The burgeoning town of Hespeler, late
nineteenth, early twentieth century, is the frame of reference for Winfield
Brewster’s book of historical sketches, “The Floodgate : Random Writings of
Our Ain Folk” and, not surprisingly, the cast includes characters from
And on the distaff side, who ever knew a brighter mind than Frances Collins? A better memory?
On the second day of August 1929, she came to see me on some bit of business and when we had finished I got her talking of The Lake, and after she had gone I wrote down a minute of what she told me. From this I quote.
She was born on November 13th, 1846. She said her father bought the farm in
Puslinch in the year 1837 and that he helped haul the stone for the church on
the island. This was done with oxen in winter across the ice. A Father Cassidy owned the land around the
Lake on the north side near where the ruins of the old barn is, back of McArthur’s
cottage and she thinks he also owned the Island and was perhaps instrumental
in getting the church under way.
However, she is not sure of this, but she does know that after the
year 1837 it was built and that her Grandfather attended Mass there before
his death and he died in the year 1841 and was buried at
The priest who seems to have had charge of
the church in building and afterwards, was a priest from
On the mainland, owned by Rev. Father
Cassidy, his brother,
While this Priest, Father Sandelin, was in
charge, he lived at
After Father Sandelin went away permanently,
the church was turned into a hotel by a man named
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