One of the most widely known and highly respected fruit men of Canada, Edgar Judson Woolverton, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hamilton Fleming, on Friday, July 10th, 1925. Mr. Woolverton was the son of Dr. Jonathan Woolverton, one of the pioneer physicians of the district. E.J. Woolverton was born in Grimsby, January 20, 1841, the second of a family of 5 boys, three of whom have become widely known as members of the medical and dental professions - Dr. Solon Woolverton, of London, still living; Dr. Theoron Woolverton, for many years attached to the United States Navy; Dr. Algernon Woolverton, of Hamilton, and Delos of Toronto.
The late Mr. Woolverton had been more widely known as one of the pioneers in the fruit industry, he and a few associates spending much time and energy in the fruit-marketing problems in the early days of fruit growing in the Niagara belt. For many years he was president of the Niagara District Fruit growers Stock company of which he was one of the founders and which for many years was the main marketing vehicle for fruit in this district. Up to some 20 years ago he was the head of E.J. Woolverton & Sons, but since that time has lived retired, spending much time in travel in different parts of the world.
He married Dec. 31, 1868, Ann Cecelia Nixon, daughter of Dennis Nixon, of Nixon Hall and the same year built Echo Hall, where he lived until the death of Mrs. Woolverton in June 1907.
Though retiring from active business, he still held a keen interest in fruit marketing and his annual trips to different parts of the world were additions to his fund of knowledge, which he disseminated to the advantage of the local fruit industry. Aside from the respect borne him in business, Mr. Woolverton was always a favorite with friends for his upright and lovable qualities. Surviving are three sons, Theoron N. and Harold, of Grimsby; W.B. (Fred), of Orlando, Florida; and Mrs. Hamilton Fleming, of North Grimsby. Dr. Solon Woolverton, of London, a brother, also survives.
The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, July 12 from the residence of Hamilton Fleming to St. Andrews Anglican church, where the rector, the Rev. J. Allan Ballard conducted service, and later read the burial service in St. Andrews cemetery. The pallbearers were: H.K. Griffith, Norman Nelles, Col. H.K. Roberts, R.O. Smith, W.E. Smith, C. Ernest Woolverton. Among those present from outside points was the sole survivor of the brothers, Dr. Solon Woolverton, of London; Dr. Walter Hough, a cousin, and Mrs. Hough of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Mrs. Woolverton, widow of the late Dr. Algernon Woolverton, who has just returned from Europe; Mrs. Frank T. Woolverton of New York city, and Mrs. Julia (A.G.) Pettit, a sister-in-law, probably the last survivor of the older generation who lived for so many years around Grimsby.