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Victoria County, Ontario Canada Biographies -K-L-


Kains, Thomas (1850-1901). Civil engineer. Surveyed line of Victoria Railway. In partnership with Hogg, issued first complete map of Victoria County. Went west in eighties and became Surveyor-General of British Columbia.

Keenan, Thomas (1812-1883). Merchant. Born Tyrone, Ireland. Came to Lindsay about 1840, and opened general store. After fire of 1861, built several fine brick blocks on Kent Street. Extensive landowner. One of Lindsay's first magistrates. An uncompromising teetotaler. Liberal. Roman Catholic. Thrice married. Father of 21 children.

Kempt, George (1822-1885). Born Cromarty, Scotland. In business at Keene, Belleville, Kingston, and Newcastle. 18-53, settled in Lindsay. General store, lumbering, milling, grain buying. 1867, M.P. (Liberal) for South Victoria. Sat for 5 years, but refused re-nomination. 1872, appointed sheriff of Victoria county.

Kennedy, John (1835-1908). Born Tipperary. 1857, opened store in Lindsay. For 34' years treasurer of Ops. Five sons, two daughters.

Kennedy, William (1838-1921). Born Shercock, Cavan, Ireland. Came to Canada as a boy and spent most of his life in Bobcaygeon. In government service for half a century and Superintendent of Public Works for Ontario for 17 years. Anglican. Two sons, three daughters.

Kirkconnell, Thomas Allison (1862). Educationist. Born Prescott county, Ont., of Scotch-Canadian parentage. 1895, B.A. degree from Queen's University in Mathematics and Science. 1879-1894, taught at Port Elgin, Vankleek Hill, Madoc, and Port Hope. 1895-1908, principal, Port Hope High School. Since 1908, principal Lindsay Collegiate Institute. 1906-09, member Advisory Council of Education for Ontario. 1919, honored with LL. D by Toronto University. Baptist. 1889, married Bertha Watson of Port Hope. Four sons, Walter, Watson, John, and Herbert; and one daughter, Helen.

Kirkconnell, Walter (1893-1918). Eldest son of T. A. K. In 1913-14, student in law at Osgoode Hall. Captain 45th Regt. and 14th Battn., C.E.F. Member of First Canadian Contingent, August 1914. Killed in action, battle of Amiens, August 8, 1918.

Knight, James Henry (1831-1910). Teacher and inspector. Born at Cowes, Isle of Wight. Taught at Dunsford and Millbrook 1871, apptd. Public School Inspector for East Victoria. Held appointment over 39 years. Treasurer, Upper Canada Bible Society. Head of C. of E. Temperance Society. President Children's Aid Society. Anglican. Organist, choir leader, and hymn writer. Four of his hymns in the Anglican Hymnal. Married Margaret Jane Noble of Sunderland. Two sons, one daughter.

Knowlson, Christopher (1804-1880). Pioneer. As young man settled in Omemee. Conservative. Anglican. Lieut-colonel in militia. Held many municipal appointments.

Knowlson, John (1803-1886). Merchant. Born in Yorkshire, England. 1817, settled in Cavan tp., Ont. Thrice married. 1830, appointed first postmaster of Cavan and held position till 1855, when he moved to Lindsay. 1840, an active temperance worker. 1852, retired from militia with rank of major. 18.56, one of founders of the Lindsay Land Co., which placed the Purdy Tract on the market. Opened drug store in partnership with Edmund Gregory. Soon withdrew, and went into the building business. Chiefly instrumental in organizing first horticultural society in Lindsay. Developed grape culture at Sturgeon Point.

Kylie, Edward J. (1881-1916) . Scholar, professor, imperialist, publicist, author. Born in Lindsay, son of Richard Kylie. Educated Lindsay Separate School, Lindsay Collegiate Institute, Toronto University, and Oxford University. On matriculation from L. C. I. secured first class honors in Classics and English and History and Mary Mulock scholarship in Classics. On graduation from Toronto University won the gold medals in Classics and in General Proficiency and the Flavelle Traveling Scholarship of $750 per year for two years at Oxford. After a very distinguished course at Balliol College, Oxford, returned to Canada as lecturer and later Associate Professor of Modern History at Toronto University. Prominent imperialist, and Canadian secretary of the Round Table groups. Interested in town planning, and associated with the Toronto Housing Company. Author of "Life and Letters of Boniface" and a contributor to Shortt and Doughty's "Canada and Its Provinces." During the Great War became Captain and Adjutant, 147th Battalion, C.E.F. Died of typhoid and pneumonia, 1916. Roman Catholic.

Laidlaw, George (1828-1889). Born in Highlands of Scotland. Went to sea and visited Australia, Canada, etc. Grain buyer in Toronto. Leading promoter of Toronto, Grey and Bruce, Credit Valley, Victoria, and other railways, thus tending to focus the trade of the province in Toronto. 1871, bought a ranch in Bexley, on Balsam Lake, to which he retired in 1881. Four sons, three daughters. At his death, the Toronto press referred to him thus: "One of the strongest characters of his day. One of the epoch making men in the commercial growth of Canada. No man of his generation did as much for the material progress of Toronto as he. He came out of his railway enterprises a poor man."

Langton, John (1808-1894). Born in Lancashire, England. M. A of Cambridge University. 1833, settled in Fenelon township. M. P. first for the United Counties and later for Peterborough. 1856-1878, Auditor-General of Canada. 1856, laid corner stone of present University of Toronto building. At Confederation, organized a system of public accounts for the Dominion. 1878, superannuated.

Leonard, James W. (1858-1919). Born Epsom, Ont. 1872-77, Midland Railway agent at Lindsay. 1877-78, agent of Victoria Ry., Lindsay. 1878-80, asst. manager of Victoria Ry. Later with C. P. R. 1903-08, Asst. Gen. Manager, Eastern Lines. 1908-11, General Manager, Eastern Lines. 1911-19, Assistant Vice-President, C.P.R.

Lownsbrough, William (1838-1919). Born Unionville, Ont. Many years farmer in Mariposa. Member township council for 27 years. Twice unsuccessful Liberal candidate in South Victoria. Customs officer at Lindsay, 15 years. Methodist. Three sons, three daughters.

Lynch, William V. (1855-1897). Physician. Born Belleville, Ont. Married Agnes McGuirk of Barrie. One son. Educated St. Basil's College and Trinity College. 1885, began practice in Lindsay. Medical Health Officer. Organized local branch C.M.B.A.

Lytle, Herbert John (1850). Born Mariposa, 1878, self taught graduate in Pharmacy. Merchant in Cameron and Cambray. Member Hogg & Lytle grain firm. 1877-98, Clerk and treasurer of Fenelon Township. Past manager Lindsay branch Ontario Bank and Bank of Montreal. Auditor of Lindsay. Has published manual of municipal rate tables.


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