1896-1900 James Walker Quinlan
(Died 24 Apr 1905:Port Hope, aged 58, unmarried son of Cornelius & Eliza (Quay), was born in Port Hope. Owner of the first electric light plant in Port Hope, he wrote Council in July 1885 to the effect that he was prepared to supply the Town with electric light. An agreement was made between the two parties, and the lights were placed in service on Saturday night, 21 November 1885.
1901-1903 Henry Rumford White
(1849:Hull, Eng.-1921:Port Hope), son of Henry and Margaret, came to Canada in 1875 and married Annie Craig Manson 07 March 1882:Port Hope. He was admitted to the bar in 1894, and was the presiding mayor during the 1901 Old Boys' and Girls' Celebration, when Port Hope's sons and daughters returned to the area for a reunion.
1904 James Walker Quinlan
(See earlier entry)
1905-1906 Thomas Butterfield Chalk
(12 Apr 1859-19 Jul 1931:52 Bloomsgrove Ave., Port Hope) was the son of Robert Chalk, founder of the Chalk Carriage Works on Cavan Street, in business from 1842-1934, and Mary Cruse. Thomas carried on the business until his death. He married Florence Louisa Rosevear 07 April 1886, and had two daughters: Adelaide May (1890) & Florence R. (1893; died in infancy).
He was a strong Conservative and president of the East Durham Liberal-Conservative Association. He was also chairman of the public school board and a member of the Methodist Church. He was an avid sportsman and owned race horses. During his second term as mayor in 1925-'27, the streets of Port Hope were paved and sewers laid. In the provincial election of 1926, he was the Conservative candidate in Durham, but defeated by W.J. Bragg.
In 1927, he was appointed to the government's Liquor Control Board. The original Port Hope liquor store (No. 79) opened on the north side of Walton Street between Ontario and Queen. Mayor Chalk was the first vendor.
1907-1909 William Henry Giddy
(05 Mar 1847:Kingston, son of William Giddy-07 May 1924:Port Hope) was a butcher by trade, operating a meat stall at the Town Hall Market before omving into cattle droving. He married Isabella May Johnstone 1877:Bowmanville.
In addition to his term as Mayor, he was also involved in local politics as Reeve, Deputy Reeve, and Councillor. (From his 07 May 1924 Daily Times obituary.)
1910-1912 Robert Alexander Mulholland
(16 Aug 1860:Alderville, Ontario-01 Oct 1927:London, England), son of Robert, after receiving his early education in Cobourg, came to Port Hope as a young man and entered into partnership with Peter Brown in the firm of Mulholland and Brown, hardware merchants whose establishment was in the Robertson building. He retired from the business around 1907, devoting himself largely to public affairs.
During his term as Mayor, the town's Lakeview Park and Memorial Park (which necessitated the removal of the ice rink) came into being, and he was given credit to the development of Pine Street from an impassable road. In addition to his five years as Mayor, he was for many years chairman of the Port Hope Harbour Commission, president of the Port Hope Gas Company and a director of the Midland Loan and Savings Company. During the war, he acted as treasurer of the Port Hope branch of the Patriotic Fund and was gazetted as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the 136th Battalion, which was organized at Port Hope.
In politics, he was a life-long Conservative. In 1918 he was called as a Senator of the Upper House, where he remained until his death. It was reported in the 04 June 1924 Daily Times that, had it not been for him, there would have been no Parks Commission and the resulting 'beauty spots we have'.
He left a widow, Mary Juliet (Craick), and two sons - Percy C.of Toronto and Arthur R. of Pasadena, California.
1913-1915 Hiram Thomas Bush
(Died 13 Mar 1927:Waterloo, Ontario, age 74) was born in Prescott, Ontario, and on coming to Port Hope from Detroit, Michigan, where he was manager of the Ideal Manufacturing Company, he established the Standard Ideal Company - later known as the Port Hope Sanitary Company. As an authority on clay products and chinaware, he commenced to organize the Bush English China Company Limited in Port Hope, but was unable to raise the necessary capital. He was President of the Port Hope Board of Trade for two years and at the time of his death was a member of the Harbour Board. He was also a prime factor in the early organization of the hospital. He was the husband of Pauline Lee (born in Texas; died in Port Hope 21 Apr 1947 at 81 years of age) and the father of one daughter, Virginia Lee Bush (Mrs. George Cruickshank) of Waterloo.
1916-1918 Robert Alexander Mulholland
(See earlier entry)
1918-1920 Stanley Bastedo Burnham
(1881-19 Apr 1928), born in Port Hope, was the son of William Burnham and grandson of United Empire Loyalist, John Burnham. He served as councilllor for eight years: 1898, 1901-1902, 1904-1905, 1907, and 1916-1917, while holding the Reeveship in 1908 and 1913. He was the husband of Annie McCammon, and father of William, Stanley, Mark, Ethel, and Mrs. W.F. Ireland. (from his obituary in the 20 Apr 1928 Evening Guide).
