About

I’m Katherine Sedgwick, and I’m a journalist. In January 2012, my husband, Raymond Brassard, and I bought the house that I grew up in – the former United Church manse in Queensborough, Ont.

My family lived there from 1964 to 1975; my father, Wendell Sedgwick, was minister of the local pastoral charge of the United Church of Canada. We moved in when I was four years old, and we left when I was 15. Those were good years.

The manse (built in 1888) is a great old house, but it needs work. A lot of work. In fact, you could say that Raymond and I have our work cut out for us.

This blog is intended to be both a document of our adventures in renovation and restoration, and a glimpse into the life and times of Queensborough, a pretty and historic little place that is off the beaten track.

It’s a destination.

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    • Wow, James, what a wonderful surprise! Brought back all kinds of happy memories of the Campbellford years. I’m so glad you found the blog, and I most definitely will pass on your coordinates to the gang. We must talk! Big hugs.

      • I’m curious if either of you would entertain a question about the area for me. Do you folks know anything about the Elzevir Creek? I’m looking at some land along the creek and am wondering if the creek could be used as a roadway in the winter for snowmachine to two in supplies. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

        Thank you.

      • Hi Trevor! I hate to say it, but I’d never heard of Elzevir Creek until your note. Can you give me a sense of where it is? If it’s in the Queensborough area (as opposed to a more remote part of Elzevir Township) I can certainly make some inquiries. My direct email is sedgwick.katherine@gmail.com. Cheers, and I hope we’ll be welcoming you to our wonderful area one of these times!

      • Hi, I moved to Eldorado over a year ago and stumbled upon your blog shortly after. I check in once and a while and enjoy reading your posts, it’s great to learn more about the history of the area and the local community. I too have a question I’m hoping you may be able to shine some light on.

        All the history books and people from out of town refer to and pronounce Eldorado “El Dorado”, as it was originally called when the village was founded back in the gold mining days. As I understand, the name was shortened to “Eldorado” when the post office opened but the pronunciation is the same. Every other place or thing called Eldorado or El Dorado is pronounced the same way – like “Colorado”, “Cadillac Eldorado” or “Eldorado Gold”. I hear some locals say Eldorado with a long /ā/ sound, more like “Elder /ā/ do”. So my question is why? Do you know who started to pronounce it that way and possibly when? Any help is appreciated. Thank You.

      • Hello, James, and Happy Easter, and welcome to Meanwhile, at the Manse! (Not to mention the central Hastings County area generally.) You raise a very interesting question, and one I think I need to get to the bottom of. It’s funny: since I was only four years old when my family came to Queensborough, I’ve naturally been calling Eldorado EldorAYdo (long a) all my life, as everyone around here does. But you’re so right that everywhere else in the world where there’s a reference to El Dorado, the a is soft (as it should be in the Spanish that it comes from) and it rhymes with Colorado. I am going to try to do a bit of research into this, but in very short order I am going to throw the question out to the ultimate experts: the readers! I am sure that we will get the answer to this thorny pronunciation question that way. Great to hear from you, and thank you for raising a most interesting local-history question!

    • I’m Busted. Madoc Art Works is a new gang culture hooligans who will connect Madoc venues and local talent to the people here who want to be entertained. The first thing happening is a night of Words and Music at the Hidden Goldmine
      Bakery on Friday, March 27. In these informal Coffee Houses we will pass a hat to make sure that the Artists who are doing the work, and the crew get paid,(at least a little).
      A more formal concert is in the works bringing singer/song writer Ian Tamblyn back to the ArtCentreHasting at the Skate park in Madoc.
      Madoc Art Works is a new thing; If anyone is interested in joining us leave a cryptic poster on a pole. (or contact me through Diane Woodward.com).
      We live here and want an exciting, fun town. we want great musicians to enjoy playing here; we have that great ArtCentreHastings, all we have to do is pack the place whenever someone comes to play and they will come back with their friends.
      I’m a painter, and we’ll get around to doing something in that direction,too.
      Thanks for seeing the signs.
      Colourfully, Diane Woodward

      • This is absolutely wonderful, Diane! (Starting with the great terminology: “culture hooligans” – I love it!) I plan to be on hand at the Hidden Goldmine event on March 27, and I hope that lots of others will as well. This is just a fantastic thing for the Greater Madoc Area (of which Queensborough is a part), and I applaud you and your fellow hooligans-for-a-cause for getting it off the ground. Now let’s make it happen!

  1. Hello, you two! Just wanted to let you know that I am thoroughly enjoying this blog! Love the writing and the anecdotes! Good luck with the project!

  2. Hi Katherine…what a wonderful project…linking your past to your future (while enjoying the present) – how lovely…..

    • Thank you so much, Diane! It is fun (and sometimes revelatory) to do. Revelatory in that thanks to writing the blog I find out new things about Queensborough, and the house I grew up in, and even myself. I just hope people will find it of interest!

  3. welcome back to the village. we appreceiate the info on the church steps. we are now their owners and our children have and do spend time sitting on them. they have wonderful hours of play up there. Hope to meet you soon. We live next to them on the west side.

