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ERNIE WASSON PORTRAIT

William Ernest (Ernie) Wasson

Ernie Wasson of Warsaw began his lengthy hockey career in Peterborough in 1895.  He would be the goaltender on three provincial championship teams (1895, 1902 and 1906) and starred in lacrosse, soccer and cycling as well. In 1896, the “Great Bicycle Race” was the highlight of the summer cycling season.  Thirty top local riders started […]

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Milton G. Walker

Milton G. Walker

Milton Walker, born 1875 in Hope Township, was the proprietor of the Peterborough Bicycle Works and an expert bicycle machinist.  He was the best local cyclist of the 1890s   He won the Midland and Peterborough cycling championship four straight years (1894 to 1897); finished third in an 1897 trophy race in Quebec and won a […]

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P J SULLIVAN WEB PORTRAIT

P.J. Sullivan

P.J. Sullivan was a pioneer baseball player in Ashburnham.  He played in the first recorded game for the local nine called the “Pine Groves” when they played Cavanville at the Circus Grounds near Little Lake on September 9th , 1876. That game marked the first newspaper mention of an organized game of baseball in the […]

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JOHN STEPHENSON WEB PORTRAIT

John Stephenson

John Stephenson admired the graceful lightweight Indian canoes (while lugging his own heavier canoe) and made them the model for the cedar-ribbed basswood canoe he developed in Peterborough in 1859.  His design became known around the world as the “Peterborough Canoe”.  Stephenson’s basswood strip and later cedar strip canoes soon replaced the birch bark canoe […]

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LORNE ROSE WEB PORTRAIT

Lawrence (Lorne) Rose

Lorne Rose born in Peterborough in 1896, was a local star in baseball and hockey during the 1920′s. He was the pitcher of record for the Peterborough team that won the 1920 Central Ontario Baseball League Championship.  This team also included his brother Abraham Raymond “Abbie” Rose.  During the winter months of 1922 to 1927, […]

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RICHARD BIRDSALL ROGERS WEB PORTRAIT

Richard Birdsall Rogers

Recognized as Peterborough’s first “all rounder”, Richard Rogers became McGill University’s top sprinter and hurdler.  He was the captain of the football team that played Harvard in a historic football game in 1874 that introduced the oval ball to the Americans and laid the foundations for both Canadian and American games. While at university he […]

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GEORGE C. ROGERS WEB PORTRAIT

George C. Rogers

George Rogers was the area’s top miler in track. He played on one of the first Peterborough football teams and started the first local gymnastics club, but his greatest passion was for rowing. In 1879 he put together a crew comprised of his brother Richard, Bill Shaw and A.J. Belcher which became prominent nationally. In […]

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WALTER SCUDDY PHELAN WEB PORTRAIT

Walter (Scuddy) Phelan

Walter Phelan was one of the original seven players on Peterborough’s first official hockey team in 1891. From then until 1898 he was a slick centre in both hockey and lacrosse specializing in face-offs and playmaking. Phelan was considered by the then team president, Dr. Kenner, as “ a truly unselfish player and Peterborough’s most […]

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GEORGE ORDE WEB PORTRAIT

George F. Orde

The PAAA (Peterborough Amateur Athletic Association) took charge of area athletic games on May 24th, 1885 which included track and field. At their first fall meet George Orde (a stand-out sprinter while attending PCVS) was the dominant athlete winning the 100, 220  and 440 yard races. George F. Orde married Charlotte Jane Carnagie in 1887 […]

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WALTER J. MONTGOMERY WEB PORTRAIT

Walter J. (Monty) Montgomery

Dubbed by the Examiner as the “prince of point men”, Walter J. Montgomery was Peterborough’s first hockey captain (1891), a position he held for seven years. He was a member of the 1894 and 1895 Ontario Hockey Association Junior Champions. Along with being recognized as one of the province’s best hockey players, “Monty” was an […]

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MILLER, WALTER WEB PORTRAIT

Walter (Gid) Miller

Walter Miller born 1887 in Peterborough, started his hockey career in 1904 playing for the Charlotte Street Methodist Church Guild Team. From 1906 to1907 he played for the local intermediate and senior teams.  He moved to the pro ranks when acquired by Brantford of the Ontario Professional Hockey League (known as the Trolley League) in […]

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Millar_Jack_Hay_WEB PORTRAIT

John James “Jack/Hay” Millar

Born in Keene in 1883, Jack Millar played in the OHA with Norwood from 1900 to 1915 with two seasons in the professional ranks – Edmonton in 1908 and the Renfrew Creamery Kings of the National Hockey Association (dubbed the Millionaires) in the 1909-1910 season. He played on the 1908 Edmonton Pros, Alberta Professional Hockey […]

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DR. A.W. MCPHERSON WEB PORTRAIT

Dr. Angus William McPherson

Dr. McPherson was a competitive athlete in football, hockey and lacrosse.  After his playing career ended, he continued his involvement in local sports in executive capacities.  Angus McPherson captained the 1901 Ontario Rugby Football Union championship team and was secretary-treasurer of the OHA Intermediate Championship team that same year. The year previous McPherson had served […]

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MCLEOD BERT WEB PORTRAIT

Bert McLeod

Born in Collingwood, Bert McLeod was a talented all-round high school athlete. He played on the Collingwood Junior OHA team and was a key defenseman with the Intermediate team winning three championships 1918-1919-1920. He is an inductee of the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame. Bert moved to Peterborough in 1924 after hockey seasons with the […]

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McCabe_Jack_WEB PORTRAIT

John J. (Jack) McCabe

Born in Lindsay, Jack came to Peterborough at the age of 4.  The family settled in Ashburnham where Jack lived his whole life. In 1894, at the age of 16, Jack McCabe began his junior field lacrosse career in Peterborough (box lacrosse was not yet started). He had the size, speed and uncanny ability required […]

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MCCABE_Daniel WEB PORTRAIT

Daniel McCabe

In July of 1884, thirteen year old Danny McCabe lost his arm in a saw mill accident. Three years later In 1887, he made his pitching debut with the Ashburnham Astonishers, the start of a 21 year baseball career in which he was the best pitcher and hitter in Peterborough. In 1899, for instance, McCabe […]

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LeBrun_Henry_(Harry) WEB PORTRAIT

Henry (Harry) LeBrun

Local George Street clothier Harry LeBrun, was the pioneer lacrosse builder who organized and managed Peterborough field lacrosse teams for two decades from 1870s to the late 1880′s. During this era, lacrosse was the most popular sport in Ontario and Peterborough was consistently one of the top teams. The Guildersleeve Cup was the major lacrosse […]

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KING, DR. LIONEL WEB PORTRAIT

Dr. Lionel (Camel) King

Lionel (Camel) King was the biggest star on the Peterborough junior hockey teams that won OHA titles in 1894 and 1895. He also starred in lacrosse and football and was a leading referee in both hockey and lacrosse. In baseball King was a standout second baseman with a .355 batting average (1899). He was the […]

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