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George Pattinson

Male 1853 - 1931

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  • Birth  1 Mar 1853  Haltwhistle, , Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  1869  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1871  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Bookkeeper 
    Occupation  1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Woolen Manufacturer 
    Religion  1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Anglican 
    Occupation  1901  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Woolen Manufacturer 
    George Pattinson & Co Envelope - 1903
    George Pattinson & Co Envelope - 1903
    ebay
    Employer  1912  Ecomonical Fire Insurance Company, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    director of Economical Fire Insurance Company 
    Died  10 May 1931  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Cause: Cerebral Thrombosis 10 years-Myocarditis 1 month 
    Buried  12 May 1931  Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    politican, industrialist 
    Interesting Life Story  business, mill, life story, politics, public service 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-89274 
    Person ID  I89274  Generations
    Last Modified  10 Dec 2018 

    Family  Mary Elizabeth Erb,   b. 1854, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1898, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Aug 1878  Mildmay, Carrick Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
     1. Alice Margaret Pattinson,   b. 13 Jul 1879, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1888, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Ellen Erryton Pattinson,   b. 1881, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Ellen Errington Pattinson,   b. 15 Jun 1881, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1911, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Private John Lynn "Lynn" Pattinson,   b. 21 Oct 1883, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1915, Givenchy, , Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Frank Hedley Pattinson,   b. 20 Oct 1885, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1963
     6. Ruth Erb Pattinson,   b. 19 Aug 1888, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1970, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Elizabeth Mabel Pattinson,   b. 30 Jun 1894, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1978, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F23111  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    George Pattinson
    George Pattinson
    from Waterloo Region Hall of Fame
    George Pattison
    George Pattison
    from Waterloo Historical Society

  • Notes 
    • BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE PATTINSON

      With the passing of George Pattinson, who died early Sunday morning, May 10th, 1931, at his residence at 600 Eagle Street, Preston, after a lingering illness of several years duration, the town lost one of its most respected and valued citizens.

      George Pattinson was born in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England, July 17th, 1854, and attended school at Hexham, in the same shire. He lived for the greater part of his life, about sixty years, in Preston.

      President of the George Pattinson Company, Limited, until the time of his death, he had been continuously connected with the woollen industry - a family vocation which his father and grandfather also followed since he was about 16 years of age. Before coming to Preston he was in Plattsville for a year. In Preston he entered the woollen mill of James Crombie and Company which shortly after was taken over by Robinson-Howell and Company. Later he became a partner in the business. After some time the company passed into new hands becoming the Ferguson-Pattinson Company, of which Mr. Pattinson was the moving spirit. The business finally came under his name and has, since its incorporation, Sept. 1st, 1920, been known as the George Pattinson Company, Limited. The present company is one of the foremost in the country in the woollen industry. Since his father's passing, Mr. Frank H. Pattinson is head of the business.

      Mr. Pattinson represented South Waterloo in the Ontario legislature for nine years, from 1905 to 1914. During his time of office he was made a member of the original Hydro Electric Commission on which he was associated with Sir Adam Beck and P. W. Ellis of Toronto. It was largely through the efforts of these men that the foundation of the present Hydro Electric system was laid. He was also appointed director of the Lake Superior Corporation, representing the Ontario government.

      While a member Mr. Pattinson took prominent part in the introduction of the workmen's compensation act which is now so universal. He served on the Prison Reform Commission, with the Honorable Mr. Hanna, and on many special committees.

      Before the incorporation of Preston as a town, Mr. Pattinson held various offices in the municipal council, being reeve during 1889. He was largely instrumental in bringing hydro power to Preston and took a deep interest in all town affairs. He was a member of the public school board for many years.

      During the Great War, Mr. Pattinson took an active part in patriotic work. He was chairman of the wool commission which handled all the wool coming into Canada from Great Britain at that time. He was president of the Preston Patriotic Association during the period of the war and, for the same period, was a member of The Soldiers' Insurance Commission of Waterloo County, on which commission was also Mr. D. N. Panabaker, then Warden of the County.

      Mr. Pattinson was director of the Economical Fire Insurance Company of Kitchener and of the Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada from the boards of both of which companies he resigned a few years before his death.

      Mr. Pattinson was a devout member of St. John's Anglican Church and member of the local branch of the Sons of England lodge. He married Mary Elizabeth Erb, in Mildmay, in 1878. Mrs. Pattinson was a descendent of Abraham A. Erb, former Collector of Customs in Preston, of the family of pioneer Preston settlers who were founders of the municipality and or the town of Waterloo. She died in February 1898. Their son Lynn was killed in action in the Great War.

      An article taken from a Special Souvenir Number of Industrial Preston, 1908, here follows (slightly abbreviated).

