File MS-4-177, Box 29, Folder 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 29, Folder 2

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  • 1913-1914 (Creation)
    McMillan, William

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330 leaves of textual records ; 22 x 27 cm or smaller

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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 (and a couple written by) William McMillan, Lockeport, between October 1913 and May 1914, 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, as well as several credit note forms for businesses dealing with McMillan. File contains correspondence from the following receivers and brokers: W.C.M. Ackhurst (Halifax), Edward M. Alden (Boston), Allith Manufacturing (Hamilton, ON), Ames Holden McCready (Saint John), Amherst Boot & Shoe Co., Sidney R. Baxter & Co. (Boston), Bowker Fertilizer Co. (Boston), Brandram-Henderson (Halifax), Bridgetown Hay and Feed Company, W.R. Brock Company (Montreal), Brookfield Bros. (Halifax), Canadian Consolidated Rubber Co. (Saint John), Canadian Kodak Co. Limited (Toronto), Canadian Oil Companies Limited (Halifax), Carritte-Paterson Man'f'g. Co. (Halifax), Clayton & Sons (Halifax), Cochran, Burns & Farnsworth Co. (Boston), Craven & Speeding Bros. (Sunderland, UK; via Sancton), W.J. Crouse (Italy Cross, NS), Davis & Lawrence Co. (Montreal), Robert D. Doane (Barrington, NS), Eastern Supply and Paper Company (Halifax), Emerson & Fisher Ltd (Saint John), T.H. Estabrooks, Red Rose Tea (Saint John), Frank Fales (Saint John), D.M. Ferry & Co, (Windsor, ON), C.H. Flewwelling (Saint John), Flexible Conduit Co. (Guelph, ON), Flintkote Manufacturing Company (Boston), Gault Brothers (Montreal), Gibson Bros. (Halifax), Gordon, Mackay & Co. (Toronto), J.W. Grant & Co. (Halifax), Greenshields Limited (Montreal), J.C. Grimm (Springfield, NS), Halifax News Company Ltd., G.J. Hamilton & Sons, Hancock Mfg. Co. (Halifax), S.L. Hardy (Allendale, NS), Harris Abattoir Company (Toronto), W.F. Hatheway Co. (Saint John), Hewson Pure Wool Textiles (Amherst), Joseph A. Hipson (Barrington), Holzapfels Limited (Newcastle-on-Tyne), Hood Rubber Company (Watertown, MA; related to Amherst Boot & Shoe), Ideal Bedding Co. (Toronto), Imperial Oil Company (Halifax), Imperial Tobacco Company of Canada (Montreal), Lincoln, Willey & Co. (Boston), J.H. Lyons (Barrington), T. McAvity & Sons LImited (Saint John), McCormick Manufacturing (London, ON), A. McKim Limited (Montreal), A. & W. MacKinlay (Halifax), McMillan Co. Limited (Jacquet River, NB), Manchester Robertson Allison (Saint John), Meeker & Company (New York), G.P. Mitchell & Sons (Halifax), Monarch Paint Co. (Cleveland, OH), J.G. Morton & Son (Milton, NS), J. & M. Murphy (Halifax), National Drug and Chemical Company of Canada (Halifax), Northern-Electric (Halifax), Oliver Typewriter Company (Chicago), Parker-Eatkins Co. (Yarmouth), T.S. Pattillo (Truro), Percival & Graveline (Montreal), Proctor Bros & CO. (Halifax; for British Colonial Fire Insurance), W.G. Robertson (Halifax), Frank W. Robinson (Toronto), Rock City Tobacco Co. (Quebec), Rogers-Pyatt Shellac Company (New York), S. Norman Sancton (Saint John), Saxe Clothing Co. (Montreal), W.H. Schwartz & Sons (Halifax), H.S. Scott (Saint John), A.W. Shaw Company Publishers (Chicago), Sherwin-Williams Co. (Montreal), J. Willard Smith (Saint John), W.C. Smith & Co. (Lunenburg), Smith & Proctor (Halifax), Southern Salvage Company Limited (Liverpool, NS), E.K. Spinney (Yarmouth), Wm. Stairs, Son & Morrow (Halifax), Stanfields Limited (Truro), Henry A. Tarr (Gloucester, MA), Tarr's Structural and Marine Paint Co. (Boston), W.H. Thorne & Company (Saint John), Warwick Bros & Rutter (Toronto), Willett Martin Co. (New York), Windsor Furniture Co. (Windsor, NS), Wolverton Milling Co. (Saint John), among others/

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Insect damage to Alden, Amherst, and Ames Holden McCready correspondence; occasional edge-chipping; two-hole punches to top margin of most leaves

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Description revised May 14, 2018

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  • Box: MS-4-177, Box 29