Vale Brownell (née Rutley)

Vale Brownell grew up in Farran’s Point, Ontario.





“I find some of the younger generation are interested in it, especially if their parents went through the move. But there’s a lot that don’t even know what the Seaway was all about.

But I don’t have any children to pass it on to… But I do get asked questions. There’s a lot of inquisitive kids out there.

And I think it should be – more of it – taught in the educational system.”


Vale Brownell (née Rutley)

Vale Brownell grew up in Farran’s Point, Ontario.





“I find some of the younger generation are interested in it, especially if their parents went through the move. But there’s a lot that don’t even know what the Seaway was all about.

But I don’t have any children to pass it on to… But I do get asked questions. There’s a lot of inquisitive kids out there.

And I think it should be – more of it – taught in the educational system.”



Video Interview



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

Video Interview



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

Video Interview



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

Video Interview



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

Summary

In this joint video interview with Vale Brownell and her brother Max Rutley, Vale speaks about how many local kids are intrigued by the lost villages but most actually know very little about the Seaway.

For younger generations the Sunken Villages stir great interest if they chance to learn about their existence through family histories or through stumbling over their ruins in the shallows of the St Lawrence River. 

Bio

Vale Brownell (neé Rutley) grew up in Farran’s Point, Ontario. 

Summary

In this joint video interview with Vale Brownell and her brother Max Rutley, Vale speaks about how many local kids are intrigued by the lost villages but most actually know very little about the Seaway.

For younger generations the Sunken Villages stir great interest if they chance to learn about their existence through family histories or through stumbling over their ruins in the shallows of the St Lawrence River. 

Bio

Vale Brownell (neé Rutley) grew up in Farran’s Point, 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.