Know Your ADHS Principals –Benjamin A. Upshall -1926– Human Smuggler

Know Your ADHS Principals –Benjamin A. Upshall -1926– Human Smuggler

Benjamin A. Upshall, Canadian aviator during the Great War, former principal of Almonte High School and at present assistant principal of Trenton High School, was held at Niagara Falls, N.Y. on Wednesday by immigration officials for arraignment on a charge of smuggling aliens from Canada into the United States.

Upshall is alleged to have been operating since early in 1925. He was arrested at the lower bridge when he is said to have tried to enter Andrew Mccay and John Carney, both natives of Ireland. Upshall is reported to have received from $25 to $150 a head from the aliens.

Immigration officials are tracing eight men he is said to have taken into the United States illegally. Upshall is alleged to have driven the men from Trenton in his automobile and to have represented them as natives of Canada or friends of his on pleasure trips when he took them through Niagara Falls. Upshall was principal of Almonte High School about six years ago. He was not re-engaged at the end of his first year which was 1919.

Almonte Gazette- 1926, July 1

August 1919 Almonte Gazette
October 1919 Almonte Gazette

Name:Benjiman Wpshall
[Benjamin Upshall
[Benjiman Upshall
Marital status:Married
Race or Tribe:English
Birth Date:Sep 1884
Birth Place:Ontario
Census Year:1911
Relation to Head of House:Head
Dwelling No.:82
District:Middlesex West
District Number:97
Sub-District:34 – Ward 3
Sub-District Number:34
Place of Habitation:Colborne St
Occupation:Odd Teacher
Works at:Coll Instituteur
Weeks Employed:48
Life Insurance:1000
Insurance Cost:10.00
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
Family Number:83
Neighbors:View others on page

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