In 1880, William was appointed overseer for the Department of Fisheries, responsible for Lake Nipigon, the Nipigon River and adjacent waters.
He succeeded Newton Flanagan who had spent half a century as a Hudson’s Bay Company employee before retiring to St. Paul. Flanagan’s first report from Red Rock concerning the Nipigon Fisheries was made in 1887. The salary in both cases was $50 per year. [from Elizabeth Arthur, History of Thunder Bay District 1821-1892].
In the Province of Ontario Sessional Papers Vol XXXIII part 1 Session 1901, reported for Thunder Bay; Wm. McKirdy, salary, $100, fish overseer for the Nipigon. [ The salary had doubled in 10 years.] The sessional papers also reported; paid to Wm. McKirdy, rental of tents, camping outfits, etc. $39.75. To pay for supplies, etc., $65.19; wages to guides and rental of canoes $120.00. Totalling $221.94.
Submitted by J.G.M. McKirdy February 2017