Previous The Canadian Album, Men of Canada, Vol. 1 (1891) Next

 

IIO   MEN OF CANADA.

EDWIN D. TILLSON,

son of the founder

of the town of Tilsonburg, was born in the County of Noriolk, March 26th, 1825. His father was born in Massachusetts, and in 1822 moved to Canada, and with Hiram Capron and Joseph Van Norman built at Long Point the first foundry erected in the province. In 1826, when Edwin was a year old, his father came to what is now Tilsonburg, and built a saw mill and a forge. Here he manufactured lumber, wrought iron, and laid out roads, and acted as county commissioner for many years. He laid out Tilsonburg in 1835. Mr. Tillson attended school in Ohio for one year, and then, until the was twenty-one, worked on a farm. He then taught school for a short time and worked at lumbering. In 1847, with a capital of one hundred dollars, he, with two other young men, built a saw

mill, and purchased valuable pine lands near the mill, from Hon. Robt. Baldwin, of Toronto, which afterwards became valuable. Three years afterwards he built another saw mill in the village, and, in 1851, selling his interest in the small mills, he bought his father's mill and water privileges ; pulled down the old mill and built a fine large double mill on the old site. His financial success from this time onward has been uninterrupted. Most of the improvements in Tilsonburg were initiated and largely assisted by Mr. Tillson's private means. In 1890 he added to his properties a planing inill, sash and

door factory, flour, barley, pea and oat-meal mills, and also a large brick yard. Mr. Tillson was reeve of Dereham township two years, first mayor of Tilsonburg, has been postmaster nineteen years, and magistrate about twenty years. He is a member of the Methodist Church, and also steward and trustee for eighteen years, and is interested in many important enterprises. He was married on July 4th, 185o, to Mary Ann Van Norman, of Tilsonburg. They have four children living and two have died. In the fullest sense of the word, lie has done much to make Tilsonburg what it is.

Picture

Previous The Canadian Album, Men of Canada, Vol. 1 (1891) Next