The house with no­body in it


Col­liers along route 60 (or if you wish the old road as it is called by old timers) can boast some of the most mag­nif­i­cent scenery to be seen any­where in the prov­ince.

Next time you drive through this tiny Con­cep­tion Bay North com­mu­nity, I sug­gest you take a breather and look to­wards the south­west and savour the view of the moun­tains and val­leys in the dis­tance. It is in my opin­ion awe­some.

I have been driv­ing that route for many years, par­tic­u­larly of late since my wife and I have re­tired and took up per­ma­nent res­i­dence in an­other beau­ti­ful spot namely Clarke’ Beach.

A life-long fas­ci­na­tion

There is an old house sit­u­ated on the small curve lead­ing through the com­mu­nity. It is a house that has al­ways fas­ci­nated me. I took no­tice of it at least 30 years ago.

As we so fre­quently drive by, I usu­ally slow down and gaze at it with a warm feel­ing in my bones. You might say I am en­am­oured by it.

The old coun­try house brings back sen­ti­men­tal mem­o­ries for me. I think that maybe it is be­cause it re­minds me of my grand­par­ent’s old farm house where my late fa­ther grew up. It was lo­cated near Por­tu­gal Cove where my grand­par­ents farmed saw-milled and raised cat­tle and a large fam­ily. It was a place where I spent most of my sum­mer va­ca­tions and where I saw hard work and per­se­ver­ance.

Pleas­ant thoughts

There is an­other rea­son why the old house cap­ti­vates me. It trig­gers off in my brain pleas­ant thoughts of a piece of po­etry I learned to ap­pre­ci­ate at quite an early age. I think I was in Grade 6 when I first read it.

If you read on I think it will be self ex­plana­tory.

The House with no­body in it

By Joyce Kilmer When­ever I walk along the Erie track

I go by a poor old farm­house with its shin­gles bro­ken and black.

I sup­pose I’ve passed it a hun­dred times, but I al­ways stop for a minute

And look at the house, the tragic house, the house with no­body in it.

I never have seen a haunted house, but I hear there are such things;

That they hold the talk of spir­its, their mirth and sor­row­ing.

I know this house isn’t haunted, and I wish it were, I do;

It wouldn’t be so lonely, if it had a


Suf­fern ghost or two.

This house on the road to Suf­fern needs a dozen panes of glass,

And some­body ought to weed the walk and take a scythe to the grass.

It needs new paint and shin­gles, and the vines should be trimmed and tied;

But, what it needs the most is some peo­ple liv­ing in­side.

If I had a lot of money and all my debts were paid

I’d put a gang of men to work and brush and saw and spade.

I’d buy that place and fix it up the way it used to be

And I’d find some peo­ple who wanted a home and give it to them free.

Now, a new house stand­ing empty, with star­ing win­dow and door,

Looks idle, per­haps and fool­ish, like a hat on its block in the store.

But there’s noth­ing mourn­ful about it, it can­not be sad and lone

For the lack of some­thing within it that it has never known.

But, a house that has done what a house should do, A house that has shel­tered life, That has put its loving wooden arms around a man and his wife,

A house that has echoed a baby’s laugh and held up his stum­bling feet,

Is the sad­dest sight, when it’s left alone, that ever your eyes could meet.

So, when­ever I go along the Erie track,

I never go by the empty house with­out stop­ping and look­ing back,

Yet it hurts me to look at the crum­bling roof and the shut­ters fallen apart,

For I can’t help think­ing the poor old house is a house with a bro­ken heart.

to Suf­fern

About Joyce Kilmer

The author, Joyce Kilmer was born in 1886 in New Jersey, U.S.A. He died in 1918. Note I said he. Read­ers like me may be sur­prised that al­though the name Joyce may lead some to think that Joyce Kilmer was a woman, he was in­deed a man.

