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CHARLES DOBIE : GENEALOGY

Bill Dobie's Photo Album :
Port Arthur, Ontario, c.1922-1934

Album cover

William Lovell Dobie was born in Port Arthur, Ontario, on September 28, 1909. This small (6-1/2 by 5-inch) photo album was given to him as a Christmas present in 1922 by his friend James E. West. The photos don't seem to be in exact chronological order but they generally cover his early teenage years up to at least 1934 when he spent a year at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. There are also two pages of photos of strange, barrack-like buildings which may be Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario, which he attended in his earlier years.

I've transcribed all names written on the photos so they can be found by word search, and I've speculated on many names and locations. Please contact me if you have corrections or new information.

Many people are identified only by their first names or nicknames, however surnames found below are: Andrews, Bonin, Burleigh, Burt, Callaghan, Cook, Coy, Cross, Dobie, Evans, Gooderham, Green or Greer, Lee, McBane, McConnell, McKay, Parry, Paulin, Platt, Scott, West, Wilmott, Zinc.

Inside front cover

Inside front cover and the dedication page : See a full-size image.

Inside cover: See enlarged page. The woman at left is probably "Lolly" (see page 4). The small photo at right is marked "Silver Islet 1927". The boys are probably my father and Don Cross (see photos on page 3).
Inscription on the dedication page:
To Bill
Remote from the marked and the beaten trail,
With our packs and tackle and old lunch pail,
We wended our way with our chins held high
And our heads all bared to the summer sky.

Christmas 1922


As the years roll on and our heads turn grey,
And we've travelled our span on life's highway
Fond memry will cast an appraising eye
On the paths we've trod in the years gone by.


Jas. E. West
Pages 2 & 3

Pages 2 & 3 : See a full-size image.

Page 2: See enlarged page. Names are: Virginia Zinc, Lulu Bonin. They may have been university friends rather than high school.
Page 3: See enlarged page. Names are: Jim Green and "Don", probably Don Cross who was my dad's best friend. The three bottom photos were taken at Silver Islet, the top two at Loon Lake.
Pages 4 & 5

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Page 4: See enlarged page. (Left)"Lolly", taken at Fort Frances. Top right: Cora McLennan taken at Silver Islet. Bottom right: Bill Dobie, 1927.
Page 5: See enlarged page. (Left) Earl J.; Grant Burleigh; Russ Dobie. (Right) "Vi", taken at Amethyst.
Pages 6 & 6

Pages 6 & 7 : See a full-size image.

Page 6: See enlarged page. In the top middle photo, the boy on the left is probably George Dobie. In the top right photo is Don Cross.
The small photo at bottom left is most of the Dobie family: See enlarged photo. People are as follows, l to r: (unknown), (unknown), possibly Ted Dobie, Joshua Coatsworth Dobie, (unknown), (unknown), William (Bill) Dobie, Dorothy Dobie, Dora (Meikle) Dobie. Boy in foreground is probably George Dobie. In the bottom right photo is the grocery store at Loon Lake.
Page 7: See enlarged page. No last names but people are "Bill" (Dobie) who is sitting on the cannon which was on the front lawn of the Dobie house at 12 South High St. in Port Arthur, "Lol", "Don" (Cross), "Mary" and "Cora".
Pages 8 & 9

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Page 8: See enlarged page. Names are "Dad" (J.C. Dobie), Russ (Dobie), Eldridge (McKay), J. Greer or Green, John Cross and Don Cross.
Page 9: See enlarged page. Shows "me" (Bill Dobie) and Jas. E. West, who presented Bill with this album.
Pages 10 & 11

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Page 10: See enlarged page. No surnames but I'll speculate on some: Top left photo: Neil D., Bill Dobie, "Dot D." (Dorothy Dobie).
Top right photo: Jim C., Ed. C., Don C., Bill D. The "C"s may all be Cross but I don't know who Bill D. was.
Bottom photo: J. McF., Audrey S., Pinkie B., Marjory B.
Page 11: See enlarged photo. One unfortunate feature of living in the wilderness in the early years was that every July 1st, people had to sacrifice extra children to cannibals. This resulted in slow population growth in rural areas.
Pages 12 & 13

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Page 12: See enlarged page. Left photo: "Lol" and Ed Callaghan. Right photo: "Lol" and Kat(?)
Page 13: See enlarged photo. This looks like a berry-picking expedition. No names.
Pages 14 & 15

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Page 14: See enlarged photo. "Southern Gang" (boys). Good group photo. Unfortunately no names, but the boy third from right in the middle row who is leaning on the back of the boy under him is Russell Dobie.
Page 15: A group of kids swimming. No faces are clear enough to be recognizable.
Pages 16 & 17

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Page 16: See enlarged photo. "Southern Gang" (mixed). Good group photo. Again, no names.
Page 17: See enlarged photo. Boys after a swim.
Pages 18 & 19

Pages 18 & 19 : See a full-size image.

