J.J. Carrick

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John James "J.J." Carrick (17 September 1873 - 11 May 1966) was an American-Canadian real estate developer, politician, and stockbroker. He was the developer of the 1909 Mariday Park neighbourhood in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Early life

J.J. was born in Evansville, Indiana, USA.

His farther was John A. Carrick. In 1878 in the Evansville city directory, John A. Carrick's listing is: "Singer Sewing Machine agent, res 1701 Upper 2d". The only other Carrick listed is "Harry J.", also "res 1701 Upper 2D".

Marriage and family

He married Mary Jane Day on 20 December 1899 in Simcoe, Ontario. He listed his occupation as "Traveller" on the marriage license.

Mary Jane and J.J. had three children:

  • John Alfred "Jack" Carrick (born 6 Apr 1903 in Sault Saint Marie [1], died 17 August 1952 in Detroit, Michigan.
  • James Alexander Crozier "Alex" Carrick (3 December 1908 - 19 July 1943), who married Evelyn Moore on 16 September 1933 [2] and who as of 1939 was of Glencairn Ave, Toronto and a well-known stock broker and former University of Toronto and Argonaut football star. This information was published as part of an article on a head-on collision he was a driver on 1 June 1939. On 2 June a charge of criminal negligence was laid against Alex for causing the accident, according to the Windsor Daily Star. ""Alex" Carrick. — He has shown that, like his brothers, you can't keep a Carrick off a football team. A good tackier and dived at his man with great ferocity. He played flying-wing, and we all hope that he will be with us next year." - St. Andrews College Review, 1925. [3] He worked as a stock broker. At age 35, while serving overseas in the Army, he had an accident "sustained when thrown off his motorcycle" on 19 July 1943, which led to "circulatory and respiratory failure following severe injury to the brain." He died and was buried in Surrey, England. [4]
  • Donald Day "Don" Carrick (18 September 1906 - 28 February 1997). Born in Port Arthur, he died in Toronto. He was Ontario amateur golf champion and former Canadian golf champion, and a graduate of University of Toronto and Harvard and graduated from Osgoode. He married Elizabeth Frazce Bunker. He was an MP for the Liberals from 1954 to 1957.

{{text=Lieutenant Alexander Crozier Carrick will be remembered by all the boys who attended St. Andrew's between 1917 and 1926. He was the younger brother of Major Donald D. Carrick, now overseas with the R.C.A., and of John A. Carrick of Chicago, b oth of whom had a large part in the life of St. Andrew's in the early twnties. Lieutenant Alex. Carrick, like his famous brothers, was a successful athlete. At the time of his death he was engageed in night convoy duties in England and was the victim of a motor vehicle accident. A very strong bond bound the three brothers together during their school days: to his brothers, parents and his widow, the Review extends sincere sympathy |author=Saint Andrews College Review 1943, page 95 }}

Lt. A. Carick Fatally Hurt. Tank Corps Officer is Killed in England. Word of the death of their son, Lieut. Alexander Crozier Carrick, was received yesterday by Col. and Mrs. J.J. Carrick, 49 St. Andrew's Gardens. Earlier, they had been notified that the young officer and former outstanding athlete was dangerously ill of multiple injuries suffered in a motor cycle accident. A member of the Tank Corps, he recently wrote his family that he was engaged in night convoy duties in England. Born in Port Arthur in 1908, he attended St. Andrew's College, University of Toronto Schools, and the University of Toronto. He played hockey and football for Varsity and was also on the Argonauts' football team. Surviving are his widow, MRs. Mercie Moore Crrick, and two children, Judith and John; his parents and two brothers; John A. Carrick, Chicago; Major Donald D. Carrick, overseas with the R.C.A.; Col. Carrick, father of the dead officer, served in the last war.
— Globe and Mail, 20 July 1943, page 5

Port Arthur

Carrick came to Port Arthur in 1903 attracted by a real estate boom in anticipation of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway locating at the Lakehead.

