Head, Clara and Maria Local History
Bissett Creek, Ontario

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Bill McIsaac Holding his Catch
ImageMysteries:    Bill McIsaac poses in front of his log cabin with the five fish he has caught. Bills parents were Mary (nee. Poitras) and John McIsaac, married in Mattawa in 1871. According to Marion Sheedy's (2005) unpublished Autobiography entitled, Growing up in Bissett Creek, the McIsaacs were the first...
Tooley's House on Bissett Road
ImageMysteries:    The Tooley family garden is in the foreground and their house is in the background. A boy stands at the edge of the garden. This picture was likely taken in August or September. This time of year is indicated by the height of the corn on the right side of the picture.
Bissett Creek Hockey Team
ImageMysteries:    Six boys (of various ages) pose for their team picture. A hockey stick was thrust into the bottom right hand corner of the frame when the picture was taken. Back Row (Left to Right): Malcolm Tooley, "Fats" Boulay, Leonard McIsaac. Front Row (Left to Right): Ken Tooley, Romeo Boulay, Stanley...
C.P.R. Mail Stand, Bissett Creek 
ImageMysteries:    Two young ladies pose on the C.P.R. mail stand situated next to the Bissett Creek Station House. The mail stand was a popular place to have ones picture taken. There are at least three photographs in the Head, Clara and Maria archives of locals posing on the mail stand. In this picture, Alvirna...
Elsie McIsaac 
ImageMysteries:    A toddler sits on the porch roof of a house near the Pembroke Mattawa Road now known as Trans-Canada Hwy 17. Elsie McIsaac is Bill McIsaac and Mary (Meme) McIsaac's Daughter. Her brother is Stanley McIsaac who is featured in the Bissett Creek Hockey picture.
Fire Tower at Bissett Creek 
ImageMysteries:    Construction of the Fire Lookout Tower at Bissett Creek. The three individuals in the photograph are unknown, but it is believed they may be the Lands and Forestry employees who built the tower. The Fire Tower was believed to be 50 feet high. Stanley McIsaac recalls building a Fire Tower on the...
Lita Therrien Interview 
AudioImage  February 17, 2005  This Audio interview was recorded in the home of Lita Therrien on February 17, 2005 and discusses her McIsaac and Pellerin ancestors in Bissett Creek.
Stanley McIsaac 
VideoImage    Video Interview taped in Chalk River Ontario. Stan describes what life was like growing up in Bissett Creek Ontario and shares information about his family.
First Post Offices Traced 
TextMysteries:  Mrs Carl Price, First Post Offices Traced, North Renfrew Times, Unknown  The early history of Renfrew County is traced via the First Post offices and the railway.
Bill McIsaac's Three Daughters 
ImageMysteries:    Three young ladies pose on a saw horse in front of Bill McIsaac's house. Left to right: Vivial Tooley (Bill's adopted daughter), Elsie McIsaac (bill's daughter) and Irene Tooley (Bill's adopted daughter).
Bill McIsaac Residence 
Image    A young lady holding the family dog, poses with her mother and little sister on a saw horse in front of the family home. Vivian Tooley (holding dog), Maime McIsaac, Elsie McIsaac.
J.K. O'Brien PP Announcements: Mackey, Stonecliffe, Deux Rivieres, Bissett Creek (ca. 1946 to 1951) 
Text  May 1946 to August 1951  Records kept by Rev. J.K. O'Brien PP for Stonecliffe, Bissett Creek, Deux Rivieres and Mackey from the St. Narcissus Parish Mackey, and later from the Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Stonecliffe.
Elaine Ferrill Interview 
Video    Interview of Bissett Creek resident, Elaine Ferrill.
Woman and Child From Bissett Creek 
ImageMysteries:  August 1962  A woman and a boy pose in front of a car. People believed to be Madelyn and Dwight Thomas.
Spencer Family, Bissett Creek 
Image  Early 1900s  Spencer family portrait beleived to have been taken at the turn of the twentieth century. Back Row: Joe and Edith Spence with Nina, Bill Tooley with Vivian, Mrs. Tooley, Elaine Spencer, Bill McIsaac, Mrs. Louos Spencer, Louis Specer, Hazel McIsaac. Middle Row: Raymond Spencer, Mac Spencer, Walter...
Spencer Family, Bissett Creek c.1918 
Image  1918  Picture of women and children (7 total) standing alongside a homestead. Back Row, Teacher Miss M. Donner, Raymond Spencer, Frank Spencer, Mrs. Loui(s) Spencer. Front Row: McCarthy (Mac) Spencer, Elaine Spencer (m. Ferrill), Louise Spencer.
Area Township Wants Wildlife Interpretive Centre
Text  Pembroke Daily Observer, February 15, 1970, p. 10  10 The Pembroke Observer Friday, February 13, 1970 Area Township Wants Wildlife Interpretive Centre MACKEY (Special) -- A resolution was passed at a recent council meeting of the Township of Head, Clara and Maria, that preference be given to the town¬ships when a decision is made ...
Irene Clouthier 
Video  2005  Video interview with Irene Clouthier recorded when she was 91 years old.
Vivian Pichette Audio Interview December 2005 
Audio  December 9, 2005  Audio of an interview done with Vivian Pichette, a long time resident of Bissett Creek, on December 9 2005.
Vivian Pichette Video Interview January 2006 
Video  January 27, 2006  Video interview of Vivian Pichette (neé Tooley) recorded on January 27, 2006. Vivian discusses family, life in Bissett Creek, Bill McIsaac, and her memories of raising a family.
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Bissett Creek, Ontario

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