Delta Marsh History Initiative, Steering Committee Meeting
Home of Shirley Christianson,
Present: Barry Bills, Maurice Blanchard, Shirley Christianson, Gordon Goldsborough (sec), Shirley Love, Don Poschenrieder
1. Minutes of the last meeting (15 January) were approved by consensus.
2. Delta discoveries:
a) Shirley Christianson reported that Peter Ward is collecting information on Delta history and will try to attend a future meeting. Goldsborough will send him a copy of the minutes from our last meeting. He will also send a copy to George Storey.
Shirley Love reported on a woman named Grace Dunn, now
deceased, who lived in a
Maurice Blanchard mentioned that he used to hunt at the
marsh with Dr. Wilfred Bigelow of
Shirley Christianson reported that Irene Blight of
Shirley Christianson reported that Lois Forsythe,
Brenda Borland, and Judy Thompson are collecting historical information and
will provide it to us when ready. She mentioned that relatives of Cam Newman,
now deceased, who had a cottage at the
f) Maurice Blanchard recalled that cannon balls littered the ground at Lynch’s Point as a result of bomb training for pilots during the Second World War.
Barry Bills drew attention to an item in the Portage Daily Graphic of
h) Goldsborough reported that he met with Mrs. Jean Hanna yesterday (25 February) and made copies of her photographs of beach life at Delta in the 1930s. He will put the copies on a CD‑ROM for deposit in our archives.
The report by Glen Suggett on the Murder Oak at our
last meeting was discussed briefly. Blanchard maintains that this case did not
involve the last execution in
j) Goldsborough reported that the latest issue of “The Conservator”, the magazine of Ducks Unlimited Canada, contains an article by Jake Macdonald on Dick Wallin’s Sports Afield Lodge at St. Ambroise. The article mostly reviews widely known information about Jimmy Robinson and Delta history.
k) George Storey attended the meeting briefly to loan us a book of records kept by his parents when they were the caretaker and cook for the Portage Country Club in the 1930s. Among other details, it contains records on the visit by Clark Gable to the club. There are numerous recipes in its pages that might be used as the basis for a fundraising book featuring “old time” recipes and other historical information. Goldsborough borrowed the book to see what information it contains on dealings between the Storey family and their neighbor Donald Bain.
l) Maurice Blanchard mentioned that he has several issues of a magazine entitled the “Farmers Advocate” from circa 1904. Some of them mention Delta.
The second Fish Fry will take place in
b) Goldsborough reported that he has updated our web site. He wants comments on it, including ideas on how to improve it.
c) Goldsborough will bring a draft of the second newsletter to our next meeting. Items to be included are: 1927 Delta Dog Derby (from Bills), miscellaneous Delta news tidbits (from Bills), Murder Oak (from Suggett), name and phone for Don Poschenrieder as a contact, and the address for DMHI web site.
4. Finances: Goldsborough reported that the finances for the Initiative, as of 26 February, are unchanged from the previous minutes of 15 January.
5. Other business:
assistant – It was agreed that a University student should be hired to
assist with collection of materials during the summer. Goldsborough will
prepare an advertisement and distribute it to the
b) Acquisition plan – Goldsborough circulated a protocol for receiving and cataloguing new acquisitions with the minutes of the last meeting, and solicited comments on it. With respect to new acquisitions, Christianson has been asked by some people if the information they provide will be altered in the book. Goldsborough recommended that she reply that we reserve the right, as is done by newspapers, to edit submissions for length and content but we will commit not to change the focus or intent of the submissions. All submissions in their full, un-edited form will be deposited in our archives.
event – Goldsborough asked that we start thinking about other fundraising
activities during the summer. One possibility raised by Bills was to
participate in Heritage Days at Fort La Reine over the Canada Day weekend.
Christianson suggested a cookbook based, in part, on historical recipes
contained in the Storey PCC log. Garrioch’s idea of a calendar is still on the
table pending input from
6. Next meeting: The next meeting will be
held at the home of Shirley Christianson (
7. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at .