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Biography of Rev. William Cochrane, D.D.

William Cochrane, pastor of Zion Presbyterian Church, Brantford, dates his birth in Paisley, Scotland, February 9, 1832, his parents being William and Mary (McMillan) Cochrane. The family is from Ayrshire, and descended from Thomas Cochrane, of the Dundonald branch, afterwards Earl of Dundonald or Lord Cochrane. The mother of our subject was from the Island of Arran, Scotland. He attended the parish schools of his native town until twelve years old, when he was placed in a bookstore, where he remained between ten and eleven years. So great was his thirst for knowledge during the latter part of that period, that he gave all his leisure time to study, taking up the classics, and going from Paisley to Glasgow University to recite, starting at 5 o’clock in the morning. When Mr. Cochrane was in his 23rd year, two gentlemen in Cincinnati, Ohio, of the name of Brown, hearing of the efforts which he was making to secure an education, wrote to him and offered to aid him, if he would come to the United States. With a glad and grateful heart, he complied with their request; entered the classes of Hanover College, Indiana, and was graduated B.A. in 1857. He immediately entered the Princeton (N. J.) Theological Seminary; pursued his studies there for two years under Rev. Dr. Hodge, Alexander, and other very able instructors; was licensed by the...

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Biography of John Stevenson

One of the older class of residents in the County of Lennox, and one of its most prominent citizens, he having been Speaker of the Provincial Parliament, is John Stevenson, who’s born in the State of New Jersey, August 12, 1812. His parents were Edward and Mary (Large) Stevenson, members of the agricultural community, and both of Quaker descent, his mother dying in the faith of that religious sect. The Stevensons were English, and first settled in Pennsylvania, soon after William Penn went there, the pioneer settler being Surveyor-in-Chief of the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One branch of the family went to New Jersey, and some of its members to Virginia. Andrew Stevenson of that State, once Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and at another time Minister to the Court of St. James, being remotely related to the subject of this sketch. The New Jersey branch of this family, as well as those in Pennsylvania, were staunch Quakers. Edward Stevenson moved from New Jersey to Northern New York, when the son was quite young, and a little later to Canada, settling at first in the County of Leeds. Our subject received his education mainly at Brockville, where he was a schoolmate of Hon. William B. Richards, late Chief Justice of the Dominion of Canada, and afterwards taught a district school one short year, east...

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Biography of Rev. John S. Clarke

John Stokes Clarke, Pastor of the Canada Methodist Church, Oshawa, and son of John and Rose (Stokes) Clarke, was born in the town of Clones, in the north of Ireland, February 8, 1833. His father was a merchant and Clerk of the Peace, the ancestors leaving England about the time of William III., the family holding various civic and important positions in the County of Monaghan, Ireland. Our subject received his literary education in the old country, his tutor being the Rev. William White, a Presbyterian Minister. In his seventeenth year he came to Canada West; studied Theology in the Methodist School at Toronto; entered on the ministry in 1834, and has since been pastor at Barrie, London, Bradford, Napanee, Grimsby, Thorold, Whitby and Oshawa, three full years at each place. At most of these villages his preaching has been attended with large ingatherings, between 200 and 300 members having been added to the Oshawa Church since he located here in 1877. As a preacher Mr. Clarke is earnest and practical; he does not abound in figures and illustrations, but uses both with good taste and judgment. As a platform speaker he is easy and forcible, and is an effective advocate of all moral reforms. As a pastor he is very faithful in his duties, especially to the sick and distressed. Preaching has been the main work of Mr....

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Biography o fHon. W. J. Christie

We first saw “Edgar Place,” the residence of Hon. W. J. Christie, in the month of March, 1879. Deep snow still covered the ground, and the trees, with the exception of ever greens, were destitute of leaves; but it hardly required a poet’s eye, “in a fine frenzy rolling,” to picture the beauties of the spot, when clothed in all the pomp of mid summer. An artist had just been there, sketching “Edgar Place” and other beautiful points of scenery with which Brockville abounds, and the Canadian Illustrated News of May 17, 1879, contained views of “Villas at River’s Cliff” (Brockville), “Edgar Place,” a portrait of Mr. Christie, and a sketch of his life. Most of the sketch we reproduce, it being a good picture of his experience in “roughing it” in hyperborean regions, he being long connected with the Hudson Bay Company, and perfectly familiar with the vast country composing the ” great North West.” “The father of our subject entered the Hudson Bay Company’s service in 1809, and rose rapidly, being a Chief Factor in 1821, when the Hudson Bay and Northwest Companies amalgamated. He was subsequently in charge of York Factory, Moose and Fort Garry, and for many years Governor of the Assiniboine District, now Manitoba. He retired in 1849 and died in his native country, Scotland, aged eighty-nine, leaving a reputation and name honored to...

