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Pioneers & Entrepreneurs

The biographies featured in this section, by no means cover all of the men who contributed significantly to the development of the Scugog area. Information about many of the pioneers who first settled in Reach and Scugog is almost non-existent, as there were no newspapers to report on happenings in this area until late in 1857. Even throughout much of the 1860s information is scarce, due to a great number of missing issues of the Ontario Observer, the areas first newspaper.
  On the following pages are some the men who cut their way through the bush to get to Lake Scugog. They cleared the land, built crude log homes, opened saw mills and grain elevators, built thriving towns from crude settlements, brought the railway to their doorstep, and laid the groundwork for the communities we live in today.

  David J. Adams began business in Prince Albert in 1860, then moved to Port Perry in the exodus of 1872, going into partnership with his brother John, as "John & David J. Adams", money lenders and fire insurance agents.

In the partnership and confined his attention to his farm, known as "Ambleside" on Scugog Island. David Adams continued the business, steadily increasing his clientele and acquiring a reputation with the companies he represented as a man of sound judgement as a valuator and an authority on land titles.
  Mr. Adams was born on Nov. 9, 1843 and passed away on June 15, 1910. He owned a handsome home on the hill in Port Perry, on the north side of Queen St. After his death, the business was continued by his son, David D. Adams.

John Adams acquired a good education and early in life entered into the mercantile business for a number of years. He went into partnership with his brother Douglas D. Adams, and later became connected with some of the leading financial institutions in Toronto where he accumulated considerable wealth, being a successful speculator.
  About 1872 he purchased one of the finest properties in Ontario County, "Ambleside", a 300 acre farm located on Scugog Island. The beautiful property became a destination from many excursi on parties and church picnics in the late 1800s.
  Mr. Adams was one of the most extensive importers and breeders of valuable heavy horses, cattle and swine, and was identified with area agricultural institutions. As one of the leading stock breeders in the country he was often visited by breeders from all parts of Canada and the United States.
  He was a faithful supporter of his beloved Zion, the Church of England.
  John Adams passed away on Scugog Island on Thursday, May 1, 1902 in the 68th year of his life., leaving his widow Margaret and two children, a son and a daughter.

  David D. Adams, 34 years of age, was one of Port Perry's most promising young businessmen, when he passed away on August 15, 1918, following a month's illness from appendicitis.
  He was a man of far more than ordinary ability, and at a young age went on to become a respected and thorough businessman. His extensive experience, before becoming a partner in the family firm of David J. & Douglas Adams, thoroughly prepared him to fill the bill to perfection, in regard to carrying on such a long established business. He took over the business after the death of his father, David J. Adams in 1910.
  Just prior to his death, he had taken much interest in both livestock and farming, and was making preparations for carrying on farming on an extensive scale.
  The entire community was saddened by his death, and business was suspended in town the day of his funeral in respect for the young businessman. A service was held from his family residence on Cochrane St., with a large crowd attending as he was laid to rest in Prince Albert.
  He was a loving husband and worthy citizen, and a member of the Fidelity Lodge, A.F. & A.M., of which he had been Master.
 With the demise of William Aldred, on Sat., December 9, 1922, Scugog Island lost its veteran architect and builder, for there are few buildings on the Island, that were not constructed by him. The workmanship pertaining to their construction has proved first-class, and they stand as monuments to his untiring enterprise and energy.
  Mr. Aldred had the distinguished honour of being the first white infant to see the light of day on Scugog, for early in the1840s, he was rowed across the lake in a scow by his parents, and strange to relate, was landed on the shore of the farm later occupied by his son Jonathan.
  Early in life, in addition to farming, he embarked in his life's calling, that of a building contractor, and by unceasing energy and constant application soon acquired a competency.
  In faith he was an exemplary member of the Methodist Church and in politics a staunch Conservative. He was gentle and affable and his upright character secured for him the esteem and respect of all with whom he came in contact.
  He was public spirited and served the municipality, to good purpose, for more than one term at the municipal council board. As a citizen he supported every public innovation and improvement likely to benefit his adopted island.
  He leaves a large, prosperous and highly intelligent family of six sons: George, Nelson, Johathan, Joel, Ira and Norman, and three daughters Mrs. W.K. Ramsey, Mrs. J.E. Morrish, and Miss Maud Aldred. The funeral took place at his late residence with interment in the family plot at Pine Grove Cemetery.

   A.W. Allin came to Port Perry from Utica about 1888 and quickly established himself as a successful blacksmith and carriage manufacturer. His premises were located on Perry St., about the location of the present municipal offices.
  His buildings consisted of a commodious blacksmith shop with wood-working shop in the rear and a large showroom for carriages. He was a skilled workman, dealing in general trade as well as specializing in horseshoeing.
  He was a member of Port Perry council for a number of years, treasurer of the S.O.E. and is M.W. of the A.O.U.W. Mr. Allin owned a very handsome residence on Perry Street.
  Mr. Allin passed away on March 31, 1901 at 81 years of age. He left behind his wife Anne Louise (Claughton).

   S.E. Allison was born at Adolphustown, Prince Edward County on July 29, 1843, the son of Joseph B. and Mary Allison, who were United Empire Loyalists.
  Mr. Allison came to Port Perry in 1868 and for many years he was a druggist here. He married Margaret Kirkland (Sinclair) on June 8, 1870. In their house were born four children, Ward, Mary Elizabeth, Kate and Mrs. W.E. Groves.
  Mr. Allison was a genial man, ever fond of his home, which he and his wife lived in for 55 years. He loved to talk of old times, and in matters of local history he was an authority.
  In 1884 and again in 1891, Mr. Allison was the victim of fires which razed downtown Port Perry, losing thousands of dollars from the destruction.
  In the annals of the Methodist Church, he is named as one of the prime movers in the erection of the present structure.
  Mr. Allison died on Sunday, January 6, 1929 at his home in Port Perry, in his 86th year. The funeral service was attended largely by old friends and neighbours. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and three children.

   'Charlie', as his fellow citizens called him, was born and educated in Port Perry and served an apprenticeship to pharmacy in local stores. He graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1893 and the following year purchased the drug and stationery business of T.C. Nicholls. The business had been established 40 years earlier by his uncle, the late C. Allison.
  His store was located on the south side of Queen St. and in addition to his dispersing of drugs and sundries, he also was a qualified optician, and performed tests for sight. His store and the contents were all lost in a devastating fire in Sept. 1901.
  Mr. Allison was public spirited man, and served on town council a number of years. He was a fine musician and a member of the local band, and held the position of secretary for many years.
  In March, 1907, Mr. Allison sold his drug and stationery business to E.B. Flint of Newark, New Jersey.
For more than three decades, "Dr. Bob" as he was affectionately called, labored in Port Perry and neighbouring communities, bringing health and life to thousands who in pain and fear called for his help. He was a leading figure in the medical profession in this vicinity and earned a fine reputation. He should have taken his work in a more leisurely fashion several years ago, but he could not give up. His life was literally for the health of others.
   Dr. Robert Archer was an accomplished surgeon, who after his post graduate work in New York and at the Mayo Clinic, practiced medicine in North Dakota. After setting up practice in Port Perry, his brother David joined him in 1897 at the Archer Medical Clinic, located at 238 Queen St. In 30 years the country doctor came to know and to feel for his patients as personal friends.
  Dr. Archer was born in 1862 and passed away at his home on July 23, 1927, at 65 years of age. An impressive tribute ceremony was held at the Town Hall Park and a large crowd attended the open air service. Following the funeral he was interred in the family plot at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert.
  Dr. Archer was survived by his wife Amelia, one daughter, Mrs. Herbert Baker, one son, Mr. Harold Archer, and his brother Dr. David Archer.
Dr. David Archer, one of the senior members of the Ontario County Medical Assoc. died at Oshawa General Hospital following an illness of some four weeks. His passing removed one of the veterans of the profession in Ontario County, whose practice dates back to the horse and buggy days.
  Born in Cartwright Twp. on August 4, 1857, David Archer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Archer, attended Bowmanville High School, Hamilton Model School and then started his career as a teacher of mathematics at Smith's Falls High School. He later entered the study of medicine at Victoria College and after graduation went to England, Scotland and Ireland where he took post graduate work.
  Coming back to Ontario County, he opened practice in Port Perry where he continued for 37 years before moving to Oshawa in 1928. While in Port Perry he was instrumental in having a telephone system installed in the village and district.
  He was a member of the medical staff of the Oshawa General Hospital and held in high regard by the medical fraternity there. At a banquet of the Ontario County Medical Assoc. in February 1938, Dr. Archer was presented with a life membership.
  Dr. Archer left a lasting legacy and was admired for his self sacrificing and devotion to the relief of suffering. It was written that "the entire community is poorer because he has passed". He was always kindly and considerate to everyone.
  Dr. Archer died at Oshawa on Wed., September 20, 1939. Funeral service was held at the family residence, and a large number of sorrowful followed the procession for interment at Pine Grove Cemetery.
William Bateman was one of the early settlers on Scugog Island. He was an enterprising farmer for many years, but also had a keen interest in the advancement of progress. In 1868 he was first elected to represent the people on the council and position he held for a number of years. He was elected Reeve of Scugog in 1883 and held the post for four consecutive years. In 1894 he was appointed Commissioner of the Scugog Bridge by Ontario County council.
  He represented the wealthy and prosperous little island in a highly satisfactory manner to all concerned. In the County Council his reports as chairman of committees were regarded almost faultless.
  Prior to moving to Port Perry, in the late 1890s, he was one of Scugog's leading and most enterprising farmers, and occupied a number of the most prominent positions in the gift of the people.
  The church too, had his manly and generous protection and support, and while his moral support was of much importance, his financial aid was always forthcoming when required.
  William Bateman, while in residence in Port Perry, occupied the conspicuous highly important position in the community; he identified himself with and was an active and indefatigable promoter of every movement, commercial educational and religious, having a tendency to foster and advance the best interests of the town and its surroundings. He strived to see Port Perry become one of the best, most prosperous centres in the province, socially, intellectually, educationally and commercially.
  As Justice of the Peace his decisions, although strictly in accordance with the law, the penalties he imposed were invariably tempered with mercy.
  Mr. Bateman died in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 3, 1908, at 72 years of age. He was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery. His wife, Nancy (Varnum) passed away June 28, 1903. Left to mourn his loss are two sons, Dr. Martin Bateman and Mr. William Bateman.

  For almost 20 years, James Baird was associated with the Ontario Observer, the first newspaper to begin publishing in the area. In August 1866 he was named the editor of the newspaper and became partners with its owner, Henry Parsons.
  He was an outspoken critic of actions and politics, and an advocate of anything that would benefit the progress of the community.
  After 18 years as editor, in Oct. 1884, the partnership of James Baird and Henry Parsons, as proprietors and publishers of the North Ontario Observer was dissolved, with the business being taken over by Mr. Parsons.
  Mr. Baird also served as President of the Reach and Scugog School Teachers' Association and superintendent during the 1860s. He was also a charter member and president of the Prince Albert Public Hall Joint Stock Co.
  James Baird died on January 9, 1898 at 67 years of age, leaving his wife Mary Anne (Graham) Baird.

  Mr. Beatty was born in Westminster Twp., near London, in 1841, the youngest of three children of Henry and Mary (Acheson) Beatty.    After the death of his father, Mrs. Beatty moved to Prince Albert, where W.A. Beatty attended school. He also attended the old school at Borelia for a short time.
  At an early age he was apprenticed to the harness trade with the late Thomas Courtice, with whom he worked for a number of years. In the early 1880s Mr. Beatty and the late James Bongard formed a partnership and carried on a harness shop in the building on the north side of Queen St., then occupied by the Observer Office. A few years later they moved to the B.F. Ackerman building, where they carried on business until 1910, when Mr. Beatty became sole owner of the harness manufacturing business. Mr. Beatty was a Port Perry businessman for more than 55 years at the time of his death.
  Mr. Beatty was active in sports in his younger days, cricket being his special hobby. His memory extended to the very early days when Port Perry was nothing but a mill village. In those days the Indians used to parade the streets in their blankets.
  Mr. Beatty's old home in Prince Albert was open house to the young people of the locality, with many a Sunday evening spent in hymn singing. He was keenly interested in Sunday School as a young man, being a teacher of a class of boys for many years.
  He was a Mason of long standing, being a Past Master of Fidelity Lodge. In 1890 Bro. W.A. Beatty, was installed as president of Lodge 14, Sons of Canada Benevolent Assoc.
  On Friday, October 19, 1934, Port Perry's oldest businessman passed away. The funeral service was held at the United Church, with interment at Pine Grove Cemetery. He was buried with Masonic Honours.
 Port Perry' most ambitious and influential businessman during the developing years of the village, was Joseph Bigelow. In fact, it could be argued he was the singular, most influential man in the entire history of the community.
  Bigelow was identified financially and otherwise with every important improvement in the Port Perry and Scugog district during his active years.
  He became the first postmaster in the village from 1852 to 1869. In the late 1850s he took over a woolen factory and planing mill, operating it until it was expropriated for the railway in 1870. In 1862 a branch of the Royal Canadian Bank opened in Port Perry, with Mr. Bigelow as manager. He held the position for six years, until he retired to give more attention to his other business interests.
  In April 1869, he opened one of the most impressive commercial blocks in the County, the Royal Arcade. Following this he turned his attention to promoting and building the Port Whitby and Port Perry Railway, of which he became its chief instigator.
  In 1872, Joseph Bigelow became the first Reeve of the newly incorporated village of Port Perry. He held the office for three terms, under which time the village thrived under his leadership and drive. It was during his term as Reeve, that two of the town's most important structures were built, the new Town Hall and the Union Public and High School.
  In May 1877, he commenced erection of his magnificent residence on Cochrane St., high on the hill overlooking Lake Scugog. It was here he and his family resided until his death, at 89-years of age, in April 1917.
  Mr. Bigelow became a Justice of the Peace in 1877 and in 1881 ran as a Reform candidate for the Ontario Legislature, but failed to be elected by three votes.
  On the business front, Mr. Bigelow was a 20-year partner with Thomas Paxton in a flour-milling business located on Water St., and also a partner in the Paxton, Tate Foundry on Perry St, and operated the Big Red Apple Elevator, on Lilla St.
  In 1890, one of his most important projects was completed, in the building of the causeway, or connecting bridge between Cartwright, Scugog Island and Port Perry.
  Mr. Bigelow was married to Elizabeth Paxton in 1854. He passed away at his family residence on Cochrane St. on Sunday, January 28, 1917, leaving his wife and three children, Charles, Thomas and Mrs. W.H. McCaw.
Jonathon Blong passed away on Saturday, March 20, 1915, at his home in Toronto, He spent most of his life in Port Perry and after moving often expressed the wish that he was still enjoying the attractions of his hometown.
  Mr. Blong was born in Toronto, the youngest son of Henry Blong. He came to Port Perry about the year 1882, and immediately took a keen interest in the town. An accident in early life deprived him of the use of one of his legs, and made it difficult for him to enter business in the ordinary way; but he invested money wisely in the purchase and selling of properties.
  During his years in business, he purchased the large Royal Arcade building from Joseph Bigelow and converted half of it into one of the finest hotels in the province, the Brunswick House. Following destruction of the building by fire in 1883 and 1884, he constructed the Blong Block, described as the most pretentious and extensive business structure in Port Perry. It was a two-storey, red brick building, elaborately decorated with white brick facings and a frontage of over 100 feet on Queen St. The building still stands to this day.
  After a fire had destroyed the home of the late Dr. J.H. Sangster in 1893, Mr. Blong bought the property, known as Beechenhurst, and erected the commodious house. He became very much attached to the property, but with his health failing, he reluctantly sold it and moved to Toronto about 1908, where he lived with his family until his death.
  Mr. Blong was extremely fond of nature and nothing gave him greater pleasure than the hunting trips through the Kawartha Lakes.
  Jonathon Blong, 60, died on Saturday evening, March 20, 1915, at his late residence, 65 Woodlawn Avenue, West, Toronto, leaving his beloved wife Sophia and son Jonathan Henry to mourn his loss.

   One of the most interesting men in Port Perry was John Bowerman. He was born near Brooklin, on May 31, 1850, and spent much of his youth in the area, attending Dryden's school near Whitby.
  The Bowerman family was engaged in the woolen mill business at Brooklin and it was there John Bowerman learned his trade. About 1874 he moved to Port Perry and opened a Carding Mill.
  In 1876 he married Louise Kempley and two children were born of this marriage, Charles, and Carrie, who died in infancy. In 1887 Louise Bowerman died. In 1890 a second marriage was contracted, the lady being Margaret (MacGregor) and from this marriage five children were born - George, Tom, Ivan, Cora and Vera.
  In 1883, because of his love for water, Capt. Bowerman, as he became known, made up his mind to build a steamboat. The result was the steamship Mary Louise. In 1884 the great fire destroyed the town and the Mary Louise did a great part in hauling brick and other building material for the rebuilding of the town. Later the boat was sold to Jos. Parkins of Lindsay, where it was used as a towboat. His next boat was the Empress, which was brought to Port Perry by Jos. Ball, of Caesarea. After awhile the boat was superseded by the Cora, which Capt. Bowerman built in 1902. He also owned a good sized gasoline boat, which was later sold and broke up in Lake Ontario. He spent most of his time on Lake Scugog, and was thoroughly familiar with all the waterways in the district.
  Capt. Bowerman died at his home in Port Perry on Wed., April 26, 1933, in his 84th year. He was interred in Pine Grove Cemetery. His wife, Margaret, pre-deceased him on Tues., April 15, 1930, in her 64th year.
William Brock was among the leading business men of Port Perry during the late 1800s. He was born in April 1843, and arrived in Port Perry from Newcastle when he was still a young man. For the next 13 years he clerked in the store owned by Aaron Ross. In 1881 he started into business for himself in a store where the post office is now situated (1906), and five years later moved to his present site.
  Mr. Brock was an enterprising, honorable and energetic businessman, occupying a prominent place in the ranks of our most reliable businessmen. He was most industrious and preserving in business, hence successful results invariably crowned his efforts and investments. He was acknowledged to be one of the best and closest buyers in the commercial arena. He was enterprising and public spirited and supported with energy any object that was likely to prove beneficial to the town. Due to his strict attention to business did not have time to take part in the public affairs of the community.
  He was an active member of the Methodist Church, and in all walks of life he discharged his duties in a way which won for him sincere respect.
  Mr. Brock built and lived in a nice home at the corner of Ella and Elgin Street.
  Left to mourn him at the time of his death, on March 25, 1915, was his widow Sarah (Barber), two daughters, Mrs. F. Hugley and Miss Ella Brock, and three sons: Harry, F.W. and Harold. Funeral took place at the Methodist Church, Port Perry.
  Mr. Brock was born April 26, 1843 and passed away on March 25, 1915.

   One of the most useful citizens in Port Perry was a gentleman known as J.H. Brown., who has for many years occupied positions of responsibility and trust with marked ability and great satisfaction to the ratepayers.
  Mr. Brown came to Canada from Plymouth, England, in the year 1848 as a young man. For years his family resided at Prince Albert and later he lived at Manchester. He came to Port Perry in 1876 and for 10 years conducted a general store at the corner of Queen and Perry St. After selling his business he went into selling organs and pianos from a nice little shop on Perry St., where he repaired instruments as well as sold them. He was also a representative of the Canada Life Insurance Company.
  Mr. Brown, filled the position of Treasurer for the village of Port Perry for more than 30 years, resigning from the office in February 1917. During the same period, he also performed the duties of Secretary-Treasurer of the School Board. He was member of the I.O.O.F. and A.O.U.W. Societies and owns a handsome home on Queen Street.
  Mr. Brown died at the home of his son-in-law, in Vancouver B.C., on Monday, March 25, 1918, in his 81st year.

