By Year

Vol. 10 No. 1
by 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 Rat Portage every Monday,…

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Vol. 11 No. 1
by 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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Vol. 14 No. 3
by 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 aldermen. Samples of…

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Vol. 13 No. 1
by 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…

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Vol. 17 No. 1
by 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. They also offered boat storage and…

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Vol. 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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Vol. 19 No. 1

January Harding 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…

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Vol. 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…

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January 26 @ 2pm
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Our Town
An Exhibit of Large Scale
Rat Portage/Kenora
Town Images
January 17 - March 30, 2019
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The Museum's newsletter goes out four times a year, and is full of updates on upcoming exhibits and events, museum news, giftshop updates, membership and donor info, as well as a feature article on the history of the Lake of the Woods.