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184   MEN OF CANADA.

THOMAS JOHN HAMMILL, mill owner, Barrie, Out., was born on the 16th December, 1849, in Wentworth County. He is a son of Robert Hammill, of the same place. He received his education at the public school, or, as it was called, " Bennett's" school house, Governor's Road, Went-worth County. At an early age he entered the employment of N. & O. J. Phelps, lumber merchants, St. Catharines, where he remained for 19 years. He removed to Barrie in 1882, and began business there as partner of the firm of N. & O. J. Phelps & Co. In addition to their mills at Phelpston and Barrie,

he is also interested in British Columbia timber lands. Mr. Hammill is a member of the Methodist Church, and also steward and trustee of the Collier Street Church, Barrie. He is also a member of the Masonic Brotherhood, the Independent Order of Oddfellows, and various other fraternal organizations. He is also a member of the Toronto Board of Trade. In politics he is a Liberal, and in 1882 was elected alderman for St. Catharines. He has been twice married in 187o to Miss Elliott, who died iii 1872, and in 18i4 to Flora, daughter of Noah Phelps, of St. Catharines.

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