Posts Tagged ‘bob mccarthy’

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Even Hallowe’en stories can have an historical connection


By BOB McCARTHY Two nights from now, it will be Devil’s night and the following evening it will be Hallowe’en. What is the probable origin of Hallowe’en? In the British Isles of ancient times and especially for those who followed Celtic beliefs, there were only two seasons. Winter ran from November 1 to April […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: our connection to early women’s movement

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By BOB McCARTHY Many women over the years have spoken out and worked on behalf of equality for all women in all parts of Canada. At least one of these women has a Lambton connection. Emily Gowan Ferguson, (born 14 March 1868 in Cookstown, Ontario), one of six children of Isaac and Emily Ferguson, […]

‘All Saints’ a ‘monumental’ affair at the Blue Water Bridge

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All Saints Monument at the Blue Water Bridge – July 2011 by Bob McCarthy, a member of the Sarnia Photographic Club. For more information about the Sarnia Photographic Club, go to

Local historian, author has signing upcoming at the Book Keeper Oct. 23


Be sure to stop by the Book Keeper in Sarnia's Northgate Plaza West this upcoming Sunday, Oct. 23, where Bob McCarthy, a local historian (and contributor to, will be signing copies of his latest book, "Poppa Caz Remembers," beginning at 2 p.m. McCarthy has written the book as historical fiction with stories of Sarnia […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: introducing Levi Causley and a day when water was delivered by carts

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By BOB McCARTHY The source of drinking water here along the St. Clair has always been from the river itself. The Sarnia Waterworks, built in Point Edward in 1913 and razed during the 1970s, made water readily available through pumps at individual homes. Before that, the source of supply was handled in a much […]

Photo feature begins this Thursday (Oct. 13)

Beginning this coming Thursday (Oct. 14), members of the Sarnia Photographic Club will be sharing a variety of images they've taken with visitors to We look forward to your feedback, so don't hesitate to "comment' on these shots. And thanks to Contributing Editor Bob McCarthy (and member of the Sarnia Photographic Club) for organizing […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: the story of two ships named Empire

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By BOB McCARTHY There have been two ships named Empire that have sailed the Great Lakes. Let’s listen in as an old salt reminisces about both ships as he watches one of them founder as she passed Point Edward one sad day in 1916. TWO EMPIRES “Such a shame! Such an ignoble death for […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: William Watson, centenarian

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By BOB McCARTHY Over the years, there have been a few Lambton residents who reached 100 years of age. One of them was William Watson who was interviewed by the Watford-Guide Advocate on the occasion of his 100th Birthday. A few days later, a story appeared in the weekly newspaper. How might Mister Watson […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: Conversation with Alexander Mackenzie continues . . .


By BOB McCARTHY Last week, we began a visit with Alexander Mackenzie during the last few months of 1878. The second part of this conversation follows. Meeting Alexander Mackenzie – October 1878 (Part two)  “Welcome back, my new friend.  When we last spoke, I had answered a question of yours about politics back in […]

‘Voices from Lambton’s Past’: A ‘conversation’ with the Rt. Hon. Alexander Mackenzie


By BOB McCARTHY During the 1860's, Canada began to see two men of Scottish descent begin to dominate politics provincially and as a lead-in to Confederation which took place in 1867.  Even though John A. MacDonald and Alexander Mackenzie were both born in the same country, they were two very different politicians.  MacDonald believed […]