JOSEPH STANLEY, president of the Y.l\I.C.A., of Stan-ley, Robertson & Co., dry goods merchants, Brantford, Out., was born near Belfast, Ireland. His parents Nvere Henry and Isabella (Hi(Y-gins) Stanley, of the County of Antrim, Ireland. His ancestors event to Ireland with King William during the war between that monarch and King James, and were engaged ill that Nvar, and, after it was over, received desirable estates for services rendered to the country at that time. Mr.
Stanley was educated at the ~ public schools of Belfast and the Model School of
that city. After leaving
school, he commenced the dry goods business witli a celebrated Scotch house at Belfast, remaining there for about three years. He then came to Canada and engaged in the dry goods business as a clerk ill Toronto, after which he removed to St. Catharines, engaging in the mercantile business there. In the year iS84 he removed to Brantford, where he bought the large stock and business plant of Williamson & Co. Iu the year i8<57 he took into partnership with him Mr. R. W. Robertson, since which time the firm name has been Stanley, Robertson & Co. Much of the firm's success is due to Mr. Stanley's complete knowledge of the requirements
of the business. Mr. Stanley is a member of the Church of England and a lay reader in connection with Grace Church, Brantford. He is also a member of the Vestry of St. Jude's