   J.C. Browne was born on Lot 5, Conc. 1, Reach Twp., the son of Alex Browne, who was one of the earliest settlers of the township. When about 16 years of age, J.C. Browne left the homestead and went to work on the farm of Mr. Howden, staying for a few years, then moving to Port Perry in 1883. About this time the Whitby/Manilla Railway was being constructed and Mr. Browne became foreman of the construction gang on a part of the line.
  The following year he began business as an implement agent with his office and shop in the building beside the grain elevator, at the foot of Queen St. Mr. Browne represented the Massey-Harris Co., and repaired all other makes of farm implements used in the community. He retired as a Massey-Harris dealer in Nov. 1917, after 35 years in business.
  His chief interests outside his actual business were found in the Agricultural Society. He was a very active director and served as Treasurer of the Society from the time it was organized.He was also keenly involved in the Masonic Lodge, the organization which became the centre of his social life.
  J.C. Browne passed away on March 12, 1931 at 81 years of age. He was married to Elizabeth J. (Graham), of Scugog Island (a sister of Thomas Graham). His wife predeceased him many years earlier. Two children survive, Orr C. Browne and Mrs. S.R. Stephens.
  Funeral services were held at St. John's Presbyterian Church. Fidelity Lodge, A.F.& A.M conducted the Masonic ceremonies beside the grave at Pine Grove Cemetery.

   Stewart Bruce occupied a prominent place in the foremost ranks of our country's present and future hope. He took a leading part in every movement likely to benefit the community.
  Agricultural pursuits were his choice and he identified himself with every scheme tending to benefit the agriculturist He was a strong supporter of agriculture societies and one of the originators and promoters of the Central Fair Association that gave Port Perry such prominence for its great fairs.
  He stood deservedly high in the estimation of his fellow townsmen and served in the municipal council for a number of years. He moved his hardware business from Cannington to Port Perry in 1893, which was later taken over by his son R.J. Bruce.
  As a husband, a father, a friends and a neighbour his loss will be felt. He leaves his wife of many years and four sons, Albert, Dr. Herbert, Mr. R.J. and Rupert.
  Mr. Stewart, who was 75 years of age, passed away on March 20, 1912, at 75 years of age. His funeral took place at the family residence on Queen St., at the corner of Ella St., with a procession to Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert. His wife Isabella, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 1913 in her 76th year.

   Robert Bruce was a native of Cartwright Township where he learned the art of storekeeping. His first business experience took place in Cannington where he bought a store and ran it for some time.
  In 1893 Mr. Bruce moved to Port Perry and operated a store in the old Hiscox Block, beside the Sebert House hotel. Two years later he erected a two storey building, 28x75' on the north side of Queen St. just east of the Bank of Commerce building.
  Mr. Bruce carried on a general hardware business, including the selling of stoves, furnaces, bindertwine, wallpaper and tinware, and the business was in every way a very prosperous one. His store enjoyed a large country and town trade in eavestroughing and in metallic roofing and ceiling supplies, and he sold paint supplies.
  Mr. Bruce served on the town council for two years and was on the board when the municipal water and light systems were inaugurated. He also served on the water and light commission. He is a prominent Mason, Workman, Oddfellow and Independent Forester. He resides in a comfortable home on Mary Street.
  In June 1906 he sold his extensive hardware business to Mr. A. J. Carnegie.
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Herbert Alexander Bruce was born in September 1868, on the family farm two miles south west of Blackstock, the son of Stewart and Isabella (Morrow) Bruce.
  In 1873 when he was five years old, his parents moved to a farm which they bought east of Prince Albert, on the southern edge of Port Perry. This allowed the Bruce children to have access to the only high school in the area, Port Perry High School. Herbert Bruce graduated from PPHS in May 1884 at the age of 15, but being too young to enter medical school, he became an apprentice to S.E. Allison, a Port Perry druggist.
  He graduated from the Toronto School of Medicine in 1892 and began his practice in medicine. His practice became so large, he founded a private hospital near the corner of Wellesley and Sherbourne Sts., and named it the Wellesley Hospital. He operated the hospital until his retirement in 1948, when he made a gift of it to the people of Toronto, as a public hospital.
  During World War I, Dr. Bruce became the Inspector General of the Canadian Medical Forces and was appointed the Consulting Surgeon to the British Armies in France.
  In 1919 he married an English girl, Angela Hall, and the couple had one son, Herbert Maxwell, who was born in Feb. 1920.
  After the war, Dr. Bruce resumed his duties as head of his Wellesley Hospital and in October 1932 was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario. In 1940, when he was 70 years old, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Parkdale, Toronto. He made is mark on Ottawa in his first speech by calling for the resignation of then Prime Minister, Mackenzie King.
  During his years as one of the top physicians and politicians in Ontario, Dr. Bruce never forgot his Port Perry roots. He made frequent visits back to his hometown, and took part in the Centenary Celebration of Cartwright in 1934, and took part in the dedication of the new Memorial Library in Port Perry in 1937.
  Dr. Herbert A. Bruce passed away at his home on Douglas Drive, in Rosedale, Toronto on Sunday, June 23, 1963 at the age of 94 years.
Leonard Burnett came to Canada from Yorkshire England in 1846, and settled with his family in the vicinity of Pickering. His father died shortly after reaching Canada, so the young Burnett was forced to fend for himself with his own resources, and later that experience was used to help boys in a similar position.
  Mr. Burnett was heavily involved with the marked progress of Ontario County. For many years, he and Peter Christie (always good friends) were the recognized leaders of the Grits and Tories of the township; and each man giving splendid service as school trustees, councillors, etc.
  He first entered public life in 1877 when he was elected to council in Reach Twp. where he served as a councillor for many years. In 1894 he was honoured by being elected Reeve of the township. He was also elected Honourary President of Port Perry's Great Syndicate Fair when it was formed in 1900.
  In 1896 under the Laurier Government, Mr. Burnett became M.P. for South Ontario, but did not seek re-election in 1900 when William Ross succeeded him. Peter Christie in turn was elected to the post in 1904.
  About this time, Mr. Burnett represented the Canadian Emigration Dept. at York, England and until 1912 was very involved with the great British immigration to Canada.
  After retiring, he married Miss Linda Putman, of Ottawa, and moved to his new residence in Toronto. A life-long Baptist, he was long a main-stay in the cause at Port Perry and in Toronto.
  Leonard Burnett passed away on August 21, 1932, in his 88th year. His funeral was attended by a large gathering at his home at 5 Delaware Ave., Toronto, with dignitaries, friends and political contemporaries present. He was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery on Aug. 24, 1932. The memory of Leonard Burnett will always be cherished.

   Harris Burnham served as a trustee for the Port Perry Grammar and Common School in the 1860s and on the building committee to construct a new Church of England in Port Perry.
  In 1871, the County appointed him returning officer for the first election after Port Perry was incorporated as a village.
  Harris Burnham passed away in 1890. His wife Mary, died in Port Perry on Friday, Oct. 11, 1918 at 83 years of age. The Burnhams had three children, J.B. Burnham, Zacheus Burnham and Grace Pentland.
 John Burnham was born in Whitby in 1849, the eldest son of Judge Zacheus Burnham. He was educated at Upper Canada College and Trinity College, where he received his degree. At the time of the Fenian Raids, he was a member of the Upper Canada Rifles.
  Mr. Burnham was Clerk of the Division Court when he moved to Port Perry at 22 years of age, and he held this office until the time of his death, a period of 58 years.
  About ten years after his arrival, in January 1881, he was appointed postmaster for the village of Port Perry, following the resignation of Henry Gordon. Mr. Burnham served in his position of postmaster for a total of 45 years, and in all that time never missed a day from duty through illness, and rarely if ever, away from business for any other reason.
  Mr. Burnham was one of the most highly respected citizens of Port Perry. In his two important offices he learned to know the people of the neighbourhood thoroughly, and his long tenure of office showed how much his ability and integrity were appreciated. He was a man of simple and regular habits, fond of his daily walk, and his interests centred around his home and family.
  Mr. Burnham was married to Marion Hart in 1875, and the couple raised six children at their palatial John St. home.
  J.W. Burnham passed away in Port Perry on Sunday, Sept. 23, 1928 in his 80th year. His wife Marion died on Sunday, March 3, 1940, at 90 years of age.

  Zaccheus Burnham was born in the County of Northumberland on March 31, 1819. He received his literary education at the Cobourg Grammar School; studied law with his elder brother in Peterborough and finished legal studies in Toronto.
  He began practicing law in Whitby in 1843 and by 1852 had been appointed junior judge for the counties of Peel, York and Ontario. In 1854 when Ontario County was formed he was appointed County Judge, a position he held for 42 years.
  In 1848 he married Sarah Borlase (Warren) and they had one son, John Warren Burnham, who became Clerk of the Court at Port Perry. John Burnham served as Court Clerk for 58 years and was also postmaster in Port Perry for 45 years.
  Judge Burnham's wife, Sarah, died in 1856. Fourteen years later, he married Sarah's sister, Helena, with whom he had two children.
  Judge Burnham died at his residence on Sunday, Nov. 15, 1896., at 79 years of age. The news of his death spread through the town and county with deep and widespread regret. Flags were flown at half mast from the Courthouse and other public building.
  His funeral was an event of County importance. It was conducted in the quiet manner in which the deceased judge had lived, but the pioneer public men from every part of the county were there.
   James Carnegie was born in Scotland, June 2, 1843 and travelled to Canada when he was a young man 22 years of age. He was the only one of the family to follow in this father's footsteps as a miller, although he came from a milling family.
  His first business enterprise was in Reach Twp., where he conducted a flour mill west of Manchester. After selling the mill, he went to Raglan where he owned and operated flour and saw mills, and a farm of 50 acres. He remained at Raglan for 11 years, during which time he gained his first experience in municipal affairs in the township council.
  In 1871 he was married to Louise Fincham, at the old St. Andrews Church, Toronto.
  In April 1888, Mr. Carnegie, having sold his property in Raglan, came to Port Perry and purchased the flour mills from the Ontario Bank. He carried on this business for almost 20 years. His flouring mills and planning mills were totally destroyed by a fire in June 1902, but undeterred he began to rebuild immediately and was in full operation only six months later. In 1907 he sold the entire business to his sons, David and Arthur J.
  He was well known through the County, having taken an active part in public affairs. He served for a number of years on Port Perry council, and was Reeve for three terms. In 1899 he served as Warden of the County of Ontario in 1899. He was elected unanimously to the House of Assembly for the Liberals of South Ontario in 1907.
  Good judgement and industry assured to Mr. Carnegie the success he achieved in his business ventures and the lumber mills in Port Perry will always be associated with his name. In 1891 he purchased the Union Flouring Mills and successfully operated it until June 1902 when it was destroyed by fire. He rebuilt and was in operation in less than a year and successfully ran it until 1907, when he sold it to his sons.
  After retirement from business, Mr. Carnegie took up lawn bowling for his recreation. He was Honorary President of the Central Lawn Bowling League. In 1913 he purchased a lot just west of the lawn bowling green on Queen St., and built a handsome brick house.
  He was a member of Fidelity Lodge, Port Perry and also a Shriner.
  Mr. James Carnegie, was a resident of Port Perry for over 30 years died at his home on Tues., Oct. 4, 1921, in his 79th year. His wife Louise, and his ten children, six sons and four daughter, all survived him.
  His funeral took place on Thursday and deceased was buried with full Masonic honors at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert.
 Samuel T. Cawker was born in Devonshire, England, in 1843, the son of John and Elizabeth Cawker. He came to Canada with his parents when he was just seven years old, and the family settled in Bowmanville, establishing a butcher business.
  Mr. Cawker moved to Port Perry in 1869 and opened his butcher store, becoming one of the town's first businessmen. During the 1880s he operated his meat stall from the Market Building and would close for part of the year to run a beef cart, with first-class meat, door to door in the town. After the fire of 1884, his sons John and Alymer, joined him in business, operating successfully until 1918 when S.T. Cawker retired to his home in Borelia, and the business was sold to Ralph Fitchett of Manchester.
  Mr. Cawker was a keen student of markets and kept thoroughly posted upon all public matters. A man of thoroughly dependable character, he stuck by his principles, often to his own financial loss. He was of a retiring nature, and did not fill any public office; but as a kindly neighbour and good citizen, he will long be remembered by his many friends and acquaintances.
  Mr. Cawker was married to Mary Hannah Thorndyke, on March 7, 1866, in Bowmanville, from which eight children were born: Lillian J., Samuel John, Bertha Frances, William Weston, Florence Nora, Alymer Bolton, George Oscar and Chas. Henry.
  Mr. and Mrs. Cawker celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 1931.
  S.T. Cawker, who was a highly respected citizen, passed away at Port Perry on Thursday, Dec. 15, 1938. He had retained his faculties until the day of his death. His wife, Mary passed away on May 25, 1934 at the age of 84 years. She had lived in Port Perry for 64 years.

   Duncan Christie occupied a prominent place in the foremost ranks of Ontario County's future. He took a forward and leading part in every movement likely to benefit the community.
  Agricultural pursuits were his choice and he was one of the chief promoters and originators of the Agricultural Society, acting as its secretary for many years. He was regarded as a valuable member of community and held some of the most important positions in the municipality. In the church and school he proved of much importance.
  After a residence of 30 years in the locality, he leaves it vastly better than he found it and his thrift and industry have secured for his family a generous portion of this world's goods. He passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 1883, at 58 years of age.
Reach Twp. lost one of its pioneers in the death of Peter Christie, who had been in failing health for some time. Lovingly spoken of as "Peter" by all who knew him, there was no more esteemed citizen in the County.
  Peter Christie was the son of John and Jean (McLaren) Christie, who came to Canada in 1845 and settled on the 6th concession of Reach. He was born Oct. 30, 1846 in a log cabin on the 7th conc. Later the family moved to a farm west of Epsom, where at the local school he received his early education.
  A well-to-do farmer, Mr. Christie owned several farms, but resided in his residence on Dundreenan Farm, south of the village of Manchester.
  Mr. Christie's public service was varied; it covered many years and was much appreciated because of his good judgement and unfailing kindness. In 1876 he entered Reach Council and was identified with public affairs for 30 years, holding every office of the people. As a young man he entered the municipal council, where he served as reeve for eight years, from 1879-1883 and again from 1897-1899, and was honoured by election to the office of Warden of Ontario County in 1881. In 1904 he was the Conservative standard bearer in South Ontario and represented that riding for four years in the Federal Parliament.
  He was a director of the Maple Leaf Insurance Co. from 1895 to 1931. Two prominent Agricultural Assoc. honoured him be electing him as their President. - The Guelph Winter Fair and the Clydesdale Breeders' Assoc. He was also a member of the Stallion Enrollment Board.
  It was in the field of agriculture that Mr. Christie's most effective service was rendered. His knowledge of farming and livestock was recognized in many ways, and his farm became noted as the home of thoroughbred stock.
  His loyal support was always given the Breadalbane Presbyterian Church at Utica. His father, John Christie, was largely responsible for the building of that church.
  In 1879 Mr. Christie married Mary Honor (Graham), who predeceased him on Sat., Jan. 12, 1924. He is survived by three sons, Grant and Fred at home, and Prof. Graham Christie of the Agricultural Dept. of John Hopkins University, Baltimore.
  Peter Christie passed away at his home on Dundrennan Farm, Manchester, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1933, in his 88th year.

   Peter Christie was one of those noble pioneers to whom everyone referred to with pride and respect. He was born and raised to manhood in Scotland, then left his native land in 1831 to come to Canada. He settled in Reach Twp., near the village of Manchester, where he resided for 51 years, until the time of his death.
  Peter Christie passed away at his home on Saturday, Aug. 26, 1882, at the age of 82 years. His wife predeceased him by 25 years, and he left four sons and six daughters to mourn his loss. His funeral was attended by a very large number of friends and relatives, and he was laid to rest at the Presbyterian burial ground, Utica.
 Mr. Samuel Christian, throughout the 1860s and 1870s, was a leading community figure, noted for his public spirit. He was a leader in mercantile pursuits, at Manchester, the business centre of the township of Reach at this time.
  He was also extensively engaged in the purchase of grain, and his expertise was often called on to judge the commodity anywhere it was to be found. His popularity as a buyer made him famous across the county. His success as a business man and grain buyer was phenomenal up to the time of the great slump in the price of barley during the 1880s.
  He is said to have been possessed with far more than ordinary ability, and he was public spirited and generous to a fault. His popularity was almost unbounded and any attempts to enter into public life were rewarded with election. He served as Reach Twp. Reeve in 1886
  Mr. Christian was a loving and devoted husband, and indulgent father and a true friend. His wife predeceased him by 23 years. He passed away in Toronto on Friday, October 25, 1907 in his 64th year, leaving one son, Arthur Christian, of Whitby. His remains were interred at Pine Grove Cemetery.

   Thomas Courtice, one of the community's best loved and esteemed residents, passed away in Port Perry on Friday, March 1, 1901, at the age of 71 years.
  Mr. Courtice started in the leather and saddlery business in 1854 at Prince Albert, and in 1860 joined forces with John Rolph in the manufacturing of harness products. With the arrival of the railway in Port Perry, Mr. Courtice moved to his new building near the corner of Queen and Perry St. in 1874, to open his new harness shop. Unfortunately, like so many other Port Perry businesses, the Courtice Block was destroyed in the fire of 1884.
  Mr. Courtice's business was a success from the start, catering to needs that were widespread in the community. In 1887, he formed a partnership with Mr. Samuel Jeffrey, and they successfully carried on with their business, Courtice and Jeffrey Harness Shop, until his death.
  In 1869 he served as treasurer of the Prince Albert Public Hall Joint Stock Co., and while a resident of Port Perry served on the town council. He was also a devoted Christian, who for a time was the local preacher in Prince Albert, and also served as the Sabbath School Superintendent.
  As a tribute to this pioneer resident, the businesses of Port Perry closed during the afternoon of his funeral to pay respect, as he was laid to rest in Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert. Left to mourn him was his wife, Annie (Cory), who died on Feb. 8, 1913 in Port Perry.

   Benjamin Crandell was born in 1825, the first white child in the Township of Reach, and the son of Reuben and Catherine Crandell.
  His beloved wife, Annie (Cook) Crandell, was born 1829 and died on Nov. 11, 1912 at 82 years of age. They had one son, Wallace Reuben.
  It was Benjamin who sold to the village of Port Perry, a beautiful lot at the corner of Queen and Simcoe St., on which the municipality built the new Town Hall, in 1873.
  Benjamin Crandell passed away in 1886.

