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HE LATE MYERS DAVISON, a prominent official in the Methodist
M.D., M.R.C.P.S., Florence, Ont., Church. In politics he was a Conserwas born September 16th, 1839, in vative, and president of his county Newburg, Addington county. His pa- association, an able reasoner and an elorents were John M. and Jane (Swan- quent debater, he also wrote many zy) Davison. Dr. Davison graduated articles on medicine and other subjects. with honors at Queen's College, King. He was a member of the Masonic ston, practiced a few months in Dresden, Fraternity, and of the I.O.G.T. He Ont., and then located in Florence, died on February ioth, 1891, and hunwhere for over a quarter of a century he dreds mourned his death. In 1870, was the corner stone of the social fabric. Dr. Davison married Miss Eleanor F. “His genial and friendly spirit,” says an Williams, daughter of James Williams intimate contemporary, "and his sound Esq., of Culloden, Ont. They have a judgment, made him a leader.” For family of four children, viz: Alberta years he was reeve of Euphemia, sec- Florence, who died in 1891, Dora G., retary-treasurer of his school board, and Horace W., and John R.
ford, Ont., in the year 1880, remaining there about two years, then went to Hamilton and completed his apprenticeship. In the year 1884, he entered the Ontario College of Pharmacy, Toronto, graduating with honors the same year. He then became dispensing clerk in A. H. Joseph's drug store, Windsor, Ont. In 1885, he entered the employ of the firm of J. Winer & Co., wholesale druggists, Hamilton, Ont., as a manufacturing chemist. In 1889, he removed to Brussels, and engaged in the drug and stationery business on his own account, and has succeeded in developing a growing and successful business. He is the Brussels' agent for the Bell Telephone Company, and also ticket agent for the C. P. R. He is also examiner on materia medica at the Ontario College of Pharmacy, Toronto. He
is a member of the MeCAMES TOLBERT PEPPER, thodist Church, also trustee and secre
pharmaceutical chemist, Brus- tary of the Trustee Board, a member
sels, Ont., was born February of the Quarterly Board and teacher in 10th, 1861, in the village of Carlisle, the Sunday School. He is also an Wentworth county, Ont. His parents active member of the Masonic Fraterwere William and Esther Catharine nity, a member of the Scottish Rite, (Markle) Pepper, who were both born and a past master of St. John's Lodge, in Wentworth county. They had three No. 284, G.R.C., A.F. and A.M. He sons only, the subject of this sketch is also a member of the I.O.F. and being the eldest, the second William is court deputy high chief ranger of Wesley, and the third Edinond Mit- his court. In politics, Mr. Pepper is a chell. James Tolbert was educated in Conservative, but takes no active part. the common schools of his county and He was married Sept. 2nd, 1885, to at the High School, Waterdown, Ont. Miss Sada, third daughter of Joseph and He was apprenticed to the drug busi- Elizabeth Gordon, of Simcoe county, O. ness, with Blackader & Mills, Brant. They have one son and one daughter.
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FRANK SAMUEL · TROUGHT SMITH,
Petrolia, Ont., general manager of the Petrolia Advertiser, was born in Lincolnshire, England, April 30th, 1857. He is a son of Clitherow and Mary (Overton) Smith. He obtained his elementary education at a public school, and finished under private tutors. He was then articled to one of the principal appraisers and auctioneers in Leeds, Yorkshire, and at the early age of eighteen, became manager for Hutton & Sons, a prominent firm in the same town. He came to Canada in 1876, but returned to England in two years, at the urgent request of Hutton & Sons, who offered him a large salary to resume the management of their business. He returned to Canada in 1880, and again returned to England to enter partnership with his brother, T. O. Smith, at Bournemouth, as real estate and fine art auctioneers. Mr. Smith noted Grossbaum collection exhibited has made the fine arts a favorite study. at the last Paris Exhibition, which was His brother died in 1883, when he took removed to Brighton, England, cataloHugh Keene in his place. Having gued and sold by Mr. Smith. Amongst dissolved partnership in 1885, he took his patrons were many of the aristothe management of the famous Gros- cracy of the first rank from whom he venor Art Gallery of Birmingham. In received many complimentary auto1886, B. Grossbaum of Vienna, the graph letters. He returned to Canada well-known collector and exhibitor, re- for permanent residence in 1890, since cognizing his unusual ability as a fine which time he has been business manart expert auctioneer, made him a bril- ager of the Petrolia Advertiser, the liant offer, which was accepted, and he leading oil journal of Canada, establishsold for him under the hammer, some ed in 1865. In politics, he is a strong of the finest collections of art porce- Conservative, and he is a member of lains and miniatures ever submitted to the Church of England. Mr. Smith is public competition. This included the a gentleman of marked personality.
