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Mayor Joshua Dyke

Portrait of Mayor Joshua DykeJoshua Dyke, a Methodist Minister, came to Canada in 1871 from England and worked in a wide variety of towns in Ontario and the Northwest. Upon settling in Fort William, he founded Wesley Methodist Church on Brodie Street. Dyke, however, began losing his voice which made it extremely difficult for him to speak publicly. He left his post as Minister and began a career in business.

During his two-year tenure as Mayor, Dyke founded a municipal telephone system and secured both the Copp Foundry and Vickers Park for the city. In March 1903, during Dyke’s second term as Mayor, Fort William’s first town hall burnt to the ground.

Although Dyke had put his name forward for the 1909 Mayoral contest, he suffered a stroke in December 1908, and withdrew from the race.

Born: Sept. 15, 1849, in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
Died: Aug. 11, 1934, in Fort William, Ontario at age 84
Councillor: 1901
Mayor: 1902-1903
Mayoral Candidate: 1909

 

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