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Grey Matter

A newsletter for enquiring minds

Inside this issue:

Welcome...Page 2

Exhibit Exhibit and Event Schedule...Page 3

Welcome our new summer students!...Page 6-7

Headache Wafers...Page Wafers...Page 10

The Schoolhouse Project...Page 11

Issue #6, SUMMER 2007


to Summer 2007

Submitted by Brian Manser, Manager, Grey Roots Museum & Archives

Our Grey Roots family has

grown with the return of our

summer students. I always look

forward to this time – these young

people bring a new vibrant energy

to the workplace. The year is not

yet half over and already has been a most exciting

year! Grey Roots has experienced growth

in all areas: visitation, program participation,

memberships, and volunteer hours! Thanks to

everyone’s great efforts, I believe 2007 will be

our best year to date.

Our Heritage Village, Moreston, becomes a

reality as we have four of the period buildings

reopening for the summer; the Bluewater

Continued on page 9

Gre Grey y Matter

A newsletter ffor

r enquiring minds

Published by Grey Roots Museum & Archives

Issue #6, Summer 2007

Established 2005

Grey Matter is a quarterly newsletter for the members, volunteers, and friends of

Grey Roots Museum & Archives. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Address: 102599 Grey Road 18, RR 4

Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6

Phone: 519-376-3690

Toll-Free: 1-877-473-9766

Fax: 519-376-4654




Writers: Brian Manser, Petal Furness, Joan Hyslop, Sarah Sales, Pat Farrar, Jesse


Cover Photograph of Mrs. O'Hara (Susan Martin) in the Log Cabin of Grey

Roots Heritage Village - Moreston: Petal Furness

Interior Photographs: Petal Furness and Grey County Tourism

Layout/Design: Lara Javalyn

Editing: Petal Furness, Karin Foster, Stacy McLennan, Lara Javalyn

Copies are available free of charge at Grey Roots Museum & Archives.

Sponsored by:

Grey Roots

Exhibit & Event Guide

June through September 2007

Exhibits Events

Open until September 9, 2007

From Slavery to Freedom

African Canadians in Grey County

Open until September 9, 2007

L’Chaim - To Life

The Story of the Beth Ezekiel Synagogue

Open throughout 2007

The Grey County



Nels Maher Print Shop



June 23, 10-4pm - Moccasin Making workshop (limited to 15 people)

June 23-24 - Aboriginal Film Festival

June 28 - P.D. Day Adventure! featuring THE ROBOT ZOO

June 29 - P.D. Day Adventure! featuring Our Natural World


July 1 - Canada Day celebrations, Heritage Village tours start

July 7 - Emancipation Festival Art Show opens

July 9-13 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - THE ROBOT ZOO: Mammals

July 14, 10am-2pm - Sauble Speedway comes to Grey Roots!

July 16-20 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - Pioneer Week

July 23-27 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - THE ROBOT ZOO: Insects

July 30-August 3 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - Rocks & Fossil Hunters

July 29-August 9 - Tom Thomson Days - daily fi lm screening West Wind

and pod exhibit of Tom Thomson artefacts


August 3-5 - Emancipation Celebration Festival

August 7-10 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - THE ROBOT ZOO: Reptiles

August 13-17 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - Wetlands & Water


September 9 - Last Day for THE ROBOT ZOO

September 14 - EXHIBIT OPENING - For the Boys: Life on the Homefront

September 14 - EXHIBIT OPENING - Objects of Affection: The Artefacts of Grey County

September 14 - EXHIBIT OPENING - Playing with Time: A History of Children's Toys


Underground Railroad Bicycle Tour

Grey Roots welcomed the fi rst tour on May 29th. Cyclists travelled 2,100 miles from Mobile, Alabama

to Owen Sound, Ontario, retracing the historic route of the Freedom Seekers. The second Underground

Railroad Bicycle Tour arrives August 3, 2007!

Get your passport today!

Visit to order.


145th Emancipation Celebration Festival

August 3-5, 2007

- See the Grey Roots Emancipation Art Show on throughout the festival

- Friday, August 3, 7pm-9:30pm - Speakers Forum "Community, Roots

& Culture - Perspectives" in partnership with Grey Roots, held at

OSCVI with Lawrence Hill and Afua Cooper and the Emancipation Jazz

Quartet ($10 per seat cover charge, 5$ for Seniors & Under 12)

GREY MATTER / Summer 2007

Starting July 1st, 2007, Grey Roots Heritage

Village - Moreston will be opening

for tours to four of the Heritage buildings.

