Outstanding figure in Public Life of Beamsville Passes at Advanced Age of 87 - Was Born Near Grimsby - Served Many Years on Council and School Board of Beamsville.
After three-quarters of a century of active work and business life, James Doran Bennett died at his home in Beamsville on Saturday, Jan. 2, 1926, in his 88th year.
Mr. Bennett has probably been the most outstanding figure in the business and political life of Beamsville. He was born in Grimsby township, near the town of Grimsby, but what was then known as The Forty in 1838. At the age of 11, in 1849, he went to live near Beamsville on a farm, but while still a boy he started to learn the carriage business, and in 1870 started business for himself, continuing in that line until 1896, since which time had been engaged in buying properties - mostly farms - rehabilitating them, and reselling.
In educational matters and municipal life Mr. Bennett was always in the forefront, and an aggressive fighter for what he deemed the interests of his town.
For 15 years he was a councillor, and reeve of Beamsville; for a similar period he was a member of the school board, and for 9 years was superintendent of the Queenston and Grimsby road - now Queenston highway.
In February 1868, Mr. Bennett joined Union lodge No. 7 A.F. and A.M. at Grimsby, later transferring to Ivy Lodge at Beamsville when that lodge was instituted. In 1876 he joined the I.O.O.F.; joined the L.O.A. in 1872; and was a member of the A.O.U.W., and O.C.H.C.
Surviving are his wife, two daughters, and one son: Mrs. W.D. Fairbrother of Beamsville, James Hixon Bennett of Hartford, Conn., and Mrs. Helena Smith of Springfield, Mass.
The funeral took place on Monday, Jan. 4, from his late home to Mount Osborne cemetery. The pallbearers were: Wm. Boughner, L.H. Collard, W.J.Reid, L.B. Tufford, M.I. Tufford, W.F.Zimmerman.