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Dr Daniel MacTavish Baker 1886 - 1956

Dr Daniel MacTavish Baker, son of Wesley Baker and Mary MacTavish, was born September 24 1886 in Sydenham Township Grey County, Ontario. Daniel attended public school and collegiate in Owen Sound and then Queen's University in Kingston to study Medicine.

He served overseas in World War 1 after world War 1 he moved to Keewatin in 1920 to practice medicine. He served as Medical Health Officer for Keewatin for 25 years. He also served as Lake of the Woods Milling Company.

In August 5 1925 he married Edna Winnifred Curry.

He was a member of the Keewatin Legion, the Masonic Order, Wilson Lodge No 68, A.F. and A.M. Toronto, the Kenora Golf and Country Club and Keewatin Church

Dr. Irwin Baker 1850 - 1939

Dr Irwin Baker, son of Issac Baker and Nancy Hall was born in South Dorchester Township, Elgin, Ontario in 1850. He attended Springfield public and Aylmer High Schools before going to teach in country schools for a number of years. He the attended Trinity College Medical School in Toronto and then interned at the Toronto General Hospital for a year. He then went i9nto partnership with Dr. W. J. Beatty in Keewatin for twenty years. He then retired to St. Thomas where he died on February 20 1939.

John Ebers Baker 1904 - 1957

John Ebers Baker, son of John George Baker and Alice Lulu Ebers was born in Rat Portage Apr 25, 1904. He married Evelyn May Paul. They had 6 children

Robert "Bob" Baker

Raymond George Baker b. February 26 1931 Kenora m. Grace Hodgson July 26 1957 Winnipeg.

Dolores Baker married Doug Wise

John Baker

Florence Baker married Buddy Parnell

Darlene Massey married Al Massey

John Ebers Baker passed away in Kenora on August 30 1957

Raymond George Baker 1931 - 2016

Ronald "Ron" Baker 1930 - 2017

William LeBaron Baker 1848-1888

George Barnes 1854-1935

Ralph Bateman

Ralph BatemanHeadstone

Ralph Bateman, son of Collingwood Bateman and Mary Sugden and was born March 21 1880 in Goole, Yorkshire, England. He immigrated to Canada in March 1905 settling in Ottawa.

He married Olive Ellen McCreery in Ottawa, June 10 1908.

He moved to Kenora by 1911 where he began a 37 year career with the Keewatin Lumber Company and its subsidiaries.

On January 15 1916 He enlisted with the 94th battalion in Kenora. He was given the rank of Lieutenant. He went overseas on June 28th 1916. Once in England, he was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion. In October 1916 he went o France and served with the 52th Battalion. After discharge from 3 months of hospitalization with "trench fever" in August 1917 he joined the Canadian Forestry Corps and was taken on to Company 130. By October 1918, he was appointed 2nd in command. In April 1919, he became its Commanding Officer. He returned to Canada as Captain Bateman in July 1919 Military Record

Upon his return to Canada, he resumed his position at the Keewatin Lumber Company. He was put in charge of the old Rat Portage Company. He was was put in charge of their new office building on the lake front overseeing the rapidly expanding box manufacturing business. In 1923 he moved to the Winnipeg office of the Company.

He returned to Kenora in 1936 as manager of the paper mill from 1936 to 1944. At his death on May 3rd 1947 he was the resident Vice President of the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company.

He was a member of the Kenora Board of Trade..

He was a member of St Alban's Cathedral and a member of the Masonic Lodge associated with the Builder's Lodge of Ottawa.

Also an active member of the Kenora Rotary Club and president in 1941-42.

He died May 3 1947. He is buried in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery.

George Thomas Beatty 1898 - 1994

George "Geordie" Thomas Beatty, son of George A Beatty and Jane "Jennie" Box was born August 3 1898. He married Marjorie Ann Ferguson September 26, 1923 in Kenora Ontario.

They had one daughter Phyllis.

He joined Rotary on February 9 1948.

