When I was gearing up for my first hunting season (whitetail deer) my dad told me he had an old meat saw for cutting the carcass in half if I should be fortunate enough to get one on my first time out. Dad wasn’t a hunter, so I have no idea how he came to possess a meat saw. Lady luck did favour me that year (a handsome buck just over 205 lb on a sunny Thursday morning), but when I examined the century old meat saw with its wooden handle and steel (now somewhat corroded) construction, I decided to opt for a more modern stainless steel meat saw instead. The old saw was certainly well built though, and a closer examination of it showed that it had been forged in
Elijah Westman was born in 1837 in
Ireland ( ).
He came to County Laois
with his family, including brothers Samuel, William, Joseph and James. He ran a
19th century manufacturing shop (butcher saws and tools) at Canada 177 King St. East, Toronto.
In 1885, E. Westman was recorded to have 6 employees. Eventually the business ended up moving to
James St. Toronto
(listed address from a
business directory in 1900). Besides running his business, Elijah served as a
school trustee for the city. He died on Nov. 1, 1906 in Toronto . His spouse, Margaret Plunkett
Westman, died shortly after on Dec. 30, 1906. They had 6 children (Samuel,
Clara, Henry, Elijah, Charles, Albert) during their marriage although Albert
died at the age of 12 in 1892. There is no record to be readily found
indicating what happened to the business after Elijah passed away. If you know
more than what I have found, please post a comment. Thanks, Mic Toronto