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The following is taken from the book titled

It Came From The Heart

which we published in 1988, A Tribute to Ewan Ross 1922 - 1987, p.61 - 69

Alex W. Fraser
Sep.3.99

March 2005 update
Ewan Ross papers are now located at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario in the Kathleen Ryan Hall and for the most part are accessible to the public.
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Queeen's University
Kathleen Ryan Hall,
Kingston, Ontario
Tel# 613-533-2378 or 613-533-6000 ext 74460
Contact person Paul Banfield, Associate University Archivist
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THE WRITINGS OF EWAN ROSS.



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  • Availability Contact Mrs. Onagh Ross, P.O. Box 88, Martintown, Ontario K0C 1S0, Tel 1-613-528-4488 For in part, the following books
    Story of Martintown, Horse and Buggy days by Rhodes Grant, Lancaster Village and Township by Ewan Ross

    BOOKS

    HARD COVER

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    1. A HISTORY OF GLENGARRY, BY ROYCE MACGILLIVRAY AND EWAN ROSS:
      705 PAGES. 160 PHOTOGRAPHS AND MAPS: PUBLISHED BY MIKA PUBLISHING CO., BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO K8N 5B2: 1979 FIRST PRINTING; 1980 SECOND PRINTING: ISBN 0-919303-32-3 PRINTED AND BOUND IN CANADA.


    2. LANCASTER TOWNSHIP AND VILLAGE, BY EWAN ROSS:
      COMPILED IN 1980: 420
      PAGES 36 PHOTOGRAPHS; USING EXCERPTS FROM NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER SOURCES, THIS IS A CHRONOLOGICAL ACCOUNT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF ONE OF CANADA'S FIRST( EARLIEST) COMMUNITIES, FROM 1790 TO 1978: PRINTED AT IMPRIMERIE COOPERATIVE HARPELL, STE. - ANNE DE BELLEVUE, QUEBEC, NOVEMBER 1982. THIS TITLE WAS ALSO PRINTED AS A SOFTCOVER.


      Ewan
      Ewan Ross at the kirkin' of the Tartan, KirkHill, 1984

      BOOKS

      (SOFT COVER)


    3. THE ROSSES OF MARTINTOWN
      , PUBLISHED 1973; A HISTORY OF EWAN ROSS'S BRANCH OF THE ROSS FAMILY DURING THE 200 YEARS BETWEEN 1772 - 1972. IT INCLUDES THE STORY AS WELL AS GENEALOGICAL RECORDS. THIS WAS EWAN'S FIRST SERIOUS RESEARCH AND RECORDING OF GLENGARRY HISTORY. HE ASKED QUESTIONS OF HIS FATHER, ERNEST C. ROSS; OF HIS UNCLE, JAMES D. ROSS; OF MARTINTOWN AUTHOR, RHODES GRANT, AND OF ANYONE WHO MIGHT CONTRIBUTE A BIT OF INFORMATION, AN OLD LETTER, A MEMORY. HE WAS INTRIGUED, AND HIS GREAT FASCINATION WITH HISTORY NARROWED DOWN TO FOCUS ON THE COUNTY OF GLENGARRY. HE MADE SEVERAL JOURNEYS TO JOHNSTOWN IN NEW YORK STATE TO SEE THE PLACE IN AMERICA TO WHICH HIS ANCESTOR, THOMAS (TAYLOR) ROSS, HAD COME WITH HIS FAMILY IN 1772 FROM THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND. THE SEVERAL COPIES OF THIS FIRST BOOK WERE TYPED AT HOME AND BOUND IN PAPER BINDERS. THE ONLY ILLUSTRATIONS WERE ONE OF THE CLAN CREST AND FIVE ZEROXED PICTURES OF LOYALISTS AND THEIR FIRST HOMES.


    4. HISTORY OF WILLIAMSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
      , BY EWAN ROSS AND G. I. DOUGLAS CAMERON. JUNE 1978; THIS HISTORY - 38 PAGES. IT WAS EDITED, TYPED AND BOUND BY MRS. RETA TRIBBLE OF ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO.


