Tom Thomson Visits Mowat Lodge and Finds Some Artifacts

My walk on Gilmour Road and to the site where Mowat Lodge once stood. There, I make some unexpected discoveries.

I recommend that you watch the film in its entirety to get the feel of what it’s like to be Tom Thomson’s ghost.

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  1. When Ottelyn Addison wrote her book Early Days in Algonquin Park, she reported that when the Gilmour Lumber Co. abandoned the sawmill at Mowat, some eleven miles of rail was purchased by Colonel J.J. Gartshore. Although Addison reports that Gartshore was associated with the McLary Stove Co. I think she was trying to suggest that the rails were melted down to make iron stoves. It was Lieutenant Colonel William Moir Gartshore that was the son-in-law of John McLary of London, Ontario and president of McLary Stoves.
    Colonel J.J. Gartshore of Toronto was in the business of buying and selling rails, locomotives and cars for use by industry. At the time of his acquisition of the rails at Canoe Lake, he also acquired a warehouse at Mowat, which he filled with canoes, tents and other camping equipment. J.J. Gartshore was also a director of the Toronto YMCA and camping trips by the youth of Toronto was organized by the Y. About 1920 the camping equipment was purchased by YMCA councillor and director Taylor Statten.
    Gartshore’s warehouse at Mowat must have been removed in 1920, the level grounds around the mill site and including the “chip yard” would have been where the lumber from the mill was piled. The fresh sawn lumber was stored up to a year after it was cut. Stacks of lumber were placed with one inch spaces side to side and separated by 3 one inch boards between the layers. Often narrow gauge hand carts were used to carry the lumber from the mill, but standard gauge tracks were also placed beside the lumber stacks for loading the cars. The areas of level ground would be where the lumber stacks were located.

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