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James Kersell Cranston 

James Kersell Cranston

Male 1855 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Birth  1855  Cedar Creek, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Business  Cranston Novelty Advertising Co 
    Cranston Novelty Advertising Co
    Cranston Novelty Advertising Co
    Elected Office  Galt - councillor 
    Name  J. K. Cranston 
    Religion  1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    United Presbyterian 
    Religion  1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    C. Presb. 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-39564 
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Buried  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I39564  Generations
    Last Modified  29 Aug 2017 

    Father  Alexander Cranston,   b. 1821, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Mary Ann Dickie,   b. 1823, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F176435  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • James Kersell Cranston, educated at Dickie Settlement School and apprenticed in a book store in Port Hope. He came to Galt when he purchased Youman's book store which he operated for 15 years. He sold his business in 1905 to Thomas Ballantyne and moved to Toronto where he operated the Cranston Novelty Advertising Co. It is reported that he introduced the first phonograph and safety bicyle in Galt. He served on Galt council.1a

      1aCambridge Mosiac, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

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      The Books you get from J.K. Cranston,
      Are good enough for any mansion;
      If once you buy at this cheap store,
      You'll soon be back to get some more.

      It is the place to get the Toys,
      That will just suit the little boys;
      And blue-eyed Dolls with lovely curls,
      That will delight the little girls.

      There's Toys and buggies for the babies,
      And fancy things to please the ladies,
      Such as Albums, Vases and Dressing Cases,
      In which they can see their pretty faces.

      Young gents', it is the place to buy,
      Things to please our girls, O my!
      The ladies can get a game of crouet,
      And a nice fine book with which to crochet.

      Papa and mama when you go shopping,
      Just stop and buy for the Christmas stocking,
      Balls, Marbles, and Horns, Mouth Organs and Whistles,
      Work Boxes and Puzzles and little dishes.

      There's such nice Bibles for dear grandpa.
      And Sacred Hymns for our grandma;
      The Bible is the only book that God has given,
      To guide us on our way to heaven.

      Come ere and buy, come one, come all,
      There's something nice for great and small;
      The things they sell are very cheap,
      Which when you get you'll have a treat.

      Advertisement for James K. Cranston of Galt
      poem composed by a 13-year-old schoolgirl Galt Summer Carnival, June 12th and 13th, 1890.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1778] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1861, Div 10 Page 79.

    2. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 14.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1855 - Cedar Creek, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - United Presbyterian - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presb. - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., 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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