NAME: St. Joeseph
CLIMATE: Snow in Winter, Warm Summer.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer
An interesting site.
REMAINS: The old Organ Factory still stands today and is primarily a residential
home (currently up for sale)
|The history of St. Joseph is the story of its founder, Narcisse Cantin. Born in 1870 of French Canadian descent, it was his dream to build a canal from Ontario�s Lake Huron to Buffalo and a town on Lake Huron that would serve as a transportation center. Fulfillment of his dream depended upon government approval and its subsidies for the canal. While petitioning the government for its help, Cantin acquired land and proceeded to plat a town site to include several hundred residential lots and streets for palatial homes. He built a three-story hotel, named it �Balmoral,� and attracted businesses that included an organ factory, a winery, a brickworks, and other essential stores to serve the community. He also enticed a number of French Canadian families living in Chicago to move to the new town of St. Joseph. For a while, the town experienced growth and there were signs things would go as planned. Fate intervened in the form of World War 1 and there were no funds for the canal. That sealed the doom of St. Joseph and the dream of Narcisse Cantin. The three-story Balmoral Hotel was demolished in 1920 without ever having a guest. Submitted by: Henry Chenoweth
Old Organ Factory now a residential home
Courtesy Larry Kehoe