Remember Robert P. Haythorne, the most interesting Prince Edward Island premier you’ve never heard of? Well a bunch of modern-day Islanders from Haythorne’s stomping grounds in Marshfield are seeking to rectify this under the banner of PEI2014.

On Saturday, October 4 (rain date is Sunday), starting with a 4km walk on “Senator Haythorne Lane” at 1:15 p.m. and continuing with formal festivities at 2:00 p.m., the memory of Haythorne will be feted in the style he richly deserves:

  • A talk by Jim Hornby, “Poore by Name – Rich by Nature.”
  • Signing of a petition to name the trail right-of-way in honour of Haythorne.
  • Musical entertainment and refreshments.

It’s all hosted by the Hillsborough River Association, the Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery Trust Fund and the Marshfield WI.

Confederation Country Cabinet: The Book

Remember the Confederation Country Cabinet project that I made a small contribution to this spring?

Well I was delighted to receive a copy of the book that Brenda Whiteway arranged to have produced by the talented Judy Gaudet that details the genesis and execution of the cabinet. As someone whose head was deep inside the project for many months, the greatest role the book plays is allowing me insight to the other artists who were busy making their contributions at the same time.

Like Joe McAskill, the woodworker who brought the cabinet itself to life:

The Cabinet (snippet of book)

And Brenda herself, who not only spun flax into linen, but who actually grew the flax herself:

Brenda (snipped from book)

There’s a story about each of the potters who crafted drinking vessels – one per Father of Confederation – along with a photo of each:

Some of the potters (snippet from book)

And an embarrassing number of photos of me at the printing press:

Me at the press (snippet from book)

The book is available for purchase online and you can also preview the entire thing there in its full-colour 30 page glory. Because it’s a “print on demand” project, there are absolutely no economies of scale to the printing, so it’s not an inexpensive tract. But as a result you can order it in any of hardcover, hardcover with dust jacket or soft cover.

May 3, 1922

Here’s what page 3 of The Charlottetown Guardian looked like on May 3, 1922:

The Guardian, May 3, 1922, Page 3, detail

In amongst the ads for “barefoot sandals” and an 8-year old Clyde Mare and Navy Cut Cigarettes was the end of the report from the Provincial Legislature that started on page 1 under the headline “Lively Debate on Women’s Franchise Resolutions.”

Those resolutions involved the extension of the right to vote to women, the heart of which came in the preamble:

RESOLVED – That it is expedient to introduce a bill to extend the franchise to women; And that the qualification of male and female voter should be the same.

After some of that “lively debate,” much of which appears to have been taken up with procedural questions cloaking misgivings by men about women have the right to vote, the resolution passed:

The Guardian, May 3, 1922, page 3, detail

And that was it. There was no further mention of this dramatic change in that day’s paper, nor in the next day’s paper nor in the day after that. “The motion was further suppored by Messrs. W.B. Butler, and W.H. Dennis, and carried.” That was it.

What's my Lot?

If you visit WhatsMyLot.com and you happen to be on Prince Edward Island with a device – a desktop, a laptop, a mobile phone, a tablet – that knows its own location, the little app you find there will tell you which of the township lots originally set out by Samuel Holland in 1765 you happen to be standing in.

Here’s what it looks like when I call it up on my phone here in my office in Charlottetown:

What's my Lot

If I tap on the map icon, I see my township – Charlottetown Royalty, in this case – highlighted, and a marker showing my current location:

What's my Lot

If you leave the app running on your device and go for a ride in the countryside, as you cross lot boundaries you’ll see the lot number update as you drive (once you’ve loaded the app, you don’t need to have Internet connectivity for it to work: all of the logic of finding your location and identifying your lot happens on the device, using JavaScript).

The app also remembers which lots you’ve visited, colouring the lots red as you visit them. Collect all 67 (plus 3 royalties), and you win the Island!

This is just an alpha release of the app, to receive feedback in advance of packaging it up for the various app stores in preparation for the 250th anniversary of Holland’s survey next year.  So, please provide feedback.