LEXANDER MCVEAN, retired late Sir John A. Macdonald, and the A manufacturer, Dresden, Ont., late Sir Alex. Campbell. In 1851, he
lo was born at Weston, Ont., in married Miss Sarah Hennery, daughter 1829. His father was John McVean, of James Hennery, Esq., of Kingston, whose great-grand-father, Alexander Ont., formerly of Armagh, Ireland. Macdonald, was an officer under "Bon- His family consists of five sons and nie Prince Charlie,” his personal and one daughter. The sons continue their intimate friend. His infant son, was to several enterprises as above stated, and have been called Charles Stuart Mac- their splendid success is only what donald, but the officer fell at Culloden, could be expected, from their early and the child was given his father's training. To do business with them, name, Alexander. The McVean's, who as with their father before them, is to came from Scotland early in this cent- become their friend. The McVean name ury, were the first white settlers in the is a synonym for fair dealing and integGore of Toronto. Mr. McVean's father rity, their business extending from was a farmer, who died in 1859. The Newfoundland to British Columbia. subject of our sketch received a public school education in Le Roy, N. Y., then learned the milling trade, which occupation he followed until 1875, chiefly at Yarker, Ont. In 1874, he and Hugh Currie, bought the Dresden Hub, Spoke and Bending Factory, and in 1877, Mr. McVean, became sole proprietor. In 1877, pressure of increasing business demanded all his time, and he gave the flouring mills to his son Sandy. In 1882, he started his sons John and James in the hardware business in Dresden, and in 1890, he handed over his factory to his sons, Osgood and William, and now, in his declining years, he is taking life easy and enjoys the fullest confidence and respect of his fellow men. In religion, Mr. McVean is a Presbyterian, a Conservative in politics, and a member of the A.F. and A.M. He was a warm and personal friend of the
NDREW DENHOLM, editor and bered by his former patrons. In JanA proprietor of The Blenheim News, uary, 1886, he started the Oxford
o Blenheim, Ont., was born in Standard in Woodstock, in May it London, December 30th, 1856. His became a daily, the first established in father is a native of East Lothian, and Woodstock. This paper did much to his mother Jessie Campbell, came from advance the interests of the town, durCaithnesshire, Scotland. After a pub- ing its rapid growth. In 1888, he lic school course, Mr. Denholm spent purchased the News in Blenheim, Kent short terms at the London and Bay county. For many years previous to City, Mich., High schools, and subse- its passing into the hands of Mr. Denquently entered the London Advertiser holm, it had not succeeded, but his exoffice, in 1873, where he remained perience and energy at once made it seven years. After two seasons in the prosperous and popular. Mr. Denholm coal business, he purchased the Kin- is a thoroughly typical Canadian, poscardine Standard, which he managed sessed of talent, energy and business with success, and is still well remem- capacity. A liberal support is given to
the News by the people of the town. He was president of the London Typographical Union, in 1879, was on the Kincardine School Board for 1883 to 1885, and is a member of the I.O.O.F. and R.T. of T. societies. He has been chief ranger in the C.O.F., and has also taken an active part in the work of his Church (Presbyterian), being manager of the church finances for many years. He is now an elder and was the lay representative of Chatham Pres. bytery, to the General Assembly in Montreal, in 1892. Mr. Denholin's sterling qualities have done much to elevate public sentiment. He was married, in 1879, to Miss Martha J. McCoy, whose parents were children of the early North of Ireland settlers in Simcoe connty. She died in 1890, and our subject was again married in 1892, to Tena, third daughter of Alex. McDonald, Esq., of Stratford, Ont.