Morris Shaver

Morris Shaver grew up in Wales, Ontario and attended high school in Cornwall.





“When I was going to high school – I went to Cornwall, as we were just saying there, to St. Lawrence, eh? ’54 to ’59. I went the old Number 2 Highway every day on Colonial Bus.

Went down and come up. And I saw the change every day. And that, to me, is something I will never forget because I saw it every day – and I was interested in it and I saw it!

And every day there was a change. Houses were disappearing, trees were disappearing, roads were disappearing. Other things were appearing – like Long Sault was appearing, Ingleside was appearing.

And that’s the thing that I found very unique.”


Morris Shaver

Morris Shaver grew up in Wales, Ontario and attended high school in Cornwall.





“When I was going to high school – I went to Cornwall, as we were just saying there, to St. Lawrence, eh? ’54 to ’59. I went the old Number 2 Highway every day on Colonial Bus.

Went down and come up. And I saw the change every day. And that, to me, is something I will never forget because I saw it every day – and I was interested in it and I saw it!

And every day there was a change. Houses were disappearing, trees were disappearing, roads were disappearing. Other things were appearing – like Long Sault was appearing, Ingleside was appearing.

And that’s the thing that I found very unique.”



Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Morris Shaver, Lost Villages Historical Society Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Morris Shaver, Lost Villages Historical Society Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Morris Shaver, Lost Villages Historical Society Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Morris Shaver, Lost Villages Historical Society Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Summary

In this video clip Morris Shaver who grew up in Wales, Ontario tells the story of how he took the Colonial Bus to and from Cornwall for school. Every every day he was witness to more and more changes.

The Seaway was constructed between 1954 and 1959. It took over three years to dismantle the lost villages, raze the trees, buildings and other infrastructure of the areas to be flooded. The gradual destruction of the landscape echoes in the memories of those who lived through the experience. Some have likened what remained before the flooding as being reminiscent of a war zone.

Bio

Morris Shaver grew up in Wales, Ontario. 

He now lives in Lunenburg, Ontario.

Summary

In this video clip Morris Shaver who grew up in Wales, Ontario tells the story of how he took the Colonial Bus to and from Cornwall for school. Every every day he was witness to more and more changes.

The Seaway was constructed between 1954 and 1959. It took over three years to dismantle the lost villages, raze the trees, buildings and other infrastructure of the areas to be flooded. The gradual destruction of the landscape echoes in the memories of those who lived through the experience. Some have likened what remained before the flooding as being reminiscent of a war zone.

Bio

Morris Shaver grew up in Wales, Ontario.

He now lives in Lunenburg, 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.