File MS-4-177, Box 24, Folders 1-2 - Business correspondence to William McMillan, Lockeport, regarding confirmation to ship goods, and receipt of shipments

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Business correspondence to William McMillan, Lockeport, regarding confirmation to ship goods, and receipt of shipments

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MS-4-177, Box 24, Folders 1-2

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  • 1904-1905 (Creation)
    McMillan, William

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443 leaves of textual records in two folders (196, 247)

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William McMillan was active in his business between 1893 and the early 1930s. He resided in Lockeport or the surrounding area. He was a merchant and he owned both a general store and several ships. From his store he sold typical items, including boots and coal. His shipping company imported and exported items like salt, fish, coal, etc. to the West Indies, Bahamas, Cuba, Turks and Caicos. McMillan was also active in other businesses (i.e., the People's Wharf and Redding & McMillan). In addition, he helped build the shipyard in Allendale with Howard Allen. They went into business together and formed Howard Allen and Co. That business and the shipyard went through several owners until it came back to McMillan. He then experienced taxation and financial difficulties and tried to sell it, but no one purchased it, spelling the end of shipbuilding at Allendale.

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File contains business correspondence addressed to William McMillan, Lockeport, (and a few from McMillan) written between December 1904 and June 1905, regarding receipt of shipment of goods to be sold in his general store, or confirmation of goods to be sent overseas. File contains both typed and handwritten correspondence, and telegram cables. File contains correspondence from the following receivers and brokers: Robert Allan (Montreal), Edward Allen (Yarmouth), G.F. Allen & Co. (Yarmouth), Archibald Company (Truro), Baird 7 Peters (Saint John), Geo. E. Barbour (Saint John), Barclay-Clements Co. (Boston), Henry Birks and Sons, gold and silversmiths (Montreal), R.B. Boak & Co. (Chicago), A. Booth and Company (Chicago), W.R. Brock Company (Montreal), Burrell-Johnson Iron Company (Yarmouth), James A. Calder (Halifax), Canadian Drug Co. Ltd. (Saint John), Canadian Oil Company (Saint John), J.E. Chivers (Sable River), Clayton & Sons (Halifax), Creighton & Marshall (Halifax), Crown Silver Plate Co. (Toronto), De Long & Seaman (Boston), Emerson & Fisher (Saint John), Frank Fales (Saint John), Arthur Fordham & Co. (Halifax), J.M. Fortier (Montreal), Frasier, Thornton & Co. (Cookshire, QC), Wm. Goodhugh (Montreal), S. Greenshields, Son & Co. (Montreal), C.J. Hamilton & Sons Biscuits (Halifax), Edgar Harvey (Port Joli), Henderson & Potts (Halifax), L. Higgins & Co. (Moncton), Imperial Oil (Halifax), J.A. Leaman & Company (Halifax), Lincoln, Willey & Co. (Boston), R.J. Lovell Co. (Toronto), McAlpin Consumers Tobacco Co. (Toronto), H.H. McCain (Florenceville, NB), James McCready (Montreal), Manchester, Robertson & Allison (Saint John), John Millard (Liverpool), G.P. Mitchell & Sons (Halifax), Lilian Morton (Jordan River), Wm. Muir & Son (Halifax), Nova Scotia Furnishing Company, M. & H. Oxner (Chester Basin), R. Hunter Putnam (Granite Village, NS), Wm. Robertson & Son (Halifax), The C. Robin, Collas Company Limited (Halifax), St. Charles Condensing Co. (St. Charles, IL), St. John Milling Company, R.B. Seeton & Co. (Halifax), I.B. Shaffner & Co. (Halifax), Simson Bros. (Halifax), S.A. Skillings & Son (Portland, ME), A.C. Smith & Co. (West Saint John), A. & W. Smith & Co. (Halifax), Smith & Proctor (Halifax), E.K. Spinney (Yarmouth), Wm. Stairs, Son & Morrow (Halifax), Stauntons Limited (Toronto), Superior Oil Co. (Cleveland, OH), Robert Taylor Co. (Halifax), H.A. Thompson (Saint John), William Thomson & Co. (Saint John), John Thorbourn (Sandy Point), W.H. Thorne & Co. (Saint John), among others.

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Browning to bottom half of several dozen leaves (no text loss); occasional edge-chipping; two-hole punches to top margin of most leaves.

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Description created April 12, 2018.

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  • Box: MS-4-177, Box 24