Dr. G.W. Howland’s Affidavit of July 17, 1917

Canoe Lake
July 17-17.

Dr. G. W. Howland qualified medical practitioner of Toronto, Ont., Sworn, Said:

I saw body of man floating in Canoe Lake Monday, July 16th, at about 10 A. M. and notified Mr. George Rowe a resident who removed body to shore. On 17th Tuesday, I examined boyd and found it to be that of a man aged about 40 years in advanced stage of decomposition, face abdomen and limbs swollen, blisters on limbs, was a bruise on right temple size of 4” long, no other sign of external marks visible on body, air issuing from mouth, some bleeding from right ear, cause of death drowning.

(Sgd.) Gordon W. Howland,
M. R. N.A.C.P.

TOM THOMSON LIKELY DROWNED

Owen Sound Sun, July 17, 1917

TOM THOMSON LIKELY DROWNED

No Official Confirmation Yet Received but Family Fears Worst, Should Know Tonight

Relatives of Mr. Tom Thomson, the Toronto artist who has been missing since July 8th and whose canoe was found on Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park, received a telegram yesterday containing the information that he had been found. The telegram however does not state whether he is alive, or whether it is his body which has been found, but says only, “Tom found this morning.” Queries were at once sent back but at noon today no reply had been received. His relatives are hoping that Mr. Thomson is safe but they will not know until a reply to their mesage reaches them. Mr. George Thomson, a brother, who was visiting Col.and Mrs. Telford, and who went up to Algonquin Park to search for Mr. Thomson, returned on Saturday night without the slightest clue to what his brother’s fate had been, but the uncertainty will likely be settled by this evening. The family fear the worst, however, as the telephone message, received in a roundabout way this morning gives little hope, but this they will not give up until the answer to the telegram is received.

Telephone Transcript Robinson Bartlett

9:40am July 17, 1917

TRANSCRIPT RANGER TELEPHONE LINE JOE LAKE SHELTER HOUSE ALGONQUIN PARK HEADQUARTERS.

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OFF HOOK

BARTLETT HERE.

ROBINSON, SIR. THE CORONER DIDN’T ARRIVE ON THE THE TRAIN.

WHERE’S THOMSON?

STILL IN THE WATER. THE UNDERTAKERS CAME LAST NIGHT. THEY WON’T DO ANYTHING UNTIL THEY GET THE ORDER FROM THE CORONER.

TELL THEM TO START RIGHT AWAY. HAVE THE DOCTOR DO THE INSPECTION FIRST.

YES, SIR.

GET THE BODY BURIED TODAY. TELL ROWE AND DICKSON TO DIG THE GRAVE.  WE’LL PAY THEM OUT OF PETTY.

YES, SIR. WHAT ABOUT THE FUNERAL CEREMONY?

SOMEONE’S SURE TO HAVE A COMMON PRAYER BOOK. USE THAT. ASK ED COLSON.

YES, SIR. I HAVE ONE. I’D BETTER BE GETTING BACK.  GOOD DAY.

GOOD DAY.

ON HOOK

Regulation Concerning The Transport of Bodies

By order of the Provincial Minister of Health, 1916

The body of anyone who has died of bubonic plague, smallpox, asiatic cholera, typhus fever, scarlet fever or any communicable disease in respect of which the Minister of Health may declare by regulation this regulation to be applicable shall not be transported by railway, boat or other conveyance within the Province or beyond it, unless all orifices of the body have first been blocked with absorbent cotton, the body itself wrapped in a sheet saturated with a strong disinfectant fluid, and the body enclosed in metal or metal-lined coffin or casket that is permanently sealed to prevent its being opened and to prevent leakage.

These provisions shall be carried out to the satisfaction of the Medical Health Officer of the district concerned or other constituted authority, whose certificate to this effect shall appear on the outside of the coffin or casket.

Mark Robinson Journal July 16

Monday, July 16
Morning fine and clear I washed and Baked Bread We spent forenoon cleaning up around and. Mr and Mrs Dougherty called this morning and got Key to look over the Boys Camp at Little Joe Lake.

Charles Scrim reported that Tom Thompson’s body was found in Canoe Lake by Geo Rowe this morning about 9 am.

I reported to Mr. Bartlett over the phone and he wired for the coronor and County Crown Attorney.

Body found by Dr. G. W. Howland, M.B., M.R.C.P. of 538 Spadina Ave Toronto who Directed Guides Geo Rowe and Lowrie Dixon to Body they took same and put it near shore. Later Martin Blecher Jr. and Mr. Hugh Trainor Put Blanket over body and it remained there all day.