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news clippings on John G. Cormack d1902
Posted by: Katrina Ling Date: September 14, 2000 at 22:27:00
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I hope this helps someone, it was found after my grandmother died when we went through her stuff. If anyone is following the same line, could they please email me. Thanks.
New info on Cormack line:

1. Invitation to a wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Hulbert Booth announce the marriage of their daughter Bertie to Mr. Charles Wilmont Campbell on
Thursday; October the second nineteen hundred and nineteen, Leamington; Ontario

2. Certificate of Birth

This is to certify that the following particulars of Birth are on record in the Office of the Registrar of Births,
Deaths, and Marriages:--

Name of Child: Julia Floyd Cormack
Date of Birth: 25th January, 1920                            Sex: Female
Place of Birth: 1114 Rockland Ave., Victoria, BC
Name of Father: John Graham Cormack
Birthplace of Father: Pembroke, Ontario
Maiden Name of Mother: Estelle Floyd Evans
Birthplace of Mother: Montreal, Quebec
Occupation of Father: Bookkeeper
Residence of Parents: Qualicum Beach, BC
Doctor or Nurse in attendance at Birth: Dr. F. Leeder
Signature of Informant: J.G. Cormack
Registered at Victoria, BC, this 24th day of February, 1920

3. Marriage Certificate

This certifies that on the 15th day of Sept. 1945 The Rite of Holy Matrimony was duly solemnized by me between
Carman Wilmont Campbell of Hamilton, Ontario and Julia Floyd Cormack of Qualicum Beach, BC and Dominion
of Canada Witness my hand this 15th day of Sept 1945
Witnesses: M.S. Smith                                   H.P. Davidson
        I. M. Miller                                   Officiating Minister

4. Death Notice

Died. In North Bay, on Tuesday, Nov. 15th 1904, Elizabeth Miller Cormack, Aged 61 years, 5 months, and 12
days. The Funeral Will leave the family residence, on Friday, the 18th inst., at 6 am. Internment in Pembroke
Cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will kindly accept this intimation.

5. Death Notice

Died. At Pembroke, on Saturday, January 11, 1896, Anne Graham, Wife of Robert Gray, aged 81 years and 10
months. The funeral will take place from her late residence on Monday, January 13th at 2:30 pm , to the
Presbyterian Cemetery.

6. Death Notice

Died, At his home, North Bay, on the 8th day of September, 1902, John Graham Cormack, Formerly of Pembroke,
Aged 63 years, 8 Mos. and 2 days. The funeral will take place from the residence of Mr. W.C. Irving Catherine
street (East end) Pembroke, on Wednesday, the 10th day of September instant, at two o’clock in the afternoon, to
the Presbyterian cemetery. Service at the house at 1.30 o’clock.

7. Marriage Certificate

I hereby certify that on the 21st day of September 1910 the Rite of Holy Matrimony was solemnized by me, by the
authority of Cyprian Calgary between John Graham Cormack of the City of Calgary in the Province of Alberta
Dominion of Canada, and Estelle Floyd Evans of the city of Calgary in the Province of Alberta and Dominion
aforesaid. witness my hand at W. Evans Hs. this 21st day of September 1910. In presence of W. J. Evans and ??
G. Gordon Edwards Officiating Minister. No. 18 Registered at Calgary.

Written on Back:
John G. Cormack died April 1963
Estelle Cormack died Dec 13. 1984

8. Certificate of Registration of Birth

I, Robert M. Selkirk Division Registrar of the Division of Leamington in the County of Essex in the Province of
Ontario, Dominion of Canada, do hereby certify that the following is a correct copy of the Return of Birth made to
me and entered in the Birth Schedule, and is not included in any Quarterly Return made by me to the
Registrar-General, and the said Certificate is issued by me under provisions of C. 49, S. 12, RSO., 1914
Name: Carman Wilmont Campbell
Date of Birth: July 6, 1920
Where Born: E. Elliott St. Lemington              Sex: Male
Where and When Married: Oct. 2, 1919
Full Name of Father: Charles Wilmont Campbell
Address: Leamington, Ont.
Occupation: Canada Customs Officer
Maiden Name of Mother: Anna Bertie Booth
Single, Married, or Widow? Married
Name of Physician in attendance: Dr. J. King
Were you in House at time of Birth: Yes
Name of Person Making this Return: Charles Wilmont Campbell
Address: Leamington, Ont.
Date of Return: July 29, 1920
Certified by me this 29th day of July 1920. Robert Selkirk, Division Registrar

