||John Nicholas Dufresne |
||accident, railway, first |
|killed in constructing railway |
|Eby ID Number
||11 Oct 1857
||, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada
||Saint Clements Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada
||16 Jul 2019 |
- HISTORICAL NOTES, 1936
The widening of the highway between Galt and Preston is necessitating the removal of all the bodies buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, an old landmark occupying a narrow strip of ground, at the east end of Preston, between the highway and the right of way of the Wellington, Grey and Bruce branch of the old Great Western Railway, which was built through from Galt to Guelph in 1855-57.
Father P. J. Meyer, present incumbent of St. Clements Church, Preston, reports that this cemetery was the second burial ground of the Preston R.C. congregation and was opened at the time the railway was put through.
The first burial was that of John Nicholas Dufresne, who was accidentally killed in connection with the construction of the railway. This was on October 8th, 1857. About 345 bodies were buried in this small cemetery from that date until in recent years when the third cemetery
Waterloo Historical Society, Annual Volume 1936