His father Alexander Inch died when he was twelve years old and was bequeathed two small farms. Also sold horses that he brought over from Scotland on ship and successfully sold them in the Montreal area. A number of relatives had emigrated to Canada and settled in the Carluke area, south of Ancaster, Ontario. Later bought a farm at Wentworth Street and Fennell Avenue in 1875 in Barton Township where he ran a dairy farm to provide for the houses in Hamilton.
In the political arena he served on the Barton Township board of education and Township Council for several years.
Interests included the Incline Railway Company, The Barton and Binbrook Telephone Co., and the Mount Hamilton Bus Lines. He was also active member in the Hillcrest Lodge AF & AM.
Early 1920s he sold his dairy herd and actively campaigned on the City council to take the land south of Concession Street into the City. Houses on that part of the city had few sidewalks, no sewage or water supplies and poor police and fire protection. The population was growing rapidly on the Mountain and then finally in 1929, the city limits were extended to Fennell Avenue. After World War II the city opened a city park on 16 acres (65,000 m2) of this property, naming it Inch Park to honour the family had made to the development of Mount Hamilton.
Tribute[edit | edit source]
Inch Park in the Hamilton, Ontario Mountain is named in honor of Inch and his wife, Jaqueline. Inch purchased 100 acres, including the 18 acres where the Park now stands, in 1875, he was 17 years old at the time. He and his wife built a prosperous farm with orchards and a dairy herd. By the late 1920, development in the area led to the decision to subdivide the farm into suburban building lots. The scheme fell through during the Great Depression.
References[edit | edit source]
- Bailey, Thomas Melville (1991). Dictionary of Hamilton Biography (Vol II, 1876-1924). W.L. Griffin Ltd.
- Schneberk, Jeff (26 December 2003). "Happy 50th to ever-changing Inch Park Arena". Hamilton News. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
- Williamson, Robert (7 January 2005). "Mountain Memories: Presented by the Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society". Hamilton News. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
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