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Alexander Conkey Gillies

Alexander Conkey Gillies

Male 1868 - 1948  (80 years)

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  • Name Alexander Conkey Gillies 
    Born 22 Jan 1868  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Christened 5 Apr 1868  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Business Ayr, , Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Car dealership 
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    Alexander C. Gillies' Ayr Garage and Ford dealership, which was later owned by his son, John Gillies.

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    Interesting business, story 
    Name A. C. Gillies 
    Occupation 44 Stanley St., Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    druggist 
    Occupation 1901  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Druggist 
    Occupation 1911  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Retail merchant - drug store 
    Religion 1911  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-338361 
    Died 3 May 1948  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Cause: Cause: Fractured Hip - Pneumonia 
    Buried 5 May 1948  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Person ID I338361  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

    Father John Gillies,   b. 2 Feb 1831, Eckford, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1907, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Martha Jane Bell,   b. 20 Oct 1837, , Down Co., Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1915, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1863  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Family ID F247845  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emily Frances "Emma" Thorne,   b. 4 Jul 1863, Edville, Northumberland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1953, Paris, Brant County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 13 Aug 1893  Cramahe Twp., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
     1. John Thorne Gillies,   b. 18 Jun 1894, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1954, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F247770  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Jan 1868 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 5 Apr 1868 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Car dealership - - Ayr, , Ayrshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - druggist - - 44 Stanley St., Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Druggist - 1901 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Retail merchant - drug store - 1911 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1911 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Fractured Hip - Pneumonia - 3 May 1948 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 5 May 1948 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Died In Galt Hospital, on Monday, May 3 1948 Alexander Conkey Gillies In his 81st year. The Funeral (Private) Will take place from the W.O. Ball Funeral Parlor, Ayr, on Wednesday, May 5th, at 2.30 p.m. Interment in the Ayr Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.

      Waterloo Historical Society Death Notices Collection - photocopies

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      Passing Of A. C. Gillies

      Alexander C. Gillies, dean of Ayr businessmen and one of the oldest and most widely known druggists of Ontario, passed away in Galt Hospital on Monday morning, in his 81st year. Following a stroke in 1941, Mr. Gillies had been in failing health for a number of years.

      On Thursday night he accidentally fell while crossing a room in his residence, and sustained a fracture of his left hip. He was taken to Galt Hospital on Friday morning, where pneumonia subsequently developed and the end came on Monday morning about 8 o'clock.

      Born at Perry's Corners

      Mr. Gillies was born in Blenheim Township, near Perry's Corners, being a son of John Gillies, a Scottish pioneer, and Martha Jane Bell, a native of Ireland. The family later resided in South Dumfries for many years on the farm now occupied by Douglas Maus.

      As a young man, Mr. Gillies decided to become a druggist, and to this end served his apprenticeship in pharmacies in Galt and Brighton. He graduated from the School of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, in 1891.

      Conducted Business Here for 55 Years

      In the year 1893, he decided to open a drug and Stationery store in Ayr, his native village, and for the past 55 years had conducted a successful business here. He first located in the stand now occupied by Henry Bechtel, barber, on Stanley street and later removed to the store which he had since occupied. In the passing of Mr. Gillies, the business section of Ayr suffers a severe loss, and the record he has established of serving the community continuously for a period of 55 years will not be easily surpassed.

      Keenly Interested in Village

      In his younger days, Mr. Gillies took a keen interest in all affairs pertaining to the advancement of the village. In the days when bicycling was in vogue, preceding the automobile era, he was agent for the well-known Gendron wheel, and parties of young chaps went on cycling tours to Hamilton and other points. In those early days, canoeing was also a popular sport and the event of the year was to make the trip to Paris by canoe, in the wake of the spring flood of the Nith.

      Was G. N. W. Agent

      For many years Mr. Gillies operated the G.N.W. telegraph office in connection with his business, and upon election night returns were received by him in Federal and Provincial contests and relayed to the Council Chamber by messenger boy, where the results were announced.

      Enthusiastic Band Supporter

      He was an enthusiastic supporter of the former Ayr Citizens' Band and made it possible to have a band stand erected fronting his trout pond on Northumberland street. Upon the conclusion of weekly concerts conducted on this stand, it gave Mr. Gillies much pleasure to occasionally invite the members of the band to partake of lunch and refreshments upon the spacious veranda, of his home, over-looking the water of Watson's dam.

