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Treasures from Treasure Island

July 6, 2012


There is a place on earth that is most treasured, at least in the heart of my family. It is not the place of pirates and buried treasure as R.L. Stevenson tells the story—it is the true Treasure Island.


Situated on Lake Mindemoya on Manitoulin Island, it is the largest freshwater island within an island in the world. Treasure Island was originally named Mindemoya, because of the distinctive shape of the island: rising at one end to a long flat hill, with a steep drop to a short low area at the other end. According to local legend, a great chieftan once had a wife who would not give him any peace. In frustration he kicked her and sent her flying. She landed on her hands and knees in Lake Mindemoya, leaving her back and rump above the water, forming the island. “Mindemoya” means “Old Woman.”


Joe and Jean Hodgson bought the island in 1927 and operated a vacation cottage resort until 1968. In 1982 Charles D. Moeller, my grandfather from Lima, Ohio, bought the island, including many of the original cabins, cottages, lodge house, and boat house. The Moeller Family has enjoyed the island as an annual family vacation for the last 30 years. For one week, about 40 extended family members spanning 4 generations get together the week of July 4th to celebrate family and enjoy food, fun, and fellowship. The real Treasure Island brings true happiness, rest, relaxation, fun, and (best of all) a lifetime of memories for all of us.


Thirty years of memories … truly treasures from Treasure Island.


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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Nikki permalink
    July 6, 2012 11:34 am

    Glad you’re having fun! Love the history of it!

  2. July 6, 2012 2:16 pm

    What a wonderful legacy your Grandfather left to all
    Have a Blessed Weekend
    God Bless

    • July 9, 2012 12:08 pm

      I was totally emotional this trip about it all, because I finally realize the impact and legacy he has left all of us children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren!

  3. Anonymous permalink
    July 6, 2012 9:46 pm

    that is just plain awesome.

  4. David permalink
    July 9, 2012 9:02 pm

    My family rented a cottage for years on the east shore of the lake facing the island. Jean Hodgson wrote a memoir which I assume is where you get your title. I’ve been trying to track down a copy for years. It is truly a beautiful spot. David, Ontario

    • July 9, 2012 10:49 pm

      David, that is so awesome–what a small world! I had actually forgotten that was the title of Jean’s book. Our family always calls the week we stay there “treasures from Treasure Island.” It’s like a magical week for us, because it’s hard to capture the beauty of it all. Our family has one copy of Jean’s that is kept on the island. But many of us were just talking about it last week and how we’d like to get copies of it so each of us could have a copy. Perhaps Jean’s daughters, Joanne or Marianne, can help us out by finding more copies. I’ll try to contact them and let you know. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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