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

pp.553-554


Dilman Kinsey ERB, M.P., was born in the township of Woolwich, County of waterloo, July 1857. He is eldest son of the late Isaac Erb. His great-grandfather, Daniel Erb, emigrated from Pennsylvania in 1807, and located in Waterloo County, Ontario, near what is now the village of Bridgeport. The family is of Swiss descent. He was educated at the Bridgeport public school and at S. S. No. 3 Wilmot, and at the age of 18 he began life as a teacher, which profession he followed for eight years, during the last five of which he was principal of the New Dundas public school. In 1885 he moved into the township of Downie, in the County of PERTH, where he started farming. In 1887 he was elected school trustee and secretary-treasurer in his section, which positions he has held continuously up to the present. He was elected township councillor in 1892 and again in 1893. The following three years he was deputy-reeve. In 1892, when the Sebringville Flax Co. was organized, he was elected its first president, which office he filled four years. About this time he was made a justice of the peace. In February, 1895, he was chosen by the Liberals of South PERTH to be their candidate at the next Dominion general election. He was elected to represent South Perth in the house of Commons in June, 1896, defeating Mr William Pridham, of Fullarton, and re-elected at the general election in November, 1900, again defeating Mr Pridham. In 1881 he married Phoebe, the youngest daughter of the late John S. Huber, of Blenheim township, County of Oxford. Mr Erb is strictly temperate in his habits, and a good public speaker, being possessed of many of those faculties requisite to a successful public man. In Farmers' Institute work he has taken an active part, and both by precept and example has done much to encourage tree planting on the farm. Mr Erb is still a young man, and has many years of usefulness before him.

 

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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