      As a naturalist of note, Mr. Gillies was fond of wild flowers and was one of the few persons who knew of the deep forest recesses where grew the rare and elusive trailing arbutus and lovely lady-slipper. Mr. Gillies was an ardent hunter and, while his health permitted, rarely missed the deer-hunting season up north. He was also an enthusiastic fisherman and skillful photographer. In addition, he had acquired the art of mounting his trophies of gun and line, which he was proud to display.

      As one of the original Ford car dealers of the Province, Mr. Gillies erected a garage on Northumberland street on the site of a former planing mill.

      Famous Trout Pond

      Harnessing the spring stream which furnished power for the water wheel, he constructed a dam, or pool, which he stocked with speckled trout. This pool, with its pleasant rustic surroundings, soon became famous throughout the Province and was visited by thousands of persons each year. In the adjoining park was a miniature cabin containing many Indian relics, Mr. Gillies was a former member of old Stanley Street Presbyterian Church and, following union, of Knox United Church. He was also a member of Dolman Lodge, I.O.O.F. To Mrs. Gillies, who was his constant and untiring helpmeet throughout the years, goes the sympathy of the entire community in her sad bereavement.

      Those Surviving

      Surviving are his widow, whose maiden name was Emma Frances thorn, of Brighton; one son, John T. Gillies of Ayr; a granddaughter, Miss Marjoree Gillies; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Hall, Welland, and a brother, William Gillies of Paris. The funeral, which was private, took place this (Wednesday) afternoon from the W. O. Ball Funeral Parlor to the Ayr cemetery.

      The Ayr News May 6 1948 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S326] Census - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - 1901, Ayr (Village) A Page 4.

    2. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      Gillies/ Alexander C. Gillies/ 1868 - 1948/ his LovIng wife/ Emily F. Thorne/ 1863 - 1953/ John Thorne Gillies/ 1894 - 1954/ his beloved wife/ Mildred B. Taylor/ 1897 - / Marjorie B. Gillies/ 1923 - / beloved wife of/ Kenneth A. LIngelbach/ 1923 -

    3. [S29] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Galt - St. Andrews Presbyerian.
      Alexander Conkey Gillies Born 22 Jan 1868 Parents John Gillies & Jane Bell baptized 05 Apr 1868 Occupation: Farmer

    4. [S1282] Census - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - 1911, p 6.

    5. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      Gillies/ Alexander C. Gillies/ 1868 - 1948/ his Loving wife/ Emily F. Thorne/ 1863 - 1953/ John Thorne Gillies/ 1894 - 1954/ his beloved wife/ Mildred B. Taylor/ 1897 - 1993/ Marjorie B. Gillies/ 1923 - 2006/ beloved wife of/ Kenneth A. Lingelbach/ 1923 - /
      [A] Father [B] Mother [C] Marjoree B./ Lingelbach/ 1923 - 2006 [D] Mildred B. Gilles/ 1897 - 1993/ At rest [E] John T. Gillies/ 1894 - 1954/ at Rest.

    6. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      John Gillies b. Roxburgh, Scotland res: Dumfries Township Age: 31 born abt 1832 father: Thomas mother: Agnes Whilers married Martha Jane Bell Age:: 20 born abt 1843 b. Co. Down, Ireland Spouse res: Dumfries Township father: Samuel mother: Jane Covey married 2 Jan 1863 county: Waterloo

    7. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: Martha Jane Bell Age: 20 Birth Date: abt 1843 Birth Place: Ireland Marriage Date: 2 Jan 1863 Marriage County or District: Waterloo Father: Samuel Mother: Jane Casey Spouse: John Gillies Spouse's Age: 31 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1832 Spouse Birth Place: Scotland Spouse Residence: Dumfries Township Spouse Father: Thomas Spouse Mother: Agnes Whilers Residence: Dumfries Township

    8. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: Alexander C Gillis Age: 25 Birth Date: abt 1868 Birth Place: Galt, Ontario Marriage Date: 30 Aug 1893 Marriage County or District: Northumberland Father: John Gillis Mother: Martha Bell Spouse: Emma Thorne Spouse's Age: 30 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1863 Spouse Birth Place: Cramahe Township Spouse Father: John Thome Spouse Mother: Ann Houghman