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Dr. Roodal Ramchandar

He graduated from the University of Manitoba 1970. His practice was located at the Paterson Medical Clinic. He had a Family Practice as well as Anaesthesia at the Lake of the Wood District Hospital & Dr. Foster Dental Office Medical Office. He practiced from 1970 to 2010.

Dr. Rudy Ramchandar decided to set up his practice in Kenora because he thought it was a great place to practice Family Medicine. Aside from that, he also saw the doctors of Kenora provided good team work. He finds Kenora to have a certain peace and tranquility that cannot be found in large metropolitan areas and also enjoys the relative proximity to various cultural events in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In his spare time Dr. Ramchandar likes to go hiking, boating, cycling and travelling.

Peter Ratuski nee "Ratushniak"

Peter Ratushniak "Ratuski" son of Nykafor and Maria Ratushniak was born in 1891 or 1892 in Bosyry, Ternopil, Ukraine. He arrived in Canada about 1910 at the age of 18. He married Anna Gerega in 1929. They had six children

Greg Ratuski
Mike Ratuski
Ben Ratuski
William "Bill" Ratuski
Patricia Ratuski
Diane Ratuski

Peter was taken by train to Fort William where he became a water boy.

He moved to Kenora in 1921 to work in a paper mill. He grubstaked for several prospectors in the Kenoraarea. He developed a blueberry trade selling blueberries to the West and the United States.

He formed a partnership wiyh Sam Hancharyk to delelop the North End Store from 1925 to 1945. In 1945 Peter bought J.B. Grocery on the West side of Matherson. In 1937 he started buying wild rice from locals and exported to the United States.

He died on 17 May 1966 and is buried in Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Parish Cemetery in Kenora

Source: Cameron, Bill, "They Came from Away: Given the Opportunity, Oppressed People will Flourish" in Common Ground Stories of Lake of the Woods II, Common Ground Committee Lake of the Woods Museum 2015. He subsequently bought a pool room and later a dance hall.

New information on any individual is welcomed and may be sent to jretson@shae.ca for inclusion.

James Redsky 1898 - 1977

James Redsky son of Maiskookeejick Chief Redsky and Alintapeek Ann Tepik was born at Shoal Lake on January 10 1998

James Redsky, Author "Great Leader of the Ojibway: Mis-Quona-Queb, War Vet, Wounded twice in Passchendaele, Mide-wi-win Medicine man, .

According to Michael Angel in Preserving the Sacred James Redsky remained a traditional Mide Elder until his death but was also ordained an elder ordained in a local Presbyterian Church

Possible Date of Death 1977

Reginald James Douglas Reeve 1946

Reg Reeve , son of Harold Herbert Albert Reeve and Doris Sarah Nelms was born in Kenora on May 25 1946. He attended schools in Kenora nand then the Ontario College of Arts in Toronto. He graduated in 1971.

He returned to Kenora where he was employed by the Ministry of Natural Resources for a few years. He then took on the job as Assistant Curator of the local museum He moved up to become Museum Curator. He worked through the fund raising and construction of the new Museum . His position was renamed Director of the Museum.

He retired in 2001.

The Honourable John Mercer Reid, P.C. 1937-

John Mercer Reid was born was born on February 8, 1937, in Fort Frances, Ontario. He attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1959 and a Masters in History in 1961. He attended the University of Toronto from 1960 to 1963. Mr. Reid became the Special Assistant to the Minister of Mines and Technical Affairs in 1963,. He was elected Member of Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River, Ontario and continued until his defeat in 1984.He became Minister of State in the cabinet of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1978. He also served as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Broadcasting, Film and Assistance to the Arts (1969 to 1972); Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council (1972 to 1975); Minister of Federal-Provincial Relations (1978 to 1979), and Chair of the House of Commons Committee on Procedure and Organization. From 1981 to 1984 he was Co-chairman, Canadian Group, of the Canada-U.S. Parliamentary Association.

