By Year


1900Vol. 10 No. 1by Rat Portage Miner   Municipal elections were held on January 1st. Mayor McCarthy was re-elected. Griffith’s Shoal Lake Stage Line had a regular run to all the mines on the Mikado Peninsula. “Comfortable heated rigs” pulled by “fast teams” left...

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1901Vol. 11 No. 1by Rat Portage Miner   The population of Rat Portage was 5,243. The front-page headline of the January 25th Rat Portage Miner & Rainy Lake Journal was: WE MOURN THE QUEEN: Victoria the Good is Numbered with the Dead. Edward VII is now King of...

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1902Vol. 14 No. 3by Rat Portage Miner   The manager of the Mikado Mine arrived in town with $7,000 worth of gold bricks. D.C. Cameron was elected mayor and F.A. Hudson, A.S. Horswill, W.G. Cameron, C.W. Chadwick, G.E. Foster, and W. McCarthy were elected as...

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1903Vol. 13 No. 1by Rat Portage Miner   At the end of January, travellers on the lake reported that the ice was, on average, only 6-8 thick. The Ski Club boasted 25 members. On August 14, the town of Rat Portage was hit by what was then described as the severest...

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1907Vol. 17 No. 1by The Miner and News The J.W. Stone Boat Manufacturing Company moved from its original Main Street premises to expanded quarters at the foot of Main Street. The company manufactured all styles of motorboats, launches, rowboats, sailboats and canoes....

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1908Vol. 18 No. 1 Mayor Harding Rideout was elected, along with Councillors John T. Brett, Leith Myles, H.S. Murphy, Charles Pope, John Snider, and Arthur Woods. A plebiscite was held regarding a street railway in Kenora. The result was overwhelmingly in favour – 388...

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1909Vol. 19 No. 1 JanuaryHarding Rideout was elected Mayor of the Town of Kenora with a stunning majority of 388 votes of the 522 cast. He served as Mayor of the town in 1908 and 1910 as well. The Central House, a hotel on Matheson Street, opposite the CPR Station,...

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1910Vol. 20 No. 1 One of the most valuable trains ever hauled over this section of the Canadian Pacific Railway passed through Kenora in January on its way east. It was hauling 12 cars of silk and whale oil. Value was estimated at 2 million dollars. The silk was from...

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Did you know?

There is archaeological evidence of people living on the Lake of the Woods for thousands of years.  Radiocarbon dating places humans at the north end of the lake as early as 200 B.C.

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