The construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Ontario Hydro Project meant that 280 homes and 1,100 people had to be relocated in Iroquois. Not all homeowners liked Hydro’s “generous terms” as witnessed by this sign put up by Clifford Martin of Iroquois.
In Iroquois, 30 to 40 landowners were expropriated. These people farmed at Iroquois Point. One farmer contested the offer he received from Hydro because he owned a valuable orchard with trees in varying stages of development. His demands for the trees were so high the case had to go to the Exchequer Court, where a separate valuation was made for each tree – before all parties were satisfied.
More information and numerous photographs of the St. Lawrence Project are to be found in Quarry Press’ new publication THE LIVING RIVER -secrets of the St. Lawrence, from Montreal to Cornwall to Prescott. Written by Lor Pelton and Ian Bowering.
The book is available at the Cornwall Community Museum for $30, or for information email: Ian10@bellnet.ca