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Cyrus Dolph 

Cyrus Dolph

Male 1865 - 1937

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  • Birth  22 Jul 1865  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Religion  1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christadelphian 
    Religion  1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Christadelphian 
    Occupation  1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Bookkeeper 
    Religion  1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Anglican 
    Occupation  1901  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Invention  1908  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Stove-Top Thimble Patent 
    Stove-Top Thimble Patent
    Stove-Top Thimble Patent
    Waterloo Region Museum Display 2011
    Invention  1909  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Metal Shingle Patent 
    Metal Shingle Patent
    Metal Shingle Patent
    Waterloo Region Museum display 2011
    Occupation  1937  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    steel manufacturer 
    Died  24 Nov 1937  Fort Pierce, St. Lucie, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-88567 
    Buried  Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I88567  Generations
    Last Modified  7 Dec 2017 

    Father  Moses Dolph,   b. 10 Jul 1832, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1880, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Electy Smith,   b. 1827, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1915 
    Family ID  F7062  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Jennie Mussen Murdock,   b. 26 Feb 1865, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Marian Agnes Dolph,   b. 1 May 1890, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Irma Kathleen M. "Kathleen" Dolph,   b. 30 Dec 1897, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1977
     3. Florence Muriel Ethelyne Dolph,   b. Sep 1903, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F22947  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Sarah Jean Murdock,   b. 1863, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Mary Agnes Dolph,   b. 1890, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F250192  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Dolph, Cyrus formal.gif
    Dolph, Cyrus formal.gif
    http://www.city.cambridge.on.ca/cs_pubaccess/hall_of_fame.php?aid=12

  • Notes 
    • City of Cambridge Hall of Fame.

      Cyrus Dolph Inducted 1995

      Cyrus Dolph was born on 22 July 1865 on a farm near Breslau, the son of Mr and Mrs Moses Dolph who were themselves among the early settlers who came to the area from Pennsylvania. Mr Dolph received his early education at Riverbank School and later came to live in Preston while attending Galt Collegiate. Following the completion of a business course he went to work at Clare Brothers foundry in Preston as a bookkeeper. It appears that Mr Dolph learned his profession quite well for in 1897 he was able to purchase the Metal Shingle and Siding Co. for $10,000. By 1903 capital stock in the company was valued at $250,000 and the company provided employment for 100 men. It produced "safelock" shingles as well as other sheet metal building products. Another plant in Montreal employed a further 60 men. Mr Dolph remained with the company until 1931 when he retired and sold his interests in the company. Mr Dolph had a large number of interests outside of his business.

      In 1910 he was one of six men serving on the Preston Library Board. In 1908, and for a few years before that, he served as an officer on the Preston Board of Trade. Through his wife, Jennie Murdock Dolph who founded the Preston Chapter of the Victorian Order of Nurses, Mr Dolph served on the board of the VON and was appointed president of the VON's men's advisory board. He retired from the board in 1935 but remained an honorary member until his death in 1937. Mr Dolph was also a member of the Waterloo County Health Association and an honorary president of the Freeport Sanatorium Board of Directors. Mr Dolph served on the Preston Parks Board and was involved in several reforestation projects including advising and assisting in the conservation of Cressman's Bush, now Homer Watson Park in Kitchener.

      Mr Dolph was also an ardent member of the Anglican Church, taught Sunday School for many years and served on the church's Huron Diocese executive committee. He was chairman of the missionary committee and co-founder of the Church Army of Canada in 1928. Mr Dolph was also a noted philanthropist, twice donating land in Toronto for use by the Church Army organization. He also donated his summer cottage near Clearwater Lake on a 500 acre site for children's activities. The site became Ontario Pioneer Camps, which later expanded to include 1200 acres and became one of the largest children's church camps in Canada. Mr Dolph donated a pipe organ to St John's Anglican Church in Preston and through his association with the School Board provided scholarships for various musical and academic achievements. He was a Patron of the Preston Silver Band and provided instruments and training for members of the Boy's Band.

      An amateur sports fan, Mr Dolph donated to the financial campaigns of promising athletes including Preston's Olympic and British Empire Games runner Robert "Scotty" Rankine. In addition, in 1924, Mr Dolph donated over $3,000 toward the purchase of modern X-ray equipment for Freeport Sanatorium and in July 1930 gave the town of Preston its first open tank swimming pool, later named the Ed Newland Pool, on William Street.

      During his life Mr Dolph often demonstrated an interest in innovations. He provided financial backing for new electrical appliances, refrigerators and perpetual motion machine and he was involved with such inventions as disc brakes and television tubes. Radio and broadcasting also held a special interest for him. This is well- illustrated in his involvement in Preston's first radio station CKPC. Started by Wallace Russ early in 1923, the radio station was acquired by Mr Dolph, who moved its broadcast facilities to the sunroom of his house on Guelph Street (later renamed Dolph Street in his honour). The station featured live broadcasts in preference to the playing of records, broadcast the home games of the Galt Terriers Baseball Club and served as an outlet for the broadcast of professional hockey games from Toronto's Mutual Street Arena, the predecessor of Maple Leaf Gardens. By the late 1920's the station was firmly established as a business complete with commercials for local business.

      In 1933, Mr Dolph discontinued active participation in the radio station and its management passed to his daughter, Florence Dolph Buchanan of Brantford. She formed a new company called Telephone City Broadcasting Ltd. to operate the station and moved it to Brantford where it continues to operate. Mr Dolph died in his 72nd year on 24 Nov 1937 while on his way to Miami, Florida. He is buried in the Preston Cemetery.1a

      1ahttp://www.city.cambridge.on.ca/cs_pubaccess/hall_of_fame.php?aid=12

  • Sources 
    1. [S204] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1901, Preston (Village) F-1 Page 13.

    2. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 24.

    3. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 2 Page 36.

    4. [S1669] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1911, Div. 23 Page 28.

    5. [S2441] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1891, Section 1 Page 20.

    6. [S1662] Waterloo Region Museum Waterloo Region Museum.

    7. [S1555] Vit - Florida - Florida Deaths, 1877-1939., film number: 2115031 reference number:Cn 19865..
      Cyrus Dolph d. 24 Nov 1937 F. Pierce, St. Lucie, Florida, occ. manufacturer-steel, residence Preston, Ontario, Canada, burial date 25 Nov 1937

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

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 22 Jul 1865 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Christadelphian - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Christadelphian - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Bookkeeper - 1891 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1891 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - ? - 1901 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInvention - Stove-Top Thimble Patent - 1908 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInvention - Metal Shingle Patent - 1909 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - steel manufacturer - 1937 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Nov 1937 - Fort Pierce, St. Lucie, Florida, USA 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 - - Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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