  4. Welcome back to the village. We enjoyed the info on the church steps. We are now the owners of them. Our kids have and do spend many hours on and by them.They play up there continuously and truly anjoy them.Hope to meet you soon about the town.

    • Thanks and hello, Tom and Joanie! I am so glad to hear that your kids are making good use of those landmark old steps! Actually I think I met Joanie and one of your daughters at the community meeting at the old school a while back. We have met so many new people since our Queensborough adventure began, though, that it is not always easy to remember all the names or attach them to the right faces! But we’re getting there. I hope. I think you are in the house that back when I was a kid was known as Mrs. Barry’s, is that right?

      I can only imagine what fun that little wooded area atop the old steps would be for kids to play in!

  5. Katherine, what a great blog. Having read it at the beginning of your project and just reading it again now, we are so impressed with the history, the stories and the sense of community you are creating for Queensborough. It was a pleasure meeting you as you brought the Christmas Tree in to take its place of honour in the Manse. We hope to connect again soon. Jo-Ann and Steve.

    • I really enjoyed meeting you, Jo-Anne and Steve! (Not to mention Mickey.) I loved that when we were chatting you commented about how there is something “magical” about Queensborough, and how the quiet and the clear air make one forget the worries of the city. That’s been exactly our experience. Our little village is lucky to have folks like you discovering and adding to it. Raymond and I look forward to chatting with you again. Happy New Year to your family here and far away!

  6. Katherine Sedgwick, there is a name I have not heard in about 37 years, Matt holmes here. Grandma and Grandpa Holmes lived right accross the road. I went all through public school with Melanie. I remember well gathering sap with your father (he used to use our bush sometimes when Dad had enough syrop). I look forward to following your progress. Good Luck

    • What a great surprise to hear from you, Matt! I well remember hanging out with you and your sister and brothers back in the day. And yes, those sap-gathering early-spring evenings – were they not the best? I will do a post on that come maple-syrup time, though I desperately wish I had a photo or two of a gang of us kids helping Dad. I hope you saw the post I did yesterday with a photo of your grandparents and your dad and aunt. And I did another one quite a while ago in which I was going on about (of all things) the great sectional couch that you guys used to have at your lovely home. (I realized on re-reading that post just now that I had, unforgivably, left your name out of the list of Holmes kids. I have now fixed it – sorry about that! How could I have forgotten Matt?) I have to tell you, your mother’s history of Elzevir Township (which I was lucky enough to find a copy of) is now one of my most treasured possessions.

  7. I have read a lot, and skimmed the rest of your blog. Four of us, Nancy, Heather, Billy and myself ar in Frankford, Ronnie is up in Thunderbay. It was Nancy who pointed me towards your Blog through a facebook post. I look forward to reading the rest.

    • So happy to have you as a reader (and commenter), Matt! Raymond and I were through Frankford late last summer – first time I’d been there in decades – and I was struck by what a pretty and bustling place it is. Nice place to live!

  8. Hello, I am a new follower. I live in a small town in the Rocky Mountains called Invermere, BC and while I don’t actually own an old house, it has always been my dream. So I guess I will live vicariously through you! I stumbled across your blog when I saw the photo of linoleum which was the same pattern as the kitchen covering in my grandfather’s house. Anyway, I look forward to reading your previous posts and new ones. I don’t know anything about your town, but that’s interesting, too – although you can put my in the “renovators” camp. And by the way, I don’t have my own blog because I know how much work it is – so thanks for sharing! Elinor

    • Hello, Elinor, and a very warm welcome to Meanwhile, at the Manse! I am very honoured that someone from faraway British Columbia is reading about our Manse project in little Queensborough. And I’m always happy to meet a fellow admirer of vintage linoleum! I hope that before too long Raymond and I will have some actual renovation progress to report, though it’s highly likely that for the next while my posts will continue to be far more about living in (at least part of the time) our old house, rather than renovating it. And you know, I think that’s all right too, because just living in an old house can sometimes be an adventure. At any rate, I’m so pleased you’ve taken the time to read and comment, and I hope you find more that’s of interest. Your ideas about what to do in the Manse project are most welcome!

  9. saw your blog , think it wonderful that you are sharing your joys of rural life and times….a belated welcome to the GTA ……Greater Tweed Area. You are now a hinterland whose who.

    • Thank you so much, Richard – and thank you for your great letter to the editor of the Tweed News that inspired my post about old-fashioned partisan-but-respectful politics in Hastings County! Not to mention your Hinterland Who’s Who reference, which really made me smile (even though Raymond, who did not grow up in Canada, had no idea what I was talking about). There’s definitely a blog post in that!

  10. Katherine, my name is Ardith Racey (formerly McKinnon) and I just discovered your blog this morning while looking up information about Hazzard’s Church.I am very interested in local history but got caught up teaching English for years. Hopefully, I will see you at the service on Sunday. Enjoyed your work.

