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Francis Hector Clergue (1856-1939)

Francis Hector Clergue (1856-1939)

Photo by contributor Bill Patterson - Posted October, 2011

Francis Hector Clergue (1856-1939)

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted October, 2011

Plaque Location

The District of Algoma
The City of Sault Ste. Marie
On the east side of Canal Drive
at the end of the waterfront trail

Coordinates: N 46 30.913 W 84 20.811


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Plaque Text

A Maine born promoter, Clergue transformed Sault Ste. Marie into a major industrial centre. He purchased an unfinished hydroelectric station and canal at the Sault in 1894; then, lacking markets for his electric power, he created his own interdependent industries, which included Sault Ste. Marie Pulp and Paper (now St. Mary's Paper), Canadian Copper Company (now part if INCO), Algoma Steel and Algoma Central Railway. Clergue rebuilt the North West Company magazine as a blockhouse and used it as his residence and office during his early years in Sault Ste. Marie.

Related Ontario plaque
The North West Company Post



Sault Ste. Marie Plaques

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