Mr. Mackie was in charge of the logging operation in the area now known as Mackie Lake. He is the person who told Dr. C.K. Clarke, an amateur ornithologist and a physician in Kingston about the osprey nest in the area. Dr. Clarke found the osprey nest and fell in love with the lake. He bought the four islands on the lake and some of the shoreline in 1906.
Dr. Clarke and a friend of his built two cottages. One cottage on each of the two biggest islands. Their families spent many summers there after that. In the early days they came to the lake by taking the train to Levant and then hiring a team of horses and wagon to bring them and all their belongings in for an extended stay. To get fresh milk and eggs and other fresh supplies someone had to walk up to the farm (I think was owned by the Ohlmans) everyday or so. It was several years before they were able to come in on the muddy roads by car.
At some point the island known as doctor’s point was sold and the new owner filled it in to make the island part of the mainland.
The Clarke family consisted of four boys and two girls. My father Eric Kent was the youngest in the family. Pat Dudding’s father, Charles, was the oldest. There are many pictures taken when they explored the surrounding mountains and lakes. The smallest island has always been called Eric’s island after my father. It is too small to build on so it is used mostly for picnics and overnight camping.
In the early 1930’s both cabins burned down. Someone burned some last minute papers after the chimney had been closed. The wind was quite strong and carried the fire from one island to the other.
Goldie Clarke, one of C.K.’s daughters, had always spent her summers at the lake. After the fire she and friends came up to the island and lived in a tent for a few years. She had the cottage, on what is now Dudding’s island( official name Chilco Island), built by a local craftsman. The cabin was inherited by Pat Dudding and is now owned by Randy, Peter and Geof Dudding. In 2017 Geof sold his share to Randy's daughter Lisa Popplewell and Peter's daughter Hilary Dudding.
After my father Eric Kent died, Dick Holdren and myself came up to the lake in 1960 to find out what we would be paying taxes on. We had spent years camping and canoeing in Algonquin Park but after seeing the island we decided that it was the perfect location to bring our four children to spend the summers. The A-Framed cottage was started in 1961. The older children ferried all the lumber for the cabin over from the landing. Dick Holdren and Dick Sharp, a family friend, build the A-Frame. Walker Ohlman helped them erect the frames on either end of the cabin. It took several years to completely enclose and finish the interior.
The Clarke family has been on the lake for six generations. We look forward to many more years on the Beautiful Canadian Lake.
1927 (Judd) Tooley Lodge- The Tooley Family
Judd Tooley Lodge- November 1935
Judd Tooley and Louise Lemke were both born and grew up in the Plevna area; Judd at Playfair Corner (Grindstone Lake and Mountain Rd. junction) where his parents Luther and Emma (Wood) lived, and Louise at Sand Lake, just west of Plevna, where her grandparents (Carl and Carlena (Diethert)) originally settled.
Judd and Louise were married in 1914 and had nine children – Clarence, George, Jim, Charlie, Marjorie, Herb, Earl, Isobel, and Marilyn. The first five children were born in what is known as the Joe Brouse home on Mountain Road just north of Plevna. The four younger children were born “on the Mountain” on the Ohlmann homestead, about a mile from the junction of Schooner and Mountain Roads. When the oldest children were small, the young family moved to Kemptville, near Ottawa, Ontario, where Judd’s brother Henry was living. They farmed for a short period, but soon returned home to Plevna.
The youngest children attended school on the Mountain, which was located near the Mountain-Schooner Road junction. Later on, they travelled by horse and wagon or cutter to school in Plevna.
Herb, Earl and Isobel Tooley at Mountain School (SS No. 14) ca 1935
Judd and his family logged, farmed and raised cattle on the mountain. Their son Herb remembered walking cattle from the farm to the Lavant train station where they were loaded and shipped to markets.
Logging was one of the main industries in the area during those times, and employed many local families. Harvested pine from the surrounding area often was floated through Mackie Lake into the small creek at the north end of the lake. From there they were moved into Long Schooner and Round Schooner and through Mackie Creek into the Madawaska River. Rapids existed on both creeks so wooden chutes (or slides) allowed the logs to bypass the rapids. When Herb was about 15 or 16 years old, his grandfather, Luther Tooley, lost his leg in a logging accident on the trail between Proudfoot Bay on Fortune Lake and Brule Lake. He managed with a wooden leg for the rest of his life.
The remains of several old logging roads still exist around the lake, one of which follows the creek down from Camp Lake. Another one branches off Mountain Road and leads into the marsh at the south end of the lake, where at one time marsh hay was cut.
In the 1920’s, Louise’s parents Julius and Carlena (Hartmann) opened a tourist lodge on their homestead on Sand Lake, and Luther (Judd’s father) operated a hunting & fishing camp on Brule Lake. Now known as “Pleasantview Lodge”, the large log cabin on the site was actually moved there by Judd and his brother John, from their mother Emma’s (Wood) homestead.
Previous to Tooley Lodge opening on Mackie Lake, Judd was a hunting guide for Jerome Thompson who had purchased the James Proudfoot property on Fortune Lake (Proudfoot Bay is named after him). As the story goes, sometime during the early 1920s, Jerome sold Proudfoot’s square timbered building to Judd for $35.00. It was dismantled during the winter and moved to where it remains today at the lodge. Around 1927 Judd and Louise began using the cabin as a base and opened their camp for business. Excellent fishing in Mackie, Fortune and Schooner Lakes attracted visitors from “nearby” Kingston and as far away as the states of Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. The fishing was so good that Judd used to say that you could almost walk across the backs of speckled trout in Skead Creek, which flows from Fortune into Round Schooner Lake.