He died in 1994

William John Beatty 1868 -1930

Doctor W.J. Beatty, son of Francis Joseph Beatty and Sarah Ann Honeyford was born in Avening, Ontario in 1865. He married Annie Grieves on 20 Oct 1888 in Hamilton, Ontario. They had three children,

Elizabeth Beatrice Beatty b. 12 Jan 1889 at Collingwood, Simcoe, Ontario d. 05 Apr. 1979 at Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mary N Beatty b. Abt. 1891 d. 09 Jun. 1909 Toronto, Ontario

Frank William Beatty b. 28 Apr. 1892 at Silverbrook, Ontario d. 05 Mar 1977 at Victoria, British Columbia

William John Beatty, was one of the earliest Doctors located in Keewatin. Associated with him were Dr. Leclair, Dr. Evin or Erwin D. Baker, D. Kemp, Dr. Fisher, Dr D.M. Baker and Dr Glen Davidson. (See, Ed Sweet, Keewatin Reflections; History of Keewatin 1873-1973)

Dr. Beatty graduated from Medical School in 1896. He open his practice in Keewatin in 1897 Before long he opened a hospital. Behind the hospital was a windmill that pumped water from the lake into a tank in the top story .

He was involved in the creation of the park that bears his name Beatty Park

Doctor Beatty died on 23 Aug. 1930 in Kenora, Ontario.

Joseph Beaudro 1846 - 1927

Joseph Beaudro, son of Jean Baptist Beaudreau and Eleonore Daunais, was born 15 Mar 1846 in Quebec.

Rocque Francis Beaudro 1884-1960

Rocque Francis Beaudro, son of Joseph Beaudro and Sarah Leger, was born on February 29, 1884 in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. In 1887 at the age of three, his family moved first to Fort William, Ontario and then Rat Portage. As a child, "Roxy " took a passionate interest in hockey and other sports such as rowing and rowed and baseball.

The local hockey team "The Thistles" had developed a winning team and won the 1902-03 Manitoba and Northeastern Hockey Association title and issued a challenge for the famed trophy of senior hockey, the Stanley Cup. Roxy, who had just turned 19 years of age, played right wing in the March 1903 challenge series against the Ottawa Silver Seven. In 1906 Roxy and the Kenora players went pro. In 1907 the Thistles challenged the Montreal Wanderers. In 1907 he scored the Stanley Cup game winning goal. He retired at the end of the hockey season. In 1982 the the 1907 Kenora Thistles team was named to the Northwest Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.

Roxy married Mabel Louise Goodman in 27 August of 1907 in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he moved but subsequently moving on to Cochrane, Ontario where his son Earl Laurier Beaudro was born in 09 Jan 1909.

Roxy took on a job as an accountant for the government. In 1915 he enlisted in the Canadian Army and played with the 28th Battalion's Royal Fusiliers In early February of 1917, the order came to be shipped overseas and Roxy saw extended combat duty during the war. Following the war he raised a family living at various times in Winnipeg, Cochrane, and Thunder Bay, and then Toronto.

Roxy Beaudro died on February 10, 1960 in Barrie, Ontario after a short battle with cancer. He was 75.

Source Note Kenora Thistles: Our Hockey heritage, Bowes Publishing Limited

Genealogy Note: Roxy's father's name and family name appears at various times on census and other records indexed as Beaudre or Biadio.

Adolphus Henry Begg 1891- 1917

Private Adolphus Henry Begg, son of John G and Juliet Begg was born 17 Apr 1891, in Rat Portage. He had siblings,

Maria Begg, born 17 Feb 1879

Ellen Begg born 18 Oct 1882 died !888

Charles Begg born 10 September 1888

Mary Ann Begg 27 Jan 1888 died 21 Jan 1869

Joseph W. Begg born 20 Jan 1898

Service # 439366

Army Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 52nd Battalion Company,

Died September 4, 1917, `Died of wounds (gunshot wound head and hand) at no 7. Casualty Clearing Station b

Buried at: Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery Extension., France Plot: II. A. 19.

LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 592

Private James Begg 1895 - 1916

James Begg, son of James Rutherford Begg and Jemina Muggaberg, was born in Rat Portage on April 15 1895 according to the 1901 Census District 44 N2-2 Page 5 - given on his attestation papers as 19 April 1894 He was known as "Jake" to his family & friends. He had a number of siblings:

Arther Begg b. Aug 1892 d. 24 Oct 1893

Hattie Begg b. 10 Aug 1893 ( m. Battel) D ?

