Winnipeg Free Press Newspaper Archives Nov 13 1971, Page 122

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - November 13, 1971, Winnipeg, ManitobaI t v if Sam Mclaughlin recalls a life of making carriages and cars. He ought to know. He s chairman of the Board of general motors of Canada and going on 101 e s f i ff.-. A wheel fell on my head when i was playing in the loft where my father Hung his Woodwork to season above the Small Mclaughlin Carriage shop in Enniskillen ont. It stunned me and Cut a painful Gash. The work men fussed around one bleeding screaming boy worrying what should be done. Then father arrived examined the wound and from the pocket of his overalls produced a big Brown striped Candy Humbug. Miraculously the pain and the tears stopped. From then on the Mclaughlin used to joke that Sam has wheels in his it turned out to be More than a joke for i was five years old at the time and now at 100 years old i am still Active in the making of things that run on wheels As chairman of the Board of general motors of Canada which is the direct descendant of the two vehicle shop my father founded in the year of Canada s confederation. The first Mclaughlin of the family to arrive in Canada was my grand father John who came to Peter Borough from county Tyrone Ireland in 1832. He stayed Only briefly in Peter Borough then took up a 160-acre Crown Grant in Virgin Forest six Miles North of Bowmanville. Other Irish settlers took land nearby and nostalgically they named the place Tyrone. Grandfather Cut enough Trees to build a log Cabin and make a Clearing for his first crop. In that jog Cabin my father Robert Mclaughlin was born. As soon As he was big enough to swing an axe he was enlisted in the work that never finished for the Tyrone Trees to make land for the plow. From boyhood until he was a grown Man my father felled and logged and stacked thousands of cords of Hardwood. It might be thought that my father s endless and arduous labor with Wood would have made him hate the stuff. But he loved the smell of it and the feel of it and the Way it worked under axe and saw adze and chisel and plane. When he built his own House for his Bride Mary Smith he added a driving shed bigger than that of any of the neighbors. There was t much to be stored in that shed but it provided space for a Fine big Workbench. At that Bench in the evenings after a Long Day of cutting Trees he shaped dozens of axe handles that fetched a Premium Price at the weekly Market in Bowmanville and formed the most important part of the family s Means of livelihood. And in a very real sense those axe handles were the first production units of the Enterprise that is now general motors of Canada. But the governor the name we called our father in admiration and respect All his life was t satisfied. One of his possessions was an old catalogue illustrating carriages wagons and cutters. The governor pored Over it with endless interest and finally announced a momentous decision 2 not. 13, if 71

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