#4 - Mine finders do crazy things with their fortune
[Bill] Dawidowich is arranging to give his son and 2 daughters "the best education that money can buy", while [Jack] Forster just plans to spend a little more time fishing . . . None of the 3
men [including Roy Barker] plans to move out of Geraldton . .
. "They Dug a Million Dollars Out of $2 Worth of Earth", typescript, undated, unsourced
#1 – Poles hung from bell then dropped
What really happened was . . .
In December, Ontario Hydro began clearing a 100-foot right-of-way from Manitouwadge to Hornepayne for a wood pole transmission line . . . . The [Bell] copter rushes the pole to the site, lowers it into the prepared hole and the ground crew tamp it firm. It is an odd sight to see a hydro pole travelling through the air on the end of the 75 foot rope.
- Times-Journal, March 27, 1962
#2 - Pic River does not exist
What really is the case is . . .
Seven thousand years ago the Pic River did not exist . . . . [T]he meltwaters of the rapidly-receding glaciers were . . . creating a lake . . . The Pic and White Otter River were natural
depressions forming long arms of the massive lake reaching up as far as Hillsport and Caramat . . . . As the level dropped, the long arms of the lake because narrower . . . Thus the Pic River came into being. -
"Ontario Department of Lands and Forests Weekly Report - District of Geraldton", May 7, 1970
#3 - Manitouwadge named for burning sand
Close, but no cigar . . . Here are the facts . . .
Moses [Fisher] relates that Lake Manitouwadge is named after a strange formation which existed at the time on the shores of the lake. Apparently ore-bearing sand, drifting down a river . . . drifted into a huge heap, which Indians call a "burn" and which they believed to be a dwelling place of the Great Spirit . . . . Manitouwadge . . . is ojibway for Manitou's cave or house.
-"Indian Guide of Early 30's Recalls Manitouwadge Trip", News-Chronicle, September 3, 1965