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Cannon Mills Almonte

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Cannon Mills Almonte
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Among the first were those of John McIntosh (1832-1904), a large frame building on the upper falls, and of John Baird (1820-1894) and Gilbert Cannon, all on Mill Street.  Sawmills, machine shops and iron foundries followed, including among the latter the foundry operated for a few years by John Flett (1836-1900).  A local real estate boom and flurry of inflated land speculation developed, only to collapse in a severe depression of the mid-seventies.  A fire loss of over $20,000 in 1877 destroyed the Cannon mill and the machinery of its lessee William H. Wylie, who moved to Carleton Place where he leased the McArthur (now Bates) woollen mill and later bought the Hawthorne woollen mill.  William Thoburn (1847-1928) began to manufacture flannels at Almonte in 1880 and became the head of the Almonte Knitting Company and Member of Parliament from 1908 to 1917.  Five textile mills in Almonte in 1904 were those of the Rosamond Woollen Company, William Thoburn, James H. Wylie Co. Limited, Almonte Knitting Company, and the Anchor Knitting Co. Limited.

Gilbert CANNON 

(23 Sep 1829 – 24 Dec 1899)

Events

Birth23 Sep 1829Barony Parish, Glasgow, Scotland
Baptism15 Oct 1829Barony, Glasgow, Scotland
Residence1852With mother Margaret, and siblings William, Janet & Mary. – Westmeath, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
Residence1861Probably Almonte in Ramsay, although the census record did not identify Almonte as a separate area. – Ramsay Township, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
MarriageAbt 1863Susanna LECKIE
Residence1863See Wallings map of 1863 – Martin St, Almonte
OccupationAbt 1865Operator of Cannon Carding and Woolen Mill. See story Gilbert Cannon Mills in Almonte. – Lot 21, Almonte, Ontario
Residence1871Almonte, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceAbt 1881Almonte, Lanark North, Ontario, Canada
Residence1891Almonte, Lanark North, Ontario, Canada
Will20 Sep 1899Pembroke, Ontario
ResidenceNov 1899Living with sister Mary (Cannon) Irving at time of death. See obit. – Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
BurialAbt Dec 1899Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte, Ontario
Death24 Dec 1899Death reported by Lennox Irving. – Pembroke, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada

Families

SpouseSusanna LECKIE (1828 – 1893)
FatherWilliam CANNON (1790 – 1841)
MotherMargaret KING (1788 – 1870)
SiblingWilliam CANNON (1816 – 1893)
SiblingJohn CANNON (1818 – 1879)
SiblingMargaret Dilkes CANNON (1820 – 1857)
SiblingJanet CANNON (1822 – 1895)
SiblingJames King CANNON (1824 – 1825)
SiblingMary CANNON (1827 – 1910)
SiblingAndrew CANNON (1832 – 1836)

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Gilbert Cannon (former employee of John McIntosh from 1854 – 1865 at the McIntosh mill on Lot 19, Mills St, Almonte) and Thomas Watchorn operated the custom carding and woolen mill on Lot 21 Mill St in Almonte from 1865 to 1867 under the proprietorship of John Baird, when Watchorn left for Lanark and Cannon continued the operation alone until 1870. In 1869 he purchased Lot F at the foot of Mill St Almonte where he built a new woolen mill in 1870. In 1871 he sold his equipment and leased the mill to William Wylie until 1877. Gilbert Cannon also operated a woolen mill in Arnprior (dates?)

Thomas Watchorn was a cloth finisher and dyer in Almonte employed by the Rosamonds at their mill on Lot 21 Mill St Almonte. The he and Gilbert Cannon operated the custom carding and woolen mill on Lot 21 Mill St in Almonte from 1865 to 1867 under the proprietorship of John Baird, when Watchorn left for Lanark . Thomas Watchorn and Boyd Caldwell established the Clyde Woolen Mill at Lot 2 George St in Lanark 1867. In 1875 Watchorn leased the woolen mill in Merrickville in partnership with his brother Robert.

John Baird purchased Lot 21, Mill St, Almonte in 1865 and operated woolen and grist mills on the site. Gilbert Cannon and Thomas Watchorn operated the custom carding and woolen mill under the proprietorship of John Baird from 1865 to 1867 when Watchorn left for Lanark and Cannon continued the operation alone until 1870. Then John Baird and Company operated the woolen mill from 1871 – 1896 and then sold it to James Wylie in 1897

In 1871 John Baird and Company leased another woolen mill on Lot 20 Mill St, Almonte which he subsequently purchased it in 1879. He then leased the mill to James Wylie in 1881 and sold it to him in 1897. all info from https://mvtm.ca/almonte/