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Mayor George Duthie Forbes 

Mayor George Duthie Forbes

Male 1861 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Prefix  Mayor 
    Birth  30 Oct 1861  Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Sports Team Membership  1882  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1882 Hespeler Baseball Champions 
    • 1882 Hespeler Baseball Champions beat Guelph 6-4. Front: George Forbes (SS), 2nd row l to r: Al Marchment (CF), James Mullen (3rd), Ben Stock (C), John Murdock (RF), Back: John Campbell (P), Andrew Jardine (LF), John Maul (2nd), Charles Hespeler (1st).
    1882 Hespeler Baseball Champions
    1882 Hespeler Baseball Champions
    1882 Hespeler Baseball Champions beat Guelph 6-4. Front: George Forbes (SS), 2nd row l to r: Al Marchment (CF), James Mullen (3rd), Ben Stock (C), John Murdock (RF), Back: John Campbell (P), Andrew Jardine (LF), John Maul (2nd), Charles Hespeler (1st).
    Elected Office  1901  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mayor of Hespeler 
    Occupation  1901  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Manufacturer 
    Occupation  1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Manufacturer, Woolen Mill 
    Religion  1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Anglican 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    House  155 Guelph Ave., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    constructed house 
    • Also known as 171 Guelph Ave.
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-83569 
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Buried  New Hope Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I83569  Generations
    Last Modified  19 Sep 2017 

    Father  Robert Forbes,   b. 1813, , Kinrosshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Ann Duthie,   b. Abt 1815,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F35729  Group Sheet

    Family  Amy V. Ellis,   b. 24 May 1870, Brantford, Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Robert D. Forbes,   b. 6 May 1892, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. George Alexander "Alexander" Forbes,   b. 2 Jan 1897, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1986
     3. Norman E. Forbes,   b. Jun 1903, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F21752  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    George Duthie Forbes
    George Duthie Forbes
    from Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Notes 
    • Known as "The Chief" George Duthie Forbes was an industrialist of Hespeler. He started to learn the textile business in 1880 working for the Farr Alpaca plant in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Returning in 1882 he worked in the family business of R. Forbes & Co. Ltd. In 1888 he became the president assuming full control after his father died in 1895. He served as president until 1928 when he sold to the Cominion Woollens and Woresteds Co. Ltd. He also was a director of the Royal Trust Co. The |Lake Erie and Northern Railway, The Waterloo Trust and Savings Co. and the Hespeler Furniture Co. He also was president of the C. Turnbull Co of Galt, and another number of businesses. He was the first elected Mayor of Hespeler, donated Forbes park in downtown Hespeler.1a

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

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      When Hespeler was incorporated as a town in 1901, one of the leading industrialists, George D. Forbes, became the first mayor, serving until the end of 1913.

      Forbe's distinguished father, Robert Forbes, who came to Canada from Scotland in 1836, had founded a woollen mill, the R. Forbes Company Limited in 1870. George Forbes succeeded him as president in 1888 and developed the industry into the largest woollen mill in Canada. The business was sold to Dominion Woolen and Worsteds Limited in 1928.

      Forbes donated Victoria Park and Forbes Park to the community. He was an ardent Presbyterian and it was while he was a member of the board of managers that the present Presbyterian Church was built. He was a generous supporter of Freeport Sanatorium and other worthy organizations.

      His business interests were many and varied and he served on the boards of several financial and industrial institutions.2a

      2aWaterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      "The Queens". On a plan dated 1846 the corner lot at Queen and Guelph Road is shown as "The Tavern Lot" which suggests that there was then an hotel either in building or in operation. I am lacking in its earliest history.

      Stephen Flynn kept Hotel there 1866-68; Michael Haller, 1868-71; John Fields, 1872-73; James Baker, 1874-86; then came the Waypers, father and son, and after them, Albert E. Thomson and then again by Joseph Wayper Jr. After "Josh" died the hotel was operated for a time by his widow and her second husband, Archie Smith. During the time of The Ontario Temperance Act, Mr. George D. Forbes bought the hotel and refurnished it and Henry Sachs managed it.

      After Mr. Forbes died, George Thorlby rented the hotel and then it was sold to James Sutherland Cornell, by him to Joseph Krempowich who in turn sold to Samuel Sturman, the present owner.3a

      3aLe Rue De Commerce, Other Times Other Customs Other Days Other Ways, Winfield Brewster 1954


  • Sources 
    1. [S143] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1901, Hespeler (Village) D-2 Page 24.

    2. [S392] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1911, Div. 21 Pg. 8.

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

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 30 Oct 1861 - Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSports Team Membership - 1882 Hespeler Baseball Champions - 1882 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor of Hespeler - 1901 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1901 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer, Woolen Mill - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1911 - Hespeler (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 MapsHouse - constructed house - - 155 Guelph Ave., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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