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Timothy Eaton 1834-1907

Timothy Eaton 1834-1907

Photo by Ken Waller - Posted April, 2018

Timothy Eaton 1834-1907

Photo from Google Street View ©2018 Google - Posted April, 2018

Timothy Eaton 1834-1907

Photo Source - Unknown

Plaque Location

The County of Huron
The Municipality of South Huron
In Kirkton, in a parkette on the northeast corner of
Highway 23 and County Road 8

Coordinates: N 43 19.452 W 81 18.808


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Plaque Text

Born at Clogher, County Antrim in northern Ireland, Timothy Eaton emigrated to Canada about 1854. In 1856, he and his brother James opened a general store of log construction about .4 km from this site in the hamlet of Kirkton. From 1860 to 1868 the Eaton brothers operated a dry goods business in the nearby community of St. Mary's. In the latter year Timothy moved to Toronto. There, in December, 1869 he opened a store, from which grew the nation-wide business that bears the Eaton name. Endowed with exceptional business acumen, he pioneered many aspects of retail merchandising in this country.

Related Ontario plaque
Founding of St. Marys

Related Toronto plaque
Timothy Eaton 1834-1907



South Huron Plaques

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> Posted May 23, 2018
Which house was Eaton's and which store was Eaton's? Was Greg Howes home the store?
Trevor and Sherry Barth trevandsherry@gmail.com

> Posted October 8, 2011
They recently relocated the plaque to the centre of Kirkton in a parkette at the corner of Highway 23 and County Road 8. [Editor's Response: Thanks. I've updated the location information and map.]

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