"Samuel T. Rowe, of Paisley, was born in the Town of Truro, Cornwall, England, in 1819. He emigrated to America in 1839, and after living in New York and New jersey each a year, moved to Toronto in 1841 ; to the County of Grey (Normanby) in 1845 ; and to Elderslie, where Paisley now stands, on May 9th 1851.
Mr. Rowe was a blacksmith by trade, but opened a hotel on removal to Paisley, the first in the township; and both before and since his settlement here has been prominently identified with material interests of the north-western peninsula throughout every stage of its development. He took a deep interst in public local affairs, for participation in which he was well fitted. He was Township Clerk of Normanby for four years, under the old system of the District Councils, and on the organization of Elderslie in 1856 he was chosen its first Reeve, and is probably the oldest magistrate in the township. In the discharge of the many important functions which have devolved upon him in connection with his public record, Mr. Rowe has retained the confidence of this constituents, while his life as a private citizen has been such as to bestow upon him in a marked degree the respect and esteem of the entire community."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce