I was born in 1931 on a farm near Austin, Quebec some eight miles from Magog (southwest of Sherbrooke) in The Eastern Townships. The farm had 700 feet of frontage on Lake Memphremagog.
I am one quarter Irish from my mother’s side (her last name was Clark). My Great Grandfather was a Frenchman (his last name was Dubea) who came from Lake Champlain, Vermont and also married a Madamoiselle Poisson. I was baptized by a Scottish Minister named Stark.
I learned much later in life that a mistake was made in the registration of my name. I went through much of my life as Maxwell Lloyd Juby, but in 2004, found out the Province of Quebec registered my birth as “Maxton Llloyd Juby”. Good thing all who know me call me “Max”!
I went to grade school at Lakeside School, less than one mile from home, with an older brother and two younger brothers. I then attended 3 years of high school at Magog, Quebec. I completed my last year of high school at Knowlton, Quebec (in nearby Brome County) (see school photo). I then graduated at age twenty from Montreal’s McGill University with a Bachelor of Science, with majors in General Mathematics and Physics. In that degree, I also had six courses in Geology and one course in Geophysics. In addition, I also had a course in Shakespeare and a half-course in eighteenth century French Poetry
In 1952, I took the Federal Department of Transport Meteorological Course in Toronto which included practical work in Trenton, Ontario I was the Weather Forecaster for 13 months at Seven Islands (now, Sept Iles), Quebec during the construction of the new railway to Schefferville. This railway was built to service the iron ore fields along the Labrador-Quebec northern border which was completed in 1954. Then I was transferred to be a weatherman for five months in Calgary, Alberta.
Thereafter, I caught “Gold Fever” and was able to use my education in Geophysics and Mining Exploration professionally. That first summer, I did geophysics for The Iron Ore Company of Canada. Thereafter, I continued doing mining exploration geophysics for two years for Don Salt in Canada.
Ultimately, I ended up working mainly for Pat Sheridan Sr of Toronto, Ontario working on various geophysics projects in many places. I worked many, many years of northern exploits across Canada’s North, from Red Lake and James Bay, in Ontario to Ungava in Quebec. There are many photos from my time at Fort Chimo (now Kuujjuaq) on the Koksoak River which flowed into Ungava Bay. I also got to work in Mexico, Ireland (twice), Guatemala, United States (Maine, Utah, California), and for nine years in northern Spain. I was always hoping for a favourable turn of events.
At 37 years of age, I married an Italian widow in Red Lake, Ontario, a gold mining town in north-western Ontario. She already had three children and also raised one child of mine. I bought a house in Pincourt, Quebec, just west of Montreal where we raised the family. My wife did travel a bit with me, taking two trips to Spain, a trip to Maine, one summer in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and one summer in Timmins, Ontario. My wife and I are now both retired and living in Montreal, Quebec.
Our daughter has three children – two boys and a cute little girl who is just finishing day care and will soon be in school. The oldest daughter of my wife has two sons that live in Montreal. Marnie Lynn, her second child, is married and they both teach grade school in Bangkok, Thailand; they have one daughter and one adopted son from Thailand. Her son lives in Edmonton, Alberta and is married to a woman from that area and they have a girl and a boy.
Poetry & Music
My all-time favorite poet is Robert Service who can never be outdone. He and excellence were one, and he inspired me to write.
In 1979, I was staying at The Red Lake Inn at Red Lake Northwestern Ontario, supervising a diamond drilling job for gold. There, I wrote my first poetry book, Log Cabins – which contained some 73 pages about prospectors in Canada.
Having caught the writing bug here, I wrote many books of poetry including:
- The Little Spanish Man – 73 pages about my Spanish exploits
- The Little Folk – 43 pages.
- Around The Bend – 44 pages- we are forever going around a bend in life
- Cats and Dogs – over 40 pages about a dog and cats in Spain
- The Burrow – 80 pages about a donkey who is tempted to go work with prospectors
From 1993 to 2002, I was based near Tapia de Casariego, Asturias Province in northern-western Spain. It juts out into the North Atlantic Ocean, and I found it to be a very favourable spot.
I have written over 800 poems published on the Poetry.com website in the name of “Maxton Juby”.
- Train Whistles – A volume of over 60 poems
- Hallowe’en and Witches – Over 15 poems on this topic
I have become a Distinguished Member of The International Society of Poets, with a poem in 3 or 4 of their books, including the one entitled Saying Goodbye.
Lately, I have self-published 5 books, each 42 pages long:
- Webequie Man
A historical and descriptive look at mining exploration and a recent rich nickel & platinum discovery west of James Bay in Northern Ontario.
- The Rainbow And The Pot
The pot at the end of the rainbow is played upon. Whether a barrel of candy, a soup pot, a tea pot, or the real Rainbow Pot itself.
- Black Pearl And Kate
An homage to a great woman prospector from St Mary’s, Ontario who graduated with Honours Mathematics from The University Of Toronto, and became famous as a trapper and prospector in Northern Manitoba. Kind of a love story.
- The Prospector
About the dedication to gold prospecting and winning a bonanza – concentrated on The Yukon Gold Rush.
- Chimo- Kuujjuaq
A historical treatment of a girl born in a tent in 1933 at Chimo on the shores of the Koksoak River, South Ungava Bay. It describes the building of the railway from Seven Islands (Sept Iles) to Schefferville, Quebec.