File MS-4-177, Box 31, Folder 1 - 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 31, Folder 1

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  • 1915-1916 (Creation)
    McMillan, William

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274 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 few written by) William McMillan, Lockeport, between December 1915 and April 1916, 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, from the following brokers: Acadia Gas Engine Co. (Bridgewater), W.N. Allan (Yarmouth), Edward M. Alden (Boston), Edward Allen (Yarmouth), G.E. Barbour Co. (Saint John), J. & T. Bell (Montreal), Ben's Limited (Halifax), Bolinders Swedish Steel & Importing Co. (Montreal, regarding the "scarcity of tonnage for transoceanic and coastwise transportation"), Borden Milk Company (Truro), W.R. Brock Company (Montreal), Burrell-Johnson Iron Company (Yarmouth), Calder, Fraser Co. (Dartmouth), Cameron & Co. (Ottawa), Campbell Flour Mills Company (Toronto), Campbell, Smibert & Co. (Montreal), Canadian Carbon Co. (Toronto), Canadian Cement Company (Montreal), Canadian Consolidated Rubber Company (Halifax), Canadian Drug Co. (Saint John), Canadian Oil Companies Limited (Halifax), Castine Line & Twine Co. (Boston), Chisholm Co. Limited (Halifax), Clayton & Sons (Halifax), Lemuel Clow (Shelburne), Cochran, Burns & Farnsworth Co. (Boston), Cohen Bros. (Clark's Harbour), Frank Colwell military equipment (Halifax), Consumers Cordage Company (Halifax), W.J. Crouse (Italy Cross, NS), R.H. Davis & Company (Yarmouth)< S. Davis & Sons (Montreal), Dominion Molasses Company (Halifax), Eastern Canada Fisheries Limited (Montreal), Edinburgh Roperie & Sailcloth Co., Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (Orange, NJ), J. Furman Ehrgott (Yarmouth), Fleischmann Co. (Halifax), Alexander Gibb (Montreal), Gibson Bros. (Halifax), Gilmartin & Trundy (New York), Gordon Mackay & Co. (Toronto), Gourock Ropework Export Co. (Montreal, regarding the loss of a shipment due to a Halifax wharf fire), S. Greenwood (Round Bay, NS), J.C. Grimm & Son (Springfield, NS), Trueman Hagar (Round Bay, NS), G.J. Hamilton & Sons (Halifax), W.F. Hatheway Co. (Saint John), G.M. Hines (Pubnico, NS), Holland Window Shade Co. (Halifax), Ideal Bedding Co. (Toronto), Imperial Oil Company (Halifax), J.B. Jones (East Jordan, NS), Killam Brothers (Yarmouth), LaHave Concrete Co. (West LaHave, NS), Lockett & Messenger (Bridgetown), John H. Lyons (Crowell, NS), T. McAvity & Sons (Saint John), A. & W. MacKinlay (Halifax), Manchester Robertson Allison (Saint John), Martin-Senour Co. (Halifax), G.P. Mitchell & Sons (Halifax), L.C. Murphy (Pubnico, NS), New York Net & Twine, Nordby Fisheries Supply Co. (Seattle, WA), Northern Electric (Montreal), Parrish, Phillips & Co. (New York), Quaker Oats Company (Peterborough), T.W. Quinn (Liverpool), J.C. Robertson (Shelburne), James Robinson (Montreal), R.B. Seeton (Halifax), Shives Lumber Company Limited (Campbellton, NB), H.R. Silver (Halifax), Geo. E. Smith & Co. (Halifax, regarding the passing of the company owner