    5. LANCASTER TOWNSHIP AND VILLAGE, BY EWAN ROSS:
      COMPILED IN 1980: 420
      PAGES 36 PHOTOGRAPHS; USING EXCERPTS FROM NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER SOURCES, THIS IS A CHRONOLOGICAL ACCOUNT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF ONE OF CANADA'S FIRST( EARLIEST) COMMUNITIES, FROM 1790 TO 1978: PRINTED AT IMPRIMERIE COOPERATIVE HARPELL, STE. - ANNE DE BELLEVUE, QUEBEC, NOVEMBER 1982.
      Availability contact Mrs Onagh Ross Martintown, Ontario Tel 1-613-528-4488

    6. THE PRIEST'S MILL AND ITS SUCCESSORS ON THE GARRY RIVER IN ALEXANDRIA.
      1979. IT IS 70 PAGES (TYPEWRITTEN) WITH SEVERAL PAGES OF APPENDICES, SOME ILLUSTRATIONS INCLUDING AN ORIGINAL SKETCH BY ARTIST DOUGLAS FALES.


    7. ST. RAPHAEL'S.
      1985 96 TYPEWRITTEN PAGES, HISTORY OF ST. RAPHAEL'S IN SEVERAL PARTS; 1 - HAMLET OF ST. RAPHAEL'S; 2 - ST. RAPHAEL'S CHURCH AND PARISH; 3 - IONA (IN 9 PARTS, GREAT DETAIL); 4 - THE BIG BISHOP.






























    ARTICLES PRINTED IN THE PROGRAMME OF

    THE GLENGARRY HIGHLAND GAMES

    MAXVILLE, ONTARIO

    PROGRAMME
    EDITION NO.

    PAGE

    ARTICLE NAME

    1978 9 WHY ARE WE HERE IN MAXVILLE TODAY.
    1979 17 ECHOES FROM GLENGARRY'S PAST: ST. RAPHAEL'S.
    1980 9 ECHOES FROM GLENGARRY'S PAST: THREE GREAT MEN FROM GLENGARRY - NATHAN PHILLIPS, MAYOR OF TORONTO; RIGHT REVEREND WILLIAM J. SMITH, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF PEMBROKE; JUDGE ALLAN J. FRASER.
    1981 5 ECHOES FROM GLENGARRY'S PAST: DUNVEGAN.
    1982 6 ECHOES FROM GLENGARRY'S PAST: THE HIGHLAND CLEARANCES.
    1983 5 ECHOES FROM GLENGARRY'S PAST: THE LOYALISTS FROM NEW YORK STATE COME TO GLENGARRY.
    1984 5 ECHOES FROM GLENGARRY'S PAST: THE PAT PURCELL STORY.
    1985 6 ECHOES FROM GLENGARRY'S PAST: THE STORY OF DOMINIONVILLE.
    1986 6 ECHOES FROM GLENGARRY'S PAST: THE GORDON CHURCH AT ST. ELMO.
    1987 6 ECHOES FROM GLENGARRY'S PAST: THE INDIAN LANDS OF GLENGARRY.
    1988 NO ARTICLE.
    NOTE IN 1985 EWAN WAS TOO ILL TO STAY IN GLENGARRY FOR THE GAMES. 1986 HE WAS TOO ILL TO GO TO GLENGARRY OR TO WRITE ANOTHER PIECE FOR THE PROGRAMME.
    1987 MAY 2, EWAN ROSS DIED.
    EWAN ROSS'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO

