Fred and Florence Ling
Fred Ling left his home in London, England, in 1914 to visit his Mom’s sister in Ottawa, Ontario. He was born the son of George and Charlotte Ling.
While in Ottawa, he decided to remain in Canada and was hired to work with the railroad.
A few years later, he applied for a transfer to Sioux Lookout, where he worked in the CNT shops until his retirement. He first lived with Mr. and Mrs. Kirk, who resided on Lake Street on the south side of the Town.
In 1948 he married Florence (a former girlfriend from England.)
Both Fred and Flossie were adherents to the Anglican Church. She was a member of the choir for many years having a beautiful voice (also very powerful) everyone knew when she was present. They attended many of the functions at the Y.M.C.A and as they were both tall people when they took to the dance floor, they were the centre of attraction.
Their home on Wellington Street was a busy one and Fred had a good-sized garden. They had no children of their own but provided most of the kids in the neighborhood
Fred’s sister Alice joined them and became Sioux Lookouts first nanny. In 1956 Alice married Sid Remillard (a Hong Kong vet) and moved to Queen Street. She worked at the Zone hospital as the (formula) lady and then as a ward aide. Sid was an orderly at the Zone.
Fred and Floss remained in their home into the 80s.
Florence and Fred were interested in history and supported the museum in its early stages. Amongst the collection at the museum is Florence Ling’s Aunt’s 1880’s wedding dress, her chair, and some items of Fred’s. This silk burgundy homemade dress is typical of those Victorian 1880’s fashion. Our local museum contains an invaluable collection that represents the history of our pioneers like the Ling family. We owe it to them to ensure the survival of the Sioux Lookout Museum and these stories.