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Lois May Bennett
Female 1901 - 1933


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  • Birth  12 Aug 1901  Westmeath, Renfrew Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Misfortune  1933  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    died as a result of illegal abortion 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-126496 
    Died  1 Nov 1933  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I126496  Generations
    Last Modified  15 Mar 2017 

  • Notes 
    • Kitchener's reputable Mayfair Hotel had a scandalous secret

      KITCHENER - It was just past noon when William Ter Marsch heard a knock at his hotel room door. It was the police. They'd heard about the strange operations he'd been performing, and now there would be questions.
      Officers pushed their way inside and found an assortment of tools needed for Ter Marsh's secret work - bottles of glycerin, mysterious vials, droppers, syringes and needles.
      It was Nov. 1, 1933. More than three and a half decades before abortions were legal in Ontario, Kitchener's now-demolished Mayfair Hotel was known as a place where women "in trouble" could find a solution to their "problem."
      And Ter Marsch was the unlikely man to offer his help, for a fee.
      An accountant with no formal medical training, he'd stumbled on a lucrative, and illegal, side business in the middle of the Great Depression. As a former book keeper to A. E. Dunlop, Ontario's provincial treasurer, he was well-connected, impeccably dressed, and trusted by the women who came to him.
      Then it all fell apart.
      A young woman, Lois Hughes, had died at St. Mary's General Hospital. She was victim of what the coroner called septicemia, or blood poisoning, from a botched abortion. The evidence pointed straight at Ter Marsh.
      On her death bed, Hughes told her story, and detectives were dispatched to the Mayfair Hotel looking for Ter Marsh. The details of Hughes' tragic end would be repeated in court and in the pages of The Record over the following months...1a

      1aWaterloo Region Record 22 Aug 2015

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    1. [S602] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - The Waterloo Region Record (March 2008- ), Kitchener's reputable Mayfair Hotel had a scandalous secret - 22 Aug 2015.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 12 Aug 1901 - Westmeath, Renfrew Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - died as a result of illegal abortion - 1933 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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