One of North Grimsby's oldest citizens in the person of E.W. Bowslaugh passed away on Sunday morning, November 18th, 1923, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M.S. Phelps, Main Street West, Grimsby, in his 81st year.
The late E.W. Bowslaugh was born on the old Bowslaugh homestead, at Rock Chapel, on the Ridge Road, North Grimsby, and was the son of the late Jacob Bowslaugh, a United Empire Loyalist settler.
The deceased gentleman had four brothers, John B., William, Harvey and James, all now deceased, and two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Nixon, of Simcoe, and Mrs. Robt. Nixon, now deceased.
The late E.W. Bowslaugh commenced business as a contractor and builder at Grimsby Park, nearly 60 years ago. He built the pier and the first cottage that was built at Grimsby Park and built, probably, half of the older cottages in the Park. Later he built a planing mill and sash and door factory and engaged extensively in the lumber business. About 35 years ago he sold out his business to the late Daniel Marsh and moved to Kingsville. 28 years ago he returned to North Grimsby and commenced farming on the old Bowslaugh homestead where he was born. There he lived and took an active interest in affairs up to within a year of his death when failing health rendered him less active.
In early life he married Mary Southward, who predeceased him 7 years.
He is survived by two sons, Freeman and John J., both on the old homestead, and two daughters, Mrs. M.S. Phelps, Grimsby, and Mrs. W.R. Budge, Hamilton.
The deceased gentleman was a strong Methodist and took an active part in church work right up to a short time previous to his death. In politics he was a staunch Liberal. He had 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The funeral took place from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Phelps Tuesday afternoon to the Fifty Church cemetery, Winona. The Rev. Mr. Kerush, Hamilton and the Rev. Mr. Dilts, of Rock Chapel circuit, officiated. The music was in charge of two grandsons by marriage, Mr. George Sweet and Mr. T.L. Dymond. A large number of relatives and old friends were in attendance.