These buildings include: the Log Cabin,

Blacksmith Shop, the Log Home, and the

Bluewater Garage. Tours will be one hour

long and are spaced throughout the day at

11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

During this time, construction will continue

on the other buildings in Moreston, with

two additional buildings - the Schoolhouse

and new Blacksmith Shop (with a generous

donation from the Rice family) scheduled

for completion this year.

Come see the newly opened buildings and

once more experience Grey County’s past

in this amazing Heritage Village!

Log Building tours

start in July!


Grey Roots welcomes

Our Summer Stude


Students pictured here in front of the Log Cabin in Grey Roots Heritage Village - Moreston

GREY MATTER / Summer 2007


Leandra Reid

Leandra has just fi nished her fi rst year at

the University of Guelph, with a major in

Microbiology. She hopes to apply (and

get accepted!) to a pharmacy program,

hopefully at U of T, but possibly out of

province. Leandra grew up in Owen

Sound, and worked at Grey Roots during

the last year of high school. She enjoys

working at the front desk, especially the

interactions she has with such a wide variety

of people. They have unexpected and often random stories and

memories, which keeps things interesting. She would love to go scuba

diving somewhere like Australia, but needs to get over the giant, irrational

fi sh phobia fi rst.

Sarah Clark

Sarah is a veteran of the Grey Roots

summer program. This is her 3rd year as

a summer student and this crafty queen

has also been the Kids Camp Coordinator

for 2 years. She is entering her 4th year

at McMaster University for Music and Geography,

and has played the trombone for

10 years. Sarah is a people person who

loves working with kids. Her favourite

part of Grey Roots is the Pioneer Village

and how last year’s dinosaur exhibit improved her geography mark. She

hopes to be a high school music teacher in the future and is looking

forward to another great summer at Grey Roots.

Laura McEachnie

Laura is enrolled at the University of Waterloo

in Social Work. She has completed

her second year of university and is enjoying

furthering her education. Laura

spends a lot of time hiking, swimming,

biking and canoeing throughout Grey

County's nature beauty. Laura hopes to

travel to the Middle East when she graduates.

Laura is interested in horticulture.

Sarah Sales

Sarah Sales is working with Grey County

Tourism this summer, specifi cally driving

the tourism vehicle around Grey County

to festivals and events. Sarah has just

fi nished her fi rst year at the University of

Waterloo, in the legal studies program.

She hopes to fi nish her undergrad, and

then move on to Law school, and eventually

become a Crown Attorney. Sarah

grew up in Brantford, Ontario before moving

to her longtime summer home at Sauble Beach. Her favorite thing

about working at Grey Roots is the people she gets to interact with,

and the experiences that she gets to be a part of! Sarah has a list of

things she would like to do before she is fi fty, including bungee jumping,

skydiving, and swimming in the ocean.

Becky Dier-McComb

Becky is one of the summer students

with Heritage Interpretation. She is a local

country girl from Chatsworth. In the

fall she will be entering her second year

at the University of Ottawa in Political

Sciences and Women’s Studies. Becky

loves politics, languages, traveling, and

dance. She is excited to be working here

this summer as she loves to learn about

history and guiding people through history.

A hidden fact about Becky is that she owns over 3000 books! Look

for Becky as one of our “future leaders of tomorrow’s world!”

Jon Jerome

Jon says: "I have just completed my fouryear

Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics

at the University of Western Ontario and

will be attending Teacher’s College in

London in the fall. This is my fourth summer

working in Heritage Interpretation at

Grey Roots where I lead school and visitor

tours, develop educational programming,

and design part of the website. Putting

the educational programs together at

Grey Roots has helped me decide to become a teacher, and working on

the exhibits is a great way to learn about local history.”

Lisa Wodhams

Lisa says: "I have just fi nished my fi rst

year at the University of Western Ontario

in the Honors Specialization in English

Literature program. This is my fi rst summer

at Grey Roots working as an Archival

Assistant. My experiences here will help

me with a future career in Library and Information

sciences. I’m looking forward

to working with the Archives’ large digital

collection of historic photographs. Working

with these images has been a great way for me to rediscover the

place I grew up in.”

Chris Timbury

Chris is enrolled at the University of

Waterloo in History and Political Science.

He just completed his first year

and enjoyed his experience living in

residence. Chris is interested in Canadian

history and was able to learn

more about the local history of Owen

Sound through a course at university.

Chris is interested in current events

and enjoys being outside and working

with his hands. Chris is also a scooter enthusiast.


Exhibit Opening!

Book a ROBOT ZOO Birthday

Party this summer!

THE ROBOT ZOO Birthday parties include

2 hours of fun with:


- Robot crafts and games

- Hands-on gallery exploration

- A screening of one of our robot fi lms

- FREE admission to the museum for the

day and an activitiy book

CALL now to book your party!

sponsored by:

GET a Robot Zoo

Prize Package!

