The Durnan’s of Toronto Island

The Durnan’s of Toronto Island

The Durnans of Toronto Island: Over 170 Years On Toronto Bay


THE DURNANS OF TORONTO ISLAND: OVER 170 YEARS ON TORONTO BAY
by JANE FAIRBURN You might recall that I promised to provide you with more information on the Durnan family of Toronto Island, whose roots extend back to the earliest days of European habitation on the sandy strand, when the little town of York was a mere outpost on the fringe of a vast and imposing wilderness. The Durnan family, immigrants from Belfast, Ireland, found their way to the Island in 1830s. The patriarch of the clan, James, became the third keeper of the Toronto Island lighthouse in 1832 at a time when the Island, and by extension the Toronto shore, had by no means emerged from its pioneer period.
Toronto Island lighthouse, as it appeared c. 1907. Toronto Public Library, Owen Staples, JRR 472
Robertson’s Landmarks record the remembrances of James’s son George, who became the fourth keeper of the light in 1853. He remained in that position for well over fifty years, relinquishing his post shortly before his death in 1908. George Durnan recalled that from 1834 to 1840, Aboriginal people still occasionally camped on the Island. As reported in the Landmarks, “these children of the forest were fond of milk, and often came to the light keeper’s door and asked for a pitcher full and were seldom refused, if there was milk to spare.” The nineteenth century Durnans were likely unaware that their Aboriginal neighbours, the Mississaugas, held the Island (in their language, Menecing) to be a sacred place of healing ― a place to be born, and a place to die.
Toronto Island lighthouse keeper George Durnan, 1853 to 1905, being interviewed by publisher John Ross Robertson, June, 1907, at the Evening Telegram, the art room, July 6, 1907.
During the years of George Durnan’s tenure, Toronto Bay became a bustling hub of industry, commerce, and recreation. The Durnans and their kin were at the centre of all that. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Toronto Island produced several scullers of national and international renown, including the great four time world champion, Ned Hanlan. Hanlan’s sister, Emily, married ‘Boathouse John Durnan’, a son of the original lighthouse keeper James Durnan. Ned Hanlan’s nephew, master boat builder Eddie Durnan, was champion oarsman in America from 1912 until his death in 1928.
Here is Eddie Durnan’s daughter, Hester Durnan, in his hand-crafted iceboat, c. 1920s. Courtesy Ted English and John Durnan Hudson.
Eddie Durnan’s son, John Hanlan Durnan, was also a Canadian champion oarsman. The last proprietor of the fabled Durnan’s boathouse, he crafted his own canoes, rowboats, and punts in his boathouse workshop that overlooked the Lagoon. Most of these beautiful vessels were sadly lost when the Island community was decimated in the 1950s.
Below is a marvelous photograph of John Hanlan Durnan’s father Eddie in his prime at Hanlan’s Point. The image was generously shared with me by his grandson, John Durnan Hudson, and his grand-nephew, Ted English. I love the painterly quality of this young athlete out in the Bay on a summer’s day.
Eddie Durnan in racing shell, Toronto Bay, c. 1890s. Courtesy Ted English and John Durnan Hudson ©
Eddie Durnan, John Hanlan Durnan, and Ned Hanlan himself were by no means the only members of their large family group to achieve sporting excellence. Another cousin, also a Canadian champion sculler, was local Toronto osteopathic physician, “Doc” Durnan, who, in his late seventies, would entertain the regatta crowd, by pressing up into a headstand in his rowing shell on the water! Bill Ronald Durnan preferred icy, rather than liquid surfaces, tending net for the Montreal Canadiens from 1943 to 1950, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1964.
Water, whether in its liquid or frozen form, has loomed large in the life of the Durnan family over the generations. The original ‘Boathouse John Durnan’, husband of Emily Hanlan, established Durnan’s boathouse on the edge of the Lagoon at Hanlan’s Point in 1870, according to great-grandson Ted English. Boathouse John drowned out in the Bay in 1874 ― the circumstances of the drowning remain somewhat of a mystery. Many Durnans performed dramatic rescues in Toronto harbour, such as the incident in February 1922, when American champion Eddie Durnan, along with his son John, cut down the sheet rope of their iceboat and inched themselves over 400 feet of paper thin ice to rescue a man floundering in the icy waters. As the Evening Telegram reported, “As the drowning man was getting weaker and weaker, it was only by the presence of mind of the Durnans begging him to put the rope in a better position that they were able to get him on the ice. While the Durnans at this time were more or less exhausted and the man unconscious on the ice… he was dragged slowly foot by foot until the heavy ice was reached.” Both Durnans were awarded the Royal Humane Society’s award for lifesaving on that particular occasion.
With no means of transportation to the mainland in winter prior to the introduction of ice breaking tugs in the 1930s, many Durnans became expert iceboaters. American champion Eddie Durnan was one of Toronto’s premier iceboat builders. John Summers, in his article “The Coldest Sport in the World: Iceboating in Toronto Harbour, 1824-1941”, points out that Toronto retained its own unique style of steered from the stern, lateen-rigged iceboat, until the sport all but disappeared from the Bay in the 1940s. You can also read more about iceboating on the Bay and the remembrances of long time Islanders in Along the Shore.
With a scandalous lack of regard for the past, the City of Metropolitan Toronto succeeded in obliterating the Island communities on Hanlan’s Point and Centre Island by the mid-1950s. Along with the death of the communities came the wanton destruction of numerous heritage buildings and crumbling estates of Toronto’s wealthy elite of an earlier era. By the early 1960s, many former Islanders had been absorbed into the fabric of the city, but Durnan’s rustic boathouse, a landmark on the Island since 1870, remained on the edge of the Lagoon, though eerily silent. I’m told that a crane parked at Mugg’s Island, armed with a wrecking ball and threatening violence, slowly crossed the Lagoon to Durnan’s boathouse one morning in the early 1960s. Without further adieu, it ripped into and systematically dismembered one hundred and ten years of history, that now lie buried under the earth.
Durnan’s boathouse, 1932. Courtesy Ted English ©. City of Toronto Archives, F1232_it1154
The end of an era ― gone but not forgotten
Though the vast majority of Durnans had left Toronto Island before the destruction of the boathouse, Bill Durnan, great-grandson of the original Durnan lighthouse keeper James, opted to remain. His home was fitted out with all the accoutrements you might expect of a fellow with pioneer lineage and an impressive marine heritage that spanned almost two centuries: a Great Lakes ship’s compass, life preservers from long gone Island ferries and ship wrecks, and antique bayonets, muskets and rifles. When Bill died in 2003, it signaled the end of an era in the life of the Island. The Durnans had had a great run, but they had moved on. You can still go and visit Bill and all the Durnans with fond memories though ― his commemorative bench sits on Ward’s Island, overlooking the Bay.
Bill Durnan’s bench, Ward’s Island, Toronto Island. Courtesy Ted English ©
Many thanks to Ted English who assisted me with the preparation of this article.
M. Jane Fairburn ©, 2013

