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Hugh McCulloch

Male 1826 - 1910

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  • Birth  19 Sep 1826  Sorn, Ayrshire, 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, Canada 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  1850  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Religion  1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Church of Scotland 
    Occupation  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Manufacturer 
    Religion  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Church of Scotland 
    Elected Office  1873 
    Galt Councillor 
    Historic Building  1874  85 Blair Rd., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    gardener's cottage or gatehouse to Sorn House 
    • Built by Hugh McCullough in 1874 as the gardener's or gate house to his property Sorn House.
    85 Blair Rd, Cambridge
    85 Blair Rd, Cambridge
    Constructed as the gardener's cottage and gatehouse of "Sorn House"
    Elected Office  1876  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Galt Councillor 
    Elected Office  1879  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Galt Councillor 
    Elected Office  1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Galt Councillor 
    Occupation  1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Manufacturer 
    Occupation  1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Foundry Propietor 
    Religion  1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Presbyterian 
    Occupation  1901  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Manufacturer 
    Died  3 Sep 1910  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Cause: Apoplexy (23 months) - Heart Failure (12 hours) 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    industrialist 
    Interesting Life Story  foundry, business, insurance, life story, politics 
    Name  Hugh McCullough 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-65760 
    Buried  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID  I65760  Generations
    Last Modified  6 Nov 2018 

    Family  Janet McCartney,   b. 2 Jul 1831, Tarbolton, , Ayr, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1885, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1855 
    Family ID  F26681  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Hugh McCulloch
    Hugh McCulloch
    From the Kitchener Public Library Digital Photograph Collection

  • Notes 
    • Born in 1826 in Ayrshire, Scotland, Hugh McCulloch came to Canada on 24 August 1850. In 1859, he and his business partner, John Goldie, purchased the Crombie Factory located in Galt, and renamed the factory Goldie-McCulloch Limited. As the business flourished, factory operations included the manufacturing of boilers, engines, flour, sawmill and wood-working machinery, safes and vaults. He was company president between 1901-1910, but retired in 1906. McCulloch also co-owned, with David Spiers, the Galt Gas Works and later Galt Electric Company.

      McCulloch served on the Galt Collegiate Institute Board, Galt municipal Council, and was a member of the Galt, Preston, and Hespeler Street Railway. He was also the director of Gore Mutual Fire Insurance Company and Millers and Manufacturers Insurance Company. He died on 3 September 1910 and is buried in Mount View Cemetery.

      Kitchener Public Library Digital Collection 2009

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      HUGH McCULLOCH.


      Hugh McCulloch, one of the venerable citizens of Galt, being now in his eighty-first year, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, September 19, 1826. His parents, Hugh and Jane (Osborne) McCulloch, were also natives of that place, and the father, who was a mechanic, carried on different branches of the wood working industry. His son Hugh was educated in the parochial schools of Ayrshire and served an apprenticeship to the machinist's and millwright's trades, becoming thus well equipped for practical duties in business life. In 1850 he sought a home and fortune in the new world, settling at Galt, Ontario, on the 24th of August of that year. After working as a journeyman in general mechanical lines with James Crombie & Company until 1859, he formed a partnership with the late John Goldie, who had been a fellow employee with him in the service of Mr. Crombie. They purchased their employer's business, which they conducted under the firm style of Goldie & McCulloch, and the enterprise is still carried on under this name, although Mr. Goldie died in 1896. The plant, however, since 1859 has been known as the Dumfries Foundry. The company operates the most extensive manufacturing plant in Galt and is well known throughout the Dominion, ranking among the leading manufacturing concerns in Canada. It may be said that this is the mother plant of Galt's industries, for nearly every other iron concern in and around Galt was at one time directly or indirectly connected with this establishment. Employment is to-day furnished to more than five hundred men. The manufactured product includes Wheelock engines, Corliss engines, Ideal engines, boilers, heaters, steam and power pumps and mill machinery of all kinds. In 1892 the business was incorporated, the stock being owned by the McCulloch and Goldie families. Prom small proportions the enterprise has grown to large magnitude and is one of the most important industrial concerns of this part of the Dominion because of the extent of its output and the large number of workmen who find employment here. The business has been developed along sound lines in keeping with the progress noted in trade circles, and 1 the safe, conservative policy inaugurated by the firm on its inception almost a half century ago has always been maintained.