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Biography of John McCleod

The subject of this sketch is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was born on the 13th of September, 1816. His father, John MacLeod, senior, was a type founder, and foreman for years of the only foundry of that class in the City of Edinburgh. The family were from the Highlands. The mother of our subject, before her marriage, was Ann Gordon. He was educated in part in the common schools of Edinburgh and Inverness; in 1832 came to Nova Scotia, finished his literary studies at Pictou, and there read law; went to New York city, having the legal profession in view, but changed his mind, and after clerking a while in a dry goods store, came to Detroit, and was in the mercantile trade in that city until 1838, when he settled in Amherstburg. Here, for thirty years, Mr. MacLeod was engaged in the mercantile trade, and in building steamboats and sail vessels, being the leading business man in the place. He built the first vessel that ever sailed from Chicago to Liverpool. It is not unlikely that in a business sense, Mr. MacLeod erred on virtue’s side was too diligent, for ten or eleven years ago his health began to fail, and his physician said he must retire. He did so. In 1857 he was elected to the Canadian parliament, representing Essex, and serving the full term...

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Biography of James Stratton

James Stratton, Collector of Customs at Peterborough, and for years a prominent journalist, is a native of the County of Armagh, Ireland, dating his birth May 22, 1830. His parents were Robert and Mary (McElwain) Stratton; his paternal ancestors were originally from Cornwall, England; his mother was a native of Scotland. Robert Stratton was a linen merchant, the calling of the family for at least two or three generations farther back. Our subject was educated principally in the public schools of his native county, and in the County of Durham, Canada West; he coming to this country when only fifteen years of age. At eighteen he commenced teaching a public school in the Township of Clarke, and followed that profession for seventeen years. In December, 1860, Mr. Stratton settled in Peterborough; shortly afterwards purchased the Peterborough Examiner, and conducted it for thirteen years, making it a strong advocate of the principles of the Reform party. In 1874 he was the nominee of his party for the Local Parliament, and was defeated by Dr. John O’Sullivan, by a small majority, the Conservatives previously having large majorities in the East Riding of Peterborough. Dr. O’Sullivan was unseated for violations of the Election Acts of the Province; but for political purposes Mr. Stratton did not again allow himself to be put in nomination. In 1876, Mr. Stratton was appointed Collector of Customs,...

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Biography of James McMahon, M.D. M.P.P.

James McMahon, member of the Ontario Legislature, is a native of Dundas, being born here July 1, 1830. His father Hugh McMahon, many years a Provincial Surveyor, was from the County of Cavan, north of Ireland; and his mother, whose maiden name was Ann McGovern, was also from that county. James was educated by his father, who was a classical scholar; at fifteen years of age commenced to study medicine with Dr. James Mitchell, of Dundas; attended lectures in the medical department of the University of Toronto; became a Licentiate of the Medical Board of Upper Canada, and received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the medical department of Victoria College. Dr. McMahon commenced the practice of his profession at Ayr, County of Waterloo, in 1850; two years later he returned to Dundas, and formed a partnership with his preceptor, which connection was dissolved by the death of Dr. Mitchell, by cholera, in the summer of 1854. Since that date Dr. McMahon has been alone. He has always been in general practice; has usually had a good rim of business, and has been quite successful, standing high in the profession. He has made the science of medicine his constant study and is a progressive man. Dr. McMahon, though a busy man in his calling, has rendered, at times, important service in the municipality of the town. He was...

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Biography of John Birrell

John Birrell, a successful merchant, doing a business in London for about thirty five years, and dying on the 15th of February, 1875, was a native of Lerwick, a town on the Shetland Islands, and was born April 12, 1814. His father was a Collector of Customs at Oban, Scotland. He received a good business education; spent some years as a merchant’s clerk in Glasgow, and about 1837 came to Canada, halting a short time in a store at Montreal, and then pushing west as far as Hamilton. There he clerked two or three seasons for Isaac Buchanan, and Young, Law and Co., and in 1840 settled in London. He was a partner of Mr. Angus, the firm name being Birrell and Angus, until 1843, when he was alone in the dry goods business for about two years. Subsequently he formed a partnership with Adam Hope, who had removed hither from St. Thomas, a third person joining them, and the firm of Hope, Birrell and Co., did business for five or six years. Mr. Birrell then opened, on Dundas street, a retail store, which was eventually merged into a wholesale house, on the south side of North, now Carling street. He was there burned out in 1863, and removed across the street to the large Craig building, which he soon purchased and where he traded until his demise. He...

