...The late John Hewitt was the third son of Thomas Hewitt, and was born in Grimsby Township on October 23, 1842, and spent the early part of his life in this locality. From his very earliest childhood he exhibited a remarkable capacity for business which grew and developed with age and through his life had handled many big schemes and shown an unusual business acumen. Mr. Hewitt amassed a large fortune and died a very wealthy man. Mr. Hewitt's first business venture was when he spent six months in learning the trade of carpenter; but from this line of business he turned to that of saddlery and soon opened a shop of his own in Grimsby Village, in a building where the Hotel Grimsby now stands. At the age of about 20 years he gave up this line and went to Toronto where he engaged with the Tremaine Map Company, and later compiled maps of the different counties of Ontario, himself and had been published by the Tremaine people...[business ventures in Chicago, Pittsburg, Chicago again, Miehle Printing Press Company, gold mining in Idaho]...In later life, Mr. Hewitt turned his attention to the place of his birth, Grimsby, Ontario, and in many ways his activities were beneficial to the community. He built, at heavy expense, and without thought of financial remuneration, the Village Inn, which has always been and is yet one of the finest hotels on Ontario, and is known far and wide by tourists and travellers. Mr. Hewitt spent large sums of money in building piers and dredging at the lake, for the convenience of those who wished to use the harbor...Mr. Hewitt had been married twice; first in his early youth to Miss Fannie Rarey of Columbus, Ohio, who died about three years after their marriage; and he was married the second time to Miss McIntosh, of Chicago, but formerly of Hamilton, Ont., and she predeceased him by about 8 years.