Radelmüller New Light on Toronto’s Oldest Cold Case

Radelmüller New Light on Toronto’s Oldest Cold Case

New Light on Toronto’s Oldest Cold Case – J.P. Radelmüller


By Eamonn O’Keeffe
The murder of John Paul Radelmüller is one of Toronto’s oldest mysteries and the city’s most enduring ghost story. His restless apparition supposedly haunts the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse on the Toronto Islands, seeking justice for a long-ago crime.
Most who grew up in Toronto can recall the tale of the first lighthouse keeper’s demise:
The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse
On the evening of 2 January 1815, soldiers from Fort York paid Radelmüller a visit for his bootlegged beer, sold to supplement his modest income. A dispute broke out, quickly escalated, and Radelmüller was murdered. The drunken soldiers, anxious to hide their crime, dismembered the corpse and concealed his remains near the lighthouse.
A dramatic story, but is it true? Newspaper publisher and historian John Ross Robertson was the first to record the legend nearly a century later in Landmarks of Toronto, as recounted to him by long-time lighthouse keeper George Durnan.[1] But Robertson himself harboured doubts and suspected the whole yarn was a ‘fairy tale’.[2] Though Durnan claimed to have discovered fragments of a coffin and part of a jawbone near the lighthouse in 1893, it was impossible to prove a link with his unfortunate predecessor.[3] Much ink has been spilled on the case since, serving more to embellish this urban myth than to ascertain its veracity. This article aims to establish the story of Radelmüller’s demise as history, not hearsay. His ghost may or may not haunt the 13th step of the lighthouse stairs, but the fundamental details of the legend are fact, not fable.
Born in Anspach in modern-day Bavaria circa 1763, John Paul Radelmüller had brown hair, blue eyes, and stood 5’10”.[4] He immigrated to England as a young man, serving for 16 years as Chamber Hussar to George III’s brother, Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester.[5] After a brief return to Anspach, Radelmüller rejoined the Royal Household as a porter of Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent and future father of Queen Victoria, accompanying him to Halifax in 1799.[6] He later served as a steward for Sir John Wentworth, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. But wishing to ‘redire [sic] a little before I die’, the aging Radelmüller quit and sought a land grant in Upper Canada, arriving at York on New Year’s Day 1804.[7] J. P. Radelmüller’s Signature (1805)
Yet events did not go according to plan and his requests for Crown Reserve land in Markham amongst fellow German homesteaders were denied.[8] Despite this setback, Radelmüller established a school to teach English to the children of these settlers and also served as an interpreter for the German community in Upper Canada. While based in Markham, he penned the German translation of an 1806 government-sponsored agricultural tract, Remarks on the culture and preparation of Hemp in Canada (1806). This pamphlet was designed to encourage farmers cultivate to cultivate hemp for export to Britain, where it was used to make rope for the Royal Navy. Radelmüller was appointed as the first keeper of the lighthouse on Gibraltar Point on 24 July 1809.[9] John Paul Radelmüller married a young German woman named Magdalene Burkholder in 1810 and had one daughter, Arabella.[10] He served at the lighthouse throughout the War of 1812, keeping watch for approaching vessels and maintaining the sperm whale oil lamp. Far from the unscrupulous bootlegger of myth, this former servant of royalty was well-regarded for his ‘inoffensive and benevolent character’.[11] But whatever his personality, Radelmüller’s life came to a tragic end on the evening of 2 January 1815.
York Gazette Report 14 January 1815
Twelve days later, the weekly York Gazette brought news of the ‘horrid crime’, noting that the circumstances afforded ‘every moral proof’ of Radelmüller’s ‘most barbarous and inhuman’ murder. The notice added: ‘The parties last with him are the supposed perpetrators, and are imprisoned.’[12] But who were the alleged killers? According to court minute books, John ‘Blowman’ and John Henry were tried for murder on 31 March, with Chief Justice Thomas Scott presiding.[13] Regimental pay lists prove that the accused were indeed soldiers: John Blueman and John Henry, both of the Glengarry Light Infantry, a unit that saw heavy action during the War of 1812.[14] These men were not however the redcoats of myth: their regiment wore green uniforms modeled on those of the celebrated 95th Rifles.
Glengarry Light Infantry Private, 1812-16. (G.A. Embleton, Parks Canada)
