Robert Lougheed was a Canada-born American American artist who has specialized in images of the American West.
He was born and raised on a farm in Massey, Ontario, Canada. He became an illustrator for mail-order catalogues and for the Toronto Star, but studied in his spare time at the Ontario College of Art and then at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. He went to New York at the age of twenty-five as the pupil of Frank Vincent DuMond and Dean Cornwell at the Art Students League. However he continued to work as an illustrator for over 30 years and his work appeared in magazines such as National Geographic and Reader's Digest. Lougheed's work as a commercial artist included the Mobil Oil logo of the red flying horse.
He explored the American West, particularly the old Bell Ranch, NM and many of his paintings were inspired by the scenery and animals of the region. Consequently, in 1970, he was commissioned by the United States Post Office Department to design the six-cent buffalo stamp for their Wildlife Conservation Series.
Lougheed illustrated children's books such as the horse novels Mustang and San Domingo by Marguerite Henry and The Bell Ranch As I Knew It by George F. Ellis. He also illustrated books by Martha Downer Ellis, about the Bell Ranch, NM including Bell Ranch Sketches, Bell Ranch People and Places and Bell Ranch Recollections. He won multiple awards at both the National Academy of Western Art and the Cowboy Artists of America. Some of his work is in the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Robert Lougheed's interest in art extended to founding of the National Academy of Art at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. He continued to serve as an advisor to the academy for many years. He also worked voluntarily as a teacher to many young painters.
In December 2007 the Lougheed Studo at Claggett/Rey Gallery opened in Vail, Colorado. The Studio is devoted to the life and legacy of Robert Lougheed.
In January 2010 A book was released called Robert Lougheed Follow the Sun. It chronicles the life and career of this prolific artist.
FROM MAYBERRY FINE ART:
Lougheed was born in Ontario, Canada in 1910. He received his art education at the Ontario College of Art and at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montreal and was known to have studied under DuMond and Cornwell.
The artist worked as an illustrator for the Toronto Star, National Geographic, and Reader's Digest. He designed Mobil's "flying red horse" logo and was commissioned by the US Post Office to design the six cent buffalo stamp for the Wildlife Conservation Series. He helped to form the National Academy of Western Art at the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona. He also taught and mentored many of today's finest wilderness artists.
Lougheed was awarded the Western Heritage Award in 1966 and gold medals for painting by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1969 and 1972.
His work can presently be viewed at the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Robert Lougheed was an easel painter and always painted as well as taught his pupils to paint directly from nature. He died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1982.
Hanley was elected mayor of Webbwood on 6 January 1936, becoming the country’s first female mayor. Trained as a teacher, she decided to enter municipal politics in an attempt to improve conditions for the town, which had been hard hit by the Great Depression. Hanley won annual re-election campaigns from 1936 to 1943, and retired as mayor in 1944. A true servant of the public, she sat on many boards and committees throughout her life, including the town ration board during the Second World War.
Researching Barbara HanleyFollowing her electoral victory in 1941, Hanley commented that she “want[ed] very little publicity.” History has seemingly obliged her — besides a brief article written by James Doyle in Ontario History in 1992 and a Laurentian University honours essay by Amelia Kretzschmar, it is difficult to find sources about Hanley’s career. As a result of several fires, no municipal records survive from Hanley’s time in office. However, her daughter, Ella Clifford Scutt, diligently recorded her mother’s municipal career and accomplishments in a scrapbook. This collection is arguably the largest single cache of documents on Hanley, excluding newspaper sources. In August 1967, Scutt donated the scrapbook to the Laurentian University Archives, where it is still housed today.
Early Life and CareerDaughter of Henry John Smith and Catharine Mitchell, Hanley was born 2 March 1882 in Magnetawan, Ontario, but was raised in the nearby town of Burk’s Falls.
After completing her secondary education, Hanley enrolled at the North Bay Normal School to become a teacher. Following graduation, she went on to teach at various villages in the area, including Trout Creek and Emsdale, before taking a teaching position in 1908 in Webbwood, a small town of around 600 people located approximately 70 km west of Sudbury, Ontario.
There, she met Joseph Hanley, a locomotive foreman for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). The two wed on 27 August 1913 and, shortly after, adopted a baby girl, Ella, who would be their only child.
In addition to her teaching duties, Hanley founded the Webbwood Dramatic Society, staging plays, musicals and variety shows for the town. She was also elected to the Webbwood Public School Board in 1923, a position she held for 12 years.
Municipal PoliticsHanley was drawn into municipal politics because of the socio-economic conditions of the time. Webbwood was acutely affected by the Great Depression because the town’s major source of employment, the Abitibi Power and Paper Company mill in nearby Espanola, closed its doors at the end of 1929.
Hanley’s main goal was to secure better public works and relief payments for the town. Consequently, she ran for office in 1935 and became Webbwood’s first female councillor.
The following year, Hanley ran for mayor. Her opponent was Robert E. Streich, who had previously served four terms as mayor between 1924 and 1934. In a close but decisive race, Hanley defeated Streich 82 votes to 69. The victory made her the first female mayor in Canada and the story was picked up by wire services around the world.
