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Victoria County, Ontario Canada Biographies -N-O-R-S-
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Norris, G. A. (1824-1886). Physician. Born
Kingston, Ont., son of Rev. J. A. Norris, a Methodist minister.
Studied at Victoria Univ., and in London (Eng.) and Paris (France).
The first Canadian to pass the Royal College of Physicians. Settled
in Omemee. Reeve for many years. Conservative. Methodist. Twice
married. Five children.
O'Leary, Jeremiah (1802-1894). Born Cork
co., Ireland. 1830, came to Canada. Taught school in Clarke tp.
1836, married Sarah Loughlin. Eleven children. 1850, removed to
Lindsay. Clerk of Ops, 1850-92.
Ray, Angus (1806-1884). Born Islay,
Scotland. Migrated first to North Carolina and then to Eldon,
settling near Lorneville about 1833. School teacher, postmaster,
township clerk, farmer. Presbyterian.
Read, John L. (1830-1918). Founded store in Bobcaygeon 1858.
Several times reeve. Thrice married. Two sons. Conservative.
Reazin, Henry (1831-1902). Born in Pickering township.
Educated Toronto Normal and Toronto Univ. Taught at Whitby, Manilla
and Lindsay. 1870-1902, Inspector of Public Schools for West
Victoria. Twice married. Seven children. Quaker. Conservative.
Reazin, Samuel (1829-1907). Brother of H. R. 1850, married
Eliza Mills. Two sons, three daughters. Settled in Fenelon. Several
times reeve. Justice of the Peace. Lumber and grain business. For 20
years foreman of the Sylvester Works, Lindsay.
Russell, William (1831-1883.) Born Kilkenny, Ireland.
Treasurer of Ops. Twice warden of Victoria. Married Caroline
Dickinson of Emily. Conservative. Unsuccessful opponent of Hon. S.
C. Wood in South Victoria in 1879.
Seton, Ernest Thompson (1860). Born South
Shields, Eng. 1865, brought to Ops township. Attended log public
school at Farrell's Corners (east of Lindsay) and the Lindsay
Grammar School. Later became naturalist to the Manitoba government.
1898, published "Wild Animals I Have Known." A score of subsequent
publications on natural history. Associate member R.C.A.A.
Sherwood, William Albert (1855-1919). Born Omemee. Educated
local Grammar School. Became prominent Canadian artist. Many
Canadian genre pictures and many portraits. Lectures and magazine
articles. Associate Royal Canadian Academy. Member Ontario Society
Silverwood, Albert E. (1876). Born Oakwood. Educ. Oakwood P.
S. and Lindsay C. I. 1901, married Eva M. Ferris, of Lindsay. One
son, one daughter. President and Managing Director of Silverwoods
Ltd., London, Ont., dealers in cold storage products and rifts of
ice cream and butter.
Smale, Frederick J. (1871-1908). Scientist, business man.
Born in Ops, son of Isaac Smale. Educ. Lindsay Collegiate Institute
and Toronto University. 1892, while in final year at Varsity, won
1150 scholarship with thesis on Phosphines. 1895, degree of Ph. D.
from Leipsic University, Germany, after three years of post graduate
study. Appointed lecturer in chemistry at Toronto University. 1900,
entered Wm. Davies Co., Toronto, where he became Assistant General
Smale, Newton (1868). Brother of F. J. S. Liberal.
Unsuccessful opponent of S. J. Fox in provincial election of 1902.
Assistant Manager, Victoria Loan and Savings Co.
Spratt, Michael J. (1854). Roman Catholic Archbishop. Born in
Lindsay. Educ. Lindsay Sep. School, St. Michael's College, and Grand
Seminary, Montreal. Priest at Toledo, Elgin, Trenton, and
Belleville. 1911, made Archbishop of Kingston.
Stafford, Rev. Michael (1832-1882). Roman Catholic priest and
apostle of temperance. Born Drummond township Educ. Theresa College,
Montreal, and Regiopolis College, Kingston. 1859, ordained priest.
1868-1882, resident priest at Lindsay. His ceaseless fight against
the universal drunkenness which debauched and impoverished the
countryside is due more credit than any other single factor for the
present prosperity of the county.
Staples, Daniel (1837-1885). Born Cornwall, Eng. 1859, came
to Canada. 1863, settled in Laxton township. Township clerk for 18
Staples, Joseph (1826-1878). Born Cavan township. 1862,
settled in Bexley. Reeve from the very first. Warden of Victoria for
2 periods of 3 successive years (1866-68 and 1870-72). 1867,
unsuccessful Conservative opponent of A. P. Cockburn in Ont.
election., 1872, defeated John Morrison, late member, in the
Dominion election. Did not run again in 1874. Married Miss Peel, of
Bexley. Died of consumption.
Stewart, Thomas (18564918). Lawyer. Born Ormestown, P. Q.
1859, brought to Lindsay. 1877, admitted to the bar and began
practice in Lindsay. Married Lillian Greig, of Oshawa. Two sons, one
daughter. Liberal In 1905 and 1908, unsuccessful opponent of S. J.
Fox in provincial elections. Presbyterian elder. Over 30 years a
member of Lindsay Board of Education, and Chairman of Board
Sylvester, Robert H. (1847-1914). Born Inniskillen, Out.
1873, married Miss M. J. Clemens of Darlington township. One son,
three daughters. In early eighties, began large factory of
agricultural implements in Lindsay in partnership with his brother
Richard. Took part in Fenian Raid campaign, 1866. 1903-13,
Lieut-colonel in command of 45th Regiment. Conservative. Anglican.
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