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THE FISHERIES OF POINT PELEE

(A) INTRODUCTION

Fishing

The waters around Point Pelee were well known for their abundance of fish. The "pointers," as the squatters came to be known, took full advantage of this. At first their catch went mostly to fill their own needs, but later they followed the example of the Americans and began commercial fishing.

By 1891, 22 commercial fisheries were operating from the naval reserve, but many were short-lived. Ten years later, over-fishing and other environmental stresses had brought about the decline of the most marketable fish: the lake trout, whitefish, and lake herring.

[Source: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/pelee/natcul/natcul2_2_e.asp ]

... National Park Status and its Effects

At first, National Park status probably had little effect on the day-to-day lives of the naval reserve residents. Eventually it dramatically altered all the pre-Park use of the area, setting the stage for what Point Pelee has become today. For example, by the 1960s, several commercial fisheries still operated from the Park. But the government's decision to acquire private land within the Park partly to "... improve the scenic drive" drove all but the [Leita] Girardin and Krause fisheries out. In 1962, the Girardin fishery moved north of the Park. Seven years later, the Krause fishery's lease expired, and they too left. The demise of this, the last commercial fishery in the Park brought an end to an era which had lasted more than 100 years ...

[Source:  http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/pelee/natcul/natcul2_4_e.asp  ]

As early as 1830, some Europeans had started moving onto Point Pelee. The original settlers were fishermen ... When the land was transferred  to Canada, the agreement stipulated that the rights of these squatters be recognized and protected ...

[Source: Frances Selkirk Snell, compilier, Leamington's Heritage 1874-1974, Town of Leamington, 1974, Point Pelee, pp. 178-189 ]

 

 

[Source: http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/nets/largegill.html ]

[Source: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/fisheries/nets ]

 

[Source: http://www.bobdoxsee.com/Bright%20Eye%20Items_POUND_FISHING/Bright%20Eye%20Icons%20Page.htm  ]

It had returned from a wood sawing bee in the country with my man-sized brothers (Herm & Aub Robson) and cousin Jack. We owned a flat bottom pound boat (fishing boat used for pound net fishing) then 24 feet long. We called her "The Daisy" and a daisy she was - single cat rig, tight set to the sea, fat and quick on the tiller as a gull on the wing. The toast of our shores was our Daisy - she and the two men who sailed her, Jack and Herm. It took precious time to unstow the Daisy's winter stored canvas and fit out the stripped craft ... Her great sail reefed and set, the Daisy slipped into the winter water, With a free sheet she swept out and away, like something frightened.

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/r/o/b/George-Robson/PDFBOOK1.pdf - The Descendants of Gaven Robson by George M. Robson)

SS Pelee - http://www.chicheemaun.com/jii/french/about.html

[Source: http://content.lib.washington.edu/index.html ]

[Source: http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/nets/trapnets.html ]

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(B) GENERAL CHRONOLOGY

Naval Reserve to Today

Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie, and Ontario: The Best Day Trips ... By William Newman, Sarah Ohmann, Bill Newman, p. 132.

http://books.google.ca/books?id=3RXfQC7C0-cC&pg=PA132&lpg=PA132&dq=
squatters++point+pelee&source=bl&ots=vT9gDjZOwq&sig=
JgCKALv3isnGH5A4efntWEa63T4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=
SD-zUebuBsTI0wHPmoDQBw&ved=0CEUQ6AEwBQ

See also: Parks Canada Acquired Land at Point Pelee and My Life at Point Pelee National Park - 1943-1968

1789 - 1859

Thomas McKee and William McCormick

White Man's Law: Native People in Nineteenth-Century Canadian Jurisprudence By Sidney L. Harring, pp. 74-75.

http://books.google.com/books?id=hDogK
SCOmYC&pg=PA75&dq=squatters+pelee&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IzqzUcXVLoW64AOTioCYAQ&ved
=0CCsQ6AEwADgU

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1850

Only Names: Abbot and Issac Abbot, Des Jardins, Delarrier [DeLaurier], John Loup and Michael Mooney, Caldwell (Indian Chief)

Total Families: 6 whites and their families (30 people); 10 Chippewa Indians and their families (40 people)

October 26, 1850

Published: J. G, Kelly, 1851

Natural Resources, Canada, www.nrcan.gc.ca - Canada Lands Survey System

http://satc.rncan.gc.ca/plansearch-rechercheplan-eng.php

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Point Pelee in 1851

         

Click on the 1851 Images above to enlarge them

Map - Open the complete image below in MrSID format (plug-in required)

Map - PDF

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Point Pelee c. 1874 - 1881

Delaurier, John E.
 
Last Name Delaurier
First Name John E.
Nativity Mersea Tp., Essex Co., Canada
Business Farmer; Fisherman
Year Settled 1854
Post Office Leamington
Township Mersea
County Essex
Source Date b. 1854
Atlas Date 1881
Delaurier, Philip
 
Last Name Delaurier
First Name Philip
Nativity Mersea Tp., Essex Co., Canada
Business Farmer; Fisherman
Year Settled 1835
Post Office Leamington
Township Mersea
County Essex
Source Date b. 1835
Atlas Date 1881
Concession and Lot Lot size
PP, 7 50
C, 14 100
Girardin, David
 
Last Name Girardin
First Name David
Nativity Mersea Tp., Essex Co., Canada
Business Farmer; Fisherman
Year Settled 1879
Post Office Pelee
Township Pelee Island
County Essex
Source Date b. 1838
Atlas Date 1881
Girardin, Joseph
 
Last Name Girardin
First Name Joseph
Nativity Mersea Tp., Essex Co., Canada
Business Farmer; Fisherman
Year Settled 1852
Post Office Leamington
Township Mersea
County Essex
Source Date b. 1852
Atlas Date 1881
Concession and Lot Lot size
PP, 9 50
Girardin, Peter
 
Last Name Girardin
First Name Peter
Nativity Mersea Tp., Essex Co., Canada
Business Farmer; Fisherman
Year Settled 1820
Post Office Leamington
Township Mersea
County Essex
Source Date b. 1820
Atlas Date 1881
Concession and Lot Lot size
PP, 7 50

http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/default.htm

JOSEPH GIRARDIN

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1880

Ontario Essex County 1880 H. Beldon and Co., 1880

http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/CA/746/County+Map/Essex+County+1880/Ontario/

Ontario Essex County 1880 H. Beldon and Co., 1880

Joseph Girardin, N[o. 9 ?]; Jav. Delaurier; P. Girardin; P. Delaurier

 http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/CA/750/Mersea+Township/Essex+County+1880/Ontario/

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1881

Thirteen Families in 1881, some being fishermen.

http://www.erudit.org/revue/jcha/2005/v16/n1/015735ar.pdf

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Point Pelee in 1883

  

http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/pam_archives/public_mikan/index.php?fuseaction=
genitem.displayItem&lang=eng&rec_nbr=3670979&rec_nbr_list=
2072678,3700116,3670995,3670979,3670898,2218773,880937,3523685,157540,1353860 -
Plan of the naval reserve at Point Pelee in the township of Mersea shewing each of the sqatters holdings thereon - RG10M 78903/78 

1883 Map

 

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Point Pelee in 1883

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Item: 

Promotion, William Crosser, to be Fishery overseer on Lake Erie form [sic: from] Detroit River to Point Pelee,
Actg. Min. Mar. Fish. [Acting Minister of Marine and Fisheries], 1883/05/07, recd. [recommends]
Order-in-Council Number: 1883-1124
Date Introduced:  1883/05/14
Date Considered:  1883/05/19
Date Approved:  1883/05/19
Reference: RG2 , Privy Council Office ,  Series A-1-a, For Order in Council see volume 432 , Reel C-3344 , Access code: 90
Register Number: Series A-1-d , Volume 2767
 
The following images are associated with this entry:
 
 

[Source: http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/e/e097/e002406662.jpg ]

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1886

The residents of Point Pelee (Naval Reserve) have petitioned the Government to make grants to them of the lands which they claim to be in occupation of at that place ...

The portion of Point Pelee not held by squatters was leased to Albert Chatfield ...

Official Report of the Debates of the House of Commons, Volume 21, 1886, March 15, p. 120

http://books.google.ca/books?id=OKcgAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA120&lpg=
PA120&dq=%22Alexander+Baird%22+pelee&source=bl&ots=s0fIpzH3w2&sig=F8g33pIdywIs_t9gFzYRK8bh6E8&hl=en&sa=
X&ei=uzGzUYOgMM3C0AHV54CAAQ&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA

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1890s?

ALBERT GIRARDIN (1864 - ) / MAXON GIRARDIN (1867 - )

PHOTO: Albert and George Maxon Girardin
CATEGORY: Portrait
TAKEN: 1890s? - Point Pelee, Essex, Ontario, Canada
ATTACHED TO: Albert Pierre Girardin (born 1864)

  • CATEGORY: Portrait
    PHOTO DATE: 1890s?
    PHOTO LOCATION: Point Pelee, Essex, Ontario, Canada
    DESCRIPTION: Swan/goose hunting off the point with his brother George Maxon.

