We have very few eyewitness reports describing the discovery of Tom Thomson’s body on July 16, 1917. A few telegrams were sent out of the Park to notify family and friends, but these documents don’t tell us much. The most interesting documentation we have is the reports of Dr. Howland and Park Ranger Mark Robinson, who examined Thomson’s body the day after it was discovered.
As you’re reading these documents, you might keep a list of the questions you have that you can’t find answers to. Other investigators might have had very similar concerns. Then, you might find it useful to visit the Investigations section to consider testimony gathered by investigators long after the events took place.
Diaries, Journals or Reminiscences
- Mark Robinson, Daily journal, July 16-18, 1917, July 16, 1917
- Mark Robinson, Note re.: Tom Thomson, artist, July 31, 1917
- A. E. Ranney, M. D., Warrant to Bury After A View, July 17, 1917
- A. E. Ranney, M. D., Coroner's Warrant to Take Possession of Body, July 17, 1917
- , Copy of Dr. G. W. Howland's affidavit , July 17, 1917
- J. S. Fraser, Letter to John Thomson, July 18, 1917
- J. S. Fraser, Telegram to John Thomson, July 16, 1917
- J. S. Fraser, Telegram to T. J. Harkness, July 17, 1917
- A. E. Needham, Telegram to George Thomson, July 17, 1917
Newspaper or Magazine Articles
- The Owen Sound Times, Tom Thomson, Artist, Drowned, The Owen Sound Times, July 20, 1917
- The Owen Sound Sun, Tom Thomson's Body Found, Was Missing More Than A Week, The Owen Sound Sun, July 20, 1917
Photographs, Paintings or Drawings