Heron Island's Last Human Birth
The Legend Of The Phantom Ship Of The Baie
Some LaPointe Ancestry
The Mercier Connection
Beginning A New Life
Some Strange Occurances
The Day To Day Realities
The Five Dresses
The Family Grows Larger
The LeBlanc Fortune
The Last Son
The War Ends It All
Heron Island Today - a footnote
Last Word - The Legacy
Another Update On The Island and Some Photos
The Last Son
Jean Douglas arrived the following summer, on July 5, 1935. He would
be George and Stella's last son.
He was promptly named "Joe" by someone, (whoever it was is now forgotten)
and, just like his older brother,"Tony", the name stuck. He was the second
of the children in the LaPointe family to be born on Heron Island.
Around this time, the area experienced a total solar eclipse. George took
time, a few days prior, to gather up some bottles; he broke them into
eyeglass sizes, smoked them over an open flame, and gave them to the children
and Stella, so that they might see the great sight without harming their
eyes. Those members of the family who witnessed this eclipse say that
it was an unforgettable experience.
The election campaign of the same year found R.B. Bennett talking about
a "New Deal". He was outlining programs of unemployment insurance, new
laws on hours and wages, laws to control prices and the like. After his
previous far-right stand, many of his customary followers were finding
themselves utterly confused by his turn-about.
MacKenzie King, meanwhile, had been occupying himself with a different
kind of world while he was sitting on the sidelines. He was convinced
that for the past decade he had been in contact with the world beyond
the grave. He had talked with his deceased mother, with his dead brother
and with Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who had passed on some time before. He had
the help of a little group of mediums in England and Scotland. He was
satisfied that, with their help, he had talked to Franklin Delano Roosevelt
and even to his own departed dog, Pat. However, he never asked for any
of his contacted spirits to help him with any political decisions. Without
their help, he once again became the Prime Minister of Canada.
On the eve of the election, Mussolini marched on Ethiopia. Canada's delegation
to Geneva got Bennett's authority to join in condemning Italy as an aggressor.
Economic sanctions were decided on. Before anything was done, King was
elected. King announced that he would support economic sanctions, but
would not consider military sanctions without consulting parliament. Canada
proposed to cut off all shipments of coal, oil, steel and iron to Italy.
A short time later, the Canadian government announced that the proposal
had been made by a lesser government official, and that Canada did not
support the embargo. Canada would go along if another country would propose
it, but did not want the responsibility of the proposal on itself. The
proposal of the embargo was shelved. Mussolini took Ethiopia easily.
The inventory of Canadian armaments was stock inherited from the First
World War. There was not a single modern anti-aircraft gun, not a single
military aircraft, not an aerial bomb. The guns were obsolete, and there
was only enough ammunition for about ninety minutes of fire. They were
so defective that, for years, the army had not dared to use them in practice.
The only military articles that Canada owned that was in good shape was
its stock of harness. Very little use could be found for that.
Although there had been a buildup of hostilities in Europe, Canadians
had repeatedly been told that Canada was not going to be involved in any
war so far away from home. They had been there once, in World War I, and
that was enough. Canadians were enjoying going out on the town and more
and more movies were being seen. They were generally not too concerned
about what was happening in Europe. "The Wizard of Oz" was the big hit
of the day.
But on September 10, in the year 1939, Canada officially declared itself
involved in the war to be known as World War II.
This was the beginning of the end of life on Heron Island.
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