Obituary of Robert Ennis ~ 1923
Dies in Dawson
Robert H. Ennis, pioneer Klondiker and a notable figure in Northwest Canadian
history, died at 9:30 o'clock this morning at St. Mary's hospital, after an
illness of several weeks. Mr. Ennis came to the Yukon in early days and for
twenty years or more had been engaged in prospecting, mining and hunting in
the Klondike. Of late years he had made his headquarters at or near
Granville, fifty miles from Dawson.
Mr. Ennis was the chief scout for General Middleton when he commanded his
Dominion troops in the famous Riel rebellion, and, in that capacity, had many
daring and exciting experiences. The old scout was characterized by a
fearlessness and pluck which assisted in making a determined fight for life
to his last breath.
Several weeks ago Mr. Ennis was taken ill at Granville with trouble
originating in his toes, and which he at first thought was due to frostbite.
It proved, however, when he came to the city and consulted a physician that
he was suffering from dry gangrene, resulting from a form of diabetes which
was characterized by poor circulation which was cause of the symptoms
developing in the toes.
The deceased is survived by a widow, who lives in Vancouver, and by a brother,
David Ennis, a former Klondike miner, now engaged in placer mining in the new
Cedar Creek camp, in British Columbia. The brother is understood to have
exceptionally good ground in the new camp. He left here for the outside
several years ago. Both brothers came to Yukon in the rush days from
Manitoba, where they were well known. David at one time took an active part
in Yukon politics.
The Klondike Nugget
Dawson, Y.T. April 9, 1923
Laid to Rest
Solemn and impressive service was held yesterday afternoon at Edwards &
Winaut's chapel and at the graveside at Pioneer cemetery as a farewell and
token of respect and honor to the late Robert H. Ennis, pioneer Yukoner and
noted scout in the service of Canada in the early days of the great west.
Dawson No. 1 Lodge of the Yukon Order of Pioneers attended in a body, and
many other friends were present. It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon, and
many were at the cemetery, as well as at the chapel.
The service at the chapel was conducted by Rev. George H. Findlay, of St.
Andrew's Presbyterian church, who made an appropriate address and spoke of
the splendid service of the deceased to his country when chief scout under
General Middleton in the Riel rebellion, and of the important part he had
played as a pioneer of the West and North, and as a good citizen. Many
friends from the creeks, as well as in town, were among those attending. The
Pioneers and other friends escorted the remains from the chapel to the
Pioneer cemetery, where prayer was offered by Rev. Findlay. The impressive
Pioneer funeral service was then conducted by the officers of the lodge, led
by President W. E. Thompson and Chaplain Fred Hickling.
Beautiful floral tributes were sent by various ones, and included a wreath
from the Pioneers, a wreath from the members of the family of the deceased
and another from Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Blouin.
The pall-bearers were Peter Lenes, J. A. Moskeland, John A. Craig, Thomas A.
Davin, Carl J. Norman and James Taite.
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