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dc.descriptionFrank C. (Case) McCordick (1873-1946) was the son of William Henry (1849-1930) and Emily D. Howell (1851-1927) McCordick. William H. McCordick was in the coal business. The McCordick family included Frank Case, Mabel Gertrude, Ethel Howell and Arthur Stanley. Frank C. McCordick was educated in St. Catharines, and worked with his father in the coal business and eventually opened up a leather tanning operation. McCordick was active in the Lincoln Regiment and in 1906 was promoted to captain and in command of Company A, 19th Regiment. He was promoted to major and at the outbreak of war he was sent overseas as a commander of the 35th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (CEF). Upon arrival in France he was made officer commanding the 15th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI). After the war and his return to Canada he continued to play an active role in the local military units in the area as well as in Hamilton. After his retirement from the military in 1927 McCordick served as alderman and then mayor of St. Catharines from 1930 to 1931. He was a member of a large number of civic clubs, including St. Catharines Chamber of Commerce, Y.M.C.A., Lion’s Club, St. Catharines Golf Club, Detroit Boat Club, the St Catharines Club, as well as a member of several Masonic lodges. He continued to operate McCordick Tannery and other local investments. In 1903 Frank C. McCordick married May Beatrice Simson, daughter of Thomas E. Simson of Thorold. They had three children, E. (Edward) Frank McCordick, Bruce McCordick and (Margaret) Doris McCordick (m. Hubert Grigaut, d. 1977). The McCordick family resided at 82 Yates Street, near Adams Street. May Simson McCordick (b. 1873) was the daughter of Thomas Edward (1836-1908) and Julia Headlam (1844-1887) Simson of Thorold. Her siblings included: Edward, Frances, John, Augusta, Georgia and Gertrude. E. (Edward) Frank McCordick (1904-1980) was born in St. Catharines, Ont., attended Lake Lodge School in Grimsby, Ridley College in St. Catharines, Beechmont Preparatory School in England, Upper Canada College in Toronto and graduated from Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. in 1925. Upon graduation he was made a lieutenant in the 10th (St. Catharines) Field Battery. In 1929 he married Helen Stanley Smith, daughter of Stanley George and Mary Walker Smith of St. Catharines. Col. McCordick, now promoted to Major, played an active role in the 10th (St. Catharines) Field Battery, being officer commanding the battery. In late 1939 McCordick headed to England for artillery tactical training and on December 6, 1939 the battery began the long trek overseas. McCordick saw action in Italy and in Holland. Upon his return to Canada at the end of the war he was the Liberal candidate in the federal election for Lincoln County. He remained active in the local military serving as honorary lieutenant-colonel of the 56th Field Regiment (ARCA) and in 1976 as the honorary colonel of the regiment. Col. McCordick held the Efficiency Decoration, the Order of the British Empire, granted in 1945 and was made an officer in the Order of St. John in 1978. He continued to serve his community in various capacities, including the Unemployment Insurance Canada Board, Royal Trust Company and the St. John Ambulance Society. He remained an active member of the alumni of Royal Military College, editing and compiling a newsletter and organizing reunion weekends. He kept in close contact with many of his classmates. Helen Stanley Smith McCordick lived in St. Catharines, Ont., attended Robertson School, and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1926 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages. During the war years (1939-1945) Helen was active in the Transport division of the local branch of the Canadian Red Cross and the Women’s Auxiliary of the 10th Field Battery. In 1932 E. Frank and Helen McCordick welcomed their only child, (Catharine) Anne McCordick. Helen continued to play an active role in her community until her passing in 1997. Stanley George Smith (1865-1960) was born in St. Catharines, Ont., the only child of William Smith (d. June 16, 1876) a native of Edinburgh, Scotland and his wife Hannah Louisa Maria Bulkeley a native of Fairfield, Connecticut. Stanley George Smith married Mary Walker of Guelph, Ont.(d. 1956) Mary was the daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth (d. 1924) Walker. Her siblings included Margaret, Agnes, Jessie, Isabella, Lorne, Ada, Alice, Eva, Alexander and George. Hugh Walker was a prominent fruit and vegetable merchant in Guelph. On 1904 their only child, Helen Stanley Smith was born. He was a post office clerk, and the treasurer for the James D. Tait Co. Ltd., a clothing and dry goods retailer in St. Catharines. The family lived at 39 Church Street in St. Catharines, Ont.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe fonds contains the records of the McCordick, Smith and McPherson families of St. Catharines, Ont. The families are related through marriage. Frank Case McCordick was a World War One veteran, local businessman and one time mayor of St. Catharines. His son, E. Frank McCordick, was a veteran of World War Two, local businessman and community leader. Stanley George Smith was the deputy postmaster and secretary-treasurer of the James D. Tait Co. Limited. The fonds reflects the activities of these three families in their local environment and beyond.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries;RG 380
dc.subjectMcCordick, Frank Case, 1873-1946en_US
dc.subjectMcCordick, E. Frank, 1904-1980en_US
dc.subjectMcCordick, May Simson, b.1873en_US
dc.subjectMcCordick, Helen Stanley Smith, 1904-1997en_US
dc.subjectMcPherson, Catharine Anne McCordick.en_US
dc.subjectSmith, Stanley George, 1865-1960en_US
dc.subjectSmith, Mary Walker, d.1956en_US
dc.subjectMcCordick familyen_US
dc.subjectSmith familyen_US
dc.subjectCanada. Canadian Army. Field Battery, 10then_US
dc.subjectCanada. Canadian Army. Lincoln and Welland Regimenten_US
dc.subjectCanadian Red Cross Society. St. Catharines Branchen_US
dc.subjectGreat Britain. Army. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantryen_US
dc.subjectJames D. Tait Company Limiteden_US
dc.subjectIndependent Order of Odd Fellows. Union Lodge No. 16en_US
dc.subjectRoyal Military College of Canadaen_US
dc.subjectKnights Templar (Masonic order). Plantagenet Preceptory No. 8en_US
dc.subjectOwls Bicycle Club -- Pictorial worksen_US
dc.subjectMayors – Ontario -- St. Catharines -- Historyen_US
dc.subjectSoldiers -- Canada -- Correspondenceen_US
dc.subjectLeather industry and tradeen_US
dc.subjectWorld War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Canadianen_US
dc.subjectWorld War, 1939 1945 -- Propagandaen_US
dc.subjectCanada -- Armed Forcesen_US
dc.subjectCamp Niagara (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.) -- Historyen_US
dc.subjectUpper Canada College -- Historyen_US
dc.subjectSt. Catharines (Ont.) -- History -- Sourcesen_US
dc.subjectSt. Catharines (Ont.) -- History -- Pictorial worksen_US
dc.titleAnne McPherson family fonds, 1852-2011 [non-inclusive]en_US

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