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21-May-1908 – page 7, column 2 Harry Hassard to Fort William

23-Jul-1908 – page 3, column 1 Train wreck in Port Arthur

3-Dec-1908 – page 2, column 1 R. E. Gillespie to Fort William

3-Dec-1908 – page 2, column 1 W. E. Rogers to Fort William

4-Feb-1909 – page 7, column 3 Mr. Gilespie not moving to Fort Williams, remaining in Orangeville

4-Feb-1909 – page 7, column 3 Mr. Rogers not moving to Fort Williams, remaining in Orangeville

6-Apr-1911 – page 7, column 3 The engagement is announced of Miss Barbara Sharpe, second daughter of Mr. Robert Stewart, ex-M.P., and Mrs. Stewart, to Mr. W. H. Gillespie, of Fort William. The marriage will take place on April 25th at the residence of the bride's parents, 220 MacLaren street. -- Ottawa Journal

27-Apr-1911 – page 1, column 3 Edward Rutledge, formerly a well-known resident of Markdale, died in Fort William on April 15th, aged 70 years.

17-Aug-1911 – page 7, column 2 - Mr. Maurice L. Cornell, M.A., Science Master in Fort William Collegiate Institute, and Miss Jeanette Ethel McCoy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. McCoy, of Kingston, were married in Pittsburg, Pa., on Saturday, August 5th. The bride was a member of the Orangeville Public School staff until the commencement of the midsummer vacation. Her friends in town extend their hearty congratulations

Jun 20, 1912 - Page 1, Column 3 - Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Gibson, of Fort Williams, Ont., announce the engagement of their daughter, Winnifred, to Mr. Donald J. McLennan, of Calgary, Alta. The wedding will take place at the end of July.

July 4, 1912 - Page 6, Column 1 ~ HARDY-BERNEY – The Methodist Church, Caledon East, was the scene of a pretty wedding on Wednesday, June 26, when Miss Edna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Berney, of Caledon East, was united in marriage to Mr. Beverly Hardy, son of Mr. Robert Hardy, of Fort William. The marriage was performed by Rev. J. T. Rogers, of Woodbridge, assisted by the bride’s pastor, Rev. J. S. Petch. Exactly at three o’clock, the bride, leaning on the arm of her father, entered the church as the wedding march was being played by Miss Annie White, and was conducted to the marriage altar, standing under a beautiful bridal arch of ferns and daisies. The bride looked charming in a costume of French embroidered mull. Her little sister, Evelyn, was a pretty flower girl. After the ceremony the wedding party returned to the bride’s parental home and partook of a rich wedding repast. The happy couple left in the evening for Toronto and points east for a brief honeymoon, prior to their going to their new home in Fort William.

August 15, 1912, page 1, column 4 - "Principal Mills, of Georgetown public school has resigned to accept the principalship of the public schools in Fort William."

August 29, 1912 – page 7, column 3 - Mr. Will Laverty, of Fort William, is visiting his brother, Mr. J. J. Laverty, and other relatives in and about Orangeville. Mr. Laverty is in the insurance and real estate business in Fort William and is credited with making a good sized pile during the boom last spring. He made the trip down by auto.

September 12, 1912 – page 7, column 2 - Mr. James Bailey, a prosperous Port Arthur business man, has been spending a couple of weeks visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bailey, and other friends in and around Orangeville.

September 26, 1912, - page 7, column 2 - Mr. Garfield Gordon, teller in the Union Bank, Owen Sound, spent Sunday and Monday at his home here. Mr. Gordon has been given the position of teller in the Union Bank in Fort William and will leave for his new sphere of duty on Wednesday evening.

October 10, 1912 – page 1, column 5 - Rev. Henry Irvine, pastor of Fourt Rouge Methodist church, Winnipeg, will go to Wesley church, Fort William, succeeding Rev. Hiram Hall.

November 21, 1912 – page 1, column 3 - Fire did $15,000 damage to the building occupied by the Port Arthur News and Chronicle.

December 5, 1912 – page 1, column 4 - While a crowd looked on, David Johnston, a young clerk, was electrocuted in the show window of Henderson’s men’s furnishing store in Fort William, by an ordinary tungston lamp when he was endeavoring to replace the broken light, and although only a hundred and ten volts passed through is system, he died instantly.

