"As the population around Toronto increased, the hunting and fishing were less available, John Thomson migrated to a sparsely settled Scots settlement on Georgian Bay, [...] There was abundant wild game and a heavy fish population available. There was a large home on the property. The small Scots village of Leith was isolated. but it had a flour mill, a general store, a small schoolhouse and a distillery. There were wooded areas everywhere where the hunting and fishing was good."
- Ralph Harkness, great grandson of John and Margaret Thomson
John Libby Fine Arts papers, Toronto