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348   MIEN OF CANADA.

JAMES B. HOLT, hardware mer-
chant, Brantford, Out., was
born on the 20th June, IS37,
at Walsall, Staffordshire, Eng. He
received his education at the public
schools of England. His boyhood days
were spent on his father's farm, and at
all early age lie was apprenticed to the
trade of gold and silver-plating, at
which he served seven years. On the
expiration of his apprenticeship, he
was employed as foreman in the estab-
lisliment in which he learned the busi-
ness, remaining in this capacity for ten
years. In iS69 he came to Canada
and settled first at London, Ont.,

where he worked at his trade for one year. He then removed to Ingersoll and started business for himself as gold and silver-plater. While there he was very successful, doing work for the largest carriage manufacturers throughout the Province of Ontario. Being ambitious, and wishing to find a broader sphere for his energies, he removed to Brantford in the year 1876, and opened all establishment in his own line of business, namely, that of gold and silver-plating. After a time lie engaged ill the carriage hardware business, and afterwards branched out into a general hardware trade. By energy, perseverance and diligent attention to business, lie has become one of Brantford's most successful merchants, and has accumulated a considerable amount of money. His success has come from a thorough knowledge of his business, a strict integ

rity in all his dealings, and the pleasing manner in which he always meets his customers. Mr. Holt is a public-spirited man, and has been alderman of the city. He is a member and trustee of the 1lethodist Church, and a member of the Societe of the Sons of England. He is a thoroughly re-liable lnan and much respected by all classes. He was married on the 9th of November, 1859, to Miss Caroline AUhite, a native of Walsall, England. Thev have had born to thein fire children—one son and a daughter having passed away, and two sons and a daughter still living.

 

 

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