BURGESS, P.C. (Philip), ([1844]?]-1921) [ 1844 (Approx.) - 1921 ]

BURGESS, P.C. (Philip) ([1844]? – 1921) Labourer (McDougall, Brandon & Austin) [1893]-1900 Bell Ringer; Power House Assistant [1909-1914] According to his obituary P.C. Burgess was born in Thurlow Township, Hastings County, around 1844, and moved to FF about 1885 [FFPL 1921.37]. We know that Burgess left the employment of McDougall, Brandon & Austin in October 1900, where he had worked for seven years, and moved to Bracebridge accompanied by his youngest daughter. The family were “old residents of the Falls…” [FFG 26 Oct 1900; 5]. By October 1909 Burgess had returned, as his name began appearing in the village accounts for ʺringing [the] town bellʺ [FFG 15 Oct 1909; 4]. This position continued until at least December 1912. He also appears to have secured a job as an assistant at the local power house around this time. Burgess’s resignation was announced in August 1914 [FFG 4 Sept 1914; 5], as well as the name of his successor [A.W. Quibell]. Burgess left the village for the west sometime after that. Philip Burgess died in Edmonton in 1921. OBITUARY – Philip C. Burgess At Edmonton … on Sunday last… for many years a respected resident of FF… born Thurlow Township, Hastings County, and moved to FF [36] years ago [1885]. About six years ago [1915] he went west on account of the critical condition of his wife’s health, but she only lived six weeks after reaching Edmonton. … age 77 … While in FF, Mr. Burgess was responsible for the organization of the True-Blue Lodge and occupied the chair for the first year. He was also a member of the Home Circle and Masonic Order. .. a veteran of the Fenian Raid… [FFPL 1921.37] Sources: FFG; FFPL NOTES: FFG 4 Sept 1914; 5 PERSONAL … Mr. P.C. Burgess, for a number of years assistant at the local power house, has resigned. The vacancy has been filled by the appointment of Mr. A.W. Quibell.

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