James Begg b. 15 Apr 1895 Rat Portage

Duncan Begg b. July 15 1896 d. 16 Jul 1997 (101 years and 1 day old)

Thomas Begg b. 31 Dec 1899 d. 1970

Rita Begg b. Dec 1900

Kathleen Begg born February 10 1903 Rat Portage (m. Lacombe) D. 10 Jan 1983

Ada Begg b. 21 Oct 1904 d. 1967

Wilfred Begg B

Ernest Begg B

Doris Begg (Saunders) b. Aug. 1908

Isabel Begg

He enlisted in February 1916, Service number 199066. He served with 43rd. He was reported missing in action on Oct 8 1916 in the Somme offensive and subsequently confirmed deceased.

From the War Diary for the 43rd Battalion: In the attack on Regina Trench 8 October 1916 there were 2 officers killed, 2 wounded, 4 missing; other ranks 8 killed, 224 wounded, 120 missing.

From James's CEF burial register: "Previously reported missing, now for official purposes presumed to have died."

Margaret (Begg) Mitchell 1848-1944

Charles Wiggins Belyea 1857-1919

Stanley Carleton Belyea 1894- 1918

Private Stanley Carlton Belyea was born in Rat Portage on 24 Apr 1894, son of Allan R. and Annie C. Belyea. He second oldest of four children:

Daniel A. Belyea b. 23 Oct. 188 NB

Stanley Careton Belyea b. 24 Apr 1894, Rat Portage

Cecil H. Belyea b. 11 Oct 1896, Rat Portage

Rita K Belyea b. 28 Aug 1899, Rat Portage

His residence in 1916 was Winnipeg,Manitoba

He enlisted in 1917

The 27th Battalion was involved in an operation that took them to Eswars and Iwuy from the night of 8th and 9th of October to the night of 11th/12th. HE was shot through the head by an enemy bullet and died shortly after on 11 October 1918 Service # 2380069, 27th Battalion Death near Iwuy, he was buried at Niagara Cemetery, British Commun Iwuy

August P. Bergman 1879-1940

August Bergman was born in Lulea, Sweden in July 1879. He learned the building trade in Sweden.

He immigrated to Canada in 1910. He was employed by the Keewatin Lumber Company at the Norman sawmill.

In 1916 he formed a partnership with Godfrey Nelson. under the firm name Bergman and Nelson.

He married wife Ida and they had 6 children:

Svea Bergman
Charles Albin Bergman born February 20 1920
Gunnard Jun. 1907
Herbert Oct. 1909
Nils Bergman
Robert Bergman

He died July 12 1940.

Charles Albin Bergman 1912 - After 1972

Charles Albin Bergman, son of August Petrus Bergman and Ida Alsson, was born in Kenora on February 20 1912. Following his graduation with his commercial Diploma he started to work as a clerk and junior accountant with Bergman and Nelson. He worked nights for three years with R.J. Rose the municipal accountant He eventually took over the accounting of the store during the Depression years. He was promoted to General Manager of Bergman and Nelson in July 1940 on the death of his father.

He married Ethel Lindstrom on May 25 1936. They had one son Barton C Bergman who became principal of Beaver Brae High School.

He was active in sports of rowing, wrestling and hockey until 1935l.

He was a member of the Kinsmen and Rotary Club joining Rotary May 2 1959. He was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church.

He served on the Kenora Town Council from 1938 to 1942. After the death of his father he left municipal politics until he was elected Mayor from 1960 to 1963. During his term water service was put into Norman, the General Hospital was expanded and a new system of garbage disposal was set up in the town.

He was a Lieutenant for several years in the Reserve Artillery. He died some time after 1977.

Reference; Nelson, Kathryn & Patricia A Political History of Kenora, 1977, Keewatin Public Library 971.311 POL

John Berringer

He was employed at Standard Insurance and Realty Company

He married Rowena Lass

They had three children

He joined Rotary

April 27 1981

Dr. James Beveridge

Dr Beveridge was born in Nova Scotia.

A proud supporter of the Acadia Axemen, Dr. Jim Beveridge completed his under grad at Acadia University 1971in Nova Scotia and upon completion of his BSc., decided to work for his M.D. at Queen's University.

He specialized in Family Medicine, Obstetrics and C-Sections, Cancer Chemotherapy,Palliative Care and Pain Management at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Medical Office. His office was located at the Paterson Medical Clinic, 45 Wolsley Street Kenora, Ontario P9N 3W7.

Dr. Beveridge enjoys golfing, boating, skiing, reading and playing bridge.

