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In the month of January 1956, the hobby of many hundreds of silent hours reached termination, as far as research on the name and origin of Gananoque is concerned.

The interest began in 1912, when a copy of Leavitt's “History of Leeds and Grenville” came into my possession.  In this work I found a listing of the name and an endeavour to determine the meaning and some derivations.  This roused curiosity and I copied that list as given, intending to delve some deeper into so interesting a subject.

So far, I could discover at first both origin and meaning had not been presented by any author.

To me now that is not surprising, since the complete answer does not exist anywhere in any work that I can find available after some 44 years if careful application and search. 

I sought two source books for 6 years, and for another nine years, before locating them for sale. 

My thanks went to Professor Harold Thompson of Cornell University who suggested the source from whence I might possibly obtain what I wanted. I was successful.


Note:  Frank Eames published his monograph in 1942.  He continued his research for another decade and in the 1950s his new list of  ----references was published in the "Gananoque Reporter". TI Life presents both the monographs as published in 1942 and the additional list.

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Frank Eames gathered more research after the original monograph was published in 1942. The "Gananoque Reporter" published this new list of bibliographic material.

Submitted by Susan W. Smith,