    • Ardith, what an absolutely delightful surprise to hear from you! I hope you found the post (it’s here) on the rock festival, for which the book you co-authored, Way Back When…, was a key source. I have to tell you that in reading through that book I am utterly astounded that you and Garnet Pigden were able to research and write it in one summer. That was a truly Herculean task, and you guys did it so incredibly well. Wearing my journalist’s hat, I was struck by what a fine and thorough and professional job you two high-school students did reporting on the rock festival – better than many professionals could have done! You should be, and I hope are, eternally proud of Way Back When…

      Perhaps our paths will cross at the Hazzard’s service this Sunday? I had fully intended to be there, but some late-breaking complications might get in the way. Fingers crossed, however.

  11. Dear Katherine, I discovered your blog some months ago and have been enjoying it ever since. I live in Thomasburg and our committee here, Thomasburg Beautification Committee, is inspired in part by the wonderful work done in Queensborough. What a pretty hamlet it is! I am writing a short history of Thomasburg to be mounted, with a few old photographs, on the kiosk at the Thomasburg Hall. I have found a number of historic photos at the Heritage Centre in Tweed, but am looking for others. I know you have an interest in such things and I wonder if you have any photos that tell something of the history of Thomasburg.

    Thanks so much for keeping up the blog. It is a wonderful record of life in this corner of Ontario!

    Best, Carol

    • I’m so happy to hear from you, Carol – welcome to Meanwhile, at the Manse! And congratulations on your history of Thomasburg and what sounds like a splendid project. Putting up a marker with a brief history of the village and some historic photographs is a project I’ve been involved with here in Queensborough too (though I’ve had such a busy summer I haven’t had time yet to do my part of the work). It’s a great way to let visitors to the community know something about what they’re seeing. Raymond and I were through pretty little Thomasburg not too long ago and were actually saying that it would have been nice for there to be some information about the village somewhere. There are some lovely old houses that look like they might at one time have been hotels, but how would one know? So I think it’s terrific that you’re doing this!

      I’m afraid I don’t have any direct line on vintage Thomasburg photos, but I cannot recommend highly enough the archives of the Hastings County Historical Society in Cannifton. (I would put in a link to their website but I’m at the Manse tonight with very limited internet access – but just type Hastings County Historical Society into Google and all the information will come up.) They are an amazing outfit and have all manner of county material, from all eras, on file and extremely well-catalogued.

      Please keep me posted on your efforts!

      • Thank you Katherine, I did visit the Hastings County Historical Society, but was unable to find anything that was relevant. I am following up on some of the long time residents of Thomasburg who I understand might have photos.   Carol

  12. Katherine, I have enjoyed following your blog! Your Queensborough posts have brought back many fond memories of visits to my grandparents, Ralph and Catherine Franklin, who lived next door to St. Andrew’s United Church. My grandmother was caretaker of the church for thirty-two years and I can still recall the scent of Murphy’s Oil Soap as she cleaned the church pews! One of my prized possessions is the 1966 Queensboro United Church Women’s Cookbook, which contains some good recipes, but far more important, are the names of the people who submitted them. My grandfather, who was a carpenter, added the Sunday School to the church in 1943. Although Ralph and Catherine passed away many years ago, my sisters and I still visit Queensborough each summer. I wish you continued success and happiness at the manse!

    Regards,
    Shirley (Franklin) Huntington
    Mississauga, ON

    • Hi Shirley – lovely to hear from you, and how nice to have a connection to our old neighbours the Franklins! And oh yes, the Queensboro UCW Cookbook! My mum’s copy is absolutely falling apart and the pages hopelessly spattered and stained; we sure made a lot of those recipes. But you are absolutely right that the real treasure about it is the names. For one thing, there are all those young Queensborough-area women, now long-married and grandmothers, who are there under their maiden names contributing recipes. Just leafing through it takes me back through the years, as I’m sure it does you. It has been a mission of mine since buying the Manse to try to find a copy of that cookbook for myself, and also of some of the other local church cookbooks. They were all the rage in the 1960s, weren’t they?

      Listen, you absolutely must stop in for a visit at the Manse when you and your sisters visit Queensborough next summer! I would love to meet you and swap stories!

  13. Hi Katherine,
    I found your blog when I was looking up some information about Boyd Sullivan the auctioneer. We live on Cooper Road, just south of Queensborough Road in the ‘Blair’ house. I am enjoying reading of your memories – especially the little paint splatters!
    Jan Mason

    • Hello, Jan! What a thrill it is for me to “meet” the owners of that amazing house – which, yes, is “the Blair house” to me. (I even have a very dim
      memory of a very elderly Mrs. Blair.)

    • Meant to add (I’m writing on my phone tonight, which is awkward) that I hope we will REALLY meet you very soon! Would love to hear your stories about your magnificent house. (Got any renovation tips for us?)

  14. Hello Katherine
    We met you last week at the Tweed Library. My husband, Dick, promised to make you a ‘shareholder’ in The Old Diamond Gold Mind at Queensborough. We also have some other documents you might find interesting. Would you please send us your email and mailing address so we can forward this material?