    THE GLENGARRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY YEAR BOOK. THE ANNUAL & GLENGARRY LIFE

    EDITION PAGE ARTICLE NAME
    1967 7TH ANN. P.10 GLENGARRY
    1967 7TH ANN.P.22 A TIME OF CRISIS.
    1968 8TH ANN P.11 POETRY -- THE HIGHLAND CLEARANCES
    1968 8TH ANN P.12 THE MILL BY THE RIVER.
    1969 9TH ANN P.9 THE CHURCHES IN GLENGARRY
    1969 9TH ANNP.14 TALES FROM THE PAST.
    1970 10TH ANN P.30 MUNRO'S MILLS.
    1971 11TH ANN P.20 EASBUIG MOHR - THE BIG BISHOP.
    1971 11TH ANN P.32 THE INDIAN LANDS OF GLENGARRY.
    1971 11TH ANN P.42 WHAT THE MAPS TELL ABOUT THE INDIAN LANDS OF GLENGARRY.
    1972 12TH ANN P.25 THE KING'S ROAD STORY
    1973 13TH ANN P.25 GLENGARRY AUTHORS.
    1974 14TH ANN P.21 WHAT ON EARTH IS THAT? ( DALHOUSIE'S ROUND CHURCH).
    1974 14TH ANN P.39 TWELVE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM GLENGARRY.
    1976,15TH ANNUAL P.14 EMINENT GLENGARRIANS -- ETHEL LOUELLA OSTROMA, DR. ERIC A. MACNAUGHTON, RHODES C. M. GRANT, DR. WILFRED J. JOHNSON, DR. J. RUSSELL HARPER. -- IN CONJUNCTION WITH HARRIET MACKINNON, OTHERS CAME FROM OTHER SOURCES. ( 15TH ANNUAL ORANGE COVER)
    1976 P.12 D. M. MCPHERSON, CHEESE KING. (GREEN COVER,1976)
    1977 P.17 RALPH CONNOR.
    1978 GLENLIFE* P.3 THE ASHES OF THE GLENGARRY FORESTS.
    1979 GLENLIFE NO ISSUE
    1980 GLENLIFE P.4 GLENGARRY'S ECONOMIC STORY 1896 - 1976 (DEMONSTRATED BY CHURCH GIVING)
    1981 GLENLIFE NO ARTICLE
    1982 GLENLIFE P.3 SOME GOOD FIGHTS.
    1983 GLENLIFE P.17 GOLD -- GOLD -- GOLD
    1984 GLENLIFE NO ARTICLE
    1985 GLENLIFE P.4 THOMAS W. MUNRO, CITIZEN AND HISTORIAN
    1985 GLENLIFE P.10 BICENTENNIAL PROJECT OF THE GLENGARRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
    -- SKETCHES -- BY JOHN A. MACDONELL, GREENFIELD
    1986 GLENLIFE NO ARTICLE
    1987 GLENLIFE NO ARTICLE
    1988 GLENLIFE* NO ARTICLE
    Ann = AnnualGLENLIFE* = GLENGARRY LIFE


    OTHER ARTICLES;

    1. MEMORIES FROM THE THIRTIES;
      THIS ARTICLE ( 2 PAGES ) WAS WRITTEN FOR THE HISTORY OF ALEXANDRIA HIGH SCHOOL.


    2. MEMORIES OF APPLE HILL;
      THIS ARTICLE OF 4 PAGES WAS WRITTEN FOR THE APPLE HILL PUBLICATION 1982. P. 64


    3. AS I REMEMBER
      , 1984 THIS ARTICLE OF 4 PAGES WAS WRITTEN FOR THE BOOK, TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF SHARING , WILLIAMSTOWN 1784 - 1984.

    4. GLENGARRY
      , 1974 8 PAGE ARTICLE USED IN -- LECTURES DELIVERED IN DISCOVERING CANADIANA SERIES AT ST. LAWRENCE COLLEGE OF APPLIED ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY, WINDMILL POINT, CORNWALL, ONTARIO. PUBLISHED BY THE S. D. & G. HISTORICAL SOCIETY UNDER THE TITLE -- STORMONT DUNDAS AND GLENGARRY 1977, P. 28 - 35

      1972-1 GLENGARRY PLACE NAMES - PART 1.

      1973-1 GLENGARRY PLACE NAMES - PART 2.

      1974-1 GLENGARRY PLACE NAMES - PART 3.

      1975-1 GLENGARRY PLACE NAMES - PART 4.

      1984-2 AN INTERESTING DOCUMENT: NOTEBOOK KEPT BY THE " ORDERLY JOE " RE - MEMBERS OF GLENGARRY MILITIA, 1939.

      THE FRENCH IN GLENGARRY.3

      1984 MARTINTOWN.3



      1 - FOR THE STORMONT DUNDAS AND GLENGARRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, CORNWALL, ONTARIO.
      2 - PUBLISHED IN HIGHLAND HERITAGE VOLUME 4 # 1-2, FALL 1987, P. 8 - 19.
      3 - ARTICLES WROTE BY EWAN ROSS BUT NOT APPARENTLY PUBLISHED IN THE G.H.S. ANNUAL OR GLENGARRY LIFE.


      THE ABOVE LIST IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM MRS. ESTHER ROSS, MRS. ONAGH ROSS, HARRIET MACKINNON AND ALEX. W. FRASER.

