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Missanoga Rock? Bon Echo Rock? Mazinaw Rock?–THE CANOE TRIPS TO THE ROCK 1895 and Ontario’s Answer to the Overlook Hotel

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Missanoga Rock? Bon Echo Rock? Mazinaw Rock?–THE CANOE TRIPS TO THE ROCK 1895 and Ontario’s Answer to the Overlook Hotel

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Owen Sound Sun
Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
16 Nov 1917, Fri  •  Page 11

I wrote an interesting story about a Lanark Cave a few months ago Mystery of the Lanark Cave — Lanark Village and this week I came across stories of a cliff rock with Indigenious markings called Missanoga Rock and could not find much about it– so I started to dig more.

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The Menasha Record
Menasha, Wisconsin
28 Feb 1920, Sat  •  Page 4

It seemed it was called Missanoga Rock, Bon Echo Rock was Mazinaw Rock. Even in the history of the rock called the Gilbraltar of Canada there was mention of it being called Missanoga Rock. But it was, and even the Bon Echo Lodge called it that. In my confusion I had no idea as I had already written about the Mazinaw Rock–read Where Was Meyers Cave?

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The Washington Post
Washington, District of Columbia
10 Jun 1910, Fri  •  Page 14

The history goes that Missanoga Rock/Mazinaw Rock rises 330 feet from the placid surface of Ontario’s Lake Mazinaw. This majestic rock has lured travelers for centuries, beginning with the Algonquin Indians who, on this rock, documented pieces of their lives, some hundreds of years ago. So we know In total, the Algonquins painted over 260 pictographs on this rock, using red ochre, a natural mineral, mixed with animal oil–creating the largest collection of its kind, in Southern Ontario. Mazinaw comes from “Mazinaabikinigan-zaaga’igan,” meaning “painted-image lake” in Algonquian– and I fear we will never know why it was called Missanoga.

In 1880, 1892, and 1895 a few local private journeys were made to Missanoga Rock. In those days it was so renowned and any journey was documented in the local newspapers. The gentlemen on one exhursion in 1892 were not believed, and the newspaper reported the local gossip that “they probably only made it as far as Innisville and camped out in the Innisville Hotel.”

1892 Carleton Place


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Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
06 Sep 1892, Tue  •  Page 8
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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
02 Oct 1895, Wed  •  Page 1

Sept 11,1895- Party of Caldwell and Drummond

THE CANOE TRIP TO MISSANOGA

Part 1- Sept 11 1895

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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
11 Sep 1895, Wed  •  Page 3

18 Sep 1895Part 2

Meyer’s Cave is mentioned here and the search for gold-Where Was Meyers Cave? and Meyer’s Cave — John Walden Meyers

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September 25,1895Part 3 They reach the rock–

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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
25 Sep 1895, Wed  •  Page 2

Was this the Joe Baye he was talking about? Joe Baye — Donna Sweeney Lowry

There is also a massive fading tribute to Walt Whitman etched into the rock.

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The Edmond Sun
Edmond, Oklahoma
30 Oct 1919, Thu  •  Pag
The Weekly British Whig
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Mon, Aug 18, 1919 · Page 6

Bon Echo Inn

 Flora MacDonald Denison, an Ontario-based inn owner called The Bon Echo Inn had her favorite poet’s words etched forever into a granite cliff. Mac-Donald-Denison decided to model her quiet piece of paradise after the spiritual humanism and democratic idealism of her poet hero, Walt Whitman. She started The Whitman Club at the inn and a small number of people in the Canadian arts world began to see Mazinaw Lake as a retreat.

In the sultry summers of the 1920s, however, bohemian holidayers from Toronto, controversial young artists like Arthur Lismer and A.Y. Jackson, emerging authors, influential journalists having frolicked for some days or weeks in a rustic idyll beneath the great Mazinaw Rock at Bon Echo would converge on what was then Tweed’s Orange Hall to stage one of Merrill Denison’s “rollicking” entertainments.

It took a full day to make the 55-kilometre trip from Bon Echo. The amateur thespians would squeeze into Denison’s McLaughlin Buick for the bone-bruising drive along a dirt road (now Highway 41) to Kaladar where they’d catch a train to Tweed. The merrymakers would mount a quick rehearsal in the Orange Hall auditorium before bedding down in a local hotel.

