The J. Edgar Hoover Connection
to Osgoode Township, Ontario, Canada
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
J. Edgar Hoover, ex Director of the F.B.I. visited Osgoode Township in the 1920's.
George Hoover, a lawyer in Washington D.C., who was a first cousin of J. Edgar, married
Bridget Ellen (Nellie) Christopher, Lot 4, Concession 4 (today the Stage Coach Road). J. Edgar
visited Osgoode Township with George Hoover.
A large black car carrying George and J. Edgar Hoover caused quite a stir as it negotiated the
then "cart-track" towards the Christopher farm on the Stage Coach Road. My grandmother could hear the car's engine
coming from more that a mile away, travelling about 5 miles per hour. She would immediately run down the laneway
and warn "all of the kiddies" to get off the road.
An article in the Toronto Star Weekly in the 1950's stated that J. Edgar used to like to
slip away to Canada "to let his hair down". Now, the village of Manotick Station was notorious for
having a well-known Whisky Still where illegal moonshine was produced to send to the USA during the time
of prohibition there. I suspect that J. Edgar was here, under cover, to investigate this matter. The moonshine
was transported to Ogdensburg, New York using the nearby Bytown and Prescott Railway station in the village.
Manotick Station was known as the Pokey Moonshine Settlement back then.
E-mail Allan Lewis
The following document shows that in 1930, George Hoover was involved in a real estate transaction involving the
pioneer CHRISTOPHER farm. I have the original document. Why did the Christopher family use a well-known American lawyer,
instead of a lawyer from Manotick? George was smitten with Nellie Christopher, although they came from
different worlds -- he was a professional, urban Protestant and ultra-conservative in his values; she was a poor Irish Catholic
girl from the farm.
May 11, 2012:
Bridget Ellen (Nellie) CHRISTOPHER HOOVER (my Grandmothers' sister) in Washington, D.C.
See also Patrick CHRISTOPHER and Mary Fitzgerald, my GGGrandparents. ... Al