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Friday, March 12, 2010

Moving to Chapleau in 1900 from Moose Factory by canoe and walking the shoreline

Donald and Ian White
Imagine deciding to move to Chapleau in 1900 and making the entire journey by canoe and on foot from Moose Factory to your new home.

That's exactly what contributed to a population increase to the fledgling community on the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway as First Nations families made the journey and the opportunity for gainful employment.

Writing in Chapleau Trails, edited by Dr. William R. Pellow, Ian White mentions many of these families who migrated, but I will just share some of his story in this column. Mr. White is the uncle of John "Charlie" White born and raised in Chapleau, who died on March 12, 2009.

Mr. White writes in Chapleau Trails that his grandparents Stephen and Jane Potts left Moose Factory in 1900, stopped for the winter in Mattice and then stayed at the Brunswick House Reserve on Missanabie Lake before arriving in Chapleau. His mother was nine years old at the time and with her older sister Barbara walked most of the journey by following the shoreline.

He explains that this was necessary because his grandfather had only two canoes and room for three people in each vessel along with the possessions they brought with them. In Chapleau they built a house on Aberdeen Street.

After settling in Chapleau, Mr. White notes that the Elders of the community became devout members of St. John's Anglican Church, but as some could not get out to attend services at the church, they gathered at homes for prayer and enlightenment. He notes that Esther (Sanders) Swanson was their self taught organist and choir leader on Sunday afternoons, and "their joy of singing could be heard in the neighbourhood."

At age seven Mr. White joined the choir of St. John's with Terry and John Way-White, David and Elbert Collinson, Lorne and John Woodard, Edwin Good, Jim and Keith Searle with Reginald Thrush as choirmaster. "I remember my first morning, it was Easter Sunday 1927 and my grandpa was sitting near the entrance when we entered the church. I can still see his smile of approval..."

Mr. White also writes about the "Lower Town" hockey team and some of the famous First Nations players from the early years. "Bob Turner was the noted goalie. Tony Cachagee a fast skating forward. Mickey Linklater was called to play for Glace Bay of the Maritime League and Joe Wolotco, not of the First Nation but a member of the team was called to play for the Windsor Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League."

He also notes that his older brothers Donald and John (Charlie's father) and a cousin Oliver "Doc" Potts and the Corston boys and Mickey and Farmer Linklater competed in the town softball league, adding that Jack Shoup and "Bunt" Burrows shared umpire duties, "both of whom sometimes bore the brunt of sharp criticism."

Mr. White, served in the Third Anti Tank Regiment of the Royal Canadian Army in World War II.
His brother Donald, who lives at Chapleau Cree First Nation also served in World War II. Ian lives in London, Ontario

For information on Chapleau Trails email Dr. William R. Pellow at drpellow@rogers.com

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bruno Serato, owner of Anaheim White House Restaurant honored by Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim

Bruno Serato, owner of the world famous Anaheim White House restaurant has been selected as honoree of the year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim for his service and dedication to needy children in his California city.

Congratulations Bruno on an honor richly deserved!

UPDATE FOLLOW LINK TO VOTE FOR BRUNO AS CNN HERO http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/archive11/bruno.serato.html

I had the privilege of being Bruno's guest in 2006 at the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Anaheim White House restaurant, and saw first hand the tremendous work he does for "motel kids." Since April 18, 2005 he has provided pasta meals to the Boys and Girls Club members every
Monday-Friday for a grand total of 213,500 meals served. On average, more than 100 kids are fed daily.

Michael Baker, executive director of the Anaheim Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim advising him of his selection. Here it is showing clearly the incredible work Bruno does for the less fortunate:

"I am very pleased to inform you that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim's
Gala Committee has selected you as our honoree this year. The Gala will take
place on Saturday March 20, 2010 6:30 pm at Disney's Grand Californian
Hotel. Your years of service and dedication to the kids we serve every
single day is above all others. When I look back on our relationship over
the past 9 years I am amazed at what you have done for our organization.
When considering other individuals for this honor nobody else even came
close to what you have done for this organization. Here are some key
milestones that you have accomplished for us:

"Since 2003- You created Caterina's Girls Club, in honor of your mother, to
help raise money for the kids that we serve. Since that date your group has
raised $234,472 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim.

"From 2001-2007 You have underwritten the Annual Kids Luncheon fundraiser at
your Restaurant which has raised $184,245 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of

"Since April 18, 2005 you have provided pasta meals to our members every
Monday-Friday for a grand total of 213,500 meals served.

"Knowing these statistics how could we not honor you?

"On behalf of the 2,500 members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim I
thank you for your continued support. It is because of individuals like you
that the Boys and Girls clubs of Anaheim is The Positive Place for Kids."

Michael J Morris

Michael J Morris
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