Irish-born Blueman joined the Glengarries first, enlisting for three years on 9 March 1812.[15] He served in the war’s bitter Niagara campaign, and probably fought at the Battle of Fort George in May 1813.[16] Henry by contrast was a comparatively new recruit who probably never saw action. He was attested on 6 July 1814 at Montreal for three years’ service. A sailor born in Antrim, Ireland, Henry was 18 years old at enlistment. He had blue eyes, brown hair, a fair complexion and stood 5’4” in height.[17] At the time of the alleged murder, Blueman and Henry may have been posted at the lonely blockhouse on Gibraltar Point, which guarded entry to York’s harbour. Robertson claimed that the small detachment garrisoned there often visited the keeper for drinks.[18] The men stationed at this isolated post enjoyed much less supervision than their counterparts across the harbour at Fort York and were just over a mile’s walk along the sandbar from Radelmüller’s beer keg.[19] In the dock on 31 March, both Blueman and Henry pled not guilty. The prosecution called seven witnesses, including David Thomson, a forefather of the billionaire Thomson media family and a mason who helped rebuild Fort York in 1815. Coroner Thomas Cooper also testified, filling in for his businessman father William, the official coroner for the Home District. At least three and probably four of the other Crown witnesses were privates of the Glengarry Light Infantry, presumably summoned to give evidence on the actions or whereabouts of Blueman and Henry on January 2nd.[20] Unfortunately, history has not graced us with the proceedings of the trial, only the outcome: both men were acquitted of murder.[21] Perhaps innocence was proven or mitigating circumstances established; there may simply have been insufficient evidence to secure a guilty verdict. On 15 April, the York Gazette announced: ‘No conviction of the supposed murderers of the late J.P. Raddelmuller.’[22] Irvine’s View of York, c. 1816, depicting the Lighthouse, Keeper’s Cottage (far left) and the Gibraltar Point Blockhouse in the middle distance (Art Gallery of Ontario, ID 2946)
Many of the details surrounding the keeper’s demise will forever be left to the imagination. The whereabouts of Magdalene and Arabella on the evening of 2 January, for example, remain unknown, although his widow did not testify at trial.
The death of a foreign-born lighthouse keeper across the harbour apparently merited scant attention from the people of York. Little correspondence has been found discussing the case; even the usually comprehensive diarist Ely Playter fails to mention the murder.[23] Though writing almost a century later, Robertson provides the only account of the night’s events. According to Durnan family oral tradition, he wrote, the keeper was beaten to death for refusing to give the inebriated soldiers another round of drinks. Another version – that Radelmüller was murdered when the soldiers discovered he had cheated them by watering down their whiskey – has recently become popular, but is a modern elaboration on the traditional tale without any documentary basis.
Yet in the absence of further contemporary evidence, the central question of precisely how Radelmüller met his end can never be answered with certainty. That said, the corroboration of other facets of Robertson’s account by surviving evidence certainly bodes well for the overall reliability of the tale related to him by Durnan.
Radelmüller’s Cottage, c. 1908 (Toronto Public Library, Baillie Room, No. B 13-79)
Neither contemporary documents nor Robertson’s account discuss the precise location of the murder. Spine-chilling stories of blood oozing from the 13th step notwithstanding, Radelmüller would surely have hosted the soldiers in his keeper’s cottage, not in the lighthouse’s cramped staircase. Constructed alongside the lighthouse in 1809, this cozy cabin – a more likely setting for the night’s events – stood until about 1950.
The account in Landmarks of Toronto is the sole source for the common belief that the lighthouse keeper doubled as a bootlegger. Yet Robertson’s claim that Radelmüller’s beer was bought from a ‘brewery near Lewiston, N. Y.’ and smuggled across the lake to York seems far-fetched in light of the ongoing War of 1812, as patrolling warships would have made such long-distance rum-running hazardous in the extreme. If he was indeed a bootlegger, it is more plausible to suggest that the keeper, taking advantage of his isolation at the lighthouse, operated his own liquor still, supplementing his income by selling beer and spirits to the garrison of the Gibraltar Point Blockhouse.
But while investigation has supported much of the traditional legend, rumours of the gruesome fate of Radelmüller’s corpse appear completely unfounded. While a missing body makes for a better ghost story, neither Robertson nor any period sources describe the killers mutilating and concealing the keeper’s remains or even claim that Radelmüller disappeared at all. In fact, contemporary reports laconically note his ‘unfortunate death’ without displaying any of the uncertainty that would inevitably have arisen in the absence of a body.[24] A close reading of Robertson’s account provides the final nail in the coffin, so to speak, clearly implying that Durnan understood Radelmüller’s corpse to have been respectfully buried, not hacked to pieces and scattered.[25] The discovery of coffin fragments found alongside a jawbone in 1893, if indeed linked to Radelmüller, would support such a conclusion, but does not tally with a hasty burial by fugitive killers. Contrary to oft-repeated claims that the keeper was ‘never seen again’, all evidence suggests that Radelmüller’s body did not vanish in the first place, but was found, examined by the coroner and laid to rest near the lighthouse.
