Play circa 1900

On one occasion a foot on the stove was bent and twisted. As they went on matters did not improve for they had two high log fences between them and the building. Being unable to lift the stove over the fences, both were taken apart, then passed through the opening made with wagon and stove, then fences carefully restored to former state less Mr. MACKAY might be vexed otherwise.

Being sons of an excellent carpenter, and experience in that trade, the boys reported cutting a hole in the roof, apply a lining of tin around it and the adjacent walls, and connect up a few stove pipes so they were able to have a fire burning in the stove in a short interval. The club members had not been told of the gift of heat in order to give them a surprise that night when responding to a special call of the members. The club was given the name “Nasty Ten”. About the time we built the clubhouse, I was selling the Chicago

Blade and Ledger newspaper and read enough to learn something of the tough city gangs… Our boys were not tough or displayed any nasty traits but I liked to call our new home a club house and referred to the boys as a gang.

This eventually produced “The Nasty Ten” to represent the boys who built the club house. We received the charter the following summer when Nellie BROCK came from Rochester, NY to spend a vocation on the farm with her uncle and Aunt – The William MACKAYs. One day I showed her the shanty and told her about the club. Being interested in art she volunteered to make a decorated charter for the club house. I fitted it into the frame of a broken mirror and hung the art piece on the wall of the club house, making the Nasty Ten boys pretty proud.  It was a favourite haunt of the village boys for years, but they were generous enough to allow non-members the use of the club for the changing of skates.”

Snowstorm: January 1902 – The Castle

“A big storm engulfed the Morewood area with snow causing drifts mountain high over the west twelve-foot high fence of the Morewood Deer Park.”

“During those early days in Morewood, few winters passed without some drifting of snow over the top of the west Deer Park fence, but in January 1902 the wind blew the highest drift anyone had ever seen – reaching 15 feet above the 12 foot high fence. The drift also extended across the main road blocking it completely. All traffic was forced to take a new temporary road in the fields of the neighbouring CHENEY farm.