Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hogg Family were very active in commerce

A little article from a couple of years back re: Hogg Family ,....originally from the Westmount Examiner

From milk to mallets: lecture traces Hogg family history

By Caroline Breslaw and Grace Hogg

Article online since October 4th 2007, 8:26
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From milk to mallets: lecture traces Hogg family history
Grace Hogg with son Cameron Hogg Tisshaw
From milk to mallets: lecture traces Hogg family history
By Caroline Breslaw and Grace Hogg
Their name is familiar to most Westmounters as proprietors of the neighbourhood hardware store, but as members of the local historical association learned recently, the Hogg family's roots in this community are as old as Westmount itself.
As the first event in the Westmount Historical Association's fall lecture series, Grace Hogg dropped by the Westmount Room of the Public Library on Sept. 20 to discuss her family and share some archival photos.

She began by pointing out that her ancestors left Scotland's Selkirk Valley in the early 19th century along with thousands of other emigrants. Her great, great, great uncle, grain merchant William Kerr, was the first of the family to arrive, settling in Montreal in 1829. He rented the Samuel Gale farm on the eastern edge of the old city limits – near today's Jacques Cartier Bridge. He prospered by selling hay and vegetables to the British army. In 1863, Kerr's niece, Margaret Laidlaw, married fellow Scot Walter Hogg; together they had three children.

In 1888, with the help of Uncle William Kerr, their eldest son, George Hogg,

began a career as a dairy farmer in Longue Pointe, in the city's east end.

In 1901, George and business partner William Trenholme purchased the

fledgling Guaranteed Pure Milk Company. The dairy was one of the first

to pasteurize its milk, gaining it a reputation for safe, reliable products at a time when unhygienic food processing and poor sanitary conditions contributed to a high infant mortality rate.

In addition to being president of the Guaranteed Pure Milk Company, George also operated the Purity Ice Cream Company and served as mayor of Westmount

from 1926 to 1930.

In 1948, George's son, William Hogg, succeeded him as president of the milk and ice cream companies. In turn, William was followed as president by his son, David Hogg. The dairy was sold to Ault Foods Ltd. in 1989.

In 1992, George Alexander Hogg, great grandson of George Hogg, opened

Hogg Hardware at 4833 Sherbrooke St., the site of the former Pascal's. Today, many family members, including George Alexander's bothers, Dave and Al, are involved in the business.

Members of the Hogg family have lived in Westmount for almost 100 years. They moved to the city in 1914, when George Hogg, his wife, Genty Drummond, and family left their Longue Pointe farm for a newly constructed home at 3637 The Boulevard. Four subsequent generations of Hoggs have also made their homes in Westmount. In 1977, as a tribute to his father, William Hogg established the George Hogg Family Foundation, a charitable organization which funds numerous Montreal charities.

During the animated question period, Grace's father, David Hogg, answered questions about the dairy. At the end of the evening, a group photo was taken of the many members of the Hogg family present.


Les F said...

Broadcast Date: May 15, 2000

If nobody wants it, we won't save it. That's the word from the city of Montreal on the downtown water tower shaped like massive milk quart bottle. The 10 metre tall Guaranteed Pure milk bottle stands smack dab in the middle of a planned office complex, and even though the developers promise not to trash it, they say the future doesn't have room for a rusty relic of industrial art deco. So, as this 2000 CBC News report finds, the fate of the iconic bottle comes down to a simple matter of whether anyone cares enough to save it.
.....Here's a CBC video clip, from 2000 ,and they wondered about it's future then,,,,,,typical in Canadalet's talk about it for 10 years then do nothing until were certain............hahahahaha


Les F said...

Guarantee Milk Bottle

Built By: Dominion Bridge of Canada
When Built: 1930
Erected on the Guaranteed Pure Milk Co. Building in 1932.

Height: 32 Feet (9.8 Metres)
Diameter: 16 Feet (4.9 Metres)
Weight: 6 tons

Construction Materials:
Steel Plate

The Dairy was located on Aquaduc Street and later renamed to Lucien L'Allier.

Les F said...

It's funny but I it never occured to me that almost noone nowadays even knows what a Milk Bottle is,.let alone one 30 feet high................hahahahaha HF&RV

Guy Billard said...