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1891

[Source: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/pelee/natcul/natcul2_2_e.asp ]

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1905

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1908

Percy Algernon Taverner and B. H. Swales, "The Birds of Point Pelee", in Wilson Bulletin, Numbers 59-64, June, 1907-September, 1908 [All are reprints] 

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1911

All Mersea Township Residents

1911 CENSUS

Essex South 25: Mersea, Essex South, Ontario

Some Being Fishermen, Some Being Point Pelee

 

ALPHABETICAL LIST
(ALL NAMES)

  • ?assmore

  • ?ees

  • Ainslie

  • Armstrong

  • Ashaman

  • Atkins

  • Bently

  • Chalmers

  • Chambers

  • Charboneau

  • De Laurier

  • Delaurier

  • Derbyshire

  • Edward

  • Eilsley

  • Finegan

  • Girardin

  • Goyeau 

  • Graves

  • Grubb

  • Hartwick

  • Henry

  • Hillman

  • Hutchinson

  • Lees?

  • Livingston

  • Livington

  • Lynn

  • Marten

  • Martin

  • McCrae

  • McGill

  • McLeen?

  • McMullen

  • McRay

  • Mooney

  • Murphy

  • Noble

  • Penfold

  • Ribble

  • Ross

  • Russelo

  • Stevenson

  • Surrens? 

  • Tilden

  • West

  • Wigle

  • Winney

  • Woollson?

  • Wright

  • Young

 

         

HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD
(IN ORDER OF ENUMERATION)

  • Wallace Tilden
  • James W. Grubb
  • Samuel McCrae
  • Isaac Hartwick
  • Joseph Girardin
  • Niel Girardin
  • Jim Hartwick
  • Nellie Derbyshire
  • Harry Armstrong
  • Fred J. Wigle
  • George Grubb
  • Howard Noble
  • George Penfold
  • William H. Grubb
  • Joseph Anslie
  • Charles A. Eislie
  • Harld Hutchinson
  • Thomas McGill
  • J. E. Ross
  • Robert Ross
  • Lawrence Martin
  • Fredrick Chambers
  • David Martin
  • Warden Hillman
  • Arthur McRay
  • George Graves
  • David Chalmers
  • James Chalmers
  • William Chalmers
  • Joseph Lynn
  • [?] Charbonneau
  • [?] Henry
  • William A. Bently
  • Ezra Hillman
  • Elizabeth Livingston
  • Garfield Finegan?
  • Philip Girardin
  • Josiah McMullin
  • Adeline Atkins
  • Scott Ribble
  • Clark De Laurier
  • Charles De Laurier
  • Samuel Chambers
  • George Young
  • George Girardin
  • Albert Girardin
  • William Grubb
  • Fredrick Woollson?
  • Gordon Surrens?
  • John ?assmore
  • Verne Ainslie
  • Levi Girardin
  • Stanle Lees?

http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/EnumerationDistrict.jsp?id=5483

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1916

MARCH 13

WILLIAM EARNEST KING

FISHERMAN

 

http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1086 - Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918

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1918

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Point Pelee Since 1918

Since 1933, over 50% of Point Pelee's dryland habitat has been restored.
More than 100 hectares of agricultural fields and orchards have been removed,
along with 6 commercial fisheries, 20 kilometres of roads and nearly 400 buildings.

Map of Point Pelee depicting land use before restoration © Parks Canada / H. Bishop, M. Smith, 2002; / G. Harvey, 2005 -
http://www.pc.gc.ca/docs/v-g/ie-ei/at-ag/sec6/page7_e.asp

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1921 

POINT PELEE FISHERMAN FAMILIES   

1921 CENSUS

Ontario Essex South Sub-District 22 - Mersea (Township)

FISHERMEN

FAMILY 79

Willington Harris

  • Name: Willington Harris
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Single
    Age: 17
    Birth Year: abt 1904
    Birth Place: Ontario
    Relation to Head of House: Laborer
    Father Birth Place: Ontario
    Mother Birth Place: Ontario
    Racial or Tribal Origin: English
    Province or Territory: Ontario
    District: Essex South
    District Number: 78
    Sub-District: Mersea (Township)
    Sub-District Number: 22
    City, Town or Village: Mersea Township
    Street or Township: Mercia
    Municipality: Mercia
    Occupation: Fisherman
    Income: 1200
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age

    • George E Penfold 51
      Emma Jane Penfold 45
      George H Penfold
      Percy Penfold 12
      Myrtle Penfold 10
      Morley Penfold 5
      Russel Penfold 5/12
      Willington Harris 17

FAMILY 98

William S Ives

Claud Ives

  • Name: Claud Ives
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Single
    Age: 30
    Birth Year: abt 1891
    Birth Place: Ontario
    Relation to Head of House: Brother
    Father Birth Place: Ontario
    Mother Birth Place: Ontario
    Racial or Tribal Origin: English
    Province or Territory: Ontario
    District: Essex South
    District Number: 78
    Sub-District: Mersea (Township)
    Sub-District Number: 22
    City, Town or Village: Mersea Township
    Street or Township: Mercia
    Municipality: Mercia
    Occupation: Fisherman
    Income: 2700
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age

    • William S Ives 48 [Fisherman]
      Mary Ives 44
      Laura Ives 19
      Josephine Ives 16
      Nina May Ives 14
      Fredrick Ives 11
      Erie Ives 7
      Delbert Ives 6
      Claud Ives 30

FAMILY 99

James A. Horton

  • Name: Jame A Horton
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Single
    Age: 57
    Birth Year: abt 1864
    Birth Place: Ontario
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Father Birth Place: Ontario
    Mother Birth Place: Ontario
    Racial or Tribal Origin: Scotch (Scotish)
    Province or Territory: Ontario
    District: Essex South
    District Number: 78
    Sub-District: Mersea (Township)
    Sub-District Number: 22
    City, Town or Village: Mersea Township
    Street or Township: Mercia
    Municipality: Mercia
    Occupation: Fisherman
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age

    • Jame A Horton 57

FAMILY 112

Levi Girardian

Elliot Girardian

  • Name: Levi Girardeau
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Married
    Age: 55
    Birth Year: abt 1866
    Birth Place: Ontario
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's Name: Mary Girardeau
    Father Birth Place: Ontario
    Mother Birth Place: Ontario
    Racial or Tribal Origin: French
    Province or Territory: Ontario
    District: Essex South
    District Number: 78
    Sub-District: Mersea (Township)
    Sub-District Number: 22
    City, Town or Village: Mersea Township
    Street or Township: Mercia
    Municipality: Mercia
    Occupation: Fisherman
    Income: 1148
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age

    • Levi Girardeau 55
      Mary Girardeau 43
      Elliott Girardeau 26 [Fisnerman]

     

FAMILY 114

Phillip Girardian

  • Name: Phillip Girardin
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Married
    Age: 65
    Birth Year: abt 1856
    Birth Place: Ontario
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's Name: Marta Girardin
    Father Birth Place: Ontario
    Mother Birth Place: Ontario
    Racial or Tribal Origin: French
    Province or Territory: Ontario
    District: Essex South
    District Number: 78
    Sub-District: Mersea (Township)
    Sub-District Number: 22
    City, Town or Village: Mersea Township
    Street or Township: Mercia
    Municipality: Mercia
    Occupation: Fisherman
    Income: 500
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age

    • Phillip Girardin 65
      Marta Girardin 65

FAMILY 115

George McLean

  • Name: George McLain
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Married
    Age: 29
    Birth Year: abt 1892
    Birth Place: Ontario
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's Name: Floren McLain
    Father Birth Place: Ontario
    Mother Birth Place: Ontario
    Racial or Tribal Origin: Scotch (Scotish)
    Province or Territory: Ontario
    District: Essex South
    District Number: 78
    Sub-District: Mersea (Township)
    Sub-District Number: 22
    City, Town or Village: Mersea Township
    Street or Township: Mercia
    Municipality: Mercia
    Occupation: Fisherman
    Income: 3??
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age

    • George McLain 29
      Floren McLain 29
      Richard McLain 5
      Emily McLain 4
      George McLain 1/12

     

FAMILY 125

John T. Loop

Robert Livingston

  • Name: John Toop [John Loop]
    Marital Status: Married
    Age: 42
    Birth Year: abt 1879
    Birth Place: Ontario
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's Name: Ella Toop
    Father Birth Place: Ontario
    Mother Birth Place: Ontario
    Racial or Tribal Origin: English
    Province or Territory: Ontario
    District: Essex South
    District Number: 78
    Sub-District: Mersea (Township)
    Sub-District Number: 22
    City, Town or Village: Mersea Township
    Street or Township: Mercia
    Municipality: Mercia
    Occupation: Fisherman
    Income: 3000
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age

    • John Toop 42 [John Loop]
      Ella Toop 42 [Ella Loop]
      Ida Toop 17 [Ida Loop]
      Freda Toop 15 [Freda Loop]
      Madeline Toop 7 [Madeline Loop]
      Robert Livingstone 25 [Fisherman]
      Marjorie Kimbol 2

FAMILY 126

Maxon Girardiner [Girardin]

  • Name: Maxin Girardiner [Maxon Girardin]
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Married
    Age: 53
    Birth Year: abt 1868
    Birth Place: Ontario
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's Name: Bertha Girardiner
    Father Birth Place: Ontario
    Mother Birth Place: Ontario
    Racial or Tribal Origin: French
    Province or Territory: Ontario
    District: Essex South
    District Number: 78
    Sub-District: Mersea (Township)
    Sub-District Number: 22
    City, Town or Village: Mersea Township
    Street or Township: Mercia
    Municipality: Mercia
    Occupation: Fisherman
    Income: 1000
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age

