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Gustave A. Paul Died After
Several Months' Illness From
Heart Trouble -- Conducted
the Paul House Since 1905
Hotel in Family For
Over 80 Years
MEAFORD EXPRESS (Aug. 1939) - The passing of Gustave A. Paul early on Saturday morning removes an outstanding figure here and one whose forebears have been connected with the history of the district since long before the town's incorporation. For over eighty years the Paul family have been engaged in the hostelry business and the name has been synonymous with that of Meaford to the traveling public for upwards of a century. John Paul and his wife, Salome Ufland, were first established in the Georgian Inn in 1858, which was destroyed by fire seven weeks later. Again they opened up business on Nelson Street and in March, 1870, the hotel was destroyed by fire. On April 20, the building on the corner of Sykes and Trowbridge street was purchased and since that time has been operated by members of the family. John Paul, the father, lived only three years after its purchase, and Mrs. Paul carried on the business until her death in the late eighties to be followed by the daughters and sons, Mr. G.A. Paul having been in charge since 1905.
   Gustave A. Paul was born in Meaford and his early boyhood was spent here. In 1887 he went to the United States and was located in Philadelphia until his return to town upon the death of his oldest sister, Miss Madeline Paul, in July, 1905. His marriage to Miss Gertrude E. Johnston, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Johnston of Owen Sound and Lucknow, took place in June, 1912. For the past few years Mr. and Mrs. Paul have spent the winters in the South in order that Mrs. Paul, whose former robust health was failing somewhat, could escape the rigors of the northern climate. While away this Mr. Paul suffered an attach but was able to return home and be about until six weeks ago when the heart ailment from which he suffered compelled his remaining in his own second-floor suite. His demise on Saturday morning came suddenly, however, and as a great shock to family, passing away just a year ago.
   Besides his sorrowing wife, a sister, Miss M. Rebecca Paul, and two brothers, Thomas T. Paul and Fred Paul, the latter of London, mourn their brother's passing. Three sisters and two brothers are deceased; Mrs. George Killackey, Mrs. Lloyd Aldwell, Miss Madeline Paul, and Messrs. Richard and John Paul, the latter, who was the oldest of the family, passing away just a year ago.

Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford, Ontario tombstone inscription, from BGOGS :

Gustave A March 25 1861 - Aug 5 1939 his wife
Gertrude Edna JOHNSTON Oct 4 1882 - Oct 2 1955
John Paul 1803 - 1873 his wife
Salome UFLAND 1833 - 1973 and their children
Amelia Madeline - Frederica Richard John Gustave Frederick Thomas T Rebecca
(no date given)

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Bruce Grey Ontario Genealogical Society

Obituary Source: Meaford Express

Obit & tombstone data submitted by: Donna Binsted

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