   Mr. Crandell was the fourth son of the late Reuben and Catherine Crandell, the first white settlers in the Township of Reach, in the year 1821.
  One of Port Perry's oldest residents at the time of his death, he was the most extensive property holder in the town. He had been retired for about 40 years when he passed away, and had lived in one of the most commodious homes in the town.
  Caleb Crandell was for many years a member of the village council, and was always an enterprising and respected citizen. He was one of the Charter Members of Warriner Lodge, No. 74, Independent Order of Oddfellows.
  Caleb Crandell was born July 14, 1830, passed away on Jan. 8, 1907 and was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert with all the honors of the Oddfellows Lodge. He left behind his widow.
George Crandell was born in Reach Twp. in 1828. He wasthe second son of Reuben and Catherine Crandell, the first white settlers in the township.
  By the time he was 18 years old, he began showing interest in boats, and in 1845 helped his father build the Firefly, a crude packet which was propelled by oars and sails. This experience whet his appetite for shipping and when he heard of plans to build a large steamship, the Woodman, at Port Perry, he was hired to help in its construction, and later became a member of its crew when it was launched in 1850. He built and launched his first boat, the Lady Ida in 1861.
  George Crandell was married to Henrietta (Hopper) while still living in Port Perry, and they raised five children, Gertrude, Arthur, G.A., Marjorie and Hilda. In 1866 he moved his family to Lindsay, which had become a more strategic centre for shipping than Port Perry, and here they lived for the remainder of his life.
  By 1869 the ambitious young Crandell had built four steamships, and was owner and operator of the largest and busiest fleet of ship in the Central Lakes. His crowning achievement came in 1891 with the launching of the Crandella, the largest passenger carrying steamship in the Kawarthas.
  Capt. Crandell was described as one of the most rugged and active persons the area had every known. His passion was steamboating, and he indulged in it with so much enthusiasm, he was credited for much of the development of navigation in the area.
  He was considered one of the most forceful, persistent and picturesque figures in Lindsay's municipal history, serving over 30 years on the local council. He loved his adopted town and each winter, when not busy with his steamships, he constructed homes. During his lifetime in the town, he built close to 100 houses.
  Towards the close of the 1901 Capt. George Crandell retired, almost 50 years after the his maiden voyage on the Woodman. Including his early days aboard sail and oar powered vessels, he had spent 57 years of service on Lake Scugog and the Kawarthas.
  George Crandell died on Friday, January 21, 1904, while out shoveling snow in front of his home. He was 76 years of age. The entire town mourned his passing as he was laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery, Lindsay.

   Reuben Crandell was born in Saratoga County, York State, in 1797, and when he was only four-years old his father died. At nine years of age, he moved with his mother and stepfather to Canada, settling near the Bay of Quinte.
  Mr. Crandell married Catherine Moore in 1820, while living in Haldimand County, and their first child, Elmore, was born a year later. That same year, he set out with his young family and a team of oxen to blaze his way to the recently established Township of Reach.
  He made his way Lake Scugog and settled on 200 acres of land he chose to farm near Manchester. Only seven months after their arrival, Catherine gave birth to Lucy Ann, the first white child to be born in the township. One year later, Benjamin became the first white male child born in the Crandell's crude log cabin.
  Over the next 15 years, the ringing of Crandell's axe was a constant sound, as he cleared some 105 acres of his original purchase, before selling it to Alexander and Frederick Graham, of Scotland. In 1832, he purchased another 200 acres, at $1 per acre, north east of his original homestead.
  Once again Crandell set to work clearing the land at his new location and built a home for his growing family. The original home, which was also used as a hotel, was destroyed by fire in 1843. He built another home, on the north side of Queen St., near the 6th concession, and there he lived with his family until his death.
  The village which arose around the immediate settlement of Mr. Crandell's land, near the corner of Queen St. and Old Simcoe Road, for many years bore the name of Crandell's Corners, but around 1870 it was changed to Borelia.
  Reuben Crandell, aged 77 years, died on October 8, 1874. He had 12 children in total, seven sons and five daughters, all of whom, with the exception of one daughter, survived him. His wife, Catherine, 71, pre-deceased him in August 1870.
  A funeral was held for Reach Township's first white settler on Sunday, Oct. 11 with a large and highly respectable procession marching from the late residence of the deceased to the Church of Ascension, Port Perry.

   Reuben Crandell Jr. died in Port Perry on Saturday, Oct. 7, 1922, at 90 years of age. He was the last of seven sons of Reach Township's first white settler, Reuben Crandell, who had settled in the township in 1821.
  The junior Crandell was clever at writing his experiences in verse and entertained his friends with his poems on many occasion. He was never involved in holding office.
  At the time of his Reuben Jr.'s death, only two of his sisters were still living, Mrs. Stewart of Port Perry and Mrs. Buck of San Francisco.
  As a mark of respect for the Reuben Crandell Jr., the town bell was tolled at the time of his funeral.

   The Township of Scugog sustained a severe loss on April 21, 1937 when one of its foremost citizen, Wesley Crozier passed away in his 76th year.
  Mr. Crozier was born Sept. 25, 1861, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Crozier, and his early years were spent in the Township of Cartwright. In 1891 he moved with his family to Scugog where remained until his death.
  Mr. Crozier entered into municipal affairs, filling most capably, the positions of councillor and Reeve. Subsequently he became the township's tax collector, an office he held for 30 years. He had always shown concern for the moral and social condition of the municipality he served, and many lives were enriched by his unselfish friendship.
  In 1903 he married Emma Milner, who survives to mourn her late husband.
  A large gathering assembled for his funeral at the family residence, to pay their last tribute of esteem to one who played a most important part in the welfare of the community in which he lived. Floral tributes from the Fidelity Lodge, A.F.&A.M., Port Perry of which the deceased was a member. He was laid to rest at Pine Grove Cemetery.

   George Currie was born in Scarborough Township on Aug. 21, 1821, the sixth child of John and Hannah (Lockey) Currie, of Scotland. In 1844, as a young man of 23-years old, he moved to Prince Albert from Oshawa to open a grain buying business. At the same time, he and his brother Mark opened a general merchandising business consisting of dry goods, liquors, wines and children's wear in the same village.
  Mr. Currie was married to Sarah Ann (Cronk) on Dec. 3, 1845, and they raised a family of six children: John, Catherine, Luther, Sarah, Hannah and George Jr. All children were born at Prince Albert, Ont. between 1846 and 1862.
  Throughout the 1850s, the Curries became one of the principal grain purchasing businesses in the area, and it was during this time that George tried out his hand a politics. In 1857 he was elected Reeve of Reach Township. He later held the position of treasurer of the Township for a number of years, before moving to Port Perry.
  The Currie brothers dissolved their partnership as general merchants in September 1861 with George continuing the business. During the 1860s, he formed another partnership with Aaron Ross becoming one of the largest grain companies in the county, as well as respected clothing, hardware and grocery merchants.
  During the early 1870s, business began to trickle out of Prince Albert and George Currie, realizing that the tide of business was on the move, purchased a property on the north-east corner of Queen & Perry St. In 1872, he constructed an attractive two-storey brick building into which he moved his new business.
  During the summer of 1873 he began construction of his most notable building, the large grain elevator located near the railway station at Port Perry's lakefront.
  Mr. Currie tried his hand at provincial politics in July 1876, running as a candidate for North Ontario County, but losing his bid to W.H. Gibbs of Whitby.
  George Currie sold his interests in Currie's Elevator to Aaron Ross towards the end of the 1870s, and retired from business. Sometime later, George and Sarah Currie moved to Montana with their youngest son George Jr., where they purchased and lived on a ranch until the death of Mrs. Currie on May 9, 1891. Mr. Currie returned to Toronto as some point to spend the remainder of his life at the home of his daughter and son-in-law.
  The Currie's daughter, Sarah, was married to noted lawyer Norman F. Paterson, who had practiced in Port Perry for about 18 years, as well as held the position of village Clerk.
  George Currie was 81 years of age when he passed away in Toronto, on Saturday, October 4, 1902, at the residence of Sarah and N.F. Paterson.

   Mark Currie was born in the Township of Scarborough on Sept. 30, 1823, the son of John and Hannah Currie. The family left Scotland in 1818, settling in New York for about one year before moving northward to Canada. They settled in Toronto, then known as Little York, but after the death of his father in 1830, the family moved to Whitby.
  Mark Currie entered into carriage building in Oshawa and operated a successful and respected enterprise for about ten years. He retired and moved to Prince Albert, where he entered into the mercantile business with his brother George. In September 1861, the brothers dissolved their partnership, with Mark taking the business into his own hands, and later becoming a partner with his son-in-law Mr. J.H. Brown.
  When he was about 50 years old, Mr. Currie retired from business and moved to Port Perry, where he built a fine new residence in 1873. In Port Perry he became a active member of town council for a number of years, served on the Board of Education and became chief engineer of the Fire Brigade.
  Mark Currie passed away in Port Perry on Feb. 23, 1882, at 58 years of age. He was a loving husband, affectionate father and a useful member of society. He left behind his wife Agnes (Dickie), son William and one daughter. He was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery.

