Steep Rock Iron Mines, Caland Ore,
and Sapawe, Ontario :
Updated December 1, 2013.
- Atikokan Municipal Cemetery.
See photos of all of the graves in the Atikokan Municipal Cemetery, up to August, 2007. These
pages are a small part of the Canadian Gravemarker Gallery project whose volunteers hope to photograph
and index all gravemarkers in Canada. This is a link to an external website and will be shown in a separate
- Little Falls Cemetery.
See photos of all of the graves in the Little Falls Cemetery, up to August, 2008. These
pages are a small part of the Canadian Gravemarker Gallery project, as above.
- Seine River at Steep Rock, 1909. A postcard which is postmarked 1909.
The photo is titled "Seine River at Steep Rock".
1921 Census for Atikokan. Transcription of the 197 people listed as living
in Atikokan at the time of the 1921 census. Transcribed more or less accurately by Charles Dobie, from the microfilms
which are free for anyone to view on Ancestry.com. Corrections
are most welcome. Surnames familiar to me as Atikokan "old-timers" include
Boone, Code, Okroneg, Rawn, Rolling.
(Added August 19, 2013)
- Summer of 1938: From the Memoirs of Rev. James Carder. In 1938
James Carder was a student minister sent by the United Church to Atikokan and Mine Center for a summer mission.
This is a short chapter from his un-published memoirs. The only names mentioned are
Mr. & Mrs. Hoover and their son Kenneth, of Mine Centre.
- Six aerial photos of Atikokan, 1950's and later.
One of the photos shows the old and new (present) O'Brien Street bridges standing
side by side while the new bridge was being built.
- Main Street Atikokan in the early 1950's. This postcard
image shows Main Street jammed with cars. There is a message on the card mentioning Atikokan, Pass Lake, Port
Arthur and Fort William, but it is in Icelandic. Can you translate it for me?
Grade One Class, Clark St. School, 1950-51. Thanks to
Don Sutton for this class photo showing 25 students and their teacher Fern Shine.
Surnames so far: Beyak, Cenerini, Johnston, Kopechanski, Magee, Mitchell, Sutton.
(Updated November 24, 2013)
- The Rockton Hotel, 1953. Thanks to Tony Hlady for these seven photos
taken both inside and outside of the hotel. At least two of the photos were taken on opening day.
Tony's father, Walter Hlady, who was manager, and
Bill Carlson & Peto Carpenter, who were waiters, are identified.
Staff of the Imperial Bank, 1953. Thanks to Tony Hlady for these four photos.
Only two people are identified: Fern Conway and Tony's mother, Rose Ewacheski.
(Updated January 7, 2013)
Grade Eight Class Photo, 1953. Thanks to
Jay Blacksher for this class photo. Colin Smith was the teacher.
Surnames so far:
Davidson, Demchuk, Gauthier, Harris, Heale(?), Johnston, Knutsen, Pastuck, Robinson, Zuke.
(Updated February 3, 2013)
- Margaret & Dora Dobie, Laurie Cannon, 1953. Photo was taken at
Rawn Lake in July 1953, according to the inscripton on the back.
- A heavy string of fish, 1953. Charles &
Dora Dobie and Clayton Reed.
- Hunting party at Tracy Rapids, 1953. Merv & Jimmy
Upham, Bill & Charles Dobie at an old cabin near Tracy Rapids.
- Dora Dobie and Gloria Kristjanson, 1953. Taken in one of
their front yards on Hematite Ave.
- Charles Dobie, 13th birthday party, 1954. Two photos, both badly underexposed but
everyone is more or less visible. Surnames: Bannister, Dobie, Heale, Kervin, Upham, Wells,
- Dora Dobie, Gloria Kristjanson, Elora Turpin, Gordon Starr, 1954. Three photos
which seem to have been taken behind #9 Hematite Ave.