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Biography of James Cattermole, M.D.

One of the most experienced and skilful physicians and surgeons in the County of Middle-sex, Ontario, is James Cattermole, who has been in practice forty seven years. He is a native of Suffolk, England, son of James Cattermole, senior, and was horn October 13, 1807. His father was a farmer and belonged to a family of agriculturists, and landed proprietors of the County of Suffolk, whose record is traced back to the reign of “Good Queen Bess” or beyond. At thirteen years of age our subject left home for London; received a fair literary education; at sixteen was apprenticed to a surgeon; was educated for his profession at Guy’s Hospital, and Grangers School; passed a medical examination in 1830; came out to Quebec in 1832, as surgeon of an emigrant ship; passed the medical board at Toronto; practised three years at Guelph; then returned to England, and was for fifteen years at Surreyside in the suburbs of London, having a large and successful practice. In 1850 Dr. Cattermole again crossed the ocean, this time to the United States, going as far west as the Mississippi river; locating on its western shore at Fort Madison, Iowa. There he spent five years in the practice of his profession. The country was new, and not having good health he determined to try Canada once more. Before leaving he obtained the degree of...

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Biography of John S. Larke

John Short Larke, editor and proprietor of The Oshawa Vindicator, an old and strong Conservative paper, is a native of Lancelles, Cornwall, dating his birth May 28, 1840. His ancestors, who belonged to the yeomanry of that part of England, were originally from Scotland, his parents being Charles and Grace (Yeo) Larke. When he was four years old the family emigrated to Canada West, settling near Oshawa, his father farming awhile, and then becoming a miller, being now still alive. The mother of John died in 1878, while on a visit to England. After passing through the grammar school of Oshawa, our subject took an undergraduate course at Victoria College, Cobourg; subsequently was in the Bowmanville Post office a short time; was then relieving agent on the Grand Trunk Railway, and afterwards taught three years, the last year in the Oshawa High School. In June, 1865, Mr. Larke purchased the interest of William H. Orr in the Vindicator, and in October, 1878, the interest of Samuel Luke, being since that date, its sole proprietor and conductor. It is an eight column folio, neatly printed, and edited with marked ability, being an excellent country journal, a powerful exponent of the tenets of the Conservative party, and the oldest paper in the County of Ontario, being in its 24th volume. During a heated, political canvass, Mr. Larke is usually called upon...

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Biography of Alexander Scott

Alexander Forsyth Scott, Judge of the County of Peel, is a native of this county, and is living on the same lot on which he was born, July 1, 1828. His father, John Scott, was a manufacturer in Scotland, coming to Canada about 1817, living for a few years in the Township of Dumfries, near where Galt now stands, and then settled on land in that part of the Township of Chinguacousy where Brampton has since risen, here farming until his demise in 1853, The mother of our subject was Mary nee Lynch, a native of Vermont. She was the mother of nine children, of whom Alexander was the eldest, and seven of whom lived to grow up. Judge Scott was educated mainly by private tuition, the schools in this part of the country being a low grade forty years ago; developed his habits of industry and his muscle on his father’s farm in his youth; studied law in Toronto with Clarke Gamble, Q. C.; was admitted as an Attorney in 1856; commenced practicing at Brampton in 1857, and was called to the Bar at Easter term in 1858; practiced for ten years, and during three of these years served as Reeve of the Village of Brampton; was appointed County Judge, January 1, 1867. He is a man of calm, judicial temperament, with broad, comprehensive views of legal principles,...

