Former home of May Cutler – first female Mayor of Westmount (1987-1991).
James Crankshaw, advocate (1897)
J. CRANKSHAW. “THE profession of the Law is one, the importance of which cannot be over-rated, and in this work, where the commercial and industrial enterprises of the City of Montreal are described, the Local Bar comes within its scope.
Among members of this profession, Mr. J. Crankshaw deserves a passing tribute. This popular barrister began practice in 1883, which has steadily increased, having during the intervening period drawn about him a very extensive and influential clientele.
Mr. Crankshaw has always taken a high stand in his profession, and has had many years’ experience in this country as well as in England, where for many years he was manager for a Law firm in Manchester, thus fitting him for conducting all the details in Law.
During his professional career in this city he has successfully handled many difficult cases, and his advice on all legal matters is widely recognized as an authority, clients visiting him from various parts of the Province.
He has at all times identified himself with the best interests of the city, and has for many years been a Commissioner for Ontario. He was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1883, and has ever since kept up with the times.”
Jas. Lang, The Lang Manufacturing Company (1897)
The company was the largest manufacturer of biscuits in Eastern Canada. An interesting discussion of the company is found here:
F. C. Silcock, manager, Bovril Company (1897)
Bovril was initially manufactured in Montreal from 1879-1884 (I find that amazing!) until a fire destroyed their operations.
In 1884 the company relocated to London, England.
“In 1870, in the Franco-Prussian War, Napoleon III ordered one million cans of beef to feed his troops. The task of providing all this beef went to a Scotsman living in Canada named John Lawson Johnston.
Large quantities of beef were available across the British Dominions and South America, but its transport and storage were problematic. Therefore, Johnston created a product known as ‘Johnston’s Fluid Beef’, later called Bovril, to meet the needs of Napoleon III.
By 1888, over 3,000 British public houses, grocers and chemists were selling Bovril. In 1889, the Bovril Company was formed.”