Death of Michael Speight.
Many hearts in Acton were saddened last Thursday morning when the news of the death of Mr. Michael Speight, of Markham, who was for nearly thirty years a resident of Acton, reached town. Mr. Speight had been in ill health for a month or so but was not confined to his bed until a few days previous to his death. His trouble was paralysis of the brain and left side. Mr. Speight was born in Markham on Nov. 19th, 1832; was married to Miss Harriet Chapman, of the same place, on the 16th July 1856, and came to Acton on the 21st of July in the same year. Here, in partnership with his brothers, Messrs. John and Samuel Speight, a thriving carriage, waggon and general blacksmithing business was transacted for a quarter of a century. In June, 1882, the partnership having been dissolved, and both his brothers having died, Mr. Speight returned to his native village and assumed the management of one of the departments in the factory of the Speight Manufacturing Co., in which business he had always held a financial interest. This position he held until his death. In Acton, Michael Speight was always a general favorite. His genial disposition and friendly bearing towards every one he met won for him universal friendship. As all good citizens should he took an interest in the affairs of the town, and in 1879 he was elected to the Public School Board, continuing in office for three years, and occupying very creditably the positions of Chairman of the Board in 1881. In 1882 he was elected to the Municipal Council at the head of the poll, with 23 of a majority above the next highest candidate. Since his removal to Markham, Mr. Speight has spent all his leisure with his family, and no family was ever more attached to each other than was his to him. His is the first death in the family and his devoted wife, son, Mr. C. C. Speight of Acton, and four daughters, Mrs. P. C. Fleury, of Stouffville, and Misses Gussie, Nellie and Emma, survive him. He was a member of the Methodist Church for many years, and a fitting service was held in his memory in the Methodist Church, Markham, last Sunday evening, Rev. Newton Hill, the pastor, officiating. The remains were followed to the tomb on Saturday morning by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and neighbors. The heartiest sympathy is extended to the bereaved family by the citizens of Acton and vicinity. Michael was the sixth brother who has died; but two survive, Messrs. James and William.