Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Lois May Bennett

Female 1901 - 1933  (32 years)


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  • Name Lois May Bennett 
    Born 12 Aug 1901  Westmeath, Renfrew Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Interesting crime, misfortune, scandal 
    Misfortune 1933  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    died as a result of illegal abortion 
    Name Lois May Hughes 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-126496 
    Died 1 Nov 1933  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I126496  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

    Family Clifford Davis Hughes,   b. 1899, Westmeath, Renfrew Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 28 Apr 1920  Westmeath, Renfrew Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F47744  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Aug 1901 - Westmeath, Renfrew Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Apr 1920 - Westmeath, Renfrew Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - died as a result of illegal abortion - 1933 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Nov 1933 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Kitchener's reputable Mayfair Hotel had a scandalous secret

      KITCHENER - It was just past noon when William Ter Marsch heard a knock at his hotel room door. It was the police. They'd heard about the strange operations he'd been performing, and now there would be questions.

      Officers pushed their way inside and found an assortment of tools needed for Ter Marsh's secret work - bottles of glycerin, mysterious vials, droppers, syringes and needles. It was Nov. 1, 1933. More than three and a half decades before abortions were legal in Ontario, Kitchener's now-demolished Mayfair Hotel was known as a place where women "in trouble" could find a solution to their "problem."

      And Ter Marsch was the unlikely man to offer his help, for a fee.

      An accountant with no formal medical training, he'd stumbled on a lucrative, and illegal, side business in the middle of the Great Depression. As a former book keeper to A. E. Dunlop, Ontario's provincial treasurer, he was well-connected, impeccably dressed, and trusted by the women who came to him.

      Then it all fell apart.

      A young woman, Lois Hughes, had died at St. Mary's General Hospital. She was victim of what the coroner called septicemia, or blood poisoning, from a botched abortion. The evidence pointed straight at Ter Marsh.

      On her death bed, Hughes told her story, and detectives were dispatched to the Mayfair Hotel looking for Ter Marsh. The details of Hughes' tragic end would be repeated in court and in the pages of The Record over the following months...

      Waterloo Region Record 22 Aug 2015

  • Sources 
    1. [S602] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - The Waterloo Region Record (March 2008- ), Kitchener's reputable Mayfair Hotel had a scandalous secret - 22 Aug 2015.