THE ANGLIN FAMILY STORY
THE ANGLIN FAMILY STORY
The Fourth Generation
Robert Anglin (123) and Minnie had a family of seven children, four girls and three boys. Minnie, Sara, Robert, Francis, Annie, William and Lillian.
Annie (1235), Essie Boston (11322), Rob (1233), Frank (1234) and Sara (1232)
photo circa 1958
Minnie (1231), the oldest, Sara (1232), and Annie (1235), never married. Minnie was her mother's standby and took over the household management after her death. Sara lived for a time at Hedgewood while she completed her education, obtaining a third-class certificate in 1892 on which she taught for a time, and an academic standing that admitted her to the Ontario Normal College in its first year of operation at Hamilton. She then taught in the continuation school at Pickering and, after her father's death in 1920, lived with Minnie and Annie at 150 Collingwood Street in Kingston. She returned to school as an adult and, ultimately, received a B.A. degree from Queen's. Minnie was a very active church worker in Sydenham Street United Church until her death in 1947. Annie was a school teacher, too, who left teaching to become a teller at the Bank of Commerce. She may have been one of the first female tellers, taken on during the First World War when there was a shortage of male help. She died September 8, 1958. Sara, the last of the three sisters who lived together in the Collingwood St house, died in 1963.
All three sons of Robert and Minnie may have worked at the lumber business at Brewer's Mills or Battersea for a time, and all three married: Rob (1233) to Cora Moore, Frank (1234) to Belle M. Needham and Will (1236) to Lulu Todd, all three lovely women and charming homemakers.
Rob, after a period of about fifteen years in the early 1900s operating a saw mill in Odessa, moved to Kingston where he joined the S. Anglin Co. When he left Odessa in 1917 for Kingston he received a letter1 from the Board of the Ernestown Rural Telephone Company,
Rob Anglin (1233), 1876 - 1968
" ... expressing to you, their appreciation of the faithful and very efficient services rendered by yourself to the Company in the capacity of director and secretary since its inception. We had come to look upon you as one whose advice and counsel was a help indeed, and feel sure that in our deliberations in future we will miss you. Our intercourse has been of a most cordial nature, and, we extend to you our best wishes for success in the pursuit of your lifes work in whatever occupation you may be engaged."
Cora (Moore) Anglin, 1880 - 1948
For some time after he left Odessa and moved into Kingston Rob and Cora lived in a double house on the north side of Queen St, between Barrie and Clergy Sts, and Rob was involved in car sales and running a garage in Kingston, at the corner of Bagot and Queen Sts.
A letter 2 from Mr. A. L. Trousdale from Auckland, N.Z. says, in part," ... I have paid a deposit on a farm and I am having to scratch up every penny to make my first payments. The one I make now is all right but I have given my note for a part of it which falls due the 31st of May. I have counted on getting my money out of the car to help me with that payment ... I am counting on $350 at least from the car sent to me. I hope I will not be disappointed. Of course I would appreciate every cent over that, that you can get for me. Please do your best for me. I have every confidence in you. That is why I left it just the way I did. if you sell it in May you could take the money to the Bank of Montreal and they will cable it with the balance of my account ..."
About 1930 he purchased a fine home on the corner of Union Street and Kensington Avenue in Kingston, where he lived on the ground floor and rented the second floor as an apartment. Later, probably in the late 1930s, he added a third floor to make another apartment. Then, much later, in the mid-1940s at the time of his wife's stroke he put an addition on the front, with a large corner front room with a wide doorway, to make it easier to accommodate her after she had become bed-ridden.
Cora died in 1948 but had the satisfaction of seeing both her children well established. Rob lived on until 1968, spending his last few years living with his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Kay, in their apartment across Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. from the Kingston Shopping Centre.
A letter3 to Rob from Frank B. Wilson in 1967 when the latter was researching family history asks for Rob's assistance in identifying a family photo which was enclosed."...My thinking and study makes me believe that this new picture is one of JOHN ANGLIN who married Sarah Duke, being Robert's oldest brother who waited in Ireland while his old mother lived before coming out to Canada in 1863 with a son William and a daughter Elizabeth. They went to Brewer's Mills where they took over the farm and worked 6 years until they gathered passage money together to bring out his Wife and the remaining children to Canada in 1869.
"Thus after much thought I examined the Robert picture on page 17 and the younger brother's photo on page 20 and saw that they were between fifty and sixty, and they were wearing their Sunday best clothes which were Canadian in style. This picture (which I call John) is dressed in modest attire which was probably made in Ireland. Now John came out, and was working hard and had no use for new clothes yet but with his two brothers felt it was a time when they all could get their pictures taken so that copies could be sent both to Mary Anne down New York way and also to John's Wife awaiting patiently for letters and news until her turn would come to migrate to Canada. So the three LADS went down to D. A. Weese photograph studio and got themselves 'took'. This took place likely in the fall of 1863 after John joined the others around Kingston. Note that this particular shot is a reprint by a specialist Freeman in Sydney Australia, but the original Ron [Elliott, from Sydney, an Anglin 'cousin'] tells me was taken in Kingston by Weese."