9. Newspaper article from 1902

Pembroke Observer

John Graham Cormack, who died at North Bay on Monday, Sept. 8th, had been for many years one of the most
prominent and respected residents of Renfrew County and Nipissing. His name will always by historical, for he
was the first to establish a drug store at Pembroke. This he did in 1862, having come here from Perth, where he
was born sixty-four years ago. He was a young man of most genial disposition, ripe scholarship and keen
observation, and he at once became a prominent factor in the public affairs of the then village of Pembroke, and
was elected reeve in 1877, besides being a valued member of the board of education. Mr. Cormack married Miss
Millar, of Perth. About seventeen years ago, again taken with the impulse to “go west”, he removed to North Bay
then a place newly established because of the CPR making it a prominent centre, and again he established a first
drug store. Up there, as here, he soon sprang into prominence. he was the first clerk of the Town of North Bay,
and was also appointed clerk of the Town of North Bay, and was also appointed clerk of the first division court
established there. He also held other positions of trust, gifts of the people. However, failing health compelled him,
some time ago, to sell out his drug business, and he also resigned all of his offices, greatly to the regret of people of
North Bay. The deceased was a half brother of R.B. Gray, Dr. W. L. Gray and the Misses Gray, Pembroke. The
remains were brought to Pembroke on Tuesday and on Wednesday the funeral took place to the Presbyterian
cemetery from the residence of Mr. W. C. Irving, and of course was largely attended. Rev. G. L. Johnston, of
North Bay, and Rev. Dr. Bayne conducted religious services in the house and at the grave. The pallbearers were
Thomas Murray, M. P., Hon. Peter White, Sheriff Moffat, Alex. Moffat, S. E. Mitchell and Michael Howe.
Among those who came from a distance to attend the funeral were the following: From North Bay-- Judge Valin,
Rev. G. L. Johnston, R. Bunyan, W. W. Smith, H. Trelford, A. G. Browning, D. Purvis, B. M. Mulligan, S.
Huntington, Wm. Martin, M. W. Flannery. From Mattawa-- Charles Lamarche, George Smith.
       Mrs. Cormack survives her husband with their four children-- three girls and one boy. The daughters are
Mrs. Amos, of North Bay, Mrs. P. D. Gordon, of Montreal, and Miss Nessie Cormack at home. The son is also at
       Hon. J. G. Haggart was a first cousin of Mr. Cormack. The death of Mr. Cormack has removed one who
left his mark for all that is good on the rising generation over a large district of new territory, and “although dead
he speaketh.”

10. Newspaper article from 1902

Good Citizen Gone to Rest

       In a young town such as North Bay is, when one of its oldest inhabitants has passed away we do not hear
it said that “A landmark is gone;” but the town is old enough to fully realize the loss of a good citizen, when such a
one as John G. Cormack has ceased to be. To any one unacquainted with the history of the town the use of the
words” such a one” would convey a wrong impression, because we have no such a one left.
       Mr. Cormack was born a little over 63 years ago in the Town of Perth, Ont. He was of Highland Scotch
extraction, and, like many of his race, was a man of strong willpower and decided opinions. These were never
influenced by private or public estimation, but were directed by a logical mind and good common sense, with the
result that, without the least effort on his part, he was a leader in the community and a recognized and safe adviser
on almost all questions, whether of a private or public nature. Being of a most sanguine disposition, as well as
shrewd and far-seeing, his business ventures were far beyond those of any other man, and in the light of to-day
they are standing evidences of his sagacity and business ability. When North Bay was assailed, as was often the
case, with reports of approaching disasters which were to leave nothing but moss-grown and dilapidated ruins of
the buildings and streets trodden only by Indians and hunters, the disheartened citizen might ever be seen
returning with a cheerful, relieved expression on his face after an interview, on the question, with Mr. Cormack.
Amidst all signs and reports to the contrary, his faith in the stability and future greatness of North Bay never
wavered, and it is one of the examples of the irony of fate that he should pass away at the commencement of the
prosperity and expansion which he always maintained would ultimately come. No honest or well-meaning person,
however blundering or weak, ever appealed in vain to him for aid, and no event affecting the social or material
interest of the town passed without his encouragement and pecuniary assistance; but he unmistakably showed his
disapproval of all shams, counterfeits and humbugs.
       In religion Mr. Cormack was a Presbyterian, but while characteristically steadfast in his Calvinistic belief,
yet his relations with and treatment of other men were never influence by their religious views or beliefs.
       Politically, he was a strong supporter of the Liberal Party, and he gave forth no uncertain sound of his
pride and faith in the political leaders, their aims and accomplishments. But his politics, like his religion were of
the broadest and most tolerant kind, and any honest, intelligent conviction, however much opposed to his own
views, received his most favorable consideration, while political narrowness and bigotry he generally treated with
silent contempt.
       Mr. Cormack filled many important positions in North Bay. For a number of years he was clerk of the
division court, clerk and treasurer of the town, public school trustee, and in the year 1901 he was elected mayor of
the town by acclamation as a testimonial from the citizens in recognition of his valuable services to the town. To
say of any person that he was his enemy would be doing an injustice to that person, but to say that he was faultless
and that everybody was his friend and admirer would be contradictory evidence of his useful life, and would be to
him, in his lifetime, the essence of fulsome flattery. But this we can all truly say, that “taking him all in all, we
shall not soon see his like again.”
       The funeral took place to the CPR station at 7:30 on Tuesday evening, interment being made in the
Presbyterian cemetery at Pembroke on Wednesday.

