The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jun 1904

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Craig's wharf - steamers Melbourne, Michigan and Alexandria, up.

M.T. company wharf - tug Thomson cleared for Oswego with two light barges.

Swift's wharf - steamers Hamilton down; Spartan up; Rideau King from Ottawa.

Richardson's wharf - schooner Laura D., from bay ports, with grain; schooner Queen of the Lakes will likely clear tonight for Sodus with feldspar.


To Wolfe Island Ferry Given By Councillor Spoor.

The reasons set forth by Councillor R.J. Spoor why the county council should give a grant to the Wolfe Island ferry is as follows: Wolfe Island is one of the largest ratepaying townships in the county, comprising 30,000 acres, with an assessed value of $635,000. The representatives have from time to time cheerfully supported grants to public institutions, grants to defray expense in smallpox cases, grants to fair associations, grants to the various townships, and the recent heavy expenditure towards the construction of boundary line bridges. In the history of the county he had no knowledge of any grants to Wolfe Island. Wolfe Island's main thoroughfare to market is by ferry, and of late years the accommodation has been of such a nature that the ratepayers were obliged to float a debt of $20,000 for the construction of a boat to give them a better service. This sum is found to be inadequate, and it will take an extra $6,000 to complete a suitable boat. The island deputation is asking the council to assist us in the extra expenditure, and I feel it will deal generously, and whatever assistance it may see fit to give will be very thankfully received by the people of Wolfe Island and their representatives.

Some reasons why the present ferry is not giving the service that was enjoyed in past years is that cheese industry has taken the place of marketing butter in baskets. There are now five factories running on Wolfe Island, with an average of about forty patrons to the factory, thereby cutting off the travel of 200 people who would otherwise go to market two days weekly. The hay is now shipped in pressed form and the population has decreased by about 700, making it necessary for the change that has taken place.



To Wolfe Island Evoked Warm Words.

County Council Session (part)

The finance committee report, presented by Councillor Spoor, made these recommendations: ...that Wolfe Island ferry be granted $300 and that the Ontario government recognize the ferry by giving a substantial grant....

Councillors Tapping and Wilkins moved for the adoption of the report. Councillors Sproule and Pillar moved that a question of a grant to the Wolfe Island ferry be left over till November session. Councillors Spoor, Franklin, Pringle, Tapping and John Cox, spoke in behalf of the grant, declaring that Wolfe Island had a righteous claim, and that it was unfair to delay action. Councillor Sproule's reason for opposing the present action was that the ferry was not a new thing and also because the new ferry boat did not meet with the approval by any means the majority of the people of Wolfe Island.

Councillor Spoor waxed hot over the opposition of Councillors Sproule and Pillar, who, he declared, were using the arguments given them by B.W. Folger on the train on Friday evening. "B.W. Folger may run the city of Kingston," exclaimed Councillor Spoor, "but he can't run the township of Wolfe Island. I have been a friend of his for years, and against my own interests, and am still, but I will not stand his coming in and doing pulling here. When he does that he is treading on dangerous ground."

Councillor Pillar said he had favored in committee a grant of $200 to the ferry, and was still in favor of that. Councillor Sproule denied that he had been influenced by Mr. Folger or had been using his brains in the reasons given for his opposition. He acted from his own convictions.

The motion to adopt the report was carried by a vote of 7 to 3. To show that he had no ill feeling Councillor Spoor arose and said he hoped every member of the council would be re-elected next January. He expressed thanks on behalf of Wolfe Island for the grant.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The Cardinal, the steamer purchased by the Edwardsburg Starch company, made a quick trip to Kingston and back. She left Cardinal at 5 o'clock on Saturday evening, for Kingston, loaded 6,000 bushels of grain and was back at the company's dock at six o'clock the following evening.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jun 1904