Archive for the ‘Lambton County History’ Category

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Walt Whitman’s recollections of Sarnia

Walt Whitman

By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892), referred to by some as America’s poet and often called the father of free verse, was also an essayist and journalist. During the month of June, 1880, Walt Whitman travelled by train on a first-class sleeper to visit Canada, passing through […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Part 3 of ‘Old Home Week’

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By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com From July 18 to July 25 of 1925, Sarnia celebrated a Sarnia and District OLD HOME WEEK. Each day included a different focus ranging from military to railways to Imperial Oil. The week was well planned with a souvenir booklet of more than 100 pages. The following excerpt tells about the […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Part 2 of ‘Old Home Week’

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By BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield From July 18 to July 25 of 1925, Sarnia celebrated a Sarnia and District OLD HOME WEEK. Each day included a different focus ranging from military to railways to Imperial Oil. The week was well planned with a souvenir booklet of more than 100 pages. With the hockey season approaching, […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Part 1 of ‘Old Home Week’ souvenir booklet

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By BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield From July 18 to July 25 of 1925, Sarnia celebrated a Sarnia and District OLD HOME WEEK. Each day included a different focus ranging from military to railways to Imperial Oil. The week was well planned with a souvenir booklet of more than 100 pages. Over the next three “Voices […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: The area’s first chapter of the IODE is formed

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By BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield On January 18th of 1915, just a few months after the beginning of World War I, the St. Clair Primary Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire was first formed. A meeting was held that day at the residence of Mrs. W. J. Hanna for the […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: the origins of Euphemia Township

Abandoned Euphemia house

By BOB McCARTHY LambtonShield.com Because of its location at the southeast corner of Lambton and because it was not too far from the original Talbot settlement in Kent County, the south-east part of Lambton was settled earlier than most of the rest of the county. Euphemia, the smallest township in Lambton, at first known as […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Part 3 of Lambton’s famous horse thief gang

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By BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield Last week, Donald MacDonell, warden of the Kingston Penitentiary, told Ned Buntline about the capture of Lorne McDougal and suggested that he talk to a man who was perhaps the only one to ever recover horses stolen by this gang of horse thieves. In this third part of the story […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Horse thief gang leader tells his tale (part 2)

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The Missouri, Illinois and Eastern Trading Company, a horse-rustling gang in operation from about 1830 to 1848, roamed across a vast area from west of the Mississippi through Ohio and Michigan and occasionally drew in choice herds in western Upper Canada and New York State. Their principal routes lay through Indiana, Ohio, and northwest Pennsylvania, […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Horse thief gang leader tells his tale (part 1)

Kingston Penitentiary woodcut-circa 1850

By BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield In 1949, Victor Lauriston wrote Lambton County’s Hundred Years 1849 – 1949, a publication full of wonderful stories celebrating the centennial of Lambton County's origin. In this volume, he faithfully presented, using his own words, “the intriguing story of Lambton’s hundred years”. At least one of these stories, a tale […]

‘Voices of Lambton’s Past’: The Talfourd brothers, part 2

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Developed by BOB McCARTHY Lambton Shield Charlotte Vidal Nesbit, a grand-daughter of Captain Richard Emeric Vidal, R.N., contributed history based articles to the Sarnia Observer during the 1930s. Born here in the St. Clair River District, in 1908 she organized the Women's Canadian Historical Society in Sarnia and served as its president until at least […]