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MEAFORD EXPRESS (1922) - In the passing of Peter Cameron on Thursday last at the advanced age of 92 years, Meaford loses one of its first citizens. Born in Johnston, Scotland, on September 16, 1830, his parents came to Canada when he was two years old but he remained with an uncle in Glasgow until he was 18 years of age. When he left Glasgow he came to New York, then to Toronto, which at that time was a village. From there he walked to St. Vincent, to his father's home, at that time a very wild looking part of the country. When he came through Meaford there was only one store located in the old Gower cooper shop on the lake shore. His father and mother were the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cameron and when they landed here there had never been a tree cut in these parts.
   Deceased remained here about five years and in 1854 he was married to Miss A. Doran, who died a few years later leaving one child. Two years later he married Miss Martha Edom. The young couple went to Chicago, where they remained two years and returned to the farm. Four years later he came to Meaford and worked as a carpenter for Messrs. Johnston & McCann, returning to Chicago after the big fire which wiped out a goodly portion of the city in the early seventies. He again returned to Meaford and worked for the Law Company who were awarded the contract for building the second Methodist Church in 1880. On this work he acted as superintendent. Giving up the carpenter trade deceased moved to the American Soo where he conducted a butcher business for some thirty years. Retiring, Mr. and Mrs. Cameron moved to Owen Sound and remained with his granddaughter, Mrs. W.J. Goodwin, for some eight years. Four years ago his wife died and the following winter he spent with his adopted daughter, Mrs. J. Gillingham, in California. For the past four years Mr. Cameron resided with his only sister, Mr. A. McIntosh, this town. Deceased was a member of the Episcopalian Methodist Church, the building of which he was interested in, and which is now being used as a creamery. He was also an early member of Pythagoras Lodge, A.F. and A.M. And transferred to the Soo in 1883, a membership he has always held and valued highly.
   The funeral was held to Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound, on Sunday afternoon under Masonic auspices.
   Besides a granddaughter, Mrs. W.J. Goodwin, Newmarket, two brothers and one sister survive, Thomas, of Keystown, Sask.; Joseph, of New Westminister, B.C., and Mrs. A. McIntosh, town.

Source: Meaford Express

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