310 THE PIONEERS OF OLD ONTARIO
facts herein given. H. L. Powers' paternal grandfather, of English ancestry, served in Washington's bodyguard in the American Revolutionary War. His maternal grandfather Larue, of French ancestry, fought for the King George of that day and had his property in the Thirteen Colonies confiscated for his pains.
In compensation Larue was given two hundred acres for each one of the several members of his family in Canada. One of these children, the mother of H. L. Powers, received as her share two hundred acres now forming part of the site of the city of Ottawa. Mr. Powers was, however, born in the state of New York, but early in life settled near Brockville, removing in 1832 to what was then the wilderness of Clarke, where he and his connections later on largely aided in turning the forest into fruitful fields.
"Our family had one team of horses and one yoke of oxen when they started from Brockville, and nine days were spent on the journey to where the village of Orono now stands," said Mr. Powers. "They were obliged to cross the Trent River in a scow, and narrowly escaped drowning in doing so. On the last stage of the journey they had to cut a road for four miles through the woods in order to reach the future site of Kirby. Orono was then a hemlock bush. The only settlers in the neighbourhood were two families of Baldwins and an old bachelor named Eldad Johns."
A bear was treed and shot the day the Powers arrived, and Mr. Powers' first night was passed in the lee of a fallen pine with the boughs form-