Photograph from "Life in the Lumbercamps of McLachlin Brothers Arnprior, Ontario" by Charles Macnamara. Photograph shows an alligator tug near Arnprior. Men aboard are George H. Johnson, Alex Dechene and Joe Dechene (maybe).
Photocopy of the original manuscript is available in the Reading Room.
Photo of McLachin Bros. alligator tugs from the manuscript that Macnamara wrote, "Life in the Lumbercamps of McLachlin Brothers Arnprior, Ontario." Caption reads, "One of the alligator tugs in the boom at Arnprior. Men are George H. Johnson, Alex Dechene and (I think) Joe Dechene." The tug is the Amable du Fond.
1. Event recorded: Arnprior Chronicle April 11, 1930, page 6: dam completed at Bell’s Rapids on the Madawaska River.
2. Photocopy of a page from an unknown publication (marked Janet), with a paragraph on the Madawaska River. Largest drainage system tributary to the Ottawa in Ontario (3,300 square miles). From Source Lake in Algonquin Park to Arnprior: over 200 miles. Opeongo Lake, York River, Waba Creek.
3. Colour photo by Peter Hessel of rocky shore near Madawaska Bridge, Arnprior, at low water level (about 1988).
4. Clipping from unknown newspaper of article “Madawaska Abounding With Red Pine”, mostly about logging. The river (180 miles long) descends 1200 feet from Source Lake to Arnprior. In comparison, the Ottawa drops only about 100 feet over its 700-mile course. Quotes advertisement in the Bytown Gazette of July 21, 1836 about the Madawaska and its lumbering potential.
5. Photocopy of short article “The Madawaska River” by Peter Hessel for the Chronicle-Guide’s Weekender Supplement, June 20, 1998. Champlain, spelling, meaning.
6. Colour postcard “View from the Bridge, Arnprior”.
7. Photocopy of article by Alan Rayburn in Canadian Geographic, July/Aug. 1993: “Who’s to blame for mistaken names?” Section on the Madawaska. Cartographic information, spelling, etc.
8. Photocopies of pages 134-135, McNab — The Township by Peter Hessel, re Madawaska River.
9. Clipping of article in Ottawa Citizen, “Conspiracy of Chance”, by Lee Greenberg and Gary Dimmock, dated Sep. 28, 2002. regarding the drowning of two people at High Falls (in a dammed channel of the Madawaska River near Calabogie, on June 23, 2002.
Regarding the meaning of the name, see File “Geographical Names”, a folder personally prepared by Alan Rayburn for the Arnprior and District Historical Society in 1992, “The Geographical Names of the Arnprior Area”.
Bill Graham, Editor of the Madawaska Highlander donated the CD and paper copies in May 2013. Additional paper copies added upon receipt.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of 40 copies of the Madawaska Highlander from December 2003-June 2009 with gaps. The CD version includes all issues from December 2003 - December 2012. This free publication is published eight times per year and covers news items for the area of Black Donald, Calabogie, Burnstown, Dacre, Springtown, Griffith and Matawatchan. In the first edition, editor Bill Graham stated that the newspaper we be "addressing local issues and announcing local events". The content includes historical articles, Municipal news and environmental issues. The Madawaska Highlander has a greater circulation than the former "Highlander" newspaper which was published approximately five times per year.
Collection contains the following issues:
December 2004/January 2005
expected in electronic form annually
Madawaska Highlander website contains links to numerous audio recordings conducted by author Elmer Strong in the mid 1960's about the settlement and lumbering activities of the area. www.madawaskahighlander.ca/heritagerecordings