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‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: The founder of Canada’s first commune, part 2


30 August 1830 – Perche Creek, Lake Huron The boat still about a half-hour away, I continued with my thoughts about how much had been accomplished over the last year, changing this forest broken only by a meandering creek into the community it is today. I remember so clearly the day we arrived. It has […]

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

Faethorne House-library-2011

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 […]

‘Christmas Colours’

Christmas colours

  Christmas Colours was taken by Bob McCarthy, a member of the Sarnia Photographic Club. For more information about the Sarnia Photographic Club, go to    

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

FaethorneHouse 1930s

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

stewart james

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’: recalling the origins of Remembrance Day

soldier resized

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 […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Looking back on Point Edward’s past


By BOB McCARTHY In the Sarnia Canadian Observer of July 18, 1925, there was an article headlined “dapper young villagers of 1875 didn’t wear balloon trousers and they didn’t have any eight lunged gas contraptions.” The following dialogue is based on information from that article. Dapper Young Villager “Grandpa, what was it like around […]

Sarnia Photographic Club announces winners, to display all entries at Cheeky Monkey

grand prize - Pierre Houle - young girl with horse

By BOB McCARTHY So many wonderful images. There were more than 160 submissions to this annual photo competition. The winners have been chosen in the two adult categories of “Weather” and “People” and the two youth categories of “Pets and Animals” and “Human Impact on the Environment”. All of the photos including winners will be […]