Rob Anglin (1233), 1876 - 1968
Rob's response4 to "Dear Cousin Frank" indicates,"...That is a photo of Robert Duke Anglin  the eldest son of John Anglin and Sarah Anglin (Duke), the first of John Anglin family to come to Canada.
"He first taught school about half-way between Brewer's Mills and Gananoque. Then he started a little store in that ...(?) and afterwards he got a position in the Custom House in Kingston which he held all the time I knew him. When he got through in the evening he went to the W.B. & S. Anglin Co. Office and looked after the posting of the books for them.
"Late in life he married Jenne Brokenshire. When he came to Canada he brought his sister Lizzie with him and she kept house for him until he married.
"I hope you will be able to read this scribble as I can hardly hold the pen. I have been under the weather since May. Have been in the Hospital twice once for five weeks, still at the present I take a little outing on a fine day. I had to sell my apartment house..."
A followup letter5 from Ron Elliott in Australia to Frank Wilson in Montreal continues the discussion of these photos.
Frank Anglin (1234), 1878 - 1969
photo circa 1925
Frank Anglin (1234), an energetic and astute businessman, bought property in Sydenham in 1921 where he created work for local residents, especially during the depression years. He operated a grist mill, a sawmill and a dairy, and owned and ran the electric light plant to light the village until it was taken over by Ontario Hydro. The sawmill's specialty was cheese boxes, which he delivered to 17 different factories. He had begun manufacturing cheese boxes as a teenager in Brewer's Mills for 15 years and continued their manufacture in Sydenham, in response to the booming demand from the dairy industry. At its peak, the Sydenham mill was producing 100,000 cheese boxes a year. In later years he supplied the Black Diamond Cheese Company with large boxes for their 500 pound cheeses. The frame mill burned in 1947, as had its predecessor, a stone grist mill, in 1897. In 1947 the box factory was saved but now all that remains is some of the machinery at the dam site. The dam is now owned by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority.
The1947 fire destroyed the mill and put an end to the sawing and grinding. The Kingston Whig Standard of August 18, 2000, in its section "HISTORY: As we saw it" 6 recalled the August, 1947 fire with the following reprint from their 1947 paper:
a post card of Anglin's Mill & Power House,
Sydenham, Ont, photo 1935
"A box and veneer factory, a grist and feed mill and a saw and planing mill were totally destroyed Saturday night at Sydenham in a fire that quickly reduced the three buildings to a heap of smouldering rubble. Frank Anglin, owner, estimated the loss to be over $50,000.
"Cause of the fire is unknown. The loss is partially covered by insurance.
"A similar factory, almost on the same site, was destroyed by fire 50 years ago. 
"The fire Saturday night came at the busiest season at the three mills which keep 20 to 30 men busy. Mr. Anglin said there 'is little doubt about our rebuilding'.
"He said he would employ as many men as possible in clearing up the site, giving preference to married men.
"The blaze, which first broke out in the box factory, began about 7 p.m. Donald Patterson, Harrowsmith, was passing the factory when he noticed smoke. He called to George Barnes, a factory employee, who was on the street nearby. Investigation revealed the fire was already well under way in the box factory. Alarms were sent in to Sydenham Fire Department and Kingston Fire Department.
"A short time before Mr. Patterson gave the warning, Mrs. Anglin and her daughter, Margaret, were out on the back porch of their home, which is right beside the factory, and they noticed smoke. 'The sunlight was just glinting through the trees and I said, "Is that smoke?"' Mrs Anglin told The Whig Standard. There is a tank with a fire-box beneath it right beside the box factory and they thought the smoke was coming from that. Mrs Anglin said they did not think the building was on fire until they heard Mr. Patterson cry out.
"In a matter of minutes the fire swept through the three buildings which were of frame construction with a metal clad roof. Heat was intense. Hydro poles across the street caught fire. Telephone poles began to blaze and telephone lines fell down, cutting off communication with the entire area north of Sydenham. Paint on the Anglin home sizzled and burned and it was necessary to play a continuous stream of water on the entire side of the house.
"Workers at the Acme Farmers Dairy across the street from a corner of the grist mill got out a hose and kept this side of their building wet. 'You couldn't hold your hand on the side of the building, it was so hot,' said Clarence Kemp. Row boats moored on Sydenham Lake, across the street from the mill, were set on fire by the intense heat. Firemen of the Sydenham Fire Department were unable to get close enough to the fire and had to move away."
