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In Stobie Mine
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June 2, 1906 (Creation)
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1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 10 x 13 cm
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One image of nine male students from the Sudbury Public School on a class field trip, gathered at the entrance to Stobie Mine in Blezard Township near Sudbury, Ontario.
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The Canadian Copper Company (which owned Stobie Mine) and Orford Copper Company merged in 1902 to form the International Nickel Company (Inco) with their head office in New York. In 1916, Inco officially incorporated in Canada. In 2006, Inco was purchased by Brazilian mining company Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) and Inco became known as CVRD Inco. The following year CVRD changed its name to Vale and CVRD Inco became Vale Inco. In 2010, Vale Inco's name was changed again to simply Vale.
Sudbury Public School was located on Elm Street and Lorne Street since 1887. The school moved to a new building called Central Public School in September, 1906. The new building was located on land which used to belong to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and the school was demolished in 1950. That same year, construction began on the Sudbury Arena in the same location of the former school with the arena opening to the public in November, 1951.
John Gillespie's male students included SR IV: Ernest Carmichael (age 16), Harry Silverman (age 16), Eddie McVittie (age 13), Melville Beath (age 12), JR IV: John Gutcher (age 13), Kenneth Irwin (age 12), James White (age 12), George Duncan (age 10), SR III: Ashley Long (age 13), Vernor DeMorest (age 12) and Joe Potter (age 12).
John Gillespie's female students included SR IV: Hazel Elliott, Verna Coe, Mayme Harris, Jessie Sinclair, Kathleen Purvis JR IV: Maraget Horne, Pearl Paul, Fenella Hicks, Eva Cooper, Sadie McLeod, SR III: Ida Rothschild, and Pansy Leach.
Ernie Carmicheal, (aka, Ernest Carmicheal, Aaron Alexander Carmicheal) was born November 4, 1889 in Sudbury, Ontario. He served a year with the 97th Regiment and then as a drum sergeant with the 227th Battalion in World War One and later worked as a broadcaster at CKSO in Sudbury, reciting French Canadian poems with the name "The Old Habitant." Carmichael died after a long illness on October 11, 1942 at the age of 52. To learn more about Ernest Carmichael, see his Attestation Paper during World War One at Library and Archives Canada http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=88107 and "Military Rites Held for Old City Resident," The Sudbury Star, October 15, 1942, p. 16.
Harry Silverman was born January 13, 1890 in Copper Cliff, Ontario. His family lived in Webbwood during the late 1800's and moved to Sudbury, Ontario by 1901. They moved to Kenora, Ontario in 1905. At least two of his brothers served in World War One. On July 19, 1929 Harry Silverman married Mable Baker in Winnepeg. They lived in Kenora and had two daughters. Silverman worked in the fur buisness and was a past winner of the Western Championship for shooting. To learn more about Harry Silverman, see his obituary in the Kenora Daily Miner and News, July 16, 1953, p. 4.
Eddie McVittie (aka Andrew Edison McVittie) was born August 16, 1892 on a farm near Whitefish, Ontario. The McVittie family moved to Sudbury, Ontario where William McVittie, Eddie McVittie's father became a well known prospector. Eddie McVittie became an Electrical Engineer and served for three years with the Engineers in Kingston, Ontario before the war. During World War One, McVittie served with the 228th Battalion and then transferred to the R.F.C. in France. After the war, McVittie returned to his home in Sudbury, Ontario. (In 1921, McVittie worked as an Electrical Engineer in Noble, Ontario but returned to Sudbury shortly afterwards.) Eddie McVittie married and had four sons before passing way on May 19, 1959 at the age of 66 in Sudbury, Ontario. To learn more about Eddie McVittie, see his Attestation Papers at Library and Archives Canada http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=167498, "Local Boys Join the Aviation Corps," The Sudbury Star, November 11, 1916, p. 16, "Ed McVittie Home," The Sudbury Star, May 8, 1918, p. 8, and "Funerals: A. Edison McVittie," The Sudbury Star, May 23, 1959, p. 6.
