Muskoka Memories; Sketches From Real Life by Ann HathawayMuskoka Memories; Sketches From Real Life by Ann Hathaway

Muskoka Memories; Sketches From Real Life

byAnn Hathaway

Paperback | January 9, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. THE BIG BOARDING-HOUSE. "Where brief sojourners in the cool, soft air Forget their inland heats, hard toil and year-long care." -- Whittier. IWILL again pass over two or three years of our family history, just touching lightly the main incidents which have since befallen us. In Muskoka my father had cleared up considerably more of his land and built a barn, but there were no available funds for building a better house, so he still occupied the shanty. In Toronto my mother still lived in the same house, though Winnie and Sue were both married. Winnie's wedding was the first one and she had the two little "Nancys," the blonde and brunette, as her bridesmaids. A sweetly pretty group they were, too, and as it was in June there were heaps of roses and flowers, and the little maids had immense bouquets, nearly as large as themselves. The newly-married pair went to their woodland home in Muskoka after the marriage. The following year Sue made up her mind, too, and amongst her numerous followers decided on one, and took him for better or worse. The little bridesmaid's services were again in requisition, so now I had three brothers-in-law. The last one, James Marsden, we always reckon as the "smart man of the family." Bet boasted that her husband was the best tempered; Winnie's husband was the oldest; Sue's was the smartest, so they each had something to be proud of. Sue's new home was to be in Toronto, and is so still. It is, and has been for years, the headquarters for all the Muskoka relations when they visit the city, and good-natured Sue acts as our general business agent, for scarcely a week passes but she has some commission for somebody, poor girl. She is what you might call a " general convenience " to the Muskoka tribe. At the time of which I am wri...
Title:Muskoka Memories; Sketches From Real LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217238998

ISBN - 13:9780217238991


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book to keep and re-read I have been waiting for this book to be published again for so many years. It was written by an early settler in Muskoka and she tells of the day to day lives the family shared in the wilderness. We take everything for granted today but the settlers had to do everything the long hard way. Pails of water were carried to the cabin for laundry, before they got a well. Then it had to be heated and washed and rinsed by hand, more water yet again. Then hung out to dry over fence posts or whatever they could find. A little bit of gossip that went from neighbour to neighbour was their entertainment.Thoroughly enjoyable book if you are interested in Muskoka early settlers. I can't read enough of it.
Date published: 2010-06-01