VanDuzer, Ira Elston (Died on 11 Apr 1922)
appeared in Grimsby Independent, 12 Apr 1922, p. 8

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One of the best known and highly respected citizens of the Niagara fruit belt passed on Tuesday, April 11, 1922, when Ira Elston VanDuzer, died at his home, "Pomona Villa", Winona, in his 66th year. Mr. VanDuzer was born on April 12, 1856, and died one day before his 66th birth anniversary. He was the eldest son of John W. VanDuzer and Margaret Howell and was of U.E.L. stock. He was born on the old VanDuzer homestead on the Ridge Road in North Grimsby, and received his early education at the mountain school and the Grimsby high school. In 1877 he joined with J. Wesley Smith of Winona as Smith & VanDuzer in the nursery business which firm became widely known and was continued for some 20 years. In 1885 he married Eleanor J. Longmire of Beamsville, who predeceased him in 1919. In 1895 they built the beautiful home, "Pomona Villa", at the Fifty, and Mr. VanDuzer went extensively into the fruit business and his connections extended as far over Canada as it was possible to ship fruit from this district, and the name Pomona orchards was a surety of good fruit. Throughout his life Mr. VanDuzer proved a man of sterling integrity and was an active though unassuming worker in church work. For many years he was recording steward of the old Stoney Creek circuit of the Methodist church, and was secretary of the trustee board of the Fifty Methodist Church. He was also an ardent educationalist, was for several years a school trustee, and at the time of the building of the new Continuation school at Winona was secretary treasurer of the school board. In many matters pertaining to the growing of fruit Mr. VanDuzer was an accepted authority and spent much time in the study of better ways to propagate the various fruits. He was long a member of the Ontario Fruit Growers Association, and gave addresses at many meetings throughout the fruit district. In 1909 Mr. VanDuzer was stricken with paralysis, from which he had been an invalid since, though his mental faculties remained as keen as ever. In this year John B. VanDuzer took charge, and the business has been carried on since as I.E. VanDuzer & Son. Though out of the activities of business these several years, Mr. VanDuzer had kept in touch and will be missed by many business associates and friends. Surviving are a daughter, L. Mabel VanDuzer, son John B., two brothers, William H. of North Grimsby, Dr. Fred C. of Toronto, and a sister, Mrs. Charles P. Hawkey of North Grimsby. The funeral will take place tomorrow (Thursday) from his late home to the Fifty cemetery when the Rev. A.C. Eddy, assisted by an old friend, the Rev. Wray R. Smith, now of Brantford. The pallbearers will be J.R. Hastings, J.E. Henry, J.B. Picken, Senator E.D. Smith, E.M. Smith and J.W. Smith.

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12 Apr 1922
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11 Apr 1922
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    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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VanDuzer, Ira Elston (Died on 11 Apr 1922)