Rowe Family Genealogy

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Robert Duncan McKercher

Male 1874 - 1951  (77 years)


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  • Name Robert Duncan McKercher 
    Born 19 Mar 1874  Tayside, Stormont, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Nov 1951  Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • CertID# 1951-MN-029321 11/20/1951 death
    Buried 24 Nov 1951  Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Section A, Block 7, Lot 25
    Person ID I1900  Rowe Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2013 

    Father Duncan Donald McKercher,   b. 21 May 1837, Saint Andrews East, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1896, Roxborough, Stormont, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Anna Cameron,   b. 13 Apr 1844, Roxborough, Stormont, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1943, Saint Elmo, Glengarry, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 24 Dec 1863  Roxborough, Stormont, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F61  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Christina Ann McKillican,   b. 12 Jun 1872, , , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1936, Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 22 Jul 1896  Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Florence McKercher,   b. 23 Jul 1897, Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1898, Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     2. Ella Mae McKercher,   b. 5 Jul 1901, Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1996, Laguna Hills, Orange, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     3. Cecil Florence McKercher,   b. 5 Jul 1901, Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1970, , , Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     4. Cameron Ensign McKercher,   b. 7 Dec 1910, Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1969, Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2005 
    Family ID F516  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Erma R. Wallauer,   b. 24 Feb 1893, Red Wing, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1959, , , Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 1 Dec 1937  , Lake, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2011 
    Family ID F451  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Mar 1874 - Tayside, Stormont, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Robert Duncan McKercher

  • Notes 
    • From the Glengarry News, 21 Jun 1995, pg. 10, Maxville col., where Gordon Winter reflects on items in past Auld Lang Syne columns:

      Eighty years ago, Robert D. McKercher was named Chief of Police for Duluth, Minnesota. He was an uncle of Ethel McKinnon, Peter Street and the son of Tayside pioneers, Duncan McKercher and his wife, Annie Cameron.

      July 11, 1917 | Vol. 1, No. 8 of Ripsaw News(newspaper)
      Friends fear Chief McKercher is going blind: 'Uncle Bob's' eyes strangely affected; Certain objects are invisible while others are plainly seen

      A very left-wing newspaper ripped on Bob every chance it got:
      Jan. 5, 1918 | Vol. 1, No. 20 of Ripsaw News
      Chief M'Kercher stutters when he talks: The old political pot now begins to bubble; patriots and pie-counter boys jockey over public office
      June 9, 1917
      Chief McKercher's Large Marmon Car
      Nov. 2, 1918
      McKercher is put in guardhouse
      Nov. 30, 1918
      McKercher Leaves Rotten Record
      Dec 14, 1918
      McKercher Takes a Sneak
      Dec 28, 1918
      McKercher Compelled to pull red light lady
      Jan 11, 1919
      McKercher quits under fire
      Dec 13, 1919
      Magie Ignores McKercher
      Dec 27, 1919
      Bob McKercher Suspected of courting Clerk's Job

      Forest Hill Cemetery has a card for Florence A. McKercher Interred on 14 Sep 1898.

      In the 40s, Robert was the manager of Indian Point Tourist Camp with his wife, Erma.

      From Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota; their story and people, by Walter Van Brunt [1921]:
      R. D. McKercher, the senior partner in the Oldsmobile Sales Company, one of the oldest established automobile firms within Duluth, now in its twenty-second year, has been a resident of the city for a quarter of a century and is a former chief of police.

      He was born in Ontario, Canada, March 19, 1874, and after acquiring his education came to the United States at the age of twenty-one. Locating in Duluth, he followed his trade as a blacksmith, which he had learned in Canada. After two years he left his trade and became clerk in the order department of the great wholesale house of Marshall Wells & Company, and was there four years. He left that firm to become clerk in the office of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, later was foreman in the warehouse, and altogether spent eleven years in the service of the railway corporation. He left that to enter upon his public duties as humane agent for the city of Duluth, and after four years was appointed chief of police, and gave an efficient administration of that office until 1916. At that date he engaged in the automobile business in association with Mr. Turner, and still later with the Oldsmobile Sales Company.
      During the past several years his business in sales of cars has increased more than a hundred per cent.

      Mr. McKercher has always been prominent in local civic affairs, is a member of the Commercial Club, Duluth Automobile Club, is affiliated with Palestine Lodge No. 79, A. F. and A. M., and is a member of the Elks, Good Samaritans and Scottish Clans. In 1896 he married Miss C. W. McKilligan. They have twin children, Cecil and Ella, born July 5, 1900.
    • (Research):Natrualization records:
      Reel 9, Code 18, Vol. M, page 603

  • Sources 
    1. [S66] Email from Linda Tannis, 3 Mar 2003 (Reliability: 3).
      provided birth date, wife's name, and children's names

    2. [S359] Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1909 Index - Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com).

    3. [S54] Death Certificate for Robert D. McKercher, (#029321) (Reliability: 3).
      provided all death related data. showed birth date as March 19, 1874. Two other sources show March 4th.

    4. [S45] Ontario, 1858-1869 Marriage Index, Family Tree Maker, (CD# 266).

    5. [S507] Minnesota Official Marriage System, Minnesota Official Marriage System, (www.mncounty.com Index of Minnesota County marriages with addresses to order certificates from each county.).


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