Days past in the Cognashene

While researching my forthcoming book on A.Y. Jackson, I came across a trove of vintage photographs in the Clement/Bowlby family collection in the University of Waterloo archives, depicting summers at the Clement cottage at Portage Point in the Cognashene in Georgian Bay. The Clements of Berlin (now Kitchener) were cousins of Jackson, a Montrealer, and introduced him to Georgian Bay, with the first of his many visits to the bay in the summer of 1910. The photos in the collection were taken between 1907, when the Clements bought the cottage, and 1924, when they last used it. They sold it after two tragedies. Jackson’s teenaged cousin, David Ward Clement, was killed in action in December 1917 as an observer/gunner in the Royal Flying Corps. His father, Edwin Parry Clement, died of a heart attack in 1924.

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