Canadian Club of
Fort William Annual 1908 (pdf)
ALMOST as many places vie with one another for th« honor of being
the first to evolve the idea of the Canadian Club as contended of
old for the distinction of being the birth-place of Homer. But,
among all the claimants the City of Hamilton seems to have the first
place, the idea of the Canadian Club as it now exists having taken
bodily shape under the aegis of Charles R. McCullough. The idea,
however, having once taken root, grew with astonishing rapidity
until today hardly a city or a large town of importance in the
Dominion is without its branch of this institution.
For some time prior to November, 1907, tentative steps had been
taken by one citizen or another of Fort William to initiate a
Canadian Club, but the credit of bringing the matter to a head and
taking the first active steps which led to the organization belongs
to Sheldon M. Fisher, at that time Secretary of the Industrial
Bureau of the city. He sent out the first notices which called a
public meeting for November 29th, in the Council Chamber of the City
Hall. There were present at that meeting the following gentlemen:
Wm. Phillips, E. R. Wayland, J. T. Horne, S. C. Young, S. M. Fisher,
Dr. Chisholm, A. W. Frodsh^m, E. E. Wood, G. H. Williamson, J. F.
Robertson, Dr. H. E. Paul, M. H. Braden, G. A. Coslett, Wm. McEdward,
H. C. Houston, Dr. C. C. McCullough, Dr. M. B. Dean, C. W. Jarvis,
W. J. Hamilton, R. H. Neeland, G. R. Duncan, A. Calhoun, J. E,
Swinburne, J. H. Perry, Geo. Grant, A. A. Wilson, M. W. Bridgman, A.
Giguere, E. Duharnais, F. W. Young, John Morton, F. E. Gibbs, Dr. R.
J. Manion, E. A. Morton, J. G. Taylor, W. H. Laverty, W. A.
Armstrong, James Murphy and J. Dyke.
Mr. Dyke took the chair and after the object of the meeting had been
explained a committee was appointed consisting of H. C. Houston, S.
M. Fisher, J* R. Lumby, S. C. Young, Dr. C. C. McCullough, and G. H.
Williamson, to draft bylaws and constitution and submit the draft to
a full meeting a week later.
A nominating committee was also appointed to recommend permanent
officers for the Club, this committee beine made up of C. W. Jarvis,
J. T. Horne and J. E. Swinburne.
R. L. Richardson, editor of the Winnipeg Tribune then addressed the
meeting, taking as his theme the grand destiny of Canada, and the
responsibility that rests upon the individual of promoting good
citizenship. Among the signs of the awakening of the people to the
duties that devolve upon them as Canadians, the Canadian Club
movement was most impressive, showing that the present generation
was determined to carry on the good work inaugurated by the Fathers
A vote of thanks was tendered to Mr. Richardson for ms able and
On December 3rd the committee met to consider the proposed
constitution and bylaws and after careful study of several sets from
other cities agreed upon those which
would be most suitable to the conditions of this city, the whole
being submitted to a full meeting on December 6th and adopted
By this time the.membership had risen to seventy-five most of whom
were in attendance
when the nominating committee brought down its report, upon the
adoption of which the following were year h following were elect«d
officers for the ensuing year:
President—Dr. M. B. Dean.
First Vice-President—R E. Larmour.
Second Vice-President—Dr. C. C. McCullough
Secretary—H. C. Houston.
Treasurer—R. H. Neeland.
Literary Secretary—J. R. Lumby.
Executive Comittee-Joshua Dyke, Geo. A. Graham, AA. Vickers, Dr.
J.D. Chisholm, F. E. Trautman, A. A. Wilson.
The President-elect then assumed the chair vacated by Mr. Dyke and
closed the meeting with a brief address on the aims and ideals of a
Such was the process of development from which the present Canadian
Club of Fort William has grown to a membership of one hundred and
seventy-fiVe, the enthusiasm that marked its first steps having
never waned for a moment during the year.
Since its inauguration the Canadian Club has held six luncheons, at
each of which they have entertained a guest from among the most
distinguished in his particular branch of activity in the Dominion
of Canada. The list of speakers and their subjects is as follows:
I. “PLATO’S WATCH DOG.” January 13th, 1908.
Maurice Hutton, M. A., LL.D.
Principal of University College, Toronto.
II. “HISTORICAL LANDMARKS IN CANADA.”
February 10th, 1908.
George Bryce, D. D., LL. D.
Professor of History, Manitoba College,
III “THE GEORGIAN BAY CANAL.” March 30th, 1908.
Pascal Poirier, Member of the Senate of Canada, Chevalier of the
Legion of Honour, Shediac, N. B.
IV. ‘PUBLIC OPINION, THE CANADIAN CLUB, and DEMOCRACY.” August 31st,
J. A. Macdonald, M. A.
Editor-in-chief, “The Globe.” Toronto, Ont.
V. “THE WATERWAYS OF CANADA-” September and, 1908. Major G. W.
Chairman of the Montreal Harbor Commission,
VI. “THE HERITAGE OF THUNDER BAY.” November 5th, 1908.
F. W. Thompson
Vice-President and General Manager, The Ogilvie Flour Mills Co.,
Annual 1908 (pdf)