Blueman and Henry had escaped the death penalty but neither remained in the army for long. His term of enlistment complete, Blueman was discharged on 28 April 1815 while Henry deserted from the Glengarry Light Infantry on 30 June.[26] Like many former soldiers, Blueman received a location ticket in 1816 for 100 acres in Sophiasburgh, Prince Edward County as a reward for his service.[27] Although Blueman never settled there permanently, he later had second thoughts on homesteading. Blueman’s 1830 petition for another land grant was approved though no lot was apparently ever assigned to him.[28] In 1816, John Paul Radelmüller’s widow and brother-in-law, Michael Burkholder, secured title for 200 acres in Reach Township in trust for Arabella in posthumous fulfillment of her father’s 1805 land petition.[29] Just four or five years old at her father’s murder, Arabella grew up, married, and had seven children before her own death in 1844, aged 34.[30] The story of John Paul Radelmüller’s unfortunate demise has become one of Toronto’s most cherished myths. The tale has no doubt been ‘garnished in the telling’, as Robertson warned, but nonetheless remains firmly rooted in fact.[31] We may never know precisely how Radelmüller gave up the ghost on 2 January 1815, nor whether that ghost still haunts the Gibraltar Point lighthouse. But perhaps it does – if not in search of its dismembered corpse then at least in pursuit of its pilfered jawbone!
Interested in learning more?
Read John Ross Robertson’s account from Landmarks of Toronto, peruse one of Radelmüller’s petitions or check out selected primary sources related to the murder.
This article was nominated for the 2016 Heritage Toronto Awards
Written and researched by Eamonn O’Keeffe
The author is grateful to Steve Otto, Ron W. Shaw, Ruth Burkholder, Chris McKay and Winston Johnston for their advice and assistance.
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New Light on Toronto’s Oldest Cold Case first appeared in the December 2015 issue of The Fife and Drum, published by the Friends of Fort York.
Note: John Paul Radelmüller’s name is spelled several different ways in both contemporary documents and secondary sources. John Ross Robertson termed him ‘Muller’ while the York Gazette called him ‘J.P. Rademuller’ and ‘J.P. Raddelmuller’. Other variants include Radan Muller, Radelmuller, Radenmuller, Rattelmullar or Radelmiller. However, as proven by his surviving signatures, the man signed his own name as J.P. Radelmüller.
[1] John Ross Robertson, Landmarks of Toronto, Fifth Series (Toronto: 1908), pp. 378-85.
[2] Ibid, p. 383.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Phyllis H. White, Oaths of Allegiance sworn before William Willcocks, J.P. 1800-1806 and Robert Baldwin, 1800-1812, (Toronto: 1993), p. 14. See also manuscript Oaths of Allegiance, No. 82, John Paul Rattelmullar, sworn 14 May 1805, Toronto Reference Library Special Collections.
[5] 1 January 1808, Library and Archives Canada (LAC), Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 7, p. 2789. The Royal Archives at Windsor Castle were contacted in October 2015 in an effort to confirm Radelmüller’s royal service. Unfortunately, the archivists were unable to offer assistance as they held few records on the households of the Duke of Gloucester or the Duke of Kent for this period.
[6] 1 January 1808, LAC, Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 7, p. 2789-90.
[7] Ibid, p. 2791.
[8] Ibid, p. 2793 and 4 August 1804, LAC, Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 3, pp. 1209-1212.
[9] For his date of appointment, see 7 August 1809, LAC, Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 10, p. 4152. Regarding Remarks on the culture and preparation of Hemp in Canada, Radelmüller spent eight days in York assisting the printer and correcting the work; he was paid £4 6s for his services. See J. Dilevko, “Printing for New Communities in German and Gaelic” in P.L. Fleming, G. Gallichan and Y. Lamonde, History of the Book in Canada, Volume 1: Beginnings to 1840 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004), p.290 and n.77, p.449.
[10] They were married on 20 March 1810. See Marriage Records of St James’ Church (now Cathedral), York. This was not Radelmüller’s first marriage: he wed Charlotte Horatia Sharp on 31 May 1792 at the church of St George’s, Hanover Square in London whilst still serving the Duke of Gloucester. See The Register Book of Marriages Belonging to the Parish of St. George, Hanover Square, in the County of Middlesex, Vol. 2, 1788-1809 (London: 1888), p. 78.
[11] The York Gazette, 14 January 1815, Toronto Reference Library microfilm.
[12] Ibid.
