Book detailing the history of ‘Sandfield Mills’ reissued in third edition
SANDFIELD – Proving its popularity in the past and present, a book detailing the history of the Sandfield community has been reprinted for the third time. “Sandfield (originally Sandfield Mills) History Passes, But Memories Live Forever” has just been reissued.
“This book was originally printed in 2010, and we continue to have people requesting the book,” said Mary Lou Lochead of Sandfield. The book was originally published in 2010, as a project of SS No. 1 Manitou Merrymakers, with financial assistance from the Lacloche-Manitoulin Business Assistance Corporation (LAMBAC).
“We decided that we needed to do another print of the book and we made 100 copies, some of which had already been announced,” Ms Lochead told The Expositor. “The main reason I wanted the book to be written in the first place was to tell and save the story of the community, and to provide people with an understanding of the life of community pioneers and what they were doing. have lived. ”
Ms Lochead pointed out, for example, that at one point in Sandfield the community “had three mills, a sawmill, a flour mill and a woolen mill”.
“Since the formation of the SS No. 1 Merrymakers Group in 1989, there has been a desire to record the beginnings of the history of Sandfield Village and the surrounding area. Fortunately for us, the Sandfield Women’s Institute had, for many years, collected newspaper clippings and other articles relating to local events and were willing to share this material with us. Lots of other people gave us information that they had recorded, or that they had sought from other people they knew, ”Ms. Lochead explained in the acknowledgments to the first section of the book.
“The Women’s Institute had a Tweedsmuir book and asked everyone to provide the history of their region,” Ms. Lochead said. “I wrote about houses built before 1900 that are still in use in the community. There are a few left, and we have provided the history of the houses and who lived there, including the original residents to those who live in the houses now, as well as photographs.
“The information for this book has been gleaned from the writings of several people, from newspaper articles and from history books,” Ms. Lochead wrote. “When the source is known, we recorded it. To the best of our ability, we have cross-checked this material with other people and with other written sources, in order to produce an accurate account. As with all recordings in past history, there will be errors and we apologize for that. Our intention is to familiarize ourselves and those who follow us with the difficulties faced by the pioneers, our ancestors, and how they survived through their faith, courage and hard work.
“This desire was the motivation that prompted us to publish a book containing the history of Sandfield and its environs, focusing on the life of a pioneer family,” Ms. Lochead wrote. “It makes you appreciate what you have now more. “
“Because of my computer skills, I was about to give up on the idea and settle for the material we had already collected. Then I met Norma Hughson and Marilyn Irish, both of whom know our island well. Norma is great with her scanner and her camera and Marilyn is a wonderful story recorder. They worked tirelessly to encourage me and provide me with the expertise I need.
“It was also great, when the information was incomplete, to be able to call on Dot Watson and others for their input and knowledge,” Ms. Lochead said.
“It was Norma who said ‘we are going to prepare a history book’,” said Ms Lochead. “We had a digital copy of the (original) book, but some things were missing, so we revised it and put what was missing, with my daughter working on the computer and with help from Norma, and the book was printed by OJ Graphix in Espanola. “
The book is 205 pages long and has a great many pictures including for example the village of Sandfield, and many sections including poems, pioneer life, a history of Sandfield and the early days in Sandfield Township, the ferries and the Manitou Lake work boats, preschool education and school. one-day memories of some of its residents, pioneer agriculture, fairs in Sandfield, early health care, church services, Royal Mail and Manitowaning Stage, the blacksmith, Lake Manitou Fish Co. and hatchery, construction and operation of bass ponds , big fish caught in Lake Manitou, Hutchinson’s Cabins, Watson’s Camp, the Women’s Institute, stories about Manitoulin’s centenary, the SS No. 1, Merrymakers, a house and cabins built before 1915, local veterans and even more.
The book can be purchased from Williamson in Mindemoya, Sarah Williamson, and The Manitoulin Expositor bookstore for $ 30 plus tax.