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Paipoonge Township History & Pioneers
Slate River, Rosslyn, Stanley, Harstone

Surveyed in the winter of 1860 by Thomas Wallrick Herrick P.L.S.
He called it "Paipoonge" the Indian name meaning Winter
Mines and Scenery, Algoma West 1887 by Roland Walpole

Incorporated as a township April 26, 1904

Duke Hunt Historical Museum

Founders Museum & Pioneer Village

August 21, 1902 - New town Site of Rosslyn located at Lot 11, Con 1.
The survey of the new site was completed and the lots will be place on the market for sale

Some Early Pioneers

John McKenzie Hunt was the first Free Grant Settler April 30, 1891

George Neve was born in Kent, England and came to Canada with his parents 50 years ago. He settled at Stanley 40 years ago and operated a general store there for 32 years. He took an active part in municipal affairs, and in additon to serving on the Paipoonge council as former Reeve, he was secretary for the school board in his section for 13 years. George died on Apr 8, 1940 at the age of 69 years. He leaves his wife, two sons and two daughters.

John Colson was born in Sweden in 1862 & came to Canada in 1882. In 1902 the Colsons, John & his wife the former Clara Larson, who also immigrated in 1885, moved to Stanley. John worked for the Stanley Railroad Station. It was also thought that at one time John & Clara also ran the Stanley Hotel for a time. Continued....

Alex Campbell Crawford settled in 1891 & Neil Crawford settled Sept 11, 1892

James & Donald McGregor settled in Dec 1892. The post office was at one time located at the residence of Dan (Donald) McGregor

E.E. Barrie

Murdock Matheson Born in Ripley, Bruce Co., Ont, he came to this area and took up farming in Stanley in 1902. Married to the former Anna Toohey in 1914, Murdoch died in 1957 & is buried in the Stanley Hill Cemetery with his brother John who died in 1964. A son John died in a tractor accident in 1946 and is buried in Harstone Cemetery. Continued....

Freeman & Antoinette Perry settled in the Slate River Valley around 1894. The former Antoinette Robbins, she was born 1861 in Nova Scotia and came to Fort William in 1888. After her marriage to Freeman Perry in 1888 and living in the city for awhile, they moved to Slate River where they resided for 23 years. Mr. Perry was School teacher. Mrs. Perry was organizer of the Slate River Women's Institute. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary Oct 10, 1933. Thirteen children were born to this union. Around 1919, they moved to Hurkett where she lived until her death.

Fred Gammond

Frederick Slomke - was born in Germany about 1845 & came to the Slate River district about 1898 from Eastern Ontario where he & his family first settled before coming to this district. He died July 13, 1936 at the age of 81 years old.

Ephraim Oakley

John McGugan

Henry Parsons registered Aug 4, 1892 with 200 acres

William Smith Pettit & Julia/Geraldine were married Nov 10, 1872 in Norfolk Co., Ont They came to this district twenty years ago from Wiarton, Bruce Co & they settled in Slate River. Four sons, Joseph, Charles, William and John were born of this union. William died in 1930 & his wife in 1931.. Continued....

Gottlieb Klages- born 1885 in Grey Co., son of Henry Klages came to Slate River about 1899. Married Miss Augusta Rothenberg in 1916 and has resided there ever since. Gottlieb Klages died 28 December 1951 & is buried in the Moose Hill Cemetry, Scoble township.

Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Lamke - came from Ohio with their family in 1900 and took up farming in Slate River. Mrs. Lamke died Dec 22, 1919 aged 78 years.

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