The lodge was open from the beginning of fishing season (around May 1st) to the end of deer hunting season in the late fall (mid-November). Guests arrived at the Tooley farm on the mountain and from there rode in a horse driven wagon down a rough cart track to Mackie Lake. They then were rowed across the lake to the camp.
Original log building with kitchen addition
A typical guiding day for Judd included rowing his clients across Mackie, walking with gear over to Long Schooner, rowing around the Schooners to the best fishing spots, and then walking back to the camp at the end of the day. For years, patrons were rowed until the first outboard motor called “Champion” was acquired. An old truck, and then a Willy’s jeep and wagon eventually replaced the walking. Nancy, a granddaughter, remembers riding to Schooner in the jeep or in the back of the wagon with either her grandpa or Uncle Herb. Such a fond memory!
George Tooley in the driver’s seat, Clarence leaning on the hood, and Judd behind Clarence
For over 40 years, Louise looked after the meal preparation and housekeeping aspect of the lodge. She was responsible for cooking all of the meals for the guests and staff, as well as the general upkeep of the cabins, including laundry.
The original kitchen was very small, containing a large woodstove with six burners and a copper kettle. Ten to 12 loaves of bread were made daily along with full course meals and homemade pies. Since there was no electricity, all of the water used for cooking and laundry was hauled up from the lake. The refrigerator was almost eight feet tall, oak on the outside, with lead doors. Two large blocks of ice would keep the fridge and its contents cold for at least two days.
As the business grew, Louise gained kitchen help and several guides were hired to accompany guests on daily fishing trips, which included shore lunches with homemade bread, canned beans, potatoes & onions and freshly fried fish.
Boats or winter sleighs carried food, supplies and building material across the lake. A platform over two boats transported horses two at a time with one man steadying the horses. At one point, a car was taken across by George Salmon to his camp directly behind the lodge.
George Salmon’s camp crew on Mackie -1932 (Cloyne & District Historical Society- CDHS)
For approximately three weeks in mid-winter, Judd cut ice from the lake in front of the lodge, which was used in the fridges and water coolers. Sawn by hand then pulled from the water, the blocks were hauled to the icehouse on shore. Sawdust shoveled onto the blocks of ice acted as insulation and kept the ice from melting during the summer months. Often ice from the lodge supplied other cottages around the lake as well.
Jim Kirby, George & Clarence Tooley at the icehouse with the day’s catch
Over the years, a new kitchen, dining room and several sleep cabins were added to the lodge. One of the smaller storage buildings caught fire and burned to the ground. Unfortunately, it contained ammunition at the time and Marilyn remembers her mother bundling her up in blankets and taking her down to the rocks on the point away from where bullets were exploding!
Electricity did not arrive until the late fifties. At one point, a gas-driven Delco system generated power. It was set up in the “Delco house” next to the main log cabin.
It was not until the early 1970s, when the Ministry of Natural Resources built a forest access road to Long Schooner Lake that Tooley Lodge became accessible by road.
Judd also built three independent housekeeping cottages as part of the lodge facilities. These were located on lots around the lake. One, built around 1930 for George Scott and Jim Kirby, was located on the point across from the lodge. Now renovated, it is owned by the Addis family. Another was built near the southwest public access point, but it was eventually torn down and re-built as a private cottage by Jim LeSage. The last and most recent one was built on the rock point in the south end of the lake, and is now owned by the White family.
Judd and Louise’s son Herb and his wife Grace took over the lodge in 1974. They continued the tradition of providing great fishing and hunting experiences, tasty home cooked meals and friendly and helpful advice. Herb and Grace retired in 2004, and currently (2018) Larry Kroetsch operates the lodge.
Li’l Bit of Heaven(picture at top)
Judd and his brother-in-law, Adolph Lemke, with lumber from Umpherson’s mill, built the last housekeeping cottage in the spring of 1955. It was always referred to as “the new cottage” and was very popular with guests because of its privacy and small beach. In 1983, Judd and Louise’s daughter Marilyn and husband Don White and family acquired the cottage and gave it the name “L’il Bit of Heaven”. Their daughter Nancy remembers spending at least one or two weeks every summer here. The family would often take day trips to the Schooners, Camp or Reids Lakes. As kids we would fish, swim, explore, visit relatives, and fish some more!
Many happy memories continue to be made on Mackie every summer with the next generation of family and friends. We are all truly blessed to be able to experience and enjoy the gentle beauty of Mackie Lake.
Photos have been added to the Photos section of this site.
My grandfather Joseph Ohlmann first built a trapping cabin on the point on Mackie Lake in the early 1900. After the death of my grandfather, my father Walker Ohlmann took on the tourism business. It was multi family business from farming on the mountain to cottage rental in the summer which even included meals for certain fisherman. My dad did many different jobs from trapping in the winter , school bus driver in the school year and guiding fisherman in the summer.
My mother Doreen Ohlmann did her share in this business too. In the spring of 1951 she entered a Salad Contest with Chatelaine Magazine which she had to make up on her own , also had to name it and that is where the "Chef Salad " came into being! She won $300 for Canada and $ 50 for Ontario. Mom was a great cook but very modest about it and I don't recall her ever telling people about her win! I often wonder where she found the time.....with a garden to look after , five children to cook for on a wood stove....and other jobs like cooking for the thrashers when it was hay time. No electric washing machines, no refrigeration but we did have a gas washing machine and a gas iron that I remember using! That was after the metal irons you heated on the wood stove. Hydro electric came in 1960 and was put in with my dad's horses and a helicopter. To get this electric in the beginning we had to pay Guaranteed Units, which was still on when we bought in 1974.