[13] Archives of Ontario (AO), Court of Queen’s [sic–King’s] Bench assize minute books, Criminal Assize 1810-1819, RG 22-134-0-4, microfilm MS 530, reel 2, pp. 190, 192. The men were indicted by a grand jury on 29 March 1815 and tried by a petit jury on 31 March.
[14] The National Archives (UK) (TNA), WO 12/10800, Glengarry Light Infantry Pay Lists. The December-March 1815 entries for both Blueman and Henry note: ‘Detained by the Civil Power, York, Acquitted’.
[15] TNA, WO 25/579, Glengarry Light Infantry Description Book, p. 5, and 9 February 1830, LAC, Upper Canada Land Petitions RG 1, L 3, vol. 51, p. 29.
[16] TNA, WO 164/556, Niagara Frontier 1813 Prize List, p. 127.
[17] TNA, WO 25/579, Glengarry Light Infantry Description Book, p. 81, and WO 25/2201, Glengarry Light Infantry Casualty Returns, No. 19, June-July 1815. The former source notes Henry as a labourer, while the latter records him as a sailor.
[18] Robertson, Landmarks of Toronto, Fifth Series (Toronto: 1908), p. 383.
[19] While the number of men posted at the blockhouse in early 1815 was not noted in the Glengarry Light Infantry’s monthly returns, the Canadian Regiment’s returns record that Serjeant Donald Fraser and twenty men garrisoned Gibraltar Point on 25 April 1815. See TNA, WO 17/298, Glengarry Light Infantry and Canadian Regiment of Fencible Infantry Monthly Returns, and WO 12/10526, Canadian Regiment Pay Lists, March-June 1815.
[20] AO, RG 22-134-0-4, microfilm MS 530, reel 2, p. 192. The witnesses from the Glengarry Light Infantry were Privates John Moore, Joshua Pitt, Thomas Plested and ‘Lewis Newor’ – presumably Private Louis Naddeau. See TNA, WO 12/10800, Glengarry Light Infantry Pay Lists and Winston Johnston, The Glengarry Light Infantry, 1812-1816 (Charlottetown: Benson, 2003).
[21] AO, RG 22-134-0-4, microfilm MS 530, reel 2, p. 192.
[22] The York Gazette, 15 April 1815, Toronto Reference Library microfilm.
[23] AO, Ely Playter fonds, F 556-0-0-10, microfilm reel MS 87.
[24] See 5 January 1815, LAC, Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 22, p. 9229-30, and 6 January 1815, p. 9236.
[25] Robertson, Landmarks of Toronto, Fifth Series (Toronto: 1908), p. 383.
[26] TNA, WO 12/10800, Glengarry Light Infantry Pay Lists, June-September 1815, and WO 25/2201, Glengarry Light Infantry Casualty Returns, No. 19, June-July 1815.
[27] 21 May 1816, LAC, Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 28, p. 12894.
[28] 9 February 1830, LAC, Upper Canada Land Petitions RG 1, L 3, vol. 51, p. 29, and AO, Registers of warrants for land grants – military, RG 1-160-2-1, MS 693 reel 139, p. 49.
[29] AO, Second Heir and Devisee Commission, RG 40-0259, MS 657 reel 17, Claim of Arabella Radelmüller, and 14 May 1805, LAC, Upper Canada Land Petitions, RG 1, L 3, vol. 425, p. 24-24c.
[30] Arabella Radelmüller married Adam Rupert and died on 19 September 1844. She is buried under the name Ann Miller with her husband in the Maple United Cemetery in Vaughan, Ontario.
[31] Robertson, Landmarks of Toronto, Fifth Series (Toronto: 1908), p. 383.
Bibliography
Primary Sources
The National Archives (TNA) Kew, London (UK)
WO 12/10800, Glengarry Light Infantry Pay Lists, 1815.
WO 25/579, Glengarry Light Infantry Description Book, pp. 5, 81.
WO 25/2201, Glengarry Light Infantry Casualty Returns, No. 19, June-July 1815.
WO 164/556, Niagara Frontier 1813 Prize List, Glengarry Light Infantry, p. 127.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
4 August 1804, Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 3, pp. 1209-12.
1 January 1808, Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 7, pp. 2789-95.
7 August 1809, Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 10, pp. 4152-54.
5 January 1815, Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 22, pp. 9229-30.
6 January 1815, Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 22, p. 9236.
21 May 1816, Upper Canada Sundries, RG 5, A 1, vol. 28, p. 12894.
14 May 1805, Upper Canada Land Petitions, RG 1, L 3, vol. 425, pp. 24-24c.
9 February 1830, Upper Canada Land Petitions RG 1, L 3, vol. 51, p. 29.
Archives of Ontario (AO)
Court of Queen’s Bench assize minute books, Criminal Assize 1810-1819, RG 22-134-0-4, microfilm MS 530, reel 2, pp. 190, 192.
Ely Playter fonds, 1815 diary, F 556-0-0-10, microfilm MS 87.
Registers of warrants for land grants – military, RG 1-160-2-1, microfilm MS 693 reel 139, p. 49.
Second Heir and Devisee Commission, RG 40-0259, microform MS 657 reel 17, Claim of Arabella Radelmüller.
Toronto Reference Library (TRL)
Manuscript Oaths of Allegiance, Special Collections, No. 82, John Paul Rattelmullar, sworn 14 May 1805.
The York Gazette, microfilm, 14 January and 15 April 1815.
Secondary Sources
Winston Johnston, The Glengarry Light Infantry, 1812-1816 (Charlottetown: Benson, 2003).
John Ross Robertson, Landmarks of Toronto, Fifth Series (Toronto: 1908), p. 378-385.
Phyllis H. White, Oaths of Allegiance sworn before William Willcocks, J.P. 1800-1806 and Robert Baldwin, 1800-1812, (Toronto: 1993), p. 14.
John Paul Radelmuller; John Paul Radan Muller; John Paul Radenmuller; John Paul Radelmiller; J.P. Radelmuller

