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's Voice

Vale Brownell, Interview Audio Excerpts, interview with her brother Max Rutley, Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 22, 2013




Younger generation finds it interesting. Should be more of it taught in educational system.

People were like family before the move. Afterwards it was different.

We have had our 50th celebration of the Seaway construction. May not make it to our 60th.

Video



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



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.