Readers send amazing things, or: Saturday Night in Actinolite

I don’t know what I’d do without the people who read, or at least stumble on, this blog and, via their comments, share knowledge, links and just plain cool stuff. Today alone thanks to commenters I have:

  • Listened to a CBC Radio show about the “prizes” that used to come in cereal boxes (prompted by my post about towels that used to come in boxes of Duz detergent). Can you believe that Quaker Oats once put deeds for one square inch of land in Yukon, setting of the wildly popular (at the time) radio program Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, into their bags of puffed rice and puffed wheat? (Apparently it turned into quite a situation when people tried to claim their property.) You can hear the whole program here, and learn more about that Yukon land situation here.
  • Learned that the rustic wood chairs and tables that were in the old Log Cabin restaurant at Actinolite, Ont., which is just down the road from Queensborough – and by the way those same (or same kind of) chairs and tables are even now used at the Gateway restaurant in Tweed, as I wrote in my post yesterday about the Greyhound buses stopping at the Log Cabin – were made right in Tweed at Rashotte Lumber in the mid-1960s. Very intriguing, and I must look into this further.
  • And the icing on the cake, a link from reader Pat Shannon who saw last night’s post about the buses stopping at the Log Cabin and who sent a link to a priceless YouTube video by the band Cousins of the Moose performing their song Saturday Night in Actinolite. If you haven’t already clicked on the link at the top of this post, do it now! It’s a cute and catchy song about an impecunious young man travelling from Toronto to Nepean, Ont., to see his sweetie and having to take the bus because he is, well, impecunious and can’t afford the train or a car. We hear all about the trip along Highway 7 that I’ve written about so many times, and many of those little towns that I love – Kaladar, Perth, Marmora and most especially Actinolite – make an appearance.

What can I say but – thank you, readers! Please keep sharing those cool things that you know.

4 thoughts on “Readers send amazing things, or: Saturday Night in Actinolite

  1. mazing the memories that you have sparked by your”idle jottings”. Yesterday my Br-in-law (Gordon Pitts) mentioned a restaurant in Toronto called “Actinolite”! Check it out online..

    • Yes, and my trusty copy of Times to Remember in Elzevir Township tells me that before being Bridgewater it was called Troy; that first name change seems to have happened when Belleville-based entrepreneur (and politician, and founder of Flinton) Billa Flint came along and built mills and whatnot there in the mid-19th century. Doubtless somewhere in the book it explains when and why the name was changed to Actinolite, but it’s a funny book, organization-wise, and that information does not (as far as I can see, having given it something more than a quick glance) exist, as you might expect, in the chapter devoted to that village. But there is more to be said about Actinolite – especially since it and Queensborough are the only villages in all of Elzevir Township – and I will get to the bottom of things sooner or later!

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