    MISCELLANEOUS WORKS;

    1 -
    THE CHURCHES OF GLENGARRY
    EWAN MADE ONLY 3 COPIES OF THIS BOOK, AND GAVE ALL OF THEM AWAY. ONE IS IN THE MUSEUM AT WILLIAMSTOWN. THIS WAS A COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF ALL THE CHURCHES, PAST AND PRESENT, OF ALL DENOMINATIONS IN GLENGARRY, WITH A SHORT COMMENT ; RE;- TIME AND PLACE OF EACH.

    2 -
    ME AND DUNDEE
    BY SCOTT MCRAE
    EWAN CALLED THIS HIS " NOVEL ", BUT IT WAS WRITTEN IN THAT TYPICALLY CANADIAN NARRATIVE STYLE: AS HE EXPLAINED, IT WAS THE STORY OF HIS OWN YOUTH DURING THE 1930'S ( WITH SOME VARIATIONS) SO IS AN INTERESTING RECORD OF A CERTAIN PERIOD AND PLACE IN HISTORY. IT WAS ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION, BUT NEVER PUBLISHED.


    3 -
    LETTERS TO THE GLENGARRY NEWS
    THROUGH THE YEARS HE SUBMITTED MANY LETTERS AND ARTICLES ON MANY SUBJECTS TO THE GLENGARRY NEWS. AMONG HIS PAPERS, I NOTICED AN ARTICLE WRITTEN IN BOTH ENGLISH AND FRENCH AND SIGNED " A FAMILY FRIEND ". HE CALLED IT

    IN LIFE AN EXAMPLE IN DEATH AN INSPIRATION.
    IT WAS WRITTEN IN 1981 AS A TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF MRS. JULIANNE TAILLEFER OF ALEXANDRIA. IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF HIS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THOSE WHOM HE ADMIRED. HE DID NOT CARE IF THEY WERE FRENCH OR SCOTTISH OR OF SOME OTHER LINEAGE, NOR WHETHER THEY WERE PROTESTANT OR CATHOLIC OR JEWISH, OR OF ANOTHER FAITH.


    4 -
    THE FRENCH IN GLENGARRY
    AMONG HIS UNPUBLISHED WRITINGS ARE MANY PAGES ABOUT THE FRENCH CULTURE AND THE FRENCH PEOPLE IN GLENGARRY. THIS IS ONE OF THE BOOKS WHICH HE WAS WORKING AT AND HAD NOT YET COMPLETED.

    5 -
    NARRATION TO ACCOMPANY SLIDE PRESENTATION
    THESE INCLUDE SLIDES ABOUT GLENGARRY LIFE, HISTORY AND PERSONALITIES, MADE IN 1976 FOR THE WOOD HOUSE, THE S. D. G. MUSEUM IN CORNWALL.

    6 -
    GLENGARRY HUMOUR
    HE COLLECTED GLENGARRY HUMOUR WHICH IS ON FILE AMONG HIS TAPES. THIS TALK WAS GIVEN AT ONE OF THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN THE AREA, AND WAS ALSO PRESENTED ORALLY TO OTHER GROUPS.


    7 -
    POETRY
    HE WAS ALSO PREPARING AN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY ABOUT GLENGARRY OR BY GLENGARRIANS, BUT IT, TOO WAS NOT COMPLETED.




    HURON COUNTY WRITINGS:


    EWAN'S WRITING IN HURON COUNTY WAS USUALLY PUBLISHED UNDER A FICTITIOUS NAME. THE REASON FOR THIS WAS THAT HE DID NOT WANT TO BECOME KNOWN IN THIS LOCALITY AS A WRITER. HE WISHED TO DEVOTE ANY TIME HE COULD FIND TO HIS WORK ON GLENGARRY. HOWEVER, WHEN DIRECTLY APPROACHED, HE SELDOM REFUSED.


    1 -
    THE LABOUR MOVEMENT
    A SERIES OF ARTICLES ON LABOUR WAS PUBLISHED IN THE
    GODERICH SIGNAL-STAR
    IN THE 1960'S. AT THIS HE WAS PRESIDENT OF THE GODERICH LABOUR COUNCIL.