It was a great life for myself , three brothers and a sister. We met lots of interesting people. We were all over catching bait for our tourist and Judd Tooley. My dad built the road in from the main road in the 1950's as it was getting too crowded at the old access. At that time there was George, Clarence, Herb and Judd Tooley, the Underwoods, Bigelow, Larws, Kahlson, Rankin, Emms and Joe S & Bart Hopkins & the Ohlmann's all using the one access. Rodger and I bought the cottages in 1974 from my mother. We kept the one cottage for ourselves so our children could share the experience we had growing up. We didn't think Free Cottages would go over well so hence forth "Mackie Lake Camp!"
In the 1930’s Bill and Jenny Lauer began to look for the end of the road in the back woods of southern Ontario Canada. Over a number of years they worked their way back to the Tooley Lodge on Mackie Lake. By the mid 1930’s they were coming every summer to stay first at the Lodge and then at the cabin of Clarence Tooley, which they dubbed Cheerio Hideaway. Soon after, plans were made to build their own place on the lake they had come to enjoy and love.
With the death of Bill in 1946 plans slowed but the iron willed “Aunt Jenny” carried on and in 1951 opened a new Cheerio Hideaway on Red Pine Point.With the passing of Aunt Jenny in 1955, her son Willard W. Lauer, her daughter Elizabeth B. Lauer and family began to enjoy summer after summer at the wonderful cabin on Red Pine Point. Bill left “Grandmommy” Lauer with the cabin upon his death in 1972 and she passed the property on to her son William Lauer and her daughter Mary Mellgard when she died in 1988.
The new generation of owners began in the 90’s as the two halves of the cabin were again brought together into the hands of one branch of the Lauer/Mellgard family. Now owned by the 5 children of George and Mary Mellgard he Cheerio Hideaway remains a wonderful place where yet another generation is being raised fishing, swimming and sitting on the best front porch in Canada watching the sunset over Mackie Lake.
Working for General Electric brought Bill Kahlson to this lake. Bill and Ruth bought the red cabins across the lake from the private landing. Those cottages were built in the 1940’s by George Tooley. In 19?? we became the second owners.Bill had planes and used to land on the lake to bring his guests. Bill had a special gift, he tamed bass and coons to eat out of his hands.
In 2012 Dick's family sold Big Red to Peter and Janine Dudding.
Sherry recalls coming to Mackie Lake with her parents around 1953. Her parents used to rent Tooley’s cottages. They also stayed at her aunt Millie and uncle Berndt Rancken’s cottage.In 1956 or 1957 George Tooley built a cottage on the other side of the lake facing the island and Sherry’s parents Mae and Wayne Emms bought it and were the first owners. Later in life Sherry and husband Ed Kalman inherited the cottage.Sherry says that her property has wonderful blueberries. Sherry spends a lot of time painting in her special room in the cabin.
I am past part owner of the Whispering pines cottage located at the extreme east end of the lake adjacent to the path leading to Phil’s lake.I am a grandson of Joe Ohlman who farmed on the mountain, and also a cousin of Carol Free. I and my family have been going back to the farm and Mackie Lake for over 70 years and of coarse seen many changes.
The cottage whispering Pines was built in 1958 by the families of three of the Ohlman girls, my mother Etta Ohlman Bodley from Mississauga, ON, Hazel Ohlman Virkler Bodley? from NY and Grace Ohlman Simmons from Toronto, ON.They are all deceased now and at various times the cottage was turned over to the next generation.
Etta Bodley to myself Roger Bodley, Hazel Virkler to husband Fred Bodley then to Barbara Sexton (their daughter), Grace Simmons to Fred Simmons. I have recently turned my portion over to my daughter Julie Hughes.When we built we obtained the lot from the government for the pricey sum of $230.00 ($1.00 per foot frontage) and a surveyor’s fee of $150.00. I think this might have been the last lot sold this way, as after that they surveyed 4 or 5 lots and put them up for tender.
As mentioned it was built in 1958 by my father Fred Bodley, Len Virkler, and myself. We built the main part the first year and added the porch the next year.The cottage is still used fairly frequently primarily by my cousin in Ottawa and his family, as well as my daughter and her family from London and me.
The Ohlman family knew Dr. Clarke quite well. He was the Superintendent of the Queen Street Mental Hospital at that time. When my mother was 12 years old, she lived with the Clarke family in Toronto where she attended school for a year. It is believed that she was living there in 1910 but knowing that my mother was born in 1895 this would have taken place in 1907. She also told me many stories of the Clarkes visiting and camping on the Schooners. They would leave all their fine travelling clothes etc. at the farm. This I would assume is before they had the cottage on the island, which I understand my grandfather built. "Just a little local trivia".I am really interested in the history of that area having done some research, and assembling data my mother collected for the Ohlman Family Tree.
Our-next door neighbors, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tom and Betty Underwood had been vacationing at Mackie Lake since they were married in the 40's. Tom had been coming to the lake since he was a little boy, which I estimate was in the 1930's. His father, also Tom Underwood, was reported to be one of the first ones to come to the lake supposedly on horseback. Our next door neighbor talked to me about building for his father the guest cottage next to the main cottage, which is now the Zimminy(?) property, the summer he turned 17. He, Betty and the three kids, Diane, Beth and Judd and their beagle would all pile into the Packard Clipper station wagon and head for the lake for three weeks every summer. And every year they would return to tell us about this incredible lake. Which got the wheels in my Dad's head turning ...