Postscript:
The pamphet Radelmüller translated, “Remarks on the culture and preparation of hemp in Canada”, can be found here:
https://archive.org/details/cihm_20892

Farewell To Arms Dinner Programme, WIA, 1946

Farewell To Arms Dinner Programme, WIA, 1946

Farewell To (W.W. II) Arms Dinner Programme

  • Created by:  The War Effort Group, WIA
  • Date:  1946-07-31
  • Provenance:  An original programme of “Farewell To Arms Dinner Entertainment and Dance” hosted by the Ward’s Island Association to honour Ward’s Island residents who served their country 1939-1945.  Document donated by Miriam Loheed, who served as a WREN
  • Digitized by: Ted English
  • Notes: Programme includes Ward’s Island Honour Roll

See also:
http://tihp.torontoisland.org/toronto-island-history-project/wia-military-honour-roll/


WARD’S ISLAND ASSOCIATION UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE WAR EFFORT GROUP
“Honour to whom Honour is due”
“FAREWELL TO ARMS”
Dinner
innen
ENTERTAINMENT AND DANCE
in the Clubhouse
WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY 31, 1946, AT 1830 HOURS
PROCEEDINGS
SOMEONE WROTE SOME TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS AGO:
“God and Soldiers we adore
In time of danger not before The danger passed and all things righted
God is forgotten and the Soldier slighted”
IN APPRECIATION OF A JOB WELL DONE WE GREET YOU AND WELCOME YOU HOME
War Effort Group: MRS. SINCLAIR, MRS. COLEMAN, MRS. STEIN, Miss FOWLIE
OPENING ODE
ABIDE WITH ME Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide; When other helpers fail, and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
LAST POST
One Minute Silence — In Honour of Our Fallen Comrades
REVEILLE
GRACE
DINNER
Toast HIS MAJESTY THE KING
Toast
ARMED FORCES Proposed by WM. SCEVIOUR, Pres., W.L.A. Response by CAPT. COLIN BLAVER, M.C.
Address by Rev. J. C. CLOUGH
CLOSING CEREMONIES
*
INTERMISSION 15 MINUTES
ENTERTAINMENT
THIS PROGRAMME FEATURES SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SHOWS PUT ON IN YOUR ABSENCE.
1-SPECIALTY DANCE Newell Sisters (Featured dancers from the Stop and Go Show)
2-CANADA’S Top ACCORDIONIST Dorothy Merrall Les Lye-Duke Russell—Chick Moore
4-HAWAIIAN DANCERS Marge Smythe-Shirley McKay-Joan Crowley
Jonni Marshall-Elizabeth McColl
5-CANADA’S NIGHTINGALE OF SONG Pat Bailey
(Popular Radio Star)
6GOOD, GOOD, GOOD Wilma Stein-Don Russell
CORDIONIST Dorothy Merrall
8_WITH ‘ER ‘EAD TUCKED UNDERNEATH ‘ER ARM ……Les Lye -Jack Russell
9-SONGS Pat Bailey
10-
IJANCE Newell Sisters
W CIL
I ULUI
CTURES….
United Nations Revue
WARD’S ISLAND HONOUR ROLL