There are old CBC radio Interviews with Merrill Denison speaking about the bygone days of the Bon Echo Inn and about the curious mysticism that surrounded the place (there are references to seances and ghosts etc) . When I saw clippings of the register I realized that these guests were the very best of the Canadian arts society. I think occultism was much more a part of the mainstream arts culture back then. It kept reminding me of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining…read-The Devil’s Telephone? The Ouija Board or Strange Stories from the Past

Denison was already a successful Toronto business woman when she took over ownership of the Bon Echo Inn in 1910. An early feminist Denison had started the Canadian Suffrage Association with a number of like-minded female activists, and was also a staunch proponent of the arts, especially writing. When she and her husband took over the Bon Echo Inn, she turned it into a haven for artists and thinkers, a quiet place in the Ontario wilderness where they could work and relax. Read more here click

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The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
21 Aug 1918, Wed  •  Page 5

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The Daily Standard
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
14 Jul 1926, Wed  •  Page 3


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The Kingston Whig-Standard
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
23 Jul 1925, Thu  •  Page 1


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The Weekly British Whig
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
30 Jul 1925, Thu  •  Page 7–Ruth Scripture moved to England from Toronto and died in 1935 in the UK

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The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
14 Sep 1936, Mon  •  Page 2
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The Daily Standard
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
14 Jul 1926, Wed  •  Page 3

Mystery of the Lanark Cave — Lanark Village

Where Was Meyers Cave?

Meyer’s Cave — John Walden Meyers

THE CAVE AT POOLEY’S BRIDGE STORY

Historical Caves — Pelissier’s Caves

Snow Road Adventures- Hikes in the Old Cave — From the Pen of Noreen Tyers of Perth

So Where Were the Caves in Carleton Place?

Now You see it, Now You Don’t: The Disappearing and Reappearing of the Tim Horton’s Subterranean

Dr. G. S. Howard of Carleton Place — Just Call Me Master!

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One thing always leads to another researching things about Carleton Place. From one advertisement found, comes a mountain of deceit, a man sued for libel, and one of the biggest frauds ever tried in the Dominion of Canada. All this from one local man who made medicine and religious quackery his forte, and was also into green silk robes.

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Dr. Granby Howard was said to owned a vast amount of land in Canada, yet he lived in a home owned by Mrs. Wilke. Surprisingly as I dug deeper, he lost “his” home in the great Carleton Place fire of 1910. Howard Morton Brown thought he was a bit of a  blowhard and said the following:

Dr. Granby Howard, who claimed to have been descended from one of the original 13 Barons of England, was a big man, soft spoken, and used to relate to me about his turkey hunting trips in the U.S.A.  He had a law suit with the Montreal Daily Star and lost.  The Star published a pamphlet about him and distributed it to the householders of Carleton Place.”

He was a staunch Conservative, Orangemen and a friend to Dr. Preston(No Dr. Preston No!). At first I thought his cream for piles was the subject of the Montreal Star Pamphlet war. But it wasn’t! It was much more than that!  Howard began a new religion consisting of thoughts of  Brahmanism, Eastern Philosophy and Christianity. There was also a great deal of balderdash about the rites and ceremonies. The man of mystery was known to his converts as “the Master”-The Sage of Aru. He also carried a sword to slay the Elements. Apparently those “little elements” crawled into select local folks and horses. Howard ran into a great deal of trouble with the local clergy as he used a wee bit of the occult sciences in his ceremonies. What am I saying? He was in lock, stock and barrel. And I talked about our local Masons. Geesh!

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Anyways, he embezzled a few people around the area and then took his dog and pony show to St. Louis, Mo.for a spell to see what coffers he could conjure up there. Actually, it was stated his strong hypnotic influences helped sway the townsfolk. One particular American woman was not happy he relieved her of thousands of dollars. After he could not be extradited to the United States the Montreal Star went after him. Phamphets of his dirty deeds done cheap flooded every single home in Carleton Place courtesy of the Montreal newspaper.

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He was a deceiver of women (including his wife) He extracted money for his pockets by the wiles of his mysteries. Standing over 6 feet tall, with a grand bear and occasionally sporting a turban G. S. Howard– The Sage of  Aru/Carleton Place definitely created the crime of the century in our town. Fasten your seat belts-we’ve only just begun- it’s going to be a bumpy ride as Bette Davis once said.

Thanks to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum who dropped everything to help me today and had me spellbound within seconds.