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Samuel Joseph Cherry 

Samuel Joseph Cherry

Male 1843 - 1917

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  • Birth  4 Feb 1843  Diamond, Carleton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Birth  , Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence  1862  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Elected Office  1884  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Councillor - Preston 
    Occupation  1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Flour Miller 
    Religion  1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Anglican 
    Elected Office  1899  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Councillor - Waterloo County 
    Occupation  1901  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Miller 
    Elected Office  1906  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Elected Office  1906  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Waterloo County Council 
    • Image from: 100 Years of Progress in Waterloo County Canada Semi-Centennial Souvenir 1856-1906
    Occupation  1911  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Manufacturer 
    Religion  1911  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Anglican 
    Died  2 Jul 1917  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Website  2009 
    Photograph 
    • Grace Schmidt Room of Local History Digital Collection


      Description: Black and white, head and shoulders, studio portrait of Samuel J. Cherry.

      Cherry was born on 4 February 1843 at Diamond in Carleton County and served as an apprentice in local grist mills. Later in life, he owned and operated several mills, including the Cherry Taylor Flour Mills Ltd. in Preston, which he started with his brother, John. He also served as a Waterloo County warden, a member of Preston town council, and as the director of several local businesses. Cherry died on 2 July 1917.
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Name  S. J. Cherry 
    Residence  140 King St. W., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-89122 
    Buried  Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID  I89122  Generations
    Last Modified  13 Apr 2017 

    Father  Blaney Cherry,   b. 28 May 1811, , Londonderry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1895, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Catharine Green,   b. 28 Apr 1809, Shanond, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1895, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F25166  Group Sheet

    Father  Blaney Cherry,   b. 28 May 1811, , Londonderry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1895, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F250139  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Barbara Willerich,   b. 24 Jan 1845, Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1908, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. George A. Cherry,   b. 4 May 1863, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1944
     2. Mary Ellen Cherry,   b. 23 Aug 1865, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1948
     3. William Cherry,   b. 21 Jan 1866, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F23073  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Bertina Stengel,   b. 23 Apr 1878, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  11 Aug 1913  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID  F25212  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Samuel Joseph Cherry
    Samuel Joseph Cherry
    http://images.ourontario.ca/kitchener/details.asp?ID=44187 2008

  • Notes 
    • SAMUEL CHERRY

      Samuel J. Cherry was born on February 4th., 1843, at Diamond, Carleton County where his parents had settled on emigration from the County of Armagh, in the north of Ireland, and died at Preston, July 2nd., 1917. The family moved to Dundas in his infancy. Here he went to school, one of his teachers being Robert Edgar, grandfather of Town Clerk Edgar, of Preston. At the age of about 15 years he became apprentice in the grist mill of the late Jas. Coleman. At 19 he came to Preston to work in Abram Erb & Bros. Cambridge Mills, which later became his own. In Preston he married Barbara Wilrick, who predeceased him by seven years. He returned to Dundas to take charge of the Joseph Webster mills and a few years later went to Guelph, to the Speedsville mill, then owned by the late James Goldie, who subsequently built a new mill of which Mr. Cherry was superintendent for about 12 years. By this time he decided to go into business for himself, or rather with his brother John. They had in succession the Phoenix mill in Guelph, the Glenmorris mill, then one in Walkerton, and later operated the Clendinning mill until in 1879 they acquired the mill in Preston. Ten years later the brothers dissolved partnership, S. J. Cherry continuing alone. The present mill buildings date from 1894 when they replaced the old frame mill built in 1835 on the site of the original John Erb mill. Mr. Cherry improved and beautified the property generally, building also the two handsome brick houses on it, the first replacing an old frame house.

      In public life Mr. Cherry was member of the town council of Preston, chairman of the Park Board almost from its inception to the time of his death and for eight years member of the County council, ending with being warden of the County in 1906. He was member of the Toronto Board of Trade, member of the Dominion Millers' Association, and director of the Galt Malleable Iron Co., Ltd., and of the Canadian Millers Mutual Fire Insurance Co. He was a member of St. Johns Church (Anglican) Preston. In politics he was a Conservative.

      He left two sons, George and William, and one daughter, Mrs. Carl Nispel, all of Preston.

      From the Galt Reporter: "Sam" Cherry was one of the most successful of the old time flour millers, a worthy contemporary of the Sherks and Sniders and Goldies, who have made Waterloo County famous in the flour markets of Canada, England and Scotland. Sam was a public-spirited citizen, as Preston well knows. Who has not admired the beauty spot he created out of the canal and the slopes thereof? What would he not have done to beautify Galt had he been the owner of the dam and the surrounding property which, not long ago, offered opportunities for embellishment rarely at hand in a growing and picturesque city? The Cherry idea in Civic Beautification should not be allowed to lapse in the district of which Galt and Preston form a part.1a

      1aFifth Annual Report of the Waterloo Historical Society 1917

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      From the age of fifteen, when he became an apprentice in a gristmill at Dundas, until his death some sixty years later, Samuel Cherry was associated with flour mills. The Cherry Mill at Preston is the oldest continuing business in Waterloo County. The 1807 original "John Erb" mill was replaced by a frame mill in 1835, and the brick structure was erected in 1894.

      At the age of nineteen, Cherry moved to Preston to work with the Abram Erb and Brothers Cambridge Mill, which he later owned. He subsequently had charge of mills at Dundas, Guelph, Glenmorris, Walkerton and Glendinning. In 1879 he and his brother John acquired the Preston mill and ten years later he became sole owner.

      Cherry served the municipality as a member of the town council, chairman of the park board, as a member of the county council and as warden in 1906.2a

      2aWaterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Sources 
    1. [S204] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1901, Preston (Village) F-2 Page 4.

    2. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Samuel Joseph Cherry d. 2 Jul 1917 Preston, aged 74y, 4m, 28d, b. Ontario, buried Preston, s/o Blain Cherry & Catharine Green, cause: arterial sclerosis (several years)

    3. [S239] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Preston CC#6335 Cemetery Internet Link .
      Samuel J. CHERRY/ 1842 - 1917/ Barbara/ wife of/ S. J. CHERRY/ 1845 - 1908

    4. [S1669] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1911, Div. 24 Pg. 7.

    5. [S2441] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1891, Section 1 Page 12.

    6. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Samuel Cherry b. Lower Canada res: Preston Age: 20 born abt 1842 father: P. mother: Cath Green married Barbara Wilbrick b. Buffalo NY Spouse res: Preston father: Peter mother: Catherine married 31 Dec 1862 county: Waterloo

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

    8. [S1629] Book - 100 Years of Progress in Waterloo County Canada Semi-Centennial Souvenir 1856-1906, 12..

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

    10. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Samuel J Cherry Born: Canada Age: 70 Born: abt 1843 Father: Blaney Cherry Mother: Catharine Green Spouse: Bertina Stengel Age: 35 Born: abt 1878 born: Canada Father: William Stengel Mother: Hannah Kolb married 11 Aug 1913 married: Waterloo, Galt

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 4 Feb 1843 - Diamond, Carleton Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - - , Quebec, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1862 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Councillor - Preston - 1884 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Flour Miller - 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 MapsElected Office - Councillor - Waterloo County - 1899 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Miller - 1901 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1906 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Waterloo County Council - 1906 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1911 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1911 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Aug 1913 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Jul 1917 - Preston (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 MapsResidence - - 140 King St. W., Cambridge, 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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