1921-1923 Frederick Laurie Curtis
(1875-02 Jul 1942) was the son of John Curtis and Sarah Ann Oke. He was the husband of Louise M. Jordan.
1924 George Arthur Smith
(1869-1946) was the son of John and Margaret (Wainwright). Shortly after the official visit in November of His Excellency Baron Byng of Vimy, Governor-General of the Dominion of Canada, Smith announced that he would not seek re-election. Previously married to Alma Braund, he married his second wife, Eva Braund in 1925.
1925-1927 Thomas Butterfield Chalk
(See earlier entry)
1928-1929 Richard James Edmunds
(04 Jun 1858-16 Nov 1947), son of James Edmunds and Sarah Bamble, was the husband of Sarah L. Chinn and Rosa Chinn. From a family of lake captains, he had his master's papers at age 21. His service in local politics included Council (1921), Reeve (1927) and Mayor. (Michael Wladyka Library)
1930-1931 James F.F. Rosevear
(1862-03 Aug 1943) was the husband of Edith Fike. He was a distant relative of John Rosevear, who served as an MP for East Durham in 1879.
1931-1934 Walter J. Crowhurst
1935-1939 George Bennett
Elected by acclamation, marked his fifth year on Council; two as mayor and three as councillor.
1940 H.R. Stuart Ryan
As a councillor before becoming mayor, was instrumental in prodding the federal and provincial governments into doing something about Port Hope's flooding problems. As a result of his efforts, the Ganaraska Report was commissioned, which formed the basis of the foundation of conservation authorities across Ontario, of which the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority was among the first formed. An historian and writer, he was the author of Echoes from the Minute Books, a brief summary of interesting details of municipal activities from 1834-1849, when Port Hope was still a police village.
In 1979, he received the rarely-granted honorary degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters from the University of Trinity College for his long service in many capacities in the Anglican Church of Canada. A graduate of Trinity College, he practised law until joining the Queen's University law faculty in 1957. He was one of the original founding members of that law school. (26 June 1979 Evening Guide)
1941-1942 Sherman Gifford
(1880-1962) was a member of the Port Hope Hydro Electric Commission from 1954-1960. He was also a member of the Chidren's Aid Society Board. As a member of the Lions Club, he did a great deal toward the Lions Recreation Centre. He also had connections with the Citizens' Band, the Port Hope Male Chorus and the Presbyterian Church choir. He was the husband of Florence Grimison and father of Kenneth, Wallace and Alene Hewson.
1943-1945 Charles Elwood Stevenson
(1896-1965) entered federal politics as a Progressive Conservative member from 1945-1949. In 1958 he was appointed to the Port Hope Waterworks Commission, becoming vice-chairman until his death. His wife, Hazel Iwilla Anguish, predeceased him in 1947. (From his obituary in the 31 Mar 1965 Evening Guide)
1946-1947 William E. Thompson
1948-1949 Roland W. Jex
1950-1959 Wilbur Norman Moore
(1886-1960) held the longest term as mayor up until 1960. He presided over a period of great expansion in Port Hope and even took to the streets with Council when there were complaints about the dirt! He was the husband of Ethel Coral Simpson and Klyne Elizabeth?
1960-1962 Michael Wladyka
(01 Aug 1918:Oshawa-15 Aug 2002:Port Hope) was the son of Ilko (Alex) and Doris, who arrived in Port Hope from the Ukraine in 1911 and 1912 respectively. They were married three years later and moved to Oshawa in 1916. The family moved to Port Hope when Mike was a young boy.
He married Mary Mucha c1940, prior to serving five years overseas with the Brockville Rifles (1941-'46).
He was a town Councillor (1955-'56), Deputy Reeve (1957-'59) and Mayor for thirteen of the years between 1960 and 1979. He was a founder of the Port Hope branch of the Ontario Architectural Conservancy.
(Additional information from the 30 Nov 1978 Evening Guide, with photo.)
1963-1964 James Ramage Carr
(1889:Sarnia-23 Dec 1973:Midland, Ont.), son of James and Amelia (Ramage), came to Port Hope c1920 as manager of the Royal Bank, having previously been manager of the bank in King, Ontario. He eventually left banking to begin his own insurance business. He married Florence Jane Elizabeth Walker 25 Dec 1913:Port Hope. They had one daughter, Helen.
James was elected to Council in 1951 and served for three years, being defeated in 1954. In 1956, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor, advocating a strict economy programme. He was elected again to council in 1961, and elected mayor two years later. (27 Dec 1973 Evening Guide obituary)
1965-1966 Benson Lawrence Spicer
(1919-1966) was born in Peterborough, the son of Benjamin and brother of Roland; husband of Isabel M. Nelson and father of Dalton. He had three grandchildren: Terry, Jacqueline & Robert.
