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Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

  • AMK1
  • Family

Arthur and Marilouise Kroker are writers, lecturers, and editors in the area of technology and contemporary culture. Arthur Kroker studied at McMaster University where he received a Ph.D. in political science in 1975. In 1975 he became an assistant professor, and in 1980, an associate professor at the University of Winnipeg. He joined Concordia University's Political Science Department in 1981 as associate professor. In 1988, he was appointed professor of political science.

Arthur and Marilouise Kroker were founders and editors of the Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory (CJPST), in 1976 at the University of Winnipeg. They and the CJPST moved to Concordia University in 1981. The aim of the CJPST is to provide a gathering-point for political, social and cultural theory, both in Canada and globally. It aims to synthesize theoretical reflection and analysis of the public situation, to mediate theory and contemporary history. In 1993 Arthur and Marilouise Kroker relaunched the journal in electronic format on the Internet under the name CTHEORY: Theory, Technology and Culture (http://ctheory.net/ctheory_wp/home/). Arthur and Marilouise Kroker were also publishers of the New Worlds Perspectives series of monographs in which they were editors of the CultureTexts Series.

Grant family

  • GF1
  • Family
  • [17--]-

The Grant family fonds includes the records of George Grant, his son Alexander Gregory Grant, (born in 1814 Aberdeen, Scotland and died 1897 Montreal, QC), his wife Elizabeth Emslie (d. 1854) and their six children: George R., Louisa, Emily, Cecilia, Alexander, and Agnes. Alexander Gregory Grant emigrated with his wife and family from Aberdeen, Scotland to Montreal in the 1830s. He was educated in Spain and worked as an instructor when he came to North America. He taught at West Point Military Academy in New Jersey, USA and later in Montreal. His son, George R. Grant, was the manager of Sir William Logan’s estate and various commercial enterprises. The family occupied several homes including one on St. Hubert Street and another on Esplanade avenue in Montreal, QC.

Haralds Grants family

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  • Family
  • [19--]-

Haralds Grants was born in Latvia in 1925. He immigrated to Canada in 1951 together with his wife. They landed in Montreal, where Haralds Grants started working at Ben’s Delicatessen on Maisonneuve Boulevard in Downtown Montreal soon after their arrival. He stayed at Bens until 1972, mostly working night shift. During his employment at Bens, Haralds Grants collected autographs from famous guests at the restaurant for his daughter Anita Grants. She preserved them in three autograph books. Harald Grants died in 1974.

Hingston Family

  • HF1
  • Family
  • 1829-1964

William Hales Hingston was born on June 29th, 1829 in Hinchinbrook, and died in Montreal on February 19th, 1907. He studied medicine at McGill University and in Edinburgh, Scotland and was one of Canada's most illustrious surgeons: he taught medicine and wrote many medical articles during a career that spanned over 50 years. He served as mayor of Montreal from 1875 to 1877 (during the tumultuous Guibord affair over membership in the liberal Institut canadien). He was an active proponent of public vaccination, when, once again, riots broke out in Montreal in 1885 over the issue. He was on the boards of directors of various banks and companies. In 1895 he was knighted by Queen Victoria.

Sir William married Margaret Josephine Macdonald in 1875 and six children were born of their union: William Hales Jr, Donald Alexander, Basil, Katherine, Aileen and Harold. Their oldest son, William H. Hingston Jr (1877-1964), became a member of the Jesuit Order and was rector of one of Concordia University's founding institutions, Loyola College, from 1918 to 1925. Their second son, Donald A. Hingston was the founder of St-Mary’s hospital in Montreal.

The Hingstons became one of the most influential families in Montreal in the 19th century through their great involvement in the community and they helped shape Montreal well into the 20th century.

McCorkill Family

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  • Family
  • [ca. 1760]-

The McCorkill family is of Irish origin. It was John McCorkill Sr, who first immigrated to Quebec together with his brother James in 1818. John McCorkill Sr, born around 1783 in Ireland, was the eldest son of John McCorkill and Nancy Black. He was married to Mary Graham, who was born circa 1796 in Scotland, and died on October 1, 1859 in Farnham, Quebec. John McCorkill Sr died October 2, 1844, also in Farnham, Quebec. His brother James was born around 1795, and died on April 10, 1865 in Farnham. He was married to Martha Hutchison (ca. 1794, Ireland – January 8, 1864, Farnham, Quebec).
The McCorkill family settled permanently in Farnham in the Eastern Townships of Quebec in 1822.

