"Tom stayed at home until he came of age in 1898.[...] I had started an apprenticeship in the machinist’s trade with the Wm. Kennedy and Sons at Owen Sound in 1894.  Tom apprenticed himself with the same firm in the winter of 1899.  He only lasted about eight months at this, however.  He and the foreman, a gentleman named Munro, never got along, and in August of that year Tom quit.  He told me about 3 years later that it was the most regrettable incident in his life until then and that he often thought of going back at the trade."

- Alan Ross, childhood friend

 (Library and Archives Canada/Bibliotheque et Archives Canada, MG30 D38 'Blodwen Davies fonds', Vol. 11)

William Kennedy and Sons, Machinists, Owen Sound, 1899
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