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90   MEN OF CANADA.

FRANK COOPER, photographer,
London, Out., was born in Lon-
don township, December 21st,
1845, and married Emily Selina,
daughter of W. E. Riddle, of St.
Catharines, March 19, 1878, by whom
he has two sons and one daughter.
He was educated at the ordinary country
school, which, owing to circumstances,
he had to leave at 13, and began the
battle of life. He first became errand
boy in a confectioner's store, and two
years afterwards entered a dry goods
establishment as parcel boy. After
this he served for a few weeks in
carriage trimming. His tastes, how-

ever, did not lie in such directions, and at the age of 17 he began the study of photography, for which he had a strong desire, entering his brother's studio to acquire a knowledge of the art, and remaining until he was 22 years of age, when he started business on his own account. His capital at the start was very small indeed, but by strict attention, close application, and passionate love for his profession, he has been very successful. 1\Ir. Cooper is a trustee of the Dundas Street Centre Methodist Church, and member of the Ouarterly Board, which church he united with some 1S years ago.

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