The Douglas Family origin has long been held untraceable, but the origin of the surname itself is the Gaelic dubh ghlase, meaning black water, and is believed to refer to what became known as Douglas Water in Lanarkshire.  

James Henderson Douglas Jr.


MV GAZETTE - 11/18/99

Hazard to Sailors Named Douglas Rock
click HERE for some clippings from local papers




left to right: front row - Alexander Douglas, George Douglas and Donald Douglas. back row - William Douglas, and John Douglas



Bruce W. Douglas
has put up much information regarding the five brothers

Bruce G. Douglas

It's a photograph of the house of your great grand-father, Alexander Douglas, in Norham, Ontario, the crossroads village that you have heard me speak of. The car in front of the house is the family's first automobile -- a 1910 Winton - in which mother and father and Donald and I, with Harry Rosander driving, toured New England and Visited Canada in the summer of 1910.

the note written by my father on the back of the photograph



The Quaker Oats Company was officially formed in 1901 when several American pioneers in oat milling came together to incorporate the now familiar name. In the late 1800s, each of three Midwest milling companies had independently begun to process and sell high-quality oats for the consumer--giving the American family a product that would be superior in quality to the oats sold in open barrels at general stores. In Ravenna, Ohio, Henry D. Seymour and William Heston had established the Quaker Mill Company and registered the now famous trademark. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, John Stuart, his son Robert and their partner George Douglas operated the largest cereal mill of the time. Ferdinand Schumacher, known as "The Oatmeal King," founded German Mills American Oatmeal Company in 1856 after selling oats in his Akron, Ohio, store for two years. Combining these companies after the turn of the century brought together the top oats milling expertise in the country and gave the newly formed corporation a name that--even then--was a symbol of quality and purity.




The photo of Mum and Dad in Santa Barbara was taken by Granny and this was just before they became engaged. On the back of the photo is written in Mum's rather marvellous writing : " Mother got our faces after all evidently - My shoes will never be the same. I think I will have to give them to you now. " As you see in the picture, he his wearing her shoes. Dad gave me this picture which he loved and said this was when he decided to ask her to marry him.













Inez Boynton Douglas

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