Wetmore, Allan Hudson

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Wetmore, Allan Hudson

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Allan Hudson Wetmore (1868-1948) was born at Clifton, Kings County, New Brunswick, the son of Richard Whelpley Wetmore (1834-1922), a mechanic and farmer, and Charlotte Jane Flewelling (b. 1837). In 1895 Allan H. Wetmore married Maude H. Dearborn (1871-1962) of Melrose, Massachusetts, the daughter of John Newman Dearborn (b. 1846) and Claire Haskell (b. 1845). They had two sons: Clarence Rolla (b.1897) and Selby Kavanagh (b.1906).

Allan H. Wetmore began work as a clerk and a bookkeeper. By 1920, he was secretary-treasurer with Puddington, Wetmore, Morrison, wholesale grocers in Saint John, and manager-director of Canada Spice and Specialty Mills, manufacturers of high grade food products. Their office was located on Prince William Street and their mill and warehouse was at 32-38 Water Street. Allan Wetmore was retired by 1940.

Allan Wetmore was a member of the Saint John Board of Trade from at least 1913, served on the executive council, was elected as vice-president in 1915 and served on the following committees; membership and finance; publicity; civics; industries; Valley Railway and vocational education. On 4 May 1914, he presented a paper on the metric system to the Board of Trade meeting. The Board of Trade adopted a resolution in favour of this system and sent copies to Dr. J.W. Daniel, M.P. for Saint John, and to the Inland Revenue Department and the Decimal Association in England. Allan H. Wetmore was also a member of a literary society called the Fortnightly Club from 1905 and was elected vice-president for 1934-1935 season.

Sources: Saint John City Directory, 1890-1891, 1900, 1910, 1915, 1920, 1930, 1940; Saint John Board of Trade, S-148, 1914 minutes; Fortnightly Club, S-35, minutes 1899-1934


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