Extra research for Season 4 – Episode 1 – Unfinished Business

Peter Anthony Prince (1836-1925) was born in Trois-Rivières, Québec, the second of four children born to Enoch Prince (1802-1867) and Marie Angeline Trottier (1808-1901). Enoch and Angeline were married twice. The first in Trois-Rivières by a protestant minister in July 1831 and secondly in St-Stanislas-de-Champlain, Québec on the 25th of December 1833. According to church records Enoch Prince was baptized into the Catholic faith before the marriage and added Jean to his name.


In Ontario, in 1857, Peter married Margaret Corrigan (1840-1898) born in Mara, Simcoe County, Ontario. Margaret was of Irish descent. After eight years of marriage they moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin where Peter was the manager of operations at the Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Company.


Peter and Margaret, with their two children Jean Enoch and Roseanne, moved to Calgary in 1886 and a mill and two logging camps were set up in. A mere slip of a foot off a board sidewalk landed Peter in the muddy street. That is when he decided that the streets should be lit by electric lights and the idea for the Calgary Water Power Company was made.


Up until the summer before Margaret’s death she had been in good health. Then slowly she became weaker and weaker until she passed away in the family home from complications due to diabetes. Margaret’s sister Sarah married Peter’s brother Andrew Patterson Prince.


Peters married his second wife, Emma Wallin (1855-1902), in 1900 in Calgary, Alberta. Legal documents found while researching have her name as Emma Howe. Even though Emma passed away in 1902 from tuberculosis it was not unexpected as she had been ailing for quite some time. The funeral took place at the family home . It is said that due to her condition she lived on the third floor of their home and is still residing there today.


Rosa Douglas (1849-1907), his third wife, married Peter in 1903 and passed away four years later from cancer. Peters’ fourth and final marriage, in 1909, was to Emily (Douglas) Whitlock (1861-1944), younger sister of Rosa Douglas. Even though Emily is buried in the family plot, in St. Mary’s Cemetery with Emma and her sister Rosa, her name is not listed on the monument. Peter rests with his first wife Marguerite in the same cemetery.


— Joanne Schiavoni


Photo credit: Glenbow Museum Archives (Peter A. and Margaret Prince with daughter Rosanna and son John)

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