ALLEN, GERALD A. AMOS, ROBERT B. ANDERSON, JOHN R. ARMSTRONG, FRED R. BARR, HARRY SBESLEY, GORDON W.
BLAVER, COLIN A. BRADLEY, JACK C. BROWN, DOUGLAS A. $BYE, GEO. ALLAN
CARLISLE, DONALD CARMICHAEL, DOROTHY J. CARPENTER, JOHN S. CHOATE, CLARE E. CHOATE, JOHN J. CLINCKETT, FRED H. CoOPER, RoBT, WM. DALE, LEIGHTON J. DAVIS, EDWARD DAVIS, EVANS R. DAVIS, RICHARD T. DAVIS, J. E. (PAT) DEDMAN, ARTHUR M. *DODD, BLACHFORD F.
DREW, RONALD DUNFIELD, S. “Ross” H. Esson, F. W. FIDLER, DON. R. FRASER, ED, D. GAY, ARTHUR MAC. GREER, J. H. GUEST, JACK S. GRASS, F. C. GRASS, H. HANGER, CLIFFORD L. HARMAN, FRED W. HARWOOD, CHARLES D HENDERSON, R. GRANT HENDERSON, WM. B. HEWITT, ERNEST C. HILLOCK, CHAS. A. HILLOCK, FRANK W. HOPMANS, C. CLIFFORD JACKSON, J. LLOYD KENNEDY, DEAN R. KERR, DONALD KIMBER, E. GEORGE
KNIGHT, EDWARD C. KNOX, DAVID G. KNOX, R. M. (Peggy) LAPP, PHYLLIS E. LAWSON, FRANK C. LAWSON, NEIL C. LAWSON, GRAHAM G. LEONARD, CHAS. JOHN LEVOIR, LIONEL LIVINGSTONE, HARRY LOGAN, JACK LOHEED, GORDON F. LOHEED, MIRIAM J. LUDLOW, HARRY Ť. LYE, LESLIE E. LYON, TED E. SMACGREGOR, G. H. MINCHIN, F. H. I. MOHUN, GERALD J. MOORE, CHAS. WM. MOTTRAM, GEO. FRED MULLINGER, H. HUGH MUNDY, A. BRUCE MURPHY, PHILIP R. MURPHY, ROWLEY W. MCAREE, JOHN R. MCCLURE, ALLAN S. MCCONNELL, JACK W. MCCONNELL, WM. W. K. MCGIBBON, JAMES MCGILL, R. L. MCKNIGHT, JACK D. NAYLOR, H. ALLAN SNAYLOR, RALPH E.
NAYLOR, MARION A. PARKINSON, DONALD PINNOCK, Ross C. POCOCK, GERALD Pocock, HUBERT J. Pocock, J. L. POCOCK, N. O. Pocock, ROSAMOND PROWSE, DONALD F. PESTELL, G. W. RANDALL, DOUGLAS RANDALL, W. BRUCE SREA, JOHN
REA, WILLIAM C. REDFORD, RICHARD W. ROACH, H. J. F.
ROBINSON, K. DOUGLAS RUSSELL, BRUCE G. RUSTON, GORDON B. SANDERSON, J. WILFRED SANDERSON, W. DOUGLAS SCOTT, DOUGLAS B. SEED, BEVERLEY SEED, NEAL P. SHAW, W. GORDON SHIELS, GEORGE N. SHIELS, W. JACK SINCLAIR, ALECK J. SINCLAIR, ED. G. SMITH, GEORGE E. SMITH, JACK SMITH, Roy G. SMYTH, R. C. M. SMYTHE, JAMES M. SOCKETT, J. C. STEIN, GORDON W. *STURGEON, RALPH R.
SULLIVAN, CHAS. J. SULLIVAN, L. AUSTIN SULLIVAN, RAY G. SWAIN, BEN. SWAIN, JACK U.
TARSEY, GEORGE TASKER, WM. TITUS, ERNEST J. *THOMPSON, FRANK W.
VALE, BRUCE W. VALE, NORMAN VANDERVOORT, W. MARSHALL VAUGHAN, KENNETH L. SVAUGHAN, Ross G.
WARD, JACK WARD, OPAL I. WARD, WILLIAM E. WARREN, MILTON E. WHITTEN, JACK WILLIAMS, BETTY WILLIAMS, DOUGLAS M. WILLIAMS, JACK L. WILLIAMS, W. R. WILSON, EDWARD A. WINSLOW, IAN WITHROW, DONALD F. WITHROW, JOHN B. WOLFRAIM, JACK WRIGHT, T. ALLAN WRIGHT, JAMES H.
†Died of injuries
ŠKilled in action
“Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget — lest we forget!”