In the summer of 1961 our family, Bruno and Marjorie Krause, me and my sister Karen accepted the Underwood's invitation to come to the lake. It took us two days to travel the distance from Pittsburgh. I remember the second day of travel vividly, August 7th, 1961, as it was my 8th birthday and we had stopped at Thousand Islands to have a picnic lunch and my parents had given me my first watch, a Timex. We arrived at the lake in mid-afternoon at the only access point to the lake, which is now Jim Lesage's place. Nobody was there to greet us, but an Ohlman boy (Billy?) offered to get Tom Underwood and bring him to the landing to us.Who he brought was Tom Underwood Senior, our neighbor’s dad. Anyways, we stayed at Judd Tooley's cabin at the east end of the lake, what I believe is the White's cabin now. There was no Hydro then and I was fascinated with kerosene lamps much to my mother's horror. Cooking was by a wonderful old white enameled cast iron wood stove with all its ornamental gingerbread, old script writing, and neat removable concentric cast iron cooking plates on the top. Refrigeration was a block of lake ice in a white enamel icebox. I still remember the pipe that ran to just under the cottage that constantly dripped melted ice water. I remember trips to Judd Tooley's lodge for replacement ice every few days, Judd digging for ice in the sawdust of the icehouse and how the ice slid around in the bottom of the boat. I remember my sister and I having the brilliant idea of seeing how hot we could get the oven on the woodstove while my mom and dad fished.Just think 600 degrees F. in the middle of August. I thought my mom was going to kill us. Absolutely the most vivid sunsets I have ever seen were during that first summer on the lake. And I remember how excited my mother got when she had a baking success with the wood stove. Going to Plevna for produce at Ohlman's and Kellar's general stores, and my mom buying butter tarts and Swiss Cream soda as a treat for us kids.
The next afternoon, we met the Holdrens, which was a little ironic, as they had just arrived for their very first vacation at the lake too. We still tease the Holdren family about how the Krause's beat them to the lake by about two hours. They had arrived to inspect the island property that they had inherited and had been paying taxes on.The first night we heard our first loon ... that high-pitched waaa-WAAAA-waaa-WAAA that loons make sometime, my mother was convinced someone was strangling a child. That same night my dad chased a porcupine off the roof, chewing on the corrugated metal.What a racket. That was the summer my sister got "locked" in the outhouse by the same friendly porcupine outside the outhouse door, and also the summer that two Mounties came out of the woods right at the cottage on horseback, they were looking for a lost man, scared my mother to death.The Underwoods and the three kids were staying in what they called Aunt Jenny's cottage, the cottage being owned by a relative, which I believe is the Louwer's (?) cabin now. We were invited to a fish fry at Aunt Jenny's the next night where we met the Duddings and two of their boys Geoff and Peter. The Holdren's came by later with what was my first glimpse of a speedboat. I remember the boat very little other than it was red but I distinctly remember the motor and the sound it made when they sped away, a big red and white Scott. As it got dark a guide from Tooley's lodge, Austin Bailey, came to start "the Delco" for the Underwoods, what I think was the only generator and therefore the only power on the lake. Noisy machine, but they had honest to goodness lightbulbs. I remember thinking why would anybody want lightbulbs when kerosene lamps were so much cooler ... I learned to water ski behind that big Scott.Anyways our family quickly became hooked on Canadian cottage living.
That fall, October 1961 we stayed at a cottage near Huntsville on what I remember as Little Muskota Lake. Nice place, with a million steps down to the waterfront, bad fishing. I remember very little about the place except Mom had bought Tang for breakfast, which was a wonderful novelty. Remember NASA and the astronauts were all the rage then.The next summer, 1962, we reserved a cottage at a lodge on Baptiste Lake near Bancroft. We arrived to the realization that the cottages really weren't much more than tarpaper shacks about 5 feet apart. That night we saw our first ever bald eagle swoop down to take a fish out of the lake and then went to bed listening to the loud laughter of the cottagers on either side of us. That night, my mother declared that this place was not for us and the next morning we made up a story to the lodge owner and left for Bancroft. There my Dad called over to Plevna to try and get in touch with Tooley's Lodge to rent one of Judd's cottages, but the person that answered the phone was Grace Tooley who told us that their cabin was available as long as we didn't mind that it hadn't been cleaned yet from the fisherman who had left that morning. We arrived, and later that day Grace brought us wonderful fresh baked bread, I can still taste it. The cottage had a working toilet, fed from a big galvanized tank, I'm guessing 200 gallons, which sat above the bathroom and filled by Herb Tooley every few days by a gasoline pump. This was a real, working indoor toilet? My mom and my porcupine phobia sister were in heaven.I remember Hydro being brought to the lake in 1963 or '64 but don't quote me on it.After 1962, we typically came to Herb and Grace's cottage three times every year, a short one in May, three and a half weeks in July, and a short one in October. The cottage was named Pleasant Point and I remember the cedar trees in the front being very short and trimmed like poodle tails. The cottage in those days was very close to the ground. Back in those days, the lake was typically the business enterprises of Judd Tooley and his sons Clarence, George, Charlie and Herb. All owned a cottage or multiple cottages on the lake for rental to vacationers. I remember that the cottages and the boats that went with them were typically painted in a color coding so that you could immediately know who owned which cottage and which boat belonged to whom. Judd Tooley's properties was always yellow with white trim, the boats gray with green trim, Clarence's cottages and boats were gray with pink trim. Fishing was incredible, and we went to Long Schooner at least twice a week for the day of fishing and a shore lunch of fresh fish, canned spaghetti and Macintosh toffee.Travelling to Schooner meant you arrived at Tooley's lodge at 8 AM sharp to be transported to Schooner via either Judd's old beige Willy's Jeep pulling a trailer that was a converted Model T truck or his green and white GMC pickup. No exaggeration, one summer we stayed at the lake for twenty-three nights and we had fish for dinner twentyone of them. Running out of corn meal, cooking oil, ketchup or horseradish was a real cause for panic.