At one time, Frank owned more than 2400 acres of northern Loughborough Township and employed 25 men cutting timber to bring to his Sydenham sawmill. The dairy was located in the oldest building in the village and was situated on the mill property. Frank bought the small stone building along with the rest of the property, in 1921, and installed pasteurizing and milk bottling equipment in it. Later (circa 1960) he sold the franchise to a Kingston dairy.
After the First World War, Frank persuaded his Uncle Sam (127) to join him in the purchase of 105 military buildings at the Mohawk Airport, near Deseronto, which were no longer needed by the Canadian government. He supervised 100 men in the salvaging and sale of the lumber from the buildings.
Frank met his wife, Belle Needham, at the home of Thomas Anglin (119) and his wife, Elizabeth Atkinson. Belle was boarding with the Thomas Anglin family while teaching at the Pine Grove School and Frank had come to visit his cousin. They married in 1921, moving to Sydenham where they spent the rest of their lives.
The family were long-standing members of Grace United Church in Sydenham where Frank was, for 12 years, recording steward and treasurer and for many years an elder.
Will Anglin (1236) and Lulu lived for many years in Battersea where he bought a shingle and cheese box factory from John Chapman in which he made cheese boxes and veneer. He also did sawing and feed grain grinding in the 1920s in a mill he purchased from Frederick Balls.
At one time Will also owned the water rights to the creek and mill race through Battersea but sold these to the Gananoque Electric Light Company on July 3, 1947, to the dismay of the Battersea residents. The power company diverted the waters of Loughborough Lake to run through an outlet into Hart Lake and thence to Jones' Falls to add to the hydro power there.
In later years, the family moved to Mount Albert where Will had a store until his death in 1963.
Lillian (Anglin) McCallum (1237), 1883 - 1956
Lillian Anglin (1237), the seventh and last child, married Dr. Donald McCallum. This family showed Bert and his wife, Nita, many kindnesses on a visit to Vancouver in 1950. Lillian died in 1956 and Donald in 1968.
The five children of W.B. Anglin (124) and Fanny who grew to maturity all married; Nettie (1242) to the Rev. William Sparling in 1895; George (1243) to Edith Glidden in 1889, and after her death in 1908, to Marie Cunningham in 1909; Bert (1244) to Juanita Chambers in 1901; Penrose (1245) to Florence Christy in 1902; and Edna (1247) to Robert Fletcher Shaw in 1906.
Nettie Anglin (1242) moved with her minister husband, Rev. Dr. William Sparling, from Easton's Corners where Vera was born, to Quebec; to St. James, Montreal as Assistant; to Grace Church, Winnipeg; and to Metropolitan Church, Toronto where Lillian was born. Later the distinguished career of this exceptionally able clergyman was continued in Dominion Square, Ottawa; Centennary, Hamilton; and, finally, First Church, London, where he died in the vestry after the evening service. He had had the good fortune to attend the world ecumenical conference of Methodism at London, England in the summer of 1921, just prior to his death. Dr. Sparling was not only a fine scholar but a great orator, and his wonderful sermons were vividly remembered by Dorothy Van Luven (12211) who used to sit in the gallery of Centennary Church.
Nettie continued living in Toronto after her husband's death in 1921, living her last years as an invalid confined to a bed or wheelchair, and lovingly cared for by her younger daughter Lillian and a nurse. Nettie bravely and cheerfully bore her infirmity, going for frequent outings in a wheelchair, once taking a ride of about ten blocks to see her brother Bert's new bungalow, and one summer with the help of an ambulance, making the 100 mile trip to Bert's cottage, which she, Lillian, and a nurse, occupied for several weeks. In 1947, they sold their Toronto home and made the long train trip to Vancouver, in the comfort of a compartment, and with an ambulance at both ends, to spend her last days with sister Edna where she died shortly after.
George Anglin (1243), 1871 - 1956
George Anglin (1243), probably, had the most checkered career of the W. B. children.
After his father's death in 1886, George had to quit school and help in the firm's office until 1893. His Uncle Sam had bought the family's interest a year earlier for $10,000. George went to Omaha, stopping to see the Chicago World's Fair, where Nettie, Penrose and Bert were working in the Baker exhibit. In Omaha, with the help of Dr. Robert Anglin (132), W.B.'s cousin, he obtained a job in a lumber business. Losing this job in the business slump that followed a few years later, he tried his hand as a book agent. In 1899, he returned to Kingston and married Edith Glidden two days after Christmas. Her father was the city assessor and she was a secretary in the editorial office of the Daily Whig. George and Edith lived in Omaha, Nebraska, where Edith died after only eight years of marriage, leaving her husband with their two young children, just three and four years old. George married again in 1909 to Marie Cunningham. A few years later, they and Edith's children came to Toronto where both George and Marie were in business and active workers in the Danforth Methodist Church and school. George was in the real estate line and doing very well, but after Newton married and Frances was living with her uncle's widow, Mrs Mary Glidden, George and Marie returned to the United States. George spent his last years in Harlingen, Texas, where he died in 1956. Earlier in that year, Bert had the pleasure of a ten day visit with him and he was driven by George all over the Rio Grande district. He was an enthusiastic optimist and Texan.