   William M. Currie was born in November 1850, the son of one of Prince Albert's' early pioneers, Mark Currie.
  W.M. Currie worked for the Dominion Bank as a young man, and in 1877 entered into business with the late J.H. Brown in the dry goods business, operating until 1883 when the partnership was dissolved.
  His next venture was in connection with the local electric light plant which he owned and provided electric lights for the town. When he retired from business in 1910, he sold the powerhouse to the municipality.
  One of the town's early settlers, he was actively identified with Port Perry for a great many years. Politically he was a staunch Liberal, and a Presbyterian by faith. He also served on town council
  William Mark Currie passed away at the Port Perry Hospital on April 18, 1924 in his 74th year. His wife, Christina Victoria (McGill) predeceased him July 7, 1900. He was survived by his only son William Currie, of Hamilton. Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery.
J.W. Curts was born in West York in 1847, and spent his early years on the family farm. At 17 years of age he married Frances Lewis and afterward left home to run a grocery store in Toronto. He later moved on to Whitby.
  Mr. Curts came to Port Perry in 1875 as an employee of the Port Perry & Port Whitby Railway, first as baggage handler and freight checker, and later he became the railway's agent. About 1889 he went into the produce business with C.R. Henderson. He erected two refrigerated warehouses capable of holding up to 25,000 dozen eggs. The largest of these burned with its contents in November 1892.
  The business prospered for a number of years, as Mr. Curts sent two teams out on the road gathering eggs and butter. In later years he busied himself with his farm located at the west end of the Scugog Bridge.
  In addition to the two warehouses he erected, he built two fine brick houses, one at the west side of the Scugog Bridge, and the other on the corner of Water and Mary St.
  Mr. Curts was actively interest in public affairs, holding positions on council and was elected Reeve in 1895. He also served as a member of the Board of Education. He was a veteran of the Fenian Raid and while in Toronto was a member of the Queen's Own Rifles.
  Mr. Curts died at 74 years of age, on Thursday, Feb. 17, 1921. His wife, Melinda May Abbot, two sisters and a half brother survived him. Melinda Curts passed away in Port Perry on Friday, March 31, 1933, at 67 years of age.
Mr. Albert J. Davis was born in Port Perry in 1858, and was educated at both public and high school in the village. As a young man he gained experience in drug store methods and ethics working for local drug stores. In 1890 he graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy and immediately returned and purchased the drug store business of Mr. C. C. McGlashan.
  His store was located in the Blong Block until 1901 when Mr. Davis moved to new premises at the corner of Queen and Perry St. His store was always well stocked with drugs and medicines, and he carried a large stock of school books, stationery, cigars, tobaccos and post cards. Mr. Davis large store enabled him to make room for the telegraph instruments and equipment for the Great Western Telegraph Co., for which he was agent for 28 years. He also served as ticket agent for the C.P.R. During his 50 years of business life he was recognized as an obliging and dependable merchant, and an honour to his profession.
  Mr. Davis served his fellow citizens in the town council for two years and as a member of the Masonic and A.O.U.W. orders. Years ago he was leader of the choir in the Methodist Church. He lived in a comfortable home located on the south side of Queen St., near the store.
  In April 1930, Mr. Davis retired after almost 50 years serving the community, selling his business to Mr. Andy M. Lawrence of Oshawa. He passed away only two years later, on April 10, 1932 at 74 years of age, leaving his wife, Annie E. (Hiscox) to mourn his loss.
  With the death of A.J. Davis, Port Perry lost an excellent citizen. He was a charter member of Fidelity Lodge, A.F.&A.M. and its first Past Master, and was buried with Masonic honours.
 James Emaney was born in England in 1830, and came to Canada in 1857, settling in Oshawa. Here he practiced his trade as a carriage maker and blacksmith, but after a few years moved to Prince Albert, Ont., where he opened his own shop called the Ontario Carriage Factory. He successfully operated the business in that village until 1872, at which time he moved to Port Perry and opened his shop on Perry St.
  In 1881 he sold his workshops, residence and entire premises, and moved to Toronto, where he went into partnership with his son-in-law under the name of Emaney and Mallett. He also operated the Nipissing House hotel for 10 years and then moved to Whitby where he became owner of the Royal Hotel for five years.
  While a resident of the community, Mr. Emaney became a charter member of the Prince Albert Public Hall Joint Stock Company, serving in a variety of offices. He was also a devoted member of the Brethren of the Prince Albert Lodge of A.F. and A.M., a member of the Church of England and a staunch Conservative.
  James Emaney died at the age of 76 years, on Monday, July 2, 1906, at the home of his son-in-law W.H. Leatch, at 456 Parliament St., Toronto, and was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert.
  Mr. Emaney was married to Elizabeth Emma Newstead, in London, England in 1854 and the couple raised four daughters. Mrs. Emaney passed away at Whitby during December 1894.
 The residents of Reach Twp. were called on to mourn the loss of one of the staunchest standard bearers, with the death of Abel W. Ewers at his home at Manchester on Sunday, Sept. 23, 1894, in his 84 year.
  Mr. Ewers was born on March 14, 1911, under the ample folds of the Star Spangled Banner, but as a young man came to Canada and located in Whitby, where he carried on the business of carriage builder.
  About 1844, Mr. Ewers moved from Whitby into the township, selecting Manchester as his place of residence. He carried on the business of carriage maker, which after some years he gave up, to give more attention to his 200 acre farm, adjoining the village, which he continued up until the time of his death.
  From his first entrance into the township, he fully identified himself with every movement, tending to forward the best interests of the community and the people. He was elected to Reach Township council and after faithful discharge of duty as a councillor for a number of years, he was attained the position of Reeve for 1855, 1856 and again from 1875 to 1877.
  He was a staunch supporter of construction of the Centre Road, which provided vastly improved travel for the public in the north part of the county. He was a faithful husband, kind father and courteous and obliging neighbor. His wife, Roda (Munro) predeceased him by 21 years. He left four sons and seven daughters to mourn his loss.
 Hubert Ebbels was born June 13, 1845 in Exeter, England, and as a young boy travelled to Canada with his parents. He attended the old Grammar School in Toronto and graduated from Osgoode Hall in 1862.
  Immediately after graduation he settled at Petrolia, during the first oil boom days in that centre. In Sept. 1868 he began practice at Port Perry under the name, Spence and Ebbels Barristers, which he continued until his retirement, when he moved to Toronto. He was a member of Walmer Road Baptist Church.
  Mr. Ebbels was a strong supporter of education and in 1873 headed efforts to have the residents of Reach Township taxed for the construction of a new Port Perry High School.
  In 1919, he sold his law practice to W. H. Harris, after practicing his profession for more than 50 years in Port Perry.
  At 90 years of age, he was one of the oldest lawyers in Ontario, and although having retired from active practice in 1919, until his death he had been in excellent health.
  Mr. Hubert L. Ebbels, passed away at his home in Toronto on June 26, 1935, and was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery in Prince Albert. His wife, Effie (Sinclair) predeceased him on Dec. 20, 1928. Surviving is his son Arthur S. Ebbels, of Toronto, and daughter Mrs. R.M. Noble of Winnipeg.
  Samuel Farmer was born in England in 1871 and travelled to Canada at the age of 15, taking a job on a farm at Balinafad, Erin Township. In all he spent about 12 years working as a farmer's helper. Mr. Farmer was a young man with much courage and perseverance and at the age of 23 took money a local farmer owed him in board, and attended public school at Epsom to try his entrance for High School. Securing his certificate he attended Port Perry High School, walking six miles to school each day.
  When his money was exhausted, he took a job at the Uxbridge Journal, where he had been a correspondent, for $2.50 per week. His jobs included typesetting, press washing, reporting and sweeping the floors. From Uxbridge he ventured to Toronto and spent 12 years in various offices. When he left Toronto he was a mechanical superintendent at Toronto Saturday Night.
  While in Toronto, Mr. Farmer met Emily Grace Abernathy and in June 1901 the couple married at the Old St. Andrew's Church in that city.
  The urge was strong to buy a newspaper and he managed to borrow enough to purchase The Port Perry Star and Standard in September 1907, from owner Rev. Wm. H. Cline.
  Over the next forty years he was a man in love with his work, and was proud of his community, always striving for its best interests. He was a driving force for prohibition during the 1920s having absolutely no use for liquor or foul language, often editorializing against both.
  He worked constantly for education, and spent many extra days and weeks travelling around the country learning about schools and possible grants and teachers' values. For his 31 years service to the Board of Education, he was honoured by being presented with a life membership in the O.E.A.
  He served as president of the Public Library Board, Chairman of the Bd. of Education, Vice President of the Agricultural Society, and was the first to install a hydro motor in his business when electricity came to town in 1922.
  In 1913, he published the first book written about the history of Port Perry and area, called On The Shores of Scugog.
  Sam and Grace Farmer raised four children, Marion, Anne, Archie and John. Mrs. Farmer, like her husband, was always interest in education and the church. She taught a bible class for many years and worked along with her husband in both fields.
  Mr. Farmer passed away April 30, 1948, in his 78th year, after publishing The Port Perry Star successfully for 41 years. His wife, Grace Farmer was born in 1873 and passed away on March 15, 1954.
Col. Farewell, was born in Ontario County in 1840 and lived his entire life there. He served as Crown Attorney for the County of Ontario for more than 50 years, and was widely known in legal circles throughout the Province.
  He was called the the bar in 1864; appointed Crown Attorney of Ontario Cty. in 1872; was designated as a Q.C. in 1889; and became a Bencher of the Upper Canada Law Society in 1906.
  In municipal matters he was keenly interested, serving on the Whitby town council; was chairman of the High School Board, and held the post of County Clerk for many years.
  Col. Farewell died on Sat., December 26, 1923, as a result of an auto accident. His funeral took place from the family residence in Whitby, and was attended by a large number of friends and dignitaries.
 Philip Figary was born in Newfoundland in 1870 and as a young man taught school in that province for a number of years. While in Newfoundland he was married and two children were born. About 1905, he moved to Toronto where he operated a photo studio on Yonge St. until 1919, at which time he moved to Port Perry. His first wife passed away in 1914.
  Mr. Figary married a second time, in 1915, to Florrie Honour. From this marriage five children were born. In 1917 he purchased the large orchard at the south end of the town from Mr. Monet, but did not move to town until 1919.
  After arriving in town he became interested in the community. Service, was the word which governed Mr. Figary's life, and for many years he devoted a great deal of his time in forwarding the welfare of the village.
  He ran successfully for town council in 1921, and served in that capacity until 1923 when he was elected Reeve of the village. Mr. Figary was in his third term as Reeve, when he became sick and passed away on April 21, 1925. In matters of bringing hydro to town, he accomplished a great deal of constructive work and was given the honour of presiding over the public meeting to formally open the hydro system in the town.
  Although his time in the community was relatively brief, he had become one of the town's outstanding figures, and his demise was a sad blow to the people of the community.
  He was a strong supporter of the temperance movement, a Methodist, Conservative and a prominent member of the Orange Lodge. He was also well known for his activities in the Oddfellows. One of his greatest accomplishments is said to have been his efforts in having a new cement roadway laid through the village in 1924.
  Mr Figary passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 1925 while in his 56th year. In his death, Port Perry lost one of the best municipal officers that had ever given themselves to the best interests of the community. At County Council, following his death, the chair occupied by Reeve Figary was draped in black as a token of respect to his memory.
  He was survived by his wife Florrie, their five children, and two children from a previous marriage. A large crowd gathered for his funeral, held in the United Church, Port Perry, and he was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery on April 23, 1925.
Thomas Follick was born in Durham County, where he taught school in St. Mary's for 18 years. He later taught in St. Catherines before coming to Port Perry.
  He arrived in Port Perry to become principal of Port Perry High School in 1912, but resigned two years later to take charge of a high school near Athens, Ont. He returned the following year and was re-hired as principal of the local high school, finally retiring in June 1928 after serving as principal at the local high school for 15 years.
  Mr. and Mrs. Follick had been visiting his sister in Niagara Falls, when her house caught on fire from an overheated stove and explosion of an oil stove. Mrs Follick escaped, but Mr. Follick's body was found in the bathroom of the house.
  Flags of the Port Perry High School and town hall were flown at half mast in memory of the former principal. His funeral was held in St. Mary's, where he had spent the best years of his life. Men and women from all parts of Ontario came to pay their respect to their teacher of former days.
The entire community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Major T.C. Forman, on Jan. 4, 1904. Mr. Forman was 76 years of age when he collapsed on the Queen St., near the Town Hall, while rushing to the scene of a fire in the centre of town.
  Mr. Forman was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and was the oldest mercantile businessman in Ontario County. For many years, in the 1850s and 1860s, he had been one of the largest grain buyers at Prince Albert. He also operated a store in that village until 1874, when he closed it and moved to Port Perry, opening one of the largest dry goods, grocery and hardware stores in the town.He always took a leading part in anything likely to enhance the interests of the community.
  He served as Reeve of the Township of Reach in 1859.
  Known locally as Major T.C. Forman, he was a man of considerable military renown and proudly wore the badge of Sovereign, acknowledging the valuable services he rendered for his adopted and beloved country. He also received a medal for his efforts in the Fenian Raids of 1866. and was decorated for his long service to the military. His generosity in the organization and maintenance of a Volunteer Company was unprecedented in Canada.
  He was an exemplary member of the Presbyterian Church and was the father of Presbyterianism in Prince Albert, where for more than 50 years he was superintendent of the Sunday School.
  Mr. Forman was survived by three sons, all successful in the mercantile business. Mr. Wm. C. Forman of Ingersoll, Mr. Thos. A. Forman of Woodstock and Mr. James A. Forman of Port Perry.
 Henry W. Foy was born in 1834, the son of United Empire Loyalist William H. Foy, and for many years before Port Perry became incorporated as a village, was actively engaged in business. He is distinguished as being one of the first men to establish a business in the town.
  In June 1869 he became proprietor of the leading hotel in Port Perry, the Royal Canadian Hotel, which later became known as the Brunswick Hotel. He operated it successfully until 1884, when he moved to Whitby. He was an unflinching Conservative.
  H.W. Foy was married to Sarah Marie, who died at 28 years of age in 1864. Mr. Foy passed away in Port Perry on Monday, July 7, 1902, aged 68 years and was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert.
 John Foy came to Scugog while still a young man, and settled on Scugog Island. He remained there his entire life, farming the land for almost 60 years.
  In 1855, when Scugog Township separated from Reach Twp., Mr. Foy was appointed as the first clerk and treasurer of the new Scugog municipality, retaining his office until within a few days of his death. He was described as an efficient officer, methodical in all the details of his several duties, and was considered the most efficient clerk in the entire County of Ontario.
   At the time of his death, on Sunday, Dec. 10, 1905, he was 76 years of age. Mr. Foy was known as a loving husband and a kind, father, and left behind his widow, four sons and two daughters. His funeral was largely attended by his friends and family.
 James W. Gamble was born in 1828 in Markham, Ontario, the son of Moses and Margaret Gamble. He was one of the earliest settlers on Scugog Island, and was elected as the first Reeve of the new Scugog Township, when it separated from Reach Township in 1856. He also served as Reeve in 1857, but never held public office again.
  During his term as Reeve, as a member of the Ontario County council, he encouraged the County to constructed a floating bridge between Reach Twp. and Scugog Island.
  His wife, Lydia M. Gamble, aged 38 years, passed away at their residence on Scugog on Thurs., October 14, 1869. The funeral cortege left the residence for services conducted in the Methodist Episcopal Church at Borelia. The church could not nearly accommodate all who sought to be present. Mrs. Gamble was highly esteemed for her gentle nature and noble qualities.
  Months after the death of his wife, on March 4, 1870, J.W. Gamble held an auction of his farm stock, implements etc., and moved from the community in which his family had lived.
  Another of Scugog's early pioneer settlers, Ezra W. Gamble was born in 1825 at Markham, Ontario, the eldest son of Moses and Margaret Gamble.
  Ezra Gamble was the older brother of James, and became the second man to be elected Reeve of Scugog Township, serving for six consecutive years, from 1858 until 1864.
  His wife, Hannah (Redman) Gamble, passed away in June 26, 1859 at 34 years of age.
Adam Gordon was born in Scotland on Sept. 16, 1831, and brought to Canada by his father and mother in 1838. He was the fifth child of eight sons and two daughters. In 1856 he married Christina, daughter of Captain Campbell, who was his companion for the rest of his life.
  He moved to Reach Township in the 1860s and was an active businessman, largely engaged in the grain trade, as owner of the Manchester Warehouse. In 1870 he built a large two-storey building in the centre of the village Manchester, with everything necessary for a first class general store, which he operated successfully until selling it in 1874.
  Mr. Gordon also filled many municipal offices, first being elected as a Reach Township councillor in 1866. He later served as Deputy Reeve, and was elected as Reeve of the township for two years, in 1871 and 1872.
  He was a man whose honourable dealings attained him unlimited confidence in the community, and in 1874 he successfully contested the seat for North Ontario in the general election against the former member, W.H. Gibbs of Whitby. He was an attentive member of the house, full of work and always alive to the best interests of his constituents.
  The news of the unexpected death of Adam Gordon, while still sitting as a member of the Dominion Parliament, was received with public shock. Mr. Gordon, who was only 45 years of age, passed away at his Port Perry residence on May 27, 1876 after a brief illness of only four days. He was surrounded by his aged father, widow and large family of young children at the time of his death.
  Mr. Gordon was well esteemed as a private citizen as was evidenced by the large funeral cortege, which accompanied the remains from Port Perry to Whitby, where he was laid to rest at Union Cemetery. Many of the leading gentlemen from all parts of the County were on hand to pay their last tribute of respect to his memory.
  Adam Gordon left his wife Christina, three sons and five daughters, between the ages of 3 and 18 years to mourn him.
James Graham was very involved in the agriculture scene, serving as a director of the North Ontario Agriculture Society for many of years, and in 1868 being elected president of the Reach and Scugog Agriculture Society, a position he held for five years. During the 1890s he also served as president of the local Reach, Scugog, Port Perry Ploughing Association.
  While a resident of Reach Township, Mr. Graham was elected Reeve of the township on four occasions: 1867, 1870, 1872, 1873.
  In 1874 he purchased Springwater Farm, an 800 acre farm on Scugog Island, from W.S. Sexton.
  Two years after moving to Scugog, he was elected Reeve of Scugog Township, a position he retained for seven consecutive years. In 1879 he was honoured by being elected Warden of Ontario County.
  Throughout the 1870 and 80s he was one of the driving forces behind encouraging Ontario County to replace the floating Scugog Bridge and construct a permanent roadway.
  James Graham passed away on July 7, 1885, at 75 years of age. His wife, Margaret (Saunders), was 94 years old when she died on Oct. 26, 1918.
 Thomas Graham was born in Reach Township on Sept. 25, 1854 and moved to Scugog Island about 20 years later. In 1879 he married Martha Anne Nesbitt, and of this marriage were born five sons - Lorne, Russell, Charles, Stewart and Carleton.
  About 1881 he purchased a farm consisting of about 90 acres, at lot two, 7th concession, situated on rising ground with a magnificent view, about a mile from Port Perry at the end of the Scugog Bridge. He later purchased an additional 85 acres to the east of his farm, of which he cleared the stumps and turned into land capable of producing excellent crops. On the farm, he lived in a fine brick house, ample in size and very comfortable. His two large barns were built in an 'L' shape, measuring 40x62 and 36x56 with stone foundation.
  Recognized as one of the most prosperous farmers of the area, Mr. Graham tended to his apple orchard, grew top quality grains and seeds and was a breeder of pure bred stock. He had a large herd of cattle, pigs and horses, which he stabled in his barns.
  Mr. Graham was an intelligent and public spirited citizen, who served on Scugog Council for many years and was Reeve for four terms, 1891 to 1994. He was appointed to the position of clerk for the township in 1905, a position he held for 28 years. He was honoured for his service to the township in 1936, at which time he was presented a hickory walking cane.
  In addition to his public life, Mr. Graham was identified with the Scugog Agricultural Society for many years and served as president of the fair when it was held in Port Perry. He was a valued member of the Shorthorn Breeders Assoc., served as president of the Reach, Scugog and Port Perry Clydesdale Association, and was in constant demand at fall fairs to judge cattle.
  During the span of Mr. Graham's life many changes took place. Bush farms were been cleared of their timber, log houses replaced by modern dwellings, roads constructed in place of trails, and the floating bridge was replaced by a permanent roadway. In all these improvements Mr. Graham took an active part.
  In the passing of Mr. Graham the district lost one of its most outstanding farmers, who had an enviable reputation among breeders throughout Canada. Thomas Graham passed away on March 22, 1936 at 82 years of age. His wife Martha died on Jan. 27, 1927 in her 65th year.
Mr. Hagerman was an important and notable figure in the Port Perry area for many years.
  He was born near Markham in 1857 and after he grew into manhood, kept a store at Zephyr for a number of years. He later moved to Manchester where he kept a store for 20 years, and purchased grain at the Ross Elevator at Manchester Station.
  Mr. Hagerman was the local postmaster and held the position of municipal treasurer of the Township of Reach for some years. He was fond of music, lead the choir at Manchester Methodist Church and was a Sunday School teacher.
  Mr. Hagerman married Ellen (Walker) about 1884, and the couple raised four children, three girls and a boy. He was a member of Fidelity Lodge, A.F.&A.M., Port Perry.
  He and his family moved to a new home in Toronto about 1914, where Mr. Hagerman died on Friday, January 16, 1920.