McGee, Thomas D'Arcy

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  • Family
  • April 13, 1825-April 7, 1868

Thomas D'Arcy McGee was born in Carlingford, Ireland April 13, 1825. He was the fifth child of James McGee and Dorcas Catherine Morgan. He received his early education in County Wexford, Ireland. In 1842 he moved to the U.S. He stayed briefly with an aunt in Rhode Island, and then moved to Boston where he edited the newspaper The Pilot. In 1845 he returned to Ireland and edited the Irish nationalist paper Nation. In Ireland, McGee was linked to the Rebellion of 1848 and was forced to flee to the U.S. For the next nine years he edited newspapers. He founded and edited the New York Nation (1848-1850). McGee then founded the American Celt which he based successively in Boston (1850), Buffalo (1852), and New York (1853). In the spring of 1857 he was invited to Montreal by prominent members of the Irish Catholic community. He moved to Montreal in 1857 and for two years edited the paper New Era (1857-1858). He studied law at McGill University, graduating in 1861.

McGee's political thought was influenced by his experience with the Irish nationalists' cause. McGee called for a new nationality in Canada, which meant the federation of British North America, a transcontinental railway, settlement in the West, and a distinctive literature. In November of 1858 at a St. Patrick's Society meeting McGee was nominated to represent the riding of Montreal West in the upcoming election. McGee won. McGee allied himself with George Brown's Reform party. When Brown's government failed in the elections of 1861, McGee shifted his alliance toward the Conservatives.

D'Arcy McGee was married to Mary Theresa Caffrey in Ireland on July 13, 1847. The couple had five daughters - Martha Dorcas, Euphrasia (Fasa), Rose, Agnes (Peggy), a fifth (name unknown), and one son, Thomas Patrick Bede. Only Agnes and Euphrasia outlived their father. Thomas D'Arcy McGee was assassinated April 7, 1868.

McKenna, Bob and Kevin

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  • Family
  • [ca. 1950?]-

Kevin McKenna was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1952. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1974.
Bob McKenna is an artist and filmmaker working in visual and media arts.
Together, the McKenna brothers participated in the exhibition Corridart dans la rue Sherbrooke, that was sponsored by the Arts and Culture Committee of the 1976 international Olympic Games held in Montreal. They created the large-scale photomontage Rues-miroirs, encompassing a panoramic view of five or six blocks of Sherbrooke Street and St-Laurent Street, where it was installed. The exhibition, and with it McKenna’s installation, was dismantled by the City of Montreal before the Olympic Games opened.

O'Farrell Family

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  • Family

The O’Farrell Family owned and operated a general store in Saint-Malachie, Quebec. James O'Farrell (1846-1893), merchant farmer, operated the general store. He also served as the Secretary Treasurer for the town of Saint-Malachie. James O'Farrell was married to Catherine Reid (1849-1910). Their son, James T.A. O’Farrell (1886-1973), was a farmer. He was married to Susan Cassidy (1887-1946). Together they had four children, Francis (1919-1992), Norman, James J., and William. Francis O’Farrell was married to Berthe Renaud (1923-2010). Together they had three children, Kevin, Glenn, and James. Francis O’Farrell was elected as a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly in Dorchester, Quebec, in 1964. Norman O’Farrell was married to Mary-Sarah Paulmert. James J. O’Farrell was married to Madeleine Selway. William O’Farrell was married to Ruth O'Rourke. Mary Bridget O'Farrell was the niece of James O'Farrell and cousin to James T.A. O'Farrell.

Sir George Williams Family

  • SGWF1
  • Family
  • 1821-

George Williams was born in 1821 in the County of Somerset, England. He founded the movement known worldwide as the YMCA (the Young Men's Christian Association) in 1844.

The Montreal branch of the YMCA was formed in 1851, the first in North America. In 1873 the YMCA inaugurated evening courses in vocational and general education. The undertaking was first known as the Educational Program, and later the Montreal YMCA Schools. In 1926, it changed its name to Sir George Williams College in honour of the founder of the YMCA movement. S.G.W. was one of the founding institutions of Concordia University.