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Dr. David Halliwell1922 -2007

DR. David Halliwell, son of Florence McKnight and Harry Halliwell was born in Oxbow, Sackatchewan in 28 June 1922. Dave was the fourth of five children born and grew up in Oxbow, SK until at age eight, the family moved to Wolseley, Saskchewan. Dave loved to recount stories about swimming in the local swimming hole, playing baseball and golfing with his father.

In 1946, Dave graduated with a medical degree from the University of Manitoba (UofM). In 1947, he married Elizabeth"Betty" Anne Henderson, a nurse, and in 1948 moved with her to Kenora, ON where he had a thriving general practice, and where their four children were born:

Margaret Halliwell, married Mike Banner of Sooke, BC,

John Halliwell Victoria, BC,

Barbara Halliwell married Andrew Chen of Hong Kong,

Mary Halliwell married Bernie Cyr of Ottawa,

In 1966 the family moved to Winnipeg where Dave returned to study at the U of M. After completing his studies in 1969, he and Betty relocated to Victoria, BC to open his new practice.

He enjoyed family, friends, the church, sports, music, and life-long learning. He spent years researching the family roots, and after retiring he bought a computer, and compiled the family history.

He was a Kinsman, a Shriner and a Mason.

He loved golf, from the first time he played in 1932 to the last time he was able to play. Dave was an active member of the Kenora Golf and Country Club and the Victoria Golf Club for many years.

Music played an important part in Dave's life, listening as well as playing. He played the baritone horn in the Wolseley town band as a teen, continued playing into adulthood and was a founding member of a marching band in Kenora. He also took piano lessons alongside his young children.

His wife of 58 years, Betty, died on December 3, 2006. He died in Victoria BC on May 6, 2007 in Victoria, BC.

Dr. Clayton Hammett

He received his BSc., M.D (Queen's University 1998), C.C.F.P. (University of Toronto 2000 University of Western Ontario 2001 . F.R.A.C.G.P. Monash University. He practices Family Medicine at the Paterson Medical Clinic, 45 Wolsley Street Kenora, Anaesthesia & Emergency Medicine at the Lake of the Wood District Hospital Medical Office,Other Communities: Sioux Narrows Nursing Station Schools.

Dr. Clay Hammett practiced in Pambula, New South Wales and Sioux Lookout until moving back to Kenora in 2007. He enjoys teaching and is involved with N.O.S.M. in a variety of ways. His interests include windsurfing, tennis, soccer and performing arts.

Dr. John Hammett

Dr John Hammett was born in Toronto and graduated from University of Toronto in 1968. He moved to Kenora in 1989 to have a change from Southern Ontario. He holds a M.D., MHSc., F.P.F.P Specialty. In addition to his Family Medicine practice at the Paterson Medical clinic he is an Inquest and Investigating Coroner and has served at Sioux Narrows & Minaki Nursing Stations, Kenora District Jail and Kenora Area Health Access Centre (KAHAC).

Dr Thomas Hanson 1846-1913

Donald Alexander Hardisty 1870 - 1928

Donald Alexander Hardisty, son of William Lucas Hardisty and Mary Anne Allen Thomas was born 26 Nov 1870 in Fort Simpson, North West Territoiries where his father was Chief factor for Hudson Bay Company for many years.

He lived in Rat Portage in the 1880s where along with his brother Thomas was a star hockey player. He played as a member of the first noted Rat Portage team which distinguished itself in many a strenous season in Winnipeg and in the East. He died in a railway yard accident in Fort Rouge 16 Dec 1928.

Thomas Alexander Hardisty 1867 - 1953

Thomas Alexander Hardisty, son of William Lucas Hardisty and Mary Anne Allen Thomas was born 10 Oct 1867 in Fort Garry, North West Territoiries. He played goalie in the first recorded hockey team in Rat Portage in 1891-92. He married Julie Marie Logan on 17 Mar 1908 in St Laurent, Manitoba, Canada. He died in Saanich British Colombia in 15 December 1953.