- Pat and Gib Hele, 1954. Two photos, taken at a picnic at
Steep Rock Lake with various members of the Dobie family.
- Elfie Galler with Dora & Margaret Dobie, 1954.
Taken in Galler's living room.
Grade Four Class, Rawn Road School, 1954. Thanks to
Don Sutton for this photo of 38 students plus their teacher
Mr. Criggins. All but two are identified. Surnames so far:
Anderson, Baechler, Barnhart, Beyak, Blanchard, Brady, Cenerini, Chubey, Cunningham, Gabbs, Grant,
Hallick, Hamel, Jordan, Klompet, Kopechanski, Lampi, Lenart, Magee, Maradyn, McCarthy, McLean, Menzie, Miller, Murphy,
Newman, Nicholas, Strachan, Sutherland, Sutton, Swanson, Thompson, Wall, Weaver, Zack, Zens.
(Updated November 24, 2013)
First Protestant Church junior choir, 1954. This shows the cover of the
First Protestant Church cookbook with a photo of the junior choir. This church later became the Anglican
Church after the various denominations had left to build their own churches. Surnames:
Armstrong, Ayres, Bannister, Bergman, Beyak, Boone, Bryk, Crookes, Dewar, Dobie, Fotheringham, Lesak, Sutton, Waranuk.
Everyone has been identified.
(Updated January 27, 2013)
Same choir a year or so later. Two photos.
A few of the people are the same as on the cookbook cover but there are
many new faces. Most of them I can't identify. Can you help?
Surnames so far: Boone, Edmunds, Faulkner, Hele, Knutsen, Polischuk, Prignitz, Sutton.
(Corrected August 30, 2013)
Grade 7 Class Photo, Marks St. School, 1954. All
are now identified. Surnames:
Anderson, Bryk, Carlson, Cromack, Danard, Davidson, Dobie, Flatt, Haag, Harmon, Kachakowski,
Kehl, Kennedy, Kuiack, Kunzelman, Landry, Leeson, Mantha, Markovich, McKay, McLeod, Nagorski, Payton,
Potts, Provost, Redshaw, Reed, Reid, Senarchuk, Shields, Thibodeau, Thorlakson, Waranuk, Wells, Wenstrom,
(Updated December 1, 2013)
Alfeo Verin, about 1954 and 1965. Thanks to
Dario Verin for these two photos of his father, Alfeo Verin.
(Added May 14, 2013)
- Lions' party, early 1950's.
A few people are still unidentified. Surnames so far: Dobie, Hele, Roberts.
Dance recital, 1955. Four girls are pictured but only
two are identified: Eileen Bergman and Dora Dobie. One of the
other girls is Bonnie Baxter, but not sure which one.
(Updated Oct. 28, 2013)
- Four women of the Anglican Church auxilliary, 1956.
This is probably an
Atikokan Progress photo. The late Margaret Dobie, at age 101 in August 2009, immediately remembered the
photo being taken and the occasion, and she recognized everyone but herself. Pictured are:
Margaret Cole, Margaret Dobie, Patricia Hele and Molly McInnis.
- Atikokan Progress: Bob Clarke, editor, about 1956.
I'm guessing at the year, but it seems about right.
- Atikokan Progress: Art Reykdal, linotype operator, about 1956.
His primary interest was rabble-rousing -- so much so that he got fired at least once a week.
Atikokan Powell Cats at hockey practice, about 1956. Thanks to
Alain Jeansonne for this photo which was taken at the Dunbar Heights rink.
Fern Fortin was the coach. All players are identified. Surnames:
Bannister, Beyak, Fortin, Girard, Goodfellow, Hamel, Jeansonne, Jenson, Rolling, Rostie,
Sutton, Swanson, Thorsteinson.
(Updated Sept. 4, 2013)
- Evelyn and Rev. Jack Ayres, April 20, 1956.
This photo was taken at a presentation on the occasion of their leaving Atikokan.
