On this Remembrance Day we'ed like to tell you what we know about our namesake, Orley Bogart.
He came originally from Van Etten in New York State. We understand he homesteaded here, on what has come to be called Bogart's Bay on Birch Lake.
In 1916, he volunteered for the Canadian Expeditionary Force who were recruiting in N. Battleford.
His war records tell us that he died of wounds near Passchendaele in October of 1917, after being wounded by shrapnel. He's buried in a war cemetery in Wimereux, France.
We found the picture of Orley in our local history book, and the war records in the Canadian War Archives.
It's sad to think how he left the beauty and peace of Birch Lake to the horror of war in Europe.
It's a story common to the many victims
of war, military and civilian, and a reminder to us of the futility of war as a means to solve human problems.
The flags depicted on our coffee label are Tibetan Peace Flags, which now fly on the shores of Bogart's Bay as a reminder that peace is the only way.
If anyone has any further information about Orley, we would love to hear from you!