Following his defeat he established a public policy and government affairs consulting business. He served as the part-time Executive Director of the Forum for Young Canadians for five years. He was the Founding Chair of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians from 1987 to 1990. From 1990 to 1995, he was the President of the Canadian Nuclear Association. In 1996, he represented Canada as a senior member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a member of the Provisional Election Commission with responsibility for the writing of an Election Act and its implementation. In 1997, he became the Political Advisor to the Chief Electoral Officer of the United Nations Transitional Administration in Eastern Slovenia (Southern Croatia). On July 1, 1998, Mr. Reid He served as Canada's Information Commissioner from July 1 1998 to 2005.

Ralph Earnest Reid 1909- 1992

Ralph Earnest "Earnie" Reid, son and eighth child of nine born to James Reid and Susannah Wesley Cameron, in Kenora on 28 September 1909. His father arrived in Rat Portage prior to the birth of his third daughter who was born in Rat Portage 7 April 1899. He married Margerie Beatrice Stubbins 0n September 22 1934. They had two daughters Lorna Jay (Reid) Wilson and Lynda Susan (Reid) jones.

A letter addressed to the Superintendent, CPR, a copy of which may be found at the Kenora Railway Museum in Kenora speaks of the dedication and service of the conductors as well as the appreciation of those who traveled the rails to their cottages between Kenora and Winnipeg.

Ernie passed away February 15 1992.His wife predeceased him on March 19 1985.

Colin Stanton Reid "Paddy" Reid

Paddy Reid

Born, Ireland in 1942 he grew up in Dun Loaghaire, along the coast of Ireland. He immigrated to Canada in 1957. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto. He joined the Canadian army and served in the 2nd Battalion Canadian Guards as a Peacekeeper in Cypress. In 1970 he left the army and entered university full time attaining his masters degree at McMaster University. In 1974 he became the resident archaeologist in Kenora. He was recognized as a leading archaeologist in North Western Ontario. He died in August 2006

When Paddy Reid retired, when asked if he made a significant contribution to archaeology in the area he indicated “I think so. When I got here in 1974 there were only 24 known sites. When I retired there were approximately 1200. There were over 500,000 classified artifacts in the Kenora lab which were shipped to the present office in Thunder Bay.”

David John Reidiger

Dr David Reidiger, son of John Reidiger and Anna Peterson was born in Kenora.

He married Kim

He graduated from University of Manitoba School of Dentistry.

James C. Retson

James Clifford Retson, third child of George Clifford Retson and Grace Atkinson was born at Truro Nova Scotia on July 28 1948. He attended schools in Salmon River and Onslow and commenced post secondary education at Dalhousie University. He completed his degree at UBC (BA Psychology) and then took a year of French Studies at University Laval. He graduated from Law at University of Toronto 1974 and Practice law in Truro first in solo practice and then in Partnership with David Curtis. He participated in many associations, boards and Commissions and activities including Truro Concert Band, Truro Boys and Girls Club, Multicultural Association of Colchester County, Multicultural Society of Nova Scotia, Truro and District Affirmative Rights, Senior Choir, Parents Without Partners Advisory Board, Police Commission, and Library Board. He served as Truro Town Counsellor from 1980 to 1982 first winning a by election by a large plurality over his two opponents.

He returned to University to acquire a Master of Business Administration from 1982 to 1984. Subsequently he moved to Kenora Ontario.

He served as Executive Director of the Kenora Association for Community Living from August 1984 to August 2013. There he was very committed to a philosophy of inclusion and led the association then innovative alternatives including life sharing, innovative day programs that emphasized a meaningful and satisfying lifestyle over technical competence and skills. When he retired his staff presented him a cheque for $30,000 for endowment in his name the income from which went to building up the capital in the Kenora Association for Community Living, another project which he had worked on establishing during his term as Executive Director of the Association.

He served as Kenora Rotary President 2007-2008.