Historicist: The People’s Champion

Historicist:  The People’s Champion

Historicist: The People’s Champion

  • Created by: https://torontoist.com/
  • By-Line: Kevin Plummer
  • Date: 09-07-2013
  • Provenance: digitized & reformatted by Ted English
  • Notes:

The Last Tent Dwellers on Toronto Islands

The Last Tent Dwellers on Toronto Islands

The Last Tent Dwellers on Toronto Islands

  • Created by: From the website of the “Torontoist”
  • By-Line: Kathleen McDonnell
  • Date: 08-22-2017
  • Provenance: Assembled by Ted English
  • Notes: Chris Gay, Fifth St., Ward’s Island

Lifetime In Lighthouse

Lifetime In Lighthouse

Lifetime In Lighthouse

  • Created by: The Globe Newspaper/li>
  • By-Line: none
  • Date: 09-19-1905
  • Provenance: Assembled by Ted English, via Toronto Public Library
  • Notes:

Chuck Singer: RCAF base on Lough Erne

Chuck Singer: RCAF base on Lough Erne

Chuck Singer: Back at his wartime base on Lough Erne

  • Created by: Patrice Dougan, Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland)
  • Date: Sept 3, 2011
  • Provenance: Scanned & assembled by Ted English from an original copy
  • Notes: Chuck Singer, an Islander, operated Penguin Cleaners at 19 Manitou Road from the late 1940’s until the mid-50’s when he moved to Florida.

 

John R Durnan – Obituary

John R Durnan – Obituary

John R. Durnan – Obituary

  • Created by:
    Newspaper not identified – From a fragment of the original newspaper article
  • Date:
    October 1942
  • Provenance:
    From the collection of Ted English
  • Notes: Obituary


Jean McLarty – Obituary

Jean McLarty – Obituary

Jean McLarty – Obituary

Document: From the web page of the Toronto Star. Text and font size enhanced.

Document date: 29 November 2017

Provenance: From the archives of Ted English

Digitized by: Ted English

Obituary of Jean McLarty


JEAN McLARTY January 22, 1923 – November 10, 2016 succumbed peacefully to the frailty of her years under the watchful care of the staff at Kensington Gardens, Toronto, where she resided since 2013. Jean grew up at 654 Lakeshore Ave., Hanlan’s Point, the daughter of Police Staff Sergeant Mansfield “Mac” McLarty of Puslinch (1878 – 1962) and Lottie (nee McConnell) of Dundalk (1885 – 1963). She was the older sister to Donald (1925 – 1988) and the twins Adam Hume (1926 – 1942) and John Franklin (1926 – 2012). Jean graduated from Jarvis Collegiate in 1939, Victoria College and the Department of Household Sciences in 1945, and the Ontario College of Education in 1946. Jean taught in the Forest Hill Village Schools (1948 – 1956) then as Head of the Home Economics Department at Burnhamthorpe Collegiate (1956 – 1960), Thistletown Collegiate (1960 – 1966) and finally Martingrove Collegiate (1966 – 1980) where she retired as Head of the Family Studies Department. In 2003 the Jean McLarty Volunteer Service Award was first presented in recognition of her 50 years with the Ontario Family Studies Home Economics Educators’ Association (1946 – 1996). Jean will be missed by all who remember her, especially those who cared for her these last years. A simple interment will take place in the spring at Park Lawn Cemetery. You are invited to share your memories and photos on Jean’s memorial page at: www.facebook.com/groups/JeanMcLarty/