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Lalone Island

Written by on December 12, 2016 in Island Life Magazine
Descendants of Judson Lalone have been coming to this Chippewa Bay island for nearly a century.

Lalone Island near Chippewa Bay N.Y.

Lalone Island comes by its name through one of its early owners. John Hugh Lalone, a cheese factory owner in Richville N.Y., looked at a larger island first but preferred the view here because he could see both U.S. and Canada.

That was in 1920. Now almost a century later, the cottage near Chippewa Bay still belongs to his family, a family that has roots in both countries. Judson was married to Esther Lalone, who grew up in Ogdensburg, when he first set sights on a cottage in the 1000 Islands. Generations of their descendants have spent summers here ever since.

Namesake: Judson Lalone, pictured with his dog Spike, bought the island in 1920.

Judson Lalone, pictured with his dog Spike, bought the island in 1920.

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Judson Lalone purchased the American island in 1920 from a couple from Brooklyn. It had belonged to three previous owners since 1894. Judson passed the island on to his son Murray who, along with his sister Marie and husband Lott Wells of Canton, enjoyed summers on the St Lawrence for many years. Murray left the island to his nephews John Wells and Curt Roop. John along with his wife Shirley, owned the island until 2013 when it was bequeathed to Proctor, their nephew, and his wife, Sherry, of Fort Lauderdale, FL.laloneskiff

John and Shirley loved the island and classic wooden boats including the award-winning 1887 launch, the Fawn. and the Puddle Jumper, a 1941 Hutchinson that remains docked at the island’s boathouse today with a St. Lawrence skiff. “Their passion was antique wooden boats,” said Andrew, who grew up in Ontario after his mother, Nancy Wells, married his father, a Canadian named George Proctor.

Andrew Proctor and wife Sherry of Florida aboard the Puddle Jumper.

Andrew Proctor and wife Sherry of Florida aboard the Puddle Jumper.

Now there’s a new generation of friends and relatives gathering every summer on Lalone Island. “My role is as a caretaker,” said Andrew, a timpanist with The Palm Beach Opera Orchestra near Fort Lauderdale. “We’ve adopted it as our second home.” Lalone Island has a unique feature: The main cottage is an original Sears and Roebuck Cottage, sold as a home kit from a  catalogue for $1,577.00. A guest cottage has a porch overlooking the River named the Crow’s Nest.

lalonecrowsnestSherry admits she didn’t know much about the 1000 Islands before meeting her husband. “I just knew about the dressing,” she says with a laugh. “But I fell in love with it at first sight, just like my husband.”

Andrew Proctor and family dog Max enjoy island time on Lalone, a family tradition.

Andrew Proctor and family dog Max enjoy island time on Lalone, a family tradition.

Her 21-year-old son Eldon Taylor, has even got to know the neighbours at nearby Dark Island’s Singer Castle, working last summer at the tourism attraction. Andrew’s two sons are Matthew and Eric Proctor and Sherry’s children are Eldon and Morgan Taylor. She also has two married daughters, Rachel Kinslow and Carmen Perdomo.

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Andrew’s sister, Martha Proctor, of Woodbridge Ontario, enjoys spending time at the family cottage with her children, Luke and Maia Neilson, a tradition since her childhood that carries many life-long memories.img_0479-2

“We’ve been coming here forever,” she said, adding the scenery her great-grandfather first fell in love nearly 100 years ago never gets old. “It’s still kind of magical no matter how many times you’ve seen it.”

Photos by Kim Lunman/Island Life Magazine/www.islandlifemag.ca

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