Dr. Jillie Retson

Dr Jillie Retson was born in Truro, Nova Scotia. She grew up in Kenora attending local schools. She graduated with a BA (Anthropology) from McMaster University and a MD from University of Western Ontario 2006. She lived in Thunder Bay during her Family Medicine residency. She commenced her practice at the Paterson Medical Clinic • Kenora Medical Associates Address: 45 Wolsley Street Kenora, Ontario

Dr. Jillie Retson chose to practice in Kenora to enjoy her love of the lake. In her spare time, Dr. Retson enjoys reading, camping, curling and soccer.

In January 2016 she was recognized along with 20 others with a Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards (NOVAs). The event hosted by SHIFT Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network and presented by the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Committee (CEDC), was held in Thunder Bay to recognize young professionals in the region, for their leadership, community engagement, volunteerism, uniqueness and mentorship, and those that are really making a difference in their community.

Jillie

She married Pieter Joubert and they have two children Julia and Gabriel.

James Edward Rice 1862-1950

James Edward Rice, son of Charles Marion Rice and Caroline Offutt was born on 15 Feb. 1862 in Chatfield, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA. He married Marguerite Beatrice McGuire.

They had at least 3 children:

Julia Esther Rice b. 28 Mar 1894 died young possibly at age 13 in 1907 in Calgary, Alberta

Anna Juanita Rice b. 11 Feb. 1896 in Rat Portage, M. James Patrick Rice, d. 31 Mar 1969 in Seattle, Washington, USA

James Leo Rice b. 03 Jun 1898 in Rat Portage, d. 1960 in Vancouver, B.C.

He arrived in Rat Portage around 1884 and in his early years was employed by the CPR.

In 1897 he built the McLeod Block in which he located his clothing store. Mr. Thibaudeau's law office was located in the upper storey. In 1900 he became a partner of the Gardner, Rice and McLeod. consisting of of Gardner's General Store, Rice's Clothing Store and W.A. McLeod's Shoe Store. There was also a dressmaking and millinery department. There was an employed staff of about twenty staff. Around 1910 the Bijou Theatre occupied the main part of the Gardner General tore. In 1931 the building was rebuilt and the Imperial Bank replaced the Gardner General Store.

He was an active member of the Town council in 1899 and 1900.

By 1906 he had moved to Calgary and subsequently to Vancouver.

He died in Apr 1950 in Vancouver BC, his wife predeceased him in Vancouver on 29 Aug 1943.

Mike Richards 1985-

Michael "Mike" Richards, son of Norm and Irene Richards was born in Kenora, Ontario February 11 1985. He has two brothers, Mark and Matt. His cousin, Jeff Richards, is also an OHL graduate who played in Germany.

Growing up, he attended Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora, until being drafted to the Kitchener Ranger and finished up at Eastwood Collegiate Institute. Richards grew up playing minor league hockey in Kenora, Ontario. He played for the Kenora Thistles until being drafted fourth overall in the 2001 OHL Priority Selection by the Kitchener Rangers. After receiving a tip from a friend in Kenora, Rangers general manager Jamie MacDonald traveled to see Richards play on two occasions.

Richards began with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League in 2001. He was a member of a dominant 2003 Kitchener team that captured the Memorial Cup and led the team in scoring during the regular season with 87 points. Following the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) championship victory, Richards was chosen as team captain. That summer, the Philadelphia Flyers selected him 24th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft with the second of the team's first round picks that season.

Upon being drafted, Richards returned to the Rangers for two more seasons. In his last season of junior, 2004–05, he embarked on another Memorial Cup run with Kitchener, but despite a remarkable 28-point performance from Richards in just 15 playoff games, the Rangers were eliminated by the London Knights in the OHL semi-finals. As soon as Kitchener was eliminated, the Flyers assigned Richards to the Philadelphia Phantoms, their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, for their playoff run. Averaging over a point per game, he became a key part of the Phantoms' 2005 Calder Cup championship.

