Mills (family)

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Mills (family)

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James William Mills, born in Richibucto, New Brunswick in 1859, came west with the militia in 1885. He began working for the Hudson's Bay Company in 1890 as a clerk, was made a riverboat captain in 1893, and retired from that post in 1923. He captained the SS Wrigley, SS Fort McMurray and SS Liard. He also built the SS Athabasca River, the SS MacKenzie River, and the SS Slave River. He married Louisa Camsell (1873-1954) of Fort Simpson, NWT in 1896 and they had five children: Julian, Seton, Clarence, Ernest, and Violet. The Mills family moved to Athabasca, AB in 1912 and lived there for five years. They had a cabin at Baptiste Lake. Seton was killed in WWI in 1917. James died in 1933. Violet was born in 1901 and died in Edmonton in 2003.

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