Ken and Nancy Thomson and Bill and Linda McTavish of Kincardine, just returned home following a long trip to the
Ken and Bill were surprised to find a sign in Dawson City, Yukon, honouring Isaac O. Stringer of Kincardine, Ont., - the bishop who ate his boots.
I remember writing a story on Stringer years ago. Born in 1866, and educated in
Stringer gained the name, the bishop who ate his boots, in 1909. He and C.J. Johnson set out on a journey when, after a week on the trail, on Oct. 1, the two realized they were lost and almost out of rations. Sixteen days later, out of food and with two rifle cartridges left, and weak from their forced marches, they feasted on a supper of toasted rawhide sealskin boots. According to an obituary in Jane Yemen’s scrapbook, Stringer’s diary described the boots as “palatable”. That was their fare for two more days. Then they came across a house.
During the 29-day ordeal, the bishop lost 50 pounds.
The bishop sounds like quite the man. For more than 30 years, he and his wife organized schools for the Inuit, nursed them in sickness and prescribed medicine for them.
In 1928 he made a 4,000 mile journey by lake and waterways to scattered outposts of his far-fling diocese.
During our brief holiday, we travelled to
But if I’ve learned anything over the years, you can’t get away from Kincardine.
I know the Thomsons and McTavishes met Kincardine people in the Yukon and it was like old home week on the Manitoulin.
You can’t get away from work either. During breakfast at our lodge one morning, one of the owners wanted to talk about wind turbines which are apparently coming to Manitoulin Island. Another day, poor municipal planning was the issue.
Different place, same problems.
Sad to see another Kincardine communications company taken over by a national company.
Kincardine Cable TV has been a good corporate citizen and owner Bryan Walden has always had a keen interest in the community.
If memory serves correct, he was one of the ones who got the boardwalk idea moving at
He has worked to try and get the old town hall (Kincardine Centre for the Arts) replaced. Too bad he had not been successful at that.
The only local communication companies left in the area are Bruce Telecom, Hurontel, Market Place Magazine and The Independent.
With all the loony news coming out of
Stockwell Day wants to build more jails for criminals who commit unreported crimes.
Tony Clement is cancelling the census compulsory long form because people should not be jailed for not filling out the long firm – which leaves you wondering how Stockwell will fill those new prison cells.
The Harper government is spending money like there is no tomorrow - $1 billion on security for the G20 summit, $9 billion for new prisons and another $16 billion for new fighter jets.
And the government says it is going to cut the $54-billion annual deficit in half over the next five years.
Someone better cut off the supply of wacky tobacco in
Anyway, there are no boot eaters in this crowd.
Finally, a Point Clark homeowner says that the wet weather this summer has caused a mosquito problem and the insects are driving dogs almost crazy. If you are leaving your dog tied up outside, you should check to see that he’s not being eaten alive.