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Robert Edwin Kent (b. October 06, 1861, d. December 12, 1927)Robert Edwin Kent (son of Rybert Kent) was born October 06, 1861 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and died December 12, 1927 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Notes for Robert Edwin Kent:
Robert was educated at Kingston Coll. Institute and the Royal Military College in Kingston.He was a senior member of the Kent Bros. Bankers; previously in the service of the Federal Bank; served as an Alderman; was the Mayor of Kingston in 1901 (as such had the honour of receiving the Prince of Wales and Princes of Wales, later King George and Queen Mary, on their visit to Kingston that year); he was a long time volunteer in the melitia; Lt-Col 14th Regt 1903-9; commanded the regt at the Quebec Tercentenary Celebration, 1908; was presented with the Silver Loving Cup by officers on retiring; appointed lt-col. commanding Infentry Brig. E. Ontario command, January 19, 1909; was President of the Kingston Hort. Society for many years; a forester; a Liberal; Anglican.He lived at 85 King St. Kingston (corner of King and Simcoe Streets) and belonged to the Frontinac Club.
Information from Ross McKenzie, Curator, RMC:
Yes, your man, Robert Edwin Kent did attend RMC.
Cadet #35R.E. Kent [ all cadets have been numbered in sequence starting with #1 in 1876 and today reaching numbers in the 24000s.]
born:Dec 1861 Kingston
father:R. Kent, Treasurer, Express Co. Kingston.
joined RMC: 8 Sep 1877
age: 15 11/12
left RMC: 28 Feb 1880
Reason: at parents request and on payment of $100 fee.[ i.e. he did not graduate and had to pay the fee imposed to discourage early withdrawal.]
He was granted the "Military Qualification Certificate" which could be awarded to a cadet who had successfully completed at least two years of training. This Certificate qualified the holder for a commission in the militia.
Character: "exemplary" [ there was an assessment system used that combined academic results and behavior to produce different ratings, or'grades', such as; Exemplary, Very Good, Good, Fair, or Bad. (andin a few interesting cases "Very Bad!!".)
In 1911-12 Robert E and W.C. (Kent Bros.) were private bankers, insurance agents and Mica Dealers, the Mica factory being at 211-17 Brock St.
In 1923 Col. Kent was chairman of the Board of Governors of the Kingston General Hospital.
Ontario, 1887-1899 Marriage Index Volume 3
Kent, Robert Edwin
Spouse:Sinclair, Isabella Cail
Date of Marriage:Jun 15, 1887
Microfilm Reel Number:56
Death cert# 14879, Informant was Hugh J Ryan, son-in-law, living at 85 King St. Kingston
Buried at Cataragui Cemetary December 14, 1927 - Undertaker was RJ Reid
Cause of death was Carcinoma of kidney per Death Certificate
Kingston Whig Standard - Kingston, Ont.: Jan 23, 2001.pg. 5
The news that distressed the world beyond Britain's far-flung colonies came 100 years ago yesterday - on Jan. 22, 1901: An 81-year-old woman was dead on the Isle of Wight. Victoria, queen and empress, the sovereign who'd perfected the constitutional monarchy, was gone after 64 years on the throne.
Frontenac County council cut short its regular Tuesday night meeting in "profound sorrow." Classes at Queen's University and Royal Military College were cancelled for the rest of the week. On Wednesday, Kingston mayor Robert Kent called a special meeting of "the loyal council of the loyal city" to pass a motion of sorrow and to authorize a public memorial service to be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, the day of the state funeral in England.
On Sunday, the day after the funeral in England and the inter- faith service in Kingston's armouries, Rev. John Mackie wound up his sermon with a sharp rebuke of the Ottawa authorities who'd ordered the Presbyterian men of A and B field batteries and RMC cadets to attend a church parade in the Anglican St. George's Cathedral.
The Whig - Standard. Kingston, Ont.: May 6, 1992.pg. 1
ST. JAMES'S inquiry about descendants of the donor of its church bell, rang a bell with Pamela Parsons of Wolfe Island. "I am Robert E. Kent 's granddaughter," she explained after reading the People query. "My mother Doris Kent was a daughter of Robert Kent (former mayor of Kingston)."
The bell in question, put on display after the church steeple was removed, was donated 99 years ago by Robert Kent's father, Rybert Kent .
"If they're going to rebuild the tower and put the bell back up, I'll never get another chance to see it," said the 75-year-old descendant. "And I was to take my camera, too."
Kingston Whig - Standard. Kingston, Ont.: Jul 27, 1996.pg. 2
Kent Street is named after Robert Edwin Kent, mayor of Kingston in 1901. Being a mayor is still one of the best ways to have a street named after you, although it must be pointed out that not all mayors have streets named after them.
Not much was written about Kent. Historian Margaret Angus said that Kent was born in 1861 in Kingston. Kent's father, Rybert Kent, was owner of the British American Hotel at the corner of King and Clarence streets, she said. He later sold the hotel.
