|Buckwheat surveying his world|
After asking for suggestions on naming the award for top story, Ken Schroeder, one of my oldest Chapleau friends, suggested using Buckwheat, my beloved cat and buddy for more than 20 years who died on November 7, 2009. My story on Buckwheat was the top 2009 story, and amazingly has remained in the top 10 most popular all this year. Thanks Ken.
When I advised Michael that he was the first winner of the award, he replied: "It is a rare day that I ever win anything, although I do try by buying a lotto ticket when the jackpot is high. Many thanks for this. Buckwheat will live on!"
|Buckwheat ready for Chapleau trip|
Vieh had a special relationship with Buckwheat. In 2001 she looked after him in her home when I went home to Chapleau for the 100th anniversary celebration. She survived the experience and one day she may tell us her story of life with Buckwheat.
Michael's story recalls his life in Chapleau between 1952-54 when he lived there with his parents Margaret and Keith McMullen. It is a great read about growing up in the 50s. While living in Chapleau, Michael met Alison McMillan, who later became his wife.
Although he only lived in Chapleau a short time, he is a member of one of Chapleau's founding families. His great-great uncle Patrick Mulligan arrived in 1885 and was one of Chapleau's first merchants. Mulligan's Bay is also named after him. Full disclosure: Michael's grandmother May (Mulligan) McMullen and mine, Lil (Mulligan) Morris were sisters.
Here is link to Michael's story: http://michaeljmorrisreports.blogspot.com/2010/04/michael-mcmullen-recalls-life-in.html
In 2010, my blog had over 33000 visitors bringing the grand total since I started it to over 52000. You have arrived there from 1166 different cities in 67 countries, and have come from all 10 Canadian provinces and the three territories. Thanks for visiting.
The photo display of Chapleau in the Fifties, provided by David McMillan came third, while the post on the death of Rev. William P Ivey took fourth spot.
Finally, thank you so much to all those who have contributed in the past year. Many of the articles have also appeared in my Chapleau Moments column in the Chapleau Express, and I extend a special thanks to Mario Lafreniere, the publisher. for his cooperation.
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