It has been a joy shar­ing this with our Com­pass read­ers and fi­nally, I have an idea. If some­body out there or some peo­ple out there es­pe­cially in the Col­liers area know the his­tory of that old house, it would be won­der­ful if he/she or they could send in a “let­ter to the edi­tor” of this fine com­mu­nity news­pa­per and take away the mys­tery or mysteries sur­round­ing it.

I for one would re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it. – Bill West­cott re­sides and writes

from Clarke’s Beach

10-11:30 AM –GAR­DEN TOUR AND TEAO’Neill’s Gar­den­land 1-3 PM – GRAND­PAR­ENTS DAYRe­cre­ation Cen­tre 8 PM – REG­U­LAR CARD GAME Good­will Se­niors Club

10:30 AM – EC­U­MENI­CAL Redeemer Church

6:30 PM – PA­RADE Line up by Seal & Save In­su­la­tion, Main Beach and fol­low the fire truck

7 PM OPEN­ING CER­E­MONIES Recre­ation Cen­tre. Camp­fire, Spi­der Wein­ers & Marsh­mal­low Roast, Bal­loon Man, lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment, Lassy’s Birth­day Bash. Come out and help Lassy cel­e­brate. 2012-2013 Miss Teen Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Jessie Fewer will be in at­ten­dance. (Free Will do­na­tion re­quested)




8 PM – SPE­CIAL LASSY DAY BINGO RCL # 9. (De­tails to be an­nounced prior bingo)



8 PM– GI­ANT CARD GAME Recre­ation Cen­tre. Adm $5. Lunch pro­vided. Limited num­ber of tick­ets at Town Hall or Good­will Se­niors Club. Co-spon­sored by Good­will Se­niors Club & Spe­cial Events Com­mit­tee




8-10 AM – TRUCKER’S BREAK­FAST Recre­ation Cen­tre. (Menu: Sausage/Ham/Bologna - wrecked eggs, hash­browns, toasted loaf and Whistle­ber­ries, cup of java or tea. $5 each. Limited tick­ets avail­able from Com­mit­tee Mem­bers or at the Town Hall. Spon­sored by Spe­cial Events Com­mit­tee & Good­will Se­niors Club.


8 PM – JOUR­NEY THROUGH TIME AND SPACE HYP­NO­SIS SHOW with Hyp­no­tist Gary Sum­mers. Holy Redeemer School. Tick­ets $8 Ad­vance $10 Door. Avail­able at the Town Hall or North At­lantic, Spa­niard’s Bay. All Ages wel­come. Spon­sord by the Spe­cial Events Com­mit­tee


1 PM – FAM­ILY DAY Ball­field. Raf­fles, Spins, Crown & An­chor, Fish Pond, Fire Truck Rides, Plinko, Baloon Darts, Jumping Cas­tle, etc. Lo­cal En­ter­tain­ment, All day Beer Tent.

Spon­sored by var­i­ous groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions. Mixed Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment Regis­tra­tion 11:30 AM. Mixed Horse­shoe Tour­na­ment Regis­tra­tion 12 Noon.

7 PM – FREE MATI­NEE fea­tur­ing Third Gen­er­a­tion and Lloyd Snow. Spon­sored by Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Spa­niard’s Bay



2 PM – MINI GAR­DEN PARTY & AF­TER­NOON TEA Wes­ley Gosse Me­mo­rial United Church Her­itage Build­ing. Lo­cal En­ter­tain­ment. Ar­ti­facts - come see how our fore­fa­thers lived. Spon­sored by the Her­itage So­ci­ety


TIL­TON GAR­DEN PARTY & LIVE EN­TER­TAIN­MENT 12 NOON – Soup/Sand­wiches $3; Hot Dog/Drink $2 1 PM– Games of Chance, Raf­fles, Fish Pond, Plinko, Dunk Tank, Face Paint­ing, etc.

Spon­sored by All Saints ACW (FMI call Mary Mesh 786-3354)


12 NOON – BOB­BER RACE Top of pond by Pen­ney’s Garage. ($3 each or 2/$5)

Photo sub­mit­ted by Bill West­cott

Can you shed any light on the his­tory of this old house in Col­liers?

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