J.J. Carrick was elected mayor in 1908, for one year or less, which was apparently the length of term at the time. [5]

  • 1907 - 1907 Alderman in Port Arthur
  • 1908 - 1908 Mayor of Port Arthur
  • 1908 - Conservative MLA in the Ontario Legislature
  • 1911 - 1917 Acclaimed MP for Thunder Bay and Rainy River, sitting until the next election in 1917.
  • 1915 - 1918 Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Militia during World War I.

Other Accomplishments:

  • February 1906 - 17 February 1916 ran a newspaper, the Port Arthur Daily News (merged and ultimately became the Chronicle-Journal). "Carrick sold the newspaper in May 1918 to John Russell Smith of the firm Davidson & Smith."
  • On 1 July 1908, as Mayor, introduced Daylight Savings Time, making Port Arthur the first city in the world, and the only city in the world using it, for three years, until Orillia, Ontario implemented it in 1911.
  • In 1908, Convinced Canadian Northern Railway to build the Prince Arthur Hotel, over a poker game on a train from Winnipeg.
  • Credited with persuading the government to establish the Armoury and the Customs buildings in Port Arthur.
  • Apparently President of the Great West Coal Company of Brandon, Manitoba, for some period of time (unknown)
The Carrick House, which Carrick had built in 1906

Carrick lived in Port Arthur from 1903 to about 1918. He built a house in 1906 that still stands. In the 1960s it was occupied by the Arthur Family [6]. As of 2019, "a localbusinessman Gene Perpitch lives there, fittingly as he is an antiques dealer (apologies on spelling of name)" - Jack Floyd.

Rear of the Carrick House

The rear of the Carrick house faces Algoma, and it has a gorgeous park on the side.

Later career

After the war he moved to Toronto to start a brokerage business. By 1939 it was called Gachin Holdings, with offices at 330 Bay Street, Toronto, a 16-storey office tower built in 1925 and fittingly known as the "Northern Ontario Building". [7]

J.J. Carrick's home in Toronto, at 49 St. Andrew's Gardens

J.J. Carrick lived in the second-most affluent neighbourhood in Toronto, at 49 St. Andrew's gardens, in Moore Park.

In 1930 he ran as a Liberal in the Port Arthur-Thunder Bay riding.

He ran as an independent MP in the St. George Riding in 1934, losing badly in 3th place with 207 votes to the winner, Ian Strachan, a liberal. [8]

Carrick spent the winter of 1934 - 1935 in California [9]. His son Alex visited for a month from about 9 March 1935.

In January 1939 he returned from his 27th round trip to England. He was still plugging mining stocks.

We're lucky we live in Canada. Continental Europe is a Mad-House with two raving Maniacs running wild, and civil murder in Spain. And we call it Civilization!

Arrived Saturday from England-my 27th found trip. We had on board in the steerage many Czechoslovakian refugees going to the U.S. What a pathetic sight-these destitute women & children. And we call it Civilization!

Talked with many prominent Brishers, attended the 50th Anniversary Banquet of the Foreign Press-the Germans stayd away-heard Chamberlain's great speech. We've got to take off our hats to that Old Boy. Well, what's it going to be for 1939. World War? Armageddon?

We're lucky we live in Canada. WE're lucky we have a great gold producing mines-mining is Canada's most propserous industry. Gachin shareholders are lucky. Original Gachin purchasers have received over 410% dividend returns. Gachin has investments in 21 Canadian dividend paying gold mines.

P.S.-Write Gachin Holdings, 330 Bay St., Toronto, for particulars. Buy Gachin for safety & better-than-average dividends.
— J.J. Carrick, in the Globe and Mail, 23 January 1939, page 21

Circa 1939 - 1945 President of "Books for the Boys" charity, run from his 330 Bay Street office in Toronto, which ran into the hundreds of thousands of books [10]. Carrick also encouraged war savings in speeches in 1941.


Carrick moved to Mexico later in life, and died there in 1966.


[1] Canadiana Biography of J.J. Carrick [11]

[2] J.J. Carrick's Wikipedia page [12]

[3] Thunder Bay Museum [13]

[4] Petrone, Penny, 1995. Breaking the Mould. [14]

[5] Chronicle-Journal, 22 May 2005, "Boost and sell: John James Carrick". By Bryan Martyniuk.