E.B. (Ewebank Benson) Whytall [ 1853 (Approx.) - 1915 ]

E.B. Whytall was the son of Benson Whytall of Verulam. He was 19 years-old in the 1871 Census. He set up a butcher shop in the premises vacated by Thomas Nevison (opposite Moffatt & McFarlands’ grocery on Colborne Street) in November 1880 [FFG 27 Nov 1880; 2]. His first advertisement in the Gazette was dated December 1st [FFG 25 Dec 1880; 2]. Whytall opened his shop at the time of the notorious Butcher’s by-law controversy, and Hand reported that “Mr. Cochrane is indignant because E.B. Whytall has opened out a butcher shop on Colborne Street” [FFG 4 Dec 1880; 2]. For an unknown reason, Whytall applied to the Village Council to transfer his Butchers’ license, in force until November 25th, 1881, to Paul Sova on July 18th, 1881 [FFG 23 July 1881; 2]. Did Whytall leave the village at this point? Was Sova working in his store? Whatever the reason, Whytall’s name continues to appear in the directories until 1884. He is listed in the 1881 census as a 28 year-old Englishman, and in the 1891 Census of Fenelon Township as a farmer; but he had moved from the area in 1901 as his name is not recorded in the Census. He died (probably in Toronto1) at the age of 63 on August 9th, 1915, and was buried in the Fenelon Falls Cemetery.

819 Variant spelling: Whyta : Variant name: Ewbank or Eubank. The actual spelling appears to have been Ewebank

820 Whytall’s wife died in Toronto in 1920 where two of his sons lived [FFPL 20.11].

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