Buy a membership during the summer and

be entered to win THE ROBOT ZOO Prize

Package! This great package includes:


- THE ROBOT ZOO t-shirt

- "Robots" the movie on DVD

- Two Grey Roots Family Passes

- Mechanical ostrich toy

- and much, much more!

Draw for this prize is September 10!

GREY MATTER / Summer 2007

Six weeks of adventure!

The fun starts July 9!


Week 1: The Robot zoo Mammals

Week 2: Pioneers!

Week 3: The Robot Zoo Insects

Week 4: Rock & Fossil Hunters

Week 5: The Robot Zoo Reptiles

Week 6: Water & Wetlands

Call 519-376-3690 ext. 128 to sign up!

or visit for more info

Welcome to Summer 2007 - continued from page 2

Garage, the Log Cabin, the Log House, and the log

Blacksmith Shop. Interpretive tours of these four

buildings will be offered this summer. Two new

buildings are on the schedule for construction this

year - the Schoolhouse and a new Blacksmith Shop.

The final grading of topsoil will be completed

shortly by Sutherland Construction who once again

has donated a portion of in–kind work for machinery

and labour; grass seeding will follow. We are

very fortunate to have had a number of large trees

donated by our neighbours from Town & Country

Nurseries. This gives visitors the feeling that the village

has always been here.

This summer we are excited about our new exhibit

The Robot Zoo. With a robotic platypus, housefly

and chameleon, as well as eight interactive stations,

it is sure to be a hit with families. This exhibit is so

big it takes up two exhibit galleries – be sure to visit

the other four: Grey County Gallery; L’Chaim: The

Story of the Beth Ezekiel Synagogue; From Slavery

to Freedom; and the Nels Maher Print Shop.

We look forward to the warm summer months and

know that you will enjoy our new exhibits and a tour

through our Historic Village at Grey Roots.

To our members and volunteers, thank you for being

part of Grey Roots and as always please check our

web site for the most up to date news and events.


Dr. J. D. Kellogg's

Headache Wafers

Submitted by Joan Hyslop, Registrar

Pharmaceutical powders often have an unpleasant taste to

them, and this prompted the development of the "cachet"

to encapsulate the powder in a measured dose that would

hopefully be much easier to take. In the 1870s, Limousin

of Paris produced the pharmaceutical cachet, which had

two rice-paper cup-like items joined together with medicinal

powder inside.

Circa 1911, cachets were circular containers made from a

mixture of flour (rice starch was often used as well) and

water that was dried and molded into a slightly cupped

round shape, with a flange around the edge. A "cachet

machine" was used so that a number of them could be

made at the same time. Cachet halves would be placed on

the machine and be filled with pre-weighed powder via funnels.

Then the flange areas would be moistened and then

the other halves of the cachets would be pressed against

the filled sides and they would adhere together. The closed

cachets had to be properly boxed and sealed and labeled

to identify what they contained. In Britain they were called

Amylum Capsules (or Capsulae amylaceae).

Dr. J. D. Kellogg Headache Wafers were manufactured "for

the relief of Nervous, Sick and Bilious Headaches, Neuralgia,

etc. Each cachet had 5 grains of powder, consisting of 35

parts Acetanilid, 9 parts sodium bicarbonate, 1 part sodium

bromide and 5 parts citrated caffeine. A person was to

drop a wafer into a glass of cold water, or hold it in water

Courage in the Skies,

Valour on the Ground

Our exhibit will focus on the Battle of Vimy Ridge

and the events which led to Billy Bishop’s Victoria Cross.

Exhibit runs from June 2 to December 20, 2007

948 3rd Avenue West

Owen Sound, ON

N4K 4P6



Billy Bishop Home and Museum

A National Historic Site

between one's thumb and first finger, and allow it to get

softened (about half a minute). Then the person would

place the wafer on his or her tongue and swallow it down

with a drink of water. The cachets are about 3 cm in diameter,

and 0.6 cm thick.

Dr. J. D. Kellogg's Headache Wafers were prepared by a

wholesale patent medicine dealer, Northrop & Lyman Co.

Ltd. of Toronto. This company apparently was also the

proprietor/maker of "Dr. Kellogg's Eye Water", "Dr. J. D.

Kellogg's Asthma Remedy" and "Dr. J. D. Kellogg's Catarrh

Snuff". We do not know exactly when this box was produced,

as there is no date on it, but it might be from the

1910s? Its suggested price was 25 cents.