He was first elected to Council in December, 1961. Serving as Deputy Reeve (1963-1964), he was elected Mayor in December 1964 by one of the largest majorities ever achieved in Port Hope. Following a 1964 business trip accident in Montreal, resulting in phlebitis, he was dogged by ill-health.
Outside public life, he was an employee of Crane of Canada Limited, joining the shipping room staff in 1949, and finally as chief inspector of finished products, trouble-shooting production problems in eastern Canada.
He was a Past Master of Ontario Lodge No. 26, A.F. & A.M.; First Principal of the Victoria Chapter, Royal Arch-Masons; and a Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was also president of the Port Hope association of the Conservative party; a member of the Kiwanis Club; and a member of St. John's Anglican Church. (06 Apr 1966 Evening Guide obituary)
1966 Robert Clinton Everson
Was born in Brantford, Ontario. Following his involvement in WWII as a Flying Officer with the RCAF, he settled in Port Hope where he operated Everson's Grocery at the corner of Bloomsgrove and Ontario streets for a number of years. He was a town Councillor for 1951-1960 and Reeve for 1961-1965 before becoming Mayor. During his short term of office, he was a solid participant in the development of Jocelyn Street and the town's forst sewage treatment plant.
At his death on 31 Dec 1983, he was buried in the family plot at Brantford's Farrington Burial Ground, leaving a widow, Yvonne Salsbury. Port Hope's Ontario Street bridge was dedicated in his honour. (02 Jan 1983 Evening Guide obituary)
1967-1974 Michael Wladyka
(See earlier entry)
1975-1976 Cyril Arthur (Bus) Hewson
(1913:Port Hope-05 Apr 1984:Peterborough Civic Hospital), son of Mossum & Ruby (Giblin), married Alene Pearl Gifford (daughter of former Mayor, Sherman Gifford) in 1934. Bus began his career in local politics in 1966, when he was elected as a town councillor. He served four years as Deputy Reeve and two as the Port Hope representative to the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, before being elected Mayor in 1974. According to long-time friend and Mayor, Mike Wladyka, Hewson's major achievement was as chairman of the co-ordinating committee of Port Hope's Urban Programming Study of 1970-1979, which paved the way for all of the road programming in the town. (06 Apr 1984 Evening Guide obituary)
1977-1978 Michael Wladyka
(See earlier entry)
1979-1988 William Arthur Wyatt
(20 Mar 1940-23 Jul 2012) was born in Cornwall, son of the late Walter and Vera. He and his wife, Donna Wormington, lived in Port Hope from 1968-1989 before moving to Cobourg.
Working as a Chartered Accountant with an office on Walton Street, he was also actively involved in the community, coaching minor baseball for a number of years. He continued his accounting practice and coaching after being elected to Council in 1973. After serving a term as Deputy Reeve, he took office as Mayor in December 1978 and served until 1988. He was particularly proud of being elected to the Board of the Organization of Small Urban Municipalities (of Ontario) and served a year as Chair.
Mayor Wyatt was in office during the infamous Port Hope flood in 1980. He was responsible for declaring an emergency, and coordinating support and assistance from the Provincial and Federal governments. Following the flood, he oversaw the rebuilding of the Ontario and Walton Street bridges, and worked closely with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority in developing the channelization of the Ganaraska River to mitigate against further flooding.
1988-1992 Donald Percy Chalmers
(01 Mar 1922:Mountain, Ont.-17 Mar 1992:Port Hope), son of William and Susan, served with the Toronto Scottish Regiment overseas from 1940-1945, completing his service as a sergeant. For the next twenty-three years, he was with the Toronto Fire Department, retiring as Captain. He and his wife, Alice Frances (Fran), and two youngest children moved to Port Hope in 1974. Although having never run for political office, he beat Bill Wyatt for the position of mayor in 1988.
In May 1987, he received a recently-issued medal for his participation in the 1944 invasion of Normandy. (Evening Guide, 18 Mar 1992; 28 May 1987)
1992-1994 Elizabeth A. Collins
(1932-03 Jun 2020:Port Hope) was first elected as a Councillor in 1988. She was acclaimed Reeve in 1991, becoming Mayor at the time of Donald Chalmers' sudden death. She obtained the old Registry Office on Mill Street from the Province, to be used as housing for a local archives.
1994-2000 Ronald R. Smith
(born 1952:Port Hope) played eleven games with the New York Islanders during the 1972-'73 National Hockey League season.
(1997-2000) Richard G. Austin, Deputy-Mayor
2000-2006 Richard G. Austin
(2000-2003) Aldo D'Agostino, Deputy-Mayor
(2003-2006) Linda Thompson, Deputy-Mayor
2006-2014 Linda Thompson
(2006-2010) Jeff Lees, Deputy-Mayor
(2011-2014) Jeff Gilmer, Deputy-Mayor
2014-present Dr. Robert Sanderson
(2014-present) Greg Burns, Deputy-Mayor
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