Herbert Hauck

Ralph Roland Harris 1896 - 1968

Ralph Harris, son of Roland Ralph McClude and Lydia Collier, was born in Withy Mills, Pauton, Clutton District, Somerset, England on 24 December 1896. He came with his father on 3 February 1912 aboard the Empress of Britian, (he used his brother's name Leoard). His mother and brother Leonard followed on 15 July 1912. At that time the family adopted the names Harris.

During World War 1 he served with Royal Royal Air Force.

He was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway as a clerk for a number of years. In kenora he conducted a dance orchrestra for a number of years (possibly called the Keewatoin Orchrestra). He also produced a number of plays in Kenora.

In 1939 he moved to Torontoe he was credit manager with Rolled Metal Products until his death in 5 Sep 1968.

He is buried with his mother in Kenora lake of the Woods Cemetery Plot 48E-26-1.

Sources Kenora Great War Project accessed November 14 2016

I would be interested in receiving more information on this individual as well as Kewatin Orchrestra at

Thomas Wilfred "Smokey Fred" Harris 1888 - 1974

Thomas Wilfred "Smokey Fred" Harris, son of Fredrick and Elizabeth McKay was born in Port Arthur on 11 September 1888.

He moved with his family eventually to Kenora wher he played with the Kenora Church League and then in the 1909-10 season with the Kenora Thistles. In 1911 he joined the Vancouver Millionaires of the PCHA playing three seasons before being traded to the Portland Rosebuds before 1914-15 season where ne played four seasons. He returned to Vancouver for five seasons playing in the 1921 and 1923 seasons Stanley Cub series. He played one season with the Seattle Metropolitans before being traded to the Boston Bruins of the NHL where he scored 3 goals including first Boston Bruins goal in the NHL on December 1 1924. He retired from Hockey in 1932. He died 4 June 1974

Sources: Wikipedia, Kenora Thistles:Our Hockey Herritage, Kenora: Bowes Publishing

Charles Hayes 1969-70

High School teacher in charge of commercial side then Principal of Lakewood Secondary School 1960 - 1972

Rotary President 1969-70

Married to Bernice Clemmens

Edward Francis Head 1854 - 1924

Edward Francis Head, son of Captain Edward Jonathan Head and Hannah Corrigan was born in Tipperary, Ireland in 1854. He arrived in Canada in 1880. He moved to Rat Portage in 1889, when he was working with Winnipeg architect Frank Peters. He was was architect for a number of buildings in Kenora Hose Hardware 201 Main St (Tilly's Pharmacy, ) and Imperial Bank building (Johnson's Pharmacy ) on Main Street, in 1898 the Rat Portage Cold Storage and Provision Co. building for Vereker on the corner of Fort, now First Street, and Matheson Street. He died on 17 December 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Maxwell Kirkpatrick Heap 1870-1949

Maxwell Kirkpatrick Heap, son of James Heap and Jean Colcleugh, was born May 3 1867 at Lindsay Ontario. He married Blanche Larsen, the step daughter of Dr. Thomas Hanson and Caroline (Pruden) Larsen May 26 1898.

He came to Rat Portage in 1895 as a bookkeeper for Lake of the Woods Fishing Company operated by his uncle F. Colcleugh of Selkirk Manitoba. He became associated with W.G. Cameron in 1895 and with Cameron and Heap Wholesale Groceries in 1897 or 1898 located on north side of 2nd St. S. Branches were subsequently established at Regina , Prince Albert, Dauphin, Fort William, and Nipigon. They sold the business in August 1929 to Western Grocers. After the sale of the business he moved to Vancouver where he died in February 11 1949.

William Eddie Heath 1890-1957

William Eddie Heath was born in Portland Ontario on October 28 1890.

He married Marie Martha Giquere in Keewatin May 18 1916. They had one daughter Phillis.

He was Captain of the Kenora Volunteer Fire Department under Chief Baxter. In 1917-1918 he was assistant chief under Fire Chief Fred Dubois.

He was employed by R.W. Ferrier who owned a grocery store.

He formed a partnership with Mr. R. Neale to operate Neale and Heath Grocery. He bought out Mr Neale in 1932 and operated the Heath's Grocery

He was president of the \curling Club (1921-22).

He was a member of the I.O.O.F lodge.

He died October 27 1957 in Toronto.

