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?