Rutland Lodge (before) - Skootamatta Lake, Cloyne
By Ruth Tate, reprint from the SDRA Newsletter, Spring 2009..Did you know, the Tate residence was once a fishing lodge, built in the mid 30’s on Loon Lake, now called Skootamatta Lake?.Mrs. Rutland, the owner, called it Rutland Lodge. It accomodated about 30 guests. There were 5 small cabins, 3 house keeping cabins and one “staff house”...Since there was no road, supplies were brought in by boat, from Trails End. There was no hydro, but she had a “Delco” system, which supplied minimum electricity...Guests were picked up at Trails End by boat. The cabins had “ice boxes” cooled by hunks of ice. Ernie Tully cut the ice blocks in the winter and they were stored in the ice house, covered with sawdust...In 1946 my dad and mom, Edith and Bill Layzell bought this lodge. Dad kept it running for one summer only, as he was “Manager Director” of the Addresso- graph-Multigraph Company in Toronto. Dad had renovations done by Ernie Tully and later by Dr. Art Scott...Edith and Bill kept it as a summer residence, enjoying it with their family and friends. Dad and Mom retired there in 1965 until dad died in 1971. In 1976, Jack and I, moved here permanently with 3 of our 5 children...I have many fond memories of my wonderful years spent on beautiful Skootamatta Lake..(The Tate residence is located on Oborne Point Road and enjoys a view of the lower lake, Big Island and the narrows beyond)...Picture circa 1946 after Ruth Tate’s mom and dad, Edith and Bill Layzell, purchased Rutland Lodge.