December 26, 1912 – page 1, column 4 - W. G. Fee, 46 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto, died at his home last week from illness received while organizing a local option campaign at Fort William a year ago. He was sixty-seven years of age. Deceased was organizer for the late D'Alton McCarthy at the time of the Equal Rights movement.

January 23, 1913 – page 1, column 4 - Miss Mary Kirk, aged fifty, a life-long resident of Wolfe Island, dropped dead while sifting ashes.

March 20, 1913 – page 6, column 2 - Hilda Mae Bole, d/o Alfred E. Bole of 136 Prospect street in Port Arthur - James Newton, of Calgary Alberta (This writeup is almost a full column in length. If you wish a copy, please email including this information)

August 7, 1913 – page 1, column 3 - Mr. Edgar Eade, former principal of the public schools in Kincardine, has been appointed assistant principal at Fort William.

02-Oct-1913 Page 1, Column 3 W. McLeod and another man believed to be M. Ovenski fell one hundred feet from the roof to the concrete floor of an elevator at Fort William.

02-Oct-1913 Page 1, Column 4 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Donaghy, of Mount Forest, announce the engagement of their daughter, Mabel, to Mr. Erle Penwarden, of Port Arthur, the marriage to take place Thursday, October 2nd.

02-Oct-1913 Page 6, Column 3 Dr. Ralph Emerson Stone, of Fort William, son of the late Rev. S. G. Stone and Mrs. Stone, formerly of Shelburne, was married at Thessalon on Sept. 17th to Mabel Frances Bennett, second daughter of Mrs. F. P. Bennett, of that town.

08-Jan-1914 Page 6, Column 7 Mayor Oliver, of Port Arthur, who was re-elected to the position of chief magistrate for the second time, was presented with a gift of $1500 by the Council for services rendered during 1913.

26-Mar-1914 Page 1, Column 3 Fort William Board of Education has adopted a new schedule for the salaries of lady teachers. The minimum is $750 and the maximum $900.

16-Jul-1914 Page 6, Column 6 Death of Wm. T. Gordon - Word was received here late in the day of the death of Wm. T. Gordon, a grandson of Mr. W. J. Gordon, Prince of Wales St., in Calgary General Hospital on Monday. Deceased, who was 25 years of age and unmarried, was homesteading near Calgary and had been in the west five years. He was admitted into the hospital on Monday morning and died a few hours later from heart collapse. The remains are being brought to his former home in Owen Sound for burial. Howard Gordon, Owen Sound, Evelyn, in Ft. William, Garfield and Irene, Orangeville, are the surviving brothers and sisters. The sympathy of many friends is extended to the relatives in their bereavement.

O23-Jul-1914 Page 1, Column 3 The late James Conmee, ex-M.P., of Port Arthur, left an estate of $246,000. It goes to members of his family.

23-Jul-1914 Page 1, Column 4 The donation by J. w. Lyon, of Guelph, of 99 acres to Port Arthur for a boulevard and park was celebrated by a banquet and motor car procession.

23-Jul-1914 Page 1, Column 4 A Port Arthur medical man died two weeks ago, leaving an estate valued at $178,000. Had he been an editor or a minister of the gospel $178 would have been more likely the figure.

30-Jul-1914 Page 3, Column 3 Death of Wm. T. Gordon. - The Owen Sound Sun of July 24th contains the following report of the death of Wm. T. Gordon, referred to in The Banner a couple of weeks ago: Mr. William Thomas Gordon, eldest son of the late Thomas J. Gordon, who was killed some years ago by an acetylene explosion at the C.P.R. round house here, died suddenly on Monday, July 13th, in Calgary Hospital, where he had been removed nine hours prior to his death. Deceased was 25 years of age and unmarried. He went to Western Canada about five years ago, since taking up a homestead in the vicinity of Bassano. Two brothers and two sisters survive, Howard, Owen SOund; Evelyn, Fort William; Garfield and Irene of Orangeville. The funeral took place at four o'clock Monday afternoon from the residence of Mr. M. R. Duncan, 10th St., West, to Greenwood cemetery. The services were conducted by the Rev. T. A. Rodger, of Knox Church. The pall bearers were six cousins of the deceased: N. Harrison, A. Wilson, Allan Struthers, J. Fox, Frank Fox, and Mr. R. Duncan. The deceased was a favorite with all who knew him and the family have the sincerest sympathy in their sore bereavement.

27-Aug-1914 Page 7, Column 2 Mrs. Gillespie, of Fort William is visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Reid and other relatives hereabouts.

