Henry James Bird Junior was born on March 2, 1874.
He was educated at
Upper Canada College in Toronto. At the age of fourteen or fifteen, he
attended Yorkshire College in Leeds, England, where he had special training
in the manufacture of woollen goods.
At the Birdís Woollen Mills in
Bracebridge, Henry was a dye specialist. A prominent member of the
community, in 1911 Henry was elected, by acclamation, as a member of the Bracebridge
Water, Light and Power Commission. From 1922 until 1924, he was the
mayor for the town. In addition to his public service, Henry held high
offices in the Masonic Order and the Rotary Club. A fan of hockey,
he was one of the officers of a local hockey club and was its treasurer
in 1907. In 1911, he was on the committee of the Canadian Club in
Bracebridge. He owned one of the
first cars in Bracebridge in 1913.
Henry married Bertha Fielding
(1875-1955) and the couple had one child, Marion. Henry died on September 2, 1949.