Of Interest

Charles Nathaniel Grace (1910-1974)

Grandparents: Nathaniel George Grace and Margaret ‘Meta’ Bigger.
Parents: Charles Norman Grace and Florence Miriam See.
Siblings: Violet Helen Grace and Evelyn Alice Hope Grace.
Half-siblings: Pauline Mabel Grace, Arthur Stanley Grace, Living half-sibling.


Charles Nathaniel Grace
b. Monday, June 20th, 1910 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
d. Thursday, September 12th, 1974 in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada.

Married: October 21st, 1933 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

Ivie May Jamieson
b. Tuesday, August 23rd, 1910 in Forester’s Falls, Ontario, Canada.
d. Thursday, September 15th, 1983 in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.


1. Daughter of Charles Nathaniel Grace.

2. Daughter of Charles Nathaniel Grace.

3. Son of Charles Nathaniel Grace.


About Charles Nathaniel Grace


Charles ‘Nathaniel’ Grace, was the son of Charles ‘Norman’ Grace and ‘Florence’ Miriam See. He was born on June 20th, 1910, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

Nat was born during the reign of King George V. George had been crowned King on May 6th of the same year. Herbert Asquith was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Wilfrid Laurier was Prime Minister of Canada, William Taft was President of the United States. Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier passed the Naval Service Act on May 4th which created the Royal Canadian Navy. The Union of South Africa was created on May 21st and became a Dominion on July 1st.

Nat had two older half-siblings, Pauline Mabel Grace born October 28th, 1897 in Hilton Beach, St. Joseph Island, Ontario and Arthur Stanley Grace born March 22nd, 1903 on St. Joseph Island, Ontario. Pauline and Arthur were the children of Nat’s father Charles Norman Grace and his father’s first wife, Margaret Bishop.

On August 7th, 1910 Nat was baptised in Sault Ste. Marie at the Free Methodist Church by Reverend John Malcolm Eagles.


In 1911, Norman, Florence and Nat lived in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Nat’s half-siblings were not living with them at this point. It is believed that Pauline and Arthur were living with their mother’s family.


On June 8th, 1913 Nat’s sister Violet Helen Grace was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.


On February 12th, 1914 Nat’s sister Violet ‘Helen’ Grace passed away.


In 1915 Nat attended King George V Elementary School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The King George Elementary School opened in 1911 and operated as an elementary school until it closed in 1992. In 2005 the decision was reached to demolish the building due to a problem with mould.


On July 22nd, 1918 Nat’s sister Evelyn Alice ‘Hope’ Grace was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.


In 1921, Norman, Florence, Nat and Hope lived at 16 Alberta Avenue in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Norman was working as a chauffer and owned a 5 bedroom home.


In 1924 when Nat was 14, he attended Sault Collegiate High School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.


On May 25th, 1925 Norman passed away in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.


On October 9th, 1926 Nat’s mother married William James Power in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

At 16, with his mother re-married, Nat left Sault Ste. Marie and was sent to Port Credit, Ontario to attend school at Lorne Park College where he attended Pre-Theology. Lorne Park College operated a Christian high school and Bible college for over 40 years in the Toronto area, at Port Credit. The Free Methodist Church, from its birth in 1860 was committed to providing high quality training for its leaders, both clergy and laity.

Nat’s mother had been an over-bearing woman and had wanted him to become a Free Methodist Minister. She had deep respect for Norman’s older brother, Archibald Hew Grace, a Presbyterian Minister, and she had wanted her son to follow the same path. After attending Lorne Park for three years, Nat had other plans.


At 19, deciding not to pursue religious studies, Nat went on to attend Normal School (Teacher’s College) in North Bay, Ontario eventually earning his Elementary certificate.


In 1932 Nat’s half-brother from his mother’s marriage to William Power was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

After completing Normal School, Nat then attended the Ontario Training College for Technical Teachers in Hamilton, Ontario and obtained his Industrial Arts certificate qualifying him to teach technical subjects at the Elementary and High School levels.