Marine & Rail Heritage Day

and Grand Opening of our Newest Exhibit

Brick by Brick:

“The Story of Owen Sound’s

East Side Industries”

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Events run from 10 am to 2 pm

*Kid’s Corner

* Caboose Tours

1155 1st Avenue West

* Museum Tours

Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K8

* Take a ride on CN’s OBIE


the Safety Mascot

*Food available on site

GREY MATTER / Summer 2007





Submitted by Pat Farrar, Schoolhouse Project Coordinator

The Retired Teachers of Ontario – Grey and the Retired Women

Teachers are working together to provide the funds for a rural

schoolhouse for Moreston. We are using SS#1 Derby as our inspiration.

Construction will start in earnest in September. Construction technology

students from Saugeen District S.S., supported by teacher,

Bud Halpin will frame and clad the building. We are excited that

the students of today will be helping us re-create the past for the

students of tomorrow. Retired teachers are taking an active role in

the project. Retired women teachers created and raffl ed a quilt raising

almost $6000 for the project. The donation of heritage brick

from two Owen Sound buildings means that members are working



Submitted by Sarah Sales, Grey County Tourism Summer Student

The tourism team has been busy as bees this spring season with many projects

on the go. At the beginning of May we assisted with the 6th Annual Grey Bruce

Brochure Swap at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre (the picture here

of Amanda Pausner, Heather Molnar, and Sarah Sales was taken at the event). The

event was a huge success, with close to 75 tourism operators from around the area


Our website has a “new” spring look and feel, check out the E-cards section for

new spring cards to send out or a relaxing Grey County scene to download as your


Sarah Sales joins our team as Summer Patrol student who will be working with the

tourism vehicle this summer traveling around Grey County to festivals and events.

She is coming to tourism straight out of her first year of University at Waterloo

studying Legal Studies.

We have our first few events for the tourism vehicle coming up quickly, including

the Blues, Brews, and BBQ’s @ Blue (May 19th, 2007), The Huron Fringe Birding

Festival @ MacGregor Park (May 27th, 2007), Keystone Family Fun day @ Kelso

Beach (June 2nd, 2007), as well as Doors Open @ Grey Roots (June 3rd, 2007). We

hope to see you at these events, out and about in Grey County.

to re-claim the brick for use later. We are collecting memories of

attending or teaching in rural schools. Visitors to the schoolhouse

will enjoy these glimpses into the life of students years ago.

Visit our display “Passport to the Past” at Grey Roots - July 30

– Aug 1. For further information, contact Pat Farrar at 519 376

1542 or

Retired teachers across Grey County are very excited about partnering

with Grey Roots to provide a schoolhouse that will enhance

the educational programming at the museum.

Having spring under our belts and the summer season on our heels, the tourism

team has also been busy planning our Annual Spring FAM (familiarization) Tour!

This tour features TWO jam-packed days of fun exploring many of Grey County’s

feature attractions and little known gems and is designed for front-desk tourism

staff, but is available to all! On June 5th and 7th our tour bus will visit many of

the towns and villages in the County including Thornbury, the Village at Blue,

Hanover, Durham, Markdale, Neustadt and more!

Tourism is revving up for their NEW 2007 Contest, “Getaway to Grey” which will

be launched in early June. The campaign highlights scenic back roads touring and

experiences for local residents and tourists alike. Our promotional piece will be a

Pocket Guide that will have seven tours highlighted on it, money-saving coupons

to local businesses and a chance to WIN 1 of 7 Grand Prizes!! Visit our website for

more details and for your chance to get involved, OR call us to

order your Pocket Guide 1-877-SEE-GREY. 11

Working in the Archives

Submitted by Jesse Yeo, Archives Co-op Placement

For the past few months, I have been working here at

Grey Roots in the Archives. I must say that working

in the Archives is a really exciting job. I got access to

touch maps that are well over one hundred years old.

The job I have been given is to inventory the Archives

Map Collection. This job involved fi rst writing down

the shelf or the drawer where I found the map. The second

thing that I had to do was to name the township

that the map has on the label. Third, I wrote down the

title of the map: example, “The Town of Owen Sound”.

The fourth thing that I did was put down the year so

we know how old a map is. But, if there was no date

to be found, I wrote “none”. The fi nal stage of the map

inventory was to note if there was a code on the label,

like, for example, “GF2S3F4I2”. Codes that begin with

GF are part of a Government Collection. Another example

for a code is “PF8S5F3I7”, which means that it is

part of a Private Collection. Codes with numbers only

are from the Museum Collection.

Drawer # Township Title Year Code, if none write “None”

#29 Owen Sound City of Owen Sound 1986 985.151.1

102599 Grey Road 18, RR 4

Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6

Oversized Shelf # Township Title Year Code, if none write “None”

Shelf #6 Normanby Assessment


1986 None

So those examples are what a map inventory looks like.

Now the pictures you see here are of the map collection


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