Bert Anglin (1244), 1874 - 1963
Next comes Robert Whelpley Anglin (1244, 'Bert', the 'Tack' in the trio 'Tick, Tack, Toe'). After graduating with an M.A. in mathematics, and attending the Ontario Normal College, Hamilton, in 1897-98, he taught for ten years as mathematics master in three schools: Dutton High School, St. Thomas Collegiate and as principal of Essex High School. In 1908 he was appointed Registrar of the Ontario Department of Education and was in charge of the examinations and the issuing of certificates for sixteen years, and then one of the high school inspectors for the Province of Ontario, travelling the whole of the Province, from Alexandria In the southeast, to Kenora in the northwest.
In 1944, while still a High School Inspector, Bert wrote a letter7 to the Premier of Ontario and Minister of Education, The Honourable George Drew, in response to a request from him for suggestions on "the ways in which our educational system can be improved."
In the covering letter of his response to the Premier Bert says,"While submitting this statement may I add that your letter of request strengthened the hope that I, in common with many others, have entertained for a thorough-going reconstruction of education in Ontario. Opinions which you have been reported as expressing in your public addresses have built up this hope. Your statements in favour of cadet training, on the need for discipline in the schools, and as to the vital importance of the teacher have met with general approval. Still more, however, the statement in your platform favouring greatly increased financial support has indicated a recognition of the supreme importance of education and your assuming the post of Minister I have accepted as a determination to give effect to your platform.
"When the Province takes over a major share of the cost of education it will be in a position to effect improvements which would undoubtedly call forth strong opposition in some quarters if they meant increased local taxation. My colleagues and I have already submitted to the Acting Deputy Minister a statement of some of the improvements that we would hope might be encouraged through the medium of the proposed increased Legislative Grants. My statement herewith indicates a much wider list of improvements which likewise predicate larger Provincial support for their accomplishment."
The six page memo accompanying this letter recommends secondary schools for all youths, rearrangement of school areas for secondary schooling, establishment in each area of one or more fully equipped secondary schools, provision of daily transportation of pupils where distances require it, special provision for board and accommodation for pupils too remote to transport on a daily basis, compulsory attendance of pupils to age sixteen, provision of special institutions and auxiliary classes for handicapped students, expansion of the Railway Coach Schools and Correspondence Courses for those not reached by other means, and continued cooperation of the Ministry of Education with Private Schools in the Province.
In addition, recommendations are made in Bert's memorandum to the Minister to ensure that "... an adequate supply of suitable teachers may be secured [for] the teaching profession ... "; that close supervision by the Department of Education be continued through its Departmental Inspectors; that courses of study be revised through " ... the appointment of one individual, or a very small committee of two or three members, to be charged with the responsibility in each subject"; and that there is " ... no immediate need for any radical change from the present scheme of examinations for the Secondary Schools and the procedure for determining the results and awarding the diplomas or certificates."
In 1901, after appointment to St. Thomas Collegiate, with a salary of $1000, he married Juanita Ann Chambers, a daughter of the parsonage, who worked with him in school and church throughout these years and later retirement on superannuation. In 1951 they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a large gathering of relatives and other friends.
Bert would be delighted to know that their summer place near Port Severn on Georgian Bay, which was founded by his wife's father, Rev Dr A. B. Chambers, and which Bert and Nita further developed by building their own cottage, has become the lynchpin and annual gathering place for all their heirs. The property now consists of seven cottages on 7.5 acres and accommodates the interlocked clans of Chambers, Anglin, Burns, etc.
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1. The original letter, dated March 12, 1917, from the Board of Management of the Ernestown Rural Telephone Company to Rob Anglin (1233) is in the possession of Bill Anglin.
2. The original letter, dated January 1, 1919, from A. L. Trousdale to Rob Anglin is in the possession of Bill Anglin.
3. The original letter, dated February 8, 1967 from Frank B. Wilson to Rob Anglin is in the possession of Bill Anglin.
4. The original letter, dated March 6, 1967, from Rob Anglin to Frank Wilson is in the possession of Bill Anglin.
5. A copy of the original letter, dated March 27, 1967, from Ron Elliott (2864) to Frank Wilson is in the possession of Bill Anglin.
6. The Kingston Whig Standard, August 18, 2000.
7. The file copy of the original letter, dated January 6, 1944, from Robert Whelpley Anglin to The Honourable George Drew, Premier of Ontario and Minister of Education was given to Bill Anglin in 1993 by R.W.'s son, Gerald Anglin (12443).