Harriet (Shaw) Wheeler

From: Types of Canadian Women, Past and Present Vol. I
By Henry J. Morgan, 1903

 

Harriet, youngest and only surviving daughter of the late Andrew Shaw, Esquire, Master of the Trinity House, Montreal, is of Highland Scotch parentage, a direct descendant, on her mother's side, of the Grants of Dulreggan and Corrimony. She married, in 1854, Dr. T. B. Wheeler, of New York, and had six children, only two of whom survive. 

Since her husband's death, January 10th, 1901, she has resided wholly in Montreal, for whose charities she has done noble work, specially for the Ladies' Benevolent Society, of which she has been a manager for thirty-nine years, and a directress during five. Over $30,000 have been collected by her for this association. A wing to the Ladies' Benevolent Institution, for the building and furnishing of which she collected the funds, bears her name, by virtue of a resolution passed by the Society in 1880. Mrs. Wheeler organized the Montreal Society of Decorative Art in 1879, and served as its first president, H.R.H. the Princess Louise, who opened the rooms, becoming its first patroness.

She is still an honorary President of that body. In 1880 she was elected Vice-President of the Montreal Dramatic Club, which, under the artistic direction of the late Mrs. J. W. Buckland, raised funds for ten years in aid of various city charities. In 1885, during the rebellion in the North-West; she undertook to collect money to procure hospital supplies for the regiments then on active service, the balance of the moneys so subscribed and collected being devoted to the purchase of an outfit of underclothing, etc., for one hundred and fifty men of the Montreal Garrison Artillery.  Her latest service was rendered, as a member of the Soldiers' Wives' League, in collecting numerous donations for the troops going to South Africa, and money to minister to those they left at home. 

Generous and sympathetic by nature, Mrs. Wheeler is, also, a woman of strong individuality and wonderful energy. She counts her friends by thousands in every walk of life. 

Residence : 123 Metcalfe Street, Montreal. 


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