Dan O'Connor (prospector)

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Daniel O'Connor
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Mayor of Sudbury, Ontario
In office
January 1894 – December 1894
Preceded by Stephen Fournier
Succeeded by Murray Biggar
Personal details
Born (1864-01-31)31 January 1864
Pembroke, Ontario
Died 30 March 1933(1933-03-30) (aged 69)
Timmins, Ontario
Residence Sudbury, Temagami, Timmins
Occupation mining prospector

Daniel O'Connor (31 January 1864 – 30 March 1933) was a Canadian politician, businessman and prospector from Pembroke, Ontario. In the late 1880s, O'Connor moved to Sudbury where he became associated with economy, life and industry, becoming the town's second mayor in 1894.[1] Later, O'Connor travelled north where he founded the town of Temagami and opened Lady Evelyn Hotel, the Temagami Inn and Ronnoco Hotel.[1]

When O'Connor moved to Temagami, he was hoping to find some mineral prospects.[1] In 1899, O'Connor created test pits in east-central Strathy Township that later became Big Dan Mine, which is named after him.[2] Other mines in Temagami that bare his name are Little Dan at Arsenic Lake and O'Connor near Lake Temagami.[3] O'Connor continued to move northwards where he discovered deposits of gold. On March 30, 1933, O'Connor died in the city of Timmins where he was living with his family. The cause of his death was bronchopneumonia.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Great Lives Lived In Greater Sudbury
  2. ^ Gordon, J. B.; Lovell, H. L.; Grijs, Jan de; Davie, R. F. (1979). "Gold Deposits of Ontario Part 2: Part of District of Cochrane, Districts of Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Sudbury, Timiskaming, and Counties of Southern Ontario". Ministry of Natural Resources. p. 25. ISBN 0-7743-3554-8. 
  3. ^ Moorhouse, W.W. (1941). "Preliminary Report on the Timagami Map Area". Ontario Department of Mines. p. 3. 
  4. ^ Item 2 - Daniel O'Connor 1894 - 2

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