Now there are familiar old Montreal family names, Laidlaw wich if my memory serves me, was or is a transport company. Drummond is another name that is familiar, probably related to the politician.

Guy Billard said...

Unfortunaltely, we cannot keep all those old landmarks. As far as the milk botttle, someone should make suggestions as to how to recycle this monster, otherwise, melt it down and make something usefull for mankind.

Les F said...

and look at that "Officially Opened on Victoria Day" I wonder what the FLQ Separatists would think of that,.........probably vote to tear (the Cross ) down tomorrow....(oh that's right they don't Vote ,.they like to Dictate)or Terrorize.....mind you they do get cheap (almost free_ flights to CUBA)................HF&RV

David Flood said...

I met William Hogg bnriefly when I worked for a few months at the TD Bank on Guy and St Cath - the branch that had all of GPM and Hogg family accounts. We were told that any cheque presented more than $300 had to be approved by the major accountant and to bring the account balance card with me. William appeared at my teller window and presented a personal cheque for around $500 and I did the diligence required. There were a lot of cards with Hogg na,es on them and large balances.The accountant ignored me (a young boy at the time who he did not like). I noticed the balances were pretty large

Suddenly he looked up after a few minutes and about pooped his pants when he saw who was waiting at my cage. He flew down there and apologized profusely for my IGNORANCE for making him wait to which William replied "It's OK. He's only doing the right thing and I now I know that someone is careful with my accounts here." He then smiled and thanked me for my care. The accountant as&%$e was stunned. Loved the man ever since. Shortly after that I was "released" due to "streamlining operations" reasons. Go figure. But it was almost worth it.

pauline garneau said...

And I guess while you are cleaning up the city of its history let’s get rid of
The Black Rock
A large black rock was erected in 1859 by workers to honor the victims, whose remains were uncovered during the construction of the Victoria Bridge. Its official English name is the Irish Commemorative Stone, but it is more commonly referred to as The Black Rock
Thank God someone stopped to think. Pauline

Sandy Walsh said...

There are a couple of great pictures in the Gazette this morning of the milk bottle. It should look great when it's finished - just hope they keep the lettering in English - the way it should be.

Ken McLaughlin said...


Brian Gearey said...

Getting rid of the black rock would incur the wrath of my dearly departed relatives who would haunt you.
They worked hard to keep it there especially my aunt Alice 'You wouldn't want to get her Irish up even if she has passed'Bad enough they tore down Goose Village and a good part of Griffintown.Some things you don't mess with.

Les F said...

Can you arrange a good old Irish curse on some of those shysters in the City Planning Department,
Nothing too bad ,maybe just a lifetime of bad luck...........lol

Brian Gearey said...

Getting rid of the black rock would incur the wrath of my dearly departed relatives who would haunt you.
They worked hard to keep it there espically my aunt Alice 'You wouldn't want to get her Irish up even if she has passed'Bad enough they tore down Goose Village and a good part of Griffintown.Some things you don't mess with.

Les F said...

Hey it's working ......at least it's doubling the posts.........

Brian Gearey said...

Les consider it done. Love to curse the planners

Ken McLaughlin said...

They must have come from Dublin.

Les F said...


Walter Ryan said...

We used to get milk from Elmhurst Dairy but since we were near the end of the route, Bert our Milkman, would sometimes run out of Homogenized Milk. When this happened Bert would get some Guaranteed Dairy Homogenized Milk from Dave who had the Guaranteed Dairy Milk route. Sometimes Dave wuld be low on milk so Bert would then give us Elmhurst Jersey Milk or 2% milk. I recall a time that Bert gave us pint bottles of milk as he ran out of quart bottles. The same thing would happen with butter. From time to time Bert would deliver us Guaranteed Dairy Butter when he ran out of Elmhurst Butter. When I was a kid all deliveries were with horse and wagon except POM Bakery who had the old Ford Model T Trucks. I also remember that our Milkman loved making fun of Poupart dairy. He loved that name.

Les F said...

Fresco you always have had incredible recall of routes & buildings etc etc,....I 'm amazed you were not into photography at that time. Can you imagine the wealth of historic knowledge that you could share, accompanied with photo's........... In anycase your recollection is incredible,like talking to my older brother ,he rememebers in detail many Montreal or Verdun things.......I wish I had that type of recall, HV&RV