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David & Margaret Pim

David Pim was born in Dublin, Ireland about 1827 and is known to have lived in Toronto after immigrating to Canada. He married Margaret Campbell Butchart in Owen Sound on November 22, 1852. The newly married Pims arrived in Sault Ste. Marie in 1852 and moved into the Ermatinger Old Stone House which they operated as a hotel.

Pim soon became a leading citizen in Sault Ste. Marie. He was appointed postmaster in 1858 and Revenue Inspector and Issuer of Shop and Tavern Licenses for Algoma in 1861. He also began the construction of a dock at the foot of Pim Street in 1863 which later became the Government Dock. David Pim died suddenly in 1870 at the age of 43. He was buried in the historic Old Town Cemetery on Queen Street.

Margaret Pim was from Dundee, Scotland and was born on April 2, 1833. She was related to the Butcharts who created the Butchart Gardens outside of Victoria, BC. Following David Pim's death, Margaret was appointed as postmistress. She held that position until 1903 when Dr. Adams was appointed as postmaster of the newly constructed post office on the corner of East Street and Queen Street. Margaret Pim died on February 19, 1906 and was buried next to her husband.

David Pim
Courtesy Ermatinger•Clergue National Historic Site
Margaret Pim
Courtesy Ermatinger•Clergue National Historic Site
Marriage Certificate
Collection of the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Archives