Samuel Graham (1848-1919)
The Sash Our Forefathers Wore
Following a lingering illness, Samuel Graham passed peacefully away at his home in Port Perry on Wednesday, August 13, 1919 at age 71 years.
For 40 years Samuel Graham was a citizen of this town, during which time he made many staunch friends and was well known for his geniality and cheerful optimism. He was a blacksmith by trade with a shop on Queen St. before taking over the Ontario Carriage Works in 1882. During 1892 he built a new building, opposite the Ontario Bank, at the rear of the lot.
As he always had a great interest in the welfare of the town, he was urged to become a council in 1913 and was elected by a splendid majority. During his term of office he was diligent in carrying out his responsibilities and was a very worthy representative of the voters.
Samuel was born in Ireland June 8, 1848 and immigrated to Canada with his parents. He was a consistent member of the Loyal Orange Lodge and for a number of years, up to the time of his death, was treasurer of the local organization.
Upon the completion of a new Post office, he was appointed caretaker and in that capacity gave splendid service and satisfaction both to the government and the public.
During the pastorate of the Rev. Benjamin Greatrix, he was received into the membership of the Methodist Church and for several years was a member of the board.
Samuel Graham was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery on August 15. The casket was covered with beautiful floral tributes and many old friends and acquaintances and member of the church attend the funeral service.
Deceased leave to mourn his loss, his widow Elizabeth and two sons, Dr. Richard L. Graham of Port Hope and Dr. Samuel B. Graham of Moosomin, Saskatchewan.