Peter Heenan 1875 - 1948

Captain James Issac Henderson 1870 - 1926

Captain James Issac Henderson, son of John Henderson and Candace Jane Yokum, was born in Milton Ontario on 27 Aug 1870. At the age of 27 he moved to Portage La Prairie and a year later to Norman (Kenora) in 1902. In 1911 he moved his residence to Keewatin (also part of present day Kenora.

From 1902 until the time of his last illness he remained in the employ of Lake of the Woods Milling Company for whom he captained Lake boats.

He married Annie Kay on 9 December 1896 in Kenora. They had two children,

Anne Patterson Henderson, b. 10 Sep 1897, in Kenora d. 2 Sep 1987 in Vancouver, BC.

John "Jack Malcolm Henderson b. 11 Jul 1901 in Kenora, m. Janett "Nettie" Caldwell Tait on 23 Dec 1935 in Kenora, d. 11 Feb 1983 in Vancouver, B.C.

He was prominent in Masonic circles. He was a member of the Oddfellows

Louis Hilliard 1851-1914

Arthur Graham "Mike" Holland 1904 - 1965

Arthur Graham Holland, son of Arthur Holland and Margaret Graham was born in Rat Portageon January 9 1904. He received his education in Kenora.

He commenced employment with the Bank of Ottawa. On July 1 1922 he started working on the construction crew of Backus and Brooks. He became superintendent of the finninshing Department in 1924 and served in that capacity until 1946. He was appointed Assistanet to the General Manager and served in that position from July 1 1946 until 1948He served as Public Relations representativer for the Ontario -Muinnesota Pulp and Paper Company from January 1 1949 to Jan 31 1951. He then resigned to become Vice President of Westario Motors Limited He retired in 1958.

He was a member of St Alban's Pro-Cathedral, Past Master of the Lake of the Woods Lodge, Past District Deuty, AF an AM, Past President of Kinsmen Club , member of the Rotary Club, Past President and Honourary Member of the Kenora Curling Club.

In his early years he played several seasons with the Kenpra Thistles.

He served on the Kenora Town Council from 1939 to 1942 and Mayor from 1943 to 1946.

He died at Port Arthur on Decmber 9 1965 after a lengthy illness

Reference: Nelson Kathryn & Patricia A Political History of Kenora 971.311 POL

Howard Fenwick Holmes 1857- 1917

Captain Frederick Thomas "F.T." Hooper 1851 - 1924

Captain Frederick Thomas Hooper, born 23 Nov 1851 in England, came west from Peterborough in 1873 to Fort Frances. He installed machines for the work on the construction of the Mackenzie Canal at Fort Frances. He returned east the same ear to finish his training as a machinist.

In 1876 he returned to Fort Frances and took out his Lake Captain papers and operated a streamer on the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods. He made his home at Rat Portage at this time. He handled transportation on the lake during the busy construction period of the CPR. In 1882 he was captain on D.L. Mather's boat.

He married Mary Sarah O'Sullivan, daughter of James O'Sullivan and Sarah Lewis. They had 8 children

Charles Thomas Hooper (Tom) b. 24 Nov 1883 (See Below)
May Kathleen Hooper (may) b. 14 Sept. 1885
John Hooper (jack) b. 03 Oct 1888
Isabella Helens Hooper (Isabel) b. 19 Dec 1890
Fredrick James Hooper (Jim) b. 28 Dec 1892
Sarah Margaret Hooper (Madge) b. 30 Mar 1894
William Hooper (Bill) b. 06 May 1899
Frances Hooper Aug 1901

Captain Hooper was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Captain Hooper died in Kenora on 03 Jan 1924. His wife in 6 Jun 1935.

Charles Thomas Hooper (Tom) 1883 - 1960

Charles Thomas Hooper's oldest son of Captain Tom Hooper was born in Kenora on 24th Nov 1883. He played hockey as a lad and was a member of the Junior Thistle team that challenged the senior thistle team in January 1896 and soundly beat the senior team. In 1896 along with 13 year old Tommy Phillips joined the Senior League. By 1901 the team rose to the top of the Manitoba and Northwestern Hockey League. Playing with the Rat Portage Thistles in their first season a challenge was issued for the Stanley Club. In 1907 along with Roxy Beaudro, Tommy Phillips and Billy McGimsie, the Thistles won the Stanley Cup. He died in Vancouver B.C. on 23rd Mar 1960. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame two years later.

