The lumber mill in Field, Ontario was founded in 1914 by Zotique Mageau, and would provide employment for the town and surrounding areas for over 80 years.
On October 9, 1922, the original mill was destroyed by fire but soon rebuilt. The company was sold to Alfred Laberge, a Sudbury businessman in 1941, who in turn sold it to Jack Hope in 1956.
There are very few mentions of the history of this location online, and those are contradictory. Speaking with a local gentleman walking his dog, this is what I was able to learn.
Made from stone, and the victim of a devastating fire, this beautiful old house, and its scenic property are still being cared for by the current owner. It was built in the '50's, and the Wrigley's were good people who sold the products from their farm to the local community.
While spending the weekend camping, I had opportunity to drive some back roads where I stumbled on this place. I decided I'd stop and have a look around. There wasn't a great deal inside, but what was there was fun to check out. The wooden shingles on the back side of the house were blackened in a way that suggested that perhaps there had been a grass fire very near. How the house didn't catch and burn is beyond me as it didn't look that it would take much.
This house was shared with me by a fellow explorer. I decided to go and have a look since I was camping not too far away from there. It was definitely worth it. All old houses that I've explored have their own unique character, but this one had something extra. I don't know what, I couldn't put a name on it if I had to, but just... something.
I haven't found much in the way of history for this grand old workhorse. I have found out that it was built by the Canadian Locomotive Company, Kingston, Ontario in 1930. It was originally numbered 144 while serving the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway but was renumbered 503 upon becoming part of the Ontario Northland Railway.