His­toric catch

The London Free Press - - COMMENT - Dan Brock Lon­don

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle One an­gler’s big catch

stirs more dam de­bate (Sept. 12).

The muskel­lunge caught by Matt Elias “up­stream of the bro­ken dam on Labour Day,” put me in mind of 23-year-old Ira Schofield, Jr. The Schofield fam­ily lived on the site of the cur­rent Catholic Cen­tral high school prop­erty.

In the spring of 1821, five years be­fore the town plot of Lon­don was sur­veyed, young Schofield speared a stur­geon swim­ming up­stream, be­lieved to be in the vicin­ity of the forks of the Thames River. He then got astride the fish and rode it, us­ing his spear as a bri­dle rein, for nearly a mile down­stream be­fore the stur­geon ex­pired.

Will we ever see the wa­ter of the Thames pure enough again for stur­geon?

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