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Thomas Scott Memorial Orange
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The Red River rebellion spurred on the growth of the Orange
Order in the Canadian West. Private Thomas Hickey of the
Ontario Rifles was one of the soldiers sent to help quell
the rebellion, bringing with him Orange warrant, No. 1307.
On September 18, 1870, the first Orange Lodge west of Ontario
was organized on board the steamer the ‘Jessie MacKenzie’,
a boat owned by one of Louis Riel’s officials. The
meeting was held in the cabin, because a room was not available
in the town of Fort Garry.