I’m not quite finished annotation, but here is that aerial photo (finally).
These are the same image, one the way it came, and the second with annotations. The RCAF took the photo in 1966, shortly after we left the farm for the first time. Our second tenancy began in January of 1970 and ended in the summer of 1974.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Photos from Lorraine Nephin-Sadler farm- kitchen ,living room, Lamp from kitchen. beaded by hand by my grandmother
Photos from Lorraine Nephin-Sadler farm- kitchen ,living room, Lamp from kitchen. beaded by hand by my grandmother–The lamp was given to my dad. He had it in his new house. It now hangs in my kitchen.
From Historian Jaan Kolk
Concession 10, lot 16 was the Sadler farm in 1916. J.E. Symington owned Conc. 11, lot 16. Here’s what I found in directories I have covering Ramsay Township: 1884 Fuller directory 10 16 (not found) 11 16 Patrick Lynch 1885 Farmers directory, 1886 Farmers 10 16 John Menzies, J B Menzies 11 16 Patrick Lynch 1904 Farmers directory 10 16 John Kelly and W G F Kelly 11 16 J K Darling, I A Nontell 1916 Vernon directory 10 16 Fred Sadler 11 16 J.E. Symington.
I found newspaper mention of a Fred Sadler of Almonte in 1900; however, the 1904 directory shows him in lot conc. 9, lot 13. Fred must have moved sometime between 1904 and 1916. I found no mention of a Joe Sadler; there was a Thomas Sadler in Appleton, and other Sadlers in other townships. Nancy Anderson mentioned the Sadler farm was 100 acres, and that fits conc. 10, lot 16 as well. The full lots were surveyed 200 acres originally, but as you can see, half of that lot had become part of the town by 1863.
The first bold venture of Scottish settlers of Ramsay upon little-known local waterways was made in 1821 down the Clyde and Mississippi rivers from Lanark village to the falls at the site of Almonte. The boats, made of boards sawn at Lanark, proved fit to survive the rocks of the numerous rapids and the difficult portages of the excursion. The water borne explorers appear to have included Walter Black, James and Thomas Craig, John Downie, James Hart, Arthur Lang, John Lockhart, William Moir, John Neilson, William Paul, John Smith, John Steele, John Toshack and others. It seems that those undertaking boat building at Lanark probably also brought their families to Ramsay in the expedition by lake and river.
As recalled by Arthur Lang’s eldest son, William Lang (1811-1902), their craft were “rough boats build by the men. A good many portages had to be made and it took some days to complete the trip. When coming down Mississippi Lake they stopped at an island, and while preparing a meal a big Indian hove into sight. Fear filled every heart. The late John Steele was equal to the occasion. He seized a huge loaf of bread and presented it to the Indian as an evidence of their friendly intentions. The peace offering was not accepted and the Indian passed by on his way to his camp on another part of the island, paying no attention to them. A night was spent on the north shore of the river above the falls at Carleton Place, beds being spread on the ground.” At the present location of the Almonte town hall shelters were made in wigwam style for use as a headquarters until all had completed the building of cabins on their lands.
Five years earlier the native Indians had been in undisputed possession of the whole region of the unknown Mississippi. The Indians of the Mississippi area are seen in a description of them by the Rev. William Bell, recorded within two months of his 1817 arrival at Perth : “In the afternoon two families of Indians in three canoes came down the river and pitched their tent upon the island in the middle of the village. They were the first I had seen since I came to the place. They had deer, muskrats and various kinds of fowls which they exposed for sale. The deer was small but they sold it at a dollar a quarter – the head with the horns at the same price.
Their canoes were all of birch bark about eighteen feet long and three feet wide at the middle. They had in each canoe a capital fowling-piece and several spring traps for taking game and all the men were armed with the tomahawk. They had all black hair, brown complexions and active well-formed bodies. All of them even the children had silver ornaments in their ears.”
(Five days later:)
“While we were at breakfast the whole band of Indians with their baggage passed our house on their way to the Mississippi River ten miles distant. Each of the men carried a canoe on his head. The squaws were loaded with blankets, skins, kettles, tents etc., like as many asses.” Over the five year period before the pioneers of Ramsay had arrived settlers had located at points along the Mississippi from Morphys Falls and Mississippi Lake up to Dalhousie Lake. Sections still occupied by Indians included those at Mississippi Lake where as then noted by the Rev. William Bell, “some of the islands in the lake are still inhabited by Indians, whose hunting grounds are on the north side and who are far being pleased with the encroachments our settlers are making on their territories.”