Etc. -- James Whitside's 1910 obituaries (2 articles)
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A lightly edited transcription of an article on page 6 of the 15 Sep 1910 Simcoe Reformer.

The Late James Whitside

The death occurred on Sunday morning, shortly after 10 o'clock, of Mr. James Whitside of Delhi, aged 79 years.

The deceased was one of Delhi's most active and prominent business men for over 50 years, and at one time owned large lumber mills and a general store in that village. Of late he was a grain buyer. For more than 40 years, Mr. Whitside was postmaster of Delhi.

Death resulted after an illness extending over several months. He is survived by his widow, four daughters and one son: Mrs. Hodgson of Peterborough,
Mrs. Freeman of Hamilton,
Mrs.  M. A. Duncombe and 
Mrs. E. D. Heath off Delhi,
and Mr. Wilbur H. Whitside of Delhi.

A lightly edited transcription of an article on page 12 of the 20 Oct 1910 Simcoe Reformer.

Another Land Mark Removed

To the Editor of The Reformer:

Dear Sir: -- Kindly permit me, on the principle of "Honor to whom honor is due" to use the columns of your valued paper in giving a brief sketch of Delhi's foremost citizen, who so recently passed away, to the great loss of family, church, and municipality of Delhi.

To used a commonplace, an old landmark has been removed, and yet what word would express the fact more clearly for who is there of Delhi's citizens of any age who has not had to do with Mr. Whitside, either in his official or business capacity. No more familiar figure was there in the public life of Delhi.

The subject of our sketch was born in the county of Armaugh, Ireland, in the year 1832 and died in Delhi 
11 Sep 1910. He came to Canada with his parents while still an infant, and when but a lad was left an orphan.

The career that followed is abundant proof that 
Mr. Whitside possessed qualities rarely seen: the ability to recognize and seize an opportunity then successfully grapple with the business problems which that opportunity presented.

Mr. Whitside always had a prominent place in the business enterprises of Delhi. At an early age he entered into mercantile life, in which he continued for upwards of 50 years.

In the early days he did a large business in the lumber trade, owning and conducting saw mills in different places. He also did a large business in buying and shipping grain, all of which in the early years  had to be teamed to Port Ryerse for shipment, there being no railroad facilities at that time. At times this required a great many teams.

Mr. Whitside continued in the seed and grain business to a greater or lesser extent, right up to the close of his life. He also operated and owned a tannery and a planning mill for a number of years.

But perhaps the position which brought him more widely before the public, was in his official capacity as Postmaster, first at Fredericksburg, afterwards known as Delhi, which position he faithfully and honorably filled for over half a century.

His kind and genial disposition, his strict adherence to the principles of truth and righteousness, made him the friend and commanded the esteem of child and adult.

For nearly 60 years he was a faithful member and trustee of the Delhi Baptist Church, and for many years was superintendent of the Sunday School.

A funeral service was conducted in the Baptist Church and the interment took plac in the Delhi cemetery, Tuesday, 13 Sep 1910.

It is needless to say that the whole community and all who knew Mr Whitside, sympathize with the beloved family, who have been called upon to suffer so great a loss.

                                                            J. F. DINGMAN.
                                                            Mount Forest, Ont.
                                                            12 Oct 1910.

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