James Ambrose Horan 1882 - 1916

James Ambrose Horan, son of John Horan and Mary Ann McFadden was born December 27, 1882 in Seaforth, Huron County, Ontario. James was the second of seven children the others being,

John Joseph Horan b. Nov 2 1880

Catherin Horan Jun 12 1884

William Horan Jul 1 1885

Mary Horan July 24 1888

Johannah Celia Horan

Margaret Horan b. Apr 10 1894 m. Wattaan Bernard Flanagan Aug 29 1928

He married Gertrude Catherine McMurdie on June 4th 1907 at Kenora. They had three children:

Marion Gertrude Horan b. Mar 12, 1908 in Kenora d.

James Charles Lawrence Horan b. Aug 10, 1910 Kenora

Francis "Frank" Joseph Horan b. Dec 02, 1912 Kenora d May 31 1989 married Johanne Wolf, They had two children Joyce and Michael.

James managed the dry goods department at Gardner, Rice and MacLeod. For four years he was head head clerk proprietot and active manager of the Gardner Company. He tooknover the H.S. Horswill business from J. P. Smith early in 1908. By 1908 he owned the grocery store on Matheson St. named Horan and Company.

He joined the local militia regiment and was a Lieutenant in the 87th Regiment. He subsequently hr secured a commission with the 94th batallion. He went over seas and died in Oct 16 1916 at Courcelette.

Thomas "Tom" John Horsfall 1929 - 2001

Thomas John Horsfall was born in Ladner BC on July 5 1929. He married Ethel Babs Halstead. They had three children

Randi Horsfall narried Dan Kazmiruk

Chris Horsfall

Lori Horsfall

He was a partner in Sutcliffe Agencies in Kenora Ontario before moving out to Victoria British Columbia.

He joined the Kenora Rotary Clubon May 15 1972

He was known for his sense of humour, his love of song, his love of family and his great sensitivity to the needs of others

James Jackson Horn 1873-1954

James Jackson "Big Jim" Horn, son of Alexander Horn and Janet Jackson was born Nov 26 1873 in Carleton Place, Ontario. His siblings included,

John Alexander Horn born October 13 1871 married Sadie McRitchie, died July 10 1931 buried in Lake of the Woods cemetery, Kenora
Minnie Maud Horn born March 31 1876, married Edwin Devlin, died Vancouver September.

He married Frances "Fanny" Mary Smith April 5 1899 in Portage La Prairie. They had two children,

John Melvine Horn born 1900 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, died 1975
Marion J. Horn born 1910 died 1990

He joined the CPR as an operator in Collander Ontario. He was an agent at Shoal Lake in 1901, and dispatcher at Fort Frances from 1901 -1905. In 1906 he became Chief Dispatcher at Kenora. In 1909 he was appointed Train Master. In 1910 he was transferred to Winnipeg as Acting Inspector of Transportation. In 1911 he returned to Kenora as Chief Dispatcher. In 1912 he returned to Winnipeg as Inspector of Transportation. In 1913 he became chief Inspector in Kenora and Train master in Ignace in 1915. Between 1919 and 1929 he was supervisor in Kenora. In 1929 Mr Horn became Superintendent at Revelstoke, BC until he retired in 1938. He then moved to Vancouver

He was a charter member of the Rotary Club and became President in 1921-22. He was a member of the Pequonga Lodge No 414 A.F. & A.M. and Gold Hill Lodge No 261.

He enjoyed fishing an took an interest in filming motion pictures for his own use. He died in January 16 1954 in Vancouver BC.

References: Early Settlers of Rat Portage V. 1 Page 154

Algeron Sydney "A.S." Horswill 1862-1927

Jacob Hose 1853-1907

Fred Albert Hudson 1863 - 1932

Fred Hudson, son of Robert "Bob" Hudson and Mary Jane Little was born in Lyn, Ontario on December 05, 1863. He arrived at Rat Portage in 1889.