Some of my fondest memories are from Long Schooner Lake.Other memories involve our yearly trip to Perth for Dad to take us all out to lunch (had my first fish and chips wrapped in real newspaper in Perth) and Mom to do clothes. It used to take three hours to get there. I was still quite young when I discovered James Brothers Hardware and the fireworks they sold. To everybody that was on the lake in the 60's, I apologize.Herb and Grace decided to sell the cottage to the Krause's on July 7th, 1967. And then the renovations began, first a cabin water system and my overly patient father cut up that huge tank over the bathroom with a hand hacksaw. I can still hear it. A kitchen sink, a new stove and refrigerator, a new roof, new flooring, a water heater, a bathroom sink and shower, another new roof, our first true dock, a new wood stove, storm windows, the floor insulated, and our latest a new foundation, septic tank system and telephone. Many on the lake know how my dad continuously struggled with the cottage foundation and I believe the cottage is built on the only plot of dirt on the lake. Dig as deep as you want you won't hit bedrock under our cottage. Dad and I theorized that where the cottage is was part of the lake many moons ago and the rock where our dock is was an island.
I introduced my wife Debbie to the lake on our honeymoon August 1975, and she fell in love with it too. Over the years we travelled from as far away as Omaha, Nebraska to vacation here (two 14 hour days). Our two children, Brent and Brianne, love the lake too. Debbie and I moved to Rochester, New York just so that all of us could be closer to the lake, and enjoy long weekends here in addition to our long vacation in August.Some short items ... One fall Debbie and I came to the lake to close and arrived at night in the fury of Hurricane Hugo (1989?). I remember driving up highway 38 with millions of frogs crossing the roads. When we arrived at Tooley's dock, the cocky young man that I was said “let's go across the lake now, I know the way in the dark”. I became totally lost in the pitch-black rain within minutes. I remember looking back at Tooley's as we left and seeing his dock light just disappear before my eyes. My wife was the one who found our cottage in the dark, and the Starcraft was totally under water the next morning from the rain. Once in the late 60's as a stupid teenager, I was traveling at full speed in my dad's boat in the fog one night and went full speed up onto Eric's island. My dad never found out about that one. I had my first time behind the wheel of a car on the Mountain road. Our son had his first turn behind the wheel of Grandpa's car in Tooley's parking lot. Both of our kids learned to swim at this lake, became competitive swimmers and both have swum the length of the lake. I heard Neil Armstrong land on the moon here.
A bit of history about our cottage. It was built in the 40’s by George Tooley, the basic tethered box construction. The cottage had major roof damage in the early 50’s from hurricane Hazel when a tree fell on it.
The original cottage was built by Clarence Tooley and completely burned down. Its location is about midlake on the northwest side on a point near a 45 ft. stonewall.In 1967 George Tooley erected a new cottage on the same spot. It was sold to Eugenia (Jean) and Henry (Hank) Kazubski and their children Gene and Jo. The Kazubski family found Mackie Lake through some friends that knew of Tooley Lodge.
Their son Gene remembers his first time on Mackie Lake with his father and friends. The year was 1953 and he was 14 years old.The new owners are Gene and Jo the sons since the parents passed away.Some renovations have been done to the lower half of the cottage by adding cedar and building a front porch and steps.
We were looking for cottage property and bought our point behind the islands. The cottage was built in 1950 by the Tooleys. The first owners from 1950 to 1966 were George Scott (owner of the Scott & Fetzer Machine Company) and Jim Kirby (the Kirby vacuum cleaner inventor). In 1966 the cottage was sold to George Tooley which in turn in 1968 sold it to Don and Fran Martin, which sold it to us in 1969.Renovations were done before our time and we do not have any pictures of the cottage when it was being built.
We found this beautiful lake called Mackie Lake and there was Crown land being sold really cheap so we bought a piece of land on the North side in a Bay. We bought a very small pre-fab cottage from Peterborough Lumber, carried the lumber up the hill and put it all together.There was already a small cottage built on a lot west of us (see explanation below).
We have been very happy spending time with our three sons at the lake.The major renovations have been to add a screened in porch and surrounding deck from one end of the cottage to the other.What is so interesting about our place is that we are 50 feet high above the water and we have a great view of the island and the East end of the lake.
Back in 1959 Walter Ohlman built a cottage on the North side of the lake next to our lot. He sold the cottage to Harlan Jones who used it for 20 years. In 1979 Harlan sold his cottage to me and we’ve been using it as a guest cabin.
As a child, I spent many summers in a log cabin, owned by my family, on Palmerston Lake. In 1969, my husband Louis and I purchased the land on Lot 3 Mackie Lake. The following summer, 1970, our cottage was built by a lumber company in Cloyne. We spent two weeks that first summer at the cottage with our daughter Melissa, who was 2, and son, Scott, who was 3 months old. In 1974, our third child Matthew was born, and at the end of the summer of 1975, Bruce Hemmerich, and Lou Barone and Lou built a much needed addition to our small cottage. We have since added a sleeping cabin, which is a busy place all summer long, with all of our grandchildren and friends.It is a very private, shaded and cool location.
Lou and I were excited when our sons were able to purchase the Harmon Sherry Cottage. The path through the woods and through the water is a busy highway for the grandchildren.
