During the 1930s Alex and Annie operated a small grocery shop in their home on Armstrong St. In the depths of the depression my father, who was a railroader, got very little work and we were often short of cash. At those times our credit was good and we could always get the essentials at … Continue reading Occupation: Married Woman (Canada Voters Lists, 1935-1980)
Last Remembrance Day I posted a brief remembrance of Emmett Patrick Sloan and Donald Michael Sloan. I've since come across a couple of brief but interesting newspaper notices relating to the two brothers. These I discovered through a search of the Google news archive (which is no longer easy to use and now seems like … Continue reading ‘Ottawa Flier Missing’ (Donald Michael Sloan)
Emmett and his brother Donny served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. Donny's plane was shot down; and he spent time as a POW in a camp in Germany. [When my dad was a kid, he heard tales of cousin Donny having been forced to eat "black bread," presumably pumpernickel or … Continue reading Emmett and Donny: A Remembrance
Different Sources, Different Birthplaces In a history of Ottawa published in 1927, A.H.D. Ross wrote that "the first white child born in the Township of March was Patrick Killean, whose father, Denis Killean, was in Captain Monk's employ, and the second was Benning Monk."1 Perhaps Ross was relying on Mrs. M.H. Ahearn's earlier "The Settlers of … Continue reading Where was Patrick Killeen born?
Emmett Patrick Sloan (1920-2007) was the son of John Percival Sloan and Mary Lillian Fagan, and a descendant, through his mother's side, of James Moran and Margaret Jamieson. He was also a family historian who spent years constructing a very detailed family tree, which involved tracing any number of Morans and Leavys across North America. … Continue reading Memories of the Morans