Hanley had to contend with the stereotypical attitudes of the day about women. After her victory, she was asked by one newspaper if she would continue with her housekeeping duties. She responded, “Yes, indeed. Webbwood is hardly a big enough place for me to give up my housework just to be mayor.” Her answer was reprinted in newspapers under the headline that “Ontario’s first woman mayor still does housework.” The newspapers’ emphasis on housework and the small size of the town seemed to downplay the significance of her achievement and remind readers that she was still just a “lady mayor.”
Mayor of WebbwoodDuring her inaugural council meeting on 19 January 1936, Hanley agreed to a motion by councillor Dr. K. Bromley to do away with the salary of mayor and council for the term in order to benefit the public. The motion passed unanimously and it was agreed that the forfeited salaries of $4 per month for mayor and $2 for councillors, a combined $200 for the year, would yield more than enough to purchase turkeys for the town the following Christmas.
In April 1936, Hanley was also re-elected by 5,000 delegates as the director of the Ontario Educational Association.
Hanley sought re-election as mayor in January 1937 and once again had to square off against Streich. This time around, Streich challenged Hanley on the basis of her sex and mayoral record. During a nomination meeting on 4 January, Hanley responded to his criticisms by stating, “I believe your two outstanding objections are: 1. That I am a woman; 2. That I am too generous with relief. I have no apology to make.”
Hanley was re-elected that evening by a similar margin, defeating Streich 86 votes to 66.
In her inaugural meeting in 1937, Hanley instituted a new relief policy and transformed the entire town council into a relief committee. As part of this initiative she focused on projects that would enhance the town, such as the creation of vegetable and flower gardens.
Hanley encountered no opposition in her bid for her third term as mayor and was acclaimed on 27 December 1937. She was also acclaimed the following year for her fourth consecutive term as mayor.
During her third term in office, Hanley attended a university extension course in public administation, geared specifically for municipal officials in Ontario, at the University of Toronto from 25 to 29 April 1938. She was one of only two women registered among the 150 civil employees and administrators.
On 1 January 1940, Hanley outduelled CPR conductor George Mine and secured her fifth term as mayor.
The following year, the mayoral race was between Hanley and another female candidate, town councillor Mrs. Walter Blue. The fact that two women were competing for the mayoral seat in Webbwood generated considerable interest but Hanley insisted that she “doesn’t consider sex in municipal affairs.” Hanley reclaimed her position, besting Blue by a margin of 37 votes.
In 1942, she was acclaimed again. The following year, she defeated former councillor Mark Smith in her final bid as mayor. Hanley did not seek a ninth term and retired as mayor of Webbwood in 1944, replaced by C. Dwyer.
Although Hanley served eight consecutive terms as mayor, she was not quite ready to retire from municipal politics. In 1946, she was appointed town clerk, a position she held for four years before retiring from active municipal work.
Committee and Board WorkDuring the Second World War, Hanley was the chairman of the Webbwood Local Ration Board N-10 under the Wartime Prices and Trade Board.
In August 1946, the Sudbury District Home for the Aged was established and Hanley was appointed to its committee. Hanley had previously met with the Ontario Department of Public Welfare in 1943, lobbying for the establishment of a home for the aged in the Sudbury District. Her efforts as part of the committee led to the opening of Pioneer Manor in Sudbury in 1953.
Hanley died at the Sudbury Memorial Hospital on 26 January 1959 at the age of 76 and was buried in her hometown of Burk’s Falls on 29 January.
LegacyHanley’s tenure as mayor of Webbwood completed a long line of municipal service in her family. Her uncle, Samuel Kedey, had been mayor of the town of Arnprior in 1902 and her brother Robert served two terms as mayor of Cochrane, Ontario, from January 1934 to December 1935 and from January 1944 to December 1945.
Due to the significance of her accomplishment at the polls in 1936, the New York Sun included her on its list of Outstanding Women for that year. The list of 14 women included Lucy Moore, the youngest woman ever admitted to practise before the United States Supreme Court, and Wallis Simpson, future wife of King Edward VIII. Hanley was the only Canadian on the list.
Although Hanley was the first female mayor in Canada, others would soon follow. In 1951, Ontario could boast that it had four female mayors in power. Marjorie Hamilton was elected in Barrie in 1950, Grace B. McFarland was elected mayor of Leamington in 1951, Bernadette Smith was elected in Woodstock in 1951, and Charlotte Whitton was elected in Ottawa in 1951.
Although Hanley had blazed the trail for these women, her significance has often been understated or ignored. When Hamilton was elected as mayor of Barrie in December 1950, the Barrie Examiner wrote that she was the first female mayor in Ontario. A reader reminded the newspaper that this distinction rightly belonged to Hanley. Similarly, the 1985 edition of the Canadian Encyclopedia stated that Charlotte Whitton “became Canada’s first woman mayor in 1951” when she was elected to the city of Ottawa. It was later corrected to read that she was the first woman mayor of a major Canadian city.
