from Poland to Osgoode Township, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The Nick Adams Road
August 19, 2010:
Thanks to Mary Quinn who found a write-up from the Ottawa Citizen dated November 3, 1954 concerning Nicholas Adams
in Osgoode Township, Carleton County. Nick Adams was a Polish immigrant (surname changed from Adamanski, or similar). He farmed on
Lot 10, Concession III in Osgoode, the farm pioneered by my GreatGreatGrandfather, Lawrence Burns, who
built a log home there in 1843. Here is the house today.
As you can see from the article, Mr. Adams died in a tractor accident in 1954. One time I walked along the Nick Adams Road
from the Manotick Station Road heading over towards the Stagecoach Road. This road is not a thru road and ends at a privately
constructed bridge over a small, shallow river or creek. The bridge is made of stone and cement, presumably constructed
by my Burns ancestors or by Nick Adams. At any rate, the road is called the "Nick Adams Road" in his honour. He is buried
in the cemetery of St. Mary's Church in South Gloucester. This church is now called Our Lady of the Visitation.
August 21, 2010:
Hi, Al and Mary, just a line to say I recall that tragic incident, Oct 29 .1954 when Nick, Adams, while plowing
in his field, on Lot 11. con. 3 drove too close to the bank of the" Middle Castor river," and flipped his tractor, with him,
into the river.
AL, the Bridge of which you write. [The bridge to nowhere.] is situated on
the road allowance between lots 10 and 11 ,the bridge ,if my memory serves me right was built as work project, and the year
it was built should be engraved in the cement , [or was] and , the road would have met up with Cooper Hill road in con. V11,
in the township.
The Polish Settlement, on the Manotick Station Road
Teresa Adams, daughter of Nicholas Adamouski [Adams]and his wife, Alexandrea Sankow, and her husband
Peter Krupa operated the Manotick Tea Room on Main Street Manotick for 35 years.
One morning over breakfast ,August 1984, I had very informative conversation, with Teresa, Peter ,her husband was in the kitchen,
This info, she gave to me , in 1923 her father Nicholas bought the Quinn farm ,
"Yes Mary" Your Uncle Jim had that farm, but not for long. I seem to recall , he may have moved there after coming home
from overseas after the first World War,
he later went to Detroit, USA.
I hope I haven't lost you Al. In 1928 Nestor Rakowiski and his wife bought the farm where your Trailer Park Campground is,
originally the Jordan family farm.
In 1933 Mike Kachura and his wife Helen, and brother Max bought in concession 2.
In May 1934 Joe Chezowski and his wife bought in con ,2
In 1936, Michael Kowolchuck and his wife Anne bought lot 2 Con .2
Teresa mentioned a family by the name of Wagoner came in 1925 ,I do not remember
The Surveyors lost a lot in con , 2 makes it confusing in the maps!
August 25, 2010:
I agree - my Dad confirmed that my Great Uncle Jimmy had that farm. Dad heard from Pat Kehoe that when Uncle Jimmy came
home one night and had no keys to the house he cut all the locks off with an axe.
August 29, 2010:
Hi Mary, Mary you just answered a question that crossed my mind, in
my view your great Uncle Jim ,had the Jordan farm rented ??? not
purchased, ??, to farm only, " not to cut wood,and sell it from off the
farm , thus it was, arriving home one night he found the doors all locked , but Knowing Jim Quinn
those Locks would be a minor detail to him ,
Mary . Jim Quinn was a man I loved to talk to , we dickered in cattle ,and horses
years ago, I loved to hear, his memories of the past.
Hi Mike - now the story that Dad heard from Pat Kehoe makes sense - you are just a wealth of information.
As usual - thanks.
November 5, 2015:
Yes, feel free to post my e-mail, and thank-you for the additional information. I know Sleepy Cedars, and I live
in Ottawa as well. My grandparents are buried at Our Lady of Visitation. Their parents had settled in
Lefaivre, ON. and my grandfather had a general store there prior to farming in Manotick Station.
I believe my grandparents took possession of the log home in the 20's or 30's and I'm shocked that 10 kids were
born and lived there until the new house was built in the 60's. My mother tells tales of wood stoves, dirt floors,
rats, and clearing the fields of stones while grandpa plowed fields with horses. I plan to visit the land registry
office in hopes of finding when my grandfather bought and sold the land and old log home and who had it before him.
I often visited with my grandparents and I spent much of my childhood running through those forests discovering
the remnants of old homesteads, roads, and apple trees that were still producing tasty apples. There was much
to discover along the rail line as well. I have since developed a keen interest in Manotick Station's history
and the properties along that road. I plan to seek landowner permission to revisit some of these places with my
daughter. I recently took her back to the bridge on Nick Adams road and told her many stories and showed her where
my friend and his father built a club house in amongst the cedars. 38 years later and it is still standing,
but just a shell of its former self.
Hello, Mr. Baines:
Thanks for your interesting e-mail. It seems that that house was important in both of our family histories.
We live in Ottawa but have a camping trailer at Sleepy Cedars campground near the Nick Adams Road. This past
summer I spent some time going through the church records for Our Lady of the Visitation (South Goucester)
and St. John the Evangelist at Enniskerry. These records are very interesting and show a
nice mixture of pioneer francophone and Irish settlers. I also noticed some tomb stones for the Laronde family at
Our Lady of the Visitation. This church was the final resting place for many of the Irish and French who started
to arrive in 1826 to work at building the Rideau Canal. Many of them worked at Hog's Back and at the large dam at Long Island, then moved inland to Osgoode Township and Gloucester Townships in later generations.
Is it OK with you if I add your e-mail to our web site? My web site at www.bytown.net is interested in the history
and genealogies of early settlers in this area. Please let me know.
Thanks again for this,
... Allan Lewis
I just came across the post about: "the house at the corner of Nick Adams Road and the Manotick Station Road built about 1845
(it's a log home built about 1845 with 14 layers of siding, still lived in)" and wanted to say that my grandfather, (Dalma Lalonde)
lived in that house for a long time, raising a rather large family and farming the land. Eventually he built the house on the
other side of Manotick station road, right at the bottom of Nick Adams road.
... Doug Baines
and from Michael Daley:
Good Evening Mr Baines
I knew your grandparents ,and all your uncles, the girls I did not know very well, theire names have slipped
from my memory , your Uncle Rainey I see at wakes , now and again. your Uncle's were great potatoes pickers ,
they were short and always close to there work, your one Uncle ------ was an auctioneer out west ???
they were fun to be around , stop me if I am wrong ,was 3 boys and 4 girls in your mothers family,???
your grandfather was hard working man, Mr Baines thanks for jogging my Memory,
... Michael Daley
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