    Thanks,
    Dick and Christine Bird

    • Hello, Dick and Christine! First, before anything else, let me say that I love your blog (readers, it is birdbraindesigns.ca), which I have just discovered thanks to your link here. Your sketches are gorgeous! (And why of why does that beautiful red leather pouch have to be sold out?) You should have told me at the library last week that you were a blogger extraordinaire – I feel seriously humbled to see your artistry and your lovely writing about it. It was a pleasure to meet you both that evening, and I have just sent you an email backchannel so you have a direct address for me. I can’t wait to see those documents and share some good Queensborough-area history with readers!

  15. Hi Katherine! Now, this is interesting….we knew and spent some time with your family in the early 70s in Queensborough. Don’t know if you recalll. I think that the connection might have been either through my Mom, Brenda Hudson, with the Madoc Historical Society, or my Dad, Bob Hudson through the church. I will ask Dad. He remembers everything! 🙂 I, too, moved back to Madoc a year and a half ago and purchased Dr. Beatty’s house on Durham Street. Another life-long project! Glad to see so many of these beautiful old homes being cared for.
    Wendy Hudson

    • Wendy, how absolutely lovely to hear from you! (And my apologies for the delay in replying, but Raymond and I have been on the road.) I remember your mum very well from those days, as a terrific art teacher at CHSS. (I believe that’s how our families got to know each other – your mum and mine were teaching there at the same time.) I believe I still have a bowl that she made. It is wonderful that you have come back to Madoc, and we must get together and compare old-house stories and old-Madoc stories sometime very soon!

  16. I have been looking through your blog. I am searching for some history of my own. Although it wont be in your blog another sight took me there. My father was a united church minister. 1963 to 1966 at Cambridge st united church its while we lived there that I was trying to dig up some information on a Methodist ministers desk. AnywaysI saw your family picture in front of your house. 1967 it struck me right away looking so much like a family photo we have minus my father taking the picture in front of our house in Barrie on. also 1967. Dad spent 50 years in the pulpit at six different churches. Anyhow it was lovely scrolling through.

    Regards Brian Purdon

    • How lovely to hear from a fellow minister’s kid of the same era, Brian! I’m glad you are enjoying my recollections and artifacts of that time and way of life, and can relate to them. Hey, when you say Cambridge Street United – do you mean the one in Lindsay, Ont.? My aunt (my dad’s sister) and her family were, and are, very active in the United Church in Lindsay, so there might be some overlap of experiences there. Anyway, so happy to have “met” you here at Meanwhile, at the Manse!

  17. Yes it is Lindsay. A number of years back15 maybe I had a chance to tour our house in Lindsay it seems a lot smaller than I remember. Been back here living for about a year now and regrettably have not been to church other than to donate a painting my father had of the stain glass at Cambridge st. I really should go before all memories of my past there are gone.

    • You should, Brian! As for the house you lived in as a child being smaller than you remember – isn’t that always the way? When I first visited the Manse after being away all those years, I was quite taken aback at how much smaller the living and dining rooms, in particular, were than I remember them.

  18. Hello. I discovered your blog after seeing that you had linked to my blog, Progress is fine. I’m really enjoying reading about your experiences in restoring your house and exploring the historical area around you. I live just north of Sydenham, and love riding my motorcycle around our county roads, partly in search of grist for my particular mill. You just never know what you’re going to stumble across in our piece of heaven. Tweed is a jewel. Anyway, keep up the good work!

    • Hello, Stephen, and thank you! Your blog is absolutely wonderful. Loved the recent post on the Toronto Telegram – recently Raymond and I were lucky enough to find a copy of the final edition of the Telegram at a vintage/antiques store, and it made for very interesting (and nostalgic) reading. And yes, our shared part of the world – rural Eastern Ontario – really is a piece of heaven, isn’t it?

      • If you’re interested in the book on the Telegram, you’re welcome to it if you’ll cover the postage. I think it would be an interesting read for someone with your background and current teaching position.

      • Hey Stephen – wow, yes, thank you – I would love to add that book (which I expect is relatively obscure all these many years later) to our books-about-the-media collection, and I’d be more than happy to cover the postage and more! I will email you back-channel to arrange. Thanks again – and hey, once again, your blog is wildly, weirdly fantastic!

  19. Loved the article with my Great Uncle Kel-!
    If you have any with Robert Newton or “Kate” Kincaid” – I would love to see them as well !

    • I’m so glad you found it, Elizabeth! I don’t have any memorabilia featuring Robert Newton or Kate Kincaid, but I will keep my eyes open. I totally know who Kate – or Katie, as I often heard people call her – was; she kept the cafeteria at Centre Hastings Secondary School running like clockwork back in the day. (And that meant producing a lot of French fries and gravy.) But Robert Newton? You will have to tell me. Thanks for visiting Meanwhile, at the Manse!

  20. Hey Katherine
    Thank you so much for our very first Christmas card at our new little place in Queensborough (we are your neighbours in the little white house on the edge of town-we call it “Summer’s End”. I love reading your blog, as it makes me feel connected to the community even though we are not able to always be in the area. Just wondering if you, having grown up in the area, would be able to point us in the direction of a decent toboggan hill nearby? Thanks so much, hope to meet up with you soon!

