At The Ojibway, 100 Summers on Georgian Bay began with Michael Douglas’s suggestion that a book might be the best way to mark the Ojbway’s centennial in 2006. Written by award-winning author David MacFarlane with the research gathered by Patti Bunston-Gunn, Rebecca Middleton and Joanna Ruby during an exhilarating 18 month long scavenger hunt.

     Friends from the publishing and literary world offered critical help. Sarah Milroy, Janet Irving, Ann Dowsett Johnston and Helga Stevenson generously stepped in with their wealth of experience. Special thanks to Alastair & Duggan Melhuish, self-publishers of their own Cognashene book.  We are also grateful to the patient and helpful staff of the many institutions we visited.  

     Barb Woolley, with her team at Hambly & Woolley, oversaw the design and production of this elegant book, which beautifully combines text with image and shows the passage of time.

     Our research motto was ‘Never give up!  Never surrender!’ Material was discovered in rare book collections and dusty cottage trunks full of diaries, letters and old photos. To those who lent their precious family archives, thank-you. We hope this book does justice to your treasured memories.  Special acknowledgement must go to Nancy Rogers, who lent the extensive archives of her mother, Ruth MacCuaig. And thanks to Kate Wells, our marketing wunderkind. 

     None of this would have happened without ‘our beloved investors’ who believed in the book from the beginning and supported the project without hesitation. Thank-you especially to John Orviss.

     We hope you enjoy reading At The Ojibway as much as we enjoyed being part of its creation.

Nancy Lang

Additional Researchers:
Gill Cameron, Sted Garber , Doug Hall, Valerie Orviss, Driz Prior, Bill & Wilma Rhodes

Jim & Martha Digby Boyle , Peter & Heather Bryce, Rich & Toby Cavers, Terry & Hilde Clark, Steve Dent & Janet Maclaren. Michael & Maureen Douglas, Stephen & Cathy Griggs, Steve Gunn & Patti Bunston-Gunn, Doug Hall, Neil Kernaghan, Ted & Alice Kernaghan, Bob Kilgour & Sylvia Kemp, Don & Suzanne Kopas, Roger Martin & Nancy Lang, Hugh & Ada Morris, Derek Nelson & Merelyn Shore, John & Valerie Orviss, John & Francie Pepper, Bill & Carol Prior, Emery & Tara Prior, Tim & Gail Regan, Doug & Jane Rowan, Tom & Pam Scoon, Rob & Marg Thorburn

Eunice Abel, Ann Barclay, Barbara Barrett, Irene Bell, Anne Blanchard, Gordon Bongard, Edie Bruckland, Elizabeth Bryce, Peter Bryce, Betty Cameron, Fran Cloke, Mimi Crawford, Eleanor Davis Johnson, Joe and Linda Desmasdon, Ann Doritty, Steven Duff, Norm Dynes, John Evans, Blair Fleishmann, George Garland, Tanis and Noel Gillings, The Gould Family, Jon & Shelagh Grant, Stephen Griggs, Susie Haas Stohn and John Stohn, Doug Hall, Betsy Hall Findlay, Martha Hall Findlay, Lalie Harcourt Park, Ginny Heward, Ruth Kenney, Ted & Alice Kernaghan, Liz Kieser, David Lailey, Tom Lailey, Jean Larsen, Y Leishmann, Walter Lloyd-Smith, Araby Lockhart, Jim Longlade, Patsy Lord, Sally Lovett, Ruth MacCuaig, Sondra MacLennan Cornett, Tanya MacLennan White, Emmaline Madigan & Bill Pugsley, Heather McLaren & Scott McLaren, Bill McCoy, Esther Meerschaut, Kathy Metcalfe, Eleanor Morrow, Bill Mosley, Mary Ortved, Irene Pawis, Frank & Diane Penfold, Joan Penfold, Peter Phippen, Phyllis and John Porter, Alex and Kate Ramsay, Tim Regan, Bruce Reid, Wally and Ruby Reid, Mary Richardson, Joan Roberts, Allan Rogers, Nancy Rogers, Doris Scott, Joyce Scott, Sarah Scythes, Peggy Sharpe, Mary Stewart, Scott Symons, Tom Symons, Bob Thomas, Buzz Thomas, Dick Thomas, Mitzi Thurber, Jim Travers, Roger Warren, Betty Wells, Jim Worts, John Worts, Joy Wright, Jean Veach

Archival materials:
David & Karen Barrett, The Bongard Family, Ginna & Rod Chapple, Hilde Clark, Brad Dean, Michael & Maureen Douglas, Katie Freygang, Ed Garner, Lauren Green, Trevor Haigh, Neil Hayne, Judy Hurlburt, Ian MacLeod & Jane Sheppard, Barry & Rebecca Middleton, Robert J. Middleton, Larry Milberry, Peter Mosley, Robert Murray, Mike Payne, Francie Pepper, Driz Prior, Doug Rowan, Charlotte & Alan Stein, Ted Stevenson, Dave Thomas, Kim Valentine, Cynthia & Denis Watson & family, Peter Watson, Ken Williams, Reid & Mary K. Williams, Sandy and Courtney Williams, Kath Woodward & Rob O’Neale

Ann Wilson, Janet Young

Museums, Libraries and Archives
Gordon Beck, Lloyd Reeds Map Collection, McMaster University, Anna Brennan, Literary Trustee for the Late Dr. Naomi Jackson Groves, Julie Bushnell (Rochester researcher) , Jo-Anne Colby (CPR Archives) Collections Canada, John Dalgliesh (Director of the Ontario Land Registry Office) Don Ellis , Carol Hopp Archives of Ontario (Land, Resources & Cartographic Records) Jamie Hunter, Huronia Museum, Mary Huth and Melissa Meade, Rare Books & Special Collections, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, Anita Israel, Archivist, Longfellow National Historic Site, Susan Jones, Ministry of Natural Resources, Martha Long, The Great Lakes Historical Society, David and Larry Maughen Surveyors, Linda Morita, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kamille Parkinson, Art Archivist, Library and Archives Canada, Laura Peers, Oxford University, Don Price, Greenwood Cemetery, Annik Quevillon, Citizenship Records, Dennis Reid, Art Gallery of Ontario, Apollonia Steele, Special Collections University of Calgary, Laurine Tremaine, Parry Sound Library, Scott Weir, ERA Architects, Pam Woolner, Meaford Museum