Photo: 'Pogamasing' is the history of a lake and area that is revealed through the stories of the Anishnabe, fur traders, surveyors, lumbermen and residents. Two men stand out in the early history of Lake Pogamasing: Louis Espagnol, chief of the Spanish River (Sagamok) First Nation and manager of the HBC trading post on Pog, and Bill Plaunt, a lumberman and operator of the sawmill by the Spanish River and Wye, the CPR stop. Both shared an attachment to the region and a genuine concern for the people they were responsible for.
Photo: From dating these arrowheads and scrapers that were found on the shores of Lake Pogamasing, archeologist Chris Hanks believed that Aboriginals lived in the area for several centuries. The first confirmed habitation was that of the Espagnol family who began living on Pog in 1857. (Gail and Cy Tulk)
Photo: After the amalgamation of the North West and Hudson's Bay Companies in 1821, Fort La Cloche became the HQ for the Lake Huron District of the HBC. This portion of a larger map, drawn in 1827 by the chief factor for the district, John McBean, illustrated the major waterways of the area. Pogamasing had a different name then as it was called Pimgashcaushing. (adaptation of HBC map by Inco Metals Ltd)
Photo: Louis Espagnol was the grandson of the first Spaniard who came to the North Shore area of Georgian Bay in the late 1700's. He is shown here with two George III medals that his father was awarded for his loyalty and service to the British during the War of 1812. ( Archives of Ontario)
Photo: After Espagnol died in 1907, his daughter, Maggie, and her stepmother, Sarah (Louis' third wife), remained living on the island where the former trading post was located and it became known as 'Maggie's Island'. The third person is John Espagnol, Maggie's brother. (Archives of Ontario)
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'Pogamasing' is the history of a lake and area that is revealed through the stories of the Anishnabe, fur traders, surveyors, lumbermen and residents. Two men stand out in the early history of Lake Pogamasing: Louis Espagnol, chief of the Spanish River (Sagamok) First Nation and manager of the HBC trading post on Pog, and Bill Plaunt, a lumberman and operator of the sawmill by the Spanish River and Wye, the CPR stop. Both shared an attachment to the region and a genuine concern for the people they were responsible for.