Head, Clara and Maria Local History
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CPR Steam Train 
ImageComments:Mysteries:    Steam train pulling train cars.
The First School House at Bissett Creek
 
ImageMysteries:    A lone figure stands in the entrance of Bissett Creek's first schoolhouse. It's a Winter scene. The small structure in the white pines to the right is the outhouse. The Ottawa River lay just behind the hill in the background of this picture. The schoolhouse was replaced by a new one room...
C.P.R. Handcar, Aylen Siding 
ImageMysteries:    Maintenance workers for Canadian Pacific Railway near Aylen Siding pose on a handcar. The individuals in this photograph are unknown. Maintenance workers used to travel up and down the rail lines on handcars to maintain and repair the track when necessary.
Pellerin's House, Bissett Creek 
ImageMysteries:    The Pellerin family poses in front of their homestead. Back Row (left to right): John (Jack) Pellerin (also in McIsaac Old Place picture), Helen (Nellie) Pellerin Lomas, Maggie Pellerin née McIsaac, Bill Tooley, Bill McIsaac, Florence McIsaac, Hazel Pacholzuk, Charles Pellerin (Patriarch). Middle...
Jack Fisher on the Ottawa River 
ImageMysteries:    Jack Fisher Stands in his canoe on the Upper Ottawa River.
McIsaac "Old Place", Bissett Creek
 
ImageComments:Mysteries:    Four generations of the McIsaac family pose in front of the family homestead. Spring time. Back Row (Left to Right): Jenny McIsaac (Jimmy's wife), Willie Pellerin (Maggie & John's son), Mary McIsaac (Family Matriarch), Maggie Pellerin née McIsaac, John (Jack) Pellerin, Mary Pellerin (Maggie &...
All-In-One Stonecliff 
ImageMysteries:  Early 1920s  Photograph of main Street Stonecliffe in the 1920s. Railway tracks cut through the bottom left hand corner. The general store is in the foreground, next to it is St. Zephirin's church, to the left of the church is the C.P.R. section house and partially cut off on the left hand side is the train...
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).
Bridges at Bissett Creek 
ImageMysteries:    Road bridge and rail bridge crossing Bissett Creek. This is a unique spot because four different levels of transportation (boat, car, train and plane) could be in this spot at once.
Mr. And Mrs. Jack Fisher 
ImageMysteries:    Couple Stands on the step to a store. This photograph looks like it was taken of a picture in a newspaper. The Fishers used to host parties and dances in their cabin on what locals called Fisher's Island. The couple likely had squatters rights to the land. The couple is believed to have moved to...
Mike Simond 
ImageMysteries:    Profile of Mike Simond The story goes, that Mike Simond was drinking at the McKechnie's hotel one night and he died when he walked out the fire escape thinking it was the bathroom door. He worked for Joan Charbonneau's father.
Logan Family 
ImageMysteries:    Family sits on the porch outside their home. Back Row: Debbie Logan, Curtis Logan. Middle Row: Dickie Stewart, Maynard Logan, Jack Logan, and Earl Stewart, Randy Logan, Harold Logan, Linda Logan, Jean Logan.
Mrs. T Lalonde 
ImageMysteries:    Mrs. T. Lalonde stands next to the brick section house as the engine of a train goes by.
Bertrand and Tait's 
ImageMysteries:    Two men in hats with a young girl between them. Bill Bertrand, Eva Tait, Alfred Tait.
Children of Stonecliffe 
ImageMysteries:    Five children, three girls and two boys pose for the picture. Ann Larochelle, Stella Larochelle, Cora Logan, Albert Stewart, Edwin Stewart.
Chamberlain Residence 
ImageMysteries:    Boy on wood pile on left hand side of photograph, Three adults, two girls and boy in front of his mother. House in the background. Boy on wood pile unknown. Mrs Bill McIsaac, Ken Tooley, Mrs. Mary McIsaac, Frank Chamberlain, Irene and Vivian Tooley.
Pete Coutoure 
ImageMysteries:    Man, looks like he was photographed walking out of the frame, turns to look at the camera. Pete Coutoure lived by Grant's Creek. Sophia Rousseau shares stories bout him in her video interview.
Residence of Alex Pichette 
ImageMysteries:    Garden in the foreground, framed house in the background.
Fire Tower at Deux Rivierés 
ImageMysteries:    Man standing on top of the fire tower at Deux Rivierés.
Myrne Grawbarger sitting on the steps of Gardiner's Ice Cream Parlour Deux Rivières 
ImageComments:Mysteries:  Spring 1926,   Myrne Grawbarger sitting on the steps of Grawbarger's Ice Cream Parlour, Deux Rivières
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...
Train at Deux Rivierés 
ImageMysteries:    Box cars on the railway tracks in the winter. The Laurentian hills on the Quebec side are visible in the background. The Ottawa River has not frozen over in the photograph.
Honour Roll: Members of St Lawrence' s Parish, Deux Rivières, Who Enlisted with Canada's Fighting Forces
 
