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JASON O. THORPE

[Welland Tribune, 9 April 1897]

Now Known as Unity Island

JASON O. THORPE, the giant hermit of Squaw island in the Niagara river, just below International bridge, on the American side, was found dead in his shanty on Sunday morning. Thorpe spent time and money inventing a boat and engine, but on being launched the boat turned upside down and could not be gotten to stay any other way. Disappointed and soured, Thorpe built a hut on Squaw island where he lived alone the past twelve years.

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