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


John C. MONTEITH is descended from good pioneer stock, being a son of the late Andrew Monteith, for many years one of the most prominent men of this county, and was born in Stratford in 1853. In Stratford schools he received a fair education, and his close connection with public men and public affairs in his youth gave him a distinctive aptitude for business. At an early period he assisted his father, being for a number of years deputy-treasurer of this county. In his public career he served the City of Stratford for many years - first as a councillor - and during 1893 and 1894 as mayor. In the days when Stratford was a country town he acted as reeve and deputy-reeve, serving in the county council for several years. Mr Monteith's record during this period in his discharge of the functions devolving upon him evinced caution and economy; at the same time he was ready to promote and support any measure to benefit his constituents. During his period of service he was chairman of several important committees, and had discharged the important duties of secretary to the collegiate institute board for 18 years. His conduct in these responsible positions attracted the attention of the people, and he was nominated by the Conservative party of North Perth to contest the Riding at the election in May, 1902. In this contest he was elected, defeating Mr Brown. A protest was entered, and the courts declared the seat vacant on a technical point regarding the vote of an elector. Subsequently Mr Monteith and Mr Brown were again placed in the election to be held on January 7th, 1903.


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The Townships of Perth County

Blanshard Township and town of St Marys
Downie Township
North Easthope
South Easthope
Ellice Township
Elma township
Fullarton Township
Hibbert Township
Logan Township
Mornington Township
City of Stratford
Wallace Township and town of Listowel

Outside Links (Not part of this site)

$ Perth County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Stratford-Perth Archives
The Stratford Beacon-Herald the main newspaper for the area

The Listowel Banner is the main newspaper in the north part of the county

County of Perth
Museums of Perth County
Perth County Historical Foundation
Stratford Public Library
Town of North Perth
Township of Perth East
Township of West Perth
Hmm... North, East, West, where is a website for South Perth?

Historic Plaques of Perth County on Wayne Cook's Historic Plaque site

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