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Thousand Islands History

The St. Lawrence River, connecting the sea to the Great Lakes, has provided the Thousand Islands with a long and rich past.

In the coming months we will update this HISTORY section of the Thousand Islands Life Magazine.  We welcome submissions and look forward to providing useful information for our readers.

Contributors to date:  Rex Ennis, Susan W. Smith, Jim Morrison, Karen Killian, Dolores R. Buckley, the late Paul Malo and the late Mina Herrick King.

Editor: Susan W. Smith info@thousandislandslife.com

Vessels Built for United States Navy General Pike Corvette   900 tons 145' x 37' x l5’. Launched Sackets Harbor June 12,...
Reprints of newspaper clippings on the Catastrophe of the Steamer: Wisconsin, compiled by Laurie Donohue.  See: Catastrophe of the Steamer "Wisconsin...
Handout provided by Susan W. Smith on Thursday, July 17, 2014. at the Cornwall Bros. Museum in Alexandria Bay. “My thanks to all those who attended ...
The Short Life of the Steamer Sir Robert Peel, by Richard F. Palmer
Much has been written about the side wheel Canadian steamboat "Sir Robert Peel1" in connection with the story of its seizure and burning at Wellesley ...
  Further Suggested Reading:   Charles D. Anderson, Bluebloods & Rednecks (Burnstown: General Store Publishing House, 1996). ...
September 21, 1812, the first shots on the St. Lawrence River frontier rang out in Gananoque
200 years ago today, the first shots on the St. Lawrence River frontier rang out in Gananoque. It was September 21, 1812. By 1812, Gananoque was beco...
The following material was compiled by Dolores R. Buckley while researching the life of Frank T. Lent. Frank T. Lent Frank Townsend Lent was born i...
Editor's Note:  The present chimney is the third built on the island. The first dates back to 1799, when the French were travelling back and fort...
This poem was written and illustrated by Frank Eames.  We don’t have a date, but  it is one of the many pieces he left in his historical pap...
In the month of January 1956, the hobby of many hundreds of silent hours reached termination, as far as research on the name and original of Gananoque...
Just one of the several family briefs written by Frank Eames () which provides links to the history of Gananoque. A FAMILY BRIEF The little thumbnai...
 TI Life’s Introduction to Things I Remember by Mina Herrick King In December 2009 we received a note from Jay King, born in  Redwood, NY...
Burned in the Old World - cooled by the waters of the New World - with even the heavens shedding tears for him , St. Lawrence today keeps his lonely v...
Editor’s note:  Karen Killian’s collection of May Irwin memorabilia was captured by Kim Lunman in May Irwin and her Keeper back in April 2009....
  In February 2008 Paul Malo presented several articles in Thousand Islands Life on the Patriot War (1837-1838).  In our March 2008 Reade...
When Paul Malo created Thousand Islands Life Magazine in 2007 he created a history page.  In December 2008, when TI Life was reformatted, we crea...

The war of 1812 - Do you have information to share about the War of 1812 and the role citizens on both sides the River played?  Please consider writing for this section.  And, do check back often to see the material we present.  Submissions, questions or comments:  info@thousandislandslife.com

There are not many official references to archaeology (the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures) in the Thousand ...
Editor’s Note: Rex Ennis, Grindstone Island, is well known in the region for his historical knowledge of Charles G. Emery from Calumet Island and the ...