    • Maxin Girardiner 53
      Bertha Girardiner 39
      Thomas Girardiner 16
      Barbra Girardiner 14
      Grace Girardiner 12
      George Girardiner 10
      Esther Girardiner 8
      Everett Girardiner 4
      Sarah Girardiner 2
      Emile Furman 71

FAMILY 127

Robert S. Howe

  • Name: Robert S Howe
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Married
    Age: 27
    Birth Year: abt 1894
    Birth Place: Ontario
    Father Birth Place: Ontario
    Mother Birth Place: Ireland
    Racial or Tribal Origin: English
    Province or Territory: Ontario
    District: Essex South
    District Number: 78
    Sub-District: Mersea (Township)
    Sub-District Number: 22
    City, Town or Village: Mersea Township
    Street or Township: Mercia
    Municipality: Mercia
    Occupation: Fisherman
    Income: 1000
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age

    • Albert Girardiner 58
      Robert S Howe 27
      Louise Howe 17

FAMILY 129

James Grubb

John Murphy

Harold McLellan

Thomas Epplett

Filiman Mooney

  • Name: James W Grubb
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Married
    Age: 43
    Birth Year: abt 1878
    Birth Place: Ontario
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's Name: Sarah Flossie Grubb
    Father Birth Place: Ontario
    Mother Birth Place: Ontario
    Racial or Tribal Origin: Scotch (Scotish)
    Province or Territory: Ontario
    District: Essex South
    District Number: 78
    Sub-District: Mersea (Township)
    Sub-District Number: 22
    City, Town or Village: Mersea Township
    Street or Township: Mercia
    Municipality: Mercia
    Occupation: Fisherman
    Income: 8000
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age

    • James W Grubb 43
      Sarah Flossie Grubb 28
      Jame Douglas Grubb 11
      Ryall Arther Grubb 10
      Hellen Grubb 8
      John Murphy 69 [Fisherman]
      Harold McMillan 18 [Fisherman]
      Thomas Epplett 17 [Fisherman]
      Fileman Mooney 5 [Fisherman]

http://interactive.ancestry.ca/8991/1921_057-e002924236?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.ca%2fsearch%2fdb.aspx%3fdbid%3d8991%26path%3d&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnBrowsing

http://www.ancestry.ca/census?s_kwcid=1921%20canadian%20census

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http://www.ancestry.ca/1921census

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1942

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), p. 70]

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(1) http://www.pelee.com/transportation_point.asp - 1999 Map.Quest.com Inc.
(2) http://www.ec.gc.ca/EnviroZine/images/Issue55/aerial_l.jpg 
(3) http://www.soto.on.ca/national_parks_of_southern_ontario/point_pelee.html

     

http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/pelee/visit/visit2_E.asp

  

http://www.pc.gc.ca/apprendre-learn/prof/itm2-crp-trc/htm/peleegeo_e.asp

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), p. 22]


(C) THE FISHERIES OF POINT PELEE

Fishing

... James Edwards settled and began fishing on the Point in the early 1840's His son-in-law William Grubb took over and by 1870 the Grubb fishery had expanded to include both the east and west sides of the Point. Natinsky, Young and Goldbaum fished consecutively from this site. Goldbaum sold his fishing rights to Olmstead around 1957. Olmstead never used Goldbaum's buildings which were later torn down by the Park.

Levi Girardin established a fishery in 1911 which was eventually run by his son Elliot, better known as Pat. Upon the unexpected death of Pat in 1936, his wife Leita took over. She managed the Girardin fishery until 1962 when she sold the fishing rights to Ribble and Grubb who operated north of the Parks gates until the death of Riel [Rile]Grubb in 1972. The Park removed the Girardin buildings in 1963.

Around 1903, Philip Girardin began fishing near Lot 15. His fishing rights were sold to McLean, then McLellan and in 1937, became the basis for the Krause fishery. John Ellis DeLaurier, brother of Charles and son of Oliver, began a fishery in the early 1900's which after changing hands several times, was also bought by Krause. Though fishing ceased from this particular site, the buildings were not removed until 1959.

Other fisheries came and went but these three were originals which remained active until the early 1960's when Park regulations forced them to relocate.

Although the government leased the lake lots to the fishermen, no agreement had been made concerning the beaches from which they were operating, therefore, all fisheries were effectively trespassing on government property. When the Park was established, legal issues needed to be clarified, so the Commissioner of National Parks offered leases to the fisheries which would include the land occupied by their buildings. The fishermen ignored the Commissioner and, in 1921, agents from the Minister of Justice were appointed to negotiate with them. The efforts were ineffectual. A final attempt to get the fishermen to lease the land on which their buildings stood failed again in 1934. This muddle continued to go unresolved until 1951 when the three remaining fisheries, Girardin, Goldbaum and Krause, were requested to obtain licenses required by National Parks Business Regulations. Krause claimed squatter's rights and the Attorney General of Canada took action against him, going to the Supreme Court of Ontario. Krause won the first judgment on this dispute in 1955. The following year, in a court of appeal, the decision was reversed in favor of the Crown. Due to overwhelming legal expenses, Krause was unable to continue the court battle. He was granted permission to work out of his buildings until a lease agreement with the park ran out in 1968. In 1969 the fishery was moved to Sturgeon Creek and the buildings were removed from the Park ...

The [Point Pelee] orchards spread out from the Tilden farm all the way up to the [H William] Krause family's fisheries [residence] ...

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), pp. 45-48, 59]

"There were many pound net fishermen at that time [when Everett H. Omstead of Wheatley was about 14 years of age]. Starting from the end of the Point would be: Jimmy Grubb, McLeans', Manse Campbell, Al Long, Omsteads (of Wheatley), Bailey's, Smith and Hodgson and the Crewes' further east ..."

Rita Lobzun [Karen Adamson-Editor], Open Books, A Historical Sketch of Commercial Fishing in Wheatley - Ontario, After 1980, pp. 9-10]

Spawning runs of smelt were reported on the beaches of Point Pelee in the Western basin during the early 1940s (R. Krause personal communication). It was 1945 before smelt were first noticed from pound net catches in the western portion ...

1930s: Mclean Brothers and J. W. Grubb

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -Leamington Post, June 2, 1932, p. 8


ALLIED FISH CO.

[Source: Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), p. 22]


CAMPBELL BROS. FISH AND TWINE

[Source: Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), p. 22]

[(Perhaps Manse Campbell) - Rita Lobzun [Karen Adamson-Editor], Open Books, A Historical Sketch of Commercial Fishing in Wheatley - Ontario, After 1980, p. 9]


CHAMBERS

Chambers, Alfert http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1911a/e080/e001985788.pdf
Province/Territory: Ontario, District Name: Essex South, District Number: 68, Sub-district: Mersea, Sub-district Number: 25 - Page 1 - Point Pelee


JOHN ELLIS DELAURIER and PHILIP DELAURIER and CHARLES DELAURIER

Point Pelee c. 1874 - 1881

Delaurier, John E.
 
Last Name Delaurier
First Name John E.
Nativity Mersea Tp., Essex Co., Canada
Business Farmer; Fisherman
Year Settled 1854
Post Office Leamington
Township Mersea
County Essex
Source Date b. 1854
Atlas Date 1881
Delaurier, Philip
 
Last Name Delaurier
First Name Philip
Nativity Mersea Tp., Essex Co., Canada
Business Farmer; Fisherman
Year Settled 1835
Post Office Leamington
Township Mersea
County Essex
Source Date b. 1835
Atlas Date 1881
Concession and Lot Lot size
PP, 7 50
C, 14 100

http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/default.htm

[Source: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1901/index-e.html ]

Charles Delaurier's Fishing Boat

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -Leamington Post, July 28, 1910, p. 1

 

Charles DeLAURIER
1859-1940
Lakeview Cemetery, Section: C
Leamington, Mersea Township (Concession 16, Lot 6)
Essex County, ON

Street Address: 233 Erie St S
Community: Leamington
Township: Mersea Township (Concession 16, Lot 6)
Locality: Essex County
Municipality: Leamington
Province: ON
GPS: 42.041572,-82.602184

Photos: Bob Garant [2010, 2012, 2015],
Additions from Doug & Donna Gammon [2014]
Indexed by Kate Ford, Patricia Green

http://geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/1673523


JAMES EDWARDS

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), pp. 45-48]

Commemorative biographical record of the county of Essex, Ontario : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families (Toronto, 1905), p. 580

http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=640974


GEORGE MAXON GIRARDIN

1901 CENSUS

Fisherman

4 172 Girardin George M. M Head M Dec 12 1867
33
5 172 Girardin Bertha F Wife M Jan 25 1884
17


One immediate Neighbour was the Light House Keeper William J. Grubb (Age 25)

http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/ViewFrame.jsp?id=50653&highlight=4

