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James Kersell Cranston

James Kersell Cranston

Male 1855 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name James Kersell Cranston 
    Born 1855  Cedar Creek, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Business Cranston Novelty Advertising Co 
    • The late Mr. Youmans at one time a resident of this town, keeping a bookstore and stationers establishment in the stand now occupied by Mr. J. K. Cranston. He moved away when Mr. Cranston took possession, some twelve years ago

      The Weekly Reformer 29 Apr 1897 pg 2
    Cranston Novelty Advertising Co
    Cranston Novelty Advertising Co
    Elected Office Galt - councillor 
    Name J. K. Cranston 
    Religion 1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    United Presbyterian 
    Religion 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    C. Presb. 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-39564 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Buried Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I39564  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2019 

    Father Alexander Cranston,   b. CALC 1 Feb 1822, , Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1886, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Marion Dickie,   b. CALC 3 Jan 1824, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1895, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Family ID F176435  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • James Kersell Cranston, educated at Dickie Settlement School and apprenticed in a book store in Port Hope. He came to Galt when he purchased Youman's book store which he operated for 15 years. He sold his business in 1905 to Thomas Ballantyne and moved to Toronto where he operated the Cranston Novelty Advertising Co. It is reported that he introduced the first phonograph and safety bicyle in Galt. He served on Galt council.


      Cambridge Mosiac, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

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      The Books you get from J.K. Cranston,
      Are good enough for any mansion;
      If once you buy at this cheap store,
      You'll soon be back to get some more.

      It is the place to get the Toys,
      That will just suit the little boys;
      And blue-eyed Dolls with lovely curls,
      That will delight the little girls.

      There's Toys and buggies for the babies,
      And fancy things to please the ladies,
      Such as Albums, Vases and Dressing Cases,
      In which they can see their pretty faces.

      Young gents', it is the place to buy,
      Things to please our girls, O my!
      The ladies can get a game of crouet,
      And a nice fine book with which to crochet.

      Papa and mama when you go shopping,
      Just stop and buy for the Christmas stocking,
      Balls, Marbles, and Horns, Mouth Organs and Whistles,
      Work Boxes and Puzzles and little dishes.

      There's such nice Bibles for dear grandpa.
      And Sacred Hymns for our grandma;
      The Bible is the only book that God has given,
      To guide us on our way to heaven.

      Come ere and buy, come one, come all,
      There's something nice for great and small;
      The things they sell are very cheap,
      Which when you get you'll have a treat.

      Advertisement for James K. Cranston of Galt
      poem composed by a 13-year-old schoolgirl Galt Summer Carnival, June 12th and 13th, 1890.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1778] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1861, Div 10 Page 79.

    2. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 14.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1855 - Cedar Creek, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - United Presbyterian - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presb. - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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