In 1957, Myrtle Hill purchased the property where their cottage now exists. Myrtle Hill was the mother-in-law of Clarence Tooley (Judd’s son, Heidi Minchen’s grandfather). Building was started in 1959, likely without hydro. The cottage was a box, 40 ft. long and 10 ft. wide. There were two divisions made at each end of the cottage to create two 10 foot bedrooms. A porch came out the front. Clarence hired his brother George to do the construction, helped by Chuck Young. Clarence paid $126 for the property, and $180 for the survey. The Ontario Government was encouraging people to build, so the cost of land at that time was about $2 per foot plus survey fee. By the time George was done building in 1959, $4069.00 had been spent on the property, cottage and furnishings. Gary Wright, a friend of Bruce’s, worked for Ontario Lands and Forests, and supplied Bruce with a list indicating where the government were still offering surveyed lots at a fixed price. Bruce also got a book that showed what fish were in the lakes where this type of lot was available; he wanted a lake with Lake Trout because knew what a lake with that species of fish would be like. Brule and Mackie Lakes popped out. In June 1969, Bruce and his young daughter, Christine, went looking one June weekend. They stayed at Brule Lake Lodge the first night, and took a look at the one available lot: Lot 13. The lot had a very steep slope into deepening water and was buzzing with mosquitoes. With four young children to consider, this was not the Hemmerichs. That night Christine netted a six-pound lake trout for her dad which was an encouraging sign for the fishing in the area. The next day, they drove to Mackie Lake. Just as they arrived at Mackie Lake, the sun came out for the first time on the weekend, a harbinger of things to come. They had brought a motor but no boat. At the public access, they found a man working on a motor, and asked where they could rent a boat. The man, who turned out to be Clarence Tooley, asked if they were there to look at the lots, and then offered to take them across the lake to look at what was available. On the way across the lake he asked if they would be interested in buying a cottage. Bruce said that a cottage wasn’t affordable, but after looking at one or two very mediocre lots, Clarence took them to his three cottages and stated his asking price ($4750 for the newest cottage, $5500 for the largest cottage and $4250 for the oldest cottage beside the portage, all on very nice, safe lots for swimming). All thoughts of buying anything else immediately evaporated, for he realized he could not buy the land and build and furnish a cottage for that price. Besides, his wife Susan had asked if he could please find a cottage, near a beach; a possibility that seemed far out of reach. The last cottage, the one with the best site, the one most private, the least expensive property, had a little sandy beach right next to it. It was love at first sight! Bruce asked Clarence if he would accept $4000, and he graciously accepted. He then said that he needed to talk with his wife, Susan, but he was sure she would be very happy to have a cottage. The deal was confirmed the next day by phone and the Hemmerichs took possession of the cottage July 1st, a few weekends later.
Bruce was looking for a trout lake. He had a friend who recommended Mackie Lake. When Bruce and Christine first saw it they fell in love with it.
This cottage was built in 1959 by George Tooley on MF-2 being part of lot 23, Concession 11 across the lake from the parking lot. The owners were Irma and Clarence Tooley until we purchased it in 1969 for a real bargain. It came with furniture, cooking utensils, and a beautiful old wood stove. It even had hydro and an indoor toilet. I knew at the time that the land was almost free (205 feet of shoreline).
Our significant renovations are two sleeping cabins built shortly after we bought the property. Since then we have added a bedroom on the main cottage. Apart from upgrading the electrical panel, Bruce has done most of the work himself.
It was interesting that Bruce and our 8 year old daughter, Christine found the cottage and decide to buy it before I ever saw it recalls Susan. When I arrived at the site, I was surprised that it was one of three Bubble-Gum Pink with white trim cottages in a row. Everything around it was kept cut low with a scythe so these cottages really were a “feature” on that side of the lake. All of the new owners painted shortly after buying their places. Now it looks quite different as you can see.
A friend of mine said there was a cottage for sale of Mackie Lake. It was built by George Tooley and was rented out for years. We are located at in the cove Northwest of the lake and next to Ostler’s Point (previously called just the Point). I own the cottage with my son Wayde.Significant renovations have been made over the years like bedroom addition, a new deck, dock and shed.What are so interesting about our location are the view and the privacy.Being in a cove and my name being Current we thought it would be appropriate to call our cottage Current’s Cove.
Bud and Jackie Clayton were looking for a quiet out of the way place to come to on the weekends. Bev Ohlman (now Murray) was working with Jackie at Millhaven Fibres Ltd and said her mom was renting cottages on Mackie Lake. Up we came with our 2 sons. We rented there for many years until we bought the place we now have in 1986.
George and Eunice Tooley built the cottage and spent their honeymoon here and they stayed for many years as George went on building many of the places here on Mackie. He was the gas man, messenger man and Eunice made cakes, breads and any specialty birthday cakes for the tourists as their were no phones or hydro a the time. They sold the cottage to Lou and Brenda Corbin and they enjoyed it for many years with their family. The cottage burned to the ground in 1980. They started to re-build in 1981 but ran out of energy so they decided to sell and we bought it in June 1986. There was no inside work done and no water. On the weekends with came up with our van loaded down with supplies. We worked like crazy and head home on Sunday night late and back to work on Monday dead tired but feeling great because we had been “to the cottage”. We had a rule here, we worked hard all day Saturday but Sunday we swam, hiked, walked or did nothing and everyone was happy with that. Our sons brought up friends to help do insulation, build decks, put in fireplace, extension etc, etc… In 1991 we finished the cottage and we sold our home in Nepean and moved here permanently. We brought all our possessions here in a UHaul and across in our boat and filled up our small place with furniture. Bud stayed on working in Peterborough for 2 more years and travelled here to the cottage on the weekends.
We have been here permanently for 15 years and financially it was probably a bad move but personally we wished we could have done it sooner because it has been a wonderful lifestyle. When we hear in the cities that the ice is piled up and cars are all backed up, we put Baileys in our coffee, get on our snowmachines and go fishing. Not a bad life for two now “old folks”. We are sure whoever comes after us will have the same great life and memories.