As of 2016, Hanley was the longest-serving mayor of Webbwood and should be regarded as a pioneer in municipal politics and an icon of Canadian women’s history. Reflecting on her accomplishments in 1966, thirty years after she was first elected, the Sudbury Star wrote, “Many women have followed in the footsteps of Mrs. Hanley to head civic governments in Canada. But there is only one ‘first.’ ”
JAYSON JOHN STEWART
Actor, director, activist, politician, educator
Born 1975 in Richmond Hill, Ontario
Has lived outside Massey on the old Julius Steinke homestead, since 2005
Massey resident Jayson Stewart is a former municipal councillor for the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers, a teacher at Espanola High School, a community developer and social justice activist, and a movie, television and voice over actor.
His roles include serial killer Isaac Lowen in the Distant Field Productions film BLACK FOREST, as Inspector McEachern in the Unipop Productions film noir THE PASTA KILLER!, Dog in CANNIBAL HOUSE: THE BEGINNING, and as mafia boss Viktor Rominov in the television crime drama 14 KEYS, a VOD Entertainment/Eastlink coproduction.
He is the director of REZilience, Canada's first indigenous zombie film, shot at various locations in the town of Massey and at the Espanola Air Field on Lee Valley Road; and the short films THE PHILANTHROPIST and OVERDUE. Stewart was shortlisted for a CION Northern Ontario Music and Film Award in two categories: best screenwriter and best short film.
Stewart is also a voice-over artist and done work with YAHOO! CANADA, NORTH BAY AND DISTRICT BIG BROTHERS, SPARTAN YOUTH RADIO, and the Machinima series IMMEMORIAL.
Learn more at JAYSONJSTEWART.COM.
Writer, poet, storyteller, municipal politician, farmer, hunter, father, grandfather, rabble rouser
Born in 1948 in Blind River, Ontario
From Spooky Sudbury: True Tales of the Eerie & Unexplained by Mark Leslie and Jenny Jelen
"Charlie Smith lives in a haunted farmhouse in Massey...[and] was born in Blind River in 1948 and, the son of an ex-marine father, moved with his family regularly during his childhood. As a result, he attended seven different public schools, a challeng in enough circumstance for a child. But, as an additional hardship, Smith was also diagnosed with dyslexia. Professionals told Smith's mother that he would never learn to read or write.
He became a renowned writer, poet, and storyteller who has captivated audiences, for years. He certainly showed them!"
From Amazon.com: "A cross between Robert Service's tall tales, Grey Owl's attention to nature, Ian Tyson's cowboy poetry, and Fred Eaglesmith's acerbic wit, Charlie's poetry is as authentic as the land he farms northeast of Massey Ontario.
Charlie Smith Reads follows Charlie's two successful YSP collections of poetry: The Beast that God Has Kissed: Songs from the Birch Lake Road (2000), and Through Three Long Miles of Night: More Songs from the Birch Lake Road (2003), as well as his YSP collection of 17 storiesTag Alder Tales (2005). The resonant lyric/narrative voice so evident in the earlier volumes manifests itself richly in this audio CD of his best poems."
Charlie wrote this poem for the Massey Area Museum:
SUMMONINGby Charlie Smith
Was the log jam slippery when you went on?
What did it feel like to know you were gone?
Did they pray when they found you and sing you a song
A sad chantey for a young logger
Look here, we have; peavey, cant hook and axe
Corks for your shoes – (that should lure you back),
If not, maybe gesture, we'll gather the tack
You are welcome here at our museum
Come out of the river and see what we wrought
All of the good things your money has bought
Collected up here so the youth could be taught
Tools, toys, furniture, fancies
Trade for the furs, plows for the fields
Scythes, sickles, cradles to harvest the yield
And the doctor's grim things to make sure you healed
Of course it's too late for your helping
Wander around in our pristine new halls
See all your history hung up on our walls
Isn't that better than trapped in the falls
That still bears your name on the river
Aren't you sort of attached to the things that are here
All of the knick-knacks your mother held dear
Come on in, son, you have nothing to fear
We will cherish you at the museum.
"PISTOL" PETE HORECK
Professional Hockey Player
Born June 15th, 1923 in Massey, Ontario
Died 2009 in Sudbury, Ontario
"Pistol" Pete Horeck was born in Massey, Ontario on June 15th, 1923. He was a shoemaker and one of eight boys in the family.
He was destined for hockey greatness as he left home to play for the Parry Sound Shamrocks alongside Doug Orr, father of Bobby Orr. Both were recruited by the Boston Bruins. Pete Horeck played for ten years in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Redwings. In all he played in 426 games in the 1940's and 1950's and scored 106 goals and 224 points.
He eventually settled in the Sudbury area and died of prostate cancer in 2009.
Source: Tim Gallagher
For decades, Laval Bouchard worked at the Espanola Pulp & Paper Mill as a welder. In his spare time, the company would often request that he create metal sculptures for special events and retirees. He took this hobby one step further by creating life sizes metal sculpture which draw many peoples attention while driving through Massey
Source: Tim Gallagher
This page is a collection of stories and remembrances of notable people who have called Massey and area "home".