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Biography of William Cane

William Cane, son of Samuel and Nancy (Martin) Cane, dates his birth at Albany, N. Y., October 8, 1823. His father, who was a boot and shoe merchant, was of Irish descent. When the son was ten or eleven years old, the family moved to Upper Canada, and settled in the township of Cavan, fifteen miles from Port Hope, both parents dying three or four years afterwards. Our subject received a very ordinary country school education; finished by private study, and early learned the wood working business turning, carpentering, &c., having a taste and natural aptitude for the mechanic arts. He worked at his trade at Mariposa, Lindsay, and in one or two other towns, and in 1840, located near Queensville, in the township of East Gwillimbury, seven miles from Newmarket, where he had shops for the manufacture of pumps and all kinds of turning work, running also a saw mill during the last sixteen years that he was in that township. While there he held the several offices of Justice of the Peace, deputy-reeve, reeve, and warden, and for fourteen consecutive years was a School Trustee, being, in fact, then and now a leading man in North York. In 1874, Mr. Cane settled in Newmarket, where he is engaged, with four of his sons, in the manufacture of timber and dressed lumber, including flooring, siding, dressed stock, wainscoting,...

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Biography of Patrick Whelihan

Patrick Whelihan, Registrar of the South Riding of the County of Perth, was born in the County of Tipperary, Ireland, April 23, 1832. His father, James Whelihan, a farmer and land agent, died when the son was two years old, leaving the widowed mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth D’Arcy, with a family of eleven children, of whom he was the tenth child. He was brought up on a farm until sixteen years old, receiving, meanwhile, a national school education. In 1848 the family came to America, landing at New Orleans, La., where the mother and an older brother caught the yellow fever, dying at Cincinnati, Ohio. This was a trying period in the life of young Whelihan, The great calamity nearly exhausted his means, and he found himself, at sixteen years of age, with small means and a younger sister on his hands to educate. Afflicted, but not disheartened, he pushed forward as far northward as London, Ontario; soon afterwards returned to Ohio, made an engagement to work for an English railway firm, Chamberlain, World and Walker, and had charge of a supply store while they were building railroads in Ohio and Pennsylvania. While thus laboring, he purchased and paid for 200 acres of land near the village of Lucan, in the Huron district, Ontario, and on which his brother now resides. In 1851 Mr. Whelihan went to...

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Biography of Hon. William H. Brouse, M. S., M. D.

Hon. William H. Brouse, Senator from South Grenville, is a descendant of one of the United Empire Loyalists that settled on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence river, immediately after the American revolution, his parents being Col. Jacob Brouse, a farmer, and Nancy Parlow, his wife, the latter being also a descendant of a loyalist family. He was born at Matilda, Dundas, Ont., June 15, 1825; received his literary education at Victoria College, Cobourg, where he took his degree of M.A. in 1849; studied medicine with the Bon. John Rolph, M.D., LL.D., of Toronto; graduated at McGill College, Montreal, obtaining the degree of M.D., in 1847; had charge that year, under the Canadian Government, of three hundred cases of emigrant fever at Port Iroquois, Matilda, and in 1848 removed to Prescott, where he has been in the practice of his profession more than thirty years. He is well known on either side of the St. Lawrence; has had an extensive practice for many years, and occupies a high position among the medical profession. Dr. Brouse is the chief medical officer of the Toronto Life Assurance and Tontine Company; surgeon of the 56th battalion of volunteer infantry; Director of the Prescott and Brockville macadamized road, and of the Ottawa Agricultural Society, and is a member of the Senate of Victoria College. He was appointed a member of the Medical...

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Biography of Lieut. Col. William D. Pollard

William Darley Pollard, the leading barrister at Meaford, is a native of Manchester, England, dating his birth January 26, 1827. His parents were William and Jane (Blair) Pollard, his mother being a descendant of the Macdonalds of Glencoe, Scotland. Our subject received a good English and classical education, including Hebrew, as well as Latin and Greek; studied law in his native city; became an Attorney and Solicitor, and Master Extraordinary in Chancery, and before leaving the Old World was for years in the King’s Bench Walk, Temple, London. In the winter of 1855-56 Mr. Pollard came to Canada West; and being the patentee of the Shale Oil Works, in the Township of Collingwood, he spent three years operating there. Meantime, on arriving in this country, he had been admitted to practice his profession, and was for awhile of the firm of Moberly and Pollard, then of the firm of Pollard and Gamon, Collingwood. In 1862 Mr. Pollard removed to his present home; was called to the Bar a few years ago, and is a prominent barrister in this part of Ontario, having a practice in the several Courts, second to that of no other barrister in the County of Grey. He is of the firm of Pollard and Evans, his partner being Robert T. Evans. They have a highly remunerative practice. In 1875, when Meaford became an incorporated town,...

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