1911 CENSUS

Fisherman

6 44 Girardin George M Head M Dec 1867 43
7 44 Girardin Bertha F Wife M Dec 1884 27
8 44 Girardin Pearl F Daughter S Aug 1903 8
9 44 Girardin Louise F Daughter S Jan 1904 7
10 44 Girardin Thomas M Son S Sep 1906 4
11 44 Girardin Barby F Daughter S Sep 1908 2
12 44 Girardin Grace F Daughter S Dec 1910 1

http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/SplitView.jsp?id=89087

[Editor: I see that George Maxon Girardin (wife Bertha), fisherman [at Point Pelee], was born in Ontario on December 12, 1867, making him 43 years of age in 1911. Thus, in the 1901 Census he was 33 years of age, in the 1891 Census he would have been c. 23 years of age, in the 1881 Census c 13 years of age, and in the 1871 Census c. 3 years of age. Therefore in one or more of these censuses one would expect him to appear in a Girardin family. I took a quick look and other than in 1911 and 1901, he does not appear.  Odd. ]

The following George Maxon Girardin Family Members are identified as born at Point Pelee:

Probably This Family As Well

1921 CENSUS


JOSEPH GIRARDIN (d. August, 1899)

Point Pelee c. 1874 - 1881

Girardin, Joseph
 
Last Name Girardin
First Name Joseph
Nativity Mersea Tp., Essex Co., Canada
Business Farmer; Fisherman
Year Settled 1852
Post Office Leamington
Township Mersea
County Essex
Source Date b. 1852
Atlas Date 1881
Concession and Lot Lot size
PP, 9 50

http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/default.htm

When a young man he moved to Point Pelee, took up land by squatter's right, and engaged in farming and fishing. He passed the remainder of his life in that place, dying at the age of seventy-six, in August, 1899, and being buried in Point Pelee Cemetery ...

[Commemorative biographical record of the county of Essex, Ontario : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families ( Toronto, J.H. Beers, 1905), p. 657] - http://www.ourroots.ca/toc.aspx?id=3107&qryID=7812a62b-c8a9-43a4-8924-f51b6c8db63a


LEITA GIRARDIN

[Leita Girardin - Operator and Owner of GIRARDIN FISHERIES - http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -The Leamington Post. September 11, 1941 - pg. 14]

  • Thursday, November 13, 2008, 6:26 PM [NOTE FROM KATHLEEN HAACK]

hello, i am writing to you in hope that someone somewhere knows what i am talking about!
my great grandfather built a cottage along the highway into pelee park in the 1920's, it was located near what was then called the bluebird cottages,      which were located across the road with the beach access on the lake, and a small string of cottages, perhaps 3 or 4, owned by another english family named ives. as a little girl my family and i could look out from our cottage and see the commercial fishing nets out in the lake, sometimes my mother would swim all the way out to them, and oftentimes with binoculars we could watch the huge fishing boat and her crew pull in the catch of the day; the fish house was further down the road closer to the gates to the national park and the lady, if i remember this correctly, who owned the place was a german lady name leda. as a child i watched the men roll the huge boat across the beach and inside the fish house unload the catch and on the wall was a picture of leda and the crew and a huge fish which i have come to believe must have been a sturgeon. do you have any information and/or pictures of this fishery? my mother's family immigrated to brantford from houghton le spring county durham england in 1909. i now live in the north georgia mountains usa and have spent the last year developing a family history/ancestry website full of memories like this one. any help you might be able to lend would be deeply appreciated. i spent my first 20 summers at the little cottage as my mother before me did. thank you, kathleen [Photo provided by Kathleen Haack - This is a photo of her brother Dan - Regarding Ives: Possibly Bud Ives, who in October 1929 was on the life-saving crew for Point Pelee - Frances Selkirk Snell, Compilier, Leamington's Heritage, 1874-1974 (University of Toronto Press, 1974), p. 180. ]

  • Sun, 23 Nov 2008 20:50:38 [NOTE FROM KATHLEEN HAACK]

hi eric, to make a very long story short, my great grandfather built a summer home about 2 miles back from the entrance to the park

     
Earlier

(CardCow.com
postcard)

  Later

[Photos Provided By Kathleen Haack]

and i spent my first 19 summers as a beach brat at the point; wonderful memories. in front of our cottage there were fishing nets with the pole pilings and my mother would swim out to them and climb on the pilings and we would watch her through the binocs. as a very small girl we would go to the fish house just inside the park and i have wonderful memories of it. i am forwarding an email i sent not long ago to inquire about it, i do ancestry work and when i googled the subject your story came up. if you have any info about the place or it rings a bell and you know where i might go for more info please let me know. really enjoyed your site. sincerely kathleen

  • Sun, 23 Nov 2008 21:30:27 [NOTE FROM KATHLEEN HAACK]

hi eric me again, i found a painting that holds the key to a memory of the men moving the fishing boat over the sand on rollers down and up from the lake, also one of the earliest known photos of the point. k

  • Sun, 23 Nov 2008 22:21:48 [NOTE FROM SHIRLEY RIBBLE]

Hi Eric
I just talked to Rib and Leita Girardin was Grandma Ribbles's sister and she was a Campbell and very scotch !!! The rolling of the boat itself into the fish house to unload fish Dennis says the boat was pulled on shore on rollers and loaded onto a company truck and taken to the fishery. He remembers Bluebird Cottages but I am going to e-mail Carlene to see if she remembers. Den does not remember the Ives but he remembers the rest.

  • Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:28:21 [NOTE FROM KATHLEEN HAACK]

hi eric thank you again for the information; in my child's mind leita became leda and she became german because my dad was and he loved the fish house and fishing and pickerel fish fry for dinner. leita was one of my first "strong women" role models and fishing has been a major part of my life to this day. i was an infant when the family first started taking me to watch the process at the fishery and if i am remembering this part right we used to buy fresh fish wrapped in butcher paper tied with string as they were cleaning them and weighing them out on silver coloured metal scales. they floor was, i think, made of cement and almost always wet. this is so exciting! k

  • Monday, November 24, 2008, 9:51 AM [NOTE FROM KATHLEEN HAACK]

hi eric, i remember her presence was very strong. the picture is one, if my mind is remembering this right, that was hanging on the wall at the place. what a gift!! THANK YOU. k 

- [Picture referred to is: Leta Girardin and Jen O'Neil show off a giant sturgeon caught in the Girardin Fisheries nets off Point Pelee c. 1940 Photo - http://books.google.com/books?id=rMccye5JhIoC&pg=PA197&dq ]

  • Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:58:27 [NOTE FROM MARK RIBBLE]

Hi Eric:
Dennis and Shirley passed this on to me, so I'll give you what I know.
Aunt Leita wasn't German to my knowledge. Her maiden name was Campbell, she was my grandma Ribble's sister. She died about 1985 or so, as far as I can remember. I know where her grave is and can check the date if you need it. The rolling of the boat into the water was done by a winch and pulley system around a tree from what I can remember. Being the youngest of the Ribble clan, I didn't see
it as much as Dennis and Pat and Carlene.
Aunt Leita's daughter is still alive and full of information if you need anything else. Her name is Mary Jane Barnet and her phone number is ..... She had an active role in the fishery prior to Aunt Leita's retirement and my dad's subsequent running of the business.
Hope this helps.
Mark Ribble  [Eric: There may be early photos of Mary Jane: See St. Thomas Times Journal , 7 May 1949, Second Section, page 20, Alma College Queen of the May and Attendants  - Miss Mary Jan Girardin, daughter of Mrs Leita Girardin; See also 23 May 1949 Second Section, page 10, May Day at Alma College  - Mary Jane Girardin http://www.elginogs.ca/newsindexes/timesjournal/sttj1949aprthrujune.htm  ]

  • Mon, 24 Nov 2008 17:30:02 [NOTE FROM SHIRLEY RIBBLE]

 More Research is fun !!! A little note from Carlene. Also, Aunt Leita's daughter is Mary Jane Barrnett and is still alive. Shirl -----

  • Monday, November 24, 2008 3:59 PM [NOTE FROM CARLENE RIBBLE]

 Hi Shirley.. Aunt Leita Girardin was married to Elliot (known as Pat). He died in 1936 and Aunt Leita took over the fishing business, where dad  worked until 1962 when Aunt Leita retired and the park took over her fishing buildings.... dad then built the fishery on the other property close to our house (along with Mick Grubb). Joseph Girardin born Nov 25  1852 was the son of Francis Girardin and Susan DeLaurier. Levi Girardin actually established the fishery in 1911 eventually being run by Elliott who had a nervous break down (I believe) and then Aunt Leita took over the business. Carlene 

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2008 6:39 AM  [NOTE FROM PAT RIBBLE]

Shirley the manchesters live in the big house where the cottages used to be also sov may have some information on this Pat

  •  Tue, 25 Nov 2008 12:09:06 [NOTE FROM MARK RIBBLE]

No problem at all Eric. I've attached a picture    that ran on the front page of the Leamington Shopper back in May, 2008. It is Elliott Girardin, in 1935, standing at the edge of point pelee drive with a sturgeon. The fish weighed 182 lbs and measured 7'7" according to Mary Jane Barnet, his daughter. The house in the background looks a lot like the big white house that used to be just north of Mick Grubb's place. Mark

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On  http://www.ancestry.com/  are the some other Girardins who are identified as born at Point Pelee:

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[Source: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1901/index-e.html ]

1962 - The Girardin Fishery - The End of the Fisheries at the Point

[http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/pelee/natcul/natcul2_4_e.asp ]

Memories of Point Pelee still Linger by Mark Ribble

"Leta Girardin"

