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History of the County of Perth, 1825-1902 William Johnston, 1903

    pp.538-9

    Robert CLELAND was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, emigrating to Canada while yet a young man. He was one of the early settlers of Elma, and has taken an active part for a long period in municipal government. In 1867 he was first elected reeve, holding that position for three years. He was again elected in 1876 for two years, and again in 1888 he held that honoured place, being re-elected subsequently on several occasions. During his occupancy of this position at the council board in 1867 to 1869, inclusive, he rendered valuable service to Elma in securing, after a good deal of difficulty, those payments due the municipality by the Government in connection with the improvement fund. Since the inception of the cheese industry he has been an ardent promoter of this branch of husbandry, and was elected as president of the Western Ontario Dairymen's Association in 1889 as a recognition of his important services to co-operative dairying. He also was an active promoter of the Elma Fire Insurance Co. in 1884, and was chosen its first secretary and manager. In every department of public life he has been a conspicuous figure, devoting his time and ability to the furtherance of those objects which he believes is for the benefit of the people.

     

About Perth County, Ontario

Welcome to Perth County GenWeb, your online guide to Perth County Genealogy since February 1998! I am Meg Fuller, Your Coordinator for this County site.

I hope you enjoy your visit. Please email me if you have any suggestions or contributions you would like to make.

I hope you find my efforts helpful in your research of your County roots. I am unable to do additional research on your family as I do not have direct access to records. I post everything I have for all to use.

Perth County is located in south-western Ontario in about the middle of the peninsula. There are many small towns and hamlets in this area, and the largest city is Stratford. Stratford currently has a population of about 30 000. This population swells in the summer tourist season! For the most part Perth County consists of rural agricultural land. The other major industry is tourism because of the Stratford Festival.

It is one of the few counties in South-Western Ontario that doesn't touch any of the Great Lakes. Because of its location, and distance from the Great Lakes, it was one of the last areas in Ontario to be settled. People who aren't familiar with Ontario often confuse it with Perth, a city in Lanark County. If it's Perth, Lanark County you're after, or if your reference just says Perth, here's a link to the Lanark County GenWeb. But it was nice of you to visit.

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