William R. Ham was born near Columbus on Christmas day, December 25, 1843, and lived there until he was a young man. He married Jane M. (Real) of Mariposa when he was 23-years old, and farmed in Mariposa for 10 years before retiring from the farm at the age of 33 years.
  Mr. Ham then moved to Port Perry for eight years and while living in the town served on the local council. He later bought a farm on Scugog Island, where he lived for about 25 years. While a resident of the Island he served as Reeve of Scugog Twp. and a member of county council for 13 years.
  After the death of his wife on Dec. 16 1908, he travelled to the west, where he had considerable land holdings. He lived there until a few years ago when due to illness he returned to live with his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Real, at Port Perry in 1929. He was ill for a long time before his death on Aug. 17, 1932. He was survived by three daughters; Mrs. Gibbard, Mrs. Wm. Real and Mrs. A.R. Turner. Interment was made at Pine Grove Cemetery.
William R. Ham was born near Columbus on Christmas day, December 25, 1843, and lived there until he was a young man. He married Jane M. (Real) of Mariposa when he was 23-years old, and farmed in Mariposa for 10 years before retiring from the farm at the age of 33 years.
  Mr. Ham then moved to Port Perry for eight years and while living in the town served on the local council. He later bought a farm on Scugog Island, where he lived for about 25 years. While a resident of the Island he served as Reeve of Scugog Twp. and a member of county council for 13 years.
  After the death of his wife on Dec. 16 1908, he travelled to the west, where he had considerable land holdings. He lived there until a few years ago when due to illness he returned to live with his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Real, at Port Perry in 1929. He was ill for a long time before his death on Aug. 17, 1932. He was survived by three daughters; Mrs. Gibbard, Mrs. Wm. Real and Mrs. A.R. Turner. Interment was made at Pine Grove Cemetery.
 Charles Hiscox was an agreeable and exemplary townsman, honest, honorable and upright in his business transactions, a consistent and undeviated Christian, and a devoted member of the Methodist Church. He was a kind and faithful friend, and affectionate and watchful father and the loving and beloved husband of Lidia (Spender).
  During his long residence and business career in Prince Albert, and his six years in Port Perry, he established a reputation to which but few attain. He was not anxious to reap riches, but through industry, frugality and enterprise, was rewarded satisfactorily.
  Charles Hiscox passed away at Prince Albert on Tues., Jan. 27, 1880, aged 61 years, leaving his wife Lidia, and children.
 James Holden was born in Stouffville, County of York on February 29th, 1828.
  His first engagement in mercantile pursuits began in 1857, at the age of 29 years, when he moved to Prince Albert and commenced publication of the Ontario Observer, the communities first newspaper. The first issue came off the press on Thursday, December 10, 1857.
  After seven years in Prince Albert, he moved to Whitby where he immediately identified himself with the interests of the County Town and became largely responsible for the progress of the railway, particularly the extension of the line from Port Perry to Lindsay.
  In Whitby, Mr. Holden held almost every municipal position, from councillor to reeve, and mayor of the town by acclamation. His only public defeat was to the Hon. T.N. Gibbs in 1873, the newly appointed Minister of Sir John A. MacDonald's cabinet.
  His death at the age of 53 years came as a shock to his many friends and to his colleagues from the Whitby, Port Perry and Lindsay Railway Company of which he was managing director. He passed away at Dominion City, Manitoba, on Monday, Oct. 24, 1881. His funeral was the largest ever seen in Whitby for over a quarter century, with between three and four thousand people attending.
  He is reported to have been a man of great perseverance, and public enterprise, and although undemonstrative, a warm friend who never forgot a friend, or missed an opportunity to do him a good turn.
  At the time of his death, James Holden left behind a widow and large family of nine children, four boys and five girls.
 R.M. Holtby was born on the families homestead farm south of Manchester, the son of William and Mary (Dobson) Holtby. The land on which he farmed was the pioneer homestead of his grandfather.
  He acquired the magnificent property when he was 21 years of age, and in 1891 married Addie J.S. (Kent). Their residence was a substantial two storey brick building 33x36', and the barn 54x100' with a stone foundation.
  The young Holtby remained on the farm until 1925, becoming interested in stock raising, particularly Clydesdales and Holstein-Friesian.
  Mr. Holtby, or "Bob" to his friends, combined the vocations of farmer, drover and butcher and also bred cattle and lambs for market. His name will always be remembered in connection with Holstein Breeders' Association, of which he was Field Secretary for many years. He and the late Robert Walker, were among the first to introduce Holstein cattle into this district.
  Mr. Holtby served as a member of Reach Twp. council, County Council and held the position of reeve during 1902 and 1903. In 1926 he was named Honourary President of the Port Perry, Reach and Scugog Agricultural Society and was often called on to judge cattle a fairs across the province. In December 1941 Mr. and Mrs. Holtby were honoured by more than 600 people at a dinner staged by the Holstein-Friesian Assoc., in honour of his 24 years of service to the association.
  He served as an elder in the United Church; and travelled great distances to be home Sunday morning in time for services.
  No man more thoroughly deserved the praise he received. He was one of those whom men "delighted to honour" for he was worthy. He was widely known throughout Canada and the United States and was greatly missed in many quarters.
  Robert M. Holtby passed away on Dec. 23, 1944. Mr. Holtby was survived by his wife Addie, two brothers and three sisters. The funeral, which was very largely attended, was conducted at the United Church Port Perry with interment at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert.
Abnur Hurd arrived in the Township of Reach early in 1824 and built himself a residence a little to the east of where the village of Prince Albert now stands, thus forming the nucleus around which would later cluster, one of the most pleasant, peaceful villages anywhere to be found.
  He was about 34 years old when he settled in the township and immediately set about devising means for improving the condition of the, then, thinly scatted population, and even the poor, degraded, then, semi-savage Indians did not escape his attention, nor did he consider them beneath his notice.
  Abner Hurd stood nobly forward for over half a century as a leader and guide of the people in this section of the country, identifying himself with and taking a leading position in every movement which had for its object the encouragement of virtue and the improvement of the condition of his fellow men. With the assistance of some younger men in the village, he succeeded in raising the village of Prince Albert from its immediate neighborhood to a standard of industry, comfort and morality attained to by few and excelled by no other village on the continent.
  Mr. Hurd was held in a high degree of respect and esteem, and served many valuable services for the best interest of the village. He filled almost every position of honor and trust in the gift of the people, and never gave them cause to regret their choice. He was honorable and upright, a loving husband and indulgent partner, a good citizen and faithful friend. He was for many years the head of the only Sunday School in Prince Albert.
  In public life, he held the office of magistrate for many years, and proved himself a terror to evil doers and protector to those that did well.
  Abner Hurd passed away at Prince Albert on Monday, Nov. 24th, 1874 at 83 years of age. He lived universally respected, died regretted ,and takes his place among the honored dead. Large numbers turned out to pay their last tribute at the funeral service was held at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Prince Albert. His wife, Apha Hurd died on Monday, Aug. 17, 1874, at 73 years of age.
 Jessie Ireland arrived from the Bay of Quinte and became a resident of Port Perry in the year 1868. From the time of his arrival, he always took a deep interest in the advancement of the town and was ready to contribute his share to his progress and welfare.
  Mr. Ireland invested somewhat extensively both in land and water and purchased a steamboat for the navigation of the lake, but operated it only for a short time. One of the projects he took part in, was the construction of the Scugog Bridge. He was quiet and unassuming in his demeanor, but was both industrious and enterprising and at one time owned and managed the Royal Hotel, one of the largest hotels in Port Perry.
  Jessie Ireland was 81 years old when he passed away on April 30, 1913, at the Grand View, Manitoba residence of his son-in-law, Adolphus Wheeler. He left behind a widow, Katherine Elizabeth (Bowen), one son, Jessie Jr., and four daughters to mourn his loss. His funeral took place from his residence on Scugog St, and he was laid to rest in the family plot at Shaw's Cemetery, near Seagrave. His wife, Katherine Elizabeth, died on June 6, 1917, at 81 years of age.
 George Jackson was born on Scugog Island on May 28, 1862, the son of James and Hannah (Petch) Jackson. In 1888 he married Hannah (Hood) and from this marriage came one child, Myrtle (McKay). After the death of Hannah Jackson, he again married in 1899 to Zula May (Tonkin). From this marriage there were four children, all of whom, along with their mother, survived his death. They were James Edwin, Dr. George Harold, Marguerite (Brock) and Helen Patricia.
  About 1896 he began his work as an auctioneer and his natural ability for the work made him one of the most popular auctioneers in the this section of the Province. His reputation was so well known, he was often asked to perform his duties outside of the area, in such places as Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Guelph and North Bay. He was an auctioneer for 40 years and highly respected.
  Mr. and Mrs. Jackson moved to Port Perry from Scugog in 1901. They first lived at 349 Queen St., then moved to 355 Queen St. In 1906 he moved to a fine brick residence at 234 Mary St, formerly owned by James Carnegie.
  In public life, Mr. Jackson offered his services for the progress of the town. He served on the village council for a number of years, and was chairman of the building committee for a new arena in Port Perry. He was given the honour of officially opening the arena in January 1922.
  He conducted an implement business from his office and sheds on Water St., selling all kinds of farm equipment and machinery.
  Geo. W. Jackson was one of Port Perry's most esteemed and finest townsmen, and when he passed away on June 2, 1931, the entire community was saddened by his loss.
  His funeral service was conducted from the United Church, Port Perry, which was crowded with those who came to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they honoured most highly. Interment took place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert.
  Ted Jackson was born in June 1900 on Scugog Island, and moved as an infant to Port Perry with his parents, George and Zula Mae Jackson.
  Mr. Jackson spent his entire life in the Port Perry and was educated at the town's public and high school. He began his commitment to society and the community very early age, serving in the Royal Naval Air Service during World War I, when still a teenager.
  After returning home from the war, he began auctioneering with his father, and following the death of his father, continued auctioneering on his own. He became one of the most sought after and popular auctioneers in this part of the County
  Ted Jackson was also successful in business, opened an implement dealership on Queen St. He later moved his store to the west end of town and operated Ted Jackson Appliances until his death.
  Mr. Jackson served an an elder and steward at Port Perry United Church, was a member of the Oddfellows Lodge, and the Royal Canadian Legion. He served as a councillor for more than 10 years and as a hydro commissioner for a time.
  Like his father before him, Mr. Jackson was appointed chairman of the committee to build a new arena in Port Perry, which was officially opened in January 1951.
  Mr. Jackson passed away on December 21, 1975, in his 76th year. He was survived by his wife, Gertrude (Elliott), son Wesley, daughter Zula; and sisters Marguerite Brock and Patricia Love, and brother Dr. Geo. H. Jackson. Interment was held at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert.
 Samuel Jeffrey born in 1852 and was raised in Port Perry, later becoming an enterprising and energetic businessman. He was known throughout the Dominion of Canada as a maker of fine harness, and devoted his entire working life to his business.
  He made his start with B.F. Ackerman and was for a time in Uxbridge, and in Rome, N.Y. In 1887, he went into partnership with Thomas Courtice, a relationship which continued until the death of Mr. Courtice in 1901. When he joined Mr. Courtice, the shop was in the retail trade only, so Mr. Jeffrey started the wholesale business, and during his forty years in this line, built up a large trade. In February 1912, the business was renamed S. Jeffrey and Son, when his son Cyril Jeffrey joined the firm.
  He served six years on town council, two of them as Reeve. He also spent time on the School Board, serving as chairman for some time. He was treasurer of the Methodist Church for a long period, and served as treasurer of Port Perry's water and light commission.
  Mr. Jeffrey passed away at 93 years of age, in 1952 and was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery. His wife, Annie Isabella (Courtice) passed away on Wed., July 12, 1916.
Charles W. Jones, was born Oct. 27, 1842 in Orono, and educated at Albert College. After leaving college he taught public school for one year, then began his business career at Madoc.
  About 1870 he moved to Port Perry to manage a general store for Paxton & Jones. Two years later he and his brother William bought the business and for eight years carried on a large trade under the firm name of Jones Bros.
  He had extensive experience in general store keeping, being in partnership at various times with his brother William, with Mr. Paxton and with his son George M. Jones. In 1883 he resumed business in partnership with D.R. Davenport.
  In 1909 Mr. Jones moved to Bancroft where be became associated with Sheriff Paxton in the mining and lumbering business.
  The original Jones Bros. store was destroyed in the fire of 1884, but he rebuilt a new 39'x105' two storey building. This new general store was ranked among the best in the county, with departments including dry goods, gents' furnishings, house furnishings, groceries, millinery and dressmaking.
  Mr. Jones had a pleasing personality and at one time had intended to enter the Methodist ministry. He was married to Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Paxton, Esq., M.P for North Ontario riding in 1885. She died in 1879 at 28 years of age.
  C.W. Jones passed away on Aug. 20, 1920, and was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert. Many places of business were closed and the town bell tolled in his honour. Mr. Jones was survived by his wife Mary, four sons and four daughters. Mary Ann (O'Brien) Jones passed away in January 1944.
 Dr. George W. Jones commenced his medical career in Prince Albert in 1860 and entered into a partnership with his younger brother, Richard, following his graduation from medical school. In October 1866 the young doctor was appointed Associate Coroner for the County of Ontario. In 1868, the brothers opened an office above Allison's Drug Store, and also opened a drug store on Queen St., Port Perry.
  When he was 29 years of age, Dr. George Jones, became embroiled in controversy, when his application for a divorce from his wife Anne Catherine for adultery was refused. He moved to Michigan, then returned a few years later, taking with him young Anna Paxton to be his bride. A malicious scandal followed, with Dr. Jones being accused of kidnapping young Miss Paxton, all of which was disputed as mere fabrications, by both Dr. Jones and his wife Anna.
  Dr. Jones went on to become the first physician to set up practice in Imlay City, Michigan, and was the first president of the newly charted village, and served as postmaster for 12 years, until he retired in 1894.
  He passed away at Imlay City on Saturday, Sept. 29, 1928 at the age of 89 years. He had been prominently identified with the business of Imlay City for 60 years at the time of his death.
  Rev. George Jones was born on the Island of Guernsey in 1808, shortly after his parents moved to Quebec. After the war of 1812, the family moved to the neighborhood of Perth, Ontario. At the age of 21 years, he commenced to preach, and one year later married and moved to a farm near Orono.
  During his years in the ministry he travelled extensively throughout the province and he was the first Methodist minster to ever preach in Reach Township.
  He retired at Port Perry, in a home located at the north-west corner of Scugog St. and Ella St., which his sons William and Charles built for him in 1873.
  Rev. G. Jones had many children born to him by his first marriage and two by his second. A funeral, preached by the Rev. G. Abbs, took place in the Methodist E. Church, Port Perry, and he was buried beside his first wife in the Methodist Episcopal burying-ground, Orono.
Richard Jones was a son of the late Rev. George Jones, a Methodist clergyman, and his wife Laura Mallory, and was born in Clarke Twp., Durham County, on Jan. 9, 1834. He received his education in the Public Schools of the district and at Albert College, Belleville, and afterwards graduated in medicine from the University of Buffalo.
  Dr. Jones later took up post graduate work in New York City in order to better fit himself for his life-long work and one in which his heart delighted, that of ministering to the needs of others. He began the practice of his profession at Madoc about a year before the discovery of gold, which resulted in such a keen interest being taken in that district and a consequent boom in population.
  After three years, however, Dr. Jones removed to Port Perry, Ontario County, where he entered into a partnership with his brother, Dr. George W. Jones, who later removed to Imlay City, Michigan. Dr. Jones resided at Port Perry for over twenty years during which time he carried on a large and successful practice among all classes in town and country. He was pre-eminently a doctor of the old school and gave to the poor freely and cheerfully not only professional services but food and medicine. He was not only to them the good and trusted doctor but also the kind friend and sympathizer. Dr. Jones was therefore called "the poor man's doctor," but his service and life among all classes was such that all of the offices in the community were at his command.
  He served as Reeve of Port Perry in 1882; was a member of council, a trustee of the High School Board from the time of its organization, and a member of the Port Perry Library Board.
  In 1887 he removed to Toronto where he continued his practice until his removal to Cobourg in 1901. About 1912, on account of illness Dr. Jones retired from practice and devoted himself to the cultivation of orchard and garden at his residence on D'Arcy Street. Two years ago he had a serious illness from which he only partially recovered. Ten days before his death he was taken with pneumonia and he passed peacefully away early Saturday morning, Dec. 15, 1917 at his late residenc "Avalea", Cobourg, Ont.
  In 1865 Dr. Jones married to Miss Lucinda R. Mallory, only daughter of the late C. R. Mallory, Esq. His devoted wife and their only daughter, Miss Laura L. Jones, B.A., of the C.C. I. staff, survived him. Of Dr. Jones' family there survive also, his brothers, Dr. Geo. W. Jones of Imlay City, Mich.; Mr. Chas. W. Jones of Bancroft, Ont.; Mr. W. M. Jones, of Miami, Man..; and his sisters, Mrs. Hedges of London, Ont.; Mrs. Thomas Bedford of St. John, N.B.; Mrs. J. W. Isaacs of California; and Mrs. Wm. Tuer of Liberty, Texas.
  Although not unexpected on account of his advancing years the passing of Dr. Jones caused much sadness with many friends and patients who loved him for his kindliness of heart, staunch friendship and real worth. This also is true of the many friends whom he drew around him in his earlier years, when although the hard worked busy, doctor, he had time also for the friendly word and act of kindness.
  Many friends gathered for his funeral at the home to pay a last tribute of respect. Rev. H. B. Kenny conducted a helpful service, with words of appreciation for the service and life of the one who had passed on before, and of comfort to those who remained.
  The interment was in the Cobourg Union Cemetery. The pall bears were Dr. Ivey, Dr. Ferris, Mr. J.E. Skidmore, Mr. A.J. Gould, Mr. B.J. Mallory and Mr. Harry Mallory.
William Jones was born near Orono on Dec. 2, 1840, son of Rev. George Jones. Both his parents were United Empire Loyalists who settled near Perth, Ont.
  Like many other young men of that period, he taught school for a few years, but business proved more attractive than teaching, and in the early 1860s he became a manager of a flour mill in Madoc, where his brother Charles was a partner in a general store business.
  In 1869, both brothers moved to Port Perry, where two years later they purchased a general store from Thomas Paxton and George W. Jones, and established a thriving business under the firm name of Jones Bros. For the next 27 years, except for a short period spent in iron mining in Haliburton and a few years devoted to farming in Darlington Twp., William Jones kept store in Port Perry, at first in partnership with his brother Charles, and later by himself.
  In 1898 the call of the West led him to take up farming and he settled in Roland, Manitoba, where he lived until he passed away on Monday, July 11, 1929.
  Mr. Jones was a man of marked mental and physical vigor. He was keenly interested in public affairs and greatly attached to his church.
  The late Mr. Jones was married twice, first to Eliza Jane (Sylvester), who died in 1890, and later to Ellen (Cook). He was survived by his second wife and three children, Charles S, Henry M., and Mrs. F. C. Couch. Wm. Jones was the last survivor of a large family, several of whom lived in Port Perry - Dr. Richard and Dr. George W. Jones who practiced medicine here, and William and Charles ran a general store.
Charles Kellett was born in Dublin, Ireland about 1844 and came to Port Perry when little more than a boy.
  For many years he was engaged in the sale of nursery stock, and lived in a house located on Bigelow St. Later he moved to a new home, and operated his 15 acre farm, next to the fairgrounds for many years, becoming a noted grower of nursery stock. He also raised strawberries and small fruits together with assorted farm produces.
  C.C. Kellett had a keen interest in agriculture, which led him to become a valued member and director of the Agricultural Society. He was a charter member of Fidelity Lodge, the A.F.&A.M., Port Perry, and served on council for two terms.
  Mr. Kellett passed away at his home on Sunday, Nov. 30, 1924. His funeral was taken charge of by the members of the Masonic Lodge. His wife, Sophia (Shaw), predeceased him on Wed., March 1, 1916. She wa interred at Bethel Cemetery. Mr. Kellett was survived by his son Clarence.
William Kennedy was born in Scotland in 1837 and came to Canada when he was 12 years of age. For a number years he lived in Quebec, before moving to Port Perry in 1861.
  Eight years later he moved to Uxbridge to begin a lumber business, but returned a few years later and continuously lived in Port Perry until his death. He was one of the longest residing, and most highly and deeply beloved citizens of the town.
  Mr. Kennedy was connected for several years with the Sexton Milling Co. He built the first flouring mill in the town in 1878, and later became a grain buyer. His career in the grain business spanned more than 30 years, as an expert buyer and judge of grain. Throughout his life he was seen every day, faithfully at his duties on the market or in the elevator.
  Mr. Kennedy was a Presbyterian in religion, and a staunch Conservative in politics. Throughout his life was dedicated to his church and community. He was also an active and enthusiastic member of the Orange Order for 51 years; a member of the Board of Education for 15 years; Chief of the Rescue Fire Company of Port Perry for 20 years, and also found time to serve on the village council.
  He was described as a "great souled man", who even at the ripe age which he attained, was filled with the joy of life. In 1863 Mr. Kennedy married Elizabeth McConnell, of Manchester, and the couple raised nine children
  Mr. Kennedy passed away on Monday, March 26, 1923, at the home of his son-in-law in Toronto, at 86 years of age. His remains arrived on Tuesday morning via Grand Trunk Railway and were conveyed to his home. A funeral was held at St. John's Presbyterian Church and interment took place in Pine Grove Cemetery. He was predeceased by his wife by a few years.
 James B. Lazier, one of the communities oldest and most devoted residents passed away at his home in Reach Twp., on January 13, 1894, aged 71 years.