7-Sep-1914 Page 6, Column 1 Signed Undertaking -- Chief Marshall made a trip to Melancthon Station on Tuesday, and while there interviewed and made arrangements for the parole of a German man named Joseph Gerhard. Some days ago, the Chief received a letter from Commissioner Sherwood of the Dominion Police Force asking him to look after and get an Undertaking from Gerhard. The Commissioner stated that Gerhard had left Kaministiquia near Port Arthur some time ago with the intention of returning home to join the German army. Finding that he could not get out of the country he came to Melancthon St. where he has been living with a farmer named McFadden. The German who is about 25 years of age and full of the fighting spirit, gives his birthplace as Friedrickswalde in Saxony, one of the kingdom of Prussia.

12-Nov-1914 Page 1, Column 4 A pretty wedding took place in Christ Church, Markdale, on Tuesday morning, Oct. 27th, at six o'clock, when Miss Mabel Tuck, Markdale, was united in marriage to Mr. Oswald M. McKenzie, of Port Arthur, Rev. J. H. Hosford, B.A., rector of Christ Church, officiating.

11-Feb-1915 Page 7, Column 2 Dr. Crozier for England - Dr. J. A. Crozier, of Port Arthur, a graduate of Orangeville High School has received a cable from England advising him of his appointment as Captain of an English regiment. He expects to arrive at the front within three weeks, as he left for England on the Lusitania, with Lieut.-Col. J. J. Carrick. He was service as a surgeon in the South African war. Dr. Crozier is the son of Rev. H. and Mrs. Crozier, Tiffany St., Guelph, and a nephew of Mr. Samuel Crozier, Zina St.

18-Feb-1915 Page 1, Column 4 W. J. Huston, of Sarawak, who went to the front with the Princess Patricias, died on January 25th, from wounds received in an engagement with the Germans. Deceased was a married man and leaves a widow and three or four children who reside in Fort William.

04-Mar-1915 Page 1, Column 3 Rev. Hugh McDiarmid, pastor of Stanley Avenue Baptist Church, Hamilton, has accpeted a call to the First Church, Fort William.

22-Apr-1915 Page 5, Column 2 Letter received by A. C. Finzel, manager of Equitable Life in Port Arthur from Sergt. Frank Rothery (email for details)

Orangeville Banner dated 01-Jul-1915 Page 2, Column 3
A Port Arthur Doctor Testifies to the Bravery of the Canadians.
They Combine French Audacity, American Ingenuity and British Doggedness.

The following letter was written by Dr. J. A. Crozier, B.A., of Port Arthur, one of the Canadian doctors at the front to his assistant, Dr. McGillivray, who is looking after his practice during his absence. Dr. Crozier, who took his High School course in Orangeville, is a son of Rev. H. Crozier, of Guelph, and a nephew of Mr. S. Crozier, Zina St. His letter reads : --

France, May 12, 1915.

My Dear Tommy, -- The last few weeks here in France have been full of stirring events. The stand the Canadians made at Ypres is the talk of the whole army. Their reputation as an effective fighting unit has been made solid. The British army, both officers, and especially sk) men, are unstinted in their praise. Conceive a blend of French audacity of imagination, American ingenuity and British doggedness; instill with this a twenty-five percent solution of tincture of the devil and you have them partially described. After that fight I was shot back to report to hospital and was busy for two weeks operating and dressing wounds.

That German gas is rotten -- a rotten proposition. The poor fellows were brought in in an endless procession of stretchers, with pale, ashy faces -- very quiet. When you looked very closely you noticed that their respirations were 35 to 40 per minute. Their eyes were closed with an intense conjunctivitis and they were simply gasping for breath like tired children.

The wounds are eighty per cent. shrapnel, trench mortar and high explosive shells. I had three large marquees, or tents, to look after. In one tent of forty men there were three compound fracture of femur and you know how troublesome they are to attend to, but all the wounds are terrible.

And I must say the men are bricks. I never in a single instance heard a complaint. They lay there in rows waiting their turn -- mangled and torn by every torture that art could devise and ingenuity perfect. One poor chap had his had badly torn and begged me to save it. The tendons were cut and the meta carpal bones shattered and I was finally forced to amputate at the wrist.