Sun, May 11, 2016


LEVI GIRARDIN

Levi GIRARDIN
1866-1950
 

Lakeview Cemetery, Section: D
Leamington, Mersea Township (Concession 16, Lot 6)
Essex County, ON

Photos: Bob Garant [2010, 2012, 2015], Additions from Doug & Donna Gammon [2014]
Indexed by Kate Ford, Patricia Green

Street Address: 233 Erie St S
Community: Leamington
Township: Mersea Township (Concession 16, Lot 6)
Locality: Essex County
Municipality: Leamington
Province: ON
GPS: 42.041572,-82.602184

http://geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/1675766


PETER GIRARDIN

Point Pelee c. 1874 - 1881

Girardin, Peter

Last Name Girardin
First Name Peter
Nativity Mersea Tp., Essex Co., Canada
Business Farmer; Fisherman
Year Settled 1820
Post Office Leamington
Township Mersea
County Essex
Source Date b. 1820
Atlas Date 1881
Concession and Lot Lot size
PP, 7 50

http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/default.htm


[ELLIOT] PAT GIRARDIN


PHILIP GIRARDIN

Point Pelee c. 1874 - 1881

http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/default.htm

 

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), pp. 45-48]

http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/SplitView.jsp?id=89086&frag=e080/e001985791&dir=1911a - 1911 Census


GOLDBAUM

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), pp. 45-48]


JAMES GRUBB [JIM OR JIMMY GRUBB]

In damp open ground at Point Pelee near Grubb's fishery buildings ...

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), p. 27.

Rita Lobzun [Karen Adamson-Editor], Open Books, A Historical Sketch of Commercial Fishing in Wheatley - Ontario, After 1980, p. 5]

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -Leamington Post, June 12, 1941, p. 18 [Actually January 16, 1941, p. 11]


WILLIAM A GRUBB SR. (b. March 2, 1850)
 

William Grubb

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -Leamington Post, July 28, 1910, p. 1

 

15   46 Grubb William   M Head M Mar 1849 60
16   46 Grubb Hellen   F Wife M Mar 1847 64
17   46 Grubb Hellen E.   F Daughter S Dec 1896 16
18   46 Winney Brown   F Servant S Sep 1894 16
19   46 Stevenson George   M Labourer S Apr 1870 40

http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/SplitView.jsp?id=89087&frag=e080/e001985792&dir=1911a - Censu 1911

Commemorative biographical record of the county of Essex, Ontario : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families (Toronto, 1905), pp. 580  and 581

http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=640974


PETER/WILLIAM/WILLIAM S/CLAUDE IVES

[Source: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1901/index-e.html . See also: http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/District.jsp?id=60 ]

[Source: http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/SplitView.jsp?id=89071 - 1911 Census]


WILLIAM KRAUSE AND SONS FISHERIES (1938-1969)

West Side of Point Pelee Fishery

William Krause and Sons Fishery

INTRODUCTION

In 1937. "Mac", having operated his own fishery for a number of years, sold his business to William Krause of Point Pelee, and moved to Wheatley to operate a feed mill and coal business.

Rita Lobzun [Karen Adamson-Editor], Open Books, A Historical Sketch of Commercial Fishing in Wheatley - Ontario, After 1980, p. 16

http://images.ourontario.ca/Partners/CKPL/CKPL0027490551T.PDF

License of H. E. McLellan

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -The Leamington Post. December 23, 1937 - Page: 5

Property of Sid Tilbury

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -Leamington Post, June 12, 1941, p. 18 [Actually January 16, 1941, p. 11]

1940

February

Krause Ice House

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -The Leamington Post. September 26, 1940 - pg. 4 [Misfiled: This is February 1, 1940, p. 5]

1941

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -Leamington Post, July 10, 1941, p. 5

Fy Henry - c. 1947

(Photo Supplied by Alisa Krause (McClurg))

The use of trap nets was permitted in 1950 and within a few years they completely replaced pound nets. [http://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia/1987/v11/n1/800242ar.pdfScientia Canadensis: Canadian Journal of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine / Scientia Canadensis : revue canadienne d'histoire des sciences, des techniques et de la médecine , vol. 11, n° 1, (32) 1987, A. B. McCullough, "Commercial Fishing on the Great Lakes: Resource Management and Technological Efficiency", p. 15

In the 1950's the Krauses adopted a trap net technology (deploying anchors rather than stakes) using nets of another's design. Increasingly, they employed traps which Bill Krause refined through redesign  and trial and error. These traps proved superior to any others in catching and holding superiority. Bill also experimented with many treatments to increase netting longevity. Although others turned to trap nets for mainly catching smelt, the Krauses proved that their nets could trap any fish in great quantities.

Left - Bill Krause

(Photo Supplied by Alisa Krause (McClurg))

Bill Krause also experimented with "trawling" with a technology also of his own design. Wooden planks called otter doors helped to keep the mouth of the net open while being towed behind the boat. Though trawling also proved successful, it nevertheless was inferior to trap netting, and the Krauses quickly dropped its use.

The Krause sons also built a number of steel trap boats, of great power, of their own design, with, on board, technology current to the period.

Bill Krause, 1967, lifting the trap pot of the trap net to the surface. The boxes of ice are out of sight.

Krause's E&B named after Eric and Billy

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/687829.jpg - Photo by Rein Nomm - After a severe storm with the Krause Fisheries dock destroyed. 
The last vertical post to the right is what is left of one of two posts that held an old reel
for power washing the nets reeled off the boat onto a truck on the dock.

Bill Krause also invented a mechanical fish filleting machine which, though often finicky, was a wonder to behold and be heard in operation.

H. William (Bill) Krause and a part of the said machine in the back of the truck.
To the rear, our Point Pelee house that Dad built and we occupied in c. 1948. (Photo Supplied by Alisa Krause (McClurg))

In his younger days on Point Pelee, Eric Krause participated in all operations of the physical Fishery where the work was hard, but rewarding, both in being and spirit. For example, many late evenings were spent filling trucks sent by Salasnek Fisheries Inc. (Detroit) and Olmstead Brothers (Wheatley) who drooled over the outstanding quality of the that-day freshly trapped-net fish they were receiving for processing. [Salasnek - http://www.electricscotland.com/history/canada/crewe/index.htm In 1967: Arthur 0. Salasnek, Salasnek Fisheries, Inc., 2140-80 Wilkins Street, Detroit, Mich. 48207 - Report Of Commercial Fisheries For The Calendar Year 1967 - http://docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/cof/Cof_1967.pdf ]

Fresh sturgeon steak, and salted black caviar produced by the hands of my father - nothing tasted  better        except for the mounds of fried - lightly battered - trap-net perch that my mother slaved over the stove for us growing boys!  That is, when we weren't wolfing down fried-in-butter cottage cheese verenike by the dozen.

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1960

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -The Leamington Post. June 9, 1960 - pg. 15

1964 (Revised 1994)

Plan of Lot 15 and Krause Fishery

Lot 15, R.P. 397, Plan 42736

http://clss-satc.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca/plan-eng.php?id=51914+CLSR+ON

1965

1969

Krause Fishery - The End of all the fisheries at the Point

[http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/pelee/natcul/natcul2_4_e.asp ]

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POST 1969

OUTSIDE THE POINT, AT STURGEON CREEK

F. W. Krause and Sons Fisheries

Rudy Krause and record catch

Drum beats record By JIM Este
LEAMINGTON - A Canadian fish record was broken last week when the Krause Fisheries firm pulled in a 30.5-pound fresh water Drum in its trap nets ...

Krause Fisheries Inc.

Address: 582 Bevel Line Rd
Leamington, ON
N8H 3V4
Contacts: R. Krause (P)
 
 
Phone: 519.326.2933
 
Fax: n/a
 
Website: n/a
Product & Service Description:
Fresh and frozen fish.
 
Established: 1939
Employees: 6
Export: n/a
Certification: n/a
 
Business Category (NAICS):
311710 - Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging

http://www.choosewindsoressex.com/locate_expand/directory/display.cfm?id=350  - 2009 Description

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  • Gill Nets: I don't know why, but these are dominant on the Lakes. The mesh diameter is set for a certain species based on size and traps any fish attempting to pass through by the gills and kills it. Smaller fish can't get through, nor can bigger ones. Fish of a specific size are seized by the gills and die.

    I have a big problem with this as the net guage [sic] is not species specific. All manner of game fish and fish with no market value are trapped, killed and tossed back to waste. Also, the fish may sit dead for some time till they're harvested.

    Trap Nets: This is a maze arrangement where the fish swim up a "hallway" and are later scooped out live. I don't know how many trap netters are left, but if you find one, love him. The last ones I knew of were Krause Fisheries in Leamington and Lidddels out of Pelee Island.

    [ http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/459433 ]

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  • Hy-Lite Powerboats Inc. was incorporated in 1995 as an independent entity associated with 734126 Ontario Limited (o/a Tug Weld Manufacturing) for the purpose of marketing a line of custom built aluminum-hull, high performance, offshore type powerboats.

