Map of Sandy Point
- Ambroise and Marie Jean(Lariviere) Morin before they moved to Ile a la
Crosse in 1960 for two reasons; first grandpa's health and secondly, Don,Sony,
Marie Rose and Myself were all starting school so they didn't want us to stay
in the residences.Grandma's sister is George Gardiner's wife Adelaide. After
the grandparents moved across, uncle Jules Morin newly married to Therase
Desjarlais, moved in and raised 7 children. Jules moved across to town in
the late 70's.
- Leon and Clara (Daigneault) Morin, duplex until early sixty's.
- Frank and Marie Rose (Iron) Morin before moving across in the mid-sixties.
- My first home, a one room log cabin. Leon used it for years as a shed and
garage so we could wrench our ski-doos.
- My second home which we would leave several times in my childhood as Dad
moved us to Deep River where he worked in a mink ranch. When Mom and Dad moved
across in '74 Dad gave the house to Johnny who tore it down and used the material.
- Joe and Christine (Morin) Misponas had a square log house but moved to Sucker
Point which was a small reserve from English River First Nation.
- Uncle Leon built this house which developed several wings as the family
grew. Today, only the original structure remains.
- George and Adelaide (Lariviere) Gardiner settled and raised a large family
here. George and my grandfather worked for the HBC and trapped together, they
were good friends and married sisters. Here is an example of harmonious English
and French unions with our grandmothers as matriarchs.
- Albert and Irene (Daifneault) Gardiner had one part of the duplex where
they raised their children before moving to the point just around the corner
from Sandy Point but towards town.
- Johnny and Elizabeth (McCallum) Gardiner original home.
- Johnny Gardiner's third house and exists today.
- Jeffery and Beatrice (Caisse) Gardiner before they moved to Beaver River
where Jeffery worked in a mink ranch for Ed Therieu or Fred Darbyshire.
- Johnny Gardiner's mansion on the hill but was too far removed from the rest
of us so relocated closer and back on our island.
- Larry and Gladys first built their summer home many years ago at Sandy Point;
something like an ocean front property. We lost our aunt to illness however,
her memories will always be there. Today Larry has remarried and Marion now
shares the family cabin.
- Solabit - On the NE shore of the mainland behind Sandy Point is where the
Lariviere family were raised. Grandma Marie Jean Morin, (BeBee) sisters Adelaide
(Matsoos), Mrs Alex Ahenakew (Buckley Belanger's Grandmother), Charlie Lariviere
were one of the first Metis family to settle on Sandy Point. Also, toward
the West of solabit is where Wihtigo lived. We were not allowed to go too
far into the bush so we followed the trails of the horses and cows as we hunted
for rabbits and grouse. There were also spots where we picked strawberries,
raspberries, blue berries and hazel nuts.