For many years Jack was the only Protestant
minister in Atikokan, and conducted services for several different denominations.
- Mike Zabirka gives a haircut, about 1956/7.
Mary Jane Hele, aged about one year, gets her first haircut from Mike Zabirka.
- Cub packs with leader Tom Wilkins, about 1956/7. Three photos which include cubs
and adults, including an unidentified cub leader. Many people still unidentified. Adults:
Armstrong, Dobie, Wilkins. Cubs:
Dennis(?), Hamilton, Hirshfeldt(?), Kennedy, Knutsen(?), McInnes, Newman, O'Kroneg, Tefs, Zuefle.
- Cubs gathered on Apple Day, about 1956/7. Many thanks to
Sheldon McRann for this photo. Twenty-three boys but not everyone is identified. Surnames so far:
Botel, Busby, Falconer, Gashinski, Hamilton, Kopechanski, Leishman, Lesak, McRann, Newman,
O'Kroneg, Polischuk, Thorsteinson.
Atikokan High School Field Day. Definitely 1956 or 1957 as
Mr. Hogle, the principal, is in the crowd. Five photos. Names so far:
Wayne Ash, Jim Bird, Doug Heale, Leona Pross. Lots more faces I more or less recognize but
- AHS Student Portraits, 1956/57. I have no idea why I took these 25 portraits
unless it was for a school yearbook. These seem to all be top students and/or perhaps student council members.
Everyone is identified:
Harry Anderson, Vera Beyak, Beth Boone, Marlene Brown, Sharon Bryk, Vera Demchuk, Chris Eoll, Ron Eyton,
Eddy Fay, Liz Hegler, Judy Johnson, John Kervin, Paul Le May, Larry Loverin, Connie Mantha, Don McLeod, Don McRorie,
Robert Munn, Sharon Pastuck, Ralph Shields, Jim Sullivan, Joni Swanbergson, Candia Thew, Annette Turpin, Fritz Zens.
- Atikokan High School Drama Night, 1957. On Feb. 1, 1957, the AHS
Drama Society performed three plays. Luckily, the performances were
reviewed by The Atkokan Progress,
so the exact date as well as the names of the players are known. Eight photos. Names are:
Harry Anderson, Wayne Ash, Imre Berry, Marlene Brown, Shirley Collett, Ed Danard, Vera Demchuk, Charles Dobie,
Irene Ferguson, Liz Hegler, John Kervin, Don McLeod,
John O'Donnell, Mrs. W. Owen, Gerald Pyper, Candia Thew, Annette Turpin, Marjorie Wenstrom.
Atikokan Camera Club, 1957. Winter, 1957. Five photos -- two are
on the same roll of film as the
Drama Night photos above and High School teachers photos below. Three portraits were taken at a camera club meeting
around the same time. The only people identified are Robert Cromack, Glenn Young,
and Lil Vollans.
(Revised August 21, 2013)
- Some teachers of the Atikokan High School, winter, 1957.
This photo was at the end of the same roll of film as the drama night photos above.
I can't figure out what the occasion was, as both Mr. Morgan (principal up to 1956)
and Mr. Hogle (principal
1956 & 1957) are in it. There are also people who
might have been members of the school board, not to mention two military men.
Three people are unidentified, can you help? Surnames so far: Boone, Brennan, Clarke, Edwards,
Hogle, MacMillan, Morgan, Penner, Rafferty, Stamler, Thorpe, Watt.
Anglican Church People, about 1957. Eight photos by Klaus Prufer,
of various people, including the choir, at The Church of The Good
Shepherd, the first Protestant Church in Atikokan. Most people are unidentified.
Names so far: Rev. Greg Armstrong, Peggy Bergman, Bayne Beyak, Vera Brooks, Bill, Margaret & Charles Dobie,
Dave & Nancy Edmunds, Patricia Hele, Margie Kaskie, Heather Pooley.
