William Coulthard of Galt – Early Settler


“Death of Wm. Coulthard: For 64 Years a Resident of Town of Galt: Was for 26 Years Manager of the Victoria Wheel Works.”

Mr. William Coulthard, one of Galt’s oldest citizens is dead. How simple the words yet how pregnant with significance. Although Mr. Coulthard had been failing for some time, he had only been seriously ill for a few days, death resulting from a general break-up of the system. Mr. Coulthard was born in Lockerbie, Scotland, not far from the farm of Ellisland, which Burns has immortalized for all time, and came to this country when but 20 years of age. The young Scot did not tarry long in any of the seaboard towns or provinces, but proceeded into the interior, landing in Galt 64 years ago. The deceased worked for the late Mr. Absalom Shade, the founder of Galt, for some years after arriving in town, leaving his employ to undertake the management of the Victoria Wheel Works, which business was at that time owned by the Hon. Jas. Young and the late Mr. Smith. The deceased successfully managed the business for 26 years. In 1884 Mr. Coulthard went into the book and stationary business, which he conducted with unusual acumun and probity until he retired a few years ago. Mr. Coulthard married shortly after coming to Galt, his wife being Jane Murray, of Hawick, Scotland, who predeceased him by eight years. On his way from Scotland to this country Mr. Coulthard was shipwrecked in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the boiler of the ship blowing up,leaving most of the passengers without either money or clothing. His first experience of a Canadian winter in Galt was a very hard one. Work was scarce, and only the oldest inhabitants can realize what lack [?] of labor meant when the town of Galt was in its infancy. Mr. Coulthard early identified himself with the religious work of the community. He was gifted in no ordinary degree, and some of the older citizens will remember the vigorous addresses he delivered before the early debating clubs. At the time of his death he was an elder of the Central Presbyterian church, which position he filled with his usual zeal for many years. Three children, the Misses H. R.. and E. Coulthard and one son, W. C. Coulthard, survive. A brother also survives, the last of a family of eleven. Mr. Coulthard was always a staunch Liberal in politics and although he never filled any municipal position, he always gave ungrudgingly of his time and talent for the welfare of the town. The funeral will take place from his late residence, Mellville street, on Friday afternoon, at 4 o’clock [the rest is missing].

Nov 16, 1906 Paper not noted [thanks to Marion Roes for transcript]


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