A. H. Backus,
Leading Aylmer Citizen and Barrister, Dies
Former Mayor of Town
Ill only a short time with Cancer
Practiced Law in Aylmer since 1883
A Prominent Anglican
Aylmer, 18 Aug -- Albert Hamilton
Backus, barrister-at-law of this place, died at his home,
"Greenwoods," this morning after a short illness of cancer.
Mr. Backus was one of the most
prominent and most highly respected residents of Aylmer.
Born 68 years ago near Port Rowan,
where he received his early education, he studied law at Simcoe, with H.
A. Hardy, county crown attorney, and with the firm of Tisdale &
Later he proceeded to Toronto, and
after being called to the bar came to Aylmer in May 1886 and began the
practice off his profession.
He was joined by A. E. Miller, and
the firm was known as Miller & Backus. This partnership was continued
right up to the time of Mr. Backus' death, making the firm the oldest in
Canada in which there had been no change in personnel of the firm.
Mr. Backus had filled many offices
of a public nature. For 12 years after coming to Aylmer, he served on the
public school board; he was a member of the high school board many years;
was on the town council for 10 years, and served a term as mayor.
He was a leading member of the
Anglican Church, and for years had been one of the leading laymen at
meetings of the synod.
Deceased is survived by his
Dr. Annie Backus.
George S. Backus of Boston,
president of the American Type Founders of the United States and Mexico,
is a brother, and
Mrs. R. W. Nelson is a sister.