TextComments:Mysteries:    Document lising the members of St Lawrence' s Parish, Deux Rivières Ontario, who enlisted during World War I and World War II. The Head, Clara and Maria Veterans Project is seeking photographs of the following veterans: Beaudry, Arthur; Cotnam, Gerald; Dunlop, Edward; Kitts, Gerald; Kitts, Roy;...
View of Deux Rivierés 
ImageComments:Mysteries:    A road stretches off into the distance. It is late fall or early spring because there are no leaves on the branches.
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.
Fishing on the Ottawa River 
ImageComments:Mysteries:    A Bissett Creek family fishes from exposed bedrock on the Ottawa River. The woman in this picture has been identified as Vivian Pichette and the man has been identified as Stanley McIsaac. The boy is believed to be a Dufoe. These rapids, north of Bissett Creek on the Ottawa River, disappeared in...
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...
Aerial Photographs, Upper Ottawa River c. 1938, 1939 
ImageCollectionComments:Mysteries:    Aerial Photographs of the Ottawa River in Head, Clara and Maria Township. These photographs are from the National Air Photo Library/Phototheque Nationale de l'air Series of photographs taken in 1938 or 1939. The Photographs were reporduced with the Permission of Natural Resources Canada 2009,...
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.
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...
Doris Donnelly, Elmer Donnelly, Joan Charbonneauand Joe Bouillon standing in front of Pat Collin's store
 
ImageMysteries:    Picture of 4 youths standing in front of a vehicle in front of a store, wood pile on the side Pat Collin's store was beside McKechnie's Hotel Pat Collin's store beside McKechnie's Hotel - Doris Donnelly, Elmer Donnelly, Joan Charbonneau and Joe Bouillon
Lands & Forests Stonecliffe Building Gerry Tait in foreground
 
ImageMysteries:    Lands & Forests Stonecliffe Building Gerry Tait in foreground Lands & Forests Stonecliffe Building Gerry Tait in foreground
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...
St. Narcissus Parish 
ImageMysteries:  Pre 1949  Photograph of St. Narcissus Parish and Priests house in Mackey Station. The first chapel was built in Mackey in 1891 and blessed by Bishop Narcisse Zephirin Lorrain in 1895. This photograph was likely taken between 1940-1942 when the poster commemorating the first three Pastors was created....
Couple Poses on The Bridge to Swisha 
ImageMysteries:    Jeannette (Boudreau) and James (Jim) Charbonneau Standing on the Swisha bridge. Prior to the construction of a hydro-electric dam in 1950, the village site of Rapides-des-Joachims (Swisha) was not an island. The rising water flooded an old river bed from the north through Lake McConnell. (Source:...
Couple on Mackey Station Homestead
 
ImageComments:Mysteries:    Couple poses on fence with dog. Farm land and building in the background. Man believed to be Sam Clouthier. The woman is believed to be Margorie Boudreau.
Surveying 
ImageComments:Mysteries:  Mid 1940s,   Four men pose in their winter gear with their snowshoes and surveying equipment. They were surveing to prepare for the Flood. Third from left: Ferdie Boudreau. Others Unknown.
Workers Employed by the Building of the Swisha Dam 
ImageMysteries:  1946  Men sitting at a picnic table inside a meal tent at a work camp for the Rapides-des-Joachims dam. These men were in charge of the cutting of the "slash". These men were in charge of cutting all the timber in preparation for the rising water levels caused by the building of the Swisha dam at Les...
McKechnie's Hotel c.1946 
ImageMysteries:  1946  Hotel in the shade of a white pine. An old car is parked next to the hotel. McKechnie's hotel burned down in 1952.
Girl in the Snowbank 
ImageMysteries:  1946  Toddler walking in the snow. The CPR railway station, water tower and church can be seen in the background

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