Kenora 1891

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Kenora 1891

Kenora is a situated on the north shore of the Lake of the Woods. The City of Kenora is as old as the century dating from January 1 2000. It was created with the amalgamation of the three constituent muniipalities, the Town of Kenora (formerly known as Rat Portage), Keewatin and Jeffray Mellick.

 

In 1891, First Rat Portage Regatta was held. Thistles hockey team organized. Census of Canada shows Rat Portgae 's population as 1,806. In 1892, Rat Portage dam and powerhouse built on eastern outlet to Winnipeg River.
The first telephone system was operated in Rat Portage by the CitizenĀ¹s Telephone and Electric Light Company.

Services for Anglicans begin in Rat Portage. The first church was built in 1884 accross the street from the Catholic Notra Dame on 1 St. North. Rev. Arthur Stunden was the first resident Clergyman. The church burned down in 1892 and a new Church build on West side of Main Street South.

During The Decade

In 1892 the Township of Norman was founded (Amalgamated in 1905 with Rat Portage). In 1893 Western Algoma Brick Company was established. The Local Humane Society organized. The Norman Dam was built by the Keewatin Lumbering and Manufacturing Company.

In 1894 Jaffray is a township. It will amagamates with Melick (1902) in 1908, and amagamated into Kenora in 2000. The same year Rat Portage receives a visit from Sir Wildred Laurier.

1891 Calendar

1891 Calendar