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Finding Traces of the Early Settlers in Pre-Gatineau Park

In front of a full house Bill McGee gave a presentation with illustrations on his research of early settlers from the 1800s — mainly Irish families who settled along Ridge Road (now Trail 1) and who farmed most of the high land between Kingsmere Road and Wolf Trail. Some of the still-familiar family names include McCloskey, Ryan, Keogan, Fortune, McKinstry and Dunlop.


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