      In 1855 Mr. McCulloch was married to Miss Jennet, a daughter of Hugh McCartney of Ayrshire, Scotland, and unto them were born two sons and a daughter: Hugh, who is now vice-president and general purchasing agent for the company ; Jessie, the wife of Charles Arondale Shearson of New York; and Robert Osborne, secretary, treasurer and general correspondent for the company.

      In politics Mr. McCulloch is a Conservative and though never a politician in the sense of office seeking he has nevertheless labored earnestly and effectively in the interests of his party and has served for twelve years on the town council. For the past twenty-six years he has been a member of the Collegiate Institute board, representing the county of Waterloo. He holds membership in the Presbyterian Church. His history is notable from the fact that few men of his years continue in active life. Old age, however, need not necessarily suggest helplessness or want of occupation. On the contrary there is an old age which grows stronger intellectually and morally as the years pass by and gives out of its rich stores of wisdom and experience for the benefit of others. Such has been the life of Mr. McCulloch.


      A History of Ontario: its resources and development

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      The Goldie & McCulloch Co., Limited

      There is no better known manufacturing establishment in the Dominion than that of the Goldie & McCulloch Co, Limited, of Galt. This business was originally established by Messrs. James Crombie & Co. in 1844, who were succeeded in 1859 by Messrs. Goldie & McCulloch. In 1891 a joint stock company with a capital stock of $700,000 was organized, the officers of the company being: Hugh McCulloch Sr., President; John Goldie, Manager; and Hugh McCulloch, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer. The buildings and plant of this extensive concern cover four and a half acres, and from three to four hundred men (according to requirements) are employed in the various departments of the works, whose earnings (paid every two weeks) mostly find their way into the coffers of the different traders of the town, adding not a little to the well-known general stability of the merchants of Galt. The general lines of machinery manufactured by The Goldie & McCulloch Co. are summarized thus: The Wheelock improved automatic slow speed engine and "Ideal" high speed engine, which they claim are unsurpassed by any other steam engines in use; Steam engines of various styles, adapted for every class of work; boilers and all modern appliances in connection therewith; wood-working machinery; flour, oatmeal and buckwheat machinery; wool machinery; saw-mill, shingle and stave machinery; turbine water wheels, all of the latest designs; fire-proof safes, bankers' safes, vault doors, etc., of every size. Circulars and particulars furnished on application.

      The gentlemen who own and control this extensive establishment are personally so well known throughout the Dominion that little need to be said here respecting them. We may state, however, that Mr. Hugh McCulloch, and the late Mr. John Goldie, were both leading employees of Messrs. Crombie & Co., but Mr. McCulloch was the first to reach Galt in 1850. Since they assumed control of the business in 1859 their record has been one of continued success and progress, the result of their ability, energy and intelligent application to business, in conjunction with a fortunate combination of facilities adapted to specific fields of action. Nor have they given their attention wholly to personal affairs. Both gentlemen named have always taken an active interest in everything relating to the welfare of the community. In concluding this sketch, we would state that the relations between the proprietors and employed of the Dumfries Foundry have been almost invariably of the most pleasant and satisfactory character. All the members of the company are active and enterprising business men, liberal in their dealings with their employees and as members of society highly esteemed.3a

      3aTheSouvenir of Galt 1897

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      The Gore Fire Insurance Co.


      Among the many institutions of which Galt boasts, none are more conspicuous than the Gore Ins. Co.'s palatial and imposing structure situated on the corner of Main and Ainslie Streets. The style is of the Romanesque character, and is build 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 Spanish 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.

