|Birth||1847-04-20||Shelburne, Dufferin, Ontario, Canada|
|Regina, Assiniboia, NWT,
December 13, 1893
Enclosed you will find $1.00 to renew my subscription to the Free Press for 1894. There is nothing that comes to our place that we are so anxious to see as the Free Press. I can assure you it is eagerly looked for every week. We are having very cold and stormy weather here at present. Last night the thermometer dropped to 45 degrees below zero with an east wind. To-day it is a little milder.
The general business of the country is seemingly at its lowest ebb and the markets are at zero. However, I feel satisfied with my prospects here. No doubt we have not the enjoyments which are common to the Ontario people but I cannot see why a comfortable home cannot be made here by using the same economy that they have to practise in the east.
The land is all that could be desired for mixed farming. I have now with two of my boys secured 480 acres which I intend to move to in the spring, health permitting. My land is situated 1-1/2 miles from Rouleau Station on the Soo line of railway, in close proximity to the Dirt Hills which makes beautiful scenery. We expect to have a town before long.
We had an extensive fire here two weeks ago; twelve stores were demolished in a very short time. The fire started about twenty feet from my home but the wind was favourable for me, otherwise I would have been burnt out. We had everything out expecting the house to go up.
With kind regards to all, I remain, Yours respectfully, Thomas McKee.
Shelburne Free Press, Date: 27 Jan 1916,
Shelburne Free Press, January 27, 1916 - DEATH of THOS. McKEE (From the Rouleau, Sask., Enterprise.)
It is with regret that it is necessary to record this week the death of Thomas McKee, who after a sickness of several weeks, passed away on Wednesday morning. Though handicapped by ill health during the past two years, he always took a lively interest in public affairs, and while refusing positions of prominence his opinion was always considered by others.
In this way his life was an influence in the community and was an influence for good. A life-long Conservative, he occupied positions in the local association from time to time and his work was always such as was admired even by a bitterest opponent. He was fifty years a member of the Orange Order and up until two years ago took an active part in the work of that society, when failing health prevented him from attending lodge meetings. He had the honor of bring the first Worshipful Master of the Rouleau Lodge. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, having recently united with that body.
He was born in Mulmur township, Ont., on April 20th, 1847, being nearly 69 years of age at the time of his death. In 1871 he was married to Charlotte McCutcheon and to this union was born nine children, those surviving being: D. H., at Winnipeg; S. J. and A. E., at Willowvale, Sask.; G. L., of Edmonton; Mrs. S. Mowatt, Rouleau. In 1889 his first wife died and he married Margaret Robertson, of Caledon township about twenty-six years ago, who still survives him with one daughter, Mrs. S. W. Bingham, of Evesham, Sask.
The deceased came from the east to Regina about twenty-five years ago and for the past fourteen years has lived here, bring one of the pioneers of the district.
In addition to the immediate members of his family already mentioned he leaves eleven brothers and sisters: Geo., of Whitfield, Ont.; Mrs. M. Hunter, Toronto; Mrs. E. White, Shelburne; Mrs. Geo. Acheson, Corbetton; Henry, Dundalk; Mrs. Ferris, Sperling, Man.; J. V., Fargo, N.D.; John, Everett, Wash.; D., Prince Albert; W. and R., Rouleau.
The funeral will be held under the auspices of L.O.L. on Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock from St. Andrew's church to the cemetery at Rouleau.