The parent company, commercially known as "Tug Weld" or "TWM" was established in 1982 for the purpose of manufacturing and repairing marine vessels and equipment on the Great Lakes (primarily Erie and St. Clair). Between 1985 and 1988, five fishing tugs were totally re-engineered, re-built and enlarged. They were the BM CABREIL for Cabreil Fisheries, the MISTY JEAN for Church Fisheries, the A.R. GETTY for Getty Fisheries,the GL SIMMONS for Simmons Fisheries and the LADY K for Krause Fisheries. In addition, the 65 ft. CRYSTAL BLUE was designed and manufactured for Murray Collard Fisheries of Wheatley, Ontario ...

[ http://www.hy-litepowerboats.com/comp.htm ]

1971

Employees of William Krause and Sons Fisheries of Point Pelee ...Rudy Krause said ...
The fisheries is moving its equipment to a new location at Sturgeon Creek just north of the bridge.
The old location at Point Pelee is being taken over by the National Parks Board, which is buying up privately-owned land in the national park ...
William Krause said ...

  

L. - Rudy Krause, left, Mel Fisher and Harry Cree lay nets out to dry [Sturgeon Creek] /
R - The nets are lifted into a truck after a treatment with asphalt compound [Sturgeon Creek]

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=W1lAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=iVIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2907,1753546&dq=william-krause+fishery&hl=en - Windsor Star, December 28, 1971, p. 5.

1976

  • ... of Wm. Krause & Sons Fisheries, of Point Pelee, are reported preparing their nets for the Spring fishery by treating them with a new asphalt compound. Rudy Krause said the treatment is quick-drying and non-sticking. The nets are made of nylon and the treatment gives them body and a black color ...

[Canadian fisherman & ocean science, Volume 58, Issues 1-4, 1976, p. 19]

1977-1978

June 7, 2017, The Wheatley Journal, Sun Editorial

Mark Ribble

 

1984

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POINT PELEE FISHERIES - KRAUSE REFERENCES

Pelee Island (41°47', 82°40'). Many lake sturgeon were caught around  the island in early May and June, and spawning was believed to occur here  (Rathbun and Wakeham 1897). Point Pelee (41°55', over hard clay, gravel or 1954; Rathbun and Wakeham at the point in June, but OE-2  Rondeau Harbour (42°15', 81°53') ... p. 6

HERRING Lake herring migrated from the deeper waters of the eastern portion of the lake, such as the deep hole off Long Point (42°33', 80°10’), to spawn in shallow water in the western basin (Hile, pers. comm. 1979; Langlois 1948, 1954; Moore 1894; Rathbun and Wakeham 1897; Scott 1951; Trautman, pers. comm. 1979; Wickliff 1936). It was also hypothesized, however, that herring did not migrate from one end of the lake to the other but that the stock was composed of several races (Koelz 1926). Historically, the run began on the Canadian shore near Rondeau (42°15’, 81°53’) and was more pronounced along the shores west of Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30’) and Vermilion (41 °26’, 82°22’). The run along the southern shore of the central basin was believed to be ill-defined, because it was so obstructed by gillnets that the fish had to move along the Canadian shore until deflected southward by Point Pelee (Rathbun and Wakeham 1897). A part of the run continued south to Kelleys Island (41°36’, 82°42'), Huron (41°24', 82°33'), and Vermilion; another portion passed around Point Pelee and spread out over the area west of the islands (Moore 1894). A large number also moved up into the Detroit River ... p. 24

WHITEFISH Historically, on about the first of October, lake whitefish began to migrate from the eastern basin of Lake Erie along both the north and south shores to the rocky shoals at the western end of the lake to spawn (Cole 1905; Downing 1904, 1910; Ferguson 1957; Kerr and Kerr 1860-1898; Kumlien and True 1887; Leach 1923; Milner 1874b; Moore 1894; Rathbun and Wakeham 1897; Smith and Snell 1891; Trautman 1957; Wright 1955). Lake whitefish are believed to have moved clockwise around the lake on their spawning migration, often passing to the west through the islands area and back along the Canadian shore (Wolfert, pers. comm. 1979). Lake whitefish passed through the western basin and into the Detroit River and, until the early 1900s, into Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River to spawn; they returned via Pigeon Bay (42°00', 82°40') which borders Point Pelee on the west (Kerr and Kerr 1860-1898; Keyes 1894; Milner 1874c; MSBFC 1887, 1895; Reighard 1910; Trautman 1957). In Lake Erie, lake whitefish spawned for 18-60 days in late October to December when temperatures were generally 43-53°F (Fish 1929; Kerr 1874; Klippart 1877; Koelz 1929; Langlois 1945b, 1954; Milner 1874a; Price 1940; Rathbun and Wakeham 1897; Stockwell 1875a; Van Oosten and Hile 1949; Wickliff 1928b, 1933a, 1936, 1957; Wickliff and Miller 1929). Spawning usually does not begin until the temperature drops to at least 46°F (Lawler 1965) ... p. 28

Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30'). Much of the remnant lake whitefish population spawns at Point Pelee (Ferguson 1957) ... p. 34

COHO SALMON In 1933, coho salmon fingerlings were stocked in Pickerel (41°26', 82°57') and Cold (41°27', 82°46') creeks, tributaries of Sandusky Bay; these plantings were unsuccessful (Parsons 1973). Annual plantings began in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York waters of Lake Erie in 1969 and in Michigan waters in 1974 (GLFC 1973a,b, 1975, 1976, 1978 in press; NYDEC 1977a; ODNR, undated). Spawning runs have developed in several tributaries, -primarily in the eastern and central basins, but little natural reproduction occurs. Significant numbers of coho salmon are observed during September of each year, when they school near stream mouths (Shea 1972). An annual clockwise migration occurs between the eastern and central basins. In January and February, juvenile coho salmon concentrate near warm water discharges at Lorain (41°28', 82°11') and Cleveland (41°30', 81°43'), in May-August they concentrate between Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30') and Port Stanley (42°39', 81°13'), and in September and October, as adults, they move back to their home streams (Baker and Scholl 1971c; Shea 1972). Spawning runs enter a number of Lake Erie tributaries ... p. 35

CHINOOK SALMON In 1873-80, chinook salmon fry were planted in Ohio tributaries to Lake Erie, mainly in the Maumee River, and also in five Michigan tributaries. In 1933, yearlings were planted in Pickerel (41°26’, 82°57’) and Cold (41°27’, 82°46’) creeks, tributaries of Sandusky Bay; only one survivor was reported (Parsons 1973). Plantings resumed in Ohio Waters in 1970, and were begun in Pennsylvania waters in 1971, and in Michigan and New York waters in 1973 (GLFC 1973a, 1975, 1976, 1978 in press; NYDEC 1977a). Spawning runs have developed in several tributaries, primarily in the eastern and central basins, but little natural reproduction occurs. Significant numbers of chinook salmon are observed in September when they school near stream mouths (Shea 1972). An annual clockwise migration occurs between the eastern and central basins. In January and February chinook salmon concentrate near warm water discharges at Lorain (41°28’, 82°11') and Cleveland (41°30’, 81°43’), in May to August they concentrate between Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30') and Port Stanley (42°39', 81°13’), and in September and October, they move back to home streams (Shea 1972). Spawning runs enter a number of Lake Erie tributaries ... p. 38

[Lake Trout] Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30') and Pelee Island (41°47', 82°40'). Rocky areas at the point and on the east side of the island may have provided limited spawning habitat (Moenig, undated) ... p. 47.

RAINBOW SMELT Rainbow smelt eggs planted in Crystal Lake (44°40', 86°10'), Michigan, in 1912 are believed to be the source of rainbow smelt found in all of the Great Lakes, except Lake Ontario. The first reported capture of smelt in Lake Erie occurred in 1935 at Port Dover (42°47', 80°12'), Ontario (Van Oosten 1937a). The first spawning run in Lake Erie occurred in 1940 in a drainage ditch west of Blenheim (42°18', 82°00'), Ontario (Roseborough 1962). Most of the successful spawning in Lake Erie occurs on sandy shoals along the Canadian shore (Applegate and Van Meter 1970; Scott 1967; Slastenenko 1958; USBCF 1966). Adults move inshore and into streams in late March and early April and move back to deeper waters just after spawning (FWS 1979d). The western basin has few streams suitable for spawning, and, along the north shore, runs do not occur west of Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30') (Ferguson 1955; Regier 1963). Some rainbow smelt migrate into the western basin in the fall, spawn there in the spring, and then return to the central basin. Small concentrations of eggs have been recovered throughout the western basin on mud bottom; these eggs may have been spawned elsewhere on sandy bottom, which is the preferred spawning substrate in Lake Erie (Wolfert, pers. comm. 1979). Most hatching occurs May 1-15 at 50°F (Comm. Fish. Rev. 1961a) ... p. 48