In 1894 he married Estella May Fleming (born Aug 17, 1869, Michigan, USA, died Jan 15, 1931, Winnipeg, Manitoba) on Mar 21, 1893 in Rat Portage. They had two children,

Gordon Milford Hudson January 5, 1894 in Rat Portage, died July 10, 1959 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Clifford Ross Hudson born July 9, 1896 in Rat Portage, died Jul 10, 1959 in Winnipeg, Manitoba

He worked in the construction business with William R. Gerrie for 5 years before starting a business in partnership with William Scott, known as Scott and Henderson. this company built many buildings in Rat Portage including the Imperial bank (Johnson's Pharmacy 2014). He worked with Scott and Hudson until a disastrous fire of 1915 which destroyed the factory, wood , machinery stock and tools. The business was under insured covering only $6000 of the estimated $35,000 loss.

He served as fire chief of the fire Brigade in the 1900 until 1915. The brigade was an entirely volunteer organization. He started evaluating losses for people after fires. In 1909 he was building instructor.

He served on Town council in 1901 to 1904.

He was active in many sports activities in the town. In the summer he rowed and was horse racer owning the famous horse " Chestnut Harry".In the winter he was an active curler and was granted an honourary life member. He managed the Kenora Thistles and was manager at the time of their Stanley cup in 1907.

In 1916 he moved to Winnipeg. Fred Hudson died May 7, 1932 in St Boniface, Manitoba.

References; Hylnski 1982; Kenora Miner and News Kenora Thistles Our Hockey Heritage

John Wesley Humble 1851- 1939

John Wesley Humble (J.W, Humble) was born in London Ontario on September 22 1851. His father Thomas Humble was one of the pioneer farmers in Middlesex County, Ontario and J.W. Humble was brought up and worked on the farm until the age of 20. In 1871 he took up employment with J.S. Watson of Township of Brudenell, Renfrew County. He learned telegraphy and became a a store clerk and telegraph operator. He was a graduate of Oxford University, England where he learned bookkeeping. He remained in Mr Watson's employment until December 1878.

In March 1879 he arrived in Winnipeg. In April 1879 he was engaged by the contractors of section B of the CPR which extended from Rat Portage to Eagle River. He worked until the construction was finished and then entered the employment of Frank Gardner of Rat Portage. In 1883 he was a clerk in McKinnon Brothers. General store with Angus Carmichael.

In 1885 he went into business for himself and took over the wine and spirt business of the Gare Estate on the corner of main Street and First Street South until 1899 when he sold it to E.R. Welsman.

The 1888 publication "The New West", Winnipeg, Manitoba, gives the following description of J.W. HUMBLE's business of " Wholesale and Retail Wines, Liquors and Cigars, Main Street, Rat Portage"

Prominent among the honorable and substantial business houses of this city is that of Mr. J.W. Humble, dealer in wines and liquors, who has been established in business here since 1885, during which time he has built up a large and lucrative trade, which extends to all parts of the surrounding country. The premises occupied are fitted up in a neat and attractive style, and a large and complete stock of imported and domestic wines, brandies, whiskies and cigars is carried. In addition to a prosperous local patronage, the house enjoys an extensive outside trade. Mr. Humble's honorable business principles have won the esteem of the trade, and he is popularly considered a leading merchant in his line.

He married Martha Malissia Ross, daughter of William Ross and Margaret Carswell on 25 Dec 1889 and had three children:

Florence Margaret Humble b. 11 Dec 1890 at Rat Portage, Ontario
George E. Humble, b. 1892, died 15 Jan 1897
William Garnet Humble b. 18 Mar 1894 at Rat Portage, Ontario

Mr Humble was very active in the community of Rat Portage. He was a member of the Rowing Club member and Board of Trade in 1890. In 1895 he was a member of the Hospital Finance Committee. He was a member of the Finance Committee and on the Board of Directors of Western Algoma Brick Company in 1896. He was President of the Library Board, and on the local board of Health, Chairman of First Board of Jubilee Hospital in 1897.

Between 1893 and 1896 he erected three blocks on or near Main St.

In 1902, he was appointed Sheriff for the District of Rainy River which lasted until he retired in 1931. He died in Kenora in 1939.

Leslie Earl Hutchinson 1888 - 1976