William Hampdon Tenner, who leaves as a memorial the finest complete collection of photographs of early days in the District of Rainy River, passed away at his home in Devlin on June 10, 1948.
He was an ardent and artistic photographer and many pictures of steamboat navigation on the Rainy River as well as many other scenes of early pioneer life remain as a token of his memory. Hundreds of his glass plates portraying these early scenes, have been preserved by W.G. Bartley and Pat Kerr of Fort Frances.
Mr. Tenner was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, on December 3, 1860, and came to the United States at the age of 23. He travelled extensively in the United States, recording his progress with his camera, before coming tot the District of Rainy River where he took up farming in Roddick township on May 10, 1898. After farming for two years, he moved to Emo and shortly thereafter to Devlin where he engaged in farming until illness forced him to retire. He continued to reside in Devlin until his death.
On May 7, 1924, he was married to Miss Rhoda Abbie Lodder of Devlin, who survives. Other survivors include a sister, Mrs. Feachtinger of Chicago and a cousin John Kinley Tenner who served as Governor of Pennsylvania from 1911 to 1915.
Funeral Services were held at the Devlin United church on Saturday, June 12, at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. A.B. Schulte of Fort Frances officiating. Internment took place in the Devlin cemetery. Pallbearers were Thomas Cornell, A. Steel, Fred Patterson, William Pope, John Richardson and William G. Bartley of Fort Frances.
The Fort Frances Times obtained Tenner’s photo collection in 1972. Willard Price gave a collection of glass plates bearing Tenner’s photos to the Times. The Times reproduced the photos and the glass plates were sent to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario where they can be better preserved.