  He was a first class mechanic, and in his younger days made lots of money and spent it like a lord in the enterprises which he considered were for the public good. He operated a factory and kiln from his home on the 7th conc. of Reach, just north of Port Perry, which was destroyed by fire in Aug. 1881.
  In death, he left behind a loving widow, and three sons who operate businesses in the United States.
 James Leonard was Port Perry's most well known photographer for more than 30 years. He started his business in the late 1850s and in September 1874 he erected a new building for his studio on Perry St, near the corner of Queen St. Here he practiced his trade for the remainder of his life.
  Mr. Leonard was married to Araminta (Ewers), the daughter of Abel W. Ewers, one of the town's pioneer municipal officials, and to them was born a son, William.
  James Leonard passed way on January 8, 1884, at 51 years of age, with his son taking over the photographic business. Mrs. Araminta Leonard passed away on Mon., Nov. 4, 1918 at 79 years of age.
 William Leonard carried on one of the most successful photography businesses in Port Perry for more than half a century. He was the son of photographer James Leonard, who practiced his vocation in the district until he passed away in 1884.
  Wm. Leonard learned his trade from his father well and executed excellent pictures, finishing them in any of the leading styles desired. He is responsible for many of the pictures of personalities, families and town scenes from the early part of the century which can be found in the local museum.
  In 1884, Mr. Leonard's studio was destroyed by fire, but he erected a new building on his Perry Street lot. Later he purchased the buildings, adjoining his to the south, and the entire building became known as the Leonard Block.
  He maintained his gallery, in the original Leonard building, located at the corner of Queen and Perry St., which had its entrance off Perry St. William H. Leonard passed away at 92 years of age on May 25, 1947.
Joseph Letcher was a resident of Ontario County for half a century. He was an energetic man in business, as an active and skillful mechanic and successful builder. He left behind many buildings erected under his direction. He was for a time, a partner in the Dominion Planing Mills, in Port Perry, having purchased them by auction in 1881.
  Mr. Letcher was an esteemed townsman and friends were saddened when he was struck by that blighting disease, paralysis, which disabled him from following many active pursuits of life.
  In 1890 Mr. Letcher moved to his daughter's home in Toronto where he lived for the remainder of his life. He passed away in that city on Sunday, Nov. 5, 1893, at the age of 85 years, at the home of his daugter and son-in-law, Mr. E. Hicks. He was the father of 10 children, five sons and five daughters.
  Following the funeral in Toronto, a procession on the Grand Truck Railway arrived at Port Perry Station, then proceeded to Pine Grove Cemetery for interment.
William H. Letcher, son of the late Joseph Letcher, was born in Columbus on July 8, 1851 and spent his entire life in Port Perry, with the exception of 11 years when he lived in Welland.
  He took an active part in town affairs. He was a member of the school board for many years and was Chairman in 1920; was an active worker in Masonic, OddFellows, Sons of England and Orange Lodges. He was a Past District Deputy of I.O.O.F. for Ontario County and Past Master of Fidelity Lodge No. 428, A.F.&A.M. He was also an active member of the United Church.
  During his life he was an enthusiastic supporter of clean sport, taking an active part in baseball, lawn bowling and curling. He served as president of the Port Perry Curling Club.
  In October 1911 he purchased the furniture and undertaking business of Town and Spears and operated it successfully until 1914 when his son, Merlin, took over the family business.
   Mr. Letcher passed away on Wed., December 14, 1927, and a funeral service was held at the family residence. Many of his friends gathered at the home to pay their last respects to an an old friend and prominent citizen. In passing he left to mourn his loss, his wife Caroline (Bowers), two daughters, Mrs. J.C. MacNab and Mrs. Allan Crawford, and one son Merlin.
  The burial service at Prince Grove Cemetery was conducted by members of Warriner Lodge No. 75, of which he had been an active member for over 40 years.
Merlin Letcher took over the furniture and undertaking business of his father, William H., in April 1914 and operated it successfully until it was sold in 1928 to Archie McDermott.
  Mr. Letcher was a active member of the community serving in the public's best interest for many years. He was elected a councillor and held the post of Reeve for 13 consecutive years, from 1933 to 1945. The high point in his political career was being elected Warden of Ontario County in 1937.
  Another highlights of his public life was receiving a medal from Buckingham Palace to be worn in commemoration of Their Majesties Coronation on May 12, 1937.
  In 1953 he served as President of the Provincial Lawn Bowling Association. The same year, his wife, Marjorie C. (Mellow) was honored when she retired from Library Board after 29 years service in 1953.
  Mr. Letcher passed away suddenly at Dayton Beach, Florida, on Wednesday, April 19, 1961, beloved husband of Marjorie. The funeral service was conducted from Port Perry United Church, with interment at Pine Grove Cemetery.
 James Lucas began his business career in 1893 as an office manager in the Paxton -Tate Foundry, Port Perry. He later accepted a position with the Anderson Furniture Co., Woodstock.
  Following the death of Aaron Ross, in 1896, he returned to Port Perry as an associate member of the firm of A. Ross & Sons. In 1911 he purchased William Ross' grain business and in 1916 joined up with Hogg & Lytle Limited, retiring in 1933.
  Long and successful business dealings gave him many advantages - he gained many friends in the community, ample competence for himself and his family, and experience taught him business principles that became of prime importance to him in his outlook upon life.
  Mr. Lucas turned his attention to municipal affairs as the years passed. He served as Reeve of Port Perry in 1920 and 1921, and as councillor for a number of years. He approached the new duties with certain well defined ideas, which did not always meet with popular favour, but to which he continued to give loyal and aggressive support.
  The municipal flag was at half-mast in Port Perry on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1939, for as the bell tolled, the body of James Lucas was passing on the way to its last resting place.
  The tolling bell and half-mast flag were tokens of community esteem for a man whose life had been spent largely in Port Perry.
  The late Mr. Lucas was a home-loving man, and progress made by his son and daughter gave happiness and pride to both Mr. and Mrs. Lucas.
 Richard Lund occupied a conspicuous and highly important position in the community, and was identified with Port Perry from its early existence as a village. He identified himself with, and was an active promoter of every movement, commercial, educational and religious.
  He was one of the first merchants to open shop in Port Perry and only retired after he saw the ground being occupied by young merchants of the right stamp, those who would lay the foundation for its future.
  Educational interests received his active encouragement and support, as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of School Trustees while the village was as yet too small to maintain a school, and too financially weak to pay a proper teacher. He generously added a handsome supplement to the salary of the teacher from year to year, taken from his own pocket, to retain the services of a good teacher.
  He was a son of toil, active, industrious and persevering, and notwithstanding that he had accumulated a very liberal share of this world's goods. He filled several important offices - as Magistrate and Clerk of the Division Court, but he preferred farming. He was appointed returning officer for the first election of the Township of Scugog, after it separated from Reach Twp. in 1855.
  The death of Richard Lund was both sudden and unexpected, at his home in Port Perry, at the age of 64 years. He passed away on July 25, 1883 and was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert beside his wife, Sarah Elizabeth who predeceased him in 1852, at 32 years of age.
 James MacBrien was born in Ireland in the year 1832, of wealthy and influential parents. He left his homeland when he was only a teenager and set sail for Canada, purchasing and settling on a farm near Myrtle, Ontario.
  After earning his education diploma, he became a public school teacher, teaching until 1872, when he was appointed Inspector of Public School of the County, a position he held for more than 30 years. Inspector MacBrien was a notable figure in the days when the public school system was in the making and his visits were welcomed by both teacher and scholars.
  About the same time he was appointed inspector, he purchased the beautiful home and property of the late Aaron Ross, in Prince Albert, where he resided until his death.
  Mr. MacBrien is said to have "lived respected and died regretted" by the entire community. He was an exemplary member of the Methodist Church and an influential member of a number of fraternal orders, including the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, Canadian Order Home Circles, A.O.U.W., and Independent Order of Foresters.
  Mr. MacBrien passed away on Sunday, Sept. 26, 1909, at 77 years of age. He left a wife, Julia Frances, three sons - James H., William and Sidney, and six daughters - Maggie, Julia, Olivia, Bessie, Belle and Kathleen, to mourn his loss.
  A large number of townsfolk turned out to pay their last respects at his funeral on Tuesday 28th inst. at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert. Julia Frances (Madden), wife of James MacBrien, Sr. passed way in May 1938, in her 90th year.
James H. MacBrien was the son of the late inspector James MacBrien and Julia F. MacBrien. He was born at the farm between Myrtle and Raglan, and later the family moved to Prince Albert. He received his public and high school education in Port Perry, spending his boyhood and young manhood in the town.
  Before entering the army, Mr. MacBrien received some practical training in business life for a few years after joining the Western Bank, when Mr. H.G. Hutcheson was manager.
  His next move was to Western Canada, where he joined the Northwest Mounted Police. A year later he resigned and came back east to join the 34th Ontario Regiment. After returning from serving in the Boer War in Africa, he was commissioned to the Royal Canadian Dragoons, followed by a move to England to attend the Staff College.
  During World War I, he was promoted to the rank of Major, and further promotions came quickly during this period as a result of courageous and intelligent service. In 1920, he was appointed to the post of Chief of the General Staff of the Canadian Militia.
  He married Nellie Louise Ross in 1907, who passed away in 1921. He remarried seven years later to Emily (Emelyn) Hartridge of New York. In 1927, after an illustrious career, Mr. MacBrien resigned as Canada's military chief and returned home to retire on his mother's farm at Port Perry.
  In 1931 he accepted a Government appointed to take over as Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In recognition of his efforts in organizing and modernizing the R.C.M.P., King George V made him a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, in 1935.
  Sir James MacBrien's death came on March 5, 1938 and the funeral service at St. Paul's Church, Toronto, was one of the largest the city had witnessed many years. Mourners came from far and wide, from military, political and private life.
  His flag-draped coffin, on which lay the sword of the soldier and the cap of the RCMP was carried on a gun carriage, drawn by three sleek black steeds, from the St. Pauls to the Union Station, accompanied by dignitaries including the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, Mayor Ralph Day of Toronto and representatives of the government, military and National Defense.
  As his coffin was lifted from the gun carriage to the train, the leading detachment fired three volleys, fixed bayonets and presented arms. The 'Last Post' and 'Reveille' sounded as the casket was lifted onto the train, to be transported to Ottawa for burial with full military honors.
  Frederick W. McIntyre will be remembered as one of Port Perry's leading dry good merchants. He began is business career in 1907 and three years later partnered with E.R. Dunk to operate as The Dunk, McIntyre Co. About a year later he took over sole ownership of the company and operated it successfully until he sold the business in 1928 after 20 years in business.
  In the social life of the community he was musical, kindly and made friends readily. He was Past Master and Life Member of Fidelity Lodge, A.F .& A.M., and he gave valuable service to the Presbyterian Church as choir leader, and as a valued member of the local band. In 1914 he was elected as a councillor for Port Perry, serving in that capacity for a number of years. He was elected as president of the Merchant's Association and an energetic member of the Lawn Bowling Club.
  Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre moved from Port Perry in March of 1928, after having been much respected citizens of the town for more than 20 years.
  Mr. McIntyre, or "Mac" as he was known among is numerous friends in Port Perry, died while visiting friends near Hamilton. His funeral took place on Sept. 8, 1933 at Freeman, Ontario, with a number of Port Perry friends present for the service. Interment took place in the Hamilton cemetery. He was survived by his wife, and two brothers.
Robert McKnight, a brawny, open faced Scotchman, came to Canada in 1871 and found his way to Port Perry in the spring of 1875. On his arrival, he accepted the position of constable of the village and filled the job creditably for 32 years.
  Not only was Mr. McKnight the town's Chief Constable, but he was street commissioner, collector of taxes and market clerk. He was an elder at St. John's Presbyterian Church, and an exemplary member of the Masonic and an Oddfellow fraternities. He also served as treasurer of the Port Perry fire brigade for a time.
  The entire community was saddened on learning of the sudden death of Mr. McKnight, on Jan. 6, 1911, while clearing snow in front of the town hall. His public career had been such as to immortalize the name McKnight in the hearts of the people of the district.
  He left behind his wife Janet C., three sons, John, James and Andrew, and two daughters Janet and Mrs. J.A. Cowie. He was given a public funeral and places of business in the town closed for his service.
 No former citizen of Port Perry has a more honoured place in the town's history than that of Dugald McBride.
  Mr. McBride was born in Scotland in 1839 and as a young man travelled to Canada with his parents. In 1859, at only 21 years of age, he was awarded a First Class Grade A certificate as a public school teacher, and he received his B.A. in 1871.
  After graduating from school he began his teaching career and in 1872 was appointed Principal of Port Perry High School. He was known as a man of wide learning, fixed principals, and open mind and was one of the most respected men in the town. After 37 years as the headmaster of Port Perry High School, he tendered his resignation for September 1910, which was regretfully accepted by the school board.
  In addition to his teaching duties, he was also appointed a County Inspector for Public Schools in 1879, a position he held for a number of years.
  He and his wife, Nancy (Horton), had two children Samuel Edwin and Sara Mabel. Mr. McBride was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery in 1927.
H.H. McCaw, a worthy and esteemed townsman, was favorably remembered throughout the County for his good qualities.
  In 1860 he began his business career as a tinsmith in Prince Albert. While a resident of that village he took a prominent and active part in every movement. Educational matters had his active support, both Public and Sunday School were indebted to him for his well direct efforts.
  In 1866 when Prince Albert postmaster G. Robson resigned, H.H. McCaw was appointed his successor, filling the position until 1873.
  He and his wife. Elizabeth, raised a family worthy of their noble parents. Mr. H.H. McCaw passed away at the age of 74 years, on July 24, 1892 at the LaGrange, Illinois, home of his son-in-law N.E. Briggs. His wife, Elizabeth McCaw died on July 8, 1910, at 89 years of age.
 William McCaw was born at Stanstead, Quebec in 1849, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James McCaw. He was three years old when the family moved to Prince Albert, where Mr. McCaw followed the business of shoemaking.
  He learned watchmaking from local jewellery store businessman, Mr. Doll, and later went to Boston to complete his training. Upon his return home to Port Perry, he set up business in Bigelow's Royal Arcade in Aug. 1873, and continued as watchmaker and jeweller for more than 40 years. A sideline to his business was the local branch of the Bell Telephone Co., of which he was the first manager. He retired and sold his business in May 1915 to J.D. Robertson of Whitby.
  Like so many businessmen at this time, Mr. McCaw lost his entire stock in the devastating fire of 1884, but undeterred rebuilt and continued his business. In public life, he served on the Port Perry Board of Trade and the Board of Education, but never took an interest in politics.
  Mr. McCaw married Emma Bigelow and to them eight girls were born, Elizabeth, Mrs. Arthur Carnegie, Mrs. Frank Coone, Emma, Mrs. Harry Nasmith, Mrs. David Carnegie, Mrs. Harold Emmerson and Mrs. Morley Honey.
  Mr. McCaw was a member of the Board of Education for a number of years; a member of the Pine Grove Cemetery Board and was a Freemason of many years standing. In earlier years he was a loyal supporter of the local Baptist Church.
  He was described as a genial citizen, thoroughly devoted to his family and his business in which he had a long and honourable record. He died at the age of 82 on Thursday, June 26, 1930 and was mourned by his wife and family.
 Donald McKay was born in the year 1837 in the County of Glengarry and received his education at Upper Canada College, Toronto. He taught school in Markham Township for some years, before moving to Reach Township, where he entered into business. While in the mercantile business he served as a member of the North Ontario Agriculture Society, and in 1876 was elected vice-president of the same organization.
  In 1890 he entered into public life, being elected Reeve of Reach Township, but was forced to resign a few months later, after being appointed County Treasurer, a position he conscientiously filled the position for almost 25 years.
  His death on May 13, 1914 came not as a surprise, as he had been afflicted with an incurable disease for some time. In death, he left his wife and family to mourn his loss. His funeral took place from the family residence in Whitby at St. Andrew's Church. The gathering was an indication of the numberless chords of sympathy and friendship which radiated for this esteemed townsman.
  There was a very large attendance of county officials and pall bearers included Judge McGillivary, Judge McIntyre, Dr. Bascom, Sheriff Thomas Paxton, J.D. Howden and James Rutledge.
 John W. Meharry was born near Peterborough and moved to Port Perry about 1875, going into a business partnership with Mr. J.B. Laing. For many years they carried on an extensive and successful hardware business. J.W. Meharry accumulated considerable wealth, and invested largely in real estate, but was unsuccessful in this venture.
  In later years he owned a brokerage business in real estate, in which during his long career he negotiated an immense number of sales and was acknowledged to be the best salesman in the district. Mr. Meharry was public spirited and always took a leading part in supporting improvements to the town. He was a member of the Board of Education for many years and was identified with agricultural interests, being a member of the Board of Directors.
  He is said to have been a royal entertainer of rare social qualities and he delighted in company.
  Mr. Meharry was 70 years old when he passed away at his daughter's home in Ottawa on Oct. 2, 1915, leaving two daughters to mourn his loss. His remains were laid to rest at the family plot in Pine Grove Cemetery. Mr. Meharry's beloved wife, Jennie (Dawes) predeceased him on Nov. 27, 1911.
 Samuel J. Mellow was born Sept. 19, 1859 near the town of Napanee. Following his public and high school education he taught school for three years. Furthering his education he enrolled at Queen's University graduating in 1886 with a degree in medicine.
  Dr. Mellow first practiced medicine at Bath, Ont., where he practiced for three years. While residing at Bath, Dr. Mellow met and married Bertha Louise Armstrong. Shortly after they moved to Bay City, Michigan, where he remained for five years. In 1894 the Mellows moved to Port Perry, where they resided for the rest of their lives.
  From the time he arrived in Port Perry, he took an active part in the affairs of the town., serving on the council for a number of years and elected as the town's Reeve for 1901 and 1902.
  His greatest interest was education and he served as a member of the Board of Education for 20 years, and held the office of chairman. He was also a member of the Library Board, served as President of the Public Library, and took a leading roll in promoting the building of the new War Memorial Library.
  His recreation interests included lawn bowling, tennis, and curling. He maintained his own tennis lawn at his residence.
  Dr. Mellow's had a large practice which was missed by the town when he passed away on Thurs., March 2, 1925 at 65 years of age. He was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery. Surviving the popular doctor was his his wife Bertha L. (Armstrong) and three daughters, Mrs. Merlin Letcher and Misses Helen and Frances. Mrs. Mellow passed away in 1944.
 Rev. Robt. Monteith was for many years pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Prince Albert and was greatly esteemed by all religious denominations, and in fact the entire community. He was the first minister of the church when it opened for services in 1856.
  He was appreciated for his many excellent qualities as a faithful and devoted pastor, an exemplary husband, loving father and a faithful friend. While living in Prince Albert he wrote one of the earliest and most extensive histories of the Township of Reach.
  After leaving the community, he served for many years as clerk of the Presbytery of Toronto.
  Rev. Monteith had been in failing health for a number of years, before his death on Monday, Jan. 23, 1893, at 232 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto. He was 78 years of age at the time of his passing and left behind his widow, Margaret (Bell), and two active sons and three intelligent daughters. Mrs. Monteith was 96 years of age when she passed away.
Edward Mundy was born in Hull, England on February 20, 1838. He came to Canada when he was 11 years old and served his apprenticeship in the printing business in Toronto, before striking out on his own to publish the Advocate in Uxbridge.
  Following the closure of the Advocate, Mundy moved to Port Perry and commenced publication of Port Perry's first newspaper, The Port Perry Standard, on August 16, 1866. During this time he lived in a home on Cochrane Street.
  On July 1, 1878 Edward Mundy bought the Oshawa Ontario Reformer, and carried on with both newspapers for about three years before disposing of the Port Perry Standard in about 1889.
  Mr. Mundy was described as a quiet mannered gentleman, with good qualities of both heart and mind. He served as Chairman of the School Board for several terms, was a prominent Baptist and Mason, and a strong supporter of the Liberal party. But he also had another side, and was known to be a unscrupulous and controversial publisher, often slurring the name of area residents on the pages of his newspapers.
  In 1860 Edward married Martha Nott of Toronto after a six week courtship. Martha was born in 1841 in Exeter, England and as a young girl, came to Canada with her father Richard Nott.
  Mr. Mundy and his wife Martha were parents to six children; Edward J. Mundy, Jr. (1861); Jessie J. (1863); Alice C. (1865); Mary L. (1870); Violet M. (1872) and Charles M. (1874).
  On Monday, January 24, 1921 Edward Mundy passed away about midnight after an illness of three weeks at his home in Oshawa. He was in his 84th year at the time of this death.
 John Murray was born in Ingersoll, Ontario in 1843 and came to Port Perry to start his practice in dentistry in 1863. After practicing for a number of years, he took over the practice of Paterson and Fenton, as a surgeon dentist in March 1877. Dr. Murray served the residents of the community for 63 years before retiring.
  During his years in business in the community, he had to twice relocate his office, due to the fires of 1883 and 1884. Following the fires he set up his practice over the post office in the Leonard Block on Perry St.
  Dr. Murray was fond of sports and athletics, encouraging lacrosse, football and horse racing. He served for one term as a member of Port Perry council.
