Archive for the ‘Lambton County History’ Category

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: The founder of Canada’s first commune, part 1


By BOB McCARTHY Thanks to Phyllis Humby, author of the story last week about the Maxwell Church, an old place of worship that used to be in Camlachie. I invite anyone else who might have a story or an idea for a story about Lambton to contact me by e-mail. The town of Maxwell […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: the story of the Maxwell Church


Regular "Voices from Lambton's Past" author Bob McCarthy has graciously stepped aside this week in order that we may bring you this special contribution by Sarnia writer Phyllis Humby. “Pop and I planted this garden the spring after our wedding.  It was his idea that we be married here after he learned that this was […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: the Labatt kidnapping, part 3

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n part one of this story, four men kidnapped John Sackville Labatt in August 1934 as he drove alone in his REO motorcar, along the Egremont Road, heading for his office in London. In part two, while one man took Labatt’s car and a ransom note to London, three of the men drove Labatt up […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: the Labatt kidnapping, part 2


In part one of this story, four men kidnapped John Sackville Labatt as he drove alone in his REO motorcar, along the Egremont Road, heading for his office in London. Now, let’s rejoin Francis McCardell, alias Three-fingered Abe, on that early August morning in 1934.   Kidnapping of John Labatt – Part Two As Russ […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: The Labatt kidnapping, part 1

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By BOB McCARTHY Since the late 1970s, the Bright’s Grove library has been housed in a two story building erected about 1875 by Col. Robert F. Faethorne, a son-in-law of the original settler, Henry Jones, who founded the Town of Maxwell along Lake Huron during the late 1820s. In 1934, John Labatt of London […]

‘Voices of Lambton’s Past’: Author’s books would make great gift

By BOB McCARTHY An Ontario Historical Plaque in Mackenzie Park along the St. Clair River reads: THE FOUNDING OF SARNIA The French-speaking families of Ignace Cazelet, Jean-Baptiste Paré and Joseph LaForge arrived here 1807-1810. Other settlers, many of Scottish descent, came in 1832-1834 following the 1829 survey of Sarnia Township. A community called "The […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Our very own world-famous magician

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By BOB McCARTHY Did you know that a world famous magician lived his entire life here along the St Clair River in Courtright? The house he lived in was called Aberystwyth, named after the place of birth of his great grand-father in Wales. Stewart James (1908?1996) was a life-long resident of Courtright who refused […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Story of two storms, part 2


Last week saw the beginning of a story about the Big Blow of ’13, a severe storm described on Wikipedia as follows: Great Lakes Storm of 1913 Cyclonic blizzard November 6-11, 1913, 24 inches of snow recorded in some areas, 968.5 mb (28.60 inches), The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, historically referred to as the "Big Blow", […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Part one of the story of two storms


By BOB McCARTHY Along this southern shore of Lake Huron, we have experienced many vicious storms over the last two centuries, including the hurricane in May of 1953 and the great storm of November 1913. What might it have been like to live through either one or both of those storms? Perhaps we can […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: recalling the origins of Remembrance Day

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By BOB McCARTHY Today is Remembrance Day, a memorial day observed here in Canada and in other Commonwealth countries to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty since World War I. Observed on the eleventh day of November each year, this day recalls the official end […]