May 14. -- I was forced to stop writing -- had an order that we must evacuate the camp in two hours. There was quite a scramble getting ready. We started at 8 p.m. and treked until 3.03, about three miles behind the firing line. The whole division moved and it was done like clock work. We have taken up quarters at a certain point where tremendous attack is supposed to be made. It was a weird march, made in absolute darkness, so aircraft could not detect us, as they might shell the roads. I have a good horse -- call her "Nellie."

The whole firing line is a constant succession of flares -- lighting up the sky like streaks of lightning. I forgot to tell you I have been lucky enough to be appointed surgeon to the Eighth Battalion, which the Port Arthur and Fort William boys are in. Unfortunately it was reduced from 1000 to 400 men, but they have the reputation of being the only men that stood the gas.

Owens is missing, and probably killed, as he was known to be badly hit.

Keith Munro was hit while gallantly manning a machine gun and is a prisoner.

The two Burk boys, Tiny Hewitson and Harry Hogarth are also prisoners. It was a terrible scrap. out of the four regimental surgeons of my brigade, two are dead and one hit in the back with shrapnel and is paralyzed. So you see my job is not entirely devoid of interest and entertainment. Out of 22 stretcher bearers eight are left. However, I have it recruited to sixteen again. Knobel is all right and has been given a commission for gallantry in the field.

Jack Carrick is everywhere, bubbling over with enthusiasm. He certainly has taken hold of his work, and German shrapnel seems rather to attract him than anything else. I don't believe they could have got a better intelligence officer in Canada.

Our division is reinforced almost up to strength again and have the sublime confidence that they can lick three times their weight in Germans. The German infantry is flat. They move slowly, lack vivacity and elan, but their artillery is superb. We home to be moved up to the attack in another day as we are all feeling fit.

Two hours later. Had to stop my letter and go to the orderly room. We have orders to stand to and be ready to move at any minute. There is a continual roar of the artillery. First comes a lively hurricane of German shells, then will crash out the answering tempest. It is impossible to describe the shell fire. It is like rain lashing a pond, and the rifle fire is like a million devils driving tacks. I think we are in for a delightfully warm entertainment.

The Germans are really excellent people to fight with, and they have tenacity, courage, a wonderful organization and pay inimitable attention to detail. But they lack what we might call "esprit de corps," which is engendered by an Anglo-Saxon love of sport. Tot he typical Tommy war is a big game. Of course this affair is no gentlemen's war. Often the guns are blazing away all night and there is mighty little rest for anybody. Away to the right of us hovers a big French balloon. Air craft are constantly buzzing overhead like enormous flies. There is mud and blood and crimson bandages and intolerable stench and the miracle of the whole thing is to find out what witchery lure, or fascination can induce men to leave comfortable firesides to go into it. Really, I can't analyze it. These are things at the very back of life and no outlook in front of them; there is distance in front of them; there is distance to win through; pain to bear; life to defend and death to face. You are a savage. You are unprejudiced, simple and free. All your day is dotted with incidents and thrills and cariac spasms. Gentlemen in Canada now abed will curse themselves because they were not there.

There are so many things I might tell, stories of heroism, of endurance. What seems most intolerable is to see men get sick. I had a case of meningitis yesterday and another to-day. One of them did that long night trip carrying the whole equipment without complaint and collapsed at the finish. He is going to die.

I must close this long letter. Remember me to all the boys. I am feeling fine, never better in my life, and am so content to be here. Would not be out of it for anything. I don't think that any one of us who come through whole will think, from our armchairs, unkindly of poor bloody, mutilated old Flanders.

15-Jul-1915 Page 7, Column 2 Miss Annie Hamilton, of the teaching staff of Fort William schools, is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hamilton, of Moose Jaw, and also friends in Winnipeg and Regina.

15-Jul-1915 Page 7, Column 3 “BORN” – HARDY - In Port Arthur, on July 2, to Mr. and Mrs. Beverley Hardy (nee Edna Berney), a daughter.

05-Aug-1915 Page 1, Column 3 Mrs. Hedley, wife of Rev. Canon Hedley, of Port Arthur, was fatally injured by a train on a bridge, when she was trying to rescue her eleven-year-old daughter.

26-Aug-1915 Page 7, Column 2 Miss M. S. Hunter left for Port Arthur on Tuesday, where she will visit her brother for ten days or so.

09-Sep-1915 Page 7, Column 1 Gillespie Drug Stores Limited, of Fort William has been incorporated with a capital stock of $40,000. The Stores are controlled by Messrs. J. R. and R. E. Gilespie, formerly of this town.

