THE ANGLIN FAMILY STORY
THE ANGLIN FAMILY STORY
The Fourth Generation
Penrose Anglin (1245), 1876 - 1932
photo circa 1930
Then there was James Penrose Anglin (1245), the 'Toe' of the triumvirate. His mother believed every boy should have a trade, but Pen was her only success among the three. Carpentry was his choice and he learned the trade under apprenticeship in Kingston and, with his boss, went to Milwaukee after its big fire in 1892 and from there to Chicago and its building boom getting ready for the World's Fair in 1893. Pen remained for the full term of the Fair working for Joseph Allan Baker and Sons, in their exhibit of confectionery and baking machinery, first in setting up their exhibit and later taking over the making of ice cream which was sold in a restaurant on the premises at 20 cents a dish. Returning to Kingston C.I., he completed his matriculation and spent one year at Queen's. As it could not then offer him the course that he wished, he entered McGill, with some help from the executors of his father's estate. However, he worked summers as supervisor for the Bank of Montreal in the construction of its head office. During these years the Hedgewood property had been rented to Prof. Ferguson, the furniture mostly stored in the hay loft. Penrose' mother, Fanny, and sister, Edna moved to Montreal to keep house (and borders) for him. However, in 1902, Pen married Florence Christy, born in 1879 in Bloomfield in Prince Edward County, who had lived in Hedgewood while attending the Collegiate, and Fanny and Edna moved, with some furniture, to live with Bert, first at St. Thomas and then Essex. She was with him in Essex while his daughter Ruth was a baby; but became ill with what the local doctor called enlargement of the liver, and then went to Nettie's in the Toronto metropolitan parsonage.
Penrose Anglin (1245) in the front seat of his air-cooled Franklin automobile with daughter, Frances; and his wife Florence, in the back seat with daughter, Mary; in front of their Westmount, QC home
photo, circa 1908, provided by Mary Knox (124512)
A 1919 article1 in Kingston's Daily British Whig described Penrose' background and career to that point:
". . . The young engineer-to-be had the rudiments of his education given to him in the Kingston Public Schools and Collegiate Institute, following which he entered Queen's University. After studying there for one year, he moved to Montreal, and finished his education there, graduating from McGill with the degree of B. Sc. Despite his degree he at once began to serve his full apprenticeship as carpenter, commencing in 1886, and spending the four years from 1889 to 1893 with William Rogers of Kingston. All this time [was] spent in thoroughly mastering the details of building design and construction. In 1893 he was engaged in assisting with the construction work of the World's Fair Buildings at Chicago.
"In 1897 Mr. Anglin moved to Montreal and began his real training as an architect. He entered the office of Robert Findlay of that city, a well known and successful architect and remained there as assistant architect until 1901. The following year saw him break into his first big undertaking, for in 1902 he undertook the supervision of the new buildings of the Bank of Montreal Head Office for the firm of McKim, Mead and White of New York City. He was taken on the staff of the Bank during the carrying on of this work, and until 1905 he was the architectural superintendent of the organization. In that capacity he designed many branch buildings for cities in all parts of Canada, and to his credit may be placed the fact that the premise of the Bank of Montreal branches are of such splendid design and construction. From 1905 to 1907 he carried out the complete organization of the architectural department of the Bank, and supervised it during this period of the bank's growth.
"In 1908 he resigned from that position, which he had filled with great success, to go into the building business. For a few years he carried on a general contracting and engineering business his firm executing all of the construction work in all trades from the ground up with its own employees. During this period he built several notable structures amongst them being the present engineering building of McGill University in Montreal.
Construction site of the Loyola College Refectory,
built by Anglin's Ltd, circa 1914
"For five years he carried on his own business, until in February, 1913 in conjunction with G. G. Alleson, Mr. Anglin organized a construction company with a capital of one million dollars. This company, which was known by the name of "Anglin's Limited" carried on a general contracting business, most of its activities being in Montreal and Eastern Canada. During the six years following the organization of this company it constructed buildings to the value of between seven and eight million dollars. Mr. Anglin held the position of Vice President and Managing Director of the company and personally supervised all of the work done. Amongst the buildings designed and erected were the premises of Goodwin's Ltd., the Edward VII and Strathearn Public Schools, C.P.R. Windsor Station Power House, Canadian General Electric Building, Northern Electric and Manufacturing Building, Belding Paul Corticelli Company's Building, the St. Lawrence Sugar Refinery, the Montreal Light Heat and Power Company's Garage, Loyola College, an extension to the Toilet laundry, Montreal Foundling Hospital, the Williams Manufacturing Company's building, the Bell Telephone Company's building and many others, all in Montreal, also a building for the Bell Telephone Company, two buildings for the Canadian Ingersoll Company, and the Walker Blue Factory in Sherbrooke, Quebec, as well as numerous bank buildings for the Bank of Montreal and Molson's Bank throughout Canada. Many of the leading structures in Ottawa, Quebec and Halifax were also built by his company.