      Officers of Management:

      Hon. Jas. Young, President
      Adam Warnock, Esq., Vice-President
      Hugh McCulloch
      Hugh Cant
      Robt. Scott
      Chas. McGill
      Jno. Watson
      James Goldie
      R.S. Strong, Man. Director4a

      4aJubilee Souvenir of Galt 1897

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      HUGH McCULLOCH SR
      . 1826-1910

      Married: Janet McCartney - 1855

      Hugh McCulloch was born in Sorn, Ayrshire, Scotland on September 19, 1826 and arrived in Canada on August 24, 1850. He settled first in Ayr before coming to Galt on May 28, 1851. In 1859, with his partner John Goldie, Mr. McCulloch purchased the Dumfries Foundry from James Crombie and formed the firm of Goldie & McCulloch Co. Ltd. During its first years of operation, the company performed general foundry work but, as business increased, the firm went into the manufacture of boilers, engines, flour and sawmill machinery and woodworking machinery. In 1879 the company added the manufacture of safes and vaults to its operations. Mr. McCulloch was named company president in 1901 and retired from active work in the business in 1906. However, he remained company president until his death in 1910. In 1923 the Babcock and Wilcox companies of Great Britain and the United States became the majority shareholders in the company which then became known as Babcock-Wilcox & Goldie-McCulloch Co. Ltd., and was more recently renamed Babcock & Wilcox. Mr. McCulloch was a member of the Galt Collegiate Institute Board for twenty five years and was a member of Galt municipal council in 1873 and 1874, 1876 and 1877, 1879 to 1881 and 1888. He was one of the original members of the Galt, Preston and Hespeler Street Railway, later the Grand River Railway, and became the railway's president for a short time on the death of Thomas Todd in 1899. Mr. McCulloch was a director of the Gore Mutual Fire Insurance Co. from 1868 to 1874 and served as the company's vice president from 1902 to 1910. He was also a director of the Millers and Manufacturers Insurance Company and was a partner, with David Spiers, in the operation of the Galt Gas Works and later in the Galt Electric Light Company. Mr. McCulloch died on September 3, 1910 and is buried in Mount View Cemetery.

      Sources:
      1. Babcock & Wilcox Canada a History 1844-1977 Babcock & Wilcox Canada Cambridge 1987.
      2. Roderick Cunningham Legacy of the Gore Cunningham Enterprises, Toronto, 1989.
      3. Obituary Galt Daily Reporter Monday September 1, 1910.
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      5aCambridge Mosaic, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [used with kind permission of Jim Quantrell]

  • Sources 
    1. [S259] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1901, Galt (Town/Ville) C-9 Page 14.

    2. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 2 Page 99.

    3. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 8.

    4. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 5 Page 57.

    5. [S1800] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1891, Sec. 1 Page 134.

    6. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 030818..
      Hugh McCulloch Gender: Male Age: 83 Birth Date: abt 1827 Birth Place: Sorn Ayeshia, Scotland Death Date: 3 Sep 1910 Death Place: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Cause of Death: Apoplexy

    7. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      In memory/ of/ Hugh McCulloch/ born at Sorn, Ayrshire, Scotland/ Sept. 19th 1826;/ died at Sorn House, Galt/ Sept 3rd 1910;/ aged 84 years/ Janet McCartney/ beloved wife of/ Hugh McCulloch/ born at Tarbolton Ayrshire, Scotland/ July 2nd 1831;/ died at Sorn House, Galt/ Oct 9th 1885;/ aged 54 years/ For if we believe/ That Jesus died and rose/ Again, even them also which/ sleep in Jesus will God bring/ with Him. I Thess. IV Chapt. XIV verse/ MCCULLOCH

    8. [S1034] Book - City of Cambridge Local, Architectural Conversevation Advisory Committee Local Building Inventory, Report on 85 Blair Rd., Cambridge.
      The house was originally the "Gardener's Cottage and Gatehouse" to "Sorn House" was originally believed to be built by Walter H. Dickson and purchased as a rectory for Trinity Anglican Church. It was used as such from the middle 1840's to 1872. The parish sold "Sorn House" due the size to Hugh MCulloch in 1873. This gatehouse was constructed in 1874, the house remained in the MCullough family until 1962.

    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, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1850 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of Scotland - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of Scotland - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - gardener's cottage or gatehouse to Sorn House - 1874 - 85 Blair Rd., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Galt Councillor - 1876 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Galt Councillor - 1879 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Galt Councillor - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Foundry Propietor - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1901 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Apoplexy (23 months) - Heart Failure (12 hours) - 3 Sep 1910 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - industrialist - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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