Skootamatta History Project - Tales of Skootamatta

In 2010-12 about 60 History Project forms were distributed in paper format and the form was made available by email and on the SDRA website. To date, we have received and transcribed 34 contributions, which we are now in the process of adding to the site.

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The distribution of responses around the lakes are Hughes Landing Road(12); Oborne Point Road (6); North Shore Road (5); Bible, Masson and Blake Islands (3) Jacques Bay Road (2) Sheldrake Bay Road (2); Henniger Road (2); The Narrows (1). So far there are none from the Upper Lake, Sheldrake Lake and Pringle Lake.

We very much welcome your contributions to this project, so please write an account of your cottage and your family's early and/or recent experiences, preferably with a few photos, and help SDRA make a lasting record for future generations!

You can send us your stories using the Lake Tales Submission Form.

Lake Tales

By Paula Vetere Our property, 72 North Shore Rd. was purchased by my parents, George and Marlene Kojro in 1981.  Much of North Shore Rd. was previously owned by the Ballentynes, and parceled off into several lots and sold. When we cleared out the swampy l…
An interesting story in the Hamilton Spectator that explains how Blake Island got its name: http://www.thespec.com/news-story/5828249-swedes-remember-hamilton-hero-who-died-to-save-his-crew/   For more on this story, see page 7 in the Fall 2015 Edition …
Kay and Don Brundage 274 North Shore Road Anglessea Con 11 Pt Lot 6.7 29R1710 Part 2, 17 Ptshore Rd allow Skootamatta Lake, irreg. We purchased the land in 1978 from Mr. Ballantyne and several mortgage companies. The property (about 1500 feet of shoreli…
Mike , Bruce and Glenn Bible, Lynn, Laurie, and Bessie Burnett Big Island (currently named Bible Island)My Grandfather came to the Lake in the early 20’s. The original cottage, built in the 30’s, burned down. A second cottage, built in the 40’s was not us…
Donald A. Bailey and Hannah J. Bailey 2017 Hughes Landing Road Anglesea Con 11 mpPt Lot 13 irreg. The original owners, Robert and Edna Dunlop, sold it to Frederick David Bingham and Mary Elizabith Bingham in November 1947 who then sold it to us in 1963.…
Eleanor Aass 1397 Jacques Bay Road Our cottage was built in the summer of 1957. We are the original owners in 2012. My brother, Gordon Giffiths was a mining engineer, working for a Toronto based company. This company had hired some prospectors to check …
By Malcolm Stewart The Stewart cottage is situated on 2-acre Masson Island named after the original owners, Thomas M. and May C. Masson, who owned it from 1926 to 1956. The island lies about 50 metres west of the peninsula at the northeast corner of Bible…
By Nancy Kallina The Hughes General Store was the setting for many memories that were formed on the lake. And always central to those memories was Georgina and Stan Hughes. ―The store‖ was there for emergency needs or as the natural destination for lazy…
By Nancy Kallina Sheldrake Bay, on the southwest end of Skootamatta Lake was developed by cottagers in the 1960‘s. However, for over a decade before this, a little white cottage stood alone in what was at that time, primeval forest.Stan Hughes, a descenda…
By Eleanor Grennell June 2nd, 2012 will mark 100 years since Douglas Alkenbrack’s birth. He was born in Rydalbank in northern Ontario near Saulte St. Marie. His father Claude left Southern Ontario to work with his brother Roy in a lumber camp near Rydalba…
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