Joan and Henry Taber provided the following:
The Joan and Henry Taber cottage previous known as the Claytons. We bought here June 30, 2016 .After looking at so many cottages .As soon as we saw this cottage we knew it was the one. Only downfall was the boat access . We've brought lots of stuff over by boat with no mishaps so the boat access has not slowed us down at all.
Been doing lots of work here and we are both looking forward to the end of the big jobs. Henry retired in Feb 2019 so weve been able to stay up here most of the summer as i have the summers off.
We enjoy coming up here all year round . That white stuff called snow doesnt slow us down unless we get stuck in it with the ATV lol .
We love our cottage on Mackie l
Lake- it is so peacefull.
We have met a lot of wonderfull people up here.
So we are looking forward to spending many many more years here..
Jim knew the area very well and used to go to Schooner Lake often. He brought me to Mackie Lake in 1982 to visit and I fell in love with the place. We rented the cottage on the Point from Herb Tooley from 1982 to 1987. We used to rent the cottage and boat and motor for one week a year and brought our kids and their friends and Roger (Jim’s brother) and his wife and kids. I’ll never forget the time our kids said they met
this nice couple with kids and they were invited that night for a party and asked if they had permission to go. We said yes because it was in the cottage next door to the point. As it turned out it was at the Claytons and the kids had a ball. Then Jim and I would rent again for Thanksgiving weekend just by ourselves and that’s when we met Wayne Current our neighbor. Sometimes during the summer we used to take a drive up to the lake with Roger and Kay, rented a boat and motor from Herb and had a picnic on Wayne’s deck. We also got to know Bobbie Cascanette because she was working for Tooley’s lodge. One day we received a call from Bobbi advising us that a cottage was for sale on the lake. We called the Realtor and made an appointment to visit the said cottage.
We were to pick up the key at Ted Speck and he would show us around.When I got out of the boat at Ted’s place I was walking really fast on his walkway, which was very slippery, and I fell flat on my back. He came out running and laughing (he couldn’t help himself) and asking if I was all right, “I’m fine” I answered. We followed him in the trail leading to the cottage for sale and Jim and I both fell in love with the cottage and the first thing we said was that we couldn’t afford such a nice place and Ted and Mary spoke up and said: “Oh yes, you can”. And to our surprise we could and we did buy it.
Russ Parks built our cottage in 1969 and we bought it in 1987. It is located across the lake in a bay. Ted told us how bad the black flies were when all of them were building their cottages at the same time. The guys would come down from the roof all covered in blood. All of them would get together and party. The cottage came with a piston pump and Jim learned a lot from Jack Cascanette on how to fix it and later on we bought a jet pump.Jim and I were both working back then and used to come up on Friday night after work. Sometimes when we arrived at the lake it was dark, raining and windy and we just couldn’t wait to start across the lake for our short weekend. Of course there was lots to do and we worked all day Saturday and some on Sunday depending. Jim was self-employed and could stay at the cottage longer than me, which meant that I had to drive home by myself.
Our first significant renovation was to build in cedar a new and much bigger deck on the cottage because the original one was only made of plywood and was very small. Our second project was to dig up the septic and add a much better one.The next thing with Ted’s help was to build a pump-house big enough to store our new jet pump, fishing equipment and lifejackets. After this building project Jim gained a lot of confidence in himself and built a shower cabin measuring 8 x 10 and a lower deck by the water. He completely renovated and enlarged our bathroom, added a closet and built a pantry in the kitchen. In 2007 we bought a floating dock.
We have a beautiful view from our cottage; we can also see our visitor’s arriving at the landing across the lake. Our cottage is surrounded by lots of flat open space and beautiful trees.Our handle name ‘CUSCUS’ was chosen because we fell in love with a bar by that name in Barbados.Back To Top
Earl and ???? Snowden built their cottage in 1969. It is located in the bay across the lake from the parking.In 1987 the cottage was sold to Barb and Tom Glock. In 1989 the cottage burned down and Tom with hired hand re-built it
When we used to live in Ottawa we vacationed in the area of Buckshot Lake and had the opportunity to explore around. Pursuing a childhood dream we finally bought a cottage and chose Mackie Lake.Our cottage was built by George Tooley and back in the 50’s was purchased by Bernt and Mildred Rankin. In 1989 we bought it from the Rankins through realtor Stan Johnson.
Our significant renovations were to add a glassed and screened-in porch in 1992, which converts to a bedroom. We hired Joe’s carpentry a building service out of Northbrook. We also added a composting toilet and moved the privy. We gladly abandoned the old septic system.We purchased the road allowance and the cottage is less than 60 feet from the shore.
The name Beaver Lodge was chosen because of a large beaver lodge in adjacent bay. Fond memories from chilhood of an early Canadian Conservationist Grey Owl and his love of wilderness as well as his affection for 2 special beavers Rawhide and Jelly Roll. From those good memories as a child, I decided that, if I ever had a cottage I would call it Beaver Lodge.We have a hand-painted pottery ‘Beaver’ by Millie Rancken
In 1994 Rae and Marilyn Waring visited friends the Knappers on Mackie Lake and found ourselves interested in a cottage advertised for sale.It was built in 1973 by the owner using a lot of felled lumber and is located on a hilltop with 70 feet elevation at the South East Corner of the lake.We kept the cottage without running water just like it was originally. We built an outside shower and our significant renovation was to add a porch in 1996. I also rigged some kind of carrier on a poulie to bring our food and luggage up the hill.
