Another Pioneer Called to Rest.
William H. Ismond, whose face has been familiar on Acton's streets for more than fifty years has been gathered to his fathers. For some months he has been in poor health and gradually failed until death came on Saturday morning. Mr. Ismond was born of Quaker parentage at Niagara on January 8th, 1823. His parents came from Pennsylvania settling in the vicinity known as "Merritt Settlement." His mother was Charlotte Merritt. Though not of age he belonged to Col. Cronkell's regiment in the Mackenzie rebellion, and in later years recalled many of the occurrences in those stirring times. His father, Hpaphaes Ismond, met his death as a result of exposure in that struggle. He was one of the farmers who was compelled by the enemy to drive with his team to Toronto one of the prisoners who was afterwards executed. Mr. Ismond married his first wife and took up farming Niagara, but his wife died and he sold out to his brother. He came to Acton in 1847, and married his second wife the following year. Subsequently he purchased a farm in Erin, and lived for short period in Milton and Georgetown. He retired in 1878 and has since spent his days in his cosy home here, "Maple Terrace." Mrs. Ismond died in 1896. They had eight of a family, but two died in infancy. Three sons and two daughters were with him during his illness: R. E., of Chicago; R. A., of St. Louis, O. C., of Battle Creek, Mich., Mrs. J. L. Sanderson, of St. Catharines; and Mrs. Mann, who resided with him in the old home. His son, Mr. W. P. Ismond, of St. Paul, was himself too ill to come. His brother, Mr. I. J. Ismond, of Grimsby, was also with him. Mr. Ismond was always interested in Acton's progress and was repeatedly returned as a member of the Municipal Council, being elected one year as Street Commissioner on salary. He was a member of the Baptist Church here. The funeral took place Monday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. W. S. McAlpine, assisted by Revs. R. B. Cook, E. T. Crawford, T. R. Forbes and H. A. Macpherson. The remains were conveyed to Fairview Cemetery, Messrs. William Hemstreet, James McLam, Robt. Wallace, Thomas T. Moore, James L. Warren and Peter McNabb acting as pall bearers.