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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1893

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Yesterday at eleven o'clock a well known citizen, Peter Mitchell, passed away at his residence, Barrie street, after a brief illness. A week ago he was seized with weakness, which is supposed to have been a slight attack of paralysis. He rallied and during last week moved about but he did not feel well. Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock he became so ill he had to go to bed and yesterday he expired. The cause of death was congestion of the brain. He was sixty-four years of age, born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and came to Canada with his parents, in infancy. They settled in the vicinity of the English River, Que., and Mr. Mitchell, sr. engaged in the lumbering business. Afterwards he and his family moved to Prescott and were there during the rebellion of 1837. The following year they moved to Kingston. Deceased was a resident for fifty years. He received his education here and reaching manhood apprenticed himself to Messrs. Hood & Johnston, who conducted a large business in the shipyard then on the site of the dry-dock. Here vessels were built for ocean and lake service. Graduating a first class ship carpenter Mr. Mitchell started business on his own account in Portsmouth, renting the marine railway from Macdonald and Patton. He afterwards bought the premises and carried on ship-building for twelve years. He retired from active work about four years ago. He had a very pleasant manner and was well liked by friends and those with whom he had business dealings. He was quiet, not given to display of any description. He sought no public offices and was, therefore, unknown in public life. He was an active member of the Grange order, and attended St. Andrew's church. He was a staunch liberal, believing the platform of his party was the best for the country. He leaves a widow, daughter of the late James White, hardware merchant, Picton, and three children, Miss Beatrice at home and Drs. C.F. and H.F. Mitchell, of South Bend, Indiana.


There are twenty-eight men at present engaged at Capt. Noonan's new boat. The steamer will be put in the water today.

R. Davis sold his fifty-foot steam yacht to R.P. Inglis, Winnipeg, yesterday for $1,250. The yacht will be shipped to Calgary by C.P.R.

The ice in the channel made last night and a horse could be driven over to the island today. The continued cold weather prevents the str. Pierrepont from distinguishing herself.

General Paragraphs - The schr. Vienna cleared from Port Hope, Wednesday, for Cobourg, the first of the season.

p.4 The Hat Refused Him - Navigation may be said to be open at this port. The str. D.R. VanAllen, Capt. Joseph Thompson, arrived from Oswego, light, to load lumber. She took on about 180,000 feet, and sailed for Oswego Tuesday night. Capt. Thompson, his vessel being the first arrival of the season, made application to the harbor-master for the famed new hat, but one of the clerks in the office informed the skipper that he was not entitled to the silk hat, because his vessel had not brought in a cargo. This new interpretation of the regulations regarding the "hat" was somewhat surprising, but Capt. Thompson said he had no time to debate the matter, so he left still wearing his own weather-beaten headgear. Capt. Maw received the hat without any question the year he brought the Jessie Drummond over light from Charlotte. [Toronto Globe]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1893