Lee Lung [ 1876 - ]

Lee Lung rented John Slater’s “little blue building on Colborne Street” and opened a laundry on or about Monday, December 12th, 1898 [FFG 9 December 1898; 5]. His name, “preceded by a procession of hieroglyphics, appears on a slip of paper pasted on to one of the panes of glass in the store door”. The appearance of perhaps the first Asian in Fenelon Falls did not pass without comment. Hand entitled his article “Washee, Washee”, called the newcomer “The Celestial”, and noted that he had paid his rent in advance. It was acknowledged in the papers that a laundry was badly needed in the village, as most work ended up going to Lindsay. Even the residents of Powles Corners wished him success [FFG 16 Dec 1898; 5]. The 1901 Census records that Lung was 24 years-old, and had arrived in Canada in 1898. The business appears to have lasted several years to about 1904.

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