Peter Kelly RITCHIE

Male 1854 - 1942


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  • Name  Peter Kelly RITCHIE  [1
    Born  27 Jun 1854  Mara Township, Ontario County, Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Buried  1942  St. Andrew's, St. James' Cemetery, Orillia, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  19 Jan 1942  Orillia, Simcoe County, Ontario, Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I1198  Muir, Ritchie, Waddell
    Last Modified  19 Dec 2012 

    Father  William Wellington RITCHIE,   b. 10 Jul 1821, Glasglow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1901, Orillia, Simcoe County, Ontario, Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaret MUIR,   b. 28 Dec 1828, , , , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1904, Orillia, Simcoe County, Ontario, Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Dec 1848  Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F451  Group Sheet

    Family  Flora MCINTOSH,   b. 25 Feb 1855, Thorah Township, Ontario County, Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jan 1933, Orillia, Simcoe County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Feb 1879  Thorah Township, Ontario County Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Florence Christina RITCHIE,   b. 11 Jun 1880, Mara Township, Ontario County Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Sep 1959
     2. William John RITCHIE,   b. 14 Aug 1882, Mara Township, Ontario County Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1955
     3. Margarite RITCHIE,   b. 25 Feb 1883, Mara Township, Ontario County Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1959
     4. John RITCHIE,   b. 06 Dec 1884, Mara Township, Ontario County Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1913, Stl Louis, MO. Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Harvey D. RITCHIE,   b. 16 Oct 1886, Mara Township, Ontario County Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1907, Orillia, Simcoe County, Ontario, Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Sarah 'Sadie' Agnes RITCHIE,   b. 02 Sep 1889, Orillia, Simcoe County, Ontario, Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jul 1958, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Annie RITCHIE,   b. 23 Apr 1891, Orillia, Simcoe County, Ontario, Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1948
     8. Neil Muir RITCHIE,   b. 28 Sep 1893, Orillia, Simcoe County, Ontario, Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1966
    Family ID  F430  Group Sheet

  • Genealogical Notes 
    • 1901 census, Orillia, Peter, Electrician, 46, Flora 46, Florence 30, William J. 19, Margarite 18, John 16, Harvey D. 14, Sarah A. 14, Annie 9, Neil M. 7

      from the book: Severn River- An Illustrated History-- Author James T. Angus, 2003-- Chapter 15, page 137-
      BIG CHUTE- " The first permanent residents of Big Chute were Peter Ritchie, his wife Florence, and their daughter Sayde, (sic). Born in Orillia (sic) in 1854, Ritchie had been involved with the town's electrical power system since 1887, until the Simcoe Railway and Power Co. of Midland lured him away with higher pay and better working conditions. In 1910 he was appointed superintendent of the developing Big Chute electrical plant with a salary of $135 per month. When the Hydro Electric Power Commission (HEPC) took over the Big Chute plant in 1914, Ritchie was kept on as superintendent at the same salary. He retired in 1923 at the age of 69, after 40 years in electric energy production. Though he had only an elementary school education, he had become a competent and knowledgeable engineer, one of the pioneers in hydroelectric power generation in Ontario.

      In addition to his duties as superintendent, Ritchie and his wife operated a boarding-house for single employees. Indeed, until 1919, when a separate dwelling was built for the superintendent, the boarding-house was the only dwelling at Big Chute. both Simcoe Railway and Power and the HEPC preferring to hire single men. ..."

      After his retirement he returned to Orillia, and was a member of the Orillia Water, Light and Power Commission, until he suffered a stroke in 1931, which left him a semi-invalid for over 10 ten years.

  • Sources 
    1. [S16] Ancestry Family Trees, (Name: Name: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.;;;), Ancestry Family Trees.

    2. [S12] Gravemarker- St. Andrew's, St. James, Orillia, Ontario.

    3. [S4] Archives of Ontario- Marriages, MS932, reel 31, # 008072.


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