1887- Almonte Gazette
A correspondent to the Ottawa Journal says : Three of the residents of Ashton,
Messrs. J. Fry, J. T. Basken and A. M.Craig, while fishing on the Mississippi
Lake above Carleton Place, had quite an exciting chase after a bear in the water
opposite Allan’s Point. It appears that on the 11th inst. about 6 a.m. as the
sportsmen were trolling about a mile-and a-half below the point they spied his
bearship crossing at the above place, and with Basken at the oars, Fry at the rudder and Craig with a Winchester rifle in hand, the boat bounded over the waves until they came within about 150 yards of him.
Then Craig brought his rifle to bear upon bruin and gave him a dose between the shoulder and the head. Bang again twice in the neck, and then the bear gave battle, but two more shots in the head gave him the coup de grace.
After trolling for some time, they towed the animal down the lake to Carleton
Place, and upon telling their adventure they would not be believed, one sport
remarking that a bear had not been seen up the lake for ten years—but “seeing
is believing”—and a visit to the boathouse soon dispelled all doubts as to the
authenticity of their statement.
One feature about the event was that the sports and bear had lodged in close proximity the
night before the adventure.
Bear sightings starting in Lanark County click
Mississippi Lake NWA is also home to a variety of mammals. A small mammal trapping study
documented five species residing in the NWA: Short-tailed Shrew (Blarina brevicauda), Masked
Shrew (Sorex cinereus), Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus), Deer Mouse (Peromyscus
maniculatus) and the Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) (EC-CWS, 1980). The marsh provides
habitat for several species of fur bearers including North American Beaver, River Otter (Lutra
canadensis) and Muskrat (Hamill and Thomson, 2012). Black Bear (Ursus americanus), Red
Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), Raccoon (Procyon lotor), White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus
viginianus), Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) and
Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) can also be found within the NWA (EC-CWS, 2012b; Hamill and
Thomson, 2012; Robinson, personal communication, 2012).
he Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Nov 1895, Fri • Page 3
In a recent issue there was a reference to the bear which Dan Buck, a local hotel-keeper used to have on his premises. Here is an addition to the story of the Buck bear as told by Mr. Thos. Blyth. At night Mr. Buck used to keep the bear in his cellar, over the window of which there was an iron grating.
One night a certain individual was standing outside Buck’s street frontage and on the iron grating. The bear thrust one paw through the grating, and either playfully or otherwise ripped the pants of the man on the grating and scratched the man’s leg.
Not knowing (or not remembering) about the bear, the man got red -eyed and vowed vengeance on what he thought was a man in the cellar. He ran inside the hotel and started for the cellar, taking a lantern along. Some people In the hotel who saw the man go down, called Mr, Buck, but before Mr. Buck could get down, the bear had met the man at the foot of the stairs and a battle royal was in progress. The man was large and strong; ditto the bear. When Mr. Buck got down and drove the bear off the man was a good deal the worse for wear.
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Joe Vinkles at Sharbot Lake. Mike Dobbie sent this photo in to Perth Remembered
There were so many responses about the Bears of Actinolite I decided I had to document it for generations to come. Of course most of today’s folks would not approve of the condition that these bears lived in– but, according to a member of the family she said they knew no other life. Maybe not what you want to hear– but times were different in those days.
Chances are if you ever drove down Highway 7 you have fond childhood memories of visiting those bears in Actinolote. Joe Vinkle had quite a little menagerie in Actinolite at one time, and having lunch at Joe’s restaurant was a treat. I remember the fries and a shake along with the smell of the bears and some say Joe probably never gave those bears a a bath. I don’t doubt it for a second.
Jim Cassidy said that before the bears arrived they gave Joe a fawn that showed up at their home on the Zealand road. That apparently was the beginning of Joe’s mini-zoo. The deer’s name was Nancy who lived a long life, and always responded to her name when the Cassidy family visited. Joe also had a monkey when he owned the service station across the highway. Unfortunately he wasn’t Michael Jackson’s monkey Bubbles and he was deemed a “nasty boy” and bit people.
Buster or Bandy, the two caged bears who in the 1960s were the star attraction at the popular service station and restaurant on Highway 7 near Actinolite called Price’s, or the Log Cabin. People loved to stop in and watch those bears. (Photo almost certainly by my grandfather, J.A.S. Keay)– From-Meanwhile, at the Manse
Jeremy Stinson said his grandparents lived in Norwoods and he remembers stopping at the Actinolite Junction on a trip up with his older brother, and the whole way up his sibling was talking about visiting the bears. But, they had been gone for some time. Maybe a year? This would have been in the early 1980s, but Jeremy had no idea what he had missed, but his brother seemed quite saddened by it.
The bears loved their Coca Cola and ice cream and on their cage the sign actually said something like ‘our favourite foods are Coca-Cola and ice cream’. It was said that sometimes they would drink up to 30 bottles on a hot summer day. I remember them pacing back and forth in the cage and wondered what kind of an existence they had.
The family said they were “rescue bears” The bears were found as orphaned cubs and knew no other life and probably would have died had they not been given homes. So what happened to them? The bears lived into their 30’s and just passed away of old age. Teddy, the first of the bears died first. Of the two bears everyone loved, Buster died first and then Bandy – missing Buster I guess.
The last few times I’ve had the occasion to drive past Kaladar I’ve wondered about those bears among other things that disappeared like The Mohawk Trading Post. If only life had an ‘undo’ button sometimes.
THE LOG CABIN WAS A BUSY SPOT AT THE TIME THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN AROUND 1950. WITH HIGHWAY 7 ESTABLISHED AS A MAJOR ROUTE CONNECTING TORONTO AND OTTAWA, CARS AND BUSES WOULD OFTEN PULL IN FOR FOOD AND GAS. PHOTO COURTESY TWEED HERITAGE CENTRE/TWEED NEWS
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