Sapawe, Ontario, about 1941
Many thanks to
for these photos. She says in part
". . . .
I don't know why my great-uncle Charles Parsons chose Sapawe as the site for his mink farm.
My father, John Blair Stone, was at loose ends at that time
-- 1940 thereabouts.
He would have been 18. I believe that his uncle, Charles Parsons, (his mother's brother) asked him to
come up to Sapawe to help out. There was of course a promise of great fortune(!), and I also believe
that my great-uncle promised to pay for my father's tuition in an art program at the University of
Saskatchewan if he stayed on for a while at Sapawe. Because of the failure of the mink ranch and the
beginning of WWII, my father enlisted (about 1942) instead of going to university.
Charles Parsons married the Canadian Olympic
swimmer, Judy Moss, and moved out west to Burnaby, B.C. with her. They never had children.
My father, John Blair Stone, was born on April 23, 1922. He passed away on Dec. 30, 1999.
Charles Parsons, who began the mink farm was born May 3, 1894 and died Sept. 24, 1959 in
Burnaby, BC. "
Charles Parsons in front of mink pens, Sapawe Ontario, about 1941.
Allen Porter (left) and John Stone in front of mink pens, Sapawe Ontario, January 1941.
John Stone, Sapawe Ontario, about 1941.
Charles Parsons, Sapawe Ontario, about 1941.
Charles Parsons, with sisters Dorothy Parsons Cassels (left) & Bud Stone, Sapawe Ontario, about 1941.
Bud Stone was Patricia Stone's grandfather.
Patricia Stone's grandparents Gerald & Bud Stone. They were visiting Sapawe from Toronto.
Bud & Gerald Stone, Dorothy Parsons Cassels, John Stone, Sapawe Ontario.
Unidentified house in Sapawe Ontario.
This seems to be a store in Sapawe Ontario.