1834 – Born on the 25th of March in Ballymena, Country Antrim, Northern Ireland.
1861 – With the help of his brother, he set up a bakery business in the town of Kirkton, Ontario, Canada.
1869 – He purchased an existing dry-goods and haberdashery business at 178 Yonge Street in Toronto, Canada.
1884 – He introduced Canada to the wonders of the mail-order catalogue.
1907 – He died because of pneumonia on the 31st of January.