The Historical Society of Ottawa meeting on Friday will feature BIFHSGO member Christine Jackson speaking on "The Ottawa Valley's Pioneering Cowley Family."
Daniel Keyworth Cowley, a pioneering Ottawa Valley riverboat captain, was the patriarch of a family which produced significant contributors to the area’s history and economic development. These included another riverboat captain, an educator-cum-land developer who founded the Ottawa subdivision now known as Champlain Park, several medical doctors—and an NHL Hall of Famer.
Christine will touch on the Cowley family’s English origins, trace the 19th century Ottawa Valley history of ‘Captain Dan’ and his connection with Champlain’s iconic lost astrolabe, and look at the family’s role in developing Ottawa, as well as their great contribution to Canada’s national winter game. And what, she wonders, would Captain Dan have made of that?!
The meeting starts at 1:00 pm this Friday, 27 February, in the lounge of the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street at Cumberland. There's no cost to attend monthly meetings and all are welcome.