Richards made his NHL debut with the Flyers the following season and scored a goal in his first game on October 5, 2005, against the New York Rangers. Later in the season, he scored his first career NHL hat trick, which included two shorthanded goals, against the New York Islanders on February 8, 2006. Richards finished his NHL rookie season with 34 points in 79 games, third among Flyers rookies to Jeff Carter (drafted the same year as Richards, 11th overall) and R.J. Umberger

Following an injury shortened sophomore season – Richards was kept to 32 points in 59 games due to stomach surgery– Richards emerged as a star with the Flyers in 2007–08 NHL season and topped the team in scoring with 75 points. Recognizing his ascent as a leader on the team, Richards was named one of the Flyers' alternate captains at the outset of the season and was signed to a lengthy 12-year contract extension worth $69 million on December 13, 2007. Shortly after signing the deal, Richards was selected to represent the Eastern Conference at the 2008 NHL All-Star Game.

As the Flyers entered the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the third-seeded Washington Capitals, Richards scored his first playoff goal on a penalty shot against Washington goaltender Cristobal Huet in game three. In doing so, he became just the second player in NHL history to score his first playoff goal on a penalty shot.

Before the start of the2008–09 season, on September 17, 2008, Richards was named the 17th captain in Flyers history. On February 15, 2009, Richards became the first player in NHL history to score three career 3-on-5 shorthanded goals when he beat New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in a 5–2 win. Six days later, on February 21, Richards became the first Flyer in team history to score a shorthanded goal in three consecutive games. He finished the season second in team scoring to Jeff Carter with 80 points to go with a league-leading 7 shorthanded goals.

The 2009-10 season started successfully for Richards, scoring five goals in his first three games including his second career hat trick in the second period of the Flyers' home opener against the Washington Capitals on October 6, 2009. On February 1, 2010, Richards scored his 100th career NHL goal. The Flyers barely scraped into the playoffs, winning in a shoot out in their last game of the season to secure their place. However, they then embarked on a run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, a run in which Richards cemented his captaincy and scored some important goals, which eventually ended in the Stanley Cup Finals when the Flyers lost 4-3 in OT of game 6 to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Richards and Flyers prospect Rob Bordson were traded to the Los Angeles Kings on June 23, 2011. On May 3, 2012, during Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, Richards recorded his first career hat trick. On June 11, 2012, Richards won the Stanley Cup with the Kings, recording four goals and eleven assists in layoff games.

Richards made his international debut with Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Finland. Despite a third period lead in the gold medal game, Canada lost to the United States 4–3.

The following year, Richards returned to the 2005 World Juniors as team captain and led Canada to its first gold medal at the tournament since 1997. Richards tallied 5 points in 6 games.

On December 30, 2009, Richards was selected to play as a member of Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Richards helped lead Team Canada to an 8–0 victory over Norway in the first game of the 2010 Olympic tournament by scoring one goal on February 17, 2010. He would go on to score a total of 2 goals and 3 assists in 7 games with a +5 rating. This includes an important assist on the first goal by the Canadians in the Gold Medal game where he forced a turnover, fired a shot and the rebound was put into the net by Jonathan Toews. The Canadians would win that game 3–2 in overtime giving Richards an Olympic gold medal.

To date his awards include:

Junior

Memorial Cup championship (with the Kitchener Rangers 2002–03 OHL season

Ontario Hockey League" Second All-Star Team

Professional

Stanley Cup championship (with the Los Angeles Kings) - 2011–12

Calder Cup championship (with the Philadelphia Phantoms) - 2004–05

Prince of Wales Trophy (with the Philadelphia Flyers) - 2010

Clarence S. Campbell Bowl (with the Los Angeles Kings - 2012 Stanley Cup Finals)

NHL All-Star Game - 2008

Bobby Clarke Trophy (Philadelphia Flyers' MVP) - 2007–08, 2008–09

Gene Hart Memorial Award (Philadelphia Flyers' fan favorite) - 2007–08

International

World Junior gold medal -2005

Winter Olympic Gold Medal - Vancouver 2010 Only player to hoist a Memorial Cup (Kitchener Rangers) Calder Cup (Philadelphia Phantoms) and Stanley Cup (Los Angeles Kings) as a player.