Ontario The first smelt spawning run in Lake Erie occurred along the Canadian shore of the central basin in 1940 in a tributary west of Blenheim (42°18', 82°00') (Roseborough 1962). In the early 1940s, spawning occurred at Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30'). Egg collections have documented spawning along the entire northern shore of the central and eastern basins (Ferguson 1954; Regier 1963). Most spawning occurs on beaches and shoals in 10 ft or less of water. Few stream spawning populations remain, although runs also enter certain unpolluted and unobstructed tributaries (Applegate and Van Meter 1970; Ferguson 1954; USBCF 1966; USDI 1967). Rainbow smelt apparently prefer to spawn in smaller streams that have barrier bars or riffles near the mouth. They also spawn on gravel or bedrock along the north shore off Long Point (42°33', 80°10') and at Morgans Point (42°51', 79°21'), where there are strong currents (Regier 1963). Spawning runs usually occur in April or early May (Berst 1954; MacCallum and Regier 1970; Mahon, pers. comm. 1979; Nsembukya-Katuramu 1978; Regier 1963). Usually the spawning run begins at Point Pelee about the middle of April and lasts approximately 2 weeks; peak spawning occurs at 38-41°F. Subsequent runs follow the shore east of Point Pelee; spawning runs occur in the eastern basin about 2 weeks later than at Point Pelee (MacCallum and Regier 1970; Regier 1963). It has also been reported, however, that the spawning peaks occur throughout the lake at about the same time (late April) and that there is no progression from one end to the other (Berst 1954; Ferguson 1954, 1955). Along the Canadian shore, YOY inhabit the inshore waters in the spring (MacCallum and Regier 1970). Fry are very abundant inshore at depths of 20 ft during mid-summer; they begin moving offshore in late summer (Ferguson 1965; Chen 1970). In 1962, YOY moved offshore from the spawning areas in the central and eastern basins and were collected by June in waters as deep as 50 ft (MacCallum and Regier 1970). OE-1 Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30'). Spawning aggregations occur in 10 ft or less of water; spawning occurs on the current-swept beaches in April and early May (Regier 1962, 1963; Thomasson 1963). Point Pelee has large spawning runs in April, which usually last for 2 weeks (Ann Arbor News 1979b; Environ. Can. 1977a; MacCallum and Regier 1970; Regier 1962). The largest runs occurred during the late 1950s (Krause 1967). In 1959, spawning runs occurred at Point Pelee Park (41°58', 82°32') and the Learnington Dock (42°01', 82°36') in April (Roseborough 1962). Eggs were collected on the gravel bar that extends south off the tip of the point. Most eggs were deposited in water less than 10 ft deep in an area that extended at least 2,000 ft out from the tip of the point (Regier 1962). Until approximately 1944, major runs occurred in Sturgeon Creek (42°01', 82°34') (Ferguson 1954, 1955). Fry are abundant along the point during the summer (Ferguson 1955). In 1962, YOY were collected near Point Pelee; ... p. 54

[EMERALD SHINER] ... Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30'). In 1975, YOY were captured in beach seines off the west beach of Point Pelee (Paine 1976). ... p. 82

[COMMON SHINER ] ... Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30'). In 1929, one larva was found in the lake south of Point Pelee and east of Pelee Island (41°47', 82°40') on June 19 (Fish 1932). ... p. 83.

[SAND SHINER] ... Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30'). In 1929, larvae and postlarvae were abundant around Point Pelee in August (Fish 1932). ... p. 89

[WHITE BASS] ... Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30'). The shoals along the entire shoreline of the point are important spawning areas (Environ. Can. 1977a). Young- of-the-year were collected on the northwest beach on the point (Paine 1976). ... p. 135.

[SUN FISH] ... Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30'). The marshes of Point Pelee National Park (41°58', 82°32') are important spawning areas (Environ. Can. 1977a). ... p. 141.

[BLACK BASS] ... Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30'). The marshes of Point Pelee National Park (41°58', 82°32') are important spawning areas (Environ. Can. 1977a). ... p. 150.

[WALLEYE ] ... Point Pelee (41°55', 82°30'). The entire shoreline of Point Pelee National Park (41°58', 82°32' ) is a spawning area (Environ. Can. 1977a). Until recently, large numbers of ripe walleyes moved onto the reefs off the point and onto the gravel and sand areas along the west shore (Julien 1967; Krause 1967; Tiessen 1967); by about 1950, these areas were degraded by domestic and cannery wastes from Leamington (42°01', 82°36') and neighboring towns (Regier et al. 1969). In the spring, adults were first taken by fishermen about 15 mi SE of Point Pelee; the fish then moved towards the shore areas of Pelee Island (41°47', 82°40') and Point Pelee (Krause 1967). ... p. 183.

[http://www.scribd.com/doc/1589902/USGS-volume09 - USGS: volume 09 - C.D. Goodyear, Atlas of Spawning and Nursery Areas of Great Lakes Fishes, Volume IX, Lake Erie, September, 1982. - Krause, W., Jr. 1967. Notes of interview conducted by H. A. Regier, June 9.]


JOHN T. LOOP/ ROBERT LIVINGSTON/ WILLIAM SETTERINGTON

John Loop and William Setterington Fish Shanty and Log House, located on the west of Point Pelee.

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/efp - The Essex Free Press. June 3, 1932 - Page: 3


JOSEPH LOOP (b. October 20, 1839 -d. ),

HENRY LOOP

IRA LOOP

JOE LOOP

He then entered the fishing industry, with his brothers Henry and Ira, locating first at Point Pelee, where they operated one pound, and later at Kingsville, where they had three pounds. This business was continued for foourteen years, the brothers supplying both wholesale and retail dealers in Detroit and adjoining areas ...[Joseph leaves fishing] ... His fondness for the water soon drew him back to the fishing business, and he established himself on thge east shore of Point Pele, beginning with one pound, and finally controlling four. He spent ten years in this industry, and then sold out to Frederick Kline, of Sandusky ...

[Commemorative biographical record of the county of Essex, Ontario : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families ( Toronto, J.H. Beers, 1905), pp. 316-317 - http://www.ourroots.ca/toc.aspx?id=3107&qryID=7812a62b-c8a9-43a4-8924-f51b6c8db63a]

         

Loop Jr. and Loop Sr.

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The loop name has been well-established in the fishing industry of Wheatley and the Point Pelee area for over a century ...

Family historical records note that Benjamin Franklin Loop was a resident of New Yoek State during the American Revolution. His desire to remain loyal to the King compelled him to move to Canada and eventually to settle at Point Pelee. His three sons, Henty, Ira, and Joe, engaged in pound net fishing in the Point Pelee and Kingsville areas of Lake Erie ...

Rita Lobzun [Karen Adamson-Editor], Open Books, A Historical Sketch of Commercial Fishing in Wheatley - Ontario, After 1980, p. 16]


GEORGE MCLEAN

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), pp. 45-48]

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -Leamington Post, September 21, 1922, p. 4


JAMES MCLELLAN

HAROLD "MAC' MCLELLAN [H. E. MCLELLAN]

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), pp. 45-48]

H. E. MCCLELLAND OF POINT PELEE

VICE- PRESIDENT,
ESSEX COUNTY LAKE ERIE FISHERMAN'S ASSOCIATION

McClellan Fishery

Harold "Mac" McClellan began fishing in the 1920's, when employed by James W. Grubb at Point Pelee ...

"Mac" worked for a number of years at the Grubb fishery ...

In 1937, "Mac" having operated his own fishery for a number of years, sold his business to William Krause of Point Pelee, and moved to Wheatley ...

Rita Lobzun [Karen Adamson-Editor], Open Books, A Historical Sketch of Commercial Fishing in Wheatley - Ontario, After 1980, p. 16]

McClellan Fishery

Harold "Mac" McClellan began fishing in the 1920's, when employed by James W. Grubb at Point Pelee. One experience, which he related, is still very clear to him and provides further proof that even the most experienced fishermen were often fooled by the weather and Lake Erie's unpredictable nature.

The incident occurred on a Good Friday when the crew set out to drive stakes into the lake bed in preparation for the pound netting season. Jim Grubb had been rather dubious about going out on the lake on that particular day and was perhaps a little superstitious. With only a few stakes left to drive, the east wind suddenly changed into a "northwester". Rough seas made it too difficult to continue their work so the men decided to head for the shore, towing the scow with its men on board behind the boat. Several times the tow line broke, forcing the men to abandon the scow and board the open wooden boat. By continuously bailing water they were able to reach the shore where their anxious wives were waiting. The abandoned scow was struck by a freighter, but was later salvaged when other fishing tugs towed it in to shore.

"Mae worked for a number of years at the Grubb fishery and was also a member of the Point Pelee Volunteer Rescue Squad, which saved many lives during Its years of service. The dramatic rescue of the victims on the boats. the "N. J . Nessen" and the "Kelly's Island", are but two of the many rescue missions carried out by these brave men.

In 1937. "Mac", having operated his own fishery for a number of years, sold his business to William Krause of Point Pelee, and moved to Wheatley to operate a feed mill and coal business.

