Historical Thinking Concepts help us develop a deeper understanding of the past.
In the summer of 1916, five doctors ( top) visited Cedarwyld, the summer home of the Gooch family at Big Bay Point on Ontario’s Lake Simcoe. When nineteen-year-old Mildred Gooch, later my aunt, called the doctors to tea, three of them decided that she looked much too attractive and tossed her into the lake. The doctor in the moth-eaten bathing costume came to her rescue and lifted her out (above). This was Norman Bethune, a friend of the photographer, Mildred’s older sister Nan. Bethune, who became famous for his medical innovations and political activism, is also seen on the dock (right) beside twelve-year-old T.H. “Bert” Gooch, who became my father.