was introduced to the joys of boating on the St. Lawrence River at an early age. My Dad, ...
by: Tom King
Hotel Guest Registry: Fill in the Blanks

Hotel Guest Registry: Fill in the Blanks

Rex Ennis, local historian and author of Toujours Jeune Always Young: Thousand Islands, Emery and The New Frontenac Hote...
by: Susan W. Smith
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
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
Ladies, Canoes and Rules: “Camp Grindstone” Part II

Ladies, Canoes and Rules: “Camp Grindstone” Part II

Women stayed in their own camp from five o’clock in the afternoon ...
by: Robert L. Matthews
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
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
Preserving & Promoting Heritage Arts

Preserving & Promoting Heritage Arts

When the Craft School opened in 1966 there were 44 students learning the art of handweaving on looms either purchased or...
by: Rebecca Hopfinger
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
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
First Airplane Service in the Islands

First Airplane Service in the Islands

Sightseeing flights over the islands were very popular. People loved to do the unusual, talk about it and maybe get their names in the paper.
by: Robert L. Matthews
Building the Bridge to Somewhere

Building the Bridge to Somewhere

A well-recognized structure among the islands is The Thousand Islands Bridge, operated by The Thousands Islands Bridge A...
by: Alan Lindsay
1960’s Calumet Island

1960’s Calumet Island

My brother and I spent every summer weekend on Calumet Island in the 1960s...
by: Mike Fesko
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
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
Saving “River Runner”

Saving “River Runner”

My earliest recollection of "River Runner", our spectacular 1926 Hutchinson Brothers sedan, was of a gray painted work
by: John Peach
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
About the Skiff…

About the Skiff…

Our 1902 St Lawrence Skiff “Bobby” was my salvation as a teenager. It was 1961 and our cottage on Comfort Island was easy rowing distance from Alexandria Bay, NY.
by: Tad Clark
“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
Garden of Stone

Garden of Stone

Tucked in a corner of Sackets Harbor is a reminder of our military heritage, and of the generations of veterans who live...
by: Randy Rezabek
Remembering the Eastcliffe Hall

Remembering the Eastcliffe Hall

The sinking was first reported to police by Mrs. Walter Wells. “It was a great boom which woke me up. Then we began to hear people
by: Brian Johnson
What’s in a building… Part I

What’s in a building… Part I

What’s in a Building? Bricks, mortar and a lot of wood. But the Gananoque Canoe Club (GCC), now known as the Thousand Is...
by: Gretchen Bambrick
Patriot Chronicles: James Gemmell, Man of Two Frontiers

Patriot Chronicles: James Gemmell, Man of Two Frontiers

Readers of TIL are aware that one hundred and sixty Patriots were taken prisoner at the Battle of the Windmill near Pres...
by: John Carter
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
“All about community”… “Thousand Island Park Now and Then”

“All about community”… “Thousand Island Park Now and Then”

It was one of those “hot summer days” when I first watched Thousand Island Park Now and Then.  The thirty-minute DV...
by: Susan W. Smith
A Ride to Dark Island

A Ride to Dark Island

The nine passenger single engine plane chartered from Carson Air in Toronto picked up a newlywed couple who had spent th...
by: Jean Papke
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
Tony Mollica’s Boats

Tony Mollica’s Boats

The Central New York winter season has become my model building time. Several models have been built for collectors...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Patriot Chronicles: Four Who Didn't Come Home

Patriot Chronicles: Four Who Didn't Come Home

Under the probation system, prisoners were awarded tickets of leave (a form of probation) for good conduct following two years of hard labour. Many of the Patriots received
by: John Carter
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
Fiddler's Elbow and Lindoe Island Lights

Fiddler's Elbow and Lindoe Island Lights

Let’s settle the nagging question of which came first: the name or the fiddler?
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
“Toujours Jeune Always Young” by Rex Ennis

“Toujours Jeune Always Young” by Rex Ennis

A new book by Rex Ennis...
by: Susan W. Smith
A Grindstone Development

A Grindstone Development

Betsey Fitch of Rutland, NY was given Lot 16. Lots 19 and 20 were sold to William Wells of Augusta, Upper Canada for a total of $1,340.00.
by: Rex Ennis
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
Summering Among the Thousand Islands

