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Fort Frances Times and Rainy Lake Herald

The Ministry of Natural Resources, through its Fort Frances District Fisheries Management Pla, has determined that walleye and northern pike are being over-harvested on Rainy Lake. The over-harvesting problem is particularly acute for walleye on the North Arm where walleye stocks are also stressed by localized spawning habitat degradation, water […]

Rainy River. Our Town. Our Lives.

There must have been a school in Atwood Township in the early 90’s for in the fall of 1894, Mr. McQuaig, Public School Inspector for Algoma “including Rainy River”, issued a permit for Miss Edith Cathcart to teach “in Atwood No.8” until July 1, 1895. In 1901 the “old log […]

Fort Frances Times and Rainy Lake Herald

One of the first actions taken by the Town of Fort Frances subsequent to its incorporation, was establishment of a fire department. What follows is a history of that department. It’s a story of people who made it work and the equipment they used to achieve maximum efficiency. In 1903, […]

Fort Frances Times and Rainy Lake Herald

When J.A. Osborne could not find housing in the village of Koochiching, he moved across to Fort Frances and when he heard that the Canadian Northern Railway was to be was to be built through Fort Frances, he moved his newspaper, the Rainy Lake Herald and Koochiching Advertiser across the […]

Fort Frances Times and Rainy Lake Herald

When LaJemeraye beached his canoes at “the Point” in the fall of 1731, he was accompanied by LaVerendrye’s eldest son, Jean Baptiste, 25 voyageurs and a guide. When the Town of Fort Frances was incorporated in 1903, the resident population was only “approximately 650 souls”. The town’s expansion paralleled its […]

Fort Frances Times and Rainy Lake Herald

On April 11, 1903, the Corporation of the Town of Fort Frances came into being. It consisted, according to early records, of approximately 720 acres and “approximately 650 souls in number.” Oliver Mowat, who as premier and attorney-general of Ontario had battled both the Dominion and Manitoba Governments to keep […]

(Taken in part from the Baudette Region --- written by Mrs. Oliver Kellogg)
Rainy River. Our Town. Our Lives.

Trouble had been smoldering for weeks that summer of 1910. There had been early season rains; then droughts. The forests grew close in all settled areas. Transportation was either by boat or by train. An occasional trail would through the woods from one homestead to the other. The towns of […]

Fort Frances Times and Rainy Lake Herald

Fort Frances paid tribute to the Sisters of Charity, or of Grey Nuns on Thursday afternoon and evening for their 34 years of dedicated service as owners, administrators and operators of LaVerendrye General Hospital, prior to the transfer of ownership to a non-profit, charitable corporation, the LaVerendrye General Hospital (Fort […]

Fort Frances Times and Rainy Lake Herald

Robert John Nicholson Pither, whose residency on the point of land where Rainy Lake discharges into Rainy River, gave rise to its name as Pither’s Point, was born on October 29, 1824 in Montreal. His parents were Robert and Margaret (Nicholson) Pither, of English birth. He was educated in Montreal […]