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Title: Chief Fred King, his wife and Mayor Robert Speck, Cooksville
Identifier: L917
Date of Original Photo: 1968
Image Type: Slide
Subject: Mississauga Indians - Ontario - Mississauga

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Description: Chief Fred King of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, his wife, and Mayor Robert Speck, at special ceremonies which ushered into being the Town of Mississauga, January 1, 1968. Robert Speck was the first and only Mayor of the Town of Mississauga. He was born in 1915 and raised on a fruit farm in Clarkson. He was president of the Lakeview Businessmen Association and of the Clarkson Dixie Fruit Growers' Association. He entered politics in Toronto Township in 1956, serving as Councillor for one year, Deputy Reeve for three years, Reeve for seven years and Mayor for five. During his tenure as Reeve for his second term Toronto Township applied to the Ontario Municipal Board for town status. In 1967 it was granted and a new name given to the town, Mississauga. Robert Speck had suffered two heart attacks and in December 1971 he underwent a heart transplant. However, he died in April 1972 from a combination of pneumonia and a duodenal ulcer. Slide courtesy of the Mississauga Review, January 3, 1968.
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