Greg Rickford

Greg Rickford was born in Paris Ontario on September 24 1967. He married Janet and had two children Abigail Mae and Poppy Katherine "Kate".

He received a nursing diploma from Mohawk College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria. He graduated with an MBA from University Laval and LLB from McGill University

Greg was first elected Member of Parliament for Kenora in October 2008 and was subsequently reelected 2011.

On August 30 2010 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages. On January 30 1911 he was appointed Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. On July 15 2013 he was appointed Minister of Science and Technology and Minister Responsible for FedNor and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. On March 19 2014 he was appointed Minister of Natural Resources.

He is a diehard Leafs fan who enjoys fishing, sport shooting and watching Baseball, hockey and college football.

Edward Manning Rideout 1844-

E. M. Rideout arrived in Rat Portgae in 1879.[Horan] He built a three storey building which was the largest building at the time. In 1881 it boasted a coat of white paint , the only painted building in the town at the time. The Building the Rideout House" was also known as "Construction House" due to it being used by the men in charge of the construction of the railway. It burned down in 1888.

About 1890 he bought a piece of land north of the Hudson Bay property and divided into lots. This area of the town became klnown as the Rideout.. He donated the original portion of the cemetery to the community.

He was arrested by Manitoba authorities for operating a roadhouse under an Ontario license. He was recued from the Manitoba jail and the Manitoba officials were in turn arrested and incarcerated in the Ontario jail.

Horan Page 196 reports, "In 1885 Mr Rideout conducted several shopping places between Rat Portgae and Winnipeg, the princpal one at Cross Lake (early day name) They ewere mostly in the form of tents or crude huts."

Early Settlers of Rat Portgae report that E.M. Rideout moved to his farm in Beausejour.(Early Settlers of Rat Portage Page 215.)

Harding Theodore Rideout 1847-1932

Harding Rideout was born on 29 Oct 1853 at Bayside, Charlotte County, New Brunswick. He arrived in Rat Portage in 1882 during CPR construction. Hooran reports his arrival as 1883]He was employed by the CPR and latter went into the contracting business. He build the Anglican Rectory.

In 1896 he went into the furniture business in the firm known as 'Rideout and Davidson' and later as 'Rideout and Turner'. He sold the business around 1917 and went into the Insurance business.

He was a member of the town council for years, 1889, 1890,1891, and mayor 1908-1910.

For 15 years he served as Justice of the Peace.

He married Lydia Doten and had one child Joseph Harding Rideout b. 26 September 1882 in Oak Bay New Brunswick.

He subsequently married Mary Elizabeth Turner born 5 Aug 1856 in Winnipeg, 13 August 1896. She died 29 Nov. 1941 in Winnipeg and was interred in Lake of the Woods Cemetery 1 Dec 1941.

Harding Rideout was also a member of the Lake of the Woods Masonic Lodge, Board of Trade, Board of Education and associated with numerous community efforts and fraternal organizations.

Harding Theodore Rideout died 31 March 1932 in Kenora and was interred in Lake of the Woods Cemetery Plot 40E-22-2

George Mccheyne Rioch 1869 - 1944

George Mccheyne Rioch, son of George D. Rioch and Isabel was born on 21 Jul. 1869 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was working for Thompson Brothers and Forrest when he came to Kenora to establish a jewelry store for A. W. Thompson. The store was opened in his name and located in the Clouger Block (latter renamed the Lincoln Block) for 9 years. He then transferred to the standard Block for 6 years. In 1905, the Rioch Block was built for Mr. Rioch by Alex Stephen beside the then Town office and the present site of Penner's Jewelry store. On June 1 1940, Mr Rioch sold his business to E. M. Newman and latter it was in turn sold to Dave Penner.

He married Clemmentina B. Patterson in Rat Portage on 18 Jan 1898.