(Updated October 26, 2013)
Group at Nym Lake, 1957. I'm almost sure I have these names right:
Connie McDougal; Myrtle, Nancy & Patsy Johnson; and Dora Dobie.
(Updated May 14, 2013)
- Dora Dobie, birthday party, 1957. Three photos.
Only one girl remains unidentified. Names so far: Pam Adey, Linda & Patsy Brewer, Laurie Cannon,
Gloria Kristjanson, Elora Turpin.
- Parade with Pipe band, Legion, etc. 1958? My color slides of this parade are
not dated so I'm guessing at the year. I think the pipe band was from Thunder Bay. What was the occasion?
Was it the official opening of the highway? This shot includes pipers and members of the Legion marching on Main Street.
All five Legion members are named. Can you identify anyone in the crowd?
Surnames: Anderson, Dickson, Lee, McMillan, Pinette.
- Downtown Atikokan, mid to late 1950's. Postcard photo looking east from
the Park Theatre all the way up Main St. An expert on the cars of that era may be able to date the photo more
- Public School Field Day, 1958. This must have been near the end of
June, 1958. Dora Dobie is in the middle of a broad-jump.
- Bruce Baxter hitching on the Atikokan Highway, about 1958.
For some reason Bruce and I hitched back to Atikokan from Thunder Bay. I can't remember why we were there in the
- Group at Nym Lake about 1958. Bill & Margaret
Dobie and Klaus Prufer, who was a printer at the Atikokan Progress.
- Charlie Dobie, Nym Lake, about 1958. Youth is wasted on the
young . . . .
- Unidentified man and boy at winter campfire, about 1958.
I vaguely remember this and I think it was at an Atikokan Camera Club outing at Nym Lake. I don't have a clue who the
man or boy are.
- Unidentified teens with a car on the ice on Nym Lake, about 1958.
They must have been friends of mine but I can't remember the occasion. They aren't quite clear enough for me to
identify them. Can you?
- Atikokan High School, Mr. Marcinek's home room class, about 1958/9.
Mr. Marcinek and 18 or 19 students. Of course the photographer got left out. One student is still unidentified, can you help?
Surnames so far: Berry, Booth, Danard, Douglas, Draper, Gordon, Harris, Kimerlie, Kunzleman, Marcinek, Nagorski,
Redshaw, Reid, Stamborski, Sturtz, Waranuck, Young.
- Atikokan High School, hockey during PT class, about 1958/9.
Nine photos, players mostly identified. Wayne Ash, Fred Berry, Lynn Booth, Ralph Carlson,
Ken Danard, Pat Reid, Glenn Young.
- AHS students goofing around, 1959/60. Names are:
Graydon & Jim Bird, Betty Bromley, Judy Bundza, Yolande Jeansonne, John Kervin, Leona Pross,
Mike & Pat Reid.
- Atikokan High School field day, Wayne Ash pole-vaulting.
For some reason this field day was held in the ball park rather than the High School grounds. Wayne is doing the
pole-vault in his socks.
- Terry Phair's photos, late 1950s. Terry Martin
was known as Terry
Phair when he went to high school in Atikokan in the mid-to-late 1950's. He sent me eight photos of his Atikokan
friends. In January 2011, he sent me 11 more photos; I've put one in this section and the
other 10 I've listed in the Steep Rock Iron Mines section. Names are:
Melvin Bone, Colby Dickison, Buzz & Danny Gagne, Jerry Hamel, Terry McLenndon, Terry Phair.
He also sent a clipping from the Atikokan Progress, dated May 13, 1959, titled "Hockey Players
Presented Awards". Names are:
Len Foisy, Jim Kruger, Terry Phair, Cameron McLeod, Keith Prignitz, David Ringus, Lloyd Rolling,
Leroy Rostie, Gary Summers, Larry & Vern Thorsteinson, Ed Werner, and three
- Dora Dobie, birthday parties, 1959-1964.
