Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | February 15, 2017

THE LIVING RIVER – secrets of the St. Lawrence – from Montreal to Cornwall to Prescott


220 pages long and packed with over 170 rare photographs, this new history of the river by Quarry Press is now available by visiting the Cornwall Community Museum in the Wood House or emailing:

On Saturday Feb. 18, the book will also be for sale at the HERITAGE FAIR at the Cornwall Square.

Cost:  $30

Okay the sales pitch is over.

Chapters:  Discovering the St. Lawrence Valley;

The Defended Waterfront;

The Gilded Age of the St. Lawrence;

Bridges over the St. Lawrence;

Riverboats and Wrecks;

St. Lawrence Seaway;

Lost Villages.

ICE JAMS on the ST. LAWRENCE – sample


Men walking on a St. Lawrence River ice-jam, in front of Cornwall, circa 1920.

On January 30, 1929, the Cornwall “Standard-Freeholder” reported:


The St. Lawrence River passing the south (east of the town)…went on a rampage about 5:30 p.m. and as a result residents of this (area) a distance of  150 feet from the usual summer edge of the river were marooned in their homes by the on-rush of ice and water almost as quickly as it takes to relate it.


Mr. D. Cline on the river’s ice-jam that caused the flooding, January 23, 1929.

People in the locality were preparing for the evening meal at the time and operatives were returning home…when they heard a roar and a rush of water as the ice shoved and in a twinkling water rushed over the  banks and across lots and into gardens and cellars and homes were surrounded by a raging torrent before the people had time to realize exactly what had happened.


Male members of the families affected, at once set about to effect the rescue of their wives and children and so rapidly did the water rise that within a few minutes those living nearest the river had to desert…

scan0024Eileen Adams, on the ice in front of Flanigan’s Point, March 1942.


A house “torn down by the ice shove,” Mille Roches, January 29, 1918.


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