According to Angus, Rybert Kent and his wife, Amelia Barker, had three children: Robert, William and Catherine Rebecca.
City Hall records show that he was a partner in the Kent Brothers firm, a private banking company that was established in 1886. Robert Kent and his brother, William, had a reputation for having integrity and good business sense. Their office was at 91 Clarence St.
Robert and William Kent also owned large mica deposits on Brock Street.
Robert Kent was mayor in 1901. In those days, mayors served one- year terms. Kent was also an alderman for 30 years.
He was a colonel in the military and a commander in the 17th Infantry Brigade. He was the commanding officer of the Canadian School of Gunnery "A" Battery, which was the forerunner of the Canadian Horse Artillery.
Had he been alive today, he probably wouldn't have approved of city council's recent flip-flop on the decision to ban military displays by the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.
Location: West of Montreal Street between Thomas and Russell streets
Length: One block
Kingston Whig - Standard. Kingston, Ont.: Feb 28, 1996.pg. 5
For the 16 years between 1848 and 1864, Dr Edward Barker (1799- 1884), the editor of The British Whig, wrote his popular Spring Walks columns about what was going on in the city. His subjects ranged from shipping, steamships and schooners, and their owners and captains, to the buildings of the city, including Kingston's hotels, inns and saloons. here are some of his many comments about the British American Hotel.
May 8, 1850:
Number one on our list stands the old fashioned and well known British American Hotel. This hotel is the only real First Class House in the City. There are many houses where the attention, table and accommodations may be as good; but where a first class price is charged the British American stands alone.
The present proprietor Mr. Robert Kent, is active, industrious and thoroughly knows his business. The hotel has been entirely cleaned, painted and papered and the greatest part of the furniture renovated.
May 1, 1852:
This hotel is the oldest establishment in Kingston and the one most frequented by the richer class of travellers. It is large, commodious, and remarkably well situated being near the steamboat landings. It is now kept, and well kept, by Mr. Robert Kent ... who has satisfactorily proved, both to others as well as to himself, that Kingston can support a First Class Hotel, if properly managed.
Part of his success maybe attached to the goodness of his larder, for on his table may be found, everyday, every luxury and delicacy the market affords; with the very supremest of wines. The usual meal times here always have been breakfast at 8 o'clock, lunch at noon, supper at 5 o'clock and tea at 8 ... The rate of board at the British American is one dollar and a half a day, with variations according to circumstances. The hotel is a good one and is well patronized. The Judge of the Assize always makes it his headquarters, and strangers of distinction usually lodge here.
Until a fire destroyed it in 1963, The British American Hotel - commonly and affectionately known as the B.A. - was a Kingston landmark at the southwest corner of King and Clarence streets. Then, suddenly, it was gone.
Many Kingston-area people will remember that day. The B.A., built in 1807 just one block west of Market Square and City Hall, was a part of the lives and occasions of generations of Kingstonians. The fire that destroyed it was a terrible shock.
Its whitewashed stone walls stretched west along King Street from the original central building at the corner of Clarence and King. The 1877 addition reached down Clarence Street toward the lake, to the building where Classic Video now resides.
I can't recall ever having been inside the British American, but George Vosper, a former naval officer who grew up a few blocks away, told me: "To the left of the front door in the old block, there was a formal dining room with white tablecloths and shining glasses on the tables. The main stairway upstairs was ahead, and on the right- hand side there was a big sitting room with leather furniture and a sort of a reception desk."
Upstairs, I understand, some of the rooms still had the old fireplaces. The pub, The Golden Gate on Clarence Street, was a special place for Queen's students. Looking at the picture, I wondered if the old stable yard for the inn was through the archway off Clarence Street.
The Tuesday paper, complete with extraordinary photos taken from the rooftop of The Whig-Standard across the intersection, had front- page headlines: "Fire destroys Canadian landmark," "Era ends as Canada's oldest operating hotel is destroyed," "The British American levelled by fire today," "The oldest hotel in Canada is burned to the ground."
"It was as if a piece of Kingston's heart had been smoked away," wrote Whig reporter Bill Reid. "The opening of the hotel, 156 years ago, was heralded as a distinctive step forward, providing people not only with a first-class hotel but also better facilities for social and other functions."
More About Robert Edwin Kent:
Burial: December 14, 1927, Cataraqui Cemetary, Kingston, Ontario.
More About Robert Edwin Kent and <Unnamed>:
Marriage: June 15, 1887, Kingston, Ontario.
Children of Robert Edwin Kent are:
- Hilda Mary Kent, b. May 11, 1890, Kingston, Ontario, d. 1930.
- Doris Isabel Kent, b. September 24, 1891, Kingston, Ontario, d. 1925.
- Ethel Wilmet Sinclair Kent, b. August 20, 1896, Kingston, Ontario.