They had one daughters, Margaret G. Rioch born September 25 1899 in Rat Portage. She never married.

He was the C. P. R. watch inspector for 40 years before his retirement.

He was a member of the Library Board. He served twenty years on the Board of Directors and was Chairperson of the YMCA. He served 23 years as chairman of the General Hospital Board. He was an elder of Knox united Church.

He was an early member of the Rotary Club. He was a pioneer member of the golf and curling club. He was associated with the rowing club.

He was a member of the Masonic and Oddfellows Lodge. He was elder of Knox United Church.

In the winter of 1890 Mr Rioch and some other young men sent an order for some hockey sticks and a rule book so they could learn something about the game. It was his suggestion of the name Kenora Thistles that was subsequently adopted for the team. Seventeen years later in 1907, the team became the team from the smallest town in Canada to win the Stanley cup.

He died April 26 1944 in Kenora and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery

Senator John Alexander (Pete) Robertson 1913 - 1965

John Alexander Robertson, son of Peter James Robertson and Fanny Humphrey, was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on October 6 1913. In 1915 his family moved to Ignace and in 1932 to Kenora.

His nick name Pete came from a role he played during a school play of an individual who played a piccolo.

He managed a grocery store from 1932 to 1938. In 1938 he joined C.P.R. as a trainman. In April 1945 he became a conductor. He was a vice-president of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen , President of the Local 270 and director of law for the C.P. R. Credit Union.

On August 7 1941 he married Roberta Marie Roach. They had three children

James Lawrence Robertson

Neil John Robertson

Joyce Margaret Robertson

He served in World War 2 in the Canadian Army Number 40 provost Corp with the rank of Corporal and Acting Sergeant from 1942 to 1944. He was a member of the Canadian Legion Branch No 12 and made a life member in March 1963.

He stood as a Progressive Conservative for Kenora Rainey River in 1958 being defeated by by 217 votes to Bill Benidickson. In 1960 he was elected president of the local Progressive Conservative Riding Association. In 1961 he was a candidate for a Ontario Kenora By-election losing again. He was appointed to the Canadian senate on November 29 1962

He died in February 19 1965 at Kenora.

Kenneth David "Sugar" Robertson 1927 - 2017

Sugar Robertson, son of Peter Robertson and Fanny, He was born in Ignace, Ontario on July 5, 1927. He passed away in Kenora on May 29, 2017.

He married his wife, Florence of 68 years.

Sugar moved to Kenora with his family leaving behind the "one room schoolhouse" to attend Central Public School. On the corner of First and Ninth he and his brothers thrived playing horse puckey and hockey at Central Rink. His passion grew for the game! This led to team travels from the age of 16 with the San Francisco league, to farm team Kansas City Playmors (Chicago Blackhawks), to Jonquiere Quebec, Pembroke, and finally back home to be part of the Thistles who won the Western Canadian Intermediate Championship (1952 - 1953).This win led to the team's memorable seven week Japan tour.

He came home, settled, and continued adding to the family while working first for the CPR, and then in 1955 switching to his life-long career as a journeyman lineman for the town of Kenora. His coworkers became friends for life.

Sports continued to play an important role in his life as he enjoyed baseball, curling, golf and hockey and all the friendships that came with sports. He had a passion for the outdoors and spent a number of years at the camp he and Florence built enjoying hunting, fishing and family time.

He was a Mason, a life-long member of Knox United Church and strong support for his friends and family.

Peter James Robertson 1882 - 1953 and Fanny Forrester "Tot" Humphrey 1887 -1952

Peter James Robertson, son of Archibald "Archie" Robertson and Margaret "Maggie" MacLellan was born in Markdale, Grey County, Ontario on 12 August 1882. His father had immigrated to Canada about 1843.

In 1891 at age 8 years he lived at Glenelg, Grey South Ontario with 9 siblings. In 1896 at age 14 years his next oldest brother was struck dead by lightening.

