John Molson emigrated from England at age 18 in 1782 and was a formidable entrepreneur. He had the first steam boat built wich plied the Saint-Lawrence river, the beginning that would make this brewer the largest fleet owner in North America.
Here are some of his accomplishements as well as his descendents:
Luxury Hotel owner
Founded the Molson Bank with 125 branches until the Bank of Montreal bought them in 1925. The building still stands today
Had the first theatre buiilt.
Had the second hospital built after Hotel Dieu Hospital.
Founded Molson's Brewery on Notre Dame Street wich is still there.
Owners of the "Canadien" hockey club.
Built the Percival-Molson Stadium.
Everyone is happy to see the hockey club fall into the hands of a Canadian family including the "Québéquois".
Truck photo about 1925.
Source: La Presse today (Condensed version) translated.