The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present


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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