The Chapel: Being the Legend of the Chapel in the Trees at the Silver Beach Camp
COOK, Beatrice; PICKLES, P. Leslie "Chips"
This one-of-a-kind item was found in Chesley, Bruce County. Canadian poet Virna Sheard (1865-1943) was born in Cobourg, Ontario and wrote four novels as well as poetry. Beatrice Cook, P. Leslie "Chips" Pickles, and Bob Ford may have been instructors or supervisors at Silver Beach YMCA camp, Fisher's Glen, Norfolk County, Ontario. This YMCA camp first opened in 1908 and soon attracted boys from all over southwestern Ontario. The camp could accomodate as many as 150 individuals and was usually full for about two weeks every summer. In 1938 it became available to the YWCA as well. By 1955 the number of campers began to decline as private cottages began to encroach on its space and it finally closed in 1962. A 1934 London, Ontario street directory lists a P. Leslie Pickles, teacher, living at 336 Ridout Street South. He may have been the Philip Leslie Pickles born in London to Sugden and Mary Ellen Pickles in 1906. "Chief" J. Gordon Gould was an ordained minister. Is this unusually-bound work a craft class activity? Was the legend read to young campers around a campfire? Are the remains of the chapel still to be found in a forest on the shore of Lake Erie?
Date Published: August 2, 1934
Place Published: London, Ontario
Condition: Very good +
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: Unpaginated. 9 p. printed on one side only. 2 tipped-in pencil sketches by Bob Ford. 28 cm. Quarter leather with wooden boards. Logo of Silver Beach Camp (SBc) on front board. Tied with twine inside. Leather faded with small tear towards bottom and tiny tears in tail. A little soiling to first leaf and dampness to edge of first illustration and page after.