    • Hi Lisa! You’ve inspired my post for this evening, in which I throw out your excellent question about where one might toboggan to the community of the GQA (the Greater Queensborough Area). While I have fond memories of tobogganing here back in the days of my childhood, the main place where we used to do so isn’t an option any more. But I’d like to know what options there are, both for you folks and for when Raymond and I have visitors who might like to take our vintage toboggan for a run or two. Stay tuned!

  21. Hi Katherine,

    A completely unrelated Google Search took me to your December 2012 post about the Christmas-time reading of A. A. Milne’s poetry on CBC Radio. My father-in-law, retired CBC announcer Bob Oxley, is actually alive and very well. I think the announcer you want is the late and much lamented Alan Maitland in his “Fireside Al” role. Interesting blog BTW!

    Regards
    Bill Nesbitt

    • Bill, thank you so much for correcting my unspeakably stupid error – and me a journalist; there’s no excuse! – and offering up a possible (and in fact very probable) alternative identity for the CBC’s reciter of King John’s Christmas. I have corrected my post and included an explanation at the bottom of it. Please express my sincerest apologies to your father-in-law, whose authoritative and distinctive voice I miss on the CBC airwaves. And thanks for visiting Meanwhile, at the Manse!

  22. Hi, Katherine, we’ve been friends for several years now. I administer a FB Group called My Last Name is Kleinsteuber! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyLastNameisKleinsteuber/) which has over 200 members with Kleinsteubers &/or descendants from 7 different countries and speaking 5 different languages. One of our primary components is the German Settlement near Bridgewater (now Actinolite) and my own ancestry there.

    I was gobsmacked (to quote my Aussie friends) this week to receive an email from Lora Senechal, who saw a post and photo in your Blog about the Kleinsteuber Homestead… dated 2013! She is now the owner of that property and has shared a photo of the beautifully restored home that Julius Kleinsteuber (son of John Henry Lorenz Kleinsteuber) built in 1910.

    What a wonderfully small world we live in now!

    • Hi Keith – great to hear from you again, and how fantastic that the new owner of the Kleinsteuber Homestead has made contact via your excellent Facebook site! I am very tickled that a post at Meanwhile, at the Manse was able to play a small part in that. It is indeed a small world!

  23. Hi Katherine! Joe(y) Edwards buggin’ you again. My apologies. Could you possibly help me? I’m trying to find a wonderful old teacher from CHSS who gave me an “undeserved” mark on a final biology exam that helped me earn my OSSD, circa 1969! If he is still alive, it would be an incredible joy to find him and thank him for what he did for me and tell him how much I respect him. His name is Mr. (Carl) Winterburn and he lived in Madoc. An extraordinary teacher! Thanks…..Joe(y)

    • Joe(y), you never bug me – it is always a thrill to hear from you! I know that Wendy has already responded to your query (readers: see next comment), but I think I might have some helpful information. But first I must tell you that I too had Carl Winterburn as a teacher at Centre Hastings Secondary School, and I agree – he was the best! I came across his name fairly recently in sad circumstances: a news story about the death of his brilliant daughter, a doctor, in a car accident in 2012. That story is here, and it says that at the time (October 2013) Carl was living in a retirement home in Napanee.

  24. Hi Joey. I hope that you don’t mind me replying, but I believe that Mr. Winterburn passed away some time ago. His son Dan still lives here in Madoc. I will confirm this with my mother. Wendy Hudson 🙂

    • Hi Wendy! Thank you SO much for your reply! Yes, I thought that Mr. Winterburn would be teaching in heaven by now. What a terrific teacher! If you could get an address where I could write to his son, that would be wonderful. Then I could tell his son what his father meant to me. Thanks, again, Wendy, SO much!….Joe.

      P.S. You can write me, Wendy, at: madocman48@gmail.com

  25. Great, as always, to hear back from you, Katherine! You had Mr. Winterburn as a teacher, too, so you know what a “special” teacher he was. I’ll never forget his unbridled enthusiasm and wonderful sense of humor in class. He, obviously, truly loved his job. Wendy said she would try to get an address to me so I could write to his son. Wendy said that she thought that Mr. Winterburn had passed on. I hope that’s untrue. It would complete my life to tell him “thanks” for what he did for me. Thanks for all your help, dear Katherine. You have connected me with SO many old friends through your terrific blog. Please keep in touch….Hugs from Joe

  26. Oooh, I hope that I have not given you false information about Mr. Winterburn. My dear (elderly and sometimes inaccurate) contacts here in Madoc may have misled me. I will ask Kim Clarke on Sunday for an accurate story regarding Carl Winterburn, and attempt to contact Dan for you. I’m on it, Joey!!!

