"he owned lumber and shingle mills throughout the district of Muskoka"
Moon River - Credit: Frank Micklethwaite
Public DomainMoon River - Credit: Frank Micklethwaite

For decades, lumbering was big business in Muskoka. The logs that came down the rivers and lakes in the spring were often a problem for boats navigating the waters. Gravenhurst Bay was lined with lumber and shingle mills, and it was said that the Bay itself was sometimes so thick with log booms that you could walk across it. This photo shows some stray logs on the Moon River.