In 1932 Nat moved to Hawk Junction in the Algoma District in Ontario to start his first teaching job.


On October 21st, 1933 Nat married Ivie May Jamieson, daughter of Harry Jamieson and Marion Black from Forester’s Falls, Ontario at the Presbyterian Church in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.


In 1935 Nat and Ivie’s first daughter was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Charlie and Ivie were living on Albert Street East in Hawk Junction, Algoma District, Ontario. Charlie was listed as a School Teacher and Ivie as a ‘married woman’ on the voter’s list for 1935.

Between 1935 and 1939

Nat and Ivie moved to Toronto, Ontario where he taught for several years.


During World War II, Nat joined the Royal Canadian Air Force becoming a Pilot Instructor teaching Aircraft Identification and Navigation. It was after he joined the Air Force that he started to be known by his first name professionally. Family and friends would affectionately call him Charlie.

In 1943 Charlie and Ivie’s second daughter was born in Toronto, Ontario.

After serving in the Air Force for a several years, Charlie left the military and started working for W.L. Smith & Associates, a supplier of funeral stationary and supplies to funeral homes.


In 1945, Charlie and Ivie lived at 36 John Street in Arnprior, Ontario.


In 1946 Charlie and Ivie’s son was born in Arnprior, Ontario.

While on the road travelling for W.L. Smith & Associates Charlie was in a severe car accident caused by mechanical failure that left Charlie injured requiring him to walk with a cane the remainder of his life.


Charlie joined the Arnprior Lion’s Club in 1947.

In the 1950’s and 60’s

During the 1950’s and 60’s Charlie owned the entire block between McGonigal Street and Elgin Street in Arnprior with the exception of Clancy’s Drug Store and the Royal Bank Building.

During the early 1950’s, Charlie and several other businessmen in Arnprior were instrumental in creating a youth hockey program for the town.

Between 1952 and 1953

Between 1952 and 1953 Charlie opened his Firestone store in Arnprior.


Charlie served on most committees of the Arnprior Lion’s Club and most noteworthy was the Effective Speaking which he was able to do so capably and coordinated the local schools with projects. Charlie served in all offices and became President of the Club in 1957/58.

Charlie and Ivie were living at 196 John Street in Arnprior. Charlie was listed as a Merchant on the voter’s list for 1957.

Charlie opened his Flo-Glaze Paint Store in 1957.


During the year 1958/59, Charlie was elected Deputy Governor for the Lion’s Club for Region 22.


During the year 1959/60, Charlie served as Governor of District A-4 for the Lion’s Club.

In 1960, Charlie returned to teaching taking a position at Arnprior District High School where he would become the Head of the Occupational Department. Charlie would hold this position until his passing in 1974.


During the year 1960/61, Charlie served as the Secretary of the Canadian Association of Lion’s Clubs.


Charlie and Ivie were living at 196 John Street in Arnprior. Charlie was listed as a Teacher and Ivie a Nurse on the voter’s list for 1962.


Charlie served two years as President of the Canadian Association of Lion’s Clubs from 1963 to 1965.

On February 25th, 1963 Charlie’s half-sister, Pauline passed away in Flint, Michigan.

Charlie and Ivie were living at 196 John Street in Arnprior. Charlie was listed as a Teacher and Ivie a House Wife on the voter’s list for 1963.


On January 28th, 1964 he was awarded the Town Crest by the Town of Arnprior for his service to the community.


In 1966 Charlie opened his bowling alley, ‘The Bowler’ in Arnprior, Ontario.


On October 21st, 1968 Charlie’s mother, Florence passed away in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Charlie and Ivie were living at 196 John Street in Arnprior. Charlie was listed as a Teacher on the voter’s list for 1968.


Charlie and Ivie were living at 79 John Street in Arnprior. Charlie was listed as a Teacher on the voter’s list for 1972.