Summering Among the Thousand Islands

Charles S. Graham was an itinerant, self taught sketch artist born 1852 in Illinois.
by: Robert L. Matthews
River Memories

River Memories

I captained the old Snider 1000 Islands tour boats from 1978 to 1980...
by: Paul Reilly
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
Singer Castle in Print

Singer Castle in Print

After finishing a documentary DVD, a book, and then an updated version of our movie, we were pretty sure that we had com...
by: Patty Mondore
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
Four More Thousand Islands Illustrators

Four More Thousand Islands Illustrators

In the February issue of Thousand Islands Life Magazine we introduced Howard Pyle, one of North America’s premier illust...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Thousand Island Park Revisited

Thousand Island Park Revisited

The island road twists through a series of snake-like turns and suddenly there it is - Thousand Island Park- a bit of Am...
by: Trude Brown Fitelson
The New Frontenac Hotel Flag

The New Frontenac Hotel Flag

Flags abound in the islands. At Grenell Island’s July 2009 regatta, participants were asked to count the flags as they p...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Howard Pyle, Illustrator Extraordinaire

Howard Pyle, Illustrator Extraordinaire

The second in a series on illustrators of the Thousand Islands.
by: Robert L. Matthews
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
“Arctic Goose”

“Arctic Goose”

When the St. Lawrence River freezes over, one mode of transportation is by “ice boat” or “air boat”, as they are called ...
by: Rex Ennis
From Cottage to Castle

From Cottage to Castle

It wasn’t used and it took up too much space. Yet, chopping it up with an ax and burning it was not an option.
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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
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
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
Tremont Island History Comes Alive

Tremont Island History Comes Alive

"Tidd’s Island: a History of its People and Their Stories" was published in July of 2009
by: Susan W. Smith
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
First Summer Cottage on Grenell

First Summer Cottage on Grenell

By the time I first arrived on Grenell Island in 1975, my husband’s family had already been on the Point, for nearly a h...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
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
The Great Gale of ‘75

The Great Gale of ‘75

“I am very concerned with the welfare of the steamer Edmund Fitzgerald."[New feature,now available in an audio version, written by Brian Johnson, Wolfe Island; read by Jan Eliot]
by: Brian Johnson
Wolfe Island’s Lighthouses

Wolfe Island’s Lighthouses

The first Wolfe Island lighthouse was built on the eastern end of the island in 1861...
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
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
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
Silent Rapids of Long Sault

Silent Rapids of Long Sault

“Warning:  Owners of large and medium sized craft, who navigate the St. Lawrence River between Cornwall and Prescot...
by: Brian Johnson
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
Lost Villages, Inundation Day

Lost Villages, Inundation Day

Mary Lynn Johnston was a Mille Roches girl She had an important chore, while her Mother ran a rooming house And her ...
by: Brian Johnson
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
Mrs. Simcoe’s Chapel, Drawings & Diary

Mrs. Simcoe’s Chapel, Drawings & Diary

In 1988 I went to England to carry out research at the National Maritime Archives in Greenwich and the
by: Susan W. Smith
Lost Villages

Lost Villages

Down at Zina’s Barber Shop we used to laugh and sing; We’d gather and we’d gossip about everything; we’d talk about the ...
by: Brian Johnson
Lost Villages, Another Perspective

Lost Villages, Another Perspective

Painted over 40 years before, it is the center line of what once was a two lane highway which ran along the shore of a very different River.
by: Ian Coristine
Stamps on Murray Isle

Stamps on Murray Isle

We're not talking "Pony Express", but about a more-personalized mail service than most receive today, a service that is cherished and greatly appreciated.
by: Rachel Cole
A Wolfe Island Christmas Story

A Wolfe Island Christmas Story

“No one panicked while they were floundering in the water and scrambling for firm ice. Mothers held their children aloft...
by: Brian Johnson
TIA Invites you to Breakfast

TIA Invites you to Breakfast

The Thousand Islands Association (TIA) will be holding their annual general meeting on July 25 at the Thousand Islands P...
by: Patricia Tague
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
The Wolfe Islander is Missing

