Over the weekend I brought a group of heritage tourists to the Hoskins Old Settler Monument, which confirmed to me how interesting this feature is. It represents the old-settler impulse to commemorate, being inscribed in 1938 to "Pioneers" of a half-century earlier. And all those names inscribed on the rocks composing the monument amount to a register of early settlement to be read as micro-history. People gathered around, commented on the design of the monument, speculated as to the origins of the settlers named on it. It makes me wonder, though, just where the pioneer townsite of Hoskins was situated. Was it on this side of the lake, along present Highway 11?
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