Mr. Mathias Durham, for many years prominent in the municipal and political life of Grimsby, passed away at his home, on Maple Avenue, on Thursday, February 26, 1920,in his 74th year. The late Mathias Durham was born near the Lakeshore, north of Beamsville, and was the second son of the late Conrad Durham. Early in life, he moved with his family to the Stone Road, in South Grimsby, and later his brother, W.B. Durham, lived on the farm now occupied by Hubert Secor, while Mathias lived on the homestead where John Gowland now resides. Over 40 years ago, the late gentleman gave up farming and moved into Grimsby, and for many years followed the business of general contractor and thresher, living on Depot Street. About ten years ago, he moved to Maple Avenue, and engaged in fruit farming with his son Charles. The late Mathias Durham was a prominent figure in municipal politics from 1883 to 1898, being elected to the Council many times. His only brother, W.B. Durham, was well known in business circles as he was general agent for L.B. Sawyer & Co., and other implement firms for many years. Sisters of the late deceased were Mrs. G.M. Southward and Mrs. G.S. VanDyke, both deceased, and Mrs. Charles Cole, Hamilton, who survives him. Left to mourn the demise of the late Mr. Durham is his widow, who was, before her marriage, Amanda Walker, sister of Mr. Wellington Walker, Grimsby; four sons, W.C., Grimsby East; John, Delbert and Charles, Grimsby, and one daughter, Mrs. Inglis, Toronto. The late Mr. Durham was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters for nearly 40 years, being amongst the first members in the Court in Grimsby, and his Forester brethren turned out in a body on Sunday afternoon to pay their last respects to him, conducting the regular lodge funeral service at the graveside. Service was held at the house and grave by the Rector of St. Andrew's Church, the Rev. J. Allan Ballard.