Peter Duncan Billings 1930 -2013

Pete Billings son of Roy and Renee Billings was born in 1930. He graduated from Queen's University in 1954 and worked for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation as an engineer for over 35 years. He served as District Engineer out of Kenora for several years.

His first wife Kaireen "Kay" Billings predeceased him and he subsequently married Linda Thatcher.

Pete joined Rotary February 24 1969.

He loved to garden, golf, play billiards and curl. He was a longtime member of Health One (Fitness Inst).

He passed away unexpectedly, as the result of a fall, on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at the age of 83 in Mississauga..

Dorothea Belanger

John Black 1874 - 1959

John Black, son of William Black and Susan Miller was born in Abbingdon, Niagara Region, Ontario on 12 February 1874. He married Rose Jane Nichol in Haldimand County on 12 September 1905. He was living in Kenora at least by the birth of his first daughter on August 26 1996. and on the 1921 census where his occupation was described as engineer. In 1921 he was appointed to the Kenora Board of Health.

They had three children,

Ethel Grace Black b. 23 Aug 1906, in Kenora, married Albert Jonathan Bingham in Cuyahogo, Ohio on 16 Jun 1934. She died on died 26 Feb 1996 in Seattle

Alice Gertrude Black b. 24 Aug 1908 in Kenora m. Norman Charles Nuson d. 16 Feb 1936 a day after the birth and death of her only son, Alan Hugh Nuson

Gordon Black b. 06 May 1912 in Kenora, died 19 Feb 1984 in Montreal, Quebec

He died about 20 April 1959 and was interred in Lake of the Woods on 23 April 1959

Emile Victor Blouin 1926- 2017

Emile Victor Blouin, son of Antonio and Louisa Blouin, was born 6 May 1926 in Quebec City. He had four siblings, Raymond, Jacques, Jules, Lois and Cecile.

He passed away in Kenora on January 16, 2017 three months after losing his wife Ann 58 years.

They had two daughters Louise Blouin and Micheline (Blouin) Hay, husband Tom hay

He moved to Toronto at 6 years. He was educated in Toronto and eventually attain his BA at University of Toronto. He supported himself through his university years as a house painter, a deckhand on a Great Lakes boat, a logger, and a farmhand. He taught 33 years, teaching French, Spanish, English and Phys Ed. He also coached track teams and formed a Drama Club. He taught in Midland, Parkhill and Ailsa Craig, and Kenora, Ontario. In 1959, moved to Kenora. He retired in 1986. He was athletic.

He was a sprinter in his high school years and enjoyed playing hockey with the Kenora Old Timers until the ripe old age of 75. He was nicknamed "The Flying Frenchman" by his many hockey buddies due to his speed and master stick handling on the ice - including the ice on Lake of the

He wrote beautiful poetry, in both English and French, and faithfully kept a journal, having recorded tidbits of his life in 60 volumes. He was also a world traveler, both in his youth and as a tour host for many trips with the Retired Teachers of Ontario.

He married Anna Gillies in 1958. She was born 19 November 1921 to her parents Archie and Valetta (Potter) Gillies in Ailsa Craig, a little town outside London, Ontario. She grew up in Ailsa Craig with her sisters Isabelle and Olive (Walter/Albert), brother Hughie (Dorothy).

She taught school at Ailsa Craig, Strathroy and London, until 1959 moving to Kenora with her husband.

She was an avid supporter of music, arts, and culture. She volunteered her time for the Kenora Festival of the Arts and Royal Conservatory of Music exams, for Lake of the Woods Concert Group. She was a bell ringer with Sunset Country Bell Ringers and Quartet. She also enjoyed her exercise classes with all the fun ladies at the New Horizons Seniors Centre.

She passed away in Kenora, October 10, 2016 On October 10, 2016 Anna (Gillies) Blouin just short of her 95th birthday.

At his wife, funeral he read from one of his poems,

… There is no compensation For your absence. No song, no incantation To conjure your essence. There is no mirth yet right To cleanse my heart Of heavy yearning, say despair, For your touch, your sight - No substitute can repair. There is no seasoning Will soothe my taste For the hallowed touch. No maturity nor reasoning, Lighten this waste Of eternal time's passing.

Dr. Brian Bowerman

Dr Brian Bowerman was born in Sarnia Ontario. He graduated in 1984 from the University of Manitoba, with a BSc and MD. He has a general practice of Medicine located at Paterson Medical Clinic, 45 Wolsley Street Kenora, Ontario P9N 3W7 and has also served at Minaki Nursing Station, and Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home.

