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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jan 1906

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Jan. 25, 1906

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Navigation company has engaged the steamer Pierrepont to make a trip to Amherst Island on Saturday. This is a record indeed.

p.8 The steamer New Island Wanderer came from Cape Vincent, at noon, around the head of the Island.

Jan. 26, 1906

p.2 Picton Harbor Open - Picton like Kingston and all river and bay port towns is facing the prospect of an ice famine for the coming summer. Picton harbor is quite open, though less than a month ago the ice was eight inches thick, but the long continued mild weather has done the damage. It is many years since anything of the kind is remembered at the stirring town on the Bay of Quinte.

Personal Mention - Capt. W. Augustus concluded, yesterday, his inspection of ships in Kingston harbor. He goes to Ogdensburg, N.Y., and will inspect vessels in ports as far west as Buffalo.

G.M. Kinghorn, secretary-treasurer of the Montreal Transportation company, died at Montreal on Thursday night. Deceased was well-known in Kingston, having lived here prior to 1873, when he removed to Montreal. He was one of the organizers of the transportation company in 1868. Mr. Kinghorn had many relatives in this city, who, along with friends, will deplore his death.



All-American Line From Niagara to Ogdensburg.

[Toronto News]

Heretofore Canadian steamboat lines have enjoyed a monopoly of the Lake Ontario and Thousand Island tourist traffic, as least so far as regular lines are concerned, and last year the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation company, the St. Lawrence & Thousand Island Steamboat company, and the Bay of Quinte line, are said to have reaped a rich harvest through their connections with Rochester, Ogdensburg and other points on the American side.

But our neighbors to the south have decided to make inroads on this traffic, and plans are already far advanced for an all-American line next summer from Niagara to Ogdensburg, opposite Prescott, about sixty miles down the river, a town in the state of New York.

Dr. Webster, Buffalo, is an active promotor of the scheme, and negotiations have been made for the purchase of two Lake Michigan steamers, the Chippewa and Eastland, which will have a capacity of 1,500. With these it is proposed to run a daily service. A number of Buffalo capitalists are at the back of the new line.

With the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company already in the field, and securing three new steamers for the coming season, and two new companies, the Mackay line from Hamilton, and the proposed Lewiston-Ogdensburg line, there promises to be lots of competition for the river traffic this summer.

p.5 Lake Ontario Navigation Co. - The annual meeting of the shareholders of the Lake Ontario Navigation company was held at the Queen's hotel, Toronto, Saturday afternoon. The managing director, John Hazlett, presented his report, showing a very satisfactory season. A resolution of sympathy was passed over the death of Mr. Hazlett's son, J.W. Hazlett, late treasurer of the company. At a subsequent meeting of the directors, the following were elected officers for the present year: President, F. Hutchinson; vice-president, William Douglas, K.C.; managing director, John Hazlett; secretary, F.H. Baker.

May Be Used On Bay - The steamer Jessie Bain, which is being rebuilt in Davis' dry dock for the Gananoque-Clayton ferry may be used on the Deseronto-Picton route instead. The Rathbun company had leased her for the river route, but they also require a boat on the Bay of Quinte to take the place of the steamer Deseronto, and will likely use the Bain. The Bain is owned by the Folgers.

Incidents of the Day - The flags were at half-mast, today, on the city buildings and several boats in port for G.M. Kinghorn, a prominent transportation man of Montreal, who died Thursday. Mr. Kinghorn was alderman for this city from 1872 to 1873, representing Sydenham ward.



He Was A Former Resident Of Kingston.

[Montreal Gazette]

George Mathieson Kinghorn, president of the Williams Manufacturing company and a director of the Montreal Transportation company, died on Thursday night, at his residence, 85 Osborne street. General debility brought on through old age was the cause of his death.

Mr. Kinghorn was in his eighty-first year. He was born at Lennox-town, Campsie, Scotland, in 1825, and at the age of fifteen he came to Montreal, where his uncle, the Rev. Dr. Mathieson, was the pastor of St. Andrews church. He immediately went into the forwarding business. About 1847 Mr. Kinghorn left for Kingston, where he remained till 1873, still following up the same occupation. He then returned to Montreal, where he has resided ever since.

With his death disappears the oldest pioneer of the transportation business in Canada.

Mr. Kinghorn has been secretary of the Montreal Transportation company since the company was formed. He was also elder of St. Paul's church. Mr. Kinghorn leaves five children: Mrs. George McDougall, and four sons, David, R.S., James R., and Dr. H.M. Kinghorn, of Saranac Lake, N.Y.

Mrs. Kinghorn died last May 14th, the couple had celebrated their golden wedding in 1902. The funeral will take place at St. Paul's church, Saturday afternoon.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jan 1906