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390   MEN OF CANADA.

Thomas H. Parker

of Woodstock and one of its most successful business n1en, was born ill Cumberland, Eng., on the loth of February, IS2S. His parents were John and Jane (Harrison) Parker. Both the Parkers and Harrisons are old Cumberland families. In 1531 the family emigrated to Canada and settled in Peterborough, -,x-here our subject spent fifteen years in farming and at-tending a public school part of the tune. In 1546 his father moved to Zorra town-ship, Oxford County, «here he purchased a farm and cultivated it for some years. At the age of twenty, our sub-

ject returned to Peterbo-

rough, engaging in the

lumber business in the sum-

mer and attending the Rey.

Mr. Taylor's Grammar

School during the Nvinter.

From iSSo to iS55 he was

at Brantford and Hamilton

as a merchant's apprentice.

He theft removed to Wood-

stock and commenced busi-

ness for himself. At the

expiration of one year he

fornied a partnership Nvith

John D. Hood. He con-

tiuued ill this business until

!   1873, when, having realized

a competence, he sold out

and retired front active busi-

ness. While in trade, Dlr.

Parker's excellent business

liabits, keen insight and

ready grasp of all matters

pertaining to the welfare of

the commtill ity, were patent

to the public, and he was fre-

quetltly called upon to fill

various public offices. He

was in the Council several

years, and subsequently

filled the office of first and

second deputy reeve. In 1578 he was elected mayor, and was so popular that he was re-elected by acclamation the next year. He was president of the Mechanics' Institute, was the first president of Woodstock Board of Trade, and has always been identified «-ith all platters pertaining to the welfare of the town. In politics he is Reform. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity. Mr. Parker was married on the 1st of June, 1859, to Miss Annie, daughter of Jabez Hood, Esq., Newcastle-oft-Tviie, sister of John D. Hood, mentioned above. Their family consists of two daughters.

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