  Dr. Murray lived in his home on Cochrane St. with his wife Laura Abigail (Foote) and the couple had five children. He passed away on Jan. 16, 1929 at 86 years of age, with interment at Pine Grove Cemetery. His wife predeceased him on Nov. 6, 1918, at 66 years of age.
William Nesbitt was born on Seven Mile Island, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nesbitt. His early life was spent at the homestead, but on reaching manhood he moved to Toronto, where he worked for the Street Railway Co. for 13 years, and the Russell Motor Car Co. for 9 years, before moving back to Port Perry.
  While in Toronto he married Sarah Verral, of Toronto, and the couple raised two sons, Winnett and William O. The Nesbitts moved to Port Perry in 1917, and it wasn't long before he was appointed to the position of Town Constable.
  For 20 years, William Nesbitt was known as "The Chief" on the streets of Port Perry. He was a faithful servant as Constable and Street Commissioner, with duties which included directing traffic, ringing the town hall bell, helping neighbours and hunting down law breakers.
  In memory of "The Chief," a minute's silence was observed at the municipal nomination meeting, the town flag was flown at half mast and words of appreciation were expressed by the town's Reeve and councillors.
  He was a valued member of the Loyal Orange Lodge, the Independent Order of Oddfellows, and the Port Perry United Church.
  William Nesbitt passed away in Toronto on Saturday, Dec. 25, 1937, in his 69th year. His funeral was held at the Port Perry United Church, which was filled to capacity. Following the service the town bell tolled and a long cortege slowly made its way up the hill to Pine Grove Cemetery, where he was laid to rest. His wife, Sadie, predeceased him on June 11, 1926.
 John Nott was born at Cornwall, England on July 1, 1825 and came to Canada in 1842. After his arrival, he settled in Prince Albert, Ont., but later went to school and learned the trade of cabinet making in Oshawa.
  In 1847, he started business in the village of Borelia, where he carried on his cabinet making and undertaking business, along with John W. Davis, but with the arrival of the railway in Port Perry he moved into town and opened his business at the corner of Queen and Perry St. Twice he was burned out of his premises, once in 1884 and again in 1897, afterwards setting up his shop beside the St. Charles Hotel. He continued to ply his trade in the furniture and undertaking business for more than 63 years. He retired from business in Aug. 1910.
  Mr. Nott held many important positions in the County. For years he was a tax collector for Reach Township, then was appointed to take the first census for Port Perry. He served on the local School Board and on Port Perry council for many years.
  In 1875, John Nott was appointed a Justice of the Peace, a position he held for 31 years. His faith was that of a Methodist and he was a staunch Liberal in politics.
  John Nott passed away on March 10, 1917 at 92 years of age. He was a dedicated Mason and buried with the honours of that Order. Mr. Nott was survived by his two sons, William and Albert. His wife, Jane Lawrence predeceased him on June 28, 1908.
 William Nott, was born and educated at Port Perry, the son of John and Jane Nott of this town. For over 30 years he served the community as funeral director, being one of the best known and respected men in this part of the province. A partnership with his father, John Nott, was dissolved in 1878, with William continuing the business as Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer and Undertaker.
  William Nott operated his business under the name of the Jessop Furniture Co., for a time, and was a noted as a skilled craftsman. He and his staff were responsible for installing the new interior of the Methodist Church and auditorium in 1905.
  Mr. Nott served in the Fenian Raids and in 1900 was one of six local men presented a medal for his valour.
  While a resident of the town he was a member of the I.O.O.F, and Sons of England Benefit Society. He was also a leader in the former Methodist Church in Ontario.
  A pioneer funeral director of Port Perry, William James Nott died at the home of his son, W.E. Nott, in Winnipeg, on Friday, July 14, 1933, following a brief illness, in his 82nd year.
  He was survived by a daughter, Zell Nott of Winnipeg and four sons, H.A., W.E., Jessop and Ivan.
Although Daniel David Palmer did not live out his life in Port Perry, he became one of the town's most noted residents, as the founder of the profession of Chiropractics.
  D.D. Palmer was born in Port Perry on March 7, 1845, and received his early education from the tutelage of a brutish taskmaster, John Black. By the time he was 11 years old he had received the equivalent of an eighth-grade education.
  Unfortunately his education was cut short when the family grocery business in Port Perry failed and his parents moved to the United States in 1856. Daniel Palmer and his brother Thomas, were left to work in a local match factory, but in April 1865, the brothers moved out of Port Perry and traveled to the United States to rejoin their family.
  On January 20, 1871, Daniel David married Abba Lord, and the couple lived in the New Boston area for a short time. It is believed his first wife died during childbirth. This was the first of four marriages for Mr. Palmer. His second wife was Louvenia Landers, whom he married in 1874 and about six years later they moved to Iowa where they opened a grocery store. In 1884, Louvenia died leaving her husband and three children motherless. In 1885, six months after his wife's death, he married once again, this time to Martha A. Henning, to take care of his young children.
  By 1887 Palmer and his family had moved to Davenport, Iowa where he was listed as a "Vital Healer", claiming cures for fever, rheumatism and indigestion. In 1888 he married for the last time, to Villa Amanda Thomas, who he would later laud for all the assistance she gave him in his practice.
  The great discovery of chiropractic came on Sept. 18, 1895 when, using his hands, readjusted the spine of a deaf patient, and the man regained his hearing. Reluctant to share his theories, he kept silent for a few years, but after a near fatal accident, he decided to teach the technique as fast has he could. In 1903 he founded the Palmer School of Chiropractic, but after many difficulties with authorities over his methods, he was jailed for practicing without a certificate.
  After being freed from prison, and the failure of his original school, he moved to Los Angeles, where he spent his last years as a prolific writer and lecturer. Ironically, it was after being invited to speak at his son's school, he was struck down by a car driven by his son B.J. Palmer, and he died of his injuries, on October 20, 1913.
  Twenty-five years after his death, in July 1938, chiropractors from across Canada and the U.S.A. assembled at the lakeside park in Port Perry to dedicate Palmer Memorial Park in the memory of the founder of chiropractic. In August 1946 the National Chiropractic Association unveiled a monument featuring a bronze bust of Daniel David Palmer. The monument was refurbished in 1995 to its original glory.
 Henry Parsons was born in Lincoln, England in 1838 and came to Canada when he was 12 years old with his parents, who took up residence in Stouffville.
  In February 1853 he apprenticed as a printer to the Whitby Reporter, and after finishing his apprenticeship, he moved to New York State. A year later he returned to Canada and in 1858 settled in Prince Albert, joining William Holden on the staff of the Ontario Observer, which had been established a year earlier.
  Mr. Parsons became identified with the Observer newspaper for over 50 years. He purchased the paper and published it in partnership with James Baird until 1884, when the partnership was dissolved .
  In 1873 when Prince Albert began to wane and Port Perry to grow, the newspaper was moved and renamed the North Ontario Observer. After taking over sole ownership of the paper in 1884, he carried it on until 1920 when he stopped publishing, but continued in the printing business under the name of the Observer Printing Office, assisted by his grandson, Victor Stouffer.
  Henry Parsons took a keen interest in municipal affairs, at one time serving for a couple of terms on the local council.
  In 1864 he was married to Francis Ruby (Palmer), of Prince Albert, who predeceased him by some 20 years. He was survived by one daughter, Mrs. Andrew Stouffer and one grandson Victor P. Stouffer. Henry Parsons passed away in his 94th year at his home in Port Perry on Thurs., Sept. 29th, 1932. Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery.
  W.L. Parrish was born in Napanee and came to Port Perry with his family in 1869, when his father, William T. Parrish, began a hardware business. He acquired knowledge of the business under his father's watchful eye, and when he turned 20 years of age, in 1884, he succeeded his father's business.
  Mr. Parrish operated one of the largest and best equipped hardware stores in Ontario County from the Parrish Block on Queen St. The block was built by William T. Parrish following the fire of 1884, and the buildings consisted of two store fronts with large display windows and two entrances.
  He carried a large stock of hardware, stoves and tinware and everything that a hardware store should have. The tinware manufacturing department occupied the upstairs floor.
  In public life, Mr. Parrish was involved to a considerable extent, having been a member of the School Board for 13 years and on the Public Library for six. He was the youngest man on the School Board at the time of his incumbency and the youngest man to ever hold the position of chairman of the board. He served on town council for a number of years and occupied the chair of Reeve from 1906 to 1908.
  Mr. Parrish owned a handsome home on Cochrane Street.
  W.L. Parrish was born in 1868 and died in 1957. His wife, Nell (Henry) Parrish passed away in 1941.
 Norman F. Paterson was born at Springfield, Ont. in 1843 and educated at the Royal Military School, and the Law School, Toronto. At 12 years of age he began work in a law office and by sixteen had passed the examination of the Law Society. Only five years later, when he was 21 years old, he was called to the bar.
  Mr. Paterson was appointed Queen's Council in 1883, becoming one of the first of the legal fraternity to receive the title after it was established by Queen Victoria.
  He practiced law in Beaverton for almost 12 years, before moving to Port Perry in 1878, setting up his practice as a Barrister and Attorney at Law in offices over the store of Brown and Currie. Over the next decade he acquired a high reputation and became well respected for his work throughout Ontario County. While living in Port Perry he also served in the County Council, was Clerk for the Village of Port Perry for 12 years, was an energetic and longtime member of the School Board, serving as Chairman a number of times.
  Mr. Paterson was married in Port Perry to Sarah (Currie), daughter of George Currie, one of the town's most industrious pioneers. The couple had two children, both girls.
  Mr. Paterson passed away while visiting at the home of his daughter, Mrs. (Dr.) A.H. Cook of Port Dover on Thurs., July 30, 1925, at 83 years of age. He had been living with his other daughter Mrs. Arthur Houston in Toronto since the death of his wife 16 years earlier. Mr. Paterson was buried at St. James Cemetery, Toronto.
 There is scarcely anything that is more painful than to be called upon to chronicle the early decease of a fellow townsman, a neighbour, an intimate acquaintance, a faithful, kind, obliging friend - and such is emphatically our position, when the painful duty devolves upon us to record the decease of Mr. George Paxton (of the late firm of Geo. and Thomas Paxton) who departed this life on Monday, Oct. 8, 1866, aged 44 years and 6 months.
  The deceased came to Port Perry when only a youth of about 20 years, and set to work in getting a mill erected, and he has remained at the helm of affairs in that village ever since, steering and guiding it safely through difficulties and troubles, from when it was scarcely a hamlet until it had increased to a very prosperous village.
  He was always a kind, obliging, faithful friend, ready at all times to lend his means and advice for the furtherance of every object intended to promote the good of this fellow man.
  The township, but especially the village to which he belonged, sustained a heavy loss when the unrelenting conqueror laid him cold and dead.
  The funeral took place on October 10, 1866, with the procession leaving his late residence to the Baptist Church on the 7th Concession of Whitby. He was laid to rest in the cemetery in connection with the church.
Thomas Paxton was born on the Tweedie homestead within two miles of Whitby in 1821, and lived his entire life in Ontario County.
  During the 1840s, several of the Paxton family moved from Whitby to Port Perry and commenced various branches of business there, laying the cornerstone of the handsome little town which overlooks Scugog Lake. In 1846 he and his brother George built a sawmill near the lake, and he later partnered with Joseph Bigelow in a flouring mill, and operated the Paxton, Tate Foundry on Perry St.
  Either in partnership with his brothers or other men, Thomas Paxton was always actively engaged in business - too actively it was often said, for he seemed to have too many irons in the fire and had to trust too much to others. It's said his one mistake was giving his private business secondary consideration to public affairs, otherwise he might have died one of the wealthiest men in the county.
  His public career commenced early and he held every position in the municipal council of Reach during his years in that township. He was the second man to serve as Reeve of Reach Township after it was formed in 1853. Mr Paxton was elected with a large majority to the seat for North Ontario in the Ontario Assembly, being re-elected many times. In January 1881 he resigned to accept the position of Sheriff of Ontario County.
  Thomas Paxton, Sheriff of Ontario County, died Sunday, July 3, 1887 at 66 years of age, following a long period of sickness. Many places of business were closed for the funeral, and he was laid to rest at Dryden's burial ground with many of his kin.
 Port Perry lost one of its best citizen in the passing of Edward H. Purdy in July, 1935. He had filled almost all of the offices the town had of offer: Reeve for five years, on council eight years, as Clerk-Treasurer of the town for seven years, on the Board of Education four years, as Magistrate 17 years, and prior to that he was Justice of the Peace.
  In the social life of the community he was also a leader, being a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge, President of the Lawn Bowling Club, Chairman of the Committee of Stewards of the United Church, and a Past Nobel Grand of Warriner Lodge, I.O.O.F. He also served as a member of the Board of Education, Director for the Agricultural Society and a police magistrate.
  He was a man of good common sense and those who knew "E.H." intimately say that he was a kindly friend to many who found the pathway of life rough.
  Mr Purdy was born at Collins Bay, near Kingston, the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Purdy. His early years were spent on the Wells farm north of Port Perry, which was given to his grandfather by the Crown as he was United Empire Loyalist. When a young man he moved to Port Perry.
  His first business venture began in 1887 in the flour, feed and seed business, which he purchased from Henderson and Curts. The store was situated in the Observer Block. In 1897 he purchased the Laing and Meharry Block, and moved to the south side of the street. Here he added groceries and baking to the business. After this block was destroyed in the fire of 1901, he erected a new building, 66x110 feet which became the home of not only his store, but S.T. Cawker Butcher and D.J. Adams, private banker. Mr. Purdy sold his business to Jonathan Lane, but re-purchased it later and re-sold to John F. McClintock.
  Mr. Purdy married Mary Ann MacAllister in 1885 and four children were born to them, Clarence D., Cecil V., Hazel Dhel (Bentley), and Edward Hardy. Mrs. Purdy and all the children survived Mr. Purdy. The Purdy's fine home was located on Lilla Street, south of the Town Hall.
  Edward H. Purdy passed away on July 17, 1935. The funeral service was conducted by the Masonic lodge with interment made at Pine Grove Cemetery.
 Joseph Reader was born Kent County, England in 1805, and moved to Canada with his wife Rebekah (Wells) and 10 children in 1832. The family settled on Scugog Island in 1843, and built a large stone house near the top of the island hill in 1849, where he lived and raised his family of six boys, Joseph, Ephriam, William, John, Thomas, Walter and James and three daughters, Elizabeth, Hannah and Rebecca.
  He was one of the earliest settlers on Scugog Island to farm the land.
  He was elected and served as Reeve of Scugog for two years, 1865 and 1866. While a member of County Council he held the post of Commissioner of the Scugog Bridge for a number of years.
  Joseph Reader, 91 years of age, passed away on Nov. 17, 1896 and was buried at Scoville Cemetery, Scugog Island. His wife Rebekah died Dec. 14, 1885, at 83 years of age.
Mr. Reader was born in Kent County, England on Jan. 30, 1830 and travelled to Canada with his parents in 1831, settling in Quebec. The next year the family moved to Cobourg, and later to Whitby.
  In 1836 the family settled in Prince Albert where they remained four years. In 1844, when Mr. Reader was only 14 years of age, he crossed Lake Scugog and settled on the Island, to take up his long life work.
  As years went by he helped to clear the land and hew timber to build his home, and in 1855 his bride and life companion, Katie Gamble, joined him. To them was born eight children, three boys, John, William T. and Ephriam, and five girls, Rebecca, Mrs. Isaac Rodman, Mrs. Burton, Mrs. J. Cliff and Maria.
  Mr. Reader passed away on Sunday, April 1, 1923 at 94 years of age. A large gathering of friends and neighbours gathered at his late residence to show the high esteem and respect in which he was held. His wife Katie predeceased him on Dec. 13, 1918.
 William Redman was born in Pickering Twp, not far from Kinsale, and lived there until his marriage to Elizabeth Reader, of Scugog, in 1870. Shortly after his marriage he rented the Reader homestead and ran that farm for five years. He then moved back to Pickering, where he had purchased a farm and remained for 16 years. Mr. Reader then returned to Scugog and took up his work on the farm, which he had bought and upon which he lived, until the time of his death.
  Mr. Redman was a man of sterling character and his life was devoted to two main purposes. The first was running of his farm, which was one of the most beautifully kept farms in the county. The second was his practical interest in the church.
  Years ago, when there was no Sunday School at the Head Church, Mr. Redman set to work to organize a school and became its Superintendent. He was an active member of the church until advancing years prevented him from taking part in the work.
  Scugog lost one of its best citizens when William Redman died on Sunday, January 25, 1925 at the age of 82 years. Left to mourn his loss were three children; Mrs. WC. Roger, Mr. W.E. Redman and Mr. T. Redman. His wife, Elizabeth, predeceased her husband by 12 years.
Matthew Robson came to Prince Albert in the 1850s and was appointed village postmaster, a position he retained during the larger portion of the time of prosperity in that village. It was during his term as postmaster, in 1860, he married Sarah Jane (McCaw), sister of Wm. H. McCaw.
  Mr. Robson also carried on an extensive money lending business, was public spirited and enterprising, and took a leading roll in the progress of the village, where he served as Justice of the Peace for a number of years.
  Having been highly successful, he purchased the magnificent Perry Castle in the town of Whitby, where he resided for a number of years, before returning to Port Perry. After a few years back in town, he moved to Toronto where he resided until his death at 83 years of age, on January 30, 1911.
   Mr. Robson left behind his wife, and three sons, William, Francis and Clarence. His wife Sarah Jane died on June 28, 1913.
   John Rolph was a native of Ireland, born on March 4, 1828. When only a young man of 19 years old, he experienced the calamity of the potato famine in his homeland, where people were reported to be dying on the streets, and dogs fought over the corpses.
  He came to Canada in 1854 and settled in Montreal for a few months before moving to Oshawa, and then to Prince Albert.
  In 1857 Mr. Rolph married Susan Saunders, at a time when there were no railroads and little of the land had been cleared. He was given the honour of turning the switch to officially welcome hydro to Port Perry and he spoke at the formal opening of Port Perry's cement highway.
  Mr. Rolph was active in many phases of community life. For 45 years he was treasurer of the local Bible Society, and he took a prominent part in both church and Masonic work. He was also secretary of Pine Grove Cemetery Co., and served as a military drill instructor.
  He loved his work at his harness shop and came down to his shop everyday until he retired and sold his business in November 1924, at 94 years of age.
  John and Susan Rolph lived in the county for their entire married life, raising six children. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on Feb. 26, 1925. Mr. Rolph passed away on Saturday, May 2, 1925, at 96 years of age. Susan Rolph passed away on Friday, January 29, 1926, in her 87th year.
As a citizen George Rose was noted for two great loyalties - to the United Church and to the Liberal Party. Both of these he served faithfully for most of his life.
  Mr. Rose was the last surviving member of a family of five children, the son of the late Charles Rose, who came to Canada when a boy and settled on a farm of 200 acres of timber at what came to be known as Rose's Corners, a few miles north of Port Perry.
  He spent his early life on the farm and in 1881 married Emma Jane Johnson. To them were born two children, Ausbert and a baby girl who died in infancy.
  In 1902 Mr. Rose gave up farming and moved to Port Perry. Here he went into business as the local agent the Mutual Life Assurance Co. of Canada. He became the general agent for the Port Perry district and spent 10 years with the company before failure of his health compelled is retirement. During that time he earned a number of important prizes for his work with the company.
  George Rose served as treasurer of the Methodist Church in Port Perry, was a member of the Board of Education, and a director of Pine Grove Cemetery for many years. He was a member of Fidelity Lodge, A.F.&A.M. and Masonic honours were accorded at his burial.
  George A. Rose passed away in his 83rd year, on Thursday, July 3, 1937, leaving his wife Emma to mourn his loss.
 Aaron Ross was born in London, England on July 31, 1828 and came to Canada with his family when he was 14 years old, settling near Whitby. After a few years he moved to Brooklin to learn shoemaking, and upon completion moved to Prince Albert and worked at his trade for about a year. Shortly after arriving in Prince Albert he married Lucinda (Fitchett) and started his own business manufacturing boots and shoes.
  In 1865, Aaron Ross and Geo. Currie formed a partnership and carried on the dry goods business for five years. In 1870 he moved to Port Perry. His shrewd business tact showed that the town would be the business centre for the future.
  He then built the Ross Block on Queen S., a fine three story building which was destroyed in the great fire of 1884, and which he rebuilt later that year. The business from 1871 to 1873 was carried on by A. Ross; from 1873 to 1876 it was conducted by Brown & Ross as his health was poor. In 1876 the firm of A. Ross and Sons (Robert and William) was carried on about four years, after which the business was carried on by the two sons. Later the business of A. Ross and Sons became owned solely by William Ross.
  Aaron Ross was identified for more than 30 years with the purchase of grain and seeds from farmers of Reach and Scugog Townships. He operated warehouses at Seagrave and elevators at Port Perry and Manchester, after establishing his grain business in Prince Albert during the 1860s in partnership with George Currie. About 1876, he purchased Mr. Currie's grain elevator in Port Perry, and operated it as the Ross Elevator for a number of years, before his son William joined him.
  His strong points were his business abilities and an indomitable will all through life, from his first start in business in Prince Albert up to the date of his death. Mr. Ross enjoyed a series of successes, so much so that during his life he was a provisional director of the Dominion Band and always took an interest in that prosperous institution.
  He was at one time a director of the old Midland Railway, before being taken over by the G.T.R., and was also a prominent member of the Toronto Board of Trade.
  His force was his business tack and ability. He was as public spirited a man as was to be seen in his support of institutions of religion and educational character; at one time he was vice president of Whitby Ontario Lakes' College and was often chosen by his church to represent that body in conference.
