Jonathan Weir, one of the oldest residents of Moncton, N.B., and pioneer manufacturer, died on Saturday night last, after a protracted illness. Deceased was born in Paisley, Scotland, and removed to Pictou in 1831, settling at the Albion Mines. There he learned the machinists' trade, and in 1857, moved to Moncton, building a small foundry. He has been in business there ever since. In 1859 he turned out the first steam engine ever built in the town, but the principal parts were then imported. Mr. Weir was senior elder in the Presbyterian Church in Moncton, While he lived at the Albion Mines, he was a consistent and active member of Rev. John Stewart's congregation, which then included the Mines section as well as New Glasgow. Last year Mr. Weir was elected alderman for ward 2 in Moncton, but of late has not been able to take any part in civic affairs. He leaves a family of seven children. One of his sons was associated with him in business there. Two daughters are married in Moncton, and another is a wife of James A. Bayne,of the I.C.R., Truro.
Compiled by: Garry Weir