THOMAS VERNON GEARING, Toronto,
was born January 17th, 18J3, at Llangadock, Caermarthanshire, South \Vales. He was educated in the National schools of England, and began life as a telegraph operator in the Great Western Railway. In 187o his uncle, Joseph Gearing, contractor, Toronto, when on a visit to England persuaded him of the great advantages offered young men in Canada, to which he came in 1871, and entered his uncle's employment as a carpenter. In 188o he began as a builder and contractor, and has built many of the finest blocks and dwellings in Toronto, among which may be mentioned the Medical Hall on Bay street. Mr. Gearing is a member of the Anglican Church. He also belongs to the Masonic brotherhood, is Past Grand Master of the Canadian Order of Odd Fellows, member of the Select Knights of the A.O.U.W., of the Sons of England Society, and other organizations. In politics he is a Conservative. In May, 1887, he married Miss Mary Frances Dowzard, of Toronto. He stands high in his line of business.