  27. I did not write down Joe’s email address and can’t seem to locate it here, so….here’s what I have uncovered about the Winterburns: Mr. and Mrs. Winterburn are LIVING in a retirement home in Napanee. Kim Clarke will pass along the address to me (and also for you) so that you may contact Mr. Winterburn, Joe. Sorry about the previous confusion. There seems to be a lot of that around here. :Z

  28. Hello Wendy! You are an angel! I can’t wait to get Mr. Winterburn’s address so I can finally thank him for what he did for me back at good old CHHSS in 1968. I am indebted to you, my dear. I have been living in Beijing, China for the last 9 years. If you ever need a sweet deal on a pair of chopsticks, I am your man….Joe

  29. I can’t seem to find the right spot, but this is an attempt at a reply for James of EldorAYdo!!! Hi James & Katherine. I have wondered about the pronunciation myself in recent years, although not during the time I was growing up in MAYdoc. It seems to be a bit of a HastingsCountyism to insert the long A sound in names that would otherwise be pronounced with a short a. Many local people also call Kaladar, KaladAAr. (difficult to describe). Who knows when this all began?!

  30. Hello Katherine!

    My name is Tim Porter, I am the Artistic Director of Tweed & Company Theatre, and we run a small season of musicals out of the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed. I was informed of your blog as a good potential contact. I would love to connect with you. Please feel free to shoot me an email at info@tweedandcompany.com.

    Thanks Katherine! Let me know what you think,

    Hope you’re well,

    Tim

    • Hi Tim! Great to hear from you here at Meanwhile, at the Manse. As an avid reader of the local press and follower of the local scene, I’m well aware of the fantastic things you’re doing at the Marble Arts Centre, and Raymond and I are very much hoping to attend the next production. It is so important to have a vibrant arts community in any area, and we are blessed on that front here in the central part of Hastings County. The Tweed & Company Theatre is a vital part of that. I’ll be in touch soon!

  31. Hi Katherine,
    My search for an old picture led me to your site. I was looking for a photo of a “Freshie”, that Canadian powdered drink of yesteryear. I found it here: https://atthemanse.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/freshie.jpg
    Would you authorize me to use this photo in our new version of this dictionary (it’s an open access publication): http://www.dchp.ca/DCHP-1/
    We would give you full credit (Photo: your name, and atthemanse.wordpress.com, if you’d like)
    I think your photo would make our “Freshie” entry so much nicer.
    Thanks!
    Stefan
    PS: If you’re interested in the new edition, here is what it will look like. Ready, hopefully, later this year:
    https://www.academia.edu/18967380/How_to_write_a_historical_dictionary_a_sketch_of_The_Dictionary_of_Canadianisms_on_Historical_Principles_Second_Edition

    • Dr. Dollinger, what a surprise (and thrill) to receive a request to use something from Meanwhile, at the Manse in a scholarly publication! Now, granted, the topic in question is Freshie – that ghastly sugary concoction that midcentury mums gave to their kids to keep the peace for 10 minutes or so on hot summer afternoons – but… still! However, I must confess that the image I used in my blog post did not originate with me; would that, in my youth, I had preserved a precious packet of grape Freshie for posterity, but sadly it didn’t cross my mind at the time. That image came from the source of so many good things: the internet. And since no one has raised the slightest concern about my use of it in the almost four years since I did the post in question, I think you are pretty safe in using it yourself, uncredited, in your very cool project to document authentic Canadianisms. Now mind you, if you’d like to credit Meanwhile, at the Manse, I’d be delighted; but it would be intellectually dishonest of me to even think of asking for such credit. As I’m sure you know, one of the best things about the internet is that people (like me) put stuff (like pictures of vintage Freshie packets, or blog posts) out there just so that they are out there and others can enjoy them. Credit should go where it’s due and can be applied, of course, but sometimes it’s just not necessary. Now then: an icy jug of Freshie, anyone?

  32. Newish to area 2001 since flipping a coin in UK and ending up on Queensborough rd – love reading this blog and local history I’m the Brit down the road with the land rovers I knew Alan Ramsay as I bought his old Studebaker truck I took a photo of him next to it as we pulled it out the gravel pit (gave a copy to Bobby)
    Keep this blog up it’s inspiring especially the recollections of that young chap that walked to logging sites returning to the old general store in Queensborough loved that forwarded to me by MK – this needs to be in a book good stuff

    • Hi Dom – I’m so glad that you found Meanwhile, at the Manse (not to mention the Queensborough area), and thank you so much for your kind words! I think the Land Rover thing is very cool; we’ve often wondered as we drove by your place about who might be behind them. And – who knew that Allan Ramsay had a Studebaker truck? Do you still have it? Do you still have a copy of the photo? I’d love to see it (and, with your permission, share it with readers). There are so many great stories about the Queensborough area, and so many interesting people who have lived here over the years, Bobbie and Allan being just two of them. And now you folks too! My mission is to tell as many of those stories as I can. If only there were more hours in the day!

      • Lovely email – just got internet back on will send proper reply ok

        Best wishes and stay warm!

        Dom & Scarlett Perodeau

  33. Hello Katherine –
    I found your blog in a search for Blue Mountain Pottery. How surprised I was to read your about page, as my husband and I are in a somewhat similar situation. We recently moved into my own family home in Southwestern ON–an old homestead with about five acres attached. We too, are working on a largely DIY renovation, as well as dealing with contents (hence the search for BMP). I look forward to reading about your adventures.
    g.

