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Mayor William Frederick Hogarth

Portrait of Mayor W. F. Hogarth

Walter Frederick Hogarth was born in Brantford, Ontario, where his father worked for the Grand Trunk Railway. Hogarth moved to the northwest in the 1880s, building a homestead in Manitoba and working for the Manitoba & Northwestern Railway. When Canadian Pacific Railway took over the Manitoba & Northwestern Railway, he was transferred to Fort William in the winter of 1886.

After moving to Winnipeg to manage a business for several years, Hogarth came back to Fort William permanently in February 1893, and established a small feed and confectionery store. He had a block constructed on Syndicate Avenue in 1907 to house his grocery business which he sold in 1913, but returned to in 1919. In the intervening time, he served as President and General Manager of the Mount McKay and Kakabeka Falls Railway.

Hogarth was elected Mayor of Fort William in 1901. During his tenure, he had the honour of welcoming the Duke and Duchess of York (the future King George V and Queen Mary) during their royal tour of Canada. Also during this year, the City of Fort William expanded its sewage system, acquired Mountain View Cemetery, and erected its first street signs.  

Active in politics, Hogarth ran as a Liberal in one provincial election in 1914, but lost to the incumbent C. W. Jarvis. He was also instrumental in the construction of the first municipal golf course in the 1920s.

Born: June 30, 1864, in Brantford, Brant County, Ontario
Died: May 4, 1936, in Fort William, Ontario at the age of 72
Councillor: 1898
Councillor Candidate: 1897
Mayor: 1901

 

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