Robert James¹ Hanna
b. June 11, 1876² - d. Nov. 3, 1902³
Robert married Margaret Bonin, daughter of "Lo U". Bonin and Margaret Gregoire, on May 19, 1897 in Port Arthur. His occupation at the time was listed as farmer. Witnesses to the marriage were Euclid Bonin and Georgia Duclos and they were married by Rev. D. Donovan.*
Bob became a railroad worker and in 1901, he was a section foreman living in Port Arthur and earning $540 per annum. He was listed as Irish and Maggie as French and they were both listed as Roman Catholic.²
Bob was killed instantly on the morning of Nov. 3, 1902 while on the job coupling two railcars in the Schreiber yard.³ A brief service, held by Rev. S. C. Murray, took place on Nov. 5th at the residence of L. U. Bonin in Port Arthur. The Independent Order of Foresters led the cortege to Riverside Cemetery and conducted the funeral service there.** "He leaves a wife and one child and a number of brothers and sisters to mourn his loss. Within the past few years the deceased's family has been called upon a number of times to yield up a loved one..."**
Robert's father-in-law operated a grocery store on Water Street.^
¹Registrations of Births and Stillbirths, 1869 - 1909, MS929 Reel 144, Archives of Ontario, Toronto.
² 1901 Census.
³ How Hanna Met His Death, Fort William Daily Times - Journal, Nov. 4, 1902, p. 3.
* Division of Vital Statistical Records 1858 - 1930, MS940 Reel 14, Archives of Ontario, Toronto.
** Fort William Daily Times - Journal, Nov. 6, 1902, p. 3.
^ Walpole Roland, Algoma West: its mines, scenery and industrial resources (Toronto: Warwick and Sons, 1887), p. 201.