Dr Brian Bowerman decided on Kenora because of its proximity to Winnipeg, Manitoba. He finds that Kenora is special in that it is surrounded by nature and maintains a small town feel. His hobbies include computers, cycling and cooking.

John Horace Bowack 1921 - 2013

John Horace Bowack, son of John Henry Bowack and Rebecca Elizabeth Shimmen was born in Winnipeg April 26 1921. He lived at 1564 Ross Street, Winnipeg from 1821 through to 1968. Sometime between that date and 1972 he moved to Kenora. He was employed at Town and Country Home Furniture.

John joined Rotary July 8 1972 and served for many years as piano player for opening ceremonies. He married his wife Myrtle and had one daughter Linda. Myrtle predeceased him on March 19 2000.

John's laugh was uplifting and his humour and gentle manner was valued by all who knew him. He moved to Winnipeg about 2005.

Ruth Jessica (McArthur, Tait) Bowiec

Arthur Cyril Boyce 1867-1942

Rifleman Ernest William “Bill” Bradley 1922 - 1944

Ernest William "Bill" Bradley, son of Walter Bradley and Maude Coppard was born in Kenora on September 27 1922 in Kenora. His father had served in World War 1 and as a result of the war and work on the railway he lost his hearing and his job with the CPR.  He was one of seven children,

Frank Bradley b. 1920 in Kenora, served with Seaforth Highlanders
Leslie Walter “Bob”  Bradley, served with Royal Canadian Artillery in Italy
June Bradley, married Vern Green
Beverley Mae Bradley 20 May 1929 in Kenora, m. Harvey Lloyd Spooner, d. 01 Jan 2016 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Allan Bradley
Meredith “Pete” Bradley

He finished grade 9 in Kenora and left school at the age of 15 because they required his help at home. He worked various jobs in Kenora including painting with his father, a Rodman on Surveys and 4 months with the Canadian Car and Foundry in Thunder Bay.

Bill enlisted Royal Winnipeg Rifles, R.C. I. C  on 17 Nov 1942. He married Laura Martha McNabb 30 Jun 1943 and shortly after left Canada for England on 25 Aug 1943, arriving 2 Sept 1943. He embarked from UK 1 Jun 1944, disembarked in France 6 Jun 1944, D- Day

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles landed in the sector called Mike Red by 0735 where defences had been left untouched by the prior bombardment by the guns of the Royal Navy. Despite heavy losses, one by one with the aid of aid of armoured vehicles strong points were eliminated. Graye-sur-mer, Sainte-Croix and Banville were taken  and the Winnipeg Rifles were in position of Creully by 1700 on the afternoon of June 6th. The Royal Winnipeg Rifles and Regina Rifles claim credit for being the first Allied unit to reach their D-Day oblectives.

On June 7th the Royal Winnipeg Rifles took Putot-en-Bassin. On the 8th two battalions of the 12th SS Panzer Division launched a series of attacks against the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and were overwhelmed. That evening 23 prisoners captured were executed by men of the 12th SS Panzer Division. Later similar atocities were committed by this SS unit including the execution of Bradley. It is believed executed were conducted under the direction of Maj. Gen Kurt Meyer at the ancient Abbey of Ardennes at Mouen and at Authie near Caen. Putot was retaken later on June 8th. His date of death is presumed as 8 Jun 1944. He was reburied at  Canadian Cemetery at Beny-Sur-Mer, France Plot 13, Row H, Grave 6 It is believed he was executed under the direction of Maj. Gen Kurt Meyer at the ancient Abbey of Ardennes at Mouen and at Authie near Caen.

Bradley was buried at  Canadian Cemetery at Beny-Sur-Mer, France Plot 13, Row H, Grave 6.

Following the war Kurt Meyers was tried and held responsible for most of the 45 Canadians executed at the Abbey of Ardennenne on June 8th. He was sentenced to death, latter commuted to life imprisonment of this. He served five years in Dorcchester, New Brunswick where he worked in the library and learned English. He was transferred to a prision in Germany and released from prison on 7 September 1954. He died of a heart attack on 23 December 1961.

Bradley's widow died 10 Jun 1988 in Waterloo, Ontario. His father Walter died 20 Jun 1971 in Kenora, his mother died 09 Jul 1972 in Kenora.