On April 21st 1908, he married Fanney Forrestor "Tot" Humphrey, daughter of Samuel Edgar Humphrey and Isabella Murray who was born 3 March 1887 in Barnson, Quebec.

They had at least 10 children,

William George Robertson born 23 September 1908 in Lambton, Ontario died 24 Nov 1917 in Ignace, Ontario

Mona Evelyn Robertson born 25 December 1910- in Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, married Claude Davies Robertson , died 28 Dec 1999 in Kenora

John Alexander Robertson born 6 October 1913 in Canada. For further details

Gordon Peter Robertson born 11 October 1916 in Ignace, Ontario Married Elizabeth M. Mitchell died 28 Jan 1985 in Bay, Florida, burried in Lake of the Woods Kenora Ontario

Donald Archie "Spike" Robertson born 22 Dec 1918 in Ignace, Ontario died in Kenora 24 Aug 1981

Fanny Robertson born 1920 in Ignance. Listed in the 1921 census. Presumably died in infancy. Name uncertain.

Arlene Robertson born 1921 in Ignace Ontario,Married Russell Mabelson, died 1 Apr 2004 in Thgunder Bay

Murray James Robertson born 15 January 1923 in Ignace Ontario, married Nora M. Tarran died in Kenora Ontario 15 May 1966.

Hugh Samuel Robertson born 24 Mar 1925 in Ignace, Ontario, died in Kenora, Ontario 23 Oct 2003

Kenneth David Robertson born 5 July 1927 in Ignace, Ontario. For further details

John "Pete", Murray, Hugh "Sam", Don "Spike", Ken "Sugar" Robertson, picture compliments of Joyce Blythe

This family is currently under research. I would be pleased to get additional information at jretson@shaw.ca.

In 1891 at age 8 Peter resided with his family with 9 children at home in Markdale Grey South, Ontario. The Family religion was methodist. According to a newspaper article published on the date of his death on June 23 1953 he commenced employment with the CPR in Fort William in 1905 (age 23) and other sources indicated the family moved to Ignace in 1915. His first child was born in Lambton in 1908 and his second child Mona was born in Fort Williams in 1910 and his third son a Senator was born in Medicine Hat according to Parliamentary records, while the 1921 census has him born in Ignace. The rest of the children were born in Ignace Ontario where the family is beleived to have moved by 1915. His occupation in 1921 was switchman with the CPR and income reported at $2200. They lived on Front Street. Wikipedia has the family moving to Kenora in 1932. By 1945 he was a yard foreman in Kenora Ontario.

His wife "Tot" Robertson was a member of Wenonah Chapter, Order of Eastern Star and of Knox United Church. She passed away on 13 February 1952 and is buried in Lake of the Woods cemetery. He died in Kenora on JUne 23 1953 and is also buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora. The family contributed their sons to service in World War 2 and provided the main stay of the Thistle Hockey in the early 1953 which won titles in various titles in Canada and traveled to Japay in 1954.

William Robertson 1863-1924

William Robertson, son of John Robertson was born 8 November 1863 in Cupar, Scotland. He married Bertha Louisa Thompson daughter of James Thompson at St Peter's Church, Everton, Lancashire, England on 12 Apr 1884.

They had 11 children
Mildred F Robertson, Eleanora Robertson,John A Robertson,Edith Robertson, Marion Robertson, James Robertson, Mary Robertson, Stuart Douglas Robertson, Allan Robertson, Olive Jean Robertson, and Nicolas Robertson.

He immigrated to Canada about 1886 moving around the Northwest Territories and the United States before coming to Norman in 1893 as a book keeper for Cameron and Kennedy Lumber. In 1895 he moved to Rat Portage Lumber Company and became assistant Manager.

In 1902 he was appointed General Manager and remained in that position until 1909. He later transferred to Vancouver as manager of the British Columbia branch of Rat Portage Lumber Company. The company had two large saw mills , one in Vancouver and the other in Harrison River.