Page 18: See enlarged photo. "Southern Gang" (girls). Good group photo. Again, no names.
Page 19: See enlarged photo. Boys sitting around a campfire.
Pages 20 & 21

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Page 20: See enlarged photo. Young woman swimming: Name is Marg Andrews.
Page 21: See enlarged photo. Boys swimming in a waterfall. Boy third from left in front looks suspiciously like a Dobie.
Pages 22 & 23

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Page 22: See enlarged page. "Lolly" again and Jean Evans.
Page 23: See enlarged photo. Boys fishing. Does anyone know the location? Boy standing far left is William Dobie.
Pages 24 & 25

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Page 24: See enlarged photo. Scout troop. No names but the boy bottom left is William Dobie.
Page 25: See enlarged photo. Boys fishing. Seems to be the same place as the photo on page 23. The boy at far right is William Dobie.
Pages 26 & 27

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Page 26: See enlarged page. Photos taken at Silver Islet and Burnt Island. Photo at left are of "Pete" and "M". Centre photo is of William Dobie and "Cora". Photo on right is of "J.G." and "Don", who were J. Greer/Green and Don Cross.
Page 27: See enlarged photo. Photo probably taken the same time as the fishing photos on the previous two pages. Boy standing second from right is William Dobie.
Pages 28 & 29

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Page 28: See enlarged page. Top photos taken at Silver Island and Loon Lake. Bottom left photo taken by the front steps at 12 South High St., Port Arthur. The two young men are (left) Russell Dobie and William Dobie.
Page 29: See enlarged photo. Group which seem to be beside a ship. William Dobie with "Lolly" to the right. The other two women are unknown.
Pages 30 & 31

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The photos on these pages are of an unknown location. They may possibly be of Ridley College but I don't know.
Page 33

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People in top left photo are unknown. At bottom left is William Dobie with two unknown friends. In the photo at right are, (left) George Dobie and William Dobie.
Page 35

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Photos of unknown people, although the woman in the photo at top left must be "Lolly", the building behind her has the sign "J.H. McLennan Lumber Co." on the roof.
Page 37

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Photos of unknown people who are also in the winter photo above.
Page 39

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Top photo: boy in centre front is William Dobie, about age 12. He is also in the bottom right photo, possibly at Queen's University (Kingston Ontario).
Page 41

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Photos of unknown people, although the woman on the right may be "Lolly", but more likely a friend at Queen's University.
Page 43Page 43

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Woman on the left is Helen Cook. Man on the right is unknown. Photos were taken on the S.S. Huronic. Detail at right shows the plaque over the man's shoulder.
Pages 44 & 45

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Page 44: See enlarged photo. "Boardinghouse Gang -- Queens 1934". The link is to a page on my local history website. This photo is posted along with the class photo on page 51.
Page 45: See enlarged page. Unknown people who must have been classmates of my father at Queen's University
Pages 46 & 47

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Unknown people although the woman on the left may be "Lolly" again.
Pages 48 & 49

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Page 48: See enlarged page. These must all be Queen's University photos. In the left-hand photo, William Dobie is on the right. All other people are unknown to me.
Page 49: See enlarged page. In the right-hand photo, William Dobie is in the centre.
Pages 50 & 51

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Page 50: See enlarged page. Unknown people at Queen's University.
Page 51: See enlarged class photo. The link is to a page on my local history website. This photo which shows some classmates of my father, is posted along with the "Boardinghouse Gang" photo on page 44. Names are: Bean; B. Burt; B. Coy; B. Dobie; John Gooderham; Derek Lee;O. McBane; J. McConnell; C. Parry; G. Paulin; Muff Platt; C. Scott (?); Goof Wilmott.
The left-hand photo: (see enlargement) has "Lest you forget" written at the top but my dad didn't identify her.
Page 52

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Page 52: See enlarged page (photos horizontal). These people must have been friends of my dad's from Queen's University.



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