Rita Lobzun [Karen Adamson-Editor], Open Books, A Historical Sketch of Commercial Fishing in Wheatley - Ontario, after 1980, p. 16

http://images.ourontario.ca/Partners/CKPL/CKPL0027490551T.PDF

 

1921 Census - Family 129

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http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -The Leamington Post. December 23, 1937 - Page: 5


MOONEY

         

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Mooney, Ira http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1911a/e080/e001985788.pdf
Province/Territory: Ontario, District Name: Essex South, District Number: 68, Sub-district: Mersea, Sub-district Number: 25 - Page 1 - Point Pelee

Mooney, Henry http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1911a/e080/e001985788.pdf
Province/Territory: Ontario, District Name: Essex South, District Number: 68, Sub-district: Mersea, Sub-district Number: 25 - Page 1 - Point Pelee


NATINSKY

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), pp. 45-48]


OLMSTEAD

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), pp. 45-48]


ADAM OPER

Rita Lobzun [Karen Adamson-Editor], Open Books, A Historical Sketch of Commercial Fishing in Wheatley - Ontario, After 1980, p. 2]


POST FISH CO

Commemorative biographical record of the county of Essex, Ontario : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families (Toronto, 1905), p. 580

http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=640974


CARL RIBBLE AND MIC GRUBB [RIEL OR RILE GRUB]

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), pp. 45-48]

NOTE: Riel Hillier Grubb, Birth: 02 Jan 1911, Point Pelee, Mersea Tp, Essex, Ontario, Canada Death: 17 Sep 1972, Point Pelee, Mersea Tp, Essex, Ontario, Canada Parents: James Grubb and Sarah Mooney (1) - http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Family:Riel_Grubb_and_Evelyn_Musson_%281%29

"Mark Ribble circa 1966 sitting in the 1927 Model A that was used by Ribble & Grubb Fisheries for tarring nets. The fishery property was located about 300 metres south of the Boardwalk on the same side of the road. "

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=22916359039&v=wall#!/photo.php?fbid=40478390638&set=o.22916359039&type=1&theater

This would have been located just inside the gates on the lake side of the road, probably just before where the parking lot/orientation display is now.

Photo and Description © Mark Ribble

Carl and Betty Ribble

[Editor's Note: Mark's description of fishery activities, tar vat et al,
at R&G Fishery is identical to Krause Fishery activities while my family fished out of Point Pelee]

Memories of tar and tar dust

As with most people of my generation, I remember during my early years, wondering aloud what life would be like as an adult, what the year 2000 would bring and what I’d be doing when I was 50 years old.

That seemed like a lifetime ago, and it practically was.

As a kid, I’d spend my summers running around bare - foot at our place at Point Pelee with friends Steven Mail - loux and Jimmy Reid, who both came from Windsor to spend the summers at cottages that were on our property.

Danielle Mellian lived next door. Her and I used to talk about what we wanted to be when we grew up. I think she wanted to be a nurse.

Although it seemed a foregone conclusion that I was going to be a fisherman, it never did materialize. I worked a couple of summers at Krause Fisheries [then no longer at Point Pelee but operating out of nearby Sturgeon Creek] in the late seventies, but that didn’t turn into a career for me.

I had this interest in being a fireman early on, which was spurred by our occasional make-believe games on the R&G Fishery property.

Behind the fishery’s main building, which we referred to as the ‘Fish House’, was a pile of rubber boots, rubber raincoats and rain hats that somewhat resembled fireman’s gear. It was actually the rain gear that my dad and his crew wore during inclement weather on good old Lake Erie.

We’d often find an old hose and pretend we were put - ting out fires around the ‘tar vat’ which sat behind the fish house.

The tar vat was a very interesting piece of history itself.

Nowadays, you wouldn’t be able to store tar anywhere in the open, without having a fence around it and umpteen dozen padlocks on the fence. There would be WHMIS sheets everywhere.

Back then, the large square metal container sat right out in the open and held hundreds of gallons of black tar that could be heated into a bubbling liquid.

The fishing trap nets were tarred every year to prevent them rotting from being in the lake for the whole season.

Two or three days before the tarring was to take place, the heater was turned on, which transformed the vat of solid black into hot liquid tar.

I still remember the smell and can’t pass by a road paving crew today without inhaling a nose full and reminiscing about the smell that I always considered one of the more favourable smells from my childhood.

It sure beat the heck out of fish guts and muskrat pelts, which were common smells of my childhood.

On tarring day, us kids would gather around to watch the guys do their magic with the tar. One-by-one, the nets were loaded onto a pallet-like platform and lowered from an overhead winch and pulley into the vat of hot tar.

I can’t remember how long they left them in there but it was fun to watch them lift the nets out of the tar and load them onto the back of the old Model A.

From there, the Model A drove slowly up and down the open grass field as two or three men walked behind pull - ing the net off the back so it would lie evenly on the grass. Memories of tar and tar dust (Continued on Page 10)

Memories of tar and tar dust (Continued from Page 4)

After the fishing season was over in the fall, the nets were ‘pulled’ and brought into the ‘twine shanty’ for repairs. A small crew stayed on for the winter months to mend the nets by hand with a spool of nylon twine in one hand and a plastic or wooden twine needle in the other.

The smell of tar dust filled the air and your nostrils. After you were in there for a few hours, you’d blow your nose and all of that black dust would come out onto the Kleenex, or in those days, your handkerchief.

I’m surprised we all survived that but we did.

The bounty of Lake Erie back then usually included yellow perch, pickerel, silver bass, carp, sheephead and mullets (suckers) with plenty of catfish thrown in.

They threw back the garbage fish, the ones my dad called sawbellies and ale - wives.

Although I didn’t often get to tag along on the fishing boat, I did go out a few times on nice days. Being the youngest child, I came along toward the end of my dad’s active fishing career.

However, I learned a lot about hard work, the lake and its fish.

As a kid, I could tell you what a Buffalo Carp looked like and if someone asked me to describe a mud-pout, I could do that. I can still look at a catfish and tell you if it is a channel cat or a bullhead.

In the spring, the smelters would arrive at the park in droves, armed with seine nets of all kinds, waders and tin garbage cans.

It took just a few dips along the shore to get those cans teeming with the silvery Lake Erie delicacies.

We would stay open late at R&G Fishery to sell smelt to those who were unlucky or too impatient to wait for a spot on the beach to open up.

We sold smelt ‘on the whole’ or dressed, late into the evening, as long as cars were still driving in and out of the park.

It was all part of life, growing up ‘Pelee’.

All of this is stuff that I miss when I think of my childhood. I’m sure we all have fond memories of the things we used to do as a kid.

Our kids and grandkids will have memories to pass on as well. They won’t be memories of tar dust or smelt fishing, but they will be memories nonetheless.

Mark Ribble, Rib's ramblings, "Memories of tar and tar dust" in http://www.southpointsun.ca/images/sun_web_august_5.pdf - August 5, 2015, pp. 4. 10


ROBSON ?

[Source: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1901/index-e.html . See also: http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/District.jsp?id=60 ]


SETTERINGTON AND CAMPBELL FISHERY

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -Leamington Post, March 1, 1917, p. 2


SID TILBURY AND SMITH

      

 

"Tilbery Fish[ery]"

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -Leamington Post, June 12, 1941, p. 18 [Actually January 16, 1941, p. 11]

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Sydney Tilbury of Kingsville - Commercial Fisherman until his retirement in 19[50?]

 http://ink.ourontario.ca/kr -The Kingsville Reporter. February 7, 1963 - Page: 1


YOUNG

[Henrietta O'Neill, In Search of a Heart (Friends of Point Pelee, 2000), pp. 45-48]


WILKINSON ?

[Source: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1901/index-e.html . See also: http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/District.jsp?id=60 ]


JOS. WRIGGLESWORTH

1910

http://ink.ourontario.ca/browse/lp -Leamington Post, July 28, 1910, p. 1


Future Research
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1871 Census

Other Mersea Township Fishermen

"Fisherman"

1.  VAUGHAN, SYDNEY - Federal Census of 1871 (Ontario Index)
Age: 30 | Birth place: Ontario - District: ESSEX (001), Sub-district: Mersea (F) Division: 2, Page: 81
 
 2.  BIGFORD, WILLIAM - Federal Census of 1871 (Ontario Index)
Age: 27 | Birth place: Ontario - District: ESSEX (001), Sub-district: Mersea (F), Division: 2, Page: 80
 
 3.  BICKFORD, HEZEKIAH - Federal Census of 1871 (Ontario Index)
Age: 62 | Birth place: USA - District: ESSEX (001), Sub-district: Mersea (F), Division: 2, Page: 79
 
 4.  SIDALL, BENJAMIN - Federal Census of 1871 (Ontario Index)
Age: 57 | Birth place: ENGLAND - District: ESSEX (001), Sub-district: Mersea (F), Division: 2, Page: 76
 
 5.  BRYDGES, WILLIAM - Federal Census of 1871 (Ontario Index)
Age: 30 | Birth place: Ontario - District: ESSEX (001), Sub-district: Mersea (F), Division: 2, Page: 75
 
 6.  TRUAX, ABRAM - Federal Census of 1871 (Ontario Index)
Age: 23 | Birth place: Ontario - District: ESSEX (001), Sub-district: Mersea (F), Division: 2, Page: 15

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/index-e.html - Search Mersea and Fisherman

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1881 Canada

Mersea Township Fishermen

"Fisherman"

  Name Age Province District Name Sub-District Name  
1. Askins, George 19 Ontario Essex (181) Mersea (H) p. 54
2. Askins, Wm. 40 Ontario Essex (181) Mersea (H) p. 53
3. Bickford, Charles 47 Ontario Essex (181) Mersea (H) p. 55
4. Loop, Darius 30 Ontario Essex (181) Mersea (H) p. 55
5. Mooney, John 25 Ontario Essex (181) Mersea (H) p. 8
6. Reed, Darius 30 Ontario Essex (181) Mersea (H) p. 55

[ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1881/index-e.html?PHPSESSID=45v333ltvarpiv5qoqn1omph54 ]

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1911 Census

[See also: http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/Test3.jsp?did=68 ]

Other Mersea Township Fishermen  - Appear to be at Point Pelee

"Fisherman"  

Other Mersea Township Fishermen

"Fisherman"