Dr. Robert Moore

Fort Frances Museum

Dr. Robert Moore was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon. The friends he acquired during forty years he spent in the district filled Knox Presbyterian church to pay their last respects to one who in the words of the minister who conducted the service, “lived his life devotedly to the welfare of his people and his church.” “Although he had known him only a short time”, said the minster, he knew of Dr. Moore’s greatness, of his skill as a doctor and of his generosity and kindness.

The hymns were, “Rock of Ages”, “Sunset and Evening Star”, and “Now the Labourer’s Day is O’er”. Pallbearers were R. H. Coldridge, John King, C.V. Cochlen, Alex Thompson and Dr. B. A. Reeves. Service was conducted by Rev. John J. Cowan.

Dr. Moore took an active interest in everything pertaining to the public good. He served on the Board of Education and other organizations. He was a former mayor of the town and on Tuesday the flags on all public buildings in Fort Frances flew at half mast and the public schools were closed as a mark of respect. He was also a life member of the Horticultural Society.

One of the pioneer men of this district, Dr. Moore was seventy years of age. Although in failing health over the year, this last illness was of only to weeks in duration.

Dr. Moore, Dean in the Rainy River Medical profession came here in 1897, after graduating from the Toronto University. He was born in Maple, Ontario in 1866 and two years after coming to this district he was married at Rat Portage, now Kenora, to Miss Janet Mc Dougall who was also a native of eastern Ontario. The ceremony was performed by Rev. W.M. Rochester, D. D. , then Presbyterian minister at Rat Portage and now editor of the Presbyterian Record in Toronto.

For many years Dr. Moore was engaged as doctor to the Indians on reservations in the district and also acted as coroner until a little over a year ago when failing health necessitated his retirement.

Dr. Moore was nationally known as an authority on horticulture which was one of his main interests in life. He was particularly interested in the possibility of fruit culture in the Rainy River District and devoted much time, energy and money into his experiments.

He is survived by his widow of Fort Frances and one brother, Rev. Cunningham Moore of St. Vital Manitoba.
He was a devout Presbyterian ad contributed much to the building of Knox Presbyterian Church.