    2 -
    PIONEER TIMES
    UNDER THE NAME " GLEN SCOTT ", A SERIES OF ARTICLES ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF PIONEER LIFE APPEARED IN THE
    VILLAGE SQUIRE
    , A MAGAZINE PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY THE
    BLYTH STANDARD
    . THE PIONEER HOMES, THE FENCING OF THE FIELDS, THE MAKING AND USE OF POTASH, THE HELP OF FARM ANIMALS FROM THE OX TO THE CAT, THE IMPORTANCE OF " WORK BEES ", THE MANY USES MADE OF WOOD FROM HOUSE BUILDING TO ASHES, THE ART OF DYEING WOOL AND CLOTH, THE MAKING AND USE OF LEATHER, SURVEYING METHODS, AND A STUDY OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES WERE THE SUBJECTS COVERED.


    3 -
    THE HISTORY OF GODERICH TOWNSHIP (1834 TO 1984):
    EWAN'S RESEARCH AND GENERAL KNOWLEDGE WERE MORE IMPORTANT THAN WERE MY ACTUAL CO-AUTHORING OF CHAPTER I IN THIS EXCELLENT HARDCOVER BOOK. HIS PHOTOGRAPHS WERE ALSO OF GREAT VALUE. HE WROTE THE FINAL ARTICLE FOR THIS PRODUCTION, SHOWING HOW, DURING ITS 150 YEARS THE TOWNSHIP HAD CHANGED FROM AGRICULTURE TO " SOMETHING ELSE ". HE DID NOT SIGN THIS, AND HE COULD NOT LET HIS NAME APPEAR WITH MINE AND MY CO-WORKER'S AS AUTHOR OF CHAPTER I.


    4 -
    TRAVELOGUES
    HE COLLABORATED WITH DOUG YEO, A SCHOOL TEACHER OF LOCAL PIONEER LINEAGE, TO PRODUCE THE TRAVELOGUES FOR THE BUS TOURS THROUGH THE TOWNSHIP.

    5 -
    AMONG
    HIS LAST EFFORTS WERE CONTRIBUTIONS ON THE TRANSPORTATION EVOLUTION IN THE AREA, AND THE FENIAN RAID SCARE, WRITTEN FOR HISTORICAL GROUPS.

    HE WAS A VERY SICK MAN WHEN, TO HONOUR A PROMISE MADE A FEW MONTHS EARLIER TO A SPECIAL FRIEND, GERTRUDE WILKES, HE PREPARED AND GAVE A TALK ON ANDREW CARNEGIE TO A GODERICH GROUP, FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY.

    EWAN COULD HAVE BECOME AN IMPORTANT HISTORIAN IN HURON COUNTY HAD HE SO CHOSEN, BUT HIS HEART WAS IN GLENGARRY.

    IT IS ONLY IN DOING.


    MAY YOU SMILE AWHILE,
    AS THESE THOUGHTS ROLL BY
    FROM A FEW PEOPLE,
    FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES
    WHO WISHES YOU WELL.
    IN YOUR NEW ABODE.

    IT TOOK LOTS OF COURAGE
    FOR TO DWELL, ON YOUR LONG JOURNEY.
    FOR WITHOUT YOU,
    WE WOULD ALL BE WORSE OFF
    REGARDLESS OF CHARACTER
    OR PERSONALITY YOU PORTRAYED.

    IT IS ONLY WITH DOING,
    DO WE LEARN THE SCORE.
    TO RAISE ABOVE,
    THE CAUSE OF CONCERN.
    WHICH AT TIMES CAN LEAVE ONE
    LONELY AND HURT.
    DISCOURAGED AS WELL.

    THE WORK MUST BE DONE,
    IT'S SOMEONE'S DUTY,
    IT'S SOMEONE'S GOAL.
    IT'S SOMEONE'S DECISION
    FOR BETTER OR WORSE.

    SO YOU TOOK THE CHALLENGE.
    WITH LOVE AND CARING,
    PRODUCED THE RESULTS
    FOR ALL TO ENJOY.
    TO TALK ABOUT TOO
    BUT IT IS DONE
    AND THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE.

    IT WILL STAY AROUND,
    FOR YEARS TO COME
    NOW THAT YOU ARE GONE
    FROM THIS HOME LAND
    YOU SO LOVED ---.

    DEAR OLD GLENGARRY.
    THE PRIDE OF SO MANY.

    BY WINNIE WINTON -1988



    THIS ENDS THE TRIBUTE TO EWAN ROSS.



    MAY JESUS AND MARY ALWAYS BE PRAISED

    Pray The Rosary For Peace

    Any Comments to Alex W. Fraser
    Courtenay, BC


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