  In politics he was a consistent Reformer, but never accepted any public position.
  As a Methodist he was loyal to his church enterprises; the deceased will greatly be missed by the church of his choice in this town. He was also a liberal giver to the poor, but very few knew of it. Thus has closed the private and public career of a man who was always a wise councillor; one who was loved and respected by his family.
  Aaron Ross died in Port Perry on Saturday, July 11, 1896 at 68 years of age. Left to mourn his loss is his family, consisting of his wife Lucinda, sons Robert, William, James, Fred, Charles and John, and daughters Mrs. Hossack and Sarah.
  His large funeral was a tribute of respect and esteem in which the deceased and the family are held in the town and vicinity. Services were held in the Methodist Church. To show the esteem in which the deceased was held by the church, his seat, the pulpit and choir railing were heavily draped in black and ornamented with beautiful white and purple flowers.
  Pallbearers were Messrs. J.H. Brown, H. Doubt, Thos. Courtice, J. Powers, C.W. Jones and William Brock. After the solemn services at the church the large funeral cortege made its way to the Pine Grove Cemetery for interment.
William Ross was born in Prince Albert in 1856 and received his education in Port Perry's public and high schools, before receiving a degree in the B.A.B. College, Toronto.
  Mr. Ross came to Port Perry from Prince Albert when his father Mr. Aaron Ross, moved his business from that place. He was invited into partnership with his father in the larger general store business, under the name of A. Ross & Son, located in the Ross Block. After the death of the his father in 1896, William purchased the grain elevator from the estate and added the business of grain merchant to his activities.
  In 1898 he sold the Ross Block to the Western Bank of Canada, who had an office in the building but retained possession of the store as a tenant. In August 1911, he sold his grain, seed and real estate business to James Lucas, with plans to move to Toronto.
  Wm. Ross served on the town council and was Reeve for several terms in the 1890s, and introduced Port Perry to the amortization system of retiring debenture debt by equalized annual payments. He was the Liberal member of the House of Commons from 1900 to 1904, during the Laurier regime, and was president of the South Ontario Liberal Assoc., and president of the Ontario Ladies' College at Whitby.
  In 1911 Mr. and Mrs. Ross sold their Casimir St. home, retired and moved to Toronto, where they became prominent workers in Eaton Memorial Church and well known in business circles. Not only was Mr. Ross well-known as a business and public man, but as a private citizen, no one stood higher in the estimation of the people. He was a staunch member of the Methodist Church, and was superintendent of the Port Perry Methodist Church for many years before moving to Toronto.
  Mr. Ross was held in high esteem by all who knew him and was said to have a kind, tender heart. He passed away on January 21, 1937 at his home in Toronto, leaving his wife, Clarissa (Bingham), a son Walter, three daughters and five brothers to mourn his loss. A a large number of friends assembled to pay their last respects, as he was laid to rest at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert.
Dr. J.H. Sangster, a notable figure in the Canadian medical and education world, passed away at the King Edward Hotel, Toronto on Jan. 27, 1904, after suffering from a serious heart attack.
  John Sangster was born in London, England on March 26, 1829 and came to Canada with his parents. He received his early education at Upper Canada College. He worked in the education field until 1871 filling the positions of head master at a number of schools in Toronto and Hamilton.
  While teaching as a professor of chemistry and botany at Rolph's Medical School, he began the study of medicine and earned his degree of M.D.
  After retiring from educational work in 1871, he travelled to Chicago, but returned to Canada within a few years. In November 1874 moved to Port Perry and set up a medical practice, and constructed a new home at the north end of the town.
  In 1881 his beautiful home was destroyed by fire, so he built an even larger and more commodious residence at his Beechenhurst property. His new palatial white brick house, described as one of the best in the province, was destroyed by fire in February 1893.
  Dr. Sangster was a man of exceptional ability and commanded the respect and admiration of all those who knew him. He served as a member of the Ontario Medical Council, published a number of school text books, and was often called on to be a guest speaker.
  Dr. Sangster was twice married, in 1851 to Miss Mary Price of Toronto and in 1871 to Miss Caroline Elizabeth McCausland, of Toronto.
  At the time of his death he left his widow, Caroline, three sons Dr. W.A., Selwyn and Beverly, and one daughter Mrs. S.C. Corbett. He was a member of the Church of England, and was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert. Caroline Sangster passed away on April 1, 1916, at 86 years.
 Dr. Sangster was born in Toronto in 1872, and moved to Port Perry with his family when he was 3 years old. He was educated at the public and high schools and graduated with honors from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons in 1894.
  Dr. Sangster began practice in Port Perry the following year and in 1897 a fire destroyed the building in which his office was located. After the fire, he secured an upstairs office in the Willard block at the corner of Queen and Perry St., where he carried on his practice. He was an athletic man, with a keen interest in sports, and an avid and enthusiastic hunter.
  He became a member of the Toronto Dental Society and the Ontario Dental Society, occasionally reading papers before these societies.
  Dr. Sangster married Minnie (McLean) on Aug. 19, 1922. She died without warning in Port Perry on Friday, May 18, 1923, after giving birth to a son.
  Dr. W.A. Sangster passed away on Sept. 20, 1959, at 87 years of age.
One of Port Perry's popular young businessmen, Louis Sebert passed away in Port Perry on Mon. Sept. 29, 1902, at the young age of 45 years.
  As a townsman he was active, energetic and obliging and took a prominent part in every movement for the best interests of the town. He managed the St. Charles Hotel for a number of years and in May 1900 purchased the Oriental Hotel, located on the north west corner of Queen and Water St., and renamed it the Sebert House.
  He had just completed extensive renovations to the hotel, making it one of the best hotels in the county, about a year before his death.
  The community sustained a severe loss with his passing and many places of business in town were closed to attend the service, and pay respects to this popular, young businessman.
  He left behind his wife and children, as well as three brothers and three sisters.
W. S. Sexton was one of the areas earliest and most esteemed businessmen during the developing years of Reach and Scugog Townships. Later in life he moved to Port Perry and became one of the town's most loved and respected residents.
  Mr. Sexton purchased the saw mill of Thomas and George Paxton in the early 1850s, located just south of the village dock on the waterfront, which became known as Sexton's Wharf. He carried on the lumbering business until the pine forests around Scugog Lake became exhausted.
  In public life, Mr. Sexton served as a member of Scugog Township council for many years before being elected as Reeve for seven consecutive years, from 1867 to 1873. The highlight of his political career was his election as Warden of Ontario County in 1870, on the first ballot. He also served as a school trustee for the Port Perry Grammar and Common School during 1860s and 70s, and was a moving force behind the building of the Port Whitby and Port Perry Railway.
  It was Reeve Sexton who, at County Council in June 1871, introduced a by-law to incorporate the Village of Port Perry. While a member of the County council, he worked diligently to ensure improvements to the Scugog Bridge, and ultimately that it be constructed as a solid roadway.
  In December 1873, Mr. Sexton announced that having been requested by a large number of ratepayers, he would run for the the office of Reeve of Port Perry, but lost in his bid to popular townsman Joseph Bigelow. In Nov. 1874 he sold 800 acres of his Springwater Farm on Scugog Island, to Reach Twp. Reeve James Graham, and moved to Port Perry. Just a few years later, in 1877, he sold his lakefront saw mill property to Joshua Wright.
  Mr. Sexton lived in a commodious house on Water St., behind the Sebert Hotel, which was destroyed by a fire which swept along the north side of Queen St., in July 1883. It wasn't long after this tragedy that he decided to move to Brooklyn, N.Y. Before leaving he was honored at a complimentary supper, at which time he was presented a fine gold headed cane and an expensive pipe by his many friends.
  The town was saddened to learn that W.S. Sexton, passed away in Brooklyn, N. Y., on Sept. 3, 1893. His body was returned by train to Port Perry, and his body was laid to rest in Pine Grove Cemetery.
 William Spence was a resident of the county for more than 50 years. He was born in Ireland on May 20, 1834 and came to Canada when he was 18 years of age, settling in the town of Whitby. Here he followed the vocation of a contractor and erected many buildings. In 1873 he moved to Utica and then to Prince Albert and finally to Manchester in 1886.
  As a young man, he was a highly skilled builder, who was chosen as the the general contractor for Port Perry's first Town Hall. In addition he built the Court House at Whitby, the Town Hall at Manchester, as well as homes for many local personalities. He was also responsible for a number of the business blocks built on Queen St., Port Perry, after the great fire of 1885.
  His extensive knowledge of municipal law made him an exceedingly valuable clerk and mentor to the members of municipal councils. He held the position of Reach Township clerk for more than twenty years, and retained the position until the time of his death. An active man, he also served as the secretary of the Reach, Scugog Agricultural Society for many years and was a respected member of Fidelity Lodge, No. 428, Port Perry.
  Mr. Spence was a devoted husband and father, and was married to Mary Ann (Pardon). The popular couple had five children, John, Robert, William, Nellie and Maud.
  Wm. Spence was 72 years of age when he died at Manchester, on June 30, 1906. A large an influential gathering of more than 500 people followed the remains to the site of his grave for his burial. The funeral was held under the auspices of the Masonic Order. His wife, Mary Ann passed away on January 29, 1913 at 79 years of age.
  James Stonehouse was the eldest son of John and Ann Stonehouse, who emigrated with their respective families to Ontario from York, England, nearly a century ago.
  He was born on what was known as "Coates Settlement" in Reach Twp., into a family of four brother and four sisters. After passing through the public school he attended the old Port Perry Grammar School.
  Having conducted a successful farm and implement agency at Sunderland for a number of years, he travelled west and settled in North Dakota during the 1880s. Here he engaged in bank clerking for several years, before moving to Texas for at time. After becoming severely ill while living in Texas, he returned to Ontario. When he recovered he took a course in dairying at the Ontario Agriculture College Dairy School, and after completing the course, was engaged as an instructor for several years.
  In February 1903 he purchased the Port Perry Creamery, from which he carried on very successful business for many years. He was an acknowledged expert in the production of creamery butter and in 1904 was appointed Butter Instructor at the Kingston Provincial Dairy School. He later expanded his business by purchasing the Blackstock Cheese Factory.
  When Mr. Stonehouse decided to retire in April 1918, he sold the creamery to Allan Goode. Although no longer a businessman, he continued taking an active interest in public affairs. He served on town council for many years and was elected Port Perry Reeve in 1919.
  Mr. Stonehouse died of heart failure while on vacation in North Dakota, in Sept. 1924. No man was more highly respected and few, if any, ever served both church and municipality more faithfully. He was always a champion for his ideals of right and, even though his opponents might disagree with his viewpoint, they could not help admiring the courage and consistency of the man.
  Mr. Stonehouse was a faithful member of the Methodist Church, a member of Port Perry Council and a staunch champion of the temperance cause. He was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert.
 John Stovin was a highly skilled building contractor in the community, and many of the best edifices in the village bear evidence of his superior workmanship. It was he who installed the new metal ceiling in the new Town Hall.
  He frequently held public positions, serving on Port Perry council in the early 1900s, but he strictly attended to his business, which proved a lucrative one. He was a son of toil, active industrious and persevering.
  Mr. Stovin passed away at Port Perry on Friday, May 3, 1918, at 68 years of age. He is survived by two brothers and three sisters, William and Joseph Stovin and Mrs. Wm. Jamieson, Mrs. H. Frise and Mrs. Reuben Bond.
  John Swan was born at Borelia in 1862, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Swan. He was one of a family of seven children, four boys and three girls.
  Mr. Swan lived in Port Perry all his life. At Borelia, the blacksmith shop of his father became the centre of his interest. Later the shop was moved to the vacant building just north of Mr. Peter's pump work, and the family began the making of buggies, cutters and sleighs, under the firm name of Swan's Carriage Works. The business developed well for many years and the present commodious quarters were occupied. But of late years transportation conditions have changed entirely and the business reverted to the old trade of blacksmithing.
  Mr. John Swan was a good workman and an honorable citizen. His interests were centered in his home and his business. He was held in high esteem by his friends and associates as well as the public. Mr. Swan was a member of the Port Perry Band, but apart from that took no part in public life.
  In 1903 he married Miss Clara A Henry, of Scugog, who survived him. They had one little girl, who died in infancy.
  Mr. Swan died on July 23, 1934 and his funeral was largely attended, and interment was made at Pine Grove Cemetery.
 William Tummonds was born near Bath and for years farmed in the township of Reach. He disposed of his farm to his brother and went to Toronto, where he was in business for four years before returning to Port Perry in 1877.
  Mr. Tummonds conducted a grocery, flour and feed store on the south-east corner of Queen and John Streets on a large lot for about 35 years, with a residence connected to the store. His was the only store left standing at the time of the big fire of 1884. Ironically, after escaping destruction by the great fire of 1884, the building was destroyed by fire in December 1933.
  During the early 1900s, he purchased the old fair grounds property, a plot of 30 acres, and operated it as a farm until he sold it to the town for athletic and fair purposes.
  He was a good public citizen, enterprising and public spirited, a staunch Conservative, and member of the Methodist Church. Despite being incapacitated with blindness the last few years of his life, he held a keen interest in public affairs.
  Mr. Wm. Tummonds passed away on Thurs., April 30, 1914 and was laid to rest at Pine Grove Cemetery. He left behind his wife, one son and one daughter, Dr. H. Tummonds, Port Perry and Mrs. D. Horton, Toronto.
Charles Vickery was born between Raglan and Columbus on March 28, 1856, on the farm his grandfather had received as an original grant from the government of Upper Canada in 1800. His father died when he was a boy of 12 years, leaving him as head of a family of six.
  Charles Vickery came to Port Perry about 1870, and during those years proved his sterling worth by his actions. It was a common saying that "Charlie Vickery's word is as good as his bond," and such proved to be the case.
  His actual business career commenced about 45 years ago in the lumber, wood and coal business and he has occupied the same premises ever since that time. In 1914 he was awarded the contract to build a 210 foot pier at the lakefront Port Perry for the government.
  His keenest interest was in his home and business. He was a member of the Sons of England for 50 years, and the Church of Ascension.
  In 1880 he married Emma E. (Warkup), who predeceased him in 1917, and remarried to Mrs. S. Ewers of Markham. He is survived by his widow, three daughters and one son. He tore down his old factory at the corner of Perry and Mary St. in 1914 to built a new home.
  Mr. Vickery passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 29, 1930 and the funeral was held from his late residence and was largely attended. His business was purchased by Fred Reesor of Markham.
 Mr. T.J. Widden is a native of Reach township and came to Port Perry to learn merchandising in a number of local stores. In 1891 he began business for himself in premises at the corner of Queen and Perry St. Although not a large store, the wedged shaped building provided a place for a nice, neat store in which he carried out a square business in the general trade of groceries, crockery, boots and shoes. The store became known as Widden's Corner. In February 1935, he retired after 43 years in business in the town.
  Mr. Widden served on the School board for a number of years and for a times was secretary. He also spent 10 years as one of the auditors of municipal accounts, and was always interest in civic matters and the interest of the citizens of the town. Mr. Widden's lived at the corner of Queen and Bigelow St.
  He was born in 1856, and passed away in Port Perry on Wed., December 29, 1937, in his 81st year. He was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery in Prince Albert.
 Mr. Willard was born in England in 1841 came to Canada when he was a 10 year-old boy, and settled with his family in Columbus. When he reached early manhood, he started a general store in the village of Taunton, where he remained for 15 years, serving as village postmaster for that period.
  When he sold his property at Taunton, he set up shop at Raglan in 1885 where he conducted a store for four years, before he came to Port Perry and built the business block on the south east corner of Queen and Perry, which became known as the Willard Block. Mr. Willard operated out of the store on the west side of the building, while there were two other stores to the east and the market building at the rear along Perry St. Upstairs was the office of Dr. W.A. Sangster, dentist, and location of Port Perry's Public Library.
  The business conducted by Mr. Willard was that of dry goods, boots and shoes, clothing, carpets and furs of all kinds.
  Although interested in the affairs of the town, Mr. Willard never accepted any offers of public life. The Willards lived in their home on Cochrane St. He passed away in 1939 and was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery.
 Mr. Williams is a native of Port Perry, the son of Edward Williams. For many years he conducted a liquor store business in town, selling it to Mr. W.S. Short in 1899.
  In 1897 he purchased the valuable foundry of Paxton, Tate & Company, located on Perry St, near the corner of Paxton. The industry was one of the most valuable in the town, dating back more than 40 years.
  The buildings and yard occupied an area of six acres, with the business office on Perry St. The work area included a machine shop, foundry, pattern room, blacksmith shop and electric light plant. It's main products were turbine water wheels and saw mill machinery. Through his products, the name of Port Perry became known from one end of the country to the other for his fine machines.
  Madison Williams lived in a good home on John St. and served some time on town council. Later he and his wife Mary, who predeceased him in 1915, moved to their new home at Lindsay. He died Dec. 2, 1934, at 78 years of age.
 Joshua Wright was one of the areas most active and influential political leaders a period for more than 30 years, being elected councillor and reeve in both the township of Reach and in Port Perry. On the homefront, he served in the Reach Volunteer Infantry Company as a Captain during the 1860s and was a director of the Prince Albert Public Hall Joint Stock Company.
  Mr. Wright started his municipal career as a councillor in 1859 when he was elected as a councillor for Reach. Then in 1866 he was elected reeve of Reach Twp., a position he filled for three terms, and was honoured in 1869 by being elected Warden of Ontario County. In the early 1870s, he moved to Port Perry, and between 1877 and 1893 was elected as Reeve of Port Perry on seven occasions. During his years as Reeve of Port Perry, Mr. Wright served as a commissioner of the Scugog Bridge and through his efforts convinced the County to complete the bridge as a permanent roadway. He retired from municipal politics at the end of his term in 1893.
  In 1871, Mr. Wright tried his hand at provincial politics, running as a candidate for North Ontario Riding, but was defeated by Charles Paxton.
  Joshua Wright was also a ambitious businessman. He operated a successful boot and shoe store in Prince Albert, and expanded his operation to Manchester in the mid 1860s. He was the first in the village to install a steam powered engine into his tannery business.
  With the shift it trade, he moved his Boot and Shoe Store to Port Perry in 1873, and in 1877 purchased and outfitted the Sexton Mill property for a large new tannery. In September 1880 he expanded his business interests, leasing the Port Perry Grain Elevator and ventured into grain buying. When his lease on the building ran out, Mr. Wright proceeded to build a new grain elevator on his property near the railway station, finally selling out in 1883 to D.C. Downey. In 1891, Mr. Wright returned to the grain business, taking over his building, which had been closed down and refitted it for an elevator and grain facility. Less than a year the entire building and stock was destroyed by fire.
  Mr Wright was born in 1835, and passed away in February 1898 at 63 years of age.
  Wm. E. Yarnold was born in England and when quite young came to Canada with his father. He was educated at the Simcoe County Grammar School and after completing his education was articled as a student to the firm of Rankin & Robinson, Provincial Land Surveyors of Toronto.
  In 1854 he obtained his diploma as a Provincial Land Surveyor and began the practice of his profession in Prince Albert, for almost 30 years, before moving to Port Perry in 1882. He occupied the position of County Surveyor for a number of years, and acted as engineer for about 10 township municipalities. He was entrusted with considerable surveying work by the railways. He became so predominate in his profession that his word was readily accepted as being equal to his bond. His services were in demand in all parts of the Province and his popularity as a professional man was ever on the increase.
  Of his more important local projects, Mr. Yarnold was awarded the contract for constructing 600 feet of permanent roadway at the east end of the Scugog Bridge. In 1882, he was hired to prepare a survey map for the embankment across a section of the Scugog which would later become the Cartwright causeway.
  Mr. Yarnold and his wife were greatly beloved citizens. He was described as being short of stature, slightly built, with pale, calm and highly intellectual countenance, and mild and investigating eyes. The Yarnold's home was located at the corner of Queen and Cochrane St., one of the beautiful spots in town.
  The death of Mr. Yarnold in December 1916, came after falling sick with pneumonia. He was mourned by his wife Celia, and daughter Ella, and the residents of the town he had resided in for more than 60 years. Celia S. (Haight) Yarnold died at Port Perry on Thurs., Feb. 27, 1919 in her 91st year.
 Frank M. Yarnold passed away in Port Perry on Feb. 4, 1901 following a serious ailment. He had retired from business at his office in December due to his illness. He was a highly respected and lifetime resident of Port Perry and Prince Albert.
  Mr. Yarnold was born and raised locally, the son of W.E. Yarnold. He was educated at Port Perry public and high schools, then went on to graduate from law school before returning to his home town to set up practice. Over the years attracted a large clientele, many who became good friends.
  Mr. Yarnold had a long and distinguished career. He was appointed clerk for the village of Port Perry in November 1892, and less than six months later was appointed the corporation's solicitor. In June 1893, he was again honored by being appointed solicitor for the corporation of Reach Township.
  In addition to his professional career, he served as a member of the school board and for several years held the position of chairman. His genial, kind sympathetic nature and uncompromising principles, were so blended as to secure him hosts of friends and respect. He was a devote Christian and an active conservative.
  At the time of his death he left behind his wife, Ella M. Yarnold.
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