18-Nov-1915 Page 1, Column 3 Walter Sawyers, of Port Arthur, formerly of Shelburne, has been appointed regimental dentist of the 52nd. Battalion.

09-Dec-1915 Page 1, Column 5 Mrs. Thos. Cook died at her home in Caledon Township a week ago Sunday in her 82nd year. Deceased was born in Caledon in 1833. She is survived by three sons, W. J. and Geo. Cook, of Brisbane, Thos. on the homestead and three daughters, Mrs. John Nunn, of Fort William, Mrs. S. Nunn of Credit Forks and Miss Mary at home. There are also 20 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

23-Dec-1915 Page 1, Column 4 The steamer W. Grant Morden, the longest boat on the lakes, cleared from Port Arthur with 700,000 bushels of oats, equal to 400 loaded cars.

23-Dec-1915 Page 1, Column 4 From September 1 to December 11, inclusive, 166,346,965 bushels of grain was shipped from Port Arthur and Fort William, the greatest volume in the history of the lakes.

11-Jan-1917 Page 7, Column 2 Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Cook, of Fraxa Junction, announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Beatrice Frances Grasley, to Mr. Percy McGregor, son of Mr. Robt. McGregor, Fort William, Ont. The marriage will take place the latter part of January.

22-Feb-1917 Page 1, Column 4 Mr. James Inkster, husband of Mrs. Inkster, of Dundalk, met with an unfortunate accident at Port Arthur. While at work a week or so ago cutting ice on the bay he had his leg broken at the knee and is in Port Arthur Hospital.

22-Mar-1917 Page 5, Column 3 Mr. Jos. Graham, who was born in Markdale 52 years ago, died in Port Arthur recently from apoplexy. Deceased had lived in Port Arthur for 35 years.

28-Feb-1918 Page 7, Column 2 Mr. W. H. Laverty, of Fort William, was in town last week attending the funeral of his mother, the late Mrs. Henry Laverty.

11-Apr-1918 Page 1, Column 4 The C. P. R. has honored its pioneer employee, John Caesar, agent at Markdale for many years, by appointing him supervisor of gardens on the system east of Fort William.

05-Sep-1918 Page 7, Column 4 Miss M. Hunter, of the Public School staff, arrived home on Monday night from Port Arthur, where she has been visiting her brother.

28-Nov-1918 Page 3, Column 5 Two Indian boys have just been prosecuted in Port Arthur for shooting at an automobile in which Rev. Fr. Grenier was riding, a fine of $10 being adjudged meet for the offence. The culprits did not plead that they mistook the care for a maverick buffalo, but claimed that the shot was fired by accident. There is not an open season for motor cars as yet.

27-Feb-1919 Page 7, Column 4 Mr. Jas. Bailey, Port Arthur, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bailey. Our former townsman is looking well. His friends here will regret to learn of the ill-health of Mrs. Bailey, who is in a hospital at present.

30-Oct-1919 Page 4, Column 4 A former esteemed resident of Dundalk in the person of Robt. Cornett passed away at the home of his daughter in Fort William a week ago Monday, aged 75 years.

20-Nov-1919 Page 1, Column 5 There are 43 cases of scarlet fever under quarantine and 12 in the hospital at Fort William.

01-Jan-1920 Page 1, Column 3 An epidemic of scarlet fever has broken out at Fort William.

01-Jan-1920 Page 1, Column 4 The truant officer at Port Arthur reports to the City Council that he hunted up 1,133 pupils during the year 1919.

29-Jan-1920 Page 8, Column 1 Rev. C. W. Brown, Port Arthur, has accepted a call to Saskatoon.

19-Feb-1920 Page 4, Column 5 The Salvation Army has purchased the Windsor Hotel, one of the big hotels in Port Arthur, which has been closed since the advent of prohibition, and will convert it into a hotel catering to the trade of woodsmen, sailors and others who have been largely without accommodation of late.

06-May-1920 Page 1, Column 4 The first regular passenger sailing of the C. P. R. liners was from Owen Sound on Monday, when the S. S. Manitoba left Fort William.

13-May-1920 Page 1, Column 3 Capt. Peter McKay, commander of the steamer Collingwood, will not need to worry much this year about the price of headgear. He was first into Fort William this spring, winning the Harbormaster’s hat there; and repeated the performance at Goderich, where he arrived with a cargo of wheat.

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