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Mayor Hugh Cant 

Mayor Hugh Cant

Male 1833 - 1917

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  • Prefix  Mayor 
    Birth  18 May 1833  Calcairn Mills, Rosshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender  Male 
    Business  Gore Fire Insurance, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gore Fire Insurance Co. 
    • THE GORE FIRE INSURANCE CO.

      Among the many institutions of which Galt boasts, none are more conspicuous than the Gore Ins. Co's pal-atial and imposing structure situated on the corner of Main and Ainslie streets. The style is of a Romanesque char-acter, and is built with Connecticut brown-stone, rock-faced base up to the first storey window sills ; above this it is faced with brown pressed brick, tooled portage entry stone trimmings and Terra Cotta carvings. The corner of Main and Ainslie streets is round, having over the main entrance a heavily moulded arch, supported on two Doric columns, and over the arch the Company's name carved in mediaeval letters. This round corner is continued up above the roof, forming a round tower, roofed with Span-ish tiles and terminating in a columned and octagon lantern, with ogee top and flag staff. Total height from the side-walk about eighty-two feet. The Gore has about 125 active agents through Ontario.1a

      1a1897 Jubilee Souvenir of Galt
    Gore Fire Insurance Co. in 1897
    Gore Fire Insurance Co. in 1897
    From 1897 Jubilee Souvenir of Galt
    Immigration  1843  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Immigration  1843  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation  1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Saddler 
    Religion  1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Presbyterian 
    Residence  1866  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Elected Office  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    councillor - Galt 
    Occupation  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Saddler 
    Religion  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    U. Presbyterian 
    Elected Office  1874  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Councillor - Waterloo County 
    Elected Office  1876  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Deputy Reeve - Galt 
    Occupation  1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    In Coal Trade 
    Occupation  1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Merchant 
    Religion  1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Presbyterian 
    Elected Office  1892  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    councillor - Galt 
    Elected Office  1899  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    councillor - Galt 
    Elected Office  1901  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    councillor - Galt 
    Elected Office  1903  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Mayor - Galt 
    Occupation  1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Income 
    Religion  1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Presbyterian 
    Residence  1912  80 Water St. S., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Gone 
    Died  17 Dec 1917  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-64208P 
    Buried  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I64208  Generations
    Last Modified  14 Aug 2017 

    Father  Hugh Cant,   b. 1799, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1867, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Alison Thom,   b. 1801, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1879 
    Family ID  F6626  Group Sheet

    Family  Christie Anne Ferguson,   b. 13 Mar 1839, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1914, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Jan 1866  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7
    Children 
     1. Cant
     2. Hugh Howard James Cant,   b. Aug 1869, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1869, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Howard F. Cant,   b. 24 Jan 1871, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1955
     4. Lorren Cant,   b. 1875, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Duncan Cant,   b. 1872, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Lorren Hughson Cant,   b. 5 Nov 1875, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F16771  Group Sheet

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    Hugh Cant
    Hugh Cant

  • Notes 
    • Hugh Cant Jr. was born in Calcairn Mills, Rosshire, Scotland 18 May 1833. When 10 years old he came with his family to Canada, spending a year in Hamilton, arriving in Galt in 1845. He father was a miller who worked for the Crombie Mill. In 1856 Hugh Jr. travelled to California and in 1862 returned to Galt and becane a harness and saddlery business with his brother John. In 1868 they closed the business and Hugh, John and other brother Andrew created a foundry business. After retiredin 1895 the business moved to Lancaster, New York. he was a member of the Galt Public board and the school board. He wrote the book "Historical Reminiscences of Galt and Other Writings.1a

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

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      Serving in public life in Galt for forty years after taking up residence in 1845 made Hugh Cant, the 1903 mayor, an authority on the town's early history. In 1915 he wrote an interesting brochure, "Historical Reminiscences of Galt." He was a native of Calcairn Mills, Rosshire, Scotland.

      In early life, when horses were very numerous, Cant engaged in the harness and saddlery business and had a busy shop on Main Street. He then became a partner with his brother's Andrew and John, in the firm of Cant Brothers, a woodworking machinery company, from which he retired in 1890.

      Cant was actively associated with the Galt Town Council, the Board of Trade, the Galt Collegiate Institute Board and the Public School Board. He was a director of the Gore Mutual Insurance Company from 1877 until his death in 1917, having become president four years earlier in 1913.2a

      2aWaterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Sources 
    1. [S259] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1901, Galt (Town/Ville) C-8 Page 2.

    2. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Hugh Cant b. Scotland res: Galt Age: 32 born abt 1834 father: Hugh mother: E. Thorn married Christiana Ferguson Age:: 26 born abt 1840 b. North Dumfries Spouse res: North Dumfries father: Duncan? Ferguson mother: Sarah Haggert married 25 Jan 1866 Marriage Place: Galt

    3. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, Div. 1 Page 48.

    4. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Pg.35.

    5. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 6.

    6. [S572] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1911, Div. 16 Page 23.

    7. [S1800] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1891, Sec. 1 Page 2.

    8. [S1450] Waterloo County Councillors A Collective Biography.

    9. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

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    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Gore Fire Insurance Co. - - Gore Fire Insurance, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1843 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1843 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Saddler - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1866 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Jan 1866 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Galt - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Saddler - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - U. Presbyterian - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Councillor - Waterloo County - 1874 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Deputy Reeve - Galt - 1876 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - In Coal Trade - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Galt - 1892 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Galt - 1899 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Galt - 1901 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor - Galt - 1903 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Income - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Residence Gone - 1912 - 80 Water St. S., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Dec 1917 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , 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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