ANGLIN / NORCROSS ADVERTISING POSTER, circa 1960
"In the beginning of 1919 Mr. Anglin realized that the period of reconstruction called for even greater efforts on the part of Canadian businessmen of all kinds, seeing that the future of the construction business held great opportunities, he prepared to meet them. In March of this year "Anglin's Limited" effected an amalgamation with the Canadian interests of the Norcross Brothers Company. A new company was formed under the title of "Anglin Norcross Limited"2, with a capitalization of two million dollars. Mr. Anglin is president of this newly formed company, which has an oranization second-to-none for the accomplishment of high class building construction. Great as has been the past record of this notable Kingstonian, the future holds for him even greater things and his ever increasing activities will eventually make his name known from coast to coast. . ."
ANGLIN / NORCROSS STAFF PHOTO, circa 1920
Penrose Anglin, President, is the tall gentleman in the middle of the front row.
Henry J. Gross, Vice President, is the gentleman on Penrose' right in the photo
(photo contributed by Philip Gross, grandson of H.J. GROSS)
Philip Gross, the grandson of Henry Gross, VP of Anglin-Norcross, maintains a website on which he is developing a history of the Anglin-Norcross firm. On the site2 he displays the Corporate Brochure of the firm showing many of the buildings which they constructed across Canada.
Penrose had large ideas and a broad outlook. For a time he teamed up with other leaders in Great St. James to address laymen in a number of other churches. He conceived the idea of uniting all firms interested in construction in a 'Canadian Construction Association' and became its first president. He was also president of the Montreal Builders' Exchange and the Canadian Building and Construction Industries. An oil painting of him hangs in its building in Ottawa. Penrose also formulated a proposal, during the depression of '29 and '30, for a government plan to prevent its recurrence and presented it at Canadian Chamber of Commerce meetings.
Penrose was a man of warm family affection. He was devoted to his mother in her later years. He helped George get on his feet more than once, helped his widowed sister, Nettie in securing a burial plot on Mount Royal, and in selecting a summer home at Dorval, and he invited his brother Bert to join a family party on a trip through the Adirondacks and White Mountain region when he (Bert) greatly needed a holiday after sixteen years heavy toiling as Registrar for the Department of Education. He introduced Bert to golf and presented him with a bag of clubs. That relaxation was a 'godsend' in preparing Bert for his new job of high school inspector. When the depression slackened his firm's business, Penrose said, "Hurrah!" to his family, wife, five children and a nephew, "Let us take a holiday while we have the money", and off they went for a grand time in Bermuda. This was a priceless memory to leave with them after his sudden death in 1932. He died on a trail between two lakes, with business associates, owners of the fishing preserve, while he was on his first fishing trip with them.
After Penrose's death, Florence carried on bravely for 23 years and had the satisfaction of seeing all five children happily married, well established in life, and, among them, raising ten grandchildren.
A 2007 e-mail 3 from Penrose's gr-grandson, Howard (1245331), says, in part:"The Anglin-Norcross pictures [on the web site] were particularly interesting. We have the official company portrait of my gr-grandfather - the first James Penrose (1245) at home. It's quite large and hung on the wall at the top of our main staircase when I was growing up. My father has many memories of the last days of Anglin-Norcross, including parking at the company headquarters on Sherbrooke Street before walking up the hill to see McGill football games with his father . . . James Penrose - a leading attorney in Montreal in the 1950s, a member of the rules committee for the RCGA, the R&A, and the USGA (he frequently officiated at the Masters and donated a trophy to St. Andrews in Scotland - a silver beaver on a beaver pelt for the occasion of Canada's centenary - that I've seen in the clubhouse trophy case and is still contested annually) - and his wife, my grandmother, who has near saintly status in our family. . . . When I was at McGill in the mid-1990s (I followed my grandfather and gr-grandfather there), I used to dine with my great-Aunt Jean (12454 - my grandfather's twin) at their home in Town of Mount Royal (next to the house my father grew up in) and her husband, Judge Owen, with my second cousin (their grandson) Trevor Pound (1245421), who was pursuing his masters at the time."
