This beautiful lodge of the Duquesne Hunting & Fishing Club was a landmark on the Georgian Bay for 101 years until it burned to the ground on June 25, 2008.
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I was so happy when I found the Duquesne Island by remembering the route we traveled to get there from 1951-1961, and again with my new wife in 1963. Then I was overjoyed to see the club house. I had spent many mornings looking out of the second story window on the left. Imagine my devistation to discover that the building had burned to the ground. The names that were carved in the door, including mine, are no more.
To your right there is a flag pole flying the Canadian flag and below it the American flag. At the base of the flag pole is a white cross with a plaque at its base. This is a memorial to Dr. James A. Lindsay who was one of the original memebers. Beside the right side of the building is the area where members could play horseshoes.
If you can find the overhead shot, you will see the main building and behind it the dining hall/kitchen. Between the main building and dining hall about fifty feet toward the main dock, there is a water tower with a brass bell below the tank. I have been told that the bell was rung before and after KDKA would go on the air and then off the air. (KDKA is the first radio station. It is located in Pittsburgh, PA.)
The club made it a practice to hire local young men to clean and wait on tables. One of these young men was a lad who enjoyed baseball named Sutcliff from Perry Sound ONT. I have often wonder if he became the pitcher for the Toronto Bluejays. My father supplied the club with balls and gloves that the youngsters were allowed to use.
The Duquesne Hunting and Fishing Club may have been 101 years old. My father, though, told me that the building was started the year he was born (1908) and completed in 1909. The club was a gentleman's club. Women were normally not allowed. In 1951, though, Dr. James A. Lindsey with the approval of the other members, invited our entire family and the family of Dr. Richard Bucek to stay at the island. His reasoning was that there needed to be someone there besides him to get the clubhouse organized and ready for the men from Pittsburgh.
I remember going there with the Buffalo group back in the 1990's. To this day, it is one of my most memorable fishing trips. I looked it up a year ago and was saddened to see it had burned down in 2008. The building was simply amazing, the fireplaces and that wonderful 3rd floor. Hardwood everywhere and great company. Glad they rebuilt, would love to visit again but nothing can replace that beautiful structure and that gorgeous bear skin rug in the great room.
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Photo taken in Parry Sound, Unorganized, Centre Part, ON, Canada
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