When the Ottawa River flooded in 1928 it affected us differently

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, May 6, 2019

As the flood waters rose along the Ottawa River 91 years ago, the Ottawa Evening Citizen ran an odd little story about a Fort Coulonge man catching a pickerel in his living room.

At least he said he caught one. You can never tell with fish stories. But the real point is that no one seemed particularly bothered by the fact that “a certain Mr. Morrison” had water in his home.

And the blurry digital image of that 1928 newspaper holds all kinds of insights into the different ways people related to the river back then. They took some thing in stride that would shake people badly today, and they worried about things that we do not.


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