Mary Edna Baker (1247), the youngest, remained with her mother at Hedgewood, and moved with her, first to Montreal with Pen, and then to St. Thomas and Essex with Bert. Her secondary schooling began in Kingston, continued in Montreal, St. Thomas and Essex, where she graduated in 1903, attending Toronto Model School in the fall term and teaching in a small country school, a little west of Richmond Hill. Here her mother came to live with her and took sick and died, July 4, 1904. Four of her children, all but George, attended her funeral and burial in Cataraqui Cemetery, beside her husband in the family plot. Edna continued teaching for two years, when she married, at Nettie's home in Winnipeg, June 18, 1906, John Fletcher Shaw, a son of the parsonage whom she had met first while living in Montreal. At the time Fletcher was with the Molson's Bank in Ottawa, then in Montreal, Revelstoke, Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton. When Molson's was absorbed by the Bank of Montreal, he became manager of the branches at Revelstoke and Chilliwack. On his retirement in 1940, they moved to Vancouver where Fletcher had his home until his death in 1960, Edna having died in 1953.
Amy (Williams) Cook (1252), 1875 - 1960
photo circa 1900
While living in Smiths Falls both of Jenny's (125) daughters were married. Bertha (1251) married George E. Bolton in 1906, and Amy (1252) married J. Stirling Cook in 1904. The Boltons lived for a time in Ottawa and the Cooks in Oshawa. After their mother's death in 1911, their father, William, and the families of his two daughters moved to Grimsby where they took up fruit farming. Here he died in 1922, George Bolton in 1942, and Bertha in 1955, leaving no children. For many years Bertha had private pupils in piano and elocution. Amy and Stirling had one daughter born in 1905, and after their father's death, they moved to the United States; to Virginia, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, and Baltimore Md., and in 1959 were living in Florida with their daughter, Marion, and her husband Joe Mannheim.
Frank Anglin (1271), the oldest child of Sam and Hallie, an 1895 Queen's graduate, married Minnie Baker, not related to Mrs William B. Anglin, but the families were close friends. Frank and Minnie first lived on the corner of Queen and Sydenham Streets. They then occupied a lovely bungalow-type home on Albert Street, in the block below Hedgewood. Like his father, Frank was active publicly in city and church, on the Board of Education for nine years, its chairman in 1919, a member of the session of the church and a Kiwanian.
Gertrude Anglin (1272), Sam's second child, married John Anderson, a science teacher on the staff of Brockville C.I. until his death in 1937.
Gertrude (Anglin) Anderson (1272), 1872 - 1954
Sam and Hallie Anglin had one family loss during their lives. William (1273), their second son, suffered a head injury in a fall from a horse. The injury later led to his death, at age 35, in 1909 shortly after his marriage to Myrtle F. Day. Their short life together was spent in a brick house which William's father had built for them on the Wellington Street property in the rear of the Barrack Street home.
Sarah Harriet (Hallie) Anglin (1274), the second daughter was born in 1876, and graduated from Queen's in 1899, marrying Dr. Albert Ernest Knapp, a dentist, in 1915. He died in 1939. Hallie had always been an active church worker, being a sunday school teacher, choir member, president of W.M.S. and W.C.T.U. After the breakup of her parents' home, Hallie's place was the rendezvous for the younger sisters when in Kingston. For some years the youngest, Jennie (1278) and her husband Rev. Hugh McCuaig, following his superannuation, made their home with Hallie until her death in 1958.
Allan Findlay (1275), 1880 - 1953
Eveline Anglin (1275), the next daughter was born in 1877, and married Allan Findlay, a graduate in engineering, in 1909. Their home was in Manitoba, where Allan was a highway engineer for many years. They lived mostly in Winnipeg and raised a family of five boys. Bert remembered a grand dinner of wild duck stuffed with wild rice at their Winnipeg home with the five sturdy young boys around the table.
