His­tory Mat­ters

Canada's History - - CONTENTS - Sub­mit­ted by Pa­tri­cia Robert­son of Toronto.

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.

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