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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 8, 1872

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p.2 The Late John Marks, Esq. - Today we have to record the death of the oldest inhabitant of the city of Kingston, John Bennet Marks, Esq., who died yesterday at the advanced age of ninety-five years.

Mr. Marks was born in Plymouth, in the year 1777 and entered the Royal Navy at an early age. From his good conduct and intelligence he was promoted to the post of Captain's Secretary, in which capacity he served under Lord Nelson and was present at the battles of Copenhagen, the Nile and Trafalgar. In the year 1813 he came to Canada in H.M.S. Woolwich for service on the lakes, in which service he continued for over 31 years. He was clerk in charge at the Kingston Dockyard; Purser of H.M.S. St. Lawrence, one hundred and twenty guns, built at Kingston; Secretary to Commodore Sir Robert Barrie; Deputy store-keeper at Montreal; and he filled many other offices in the naval establishments of Canada.

After the breaking up of the Dockyard at Kingston, Mr. Marks continued in charge of the Government property for many years, and being much inclined to agricultural pursuits commenced farming in Pittsburg in the year 1836 from which his attention was diverted by the rebellion in 1837 when he returned to active service in the Navy and was employed in the Dockyard as naval store-keeper from that time until the establishment was finally broken and the ship Niagara paid off in the year 1844, when he retired upon a good service pension of 200 pounds sterling per annum.

In civil life Mr. Marks ably filled many important offices. He was appointed first Warden of the Midland district by patent in the year 1842, which office he found it necessary to resign in consequence of his official duties in the Dockyard. After his retirement in 1844 he was again appointed Warden by patent. When that office became elective Mr. Marks was elected Warden by the County Council, with many expressions of esteem, and he continued to serve as warden for a considerable period during which he rendered great and effectual service to the Municipal Council then unaccustomed to the conduct of public affairs.

Mr. Marks ably discharged the duties of many other civil offices. He sat in Parliament as member for Frontenac for several years; he was Inspector of the Penitentary; auditor of public accounts; Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Frontenac militia; and a justice of the peace. He was a man of great natural ability, possessed a masculine and powerful intellect; was in politics a strong Conservative, and in all things a thoroughly honest man. He spent almost the whole of an unusually long life in the service of his country, and his sovereign, and now descends to the grave leaving an untarnished reputation, troops of friends, and not a single enemy.

Tug Service - Upper St. Lawrence - Sealed tenders will be received at this office until noon of Friday, 5th April next, for the maintenance of an efficient line of Tug Steamers for towing vessels between the upper entrance of the Lachine Canal and the port of Kingston, and vice-versa, for a term of three or five years, from May, 1872, at the option of the Minister of Public Works.

The Tug Line is to consist of not less than nine (9) powerful steamers, and the rates to be paid by the vessels towed are to be the same as those of the tariff of 1871.

Persons tendering for the performance of this service will state the amount of annual bonus they will accept from the Government in addition to the rates to be paid by the vessels towed, and also the names, horsepower and dimensions of cylinders of the steamers to be employed.

The conditions of the contract, and all further particulars, may be obtained on application at this office on and after the 11th of March inst. The tenders are to be addressed to the undersigned, and endorsed "Tender for Tug Service," and are to contain the signatures of two responsible parties who are willing to become security for the due performance of the contract.

By order,

F. Braun, Secretary

Department of Public Works, Ottawa, March 4th, 1872

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 8, 1872