William was a member of the town council in 1905 and 1907 president of the Board of Trade in 1905, president of the Rowing Club in 1909 and was Kenora’s representative in the Scottish Curling Team. He died in Vancouver in 1924.

James Robinson 1848 - 1910

James Robinson was born on a farm in Halton County, Ontario on 11 Jun 1848.

He became a cadet of the Toronto Military School in 1869. He joined the Halton Rifles and made ensign in 1872. He was subsequently appointed Lieutenant and Captain.

He studied at Osgoode Hall and came to Rat Portage in 1882. He opened his law office above A. D. McDonald Store. He succeeded Judge Lyon on the bench and as part of his duties traveled extensively throughout the district.

He was the treasurer of the Province of Ontario for the District.

he was the President of the first dramatic society in 1890

He married Alicia M. Cockerell and had two children

Elizabeth Robinson b. 30 September 1890

Ruth Robinson b. 27 Dec 1895

Sources; Early Settlers of Rat Portage page 278

Stephen T. Robinson 1911-1992

Stephen T Robinson was born in 1911. He served as Principal of The Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School from 1958 to 1966. He married his wife Agnes and they both lived at the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School.

He joined the Kenora Rotary Club on April 27 1959 and served as president in 1973-74. He died in 1992 and his wife Agnes in 1994.

Billy Ross 1847

Billy Ross was born 22 July 1847 in London Ontario. He came to Kenora (Rat Portage) with the Wolsley Expedition . He settled down in Rush bay in 1881. Ross was the first Black man in the area and claimed to "The First white man to cross the Lake of the Woods " (Nelson 1978)

Lieutenant Colonel Nelson Schnarr , son of William Schnarr and Catherine 'Katy' Zinkann was born in Tavistock, Ontario, Canada on 21 October 1868.

Rupert Ross

Wife Val - Two Children.

Assistant Crown Attorney. -26 years a prosecutor in Kenora.

Author of several books and articles on Aboriginal Culture and Justice Issues including, Dancing with a Ghost, Returning to the Teachings and Indigenous Healing.

Winner of 2014 Prix Louise de Kiriline Award for best non-fiction book by Northern Ontario Author.

Cyril Gordon Royds 1886 - After 1957

Cyril Gordon Royds, son of Edward William Slater Royds and Mary Ann Sheppard was born September 20 1886 in Wycombe District, Buckinghamshire, England.

He arrived in Canada just after the turn of the century.

He married Kathleen Alys Pace on July 22 1914 in Edmonton Alberta. They had four children:

Peter Royds b 1915
Gerald Royds b. 1917
Billy Royds
Marion Royds

He arrived from the west in Kenora approximately 1919 and lived in Kenora for 10 years. He was active in the business community and President of the Board of Trade.

He was President of Rotary 1925-26.

Active in sports he was a member of the Kenora Lawn Tennis, a curler, and in September 1926 won the Golf Club Championship.

He was a leader in community singing. In September 1926 won the Golf Club Championship.

He lived in Kenora for 10 years, then moved to Brantford in April 1929 to take over the management of the Imperial Bank management. A letter received from the Kenora Board of Trade, indicated,

Your team-play in business development, in social service, and in recreation has been of great value and importance to the community, and we realize that in your departure, Kenora not only looses a high class banker, but also a citizen of similar standing and one that any city in our fair Dominion would gladly claim as its own

He lived in Toronto during the 1940s and lived in Hamilton as late as 1957.

References

Common Grounds Committee, Common Ground: Stories of Lake of the Woods, Kenora: Lake of the Woods Museum, 2010

Hylnski, Sharon, Cheryl Barnard, Bonnie Bowiec and Lori Nelson, Early Settlers of Rat Portage, 1881-82, Call Letters in Kenora Public Library 971.311HLY

Johnston, Georgina "The Kenricia - The Grand Hotel in Common Ground: Stores of Lake of the Woods, Kenora: Common Grounds Committee, 2010

Mead, Florence, Through the Kenora Gateway, Kenora: Bilko Press, 1981

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