Max Rutley

Max Rutley grew up in Farran’s Point, Ontario.





“People are more outspoken today and I don’t think that – even if they did allow it – I think there’d be a bigger fight, a lot bigger fight …

They [Hydro] got through it pretty easy, I’d say.”


Max Rutley

Max Rutley grew up in Farran’s Point, Ontario.





“People are more outspoken today and I don’t think that – even if they did allow it – I think there’d be a bigger fight, a lot bigger fight …

They [Hydro] got through it pretty easy, I’d say.”



Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Max Rutley interview with his sister Vale Brownell, Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 22, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Max Rutley interview with his sister Vale Brownell, Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 22, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Max Rutley interview with his sister Vale Brownell, Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 22, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Max Rutley interview with his sister Vale Brownell, Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 22, 2013

Summary

In this clip from the joint interview with his sister Vale Brownell, Max Rutley shares his view a project like the Seaway would be face much bigger public fight today.

The local oppostion to this project, which included public meetings attracting thousands of residents, was unable to stop the construction of the Seaway. The oppostion also could not stop the construction of the hydro-electric damming which caused the most damage and which a navigable canal system did not require.

In today’s political context, local voices and concerns would likely have been taken more seriously than they were by government and public authorities in the 1950s.

Bio

Max Rutley grew up in Farran’s Point, Ontario. He now resides in Ingleside, Ontario.

Summary

In this clip from the joint interview with his sister Vale Brownell, Max Rutley shares his view a project like the Seaway would be face much bigger public fight today.

The local oppostion to this project, which included public meetings attracting thousands of residents, was unable to stop the construction of the Seaway. The oppostion also could not stop the construction of the hydro-electric damming which caused the most damage and which a navigable canal system did not require.

In today’s political context, local voices and concerns would likely have been taken more seriously than they were by government and public authorities in the 1950s.

Bio

Max Rutley grew up in Farran’s Point, Ontario. He now resides in Ingleside, 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.