of the River Tonti (now known as Kettle Creek) was found Joliet’s canoe, lost in a storm between this point and Port Dover, while in 1721 Charlevoix, making his way up the chain of lakes, declared that this part of the country had the most beautiful scenery viewed on this trip.” Lewis says that in 1824 this harbor was visited by three young men, all members of Parliament in England, one of whom was Lord Stanley, later known as the Earl of Derby, as he succeeded to the family title and estates, becoming a prominent figure in the political life of the Mother Country. These young men were evidently sent to Canada to gather facts regarding this part of the world. They were guests of Colonel Talbot, so it would seem clear, Lewis says, that Port Stanley was named after Lord Stanley, as no records bear that name prior to this visit, and it was so designated shortly after 1824. How about the jokes? “Are you a doctor?”, she said, addressing the soda jerk. “No Mam”, he replied, “Just a plain fizz-ician.” This brochure was brought to my attention by David Harding, a past chair of Heritage Port Stanley, who has had a life-long interest in the London and Port Stanley Railway. It was published in 1934 by the Hayden Press Ltd., in London. Heritage Port Stanley meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in Port Stanley’s Festival Theatre building. Dr Cole has been a summer resident of Port Stanley for the last 80 years. He was a medical researcher, teaching medicine and physiology at McGill University for many years. Twenty years ago, he and his wife retired to the old family summer cottage on Orchard Beach. He is the co-author, with Robert Burns, of a book entitled Port Stanley: The First Hundred Years.
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