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May Contest...Win the t-shirt of your choice!!

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May Contest...Win the t-shirt of your choice!!

It's May, the weather is beautiful and the black flies are heading south! It's time to win a t-shirt inspired by La Cloche. Win your choice of any one 'Wearable Art' from Surreal Apparel or 'Ludicrous La Cloche' t-shirts...here's how to enter!! 1. Simply go to www.paperboy.ca and pick the t-shirt that you would like to win. 2. Send an email to lacloche@gmail.com with the subject 'La Cloche in May' and include which t-shirt, size and colour you would like to win. 3. On June 1, 2021 a winner will be randomly selected from all of the email entries and they win...

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A. j. Casson & La Cloche

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A. j. Casson & La Cloche

Born on this day, Alfred Joseph Casson (May 17, 1898 - February 20, 1992) was the youngest member of the Group of Seven.Happy Birthday! I visited and talked to A. J. Casson (1898-1992) numerous times between 1985 and 1990 about the La Cloche area and the Group of Seven. The following article by Jon Charles Butler was printed in The Standard, Elliot Lake, Ontario on September 1, 1985.Quotes from this article were used by Kevin Callan in his book ‘Killarney’ published by Boston Mills Press in 1990.Photo – Joachim Gauthier and A. J. Casson in 1986 courtesy of Paul Gauthier.Dream...

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La Cloche Spirit: Contemplating Beginner's Mind

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La Cloche Spirit: Contemplating Beginner's Mind

La Cloche Spirit....Eight years ago available on Blurb    

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Camp Manitou & The Willisville Fire Tower

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Camp Manitou & The Willisville Fire Tower

Jack (John) Burke, the Fire Ranger, at the Willisville Fire Tower started a journal on July 12, 1927, which may be when the tower opened.'Visitors to the Tower' were signed in with the date and where they were from.On August 13, 1927 a group from Camp Manitou visited the Fire Tower and the x indicates how many times the visitor climbed the Tower. The Bull family were well represented and below is a photo of some of the Camp Manitou campers, notice the M, at Bull's camp in Miller Bay, Charlton. The photo is most likely from the same time period.Thanks for...

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'Old Agony' or 'The Blueberry Express'

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'Old Agony' or 'The Blueberry Express'

The Train The Algoma Eastern Railway connected Sudbury and Little Current in October of 1913. The train carried passengers and mixed freight on the 87 mile long line.  It was nicknamed the ‘Old Agony’ because it took  4 hours to travel from Sudbury to Little Current.  The McKerrow to Little Current stretch , however, is fondly remembered as the ‘Blueberry Express’.  On April 4, 1919, Ernie Willis became the first Postmaster of Willisville. Everyone now had another reason to wait for the train and there was usually quite a gathering at Mile 64, the Willisville Station. From 1914 to 1918,...

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