The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Aug 1908

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Aug. 11, 1908



The steamer Wahcondah is reported aground near Farran's Point. The vessel is loaded with grain, and on its way from Fort William to Montreal. A telephone message received from Morrisburg stated that the vessel was in a most dangerous place, and that it was expected that it would take a week at least, to release her. The steamer Donnelly, of the Donnelly Wrecking company, was called to the scene.

The schooners Tradewind and Bertha Kalkins arrived from Charlotte with coal for the asylum.

M.T. Co.'s wharf: The steamer Omaha arrived from Chicago with 47,000 bushels of wheat; the tug Bronson cleared for Montreal, with three barges.

The steamer Rosedale, grain laden, will pass through tonight on her way from Fort William to Montreal.

Folger's wharf: steamer Alexandria and steambarge Waterlily called Monday night, on their down trip.

The schooner Ford River arrived from Sodus with coal for the hosiery company.

The sloop Maggie L. arrived from bay ports with grain, and cleared for Wolfe Island to load oats.

Swift's: steamer Caspian, down and up today; steamer Aletha from bay points; steamer Belleville from Montreal to Toronto; schooner Keewatin from Sodus.



Passing of Portsmouth's Grand Old Man.

Edward Beaupre, Portsmouth's grand old man, passed away at his home on Sunday morning, at the age of eighty-eight years. Deceased, who was a resident at Portsmouth for over sixty years, was well known all over this district, and his death removes another of the old landmarks. Mr. Beaupre had been ill for about nine months, but his death came rather unexpectantly. Last winter he was taken very seriously ill, but recovered from this attack and was in fairly good health again, up to a few days ago.

The late Mr. Beaupre was born in Prescott, and learned the trade of a ship carpenter and builder and built several vessels, including the schooners Queen of the Lakes, Eliza Fisher, Annie Minnes, Oliver Mowat, Nellie Hunter, and many others. He followed this line of business for many years, having a most successful career. Later, he was employed as superintendent in the building of different vessels, and worked for the M.T. Co. for some time.

For forty-one years deceased acted as tax collector for the village of Portsmouth, and in this position he carried out the duties with good credit to himself. Mr. Beaupre had the honor of being a member of the first council in the village in 1859, and was therefore looked upon as a "father of the village." He always had the welfare of the village at heart and did all he could to advance its interests. Kind-hearted and true, he was a man beloved by everyone who knew him. He was as well known in Kingston as in Portsmouth, and everyone was pleased to meet his cheering face. His advice was often sought for on public questions, and it was at all times promptly given. For a period of forty years deceased kept an hotel at Portsmouth.

In politics Mr. Beaupre was a strong Liberal, and for 45 years, without missing even one election, sat in the polling booth at Portsmouth and guarded the interests of the Liberal party. In all his time, deceased never missed a vote at any election, and at the last contest for the Ontario legislature, although he had not been out of the house for several months, he insisted upon being driven to the polling booth in order that he might cast his vote for the Liberal party. His request was granted, and Mr. Beaupre was pleased that he was not compelled to miss a vote.

In his early days, Mr. Beaupre had a great desire for travelling to see the country, and he went over the Indian trading stations and a great many places in those early days, where white men were afraid to venture. Last June Mr. Beaupre and his wife celebrated the 58th year of their marriage.

Deceased is survived by his wife and a family of seven sons and three daughters. The sons are Capt. E.A. Beaupre, vice-president and manager of the Albany and Troy Steamboat Co.; William Beaupre, assistant foreman and shipbuilder, at Ballard, Wash.; Capt. Chas. Beaupre, the well-known mariner on the lakes, who lives at Portsmouth; Peter N. Beaupre, taskmaster at the Penitentiary; Capt. Alfred Beaupre, of the Pittsburg Steamer Co.; Francis L. Beaupre, carriage builder, Michigan city, Indiana, and Edwin Beaupre, wholesale liquor dealer, Princess street. The daughters are Mrs. C. Powers, South Bend, Indiana; Mrs. R. Baden and Mrs. Geo. Sullivan, of Portsmouth.

All the members of the family was able to come home for the funeral, with the exception of Capt. Alfred Beaupre, who just arrived in Duluth with his vessel on Monday night at 6 o'clock, and William Beaupre, who is on his way to the old country. All the members of the family visited here last winter.

The funeral, which took place on Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock to the Church of the Good Thief, was very largely attended. Mass was celebrated by Rev. Father McDonald. Sons of the deceased acted as pallbearers.

The flag on the Portsmouth town hall was at half-mast Sunday and Monday out of respect to the memory of deceased.

p.4 Gananoque, Aug. 11th - The schooner Briton, undergoing repairs at Kingston dry dock, is in port with coal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Aug 1908