Happy 2018

Happy New Year Dear Readers! I sincerely wish that 2018 will be filled with excellent health, prosperity and much love.  I know this is an overly used question, but really, WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?

I want to start with a happy update.  I have located yet another male relative that worked in the Kingston Penitentiary!  His name is Philip Folger Small 1905-1980.  He is the nephew of Helen Magdalene Small, my maternal grandmother, which makes him my first cousin once removed.  My older brother Derek tells me he met Phil, I am sorry I never had the pleasure.  According to Voters Lists for Kingston Ontario, Phil lived very close to us at 23 Earl St.



I want to thank David St Onge, the Curator of the Penitentiary Museum of Canada for sharing these pictures of Philip Small with me.

I am currently involved in a volunteer project at the Penitentiary Museum, which is how I stumbled upon Philip Small.  He was interviewed back in the 1970s about his time working at KP.  I got goose bumps when I first heard his voice, knowing that we are related.

It may be just me, but I see a family resemblance of Philip Small to his cousin Lyons Hubert Charles Beaupre. Perhaps it’s just the uniform?!

Update:  Again my thanks goes out to David St. Onge at the Penitentiary Museum for giving me the okay to use some of the information from the interview tapes.  They have turned out to be very helpful and enlightening.

Philip Small was once described as “Small by name but not by nature, a big man who worked at KP for 40 years” .   While working at KP he took a leave of absence to join the forces in WWII.  He left for war on March 1940 and returned to KP on March 1946.   Phil was the first man to be hired as a Maintenance – Electrician position.  He was working as a contract electrician when he was called in on a Sunday to fix the lighting at the Prison for Women.  Another contract electrician had been hired, but after working only one day he refused to return, hence Phil Small got the call.  He went in, wired up the lights with no problem and was offered a permanent job.  Until that day he had never thought of working at KP.  The job of Electrician encompassed not only KP, but also the Prison for Women, and any property owned by KP.  Various staff housing including 2 apartments in the Water Tower, Pen farm houses and even the street lighting on the streets owned by KP.  It wasn’t until 1952 that Portsmouth was incorporated into Kingston, so prior to that it was all Phil and his crew’s responsibility.

Phil told a story of having to wire and plumb the attic in the northwest cell block at KP to accommodate an increase in numbers for women prisoners housed at KP (before they were housed at P4W). This was when he started in 1932.


7 thoughts on “Happy 2018

  1. Hi Marie – I was interested to read your most recent posting. I can’t find your email address. Send me an email and I will send my new email address and keep yours on hand if I come across anything of interest. John Grenville


  2. Dear Marie,

    I’m back, home [5.00 pm., this evening, Thurs. Jan 25th.

    ] Love the “justaskmarie” venture.

    Will call you tomorrow.

    Much Love,



  3. Hello! I stumbled across your blog while doing family tree research. Catharine Beaupre Bowes was my great grandmother. She passed the year before I was born, but made a big impact on my mom because she named me after her! To clarify, Catharine married Samuel Bowes in 1907. Their son (I believe they had two sons and a daughter, but I have little info) also Samuel married Helen Curran and they had two daughters, my mom and her sister. I greatly enjoyed finding and reading your blog as so much of this is new info for me! I’d love to know if you have any other information on Catharine. Feel free to reach out via my email below. Thank you! Catherine


  4. Hi Marie, I just came across your blog while researching our common great-great-grandfather, Amable Edouard-Beaupre. Thank you for all of this work! I hope you’re still writing and interested in corresponding by email. You can reach me at itw123 at yahoo.com (wordpress is making me log in with a wordpress account but I don’t currently have a blog).


  5. Hi Marie, l’m excited I just found your blog. We share a common great-great grandfather, Amable Edouard Beaupre. I hope you’d be interested in corresponding. You can reach me at itw123 at yahoo.com.


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