The Wolfe Islander is Missing

…after four hours of continuous searching bleak coves and small inlets, both groups were almost ready to announce that t...
by: Brian Johnson
Niagara to the Sea

Niagara to the Sea

For over sixty years, “Niagara to the Sea” was one of the most famous travel slogans in North America. The phrase was or...
by: William M. Worden
Balboa - a Century of History

Balboa - a Century of History

My family was fortunate to call the Balboa our summer home in the Thousand Islands from 1955 to 2008 and it has served...
by: Robert S. Miner
1760 "Battle of the Thousand Islands"

1760 "Battle of the Thousand Islands"

What went down in history as the Battle of the Thousand Islands ended when the French and Canadian defenders struck thei...
by: Michael Whittaker
Film Pays Tribute to the Wreck of the J.B. King

Film Pays Tribute to the Wreck of the J.B. King

A  documentary that takes viewers beneath the St. Lawrence River to a wreck at the bottom the Brockville Narrows is...
by: Kim Lunman
The Tallest Cathedral...

The Tallest Cathedral...

The tradition of worship in Half Moon Bay began in 1887.  People came from neighbouring islands and from Gananoque ...
by: Carolyn Pratt
Grindstone’s Missing State Park

Grindstone’s Missing State Park

In August of 1897, at a meeting of the New York State Fisheries, Game and Forest Commission in Albany a discussion was h...
by: Rex Ennis
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
Seaway's 50th Anniversary - a Celebration or Not?

Seaway's 50th Anniversary - a Celebration or Not?

The year was 1959. The Barbie doll debuted;
by: Michael Folsom
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
May Dewey's Diary, Part V, December 1888

May Dewey's Diary, Part V, December 1888

"I was furious & will tell him what I think of him when we meet again." May Dewey, December 31, 1888.
by: Kristen Pinkney
Who Won the War?

Who Won the War?

Whoever controlled the St. Lawrence River controlled Canada. The Americans never cut the lifeline of British supplies during the War of 1812...
by: Michael Whittaker
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
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
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
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
Clayton's Historic Island Hotels

Clayton's Historic Island Hotels

Rexford M. Ennis is the author of several dissertations on Thousand Islands history; often presented to an appreciative ...
by: Rex Ennis
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
Brock’s Islands

Brock’s Islands

Many of the officers who fought in the British campaigns during the War of 1812 are commemorated in the Brock Islands. W...
by: Susan W. Smith
Historic Island Names

Historic Island Names

It is exasperating' said Capt. William FitzWilliam
by: Susan W. Smith
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
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
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
Rediscovering Fort Haldimand, compiled by Mike Franklin and Paul Malo

Rediscovering Fort Haldimand, compiled by Mike Franklin and Paul Malo

Obscurity … has hung like a cloud of oblivion over the history of this island
by: Paul Malo
Two Early Centuries, Eyeing the Islands

Two Early Centuries, Eyeing the Islands

  The saga of navigation on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, in war and peace, is far too vast and rich a ...
by: Paul Malo
Two Recent Centuries

Two Recent Centuries

  So, as we have seen during two earlier centuries, prior to the nineteenth century, the region already was widely...
by: Paul Malo
Veracity, or Truth in Advertising

Veracity, or Truth in Advertising

Phil Amsterdam, himself an old tour-boat guide and boat-line operator, complains about about sitting on his Cherry Islan...
by: Paul Malo
Carleton Island Villa: A Souvenir The Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River by John A Haddock, 1895

Carleton Island Villa: A Souvenir The Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River by John A Haddock, 1895

Standing on the peninsula-like head of Carleton Island ...
by: Paul Malo
Carleton Villa Visit 2003

Carleton Villa Visit 2003

  The following presentation has been adapted from an article that appeared in the Thousand Islands Sun Vacationer ...
by: Paul Malo
Paul Malo's Carleton Villa Life

Paul Malo's Carleton Villa Life

  In 2006 Paul Malo shared a collection of Carleton Villa photographs.  These historic photographs have been ...
by: Paul Malo