Melville Gow Beath was born in Sudbury, Ontario September 22, 1893. He became a jeweller and during World War One served with the 227th Balallion for 10 months followed by the 97th Regiment "Algonquin Rifles" as a Lieutenant. Beath died of teburculosis March 18, 1930 in Sudbury, Ontario at the age of 36. To learn more about Melville Beath, see his Overseas Decleration Paper at Library and Archives Canada http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=30960 and "Lieut. Melville Beath Returned to Sudbury from England on 3 Months Leave," The Sudbury Star, October 31, 1917, p. 4
John James Gutcher was born April 5, 1893, in Balfour, Ontario. His mother died while he was a child and his family moved to Sudbury, Ontario. Gutcher worked on and off at the Sudbury Star for five years and purchased control of the Copper Cliff Carrier. He served as a Private in the machine gun section of 97th Battalion and with the 15th Battalion during World War One. He was wounded on April 24, 1915 and succumbed to his injuries in a prisoner of war camp in Oberhausen, Germany on May 21, 1915 at the age of 22. John Gutcher was the first solider from Sudbury to die during the war. To learn more about John Gutcher, see his Attestation Paper During World War One at Library and Archives Canada http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=431836, "Jack Gutcher Wounded: A Prisoner in Germany," The Sudbury Star, May 26, 1915, p. 1, "News of the 97th; Jack Gutcher is Dead," The Sudbury Star, June 16, 1915, p. 1 & 5, and "Tribute to Jack Gutcher," The Sudbury Star, October 27, 1915, p. 2.
Kenneth Irwin (aka James Kenneth Irwin, Kenneth Burd) was born in Pembroke, Ontario in June 1894. His parents were married in Sudbury, Ontario in 1893 and residing there but were visiting family in Pembroke at the time of Irwin's birth. Irwin was raised in Sudbury. After his father died, his mother married Henry Burd in 1908. Irwin worked as a chauffeur and later as a mechanic. Irwin served during World War One. To learn more about Kenneth Irwin, see his Attestation Papers at Library and Archives Canada http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=478307.
James White (aka William James White Jr.) was born October 12, 1893 in Sudbury, Ontario. He became a butcher and later a labourer. White married Emelia Girdwood June 16, 1915 and had at least three children. James White passed away April 25, 1934 in York, Ontario at the age of 40 and was interred in Sudbury, Ontaro. To learn more about James White, see "Born - Mr. Jas. White - a Son," The Sudbury Journal, October 12, 1893, p. 4, "Marriage," The Sudbury Star, June 16, 1915, p. 8, "Birth," The Sudbury Star, March 18, 1916, p. 4 and "Birth," The Sudbury Star, September 1, 1920, p. 8
George Duncan was born February 29, 1896 in Sudbury, Ontario. He served as a Corporal in the machine gun section in France with the 227th Battalion during World War One. To learn more about George Duncan, see "Sudburian in the Rhyl Riots Arrives Home: Corporal Geo. Duncan Says Kinmel Uprising Brought Results," The Sudbury Star, March 29, 1919, p. 11
Ashley Long (aka James Ashley Long) was born April 29, 1893 in Mulmur, Ontario. The Long family relocated to Sudbury, Ontario until they moved to Toronto in 1911. Before World War One, Long served six months as a Private with the 48th Highlanders. During the war, he first served with the 170th Battalion, then as an instructor in England with the rank of Sergeant before transferring to the machine gun section in France as a Lance-Corporal. Long was wounded in the right arm on August 13, 1918. After the war, he worked as a clerk and he married Bertha Rodwell October 26, 1921 in York, Ontario. They had a daughter (Dorothy Jean Long 1923-1993) but unfortunately, Bertha Long died of tuberculosis in 1931. To learn more about Ashley Long, see his Attestation Paper at Library and Archives Canada http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=535876, and "Private Ashley Long Wounded," The Sudbury Star, August 24, 1918, p. 8.
Vernor DeMorest (aka Rinalds Vernor DeMorest) was born November 1, 1893 in Sudbury, Ontaro. He became an Assistant Engineer and served as Gunner in France during World War One. To learn more about Vernor DeMorest, see his Attestation Paper with Library and Archives Canada http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=348948, and "Vern DeMorest Wounded," The Sudbury Star, October 9, 1918, p. 8.
Joe Potter (aka Joseph Potter, James Joseph Livingston Potter) was born January 2, 1894 in Sudbury, Ontario. He worked as Bank Clerk until the start of World War One. During the war, he served as a Private until his death in England on October 5, 1917 at the age of 23. To learn more about Potter, see his Attestation Paper at Library and Archives Canada http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=580920, and "Comrade Pays Tribute to Late 'Joe' Potter," The Sudbury Star, October 24, 1917, p. 5
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