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Title: Mary Fix and Robert Speck
Identifier: M457
Image Type: Slide
Subject: Fix, Mary McNulty

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Description: Mary McNulty Fix was born in Ottawa in 1896. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1918 and became the first woman lawyer in Ottawa. As a woman lawyer she did not get important cases so she went into business and became a buyer for a clothing store in Ottawa. She married Albert Fix in 1931 and settled in Toronto Township, where, after her husband's death, she became interested in local politics. In 1953 she became Deputy-Reeve of Toronto Township (Anthony Adamson was elected Reeve), the first woman to enter politics in the township. She was elected Reeve in 1955 and re-elected in 1957 and 1958. In 1959 she became the first woman Warden of Peel County, and was again elected Reeve in 1961. She was also a member of the Library Board and a founding member of the Toronto Township Historical Society (now the Mississauga Heritage Foundation). She died in 1972 and left her property on Pinetree Way and Hurontario Street to the Town of Mississauga (now the City of Mississauga). 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. The other people in photograph are not identified.
Agency: Mississauga Library System
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