The World Sculling Champion Jake Gaudaur Sr.


by Braden Murray


Did You Know:

The World Sculling Champion Jake Gaudaur Sr. lived in Rat Portage (Kenora) for several years around the turn of the century. While he lived in Rat Portage he owned the Russell House Hotel.
He lost his world championship to George Towns in a one on one championship race on September 7th, 1901. The race began where the White Cap Pavilion now sits, and was to the tip of Coney and back.

Jake Gaudaur was featured on a Goodwins Championship Series cigarette card in 1888. The collectible cards were sold across North America.

Photo credits: Unknown

Did you know?

The Burley Mine was a single shaft gold mine that was sunk into a very small rock outcrop on the lake.  To stabilize the entrance the owners built cribbing around the rock.  The small, perfectly square island remains there to this day.

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