11. Newspaper article from 1902
North Bay

       North Bay, Sept. 8.-- Mr. J. G. Cormack, one of the oldest residents of North Bay, passed away this
morning after an illness of some weeks, though for the past two years he has been in poor health, and early in the
present year he sold out his drug business to Mr. A. C. Rorabeck and retired from active business. While able to be
around he retained a lively interest in the town and its welfare. During his life he held different town offices, was
for a number of years town treasurer, member of the school board and mayor of the town for two years. He was
one of the largest property owners in town, the Cormack block, built by him, was the first uniform business place
built in North Bay. In politics he was a reformer; in religion, a Presbyterian, and was for a number of years a
member of the board of directors of that church. His figure was a familiar one in North Bay, as he was seldom
absent from town, and the citizens will miss him. He was a man of strong feeling, and there are those in town that
will recall many a kind and generous act done by him when they were in need or required a helping hand, but so
reticent was he in regard to his benefactions that few except those who received them ever knew of it. He leaves a
widow and several children-- Mrs. Gordon of Montreal and Mrs. Amos of North Bay, Miss Nellie Cormack and
Master John Cormack. The funeral took place on Tuesday evening from the family residence to the station and by
CPR train to Pembroke, where the interment will take place in the family plot in the cemetery there. Flags are at
half-mast today on a number of buildings out of respect to Mr. Cormack.

12. Newspaper article
Perth Woman Wills Dwelling for Worthy Purpose.

       Perth. Oct. 1.-- In the will of the late Mrs. Isabella Miller, Perth, she has bequeathed her dwelling house
for a home for returned soldiers. This will make an ideal spot for this great cause. The house, which is a large
stone dwelling, is surrounded by a magnificent garden and lawn, the little river running at the back of the grounds
while the Tay canal is just across the road. She also leaves a substantial sum to Grace Dart home, Montreal, the
Canadian Red Cross Society and the Muskota sanitarium for consumptives.

13. Newspaper article
Son of Canada’s First Senator, Hon. Peter Graham, for the Bathurst District

       The town was shocked on Wednesday when the news was spread that Mr. John Graham had died that
morning. Mr. Graham had been in failing health for some time, and the cause of death was advanced years. John
Monk McMartin Graham was born in Perth on October 6th, 1835, the third son of the late Hon. Henry Graham.
       The Graham family, while of Scottish descent, had lived in Ireland for two or three generations. The
father of deceased was a captain in a British regiment that was sent out to New Brunswick. While stationed there
Henry Graham was married, and later came to Perth where he started a general store on the corner now occupied
by James & Reid. He lived in a log house situated on a lot now taken up with Mr. T. A. Code’s magnificent
residence, and about 70 years ago he built the stone block at the corner of Gore and Herriot Streets. Henry Graham
drew much land from the British Government as a British soldier, and one of the parcels was the village site of
       History recalls that while being ferried across the Mississippi at Innisville on day while going on to
Ramsay, Mr. Graham was much interested in the ferry boy, Malcolm Cameron, then 13 or 14 years of age. His%


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