In 1973, Charlie was awarded his 25 year perfect attendance award as a testament to his commitment and dedication to his support for the community and the Club.


The Arnprior Lion’s Club made plans to recognize Charlie for his devotion to community service with one of the most distinguished awards in Lionism, a Life Membership, to be presented at the Club’s 28th Charter Anniversary on September 28th 1974.

On September 12th, 1974 Charlie passed away at home in Arnprior.

Charlie was laid to rest at the Albert Street Cemetery in Arnprior, Ontario on September 14th, 1974.

On September 28th, 1974 Charlie’s family accepted the Life Membership award from the Arnprior Lion’s Club on his behalf.


Ivie May passed away on September 15th, 1983 at the age of 73 in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and was laid to rest at the Albert Street Cemetery in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada.

The Arnprior Lion’s Club continue to sponsor yearly awards for students of Arnprior District High School in Charlie’s name called the ‘Charles N. Grace Memorial Awards’.

Source Material

Name: Charles Nathaniel Grace
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 20 Jun 1910
Event Place: Sault Ste Marie, Algoma, Ontario, Canada
Registration Year: 1910
Gender: Male
Father’s Name: Charles Norman Grace
Mother’s Name: Florence N Lee
Reference ID: 010469
GS Film Number: 2413410
Digital Folder Number: 004530027
Image Number: 00598
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C05683-3

Note: Charles Nathaniel Grace’s mother’s name is incorrectly spelt as ‘Florence N. Lee’. The actual spelling is ‘Florence M. See’.

Source: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMHZ-279

Name: Ivie May Jamieson
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 23 Aug 1910
Event Place: Ross, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
Registration Year: 1910
Gender: Female
Father’s Name: Henry Jamieson
Mother’s Name: Marion Elizabeth Black
Reference ID: 043534
GS Film Number: 2413400
Digital Folder Number: 4530018
Image Number: 00687
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C05681-3

Source: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9H-RKBN

Name Ivie Jamieson
Event Type Census
Event Date 1911
Event Place Renfrew North Sub-Districts 1-22, Ontario, Canada
Gender Female
Age (Estimated) 1
Marital Status Single
Relationship to Head of Household Daughter
Birth Date Aug 1910
Birthplace Ontario
District Renfrew North
Household ID 85
Line Number 7
GS Film Number 002418519
Digital Folder Number 007526645
Image Number 01055

Harry Jamieson Head M Ontario
Elizabeth Jamieson Wife F Ontario
Sarah Jamieson Daughter F Ontario
Margarett Jamieson Daughter F Ontario
Marion Jamieson Daughter F Ontario
Ivie Jamieson Daughter F Ontario

Source: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:276P-NW5

Name: Nathanael Grace
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1911
Event Place: Algoma West Sub-Districts 33-38, Ontario, Canada
Gender: Male
Age (Estimated): 1
Marital Status: Single
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birth Date: Jun 1910
Birthplace: Ontario
District: Algoma West
Household ID: 11
Line Number: 44
GS Film Number: 002417691
Digital Folder Number: 007526746
Image Number: 00004

Norman Grace Head M England
Florence Grace Wife F Ontario
Nathanael Grace Son M Ontario

Source: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9R-LL85

1921 Census of Canada
Name: Nathanil Grace
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Age: 11
Birth Year: abt 1910
Birth Place: Ontario
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father’s name: Norman Grace
Father Birth Place: England
Mother’s name: Florence Grace
Mother Birth Place: Ontario
Racial or Tribal Origin: English
Province or Territory: Ontario
District: Algoma West
District Number: 66
Sub-District: Sault Ste Marie (City)
Sub-District Number: 32
City, Town or Village: Sault Ste Marie City
Street or Township: 16 Alberta Ave
Municipality: Sault Ste Marie

Household Members:
Name Age
Norman Grace 48
Florence Grace 30
Nathanil Grace 11
Hope Grace 2

Source: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada.

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