In doing research this morning I came across a mention of Joseph Doherty from our area who had the misfortune to lose his eyesight while blasting in the bed of the Mississippi River at Pakenham. The accident left him severely handicapped, but not daunted. Mr. Doherty opened a local singing school in which he was very successful.
In fact for many years Joe led the choir at St. John’s Anglican Church (Boyd’s) in Innnisville. The ministers came to Boyd’s from Carleton Place and at one time Balderson.