Seven photos. Names are: Sally Beliveau, Linda Brewer, Laurie Cannon, Lawanna Chumway, Dora Dobie,
Millie Fredrickson, Erin Harrison,
Barbara Icton, Faith Ivall, Donna Jackson, Patsy Jackulac, Rita Nault, Sharon O'Beirn, Kathy Oddleifson,
Elora Turpin, and two unknown.
- Members of the Cole and Hele families, Nym Lake, 1961.
Patricia, Gib, Mary Jane and John Hele with
David & Gordon Cole.
Atikokan High School play, early 1960's. Unknown play with a Mexican theme,
unknown year. Four cast members: Dora Dobie, Faith Ivall, Alain Jeansonne, Peter Love.
(Added August 28, 2013)
- Donna & Pauline Armstrong, 1963. They are the wife and child of
Greg Armstrong, who was the Anglican minister at the time.
- Peter Shrive, age 18 in 1963. Also with a recent (2010) photo of Peter.
Art group, 1964. An Atikokan Progress photo. A link to my genealogy website.
Anglican Church confirmation group, about 1964. A link to my genealogy website.
- Draper Family, about 1965. This photo and the next were taken in Streetsville, Ont.
Chester ("Red") Draper, Sr., was a diesel mechanic who worked at Steep Rock from the mid-to-late 1940's until the
early 1960's. Mrs. Draper was teaching school in Streetsville at the time this photo was taken.
- Group gathered at Nym Lake, 1967.
The Kristjanson and Dobie families. Two photos.
- Jack and Marie Leighton, 1976. This well-known and well-loved couple lived
at Nym Lake.
PHOTO ESSAY :
has published a
photo essay on Atikokan
in the January /
February 2010 issue of The Walrus
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ITEMS FROM THE STEEP ROCK ECHO :
- Many thanks to
Sheldon McRann for contributing these clippings
from the Steep Rock Echo. Most of them relate to people and events in Atikokan as well as at Steep
Rock Iron Mines.
November, 1956 : Name This Group For $25.
This photo of 22 women shows the Ladies Choral Group of Atikokan. They were re-named "The Northernaires",
presumably as a result of this contest to suggest a new name for the group.
Three are unidentified. Surnames (a couple are questioned) so far are:
Berry, Breakey, Carson, Douglas, Eyton, Franklin, Gadd, Hele, Johnson, MacMillan, McCuaig, McInnis, McTaggert,
Maki, Medhurst, Munn, Scott, Stamler, Youngberg.
(Revised November 24, 2013)
- August, 1957 : "10 Years a Safe Worker". Eleven men and their wives
gather for presentation of
desk pen sets. Names are: Bill Bochula, Jack Munn, Danny O'Connell, Ray
Hergott, Fred Hirshfelt, Steve Krukoski, Paul Kirjewski, Merrill
Leeson, Arthur McDonald, Harvey McRann, John Brzoza, Mike Chromiczuk, Al Labrie.
- November, 1957 : Preparation for Remembrance.
Some SRIM employees gather to commemorate our war dead. Names are:
B.W. Carriere, Mel Dodds, Alec Drobot, Bill Ferguson, Roy Greig, Frank Moronics, Ed Oczkus,
- July 1959 : SRIM Lab Picnic. Five photos
of the picnic at French Lake. Names are: Jim Magee, Herrick Wilkins.
- July 1959 : News Photos. Six photos
of interest to Steep Rock people. Names are: Joan Frykas, Anne Marie Girard,
Dolly Jackson, Peter Oxley, Jean Rasi, Beverley Rostie, Len Rostie, Betty Scott, Georgina Whitlaw.