Fanny (1276), 1879 - 1956 and Russell Wilson, 1879 - 1958
photo circa 1955
The fourth daughter, Frances Anglin (1276), was born in 1879, became a certified Kindergarten teacher in 1901 in Ottawa, and in 1904 married a cousin's cousin, Henry Russell Wilson. They lived for most of their lives in Montreal where they raised four children. They, too, had the satisfaction of seeing their children all happily married and raising families. Frances and Russell spent their last years in Kingston where the Bennetts had their home and all their children paid them frequent visits. Frances died in 1956, and Russell in 1958.
Russell Wilson's brother, Frank B. Wilson, compiled a history of the Anglin Family entitled, 'Anglins From Bandon To Canada', which was published in 1961 and for which a 1963 update was also released. This history used, as its starting point, the material in 'The Story of the Kingston Anglins', prepared by Robert Whelpley Anglin (1244), and released at the 1959 Anglin Family Reunion at Lake Ontario Park in Kingston.
In addition to Frank Wilson's brother Russell marrying Frances, daughter of Sam and Hallie, his mother's sister Fanny Baker also married an Anglin, William Bartram Anglin (124), Frances' uncle.
cover of the 1961 family history
by Frank B. Wilson
The dedication 4 by Frank B. Wilson in the 1961 book was,"To do honor jointly to ROBERT WHELPLEY ANGLIN, the late HENRY RUSSELL WILSON and his Wife, FRANCES ANGLIN, and the late JAMES PENROSE ANGLIN, who separately spent long hours collecting and compiling genealogical facts about the Anglin Family, for presentation to descendants of ROBERT ANGLIN (1775) - - SARAH WHELPLEY of Bandon, County Cork, Ireland. The entire material is now brought together with considerable added data for presentation and dedication."
Frank B. Wilson, author 'Anglins from Bandon to Canada'
In 1987, a committee of the Anglin family, under the direction of Bill Anglin (123323), did a new release of the 'Anglins From Bandon To Canada' which included additional data about the family and new entries for family births, deaths and marriages. For this edition, a numerical code was introduced which uniquely identifies each individual in the tree and the story of the family included code numbers for many of the individuals identified. This has helped tremendously to overcome the confusion about which Robert, Hester, William, John, Sarah, or Samuel, from which generation, is being referred to in the text of the material.
Bill Anglin, during his retirement, researched additional family history and attempted, once again, to update the tree and expand the family story. Contact with Robert Anglin (21464), from Toronto, established the relationship between the branch of the family which emigrated to Australia from Ireland and the branch which settled in the Kingston area. As noted earlier, there is still no established connection with the Roman Catholic branch from the Maritimes.
The result of these latest efforts at tracing family history was printed in 1995 under the title 'Anglins from Ireland to Canada' and made available to interested family members. Then, in 1999, Bill posted the document on the world wide web (at the location 'http://www.billanglin.com') under the same title and is attempting to maintain an on-going, up-to-date family tree and history at this site.
Charles Anglin (1277), 1881 - 1964
The seventh child, Charles Samuel Anglin (1277), was born in 1881, educated in Kingston, and spent two years at Queen's, later returning to receive a degree in Applied Science in 1903. In 1901 he entered the family business, which had been established in 1865, and ultimately was incorporated in 1923. From 1942 until his death in 1964 he was president, general manager and treasurer of the company.
35 Wellington St, Kingston
The Kingston Whig Standard, in a 1956 article5 written by Erma Pense, relates a story which Charles loved to tell:It was interesting to hear Charles Anglin tell of the days when steam was used to generate power to operate the saw mill, planing mill and wood working factory. An engineer was necessary to operate the steam engine. Mr. Charles Anglin came to the conclusion that the firm should install electric motors to generate the power. Mr. Anglin remarked, "My father was skeptical at first, but he finally said, 'I'll leave it to you, son.' However, he liked the change fine."
Much later, in September of 2013, The Kingston Whig Standard provided an article written by Susanna McLeod6, which focussed on the S. Anglin Co's long history on Kingston's waterfront.
33 Kensington Ave, Kingston
In 1909, he married Gertrude Albright. Charles and Gertrude lived from 1915 to the mid-1940s in a house they had built at 35 Wellington St and then in their beautiful home at 33 Kensington Avenue in Kingston. They were very active in their church and in civic associations. Charles was head of the S. Anglin Lumber Company, assisted by his son, Harold and nephew, Donald. All three were active in the public life of Kingston. Charles was alderman for nine years and was a member of the board of education for nine years and laid the cornerstone, as chairman of the board, of the vocational wing at KCVI when it was opened in 1931. He was chairman of the board of stewards of Sydenham United Church, superintendent of the sunday school, and a member of the session. He was also a Rotarian and a president of the club in 1935-36. Donald was a Kiwanian, and Harold a Kinsman and a past president of the Club.
