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FLIEGER, THOMAS HENRY, fish processor and shipper; b. Halifax, 19 May 1820, s/o John Henry Flieger and Mary Jane Brown; m. 1853, Grace Ingram, d/o George Ingram and Mary Russell, of Newcastle; d. Escuminac, 19 May 1898.

Thomas H. Flieger was the grandson of a German soldier who served in the Imperial army during the Revolutionary War and later settled in Nova Scotia as a Loyalist. Flieger came to Chatham from Halifax around 1842 with his parents. For several years he was employed by George E. Letson and others who operated fish packing factories on Portage and Fox islands. In 1856 he went into the fish preserving business for himself.

Flieger and his family made their home in Chatham, but he spent much of his working life at Escuminac. He owned a good deal of land there and conducted a large farm in addition to a cannery. His lobster was labeled: "Miramichi Entrance Lobsters, put up and warranted by Thos. H. Flieger, Chatham, N.B., Canada." By 1879 he was in the relatively new business of shipping fresh fish to foreign markets packed in ice.

Flieger was a warden of Emmanuel Reformed Episcopal Church in Chatham. He and his wife, Grace Ingram, had eleven children, only five of whom survived young adulthood. One of these was Thomas Henry Flieger Jr, who had a wholesale feed business in Chatham for some years, before moving to Calgary, Alta., in 1919.


[b/m/d] Harding research / Advance 17 Apr 1879, 9 May 1889; Commercial World 2 Nov 1944