Gordon Presbyterian Church, St. Elmo. 1864.

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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St. Elmo, Glengarry County, Ontario, Canada.
August 20, 2010

Driving from Dunvegan to Maxville, I came upon this little church, literally in the middle of nowhere. The place sign said “St. Elmo”, so I wrongly though that this would be “St. Elmo’s Church” or something similar. When I stopped and got closer, I saw that this was “Gordon Free Church” with a great history of the Reverend Charles Gordon on the sign outside. What a lovely spot it was located in. Nothing but green farmland as far as the eye could see, with the odd cluster of farm buildings dotted here and there in the distance. The road was quiet and, by the looks of things, rarely travelled. I got the camera out and, as I set up my shots, I was amazed by the silence. Only the odd chirp of a bird now and then. Nothing to disturb the peace.

From the Ontario Archeological and Historic Sites sign:

The Reverend Charles W. Gordon. 1860 – 1937

Born at Indian Lands (St. Elmo), Gordon was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1890. He served as a missionary in the North West Territories until 1893 and the following year was called to St. Stephens in Winnipeg. A chaplain during the war of 1914 – 1918 and he was Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada from 1921 – 1922. Under the pen name of Ralph Connor, Gordon became one of Canada’s leading authors and wrote such books as “The Man From Glengarry”, “Sky Pilot” and “Glengarry School Days”. The themes of many of his novels were drawn from his missionary experiences and boyhood memories of Glengarry.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70 at 17 mm
iso 100, multi-pattern metering, aperture priority F9.5, 1/200 second

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