Gladys Suggitt, Roses and Thorns
Before the advent of television and radio, neighbourhoods used to gather and recount the stories of how their communities worked together to create homes, fields, churches and farms. Gladys Suggitt came from such a close-knit settlement in Baddow, Ontario, between Fenelon Falls and Coboconk. Though a spinster, she not only farmed, but also found the time to record the history of her region. She read old newspapers and collected other documents available locally, while consulting her many friends and neighbours. Roses and Thorns, published in 1972, endures as the story of the settlement and culture of Baddow, Fenelon Falls and Coboconk, as told by a voice of experience. It is the reality of life in Old Ontario.