79th BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR CHARLES ANGLIN
with his children and their families at the
CATARAQUI GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, MAY 21, 1959
back row: Bob Sinclair, Mac and Eileen (Anglin) Sinclair, Doris Anglin, Harold and Jean (Taylor) Anglin
front row: Patricia Anglin, Nancy Sinclair, Douglas Sinclair, Charles and Gertrude (Albright) Anglin, Ron Anglin, Brenda Anglin, Margaret Anglin
The baby of Samuel's family was Jennie Mabel Anglin (1278), born in 1883. She, too, attended Queen's where she met Hugh Donald McCuaig, a theologue. They both graduated in 1906 and were married in 1910, and together served in a number of Presbyterian and United Churches including Tottenham, Paisley, Fort Erie, Bridgeburg and Gananoque, from which latter church Hugh superannuated in 1952. For some years they lived with sister Hallie at 401 Johnson Street and Hugh kept active and useful as visiting chaplain at the Kingston hospitals.
Hugh and Jennie McCuaig (1278)
at the 1963 Reunion at Lake Ontario Park
In a presentation7 to the Anglin Family Reunion in 1965 Jenny told the following:"Robert Anglin arrived in Canada in 1830 (sic). He was an alderman in Kingston for the years 1843, 1846, 1847, 1848. In 1847 many Irish left their homeland to escape famine. Unsanitary conditions and the lack of proper food on the ships resulted in typhus. Most of them went to Australia or Canada. Those bound for Canada generally stopped off at Montreal at the Grosse Ile Hospital there. However, the hospital was overflowing and the diseased Irish were packed into barns and any available accommodations. Many had to be sent on to Kingston and Toronto.
"As an alderman, Robert tried to persuade the town council to provide a place in which to house these people. He was afraid that if proper measures weren't taken, that the disease would spread. Apparently no action was taken. The boat from Montreal arrived at Kingston. Something had to be done with all the sick, so Robert decided to put some of them in an empty house on the wharf. There wasn't any place else for them. It is likely that they died of typhus; and they were buried on the hospital grounds where a Statue of Mercy was erected.
"The owner of the building sued Robert for $500. This was quite a sum in those days. Robert lost the suit, and because he didn't have the money, he turned to his brother, William for help. William borrowed the money from a third party, and Robert put up the mill property (Wellington and Bay Streets) as collateral. Robert died before the debt was paid. For many years Robert's two sons paid an annual $600 rent on the property. Eventually, after the death of one brother, the other, Samuel bought it back for $10,000 (approximately)."
The Fourth Generation: Samuel's (13) Grandchildren
Robert Steven (1321), the oldest son of Robert and May, whose home was in New Jersey, served for a year or so in the late 50s or early 60s with the American forces in the Aleutian Islands as a meteorologist.
The youngest in the family, Leslie (1324), retired from the United Nations in New York where she worked for many years as a librarian. Upon retirement she moved to Deltona, FL where she lived until her death in 2001.
The Fourth Generation: Maryann's (14) Grandchildren
Mary Kinsley (1441) was twice married, first to Harry South, bearing two daughters, Ethel Kinsley (14411) and Della E. Jochin (14412), and second to James Morris, living, ultimately, in Philadelphia.
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1. The Daily British Whig, ????, 1919.
2. 'Anglin Norcross Limited, 1920 - 1967'.
3. A hard copy of the e-mail, dated May 8, 2007, from Howard Anglin (1245335), is in the possession of Bill Anglin.
4. Dedication, Anglins From Bandon To Canada, compiled by Frank B. Wilson, Montreal, 1961.
5. The Kingston Whig Standard, 'Samuel Anglin Branch "Old Families" Of Kingston an Interesting History', by Erma Pense, February 8, 1956.
6. The Kingston Whig Standard, on-line version "The Anglins fuelled Kingston's waterfront for generations", by Susanna McLeod, September 17, 2013.
7. A hard copy of this presentation given at the Anglin Family Reunion at Lake Ontario Park, Kingston on August 2,1965 was provided by Deborah Anderson (127213).