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

    p.521

    James Dickson of Elma was born in Peebleshire, Scotland, in 1819. Although not one of the earliest settlers in this township, he was a man who exerted a great influence for good in that section where he resided. Being accustomed to farm life in Scotland, but considering Canada offered greater advantages, at the age of 32 he came to this country. In 1844 he married Mary Grozart, also a native of Peebles, who was his faithful helpmate for over half a century, having celebrated their golden wedding in 1894 with their family and friends. During 1851 he arrived in Canada, for a number of years carrying on farming on his own account. In 1868 he came to Elma, a great portion of which was still covered with wood, and settled on the lot still occupied by his son James, ex-warden of Perth County. On this farm he remained until his death on January 19th, 1898, his aged partner preceeding him on the lonely path by a few months. Mr Dickson did not take an active part in politics, although a supporter of the Liberal party. Like nearly all his countrymen he was a consistent Presbyterian, and in every department of life earned for himself the best regards of his fellow men. He was a fine specimen of our pioneers, honest, truthful, thrifty, and industrious, and of kindly though unbending principle. Of co-operative dairying, which has done so much for Elma, he was an active promoter. To such men this country owes much of her prosperity, and the example they set in their outgoings and their incomings, has shed an indelible influence on the moral aspirations of our people.

     

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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.

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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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