Kenora 1921

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Kenora 1921

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 municipalities, the Town of Kenora (formerly known as Rat Portage), Keewatin and Jeffray Mellick.


The first year of the second decade of the twentieth century began Saturday January 1 1921 (See Calender below). The #1 song was I Ain't Got Nobody by Marion Harris

. On that day a newspaper was published. In that edition the editor expressed regrets that the Independent Labour Party had raised opposition to E.R. Finch and C. R. Simpson whom had served the City negotiation with Backus. The municipal elections were held Monday January 3rd. and both Finch and Simpson were successful elected. The election results were as follows:

Alderman Votes
John Brenchley 375
W. Taylor 343
Percy E. Langford 332
H. McKinnon 313
Charles R. Simpson 299
Ernest Richard Finch 286

Mayor George A. Toole (1921) was elected by acclamation. New alderman, Percy Langford would continue to sit as an Alderman for 4 years. Hugh McKinnon only the one term.

In Jaffray & Mellick Alphonse A. Leydier beat out A.R. Ascough 43 to 42 votes.

Also reported in the January 1st edition of the Miner & News were two other celebrations which had taken place during the past week. The previous Tuesday's dinner of the Rotary Club was attended by 130 Rotarian and their guests at the Tourist Hotel. The Club had been formed the previous February with Charter Meeting on March 20. "It was an evening of the rarest enjoyment in the history of the town" complete with he Keewatin Orchestra. A list of those who may have attended may be found here. On Thursday of the previous week, the Miner & News boasted 1000 children attended as their guests at Derry's Theater where they were treated to a program of moving pictures.

Frank Bartsch tailor at 121 Main St advertised that he was charging 10% less in order to keep customers coming in.

The newspaper of Wednesday January 26 1921 reported that there had been a three minute telephone call from Ottawa to Vancouver. The three minute call which cost $16.25 was ordered just after 5.PM and took place by 9PM. It was routed from Ottawa, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Vancouver. "Voice could be heard distinctly at both ends. While there was an occasional rattle on the telephone, none of the conversation had to be repeated.

On Tuesday January 25 1921 the Health Board for the year was appointed to include the mayor, the Medical Health officer, H. Rideout, James Ronan and John Black.

Charles J. Sandberg of Winnipeg comes to Kenora on January 25 and 26 to raise interest in erecting a big slide on 5th Avenue South. On January 28 a Ski Club is organized in the Temperance Hall Lakeside. One of the speakers at this meeting is a former solder from Sweden, Victor Lundmark, who spoke of the joy and excitement of the sports of ski jumpsAfter considerable discussion a decision is made to erect a ski slide on the North West side of Blueberry Mountain on Coney island on a lease which will last 5 years. Officers for the Club are elected as follows:

President - Victor Lundmark
Vice President - A. Oathing
Secretary - Rudolph. "Rudy" Ernest Kron
Treasure - O Cronlund
Club Manager - H. Westin

On February 9 the local newspaper reports that the construction of the ski jump will be completed by a February 19 Tournament.