- July 1959 : Sports Photos. Thirteen photos, mostly of
local baseball teams. Surnames include:
Albrecht, Allan, Bainbridge, Beyak, Bottenfield, Brown, Bruce, Cain, Cairnes, Campbell, Carleton, Carpenter,
Chambers, Chubey, Clement, Cooper, Donaldson, Dunn, Fay, Flatt, Gabbs, Garrioch, Girard, Goodfellow,
Hamilton, Hudey, Huntley, Ibey, Kolton, Koroscil, Legros, Lewicki, MacDonald, Maki, Markle, Munn,
Ostrum, Pare, Polischuk, Prignitz, Pyper, Ripplinger, Rosnow, Rousseau, Rundle, Slater, Teschke,
Thompson, Timmons, Walker, Whitman, Youd.
- September 1959 : Before & After Photos. Two photos and
accompanying story. One photo shows the intersection of Main and O'Brien Sts. as an empty field. The
other shows the same scene a few years later with buildings under construction.
STEEP ROCK IRON MINES :
- Time Magazine, Aug. 28, 1944. A bit more than 1/3 of a page of
text about the development of Steep Rock. Names mentioned: Julian Cross, Cyrus Eaton, Joseph Errington,
H. L. Smyth.
- Life Magazine, Oct. 24, 1949. A six-page photo essay and article titled
"A Great New Ore Supply". The only people mentioned are Julian Cross, Cyrus Eaton, Joe Errington, and Don Hogarth. A couple of
photos show unidentifed local people. Can you name them?
- Dredging at Steep Rock Iron Mines, 1952. A photo from the archives of the
Chicago Sun, stamped "1952 Mar 14" on the back.
- Steep Rock Iron Mines underground staff, 1952.
Seventeen men, all identified. Surnames are:
Anderson, Bannister, Calder, Cronsilver, Dawson, Dewar, Dobie, Ferguson,
Goranson, Haggerty, Hele, Lang, Olafson, Roberts, Thew, Upham, Williams.
Photo by Norman Kipnis.
- Steep Rock Iron Mines staff party, 1953.
Two photos of the same group of 27 men. All are identified. Surnames are:
Ainsworth, Bannister, Bergman, Calder, Chesney, Cole, Crawford, Dewar, Dickison, Dobie, Ferguson, Foisy, Gorinson,
Hamilton, Hegler, Hele, Hull, Hyla, Jeansonne, MacKay, McDougal, McGee, Olafson, Roberts, Starr, Upham,
- Ore Trucks in the pit at SRIM, 1953. Two photos from the archives of the
Beacon Journal, stamped "June 18, 1953" on the back.
- SRIM Superintendant Willard "Bill" Bennett, 1953. A photo from the archives
of the Beacon Journal, stamped "June 18, 1953" on the back.
- Julian Cross, 1953. He was the man who discovered iron ore at Steep
Rock Lake. A photo from the archives of the Beacon Journal, stamped "June 18, 1953" on
- Clearing clay, bottom of Steep Rock Lake, 1954.
Presumably Steep Rock Iron Mines but could also be Caland.
A photo from the archives of AP Newsfeatures, stamped "Jul 29, 1954" on the back.
Terry Phair's photos of Steep Rock, 1950s? Eleven photos with only
one person, Leon Pinette, identified.
- Safety Rally in the pouring rain, 1957. I took this shot of a bunch of
bedraggled local people in the pit peering into a hole in the ground.
- Raft Lake water diversion rock-cut. A postcard mailed in 1957 and an
aerial photo taken in 2002, courtesy of Brian Jackson.
CALAND ORE :
- Mink Ranch at Sapawe, 1941. Charles Parsons
and his nephew John Blair Stone
started a mink farm at Sapawe about 1940. It lasted only a short while before the animals died of disease.
Nine photos. Surnames: Cassels, Parsons, Porter, Stone.
- Graham Harris, late 1950's.
This portrait was taken by Frank Morice, founder of the Atikokan Camera Club, about 1957.
- Graham Harris, another photo. Taken by
about the same time as the one above. He's sitting in front of his cabin in Sapawe.
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