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Richard Sidney Sparks Strong

Richard Sidney Sparks Strong

Male 1825 - 1913  (88 years)

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  • Name Richard Sidney Sparks Strong 
    Born 31 Mar 1825  Swanage, , Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Business Gore Fire Insurance, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gore Fire Insurance Co. 
    • THE GORE FIRE INSURANCE CO.

      Among the many institutions of which Galt boasts, none are more conspicuous than the Gore Ins. Co's pal-atial and imposing structure situated on the corner of Main and Ainslie streets. The style is of a Romanesque char-acter, and is built with Connecticut brown-stone, rock-faced base up to the first storey window sills ; above this it is faced with brown pressed brick, tooled portage entry stone trimmings and Terra Cotta carvings. The corner of Main and Ainslie streets is round, having over the main entrance a heavily moulded arch, supported on two Doric columns, and over the arch the Company's name carved in mediaeval letters. This round corner is continued up above the roof, forming a round tower, roofed with Span-ish tiles and terminating in a columned and octagon lantern, with ogee top and flag staff. Total height from the side-walk about eighty-two feet. The Gore has about 125 active agents through Ontario.1a

      1a1897 Jubilee Souvenir of Galt
    Gore Fire Insurance Co. in 1897
    Gore Fire Insurance Co. in 1897
    From 1897 Jubilee Souvenir of Galt
    Immigration 1843  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Historic Building Abt 1851  57 Grand Ave. N., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    stone 2 story building 
    • Land originally owned by James Craig. Known as Pierson house. Original house on this site was a stone cottage belonging to John Pierson from about 1851 until after 1867. R. S. Strong enlarged it putting on second story and adding the arched doorway.
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    Name R. S. Strong 
    Occupation 1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Druggist 
    1861 Tremaine's Map
    1861 Tremaine's Map
    Religion 1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Church of England 
    Occupation 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farmer, Chemist and Druggist 
    Religion 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Church of England 
    Occupation 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Religion 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Church of England 
    Occupation 1901  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Manufacturer 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-59046 
    Died 6 Oct 1913  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Old Age 
    Buried Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I59046  Generations
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 

    Family 1 ?,   b. Abt 1825,   d. Bef 1901  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F17082  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Dowker,   b. 15 Jul 1826, Terrington, , Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1896, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married Oakville, Halton Regional Municipality, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Richard Sidney Strong,   b. 5 Mar 1855, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1900, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     2. Mary Margaret Strong,   b. CALC 14 Nov 1856, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1871, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 14 years)
     3. Frances Strong,   b. 1857, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Thomas Francis Strong,   b. CALC 14 Nov 1858, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1880, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 21 years)
     5. Elizabeth Hardy Strong,   b. 28 Jun 1860, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1944, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     6. Hester K. Strong,   b. 18 Feb 1862, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1949  (Age 87 years)
     7. Arthur D. Strong,   b. 7 Nov 1864, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1916, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F24447  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The Gore Fire Insurance Co.

      Among the many institutions of which Galt boasts, none are more conspicuous than the Gore Ins. Co.'s palatial and imposing structure situated on the corner of Main and Ainslie Streets. The style is of the Romanesque character, and is build with Connecticut brown-stone rock-faced base up to the first storey window sills; above this it is faced with brown pressed brick, tooled portage entry stone trimmings and Terra Cotta carvings. The corner of Main and Ainslie Streets is round, having over the main entrance a heavily moulded arch, supported on two Doric columns, and over the arch the Company's name carved in mediaeval letters. This round corner is continued up above the roof, forming a round tower, roofed with Spanish tiles and terminating in a columned and octagon lantern, with ogee top and flag staff. Total height from the side-walk about eighty-two feet. The Gore has about 125 active agents through Ontario.

      Officers of Management:

      Hon. Jas. Young, President
      Adam Warnock, Esq., Vice-President
      Hugh McCulloch
      Hugh Cant
      Robt. Scott
      Chas. McGill
      Jno. Watson
      James Goldie
      R.S. Strong, Man. Director

      Jubilee Souvenir of Galt 1897

      ________________________

      The first great fire in Galt took place in 1851. The buildings on Main Street were then chiefly wooden, more especially on the south side where the long and handsome Granite Block now stands. The fire broke out in the store carried on by one McKinnon, and soon all that portion of the street was in flames, The fire engines were worked with a will, but they were powerless against such a mass of flame as soon arose. Messrs Peter Cook, Alex. H. Mowat, R. McKinnon, Andrew Elliott, John McVenn, Robert Wallace all well-remembered names were among those burned out on the occasion. *


      *The Granite Block which replaced these buildings was abo destroyed by fire in 1862. The fire originated from a barrel of Naptha in Fleming A Robinson's grocery, and in consequuence of having a lighted lamp brought too close to it. It occurred about seven o'clock on Saturday evening, the 31st May, 1862, and the fire spread with unprecedented rapidity. The following shops were destroyed: Fleming & Robinson, groceries; John Fleming, books and stationery; William Frier, dry goods; John Orchard tailor and clothier; R. S. Strong, drugs and chemicals; William Kerr, boots and shoes. Besides these establishments, the buildings of Mr. Robert Wallace, and the stocks of Messrs. W. H. Job, Wm. Prest, Angus Polson, Taylor & Green, and George West, were injured by removal, or otherwise. The losses were very heavy

      Reminiscences of the Early History of Galt and the Settlement of Dumfries in the Province of Ontario, by James Young, 1880 Toronto: Hunter, Rose Pg. 220

  • Sources 
    1. [S259] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1901, Galt (Town/Ville) C-9 Page 9.

    2. [S505] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Trinity Anglican (Galt) CC#4497 Internet Link .
      Richard Sidney Sparks Strong/ A native of/ Dorset, England/ and youngest son of/ Capt. Thomas Strong R. N./ born March 31st 1825/ and died Oct. 6th, 1913/ In affectioate remembrance of/ Mary Dowker/ His dearly loved wife/ born at Terrington/ Yorkshire, England/ July 15th 1826/ and died Oct. 11th 1896/ (verse)

    3. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 8.

    4. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, Div. 1 Page 64.

    5. [S1778] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1861, Div 11 Page 88.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Mar 1825 - Swanage, , Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Gore Fire Insurance Co. - - Gore Fire Insurance, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1843 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - stone 2 story building - Abt 1851 - 57 Grand Ave. N., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Druggist - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of England - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer, Chemist and Druggist - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of England - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of England - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1901 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Old Age - 6 Oct 1913 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - Oakville, Halton Regional Municipality, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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