Samuel Martin Burris 1904 - 1991


Frank E. Bray

Born Feb 7 1857 in England

First Reeve of Keewatin

John Brenchley 1859 - 1948

John Brenchley, was born in Kent County, England around 1859. He came to Rat Portage around 1882. He resided in the Commercial Hotel (Kenwood) He was a "fitter" mechanic employed by the CPR. He became president of the Western Algoma Brick Company in 1893.

He served on the Rat Portage Town Council in 1897 and from 1919 to 1923. He served as mayor from 1924 and 1925. He died in Kenora August 31 1948.

He was an active member of the Pequonga Lodge and treasurer for over 30 years. He was a member of the Gold Lodge and Trustee for many years, a member of Golden Chapter no 90. He was a patron of the Eastern Star. He was a member of Kenora Hospital Board. He was a member of the Lake of the Woods Machinist Lodge. He was an active member of the Cemetery Board.

James Westropp Brereton 1830-1911

John Thomas Brett 1886-1941

Matthias Breiter 1964-

Matthias was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1964. He had early travels to China (his father was exchange professor in Shanghai in 1981/1982 and Beijing 1984-1989). He attended University of Heidelberg between 1980-1985 graduating with a Bachelor of Science and University of Massachusetts in 1985-1986 for graduate studies in Zoology . He graduated with his Master's Degree from University of Heidelberg in 1989 (Biology). 2001-Present: Ph.D. Thesis (Aggression in Bears) – University of Heidelberg. After receiving his graduate degree, he had extended stays in Alaska (1990/1991) and Australia (Northern Territory 1992/1993, he traveled all over Australia in late 1991 and early 1992). These extended stays resulted in two books on request of the respective National Park Services. Matthias has lived and worked permanently in Alaska and Canada since 1994. Since 1994 he has written several books on the natural wonders of Alaska, Canada and Australia which have been translated into 7 languages. His website at lists his various publications including thirteen books.

He is married to Laura Sneider and has three daughters who reside in Kenora Ontario.

He continues to conduct research and is presently finishing his Ph.D. thesis on aggression in bears. He is also deeply involved with conservation efforts involving the American and Canadian Arctic and Subarctic. He is a founding member and fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).

Mathew "Matt" Brown 1854 - 1907

Mathew Brown, son William Brown and Janet Black, was born in Avondale, Lanark, Scotland on 21 Feb 1854. He emigrated with his large family arriving in Quebec, Quebec 4 May 1873 on board the St. Patrick. They appear to have settled in Lincoln Ontario. He married Julia E. McElroy, daughter of Neal McElroy and Sarah D. Wentworth McElroy on 8 Mar 1882 in Lincoln. They appear to have moved to Thunder Bay the same year. They had the following children:

Mathew S. Brown b 14 Nov 1882 in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Mackay Harbe Brown b. 29 Jan 1884 in Thunder Bay Ontario

Jennie Walker Mina Rose Brown b. 26 June 1886, Lincoln, Ontario, d. 30 July 1894 buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora

Grace Jean Brown , 31 Jan 1897 in Rat Portage (Kenora) d. 8 Feb 1904 buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

Ruby May Brown b. 13 Jun 1898 in Rat Portage

Mathew was a lumberman in Rat Portage. He ran unsuccessfully in the 1901 municipal Election. He is buried in Lake of the Woods cemetery with inscription of 1855 - 1907. 

Mrs Brown was credited along with her friend Miss Ross of inventing the name of Kenora which replaced the former name of Rat Portage in 1905 (Lake of the Woods Museum Newsletter Vol 15 No 1 ( accessed September 3 2016.)

In 1921 Mrs Brown is listed as being with her son Mathew S. Brown's family in Langdon Village, Shepard Municipality, Alberta along with her 88 year old mother Sarah.

The SS Keenora which rest today in Selkirk Manitoba was pre-fabricated in Quebec and assembled in Kenora in 1897. It for passenger and cargo traffic on Lake of the Woods where she served isolated communities on the lake. In 1915 vessel was sold to a consortium of Winnipeg lawyers. In 1917 it was dismantled and transported in sections to Winnipeg by railroad. Once reassembled in Winnipeg, with an additional 30' (10m) extension on her hull, increasing her overall length to 158 feet (41,8 m). She served as a floating dance hall in downtown Winnipeg for a season and then assigned to cargo and passenger traffic on Lake Winnipeg and on the Red River. Her transporting era ended in 1960s after which ultimately was salvaged for a Marine Museum of Manitoba in Selkirk. I have not yet connected the name of this ship with the name of the City of Kenora but suspect they had a common ancestry. (Would be please to learn from others with more information.)

