Situated on the Ottawa River, across from the town of Oka and near Lake of Two Mountains, the village of Como was where Dr Francis John Shepherd had country home. Born at Como, Dr Shepherd was a classmate of Dr Osler at McGill's medical school. Both were also students of Gwendolen Marjorie Howard's father, Robert Palmer Howard. Como was on the Canadian Pacific Railway line, making it an accessible retreat for Montreal's English elite. As a member of that elite and a friend of Dr Shepherd's two daughters and one son (Dorothy, Mary Cecilia, and Ernest), Marjorie visited Como on several occasions during the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Como was merged with the town of Hudson in 1969.

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