2015 - The Hemmerich Family - Matt & Karen -
We purchased our cottage from the Waring family in 2015. Matt grew up on Mackie Lake with his family at their cottage all of his life and we spent every summer there on our holidays at his
family cottage. When the Warings were wanting to sell we purchased the cottage so our children could enjoy our own cottage. Our cottage - also known on the lake as ‘Cliffhanger’ - was built in 1973 by the original owner using a lot of felled lumber. Our cottage is located on the
hilltop with 70 feet elevation at the South East corner of the lake.
Matt and Karen as well as their 3 children have many friends and family members on the lake and enjoy all the time we spend together at the cottage. We love to spend lots of time all 4 seasons on the lake.
Our parents owned a cottage on Mackie and during those years we were born. In 1996 we bought a cottage on the South East Bay on the South Shore, which was built and owned by Admiral Harmon Sherry back in approximately 1953.In 2001, an addition of 16 x 16 was built by us.The cottage is occupied by 4 adults and 7 young children. We have a lot of enjoyment with our great swimming rock.
Hans & Lena Cruse built their cottage in 1969. They called it the 41 steps because that’s how many steps there was. It is located in the bay across the lake from the parking.In 1996 the cottage was sold to Helmut and Christa Glock
Because of excellent camping and fishing on the Schooner Lakes, Bill used to camp in that area back in the 70’s. Then, from 1987 to 1998 we rented cabins from Tooley’s Lodge.
In 1999 we bought our cottage located at 2870B Schooner Rd. beside Tooley’s Lodge. George Tooley built our cottage for the Davis’s (Americans) in the early 50’s. At that time
George was building cottages, guiding and maintaining cottages.
For several years the Davis’s ran a fishing camp from our place. George and Eunice Tooley bought the cottage on the island for $45.00. When George Tooley owned it, a causeway was built. It is not clear exactly when George and Eunice started their cottaging era. George died in 1983 and left it to Eunice who sold it in 1987 to Bill and Lois Bennett of Carleton Place.
The Bennetts landscaped and built many gardens, walkways, decks and stonewalls but maintained the original buildings. When we bought it, we upgraded the interior and exterior and it’s an ongoing project. The cottage was powered by a generator located in a small building directly behind our back door. That building was still there when we purchased the cottage. We rolled the building down the hill on logs to replace our existing outhouse. The property is still designated as an island but we have the advantage to drive directly to our cottage, thanks to George.
I, Christine used to spend all my summers on Mackie Lake since 1969 when my parents Bruce and Susan Hemmerich bought their cottage.Our cottage was built by Clarence Tooley in the early 60’s South end of the lake. It was used as rental property until around 1970 then sold to Jack and Bobbi Cascanette. They winterized it and added additions. Then they lived in the cottage year round. In 2000 the Cascanettes sold it to us
Our mother, Marilyn Addis nee Dawson, was raised in Plevna, Ontario. My great grand parents were Ostler’s (Gilbert and Claribel) and owned/operated the Ostler Store, hence, Ostler’s Point. My grandparents were Dawsons (Lone and Richard). Grace Tooley nee: Thomson was one of my mother’s neighborhood friends. This friendship brought us to Tooley Lodge, which eventually resulted in the purchase of our cottage from Herb and Grace Tooley.
I have been coming annually to the Plevna area for 43 years. Now our children Victoria, age 7 and Lauren, age 3 will also build memories on Mackie Lake.Our cottage was built by Judd Tooley in 1930. He used the cottage as part of the Tooley Lodge and eventually transferred it into Herb’s name, which in turn used it for the same purpose until our purchase in 2003.The cottage (The Point) is on Concession 10 Lot 27 A.K.A. “The Point”; now referred to as Ostler’s Point (see below).
Significant renovations and renovator:Bud Clayton is the general contractor and neighborhood mentor. We have helped several times with a crew of friends and family. Bud and Jackie have made this a fun project. They have encouraged us to do this the correct way although it might be the slower way. We have developed a stronger friendship and neighbor as well. Renovations started with jacking the cabin off the ground over one foot and building a stronger foundation. Renovations include new footers, new windows, doors, siding, roof, electric, plumbing, and heating. There were four shed roofs and a gable roof, all replaced with gables. Although the cottage sits on the same foundation (thumbprint) the gabled roof makes the cottage appear much larger. My brothers and sisters have all contributed their skills to honor our parents. My wife and daughters have also added their talents for this family project. For example, I made the kitchen cabinets and vanities from fallen cherry trees on our parent’s Ohio farm in memory of our father who always wanted to own a cottage in the Plevna area and taught us to respect our mother’s heritage. Bud was also able to retrieve a door and “original” doorknob from the Ostler store. I refinished both and they are used as a bedroom door in honor of our mother and her parents and grandparents. This is also the reason for referring to the point as Ostler’s Point.The loft consists of lumber from trees that were leaning over the cabin and prevented us from lifting the cottage and replacing the roof. These were removed and taken to the sawmill. Also, the granite rocks that were replaced with footers and block have been recycled as the stone surface behind the wood stove under the mantle.
Interesting Facts:Herb's father built the cottage because two key customers (George Scott and Jim Kirby) showed interest in the location. George was one of the owners of the Kirby Vacuum Company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and Jim Kirby was the inventor. George Scott and Jim Kirby came every summer and Judd rented the cottage to them for the summer. The back room was built for Elizabeth Gunsinger who cooked for them. She was a spinster who lived on the old back road into Fernleigh. She was an aunt to Bernice Gunsinger’s husband. Bernice is Madge Pennock’s sister (also a friend of our mother). Bernice and Madge’s maiden name was Kring.
Some new interesting facts regarding the renovation: The loft consists of lumber from trees that were leaning over the cabin and prevented us from lifting the cottage and replacing the roof. These were removed and taken to the sawmill. Also, the granite rocks that were replaced with footers and block have been recycled as the stone surface behind the wood stove under the mantle.
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