Mavis Nixon (née Beckstead)

Mavis Nixon (née Beckstead) lived in Aultsville, Ontario.





“It was a beautiful little village, situated right on the water.

And some nights, if I can’t sleep, my mind always goes back there. And I can walk down … Well, I’ve had a stroke and my present memory for names and places is not good.

I can remember every home in that village and the name of every person that lived in those homes. And I hope I never lose that.”


Mavis Nixon (née Beckstead)

Mavis Nixon (née Beckstead) lived in Aultsville, Ontario.





“It was a beautiful little village, situated right on the water.

And some nights, if I can’t sleep, my mind always goes back there. And I can walk down … Well, I’ve had a stroke and my present memory for names and places is not good.

I can remember every home in that village and the name of every person that lived in those homes. And I hope I never lose that.”



Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Mavis Nixon (née Beckstead), Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Mavis Nixon (née Beckstead), Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Mavis Nixon (née Beckstead), Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Mavis Nixon (née Beckstead), Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Summary

In this video Mavis Nixon talks about her vivid memory of Aultsville and how she still remembers every home and every person from the village.

Those displaced by the Seaway only have their own memories to remember their homes and communities by. The landscape lives on in their minds and important part of who they are. 

Bio

Mavis Nixon (née Beckstead) lived in Aultsville, Ontario. 

She now lives in Cornwall, Ontario.

Summary

In this video Mavis Nixon talks about her vivid memory of Aultsville and how she still remembers every home and every person from the village.

Those displaced by the Seaway only have their own memories to remember their homes and communities by. The landscape lives on in their minds and important part of who they are. 

Bio

Mavis Nixon (née Beckstead) lived in Aultsville, Ontario.

She now lives in Cornwall, Ontario.



The Sunken Villages interviews give voice, sometimes for the first time, to the memories, emotions, experiences and reflections about what happened when the construction of the Seaway flooded the St Lawrence Valley. These first person accounts are reviving a history that has been officially ignored and largely forgotten.

July 1, 1958 is remembered as Inundation Day around Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, NY. At 08:00 a controlled explosion tore open a cofferdam. Four days later an area that had been home to 7,500 people disappeared under the waves of Lake St. Lawrence, part of the newly created St. Lawrence Seaway.

On the Canadian side, 12 communities, some dating back to the 1700s, were affected. Maple Grove, Mille Roches, Moulinette, Sheeks Island, Wales, Dickinson’s Landing, Farran’s Point and Aultsville were entirely destroyed. Iroquis was demolished and moved a mile to continue on in name. About half of Morrisburg – including its waterfront and most of its business district and main street – were levelled.

On the American side St Lawrence County in upstate New York was affected. Croil's Island, Louisville Landing, and Richards Landing ceased to exist, and parts of Waddington were dismantled.

The Sunken Villages interviews give voice, sometimes for the first time, to the memories, emotions, experiences and reflections about what happened when the construction of the Seaway flooded the St Lawrence Valley. These first person accounts are reviving a history that has been officially ignored and largely forgotten.

July 1, 1958 is remembered as Inundation Day around Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, NY. At 08:00 a controlled explosion tore open a cofferdam. Four days later an area that had been home to 7,500 people disappeared under the waves of Lake St. Lawrence, part of the newly created St. Lawrence Seaway.

On the Canadian side, 12 communities, some dating back to the 1700s, were affected. Maple Grove, Mille Roches, Moulinette, Sheeks Island, Wales, Dickinson’s Landing, Farran’s Point and Aultsville were entirely destroyed. Iroquis was demolished and moved a mile to continue on in name. About half of Morrisburg – including its waterfront and most of its business district and main street – were levelled.

On the American side St Lawrence County in upstate New York was affected. Croil's Island, Louisville Landing, and Richards Landing ceased to exist, and parts of Waddington were dismantled.