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Henry Main
Male 1834 - 1888


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  • Birth  1834  Beverly Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Livery Stable Prop. 
    Religion  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    C. Presbyterian 
    Occupation  1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Livery Keeper 
    Crime  8 Feb 1888  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    murdered 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-102112 
    Died  8 Feb 1888  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: murdered 
    Buried  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I102112  Generations
    Last Modified  10 Jul 2017 

    Family  Margaret Lowell,   b. 20 Oct 1849, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Harriet A. Main,   b. 1869, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Mary Ida Main,   b. Mar 1871, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Florence Helen Main,   b. 15 Jun 1873, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Harriett A. Main,   b. 26 Apr 1877, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Gladstone Main,   b. 27 Sep 1885, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Frances Leory Main,   b. 22 Jul 1888, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F26207  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Main & Gerimger, brokers and liverymen. Both gentlemen wore born in Galt, and own several houses and lots in the town, besides some 62 ½ acres of land in the Township of North Dumfries.1a

      1aIllustrated Atlas of the County of Waterloo, H. Parsel & Co., Toronto - 1881

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      Henry Main was born in Beverly Township in 1834 and from a young age was raised by his uncle, Wilder Babcock. His first job was as a traveler for Mr. Pattinson, Confectioner, of Hamilton. In about 1859 or 1860 Mr. Main moved to Galt where he entered the livery business in association with William Scrimger. He remained in this business until about 1884 when he opened a private bank and broker's office in Galt. It was in this office that he was murdered by John Currie of Puslinch Township. Mr. Currie had previously borrowed money from Mr. Main. When Mr. Currie could not repay, Mr. Main sued and Mr. Currie was forced to sell some already heavily mortgaged property to meet his financial obligations. A short time before the murder, Mr. Currie once again approached Mr. Main for a small loan. Mr. Main refused. Mr. Currie later returned to Mr. Main's office on February 8, 1888 and shot him in the head at close range. He then left the office and walked down the street to the stable of the Galt House Hotel where he shot himself in the head, dying instantly. Mr. Main is buried in Mount View Cemetery.2a

      2aCambridge Mosaic, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge

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      Murder and Suicide
      GALT, Ont., February 8th - A murder and suicide occurred here today, the victims being Henry Main, a private banker, and a man named John Currie. There had been some business transactions, out of which arose a dispute. This morning Currie purchased a revolver, saying that he was going to Detroit. He then went around town and bid his friends good-bye, and afterwards went to Main's office, and without a word he shot Main, who was sitting at his desk with his back to the door. When found a few minutes later he was lying on his face in a pool of blood, dead. Currie then walked across the road to a shed in the rear of the Galt Hotel, and put a bullet through his head.2a

      2aDaily Alta California, Volume 42, Number 14041, 9 February 1888

  • Sources 
    1. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 1 Page 96.

    2. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 57.

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1834 - Beverly Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Livery Stable Prop. - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presbyterian - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Livery Keeper - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCrime - murdered - 8 Feb 1888 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: murdered - 8 Feb 1888 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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