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Since much of this site has to do with the history of the region I am inviting readers to contribute any photos, stories or letters  they have that would add to the interest of this site.

It amazes me how many people have a contact with the former history at Wye, the CPR stop, where my grandfather had his saw mill and lumber operation during the 1930’s. Yesterday (Nov. 25) I received these photos from my 3rd cousin Tom Plaunt, whose mother, now 102 , lives in a nursing home in Renfrew. Tom’s family is not only connected to my family through our common ancestry, but his parents lived in New Liskeard and his mother taught my wife Mandy! Tom and his mother have an equally strong interest in our family’s history and always brings me stories, and this case, photos to enrich our common history. In his email he wrote:

“Speaking of Pog: Last week I did a trip up to Renfrew, and managed to talk to Eileen Brydges, 97, who lives on Mom’s hallway. Her husband Ambrose worked for WB at Wye-and-about in the 1930’s, and took lots of pictures to send home to his girlfriend, who happened to be a schoolteacher and wanted materials about life in the lumber camps. She gave me a collection of photos for our perusal. They are all glued onto a long strip of (glued together) paper….the way she presented them to her students.”

He added I could use the photos so what better way than to share them with others. Some of them are different from those I have found in my family’s scrapbooks and are most interesting. These photos are also a bit clearer so even though I have cut and paste them as they were found in Eileen Brydges’ scrapbook Ambrose Brydges’ Photos of Wye, you can easily see them.

Thanks for sharing them.

Here is a verifying story of my grandfather’s generosity sent to me by Chris Grimard that he had heard from his mother Rita Dubreuil. I had heard of my grandfather’s bigheartedness from his children, but I had never heard it from those who were the beneficiaries of it.

“I was talking to my mother about the book. She and her sister Jean were born at Wye Ontario to Delia (Constantineau) and Dode Dubreuil, who worked in the mill at Wye. As I listened to her stories one of them caught my attention. I was told that Bill Plaunt (Sr.) was a saint according to my grandmother (Delia) who told this story to my mother. Bill would often travel to Sudbury on business and on one occasion he approached my grandmother and asked her to write down the sizes of clothes that fit the children. At that time my grandmother had 8 children. When he went to Sudbury he purchased clothes for all the children. To this day my mother still tells us this story of this unselfish man.”

Here is a photo of four of the Dubreuil children that is in the book, but I didn’t have their names. Thanks to Chris I now have them. I had talked to Florence, Rita (Chris’ mother) and Lillian and their recollections are in the book in Chapter 13.

Dubreuils

Four of the Dubreuils:   Edward, Florence, Arthur and Lillian

 

These three photos were sent to me by Amy Amiro of some former CPR stations: Pogamasing, Straight Lake and one unknown. Maybe someone will recognize it and let me know. Here is her note to me explaining her connection to these photos.

My Adopted Mother (Virginia Aubin) was born April 14, 1888 at Pogamasing. She was baptized by Rev. R. Caron, a Jesuit Missionary. Her Godparents were Arthur Malenfant & Marie Boule. Her Father was Odilon Aubin – he was born in St. Luc, Quebec on March 13, 1859 and came West in 1881 on C.P.R. construction work. He remained in the employ of the C.P.R. until 1900 as section foreman at many different places on the main line between Mattawa and Dalton. He left the services of the C.P.R. in 1900 and came to Sudbury in the employ of the Algoma Eastern. He was promoted to roadmaster and held this position until his death on October 1, 1927.

I also have a photograph of the Pogamasing Station showing my Grandparents standing in front with three of their children.

 

Pogamasing Station, circa 1890

Aubin Family and two trackmen at the Straight Lake (Stralak) Station, June 20, 1898

Unknown Station along the CPR

Ian Macdonald of Chapleau sent these images of the Pogamasing station taken sometime in the 1940’s or 50’s alongside the Spanish River.


Courtesy of the John Futhey Collection, Chapleau Public Library

Courtesy of the John Futhey Collection, Chapleau Public Library

Courtesy of the John Futhey Collection, Chapleau Public Library

 

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Chris Grimard March 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I was talking to my mother Rita (Dubreuil ) Grimard about the book. She and her sister Jean was born at Wye Ontario. As I listened to her stories one of them caught my attention . I was told that Bill Plaunt was a saint according to my grandmother who told this story to my mother. Bill would often travel to Sudbury on business and on one occasion he approached my grandmother and asked her to write down the sizes of clothes that fit the children. At that time my grandmother had 8 children. When he went to Sudbury he stopped and had purchased clothes for all the children. To this day my mother still tells us this story of this unselfish man.

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Lindsay January 29, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Virginia would be my great aunt

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LarryB March 30, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Beautiful memory joggers right there. Thank you Andy for sharing!

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