Tuesday, 29 May 2012

It was a gorgeous day with wonderful winds that make you wish a regatta was being held today...
Sailing on Sturgeon Lake, 1962

A reminder that for the Canada Day display, we are looking for pictures of Sturgeon Pointers on the the water - sailing, canoeing, waterskiing, bobbing with noodles, regattas at home and away, picnics at Third Landing, having fun on docks and in boat houses...

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Saturday in the Park

The Sturgeon Point History Project will have the Doll Cottage on display at the Park on Saturday, May 17th from 9:30am to 1pm.  We will have tickets on hand.  Tickets are free.  Donations as always are welcome.

We will also be accepting images to be copied for the two summer displays:

at the Canada Day BBQ we will be displaying

"Sturgeon Point on the Water"

and at the Civic Holiday Regatta, we will be displaying

"2nd Street"

We look forward to displaying your pictures.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Golfing at the Point

In 1929, members of the Macmillan family went golfing at the Sturgeon Point Golf Course.

The greens may have been rough but a good time was had by all.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The Gregory family

I was recently asked by a real estate agent to pull together the history of a cottage that was on the market for the purchaser.  This research introduced me to the Gregory family of Lindsay, Ontario, who were the first owners of Lots 10 & 11 on Lake Avenue.

On September 1, 1884, Edmund Gregory and his wife, Mary, purchased the Lot 11 and part of Lot 10 from Thomas Stewart for $50.  On the 8th of July 1889, he purchased the remainder of Lot 10 from Martin Luther Calvert for $200. The family notes indicate that Edmund borrowed money from his second oldest son Herbert Gregory to finance the second purchase.  Herbert was 17 years old at the time...

Wedding Portrait of Edmund Gregory & Mary Wight
Married 4 Jun 1867, Lindsay ON by Rev. A. Edwards
Portrait by G. Martin of Montreal while on their honeymoon.

They built their cottage on Lot 10.

The Gregory Cottage, early 1890s

Edmund was a druggist in Lindsay. He and Mary had five sons and a daughter - Ethelwynn (1868-1951), Alfred Edmund (1869-1950), William Herbert (1872-1950), Frank Wright (1873-1962), Henry Glyde (1874-1951) and Arthur Keele (1880-1956).  The family appears in the 1891 Census with two of the boys working with their father.

Five sons of Edmund & Mary Gregory - taken at Alfred's Wedding, 30 Jun 1897
Top: Henry Glyde Gregory (1874-1951) and Frank Wright Gregory (1873-1962)
Middle: the groom, Alfred Edmund Gregory (1869-1950)
Bottom: William Herbert Gregory (1872-1950) and Arthur Keele Gregory (1880-1956)
Sadly Edmund Gregory passed away in February 1892.  His widow and the children continued to use their cottage until the fall of 1893 when Lot 10 was sold to Adam Fordyce Barr and Lot 11 sold to Ernest McGaffey both of Lindsay.  Lot 10 remains in the Barr family.  Lot 11 later passed to Ernest's sister, Emma McGaffey before being sold to Marjorie Jones, then to Col. Eric Phillips, then to Fred Connell and passing down through his family, until its sale this spring.

The Gregory family continued to come to Sturgeon Point as illustrated by this picture taken in 1896.
Henry Glyde Gregory, Lillie Pearson, Willie Dundas,
Mrs. Sam Hughes with daughter Tweet, and Ethelwynne Gregory
The photo was taken by Joe Keele, a maternal cousin of the Gregory's, circa 1896
In 1911, Adam Fordyce Barr completed renovations to the original cottage to accommodate his growing family. The Gregory cottage still stands today as the western portion of Tolka Lodge.

The Gregory family would continue to cottage.  In September 1917, Henry Glyde Gregory purchased the point of land on Cameron Lake that had previously been owned by Sit Sam Hughes.

I would like to thank Gregory descendant, Bruce Gregory of North Carolina for sharing his family's pictures with us.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Bugle Call... Lloyd Robertson

It is with sincere regret and sadness that I relay the news of the passing of Lloyd Robertson in Lindsay last week.  A life long community member, veteran, past Reeve for the Village of Sturgeon Point and councillor for the City of Kawartha Lakes, his contributions to the life of the Point were enormous and he will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. 

A Celebration of his life will be held later this summer.

Lloyd Robertson with good friends

A lengthier biography will follow.