#4 Grave Diggers Quest for the Truth - Tom Thomson

 Tom Thomson Fishing in Algonquin Park, Ontario. Circa 1914-1916

Tom Thomson Fishing in Algonquin Park, Ontario. Circa 1914-1916

INCIDENT: Accidental Drowning, Suicide or Murder

LOCATION: Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

DATE: July 8, 1917

 Image: Tom Thomson, Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park. Circa 1915.

Image: Tom Thomson, Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park. Circa 1915.

SUMMARY: Tom Thomson is one of the most well known painters in Canada. He's often referred to as Canada’s Vincent Van Gogh. In 1917, Tom was an up and coming artist, living a life he loved, painting, fishing and camping in Algonquin Park, Ontario. What happened to Tom on that drizzly day that he paddled his Chestnut canoe away from the dock of the Mowat Lodge on Canoe Lake? A skilled canoeist, outdoorsman and fishing guide, Tom was never seen alive again. Was his death an accidental drowning, suicide or murder? 

Tom Thomson: Canadian Artist
Harry B Jackson (Ben): Worked with Tom Thomson at Grip, Ltd in Toronto, Ontario
William Broadbent: Worked with Tom Thomson at Grip, Ltd in Toronto, Ontario
Shannon Fraser: Owner of the Mowat Lodge on Canoe Lake; Postmaster of Mowat
Annie Fraser: Shannon Fraser's wife; Owner of the Mowat Lodge
Winnie Trainor: Eldest daughter of Hugh Trainor (Trainor Cottage); Friend of Tom Thomson
Mark Robinson: Park Ranger at Algonquin Park
George Bartlett: Park Superintendent at Algonquin Park
William Little: Ontario Reformatory Administrator, Judge, Author
Dr Harry Ebbs: Medical Director of the Taylor Statten Camps
Martin Blecher: Local Cottager at Canoe Lake/Mowat
Martin Blecher SR: Martin Blecher's father; Anglican Minister
Dr Goldwin Howland: Neurologist, University of Toronto
George Rowe: Guide, Algonquin Park
Kearney Undertaker: R.H. Flavelle
North Bay Coroner: Dr A.E. Ranney
Huntsville Undertaker: F.W. Churchill
Daphne Crombie: Guest at Mowat Lodge; Friend of Annie Fraser


DISCLAIMER: This story is based on historical true events. Every effort has been made to accurately describe people, places and events.