A Canadian Pioneer and Grandson of founding partner of The Quaker Oats Company
In the 1940’s, Jack Stuart, grandson of founding partner John Stuart and son of Robert
Stuart was sent to Canada to run the Peterborough facilities. While living in Peterborough
Jack purchased over 1,000 acres of lakefront and forest property in Buckhorn, Ontario.
And in 1946 Jack built his dream home; a majestic log cabin. His vision was to share this
spectacular northern Canadian countryside with his family, friends and business colleagues.
Year round Jack would entertain at the cabin, sometimes arriving in winter by horse and sled.
Jack enjoyed sharing this beautiful wilderness, so much so that he lost 4 plots of waterfront
property in a poker match to good friends, for a dollar each.
A Canadian Broadcast Pioneer and a Log Cabin
In 1960, the cabin and approximately 1,200 acres was purchase by William (Bill) Byles, the
advertising executive on the Quaker Oats account, and a Canadian Broadcast Pioneer and
Hall of Fame recipient. Bill was both a friend and colleague of Jack Stuart.
Jack would return to the cabin every summer to spend time with Bill and his family and every
year would ask, “When can I buy this place back from you?”
The Cabin is still owned and operated by Bill’s wife and children who are Kevin, Alannah, Rosanne, Colleen and Nuala Byles.