- Baker 1888/1889 (Approx.) - July 1890
According to his obituary William McWatters was born in Manvers Township where he “resided until he was about 30 years of age”. He moved to Fenelon Township around 1880 where he farmed for several years, before “coming to Fenelon Falls where he engaged in the grocery and baking business” [FFPL 15.8-9].
McWatters first appears in the Ontario Directory for 1888/1889. He operated a shop and bread waggon, but stopped the bread waggon in September 1889. McWatters sold his baking business in the village to Christopher J. Lamb in June, 1890 [FFG 20 June 1890; 4], and moved to Lindsay [FFG 4 July 1890; 4] where carried on a large bakery for over a quarter of a century. He died at Harrisburg, Ontario on Saturday 29 January 1916, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Lindsay [FFPL. 15.82].
551 Variant spelling: McWaters.
552 “Owing to hard times, small profits, and slow returns, I am obliged to retire from the waggon [sic], so I beg to call the attention of my numerous customers to the fact that on and after the first of September I will stop delivering bread; but you will at all times find a good fresh loaf at my shop. For the convenience of my customers south of the river, Mr. S. Maybee will keep my bread for sale as usual. …I shall always keep on hand a good assortment of all kinds of Cakes and Pastry, at a moderate price. Eighteen tickets for one dollar if paid in advance.” [FFG 6 Sept 1889; 1].
553 This reference to FFPL: 15.8 is correct. The obit is listed in the 1915/16 records.