The Milne/Smeed Connection

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A Favourite Photo

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks

Week 2 – Favourite Photo

I chose this photo because it is the only one that I have of our whole family unit. We have many family photos but it seems that one of us was always out of the frame behind the camera. This photo was taken in the fall of 1955 by my cousin, Ida Milne, from Fort William. She dropped in to surprise her aunts and uncles in Listowel while on a trip with a friend. I vaguely remember her visit but I didn’t actually see the photo until I went on a return visit  in September 2000. Ida’s mother, Aunt Dorothy, had prepared a package of photos for me and this was among them.

Not only is this a photo of the family… Mum, Dad, Elizabeth (age 4) and me (age 10), it is a reminder of our home as it was on that day. We don’t have many indoor photos from that era. Usually we went outdoors to take advantage of daylight.

The house was one of the many “wartime” houses built for returning veterans in the late 1940s. We are sitting in the corner of the sitting room with the kitchen in the background. Visible are our original Frigidaire refrigerator and the buffet of the dinette set my parents bought when we first moved into the house on Jefferson Street.  On the left side of the photo is the telephone… no dial,  just an operator on the end of the line asking “Number, please?”. The phone sits on a table that I still have in my possession.

Mum smiled for the camera; Dad was his usual reticent self; I looked rather serious with my hair pulled back in a severe ponytail; Elizabeth, cute with her bangs and wearing a dress, seemed like she wasn’t too sure about having her photo taken. Great memories to have, thanks to a surprise visit all those years ago.

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Bet, Charlie, Jane and Elizabeth – Fall 1955

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A Double Wedding

A double wedding took place on 5 July 1928 in Fort William, Ontario. Frances Elizabeth Milne, daughter of Robert James Milne and Ida Hewitt Milne married Gustav Josef Petterson, the son of Karl Frederick Petterson and Anna Charlotte Gustafson Petterson.

At the same ceremony, Joe’s brother, Thurston Petterson married Irene Collander. The witnesses were Jack Milne and Tauno Collander, the brothers of the brides.

A newspaper account at the time described a quiet but pretty wedding. The brides wore white satin with hose and shoes to match. They carried bouquets of sweetheart roses and lily of the valley. A wedding dinner was held at the Avenue Hotel in Fort William followed by dancing at the Palais.

Frances and Joe


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Dorothy Elizabeth Cole Milne

Dorothy Elizabeth Cole was born in Toronto on 16 September 1912.  On 22 November 1930, she married William John Milne and they made their home in Upsala before moving to Fort William in 1942.

The couple had four children,  James, Ida, William Jr. and Dorothy. Bill died in 1969 and Dorothy died in 2012 just a few months before her 100th birthday.

Dorothy as a child

Dorothy as a child

Dorothy Cole Milne

Dorothy at her 99th birthday


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Robert Jack Milne

Robert Jack Milne was born in Fort William, Ontario on 5 September 1932. He was the son of Robert Johnston Milne and Evelyn Mary Harris.

In 1958, Jack married Eleanor Veasey in Lafleche, Saskatchewan. The couple had two daughters, Roberta and Joy. They resided in Saskatchewan and then British Columbia.

The couple enjoyed many years together before both died in Richmond, B.C. – Eleanor in September 2005 and Jack in July 2006 .

Jack and Eleanor

Photo ca 1987