      "Throughout the Dominion, the story of the woollen industry has been the story of a native industry, which has suffered most severely through competition from abroad. The case of the mills that have survived these adverse conditions is one to attract Dominion attention. Preston provides one example of a mill that won out under the present customs tariff. This is the plant operated under the name of Geo. Pattinson & Co., founded thirty-four years ago by James Crombie & Company, in 1876 Robinson-Howell & Co. and for a time operating under the name Ferguson & Pattinson. This plant is located on the Speed River and Eagle Street, and comprises a substantial stone building, fully equipped with fine machinery and repre-senting a large investment of capital. Employment is given to 200 hands, and the product of the factory includes general woollen goods, tweeds, overcoatings and costume cloths. The fame of these products is spread from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. The reason why this concern has not budged an inch backward in its onward march to further prosperity lies wholly in the quality of the goods manufactured, as well as in the skill and integrity of the men who direct its affairs, and who have charge of the mills. Mr. Pattinson has had a life-long experience as a practical woollen manufacturer and is known, throughout the Dominion, to the trade. The progressive condition of the mill, in view of the fact that the wheels are no longer turning in many of the woollen mills of Canada, is viewed with a feeling of pleasure by all those who appreciate the importance of such industries to the nation ; the importance of fostering them with all possible care, that Canada may as far as possible be self-supporting in the necessaries of existence."

      -Compiled from data suppled by Mr. Frank H. Pattinson.


      Twenty-First Annual Report of the Waterloo Historical Society 1933

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      George Pattinson Died Sunday In 77th Year; Prominent In Provincial Political Life And Local Work

      George Pattinson, former member of the Ontario legislature and president of George Pattinson Company Limited, woollen mills, died at his home, 600 Eagle street, Sunday. He was in his 77th year and had been ill for several years. In the death of Mr. Pattinson, the community loses one of its most valuable citizens. He had been a resident here for 60 years coming from Plattsville to enter the firm, over which he eventually became head, as an office boy. Deceased was born in Northumberland, England. Thruout his many years residence the late Mr. Pattinson did many good deeds for his fellowmen. They were done in a quiet unassuming manner and many a philanthropic kindness was brought to a successful completion thru his guidance. In the years following the late war, the late George Pattinson was vice chairman of the soldiers aid commission for Preston and in this connection, invaluable work was completed. Born in Northumberland, England, the late Mr. Pattinson came to Canada and settled in Platteville and after residing there for several years came to Preston where he entered the James Crumble company at 16 years of age. That firm was later taken over by the Robinson Howell Woollen Company and when the firm changed hands Mr. Pattinson assumed a partnership with other principals forming the Ferguson-Pattinson Company. Under his Jurisdiction the company made rapid strides and eventually the concern passed into his hands and today bears his name. It is now one of the foremost woollen companies in Canada. The late Mr. Pattinson led an active public career. In 1889 he was reeve of Preston and was one of those prominent in the introduction of hydro in the community. He was also on the school board for many years. From 1905 until 1914 he represented South Waterloo in the provincial legislature and it was during that time that he was made a member of the original hydro electric power commission along with the late Sir Adam Beck and the late P. W. Ellis. For some time Mr. Pattinson was the government's representative on the Lake Superior Corporation board of directors. He also did valuable work in bringing about the workmen's compensation act which is now uniform thruout the province. During the Great War the late Mr. Pattinson took an active interest in patriotic affairs. He assumed the chairmanship of the wool commission which assumed control over all wool entering Canada from Great Britain. Until a few years ago when he was forced to retire on account of ill health, the late Mr. Pattinson was a director of the Mutual Life Asurrence Company of Canada, Waterloo and also of the Economical Mutual Tire Insurance Company, Kitchener. His wife, who died in 1898 was a daughter of the late Abraham Erb, a pioneer of this community. There are surviving three sisters, Mrs. John Glass, the Misses Maria and Lena Pattinson and three brothers. Messrs, William, John and Hedley Pattinson of Northumberland, England. Two daughters, the Misses Ruth and Elizabeth at home and one son, Frank H., Preston, also survive. One son, Lynn, was killed in action overseas during the late war. The funeral will take place Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock from St. John's Anglican church where service, will be held to Preston cemetery for interment.

      Kitchener Daily Record 11 May 1931 pg 3

  • Sources 
    1. [S204] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1901, Preston (Village) F-2 Page 6.

    2. [S105] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1871, Pg. 69.

    3. [S2441] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1891, Section 1 Page 31.

    4. [S239] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Preston CC#6335 Cemetery Internet Link .
      [Right Side] George Pattinson/ 1854 - 1931 - Born In England/ John Lynn/ Pattinson/ 1883 - 1915/ Killed In Action/ France./

    5. [S1775] Berlin: Celebration of Cityhood.

    6. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Name:George Pattinson Gender:Male Birth Year:abt 1855 Birth Place:England Age at Death:76 Death Date:10 May 1931 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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

    8. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name:George Pattinson Age:24 Birth Date:abt 1854 Birth Place:England Marriage Date:13 Aug 1878 Marriage County or District:Bruce Father:John Pattinson Mother:Hannah Errington Spouse:Mary Elizabeth Erb Spouse's Age:24 Spouse Birth Date:abt 1854 Spouse Birth Place:Waterloo, Ontario Spouse Father:Abraham A Erb Spouse Mother:Margaret Wallace Erb

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1 Mar 1853 - Haltwhistle, , Northumberland, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1869 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Bookkeeper - 1871 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Aug 1878 - Mildmay, Carrick Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Woolen Manufacturer - 1891 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1891 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Woolen Manufacturer - 1901 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployer - director of Economical Fire Insurance Company - 1912 - Ecomonical Fire Insurance Company, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cerebral Thrombosis 10 years-Myocarditis 1 month - 10 May 1931 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 12 May 1931 - Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - politican, industrialist - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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