Torrance "Tory" Brydges 1950-2011

Born in 1950 he passed away October 17, 2011, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was survived by his wife Faith and his sons Shane (Kari) and Evan (Brandi). He is also survived by his sister Allison, his brothers Montie (Nancy) and Rick (Ruth), father-in-law Eric Ringstrom, brothers-in-law Murray Tufford and Dave Ringstrom

He started working at KFC in Portage la Prairie at the age of 14. In 1970 he and Faith moved to Kenora where he ultimately owned and operated the local KFC.

He was known in Kenora for his support for Snowarama and the Crippled Childrens Association.


On November 11 2011 In a moving tribute to the late Tory Brydges, his son Shane accepted a certificate of appreciation from the City of Kenora, in recognition of a lifelong dedication to volunteerism on all levels. The list included scouts, powwows, fish derbies and the agricultural society.

Gerard Brimble 1894 - 1965

Gerard Brimble, son of James Brimble and Rebecca Tiplin was born in Cardiff Wales on May 5 1894. In 1905 the family emigrated to Canada and settled in Kenora. The 1911 census show the family residing at 531 4th St. N.

Gerard received his education in Kenora and then attended Normal school to become a teacher.

He served overseas in World War 1 returning in 1919. He maintained his interest in military matters.

In September 18 1928 he married Elizabeth Lee Ard

He taught at the Kenora High School and then became supervising principle of all Public Schools in Kenora.

When King George School was built he was appointed Principle. He retired in 1955.

He served on the Library Board, the Kenora Housing Authority, the Search and Rescue Squad, Knox United Church, the Gideons, Kenora Camp and the Canadian Legion.

He died on November 28 1965 in Kenora. He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery. His wife died February 8 1968. They are buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery.

Walter M Brown

Wife Jessie

Hardware Retail

Joined Rotary January 10 1954

Died after 1975

George Nelson Brunsel 1873-1947

John Kerr Brydon 1847-1930

John Kerr Brydon was born 28 Jun. 1847 in Dunfirmline, Scotland. He settled first in Toronto. He moved to Rat Portage in May 1882.

He opened an office in the Masonic Hall block and established himself as a solicitor, conveyancer and notary Public.

In 1883 he had a house built on the North side of First Street South.

He married Mary Charlotte Compton in York, Ontario in 10 Aug. 1886. She was born 30 Jun. 1850 in York, Ontario. They had three children.

John Brydon Kerr Compton in 15 May 1887

Robert George Howie Brydon in 25 Dec 1891

Mary Isabel Gladdens Brydon in 17 Aug. 1888

Brydon's promoted the town's name change. The Following note appears in August 10 1901 edition of the Rat Portage Miner:

It has been suggested that when the flour milling town and the gold mining center are united the names of the two places should be amalgamated also. 'Keewortage' sounds too much like the name of a hard dermatological excrescence and 'Ratwatin' is simply ludicrous. There seems no way out of the difficulty except to call the new city 'Brydonstown' or ville or better still, Brydon'. But perhaps Mr. Brydon wouldn't like it.

John Robert Bunn 1855-1932

John Robert Bunn, son of Thomas Bunn and Isabella Clouston was born at the Red River Settlement on August 26 1855.

He was educated at St. John's College

He married Vashti Elizabeth Gunne on October 28 1885. The had the following children:

Charles R.R. Bunn b. October 11 1886
Victor William Bunn b. May 24 1890
Thomas Drake Bunn b. February 24 1892
Marguerite Isabel Bunn b. June 27 1893
John "Jack" Reginald Bunn b. June 15 1895

He went to work for the Hudson Bay Company until 1884 when he went into general mercantile business.

He resumed work with Hudson Bay Company in 1890 and remained until 1901 when he again went into business for himself.

In April 1912 he was appointed inspector of Indian agencies for the lake Winnipeg Inspectorate.

He managed the Hudson bay Store in Rat Portage after C Chipman 

Dr. Samuel Martin Burris 1904-1991

Edgerton Wellington Byers 1882-1978