Alexander Thomas Loghrin
b. Jan. 9, 1904 - d. Sept. 15, 1985
Ethel May Weeks
b. Apr. 30, 1907¹ - d. Nov. 22, 1990
Encounters with bears and other wildlife were common.
After World War 2, they bought a couple of abandoned properties in O'Connor and Conmee townships and then sold sand and gravel from those properties. A large volume was supplied to construct the Thunder Bay Airport and much smaller amounts were sold annually well into the 1970's. A portion of the O'Connor property was sold to become part of the Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park. Alex also served for a time on the O'Connor Township Council. In the late 1960's they subdivided several lots along highway 590 and Tom and Sharon Loghrin built on one of them in 1970; Sharon still lives there.
Alex and Ethel cutting the cake celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 1977. Picture taken by Tom Loghrin in Tom and Sharon's living room.
¹Monteith web site. The Monteith's of Perth County (Stratford, Perth County, Ontario, Canada). Online at www.monteith.org/strat.htm. Site owned/maintained by M.L. Monteith.
Alex was born at Stratford, Jan. 9, 1904. After he left school, he worked on the railroad in Stratford. Alex developed wanderlust at an early age; in 1921 he worked the harvest on the prairies. He left a note, "R.N. Fizzell (farmer) Aberdeen, Sask., Box 132. I stooked oats for him in Oct., 1921."
He married Ethel May Weeks June 8, 1927 and they lived near Kakabeka Falls, Ontario where he was a conductor on the C.N.R.
They had no family. (Will Keith, 1968)
The above notation is on the reverse of the card. The card is from Sharon Loghrin's photo collection.
Alex and Ethel on their wedding day. Photo from Don and Wendy Loghrin's collection.
Alex and Ethel, in fact, lived just west of Kakabeka Falls in a small home in O'Connor Township.
During the Great Depression when calls for the railroad were few and far between, they survived with Alex working at a variety of jobs from driving taxi to barbering and Ethel tending a large garden and preserving everything she could. In later years, he particularly enjoyed telling stories about their time in the bush while he tended his trapline.
Alex and Ethel were cremated and there is a monument in the O'Connor Township Cemetery.
The obituary appeared in The Chronicle-Journal, Thunder Bay's daily newspaper. (Tom Loghrin, 2004)
Ethel and Alex in their backyard, August, 1978. Photo courtesy of Jane Hurst.