    • Hello, g. – so great to hear from a fellow returnee to a childhood home! Your blog is lovely, and I was particularly struck by this from a post last November: “I feel as though these past years have been an exploration of the nature of memory. In this house where I grew up, many things are familiar, and just as many foreign.” It hits home, so to speak. So are you getting rid of the Blue Mountain pottery, or acquiring some for that perfect period look?

  34. Katherine, I now reside at 71 Doxsee Ave. N., Campbellford. My neighbour tells me that Rev.
    Sedgwick lived here for about 5 years. I am researching the home’s history, but cannot find
    much information. I Found your blog ‘the Campbellford years’, but all I find is a short piece about a a different house, in Queensborough, that has been renovated.I can’t find any info. re
    this Home on Doxsee Ave.N., in Campbellford. Can you tell me anything?
    Cheers Sam Bland

    • Sam, what a happy surprise it was to get this comment from you! Hello from a former resident of your home!

      My family lived at 71 Doxsee N. for 11 years, from the summer of 1975 to the summer of 1986. We moved there from Queensborough when my dad took up duties as minister of the United Church’s Seymour Township pastoral charge (with churches at Hoard’s Station, English Line, Stanwood and Petherick’s Corners, that last now the site of the Church-Key Brewery). The house was the manse that came with the pastoral charge, and I believe remained so for at least one minister, maybe more, after my parents moved. (Dad then became the minister at the Welcome pastoral charge outside Port Hope.)

      I visit and pass through Campbellford fairly often, and whenever I drive by your place I am impressed with how great it looks. The owners who have had it in the years since it was a manse have done some really nice things to it. It was a fine old house when we lived there – no complaints – but church manses tend not to have a lot in the way of upgrades or renovations done to them, because churches are always short of money. In the case of the Manse here in Queensborough where I now live again, all these years later, that has been a blessing; a lack of renovations over the years means that there’s not been much ill-advised decor and “improvements” to get rid of.

      I’m afraid I don’t know much of anything about the history of 71 Doxsee N. Prior to my family living there, it was occupied by The Rev. Gordon Whitehorn, a bachelor who was the minister of the Seymour charge for more than 20 years. But if you’d like any recollections of the way the house looked in the mid-1970s, I’m your gal! Let’s just say there was a lot of wood panelling.

      I’ll confess that I would love to see the inside of that house once again. I have a lot of happy memories of that place, and I hope and trust it has been good to you.

      Thank you so much for making contact. You made my day!

  35. This video opens with Raymond Brassard at the
    wheel of ‘Floyd’ in the Grand Prix de Rouville (1967).
    Raymond won the race against Steve that day.

    • This video is amazing! Thank you so much, LoverBoy! Raymond has talked often of his first summer in Quebec, working at the Domaine de Rouville campground in the summer of Expo 67, but who knew there was a bit of a video record of that? He didn’t, that’s for sure. He confirmed that it is indeed him behind the wheel of Floyd the VW Beetle. And he was absolutely delighted! Are you by any chance the “Steve” who came second in that race? You can reach Raymond directly at brassard.raymond@gmail.com. Thank you again for bringing a huge smile to our faces!

  36. Hi; I am interested in any information concerning Wallace Kincaid. My Martin family were from Queensborough. Wallace Kincaid was a son of Julia Ann Martin known as Annie that married Wallace Kincaid. Does that old house still exist?

    • Hello, Bonny! What a wonderful surprise to hear from someone connected with the late Wallace Kincaid, who is well-remembered in Queensborough as a quiet and kind gentleman and whose family’s roots run deep here. (Presumably the son of the Julia and Wallace Sr. Kincaid whom you mention.) Yes indeed, the house he lived in as a rather elderly bachelor, next door to us at the Manse when I was a kid growing up here, is still standing. And in fact, my husband, Raymond, and I bought it last year. It’s very bare-bones (no plumbing, electricity or heat), but it’s a great old house full of history and we are proud and happy to own it.

    • Joe(y), I am quote sure that Walter Kincaid would be a connection of my long-ago-at-the-Manse neighbour Wallace Kincaid, since it’s likely that all the Kincaids in the Madoc/Queensborough area descended from the same family (about which you can read more here, thanks to my journalism colleague Keith Kincaid). But Wallace was a bachelor to the end of his days, so the closest your CHSS friend Walter would be would, I imagine, be cousin or nephew. Hey, speaking of CHSS, this weekend I got my hands on a yearbook from 1972. What a trip!

  37. Hello Katherine

    It’s been a while since I last emailed you and sent you the Jock Carroll book on the Toronto Telegram. I fully intended to go for a motorcycle ride up your way, but unfortunately, soon after your last email, I experienced a significant health problem which has kept me off of the saddle.

    Anyway, I have unearthed another Canadian newspaper history book you might like, if you’re still interested in this topic: Jock Carroll, The Life and Times of Greg Clark, Canada’s Favorite Storyteller. Doubleday Canada, 1981. It’s a hardcover with a number of interesting B&W photos. I’m not in a position to get it to you personally, but I could mail it if you’d cover the postage costs. Let me know if you’d like me to go ahead with this plan.

    I check in on your blog from time to time. I hope you’re still enjoying your new bicycle.

    Stephen

    • Hi Stephen – great to hear from you! I’m sorry to hear about the health problems, but I hope and trust you are on the mend and will be back in the saddle again soon. That Telegraph book you sent was a wonderful trip back in time, especially for longtime newspaper folks like Raymond and me. The book about Greg Clark I think I already have – picked up at a library book sale a while back, I believe. Now, if I had to figure out where exactly it is in our huge and not-yet-organized collection of books, I’d be hard-pressed to do so – but I’m quite sure it’s there. I well remember the time when Greg Clark was Canada’s favourite storyteller – but my goodness, it’s getting to be a while ago, isn’t it? All very best, and I hope to meet you in Queensborough one of these times!

  38. Hi so nice to meet you. I am moving to queensborough from Belleville with my small family of 3. So excited to meet local folks. Was wondering if we could exchange emails. My husband and I both work in Belleville and commute.

    • Hello, Lisa – how delightful (and exciting) to hear from a soon-to-be Queensborough resident! I am sure you and your family will love living in this beautiful part of the world. I will email you backchannel and we can share lots of information. Welcome to the neighbourhood!

      • Sounds exciting! You can get me @ lisa.alkenbrack@gmail.com thanks for the warm welcome. I’m so excited to be a party of a small community where people know each other. I grew up in Brighton and lived in a lot of metropolis areas before craving smaller towns. I settled for Belleville then realized even that felt big. Hard to imagine Belleville felt too large after living in Los Angelos!

      • Hi Lisa – now that we’ve exchanged emails, I just want to formally say here: Welcome to Queensborough! I am sure that you and your family will love the peace and quiet, and the neighbourliness, of our beautiful little part of the world.

  39. Thanks so much Katherine! I am absolutely excited. It’s a real pleasure to make your acquaintance. Once all the busy making settles I am sure it will be lovely! Since the last folks used the place as a cottage there are a lot of things to do… Apparently, there is no mail set-up which I just discovered! (Of course, murphy’s law, I discovered this tidbit after calling all of my companies etc.) So many little things to sort out. Its a lot of work but I know it will be worth it. I can’t wait to arrive, and just breathe a while, and soak in the beauty!! 🙂 It is such a picturesque place!!! 🙂

  40. Katherine, i came across a few posts you shared a few years back regarding Wilson ginger ale. I have just started collecting wilson bottles ect and saw you had came across a bunch along the way.. My late grandfather worked for wilson back in the 50’s/60’s/70’s, which is why have started collecting to keep him close in memory.. if you have any wilson stuff you may be looking to sell please contact me turtona@hotmail.com.. I live in the Brighton area!!

    • Hi Andrew – so great to hear from someone with a connection to good old Wilson’s ginger ale, and someone not far from Queensborough too! I think all I have in the way of Wilson’s stuff is a couple of bottles, part of my small collection of soft-drink bottles from the era of my childhood years. If I come across any other material I will be sure to let you know!

  41. Wow! I happened upon this blog today when I was doing some background research on my grandmother, Gertrude LeRoy Miller.

    I have photos of us playing together outside that home! I had no idea you had purchased it.

    Congratulations! I look forward to reading more about your adventure.

    • Donna, I am absolutely thrilled to hear from you! It has been a long, long time. I have fond memories of summer get-togethers in Wilberforce when we were both ever so young. And I would love to see those photos of us at the Manse back in the day! I hope that the time between our next get-together might be measured in months, rather than the decades it has been. So glad you found me!

  42. I have been, sadly, following your story of trying to keep your school open.

    I think we just lost the public school in our community (at least that was the recommendation of the senior team at the board office).

    It destroys communities. There must be better solutions. Much of it, I think, rides on a flawed idea of what school is, or what school could be. If we colour outside the lines in our thinking about ‘school’, we can create community learning spaces for everyone, where intergenerational learning is supported.

    Some reading for your spare time: http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/docs/stopstealingdreamsscreen.pdf

    Keep fighting for your community.

    • Thank you for the words of encouragement in our local fight to keep our school, Donna, and my condolences if the one in your community is indeed to be closed. I absolutely agree that this whole mess is in large part because of a failure, mostly by Toronto-based politicians and bureaucrats, to understand what a school means to a small community. And not only what it means in the present, but also what its potential for that community, and the children in it, can be if we do indeed, as you put it so well, “colour outside the lines.”

  43. Just discovered your blog … doing genealogy research only to learn of a connection to the former Burris School and Madoc (my great Grandfather was Jackson Burris who owned 200 acres on Concession VI, lot 11 … the current site for the Madoc Township Public School.

    • Hello, gpolan! My apologies for the slow reply; vacation, you know. I believe (thanks to good old social media) that you may have connected with Grant Ketcheson of the Hazzard’s Corners area, who is also a Burris descendant, I think, and knows pretty much everything there is to know about local and family history. Good luck with your research, and I hope we’ll see you in our area one of these times!

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