Hilborn, Percy R. and Gertrude Wells fonds

Hilborn, Percy R., 1886-1972.
Percy R. and Gertrude Wells Hilborn fonds. - 1919-1959.

30 cm of textual records.

Percy R. Hilborn was born in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ont. in 1886. He graduated from McGill University and became a prominent industrialist and philanthropist in Preston, Ont., now part of Cambridge. He was involved in furniture manufacture, including the Canadian Office and School Furniture Co. and Canada Sand Papers Ltd. He served the community in many ways: he was charter president of the Rotary Club of Preston-Hespeler, chairman of the Preston Planning Board, and a charter governor on the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo in 1957. He was named to the honour roll of the Grand River Conservation Authority after donating a 145 acre park.


Fonds consists mostly of files relating to some of Percy R. Hilborn's areas of service to the community, including Freeport Sanitarium, Preston War Service Association and Waterloo College and Associate Faculties fundraising. Several Havergal College notebooks belonging to Gertrude R. Wells, who became P.R. Hilborn's wife, are also present.


  • Title from content of the fonds.
  • Donated in 2000 by Helen Hilborn Bridle.

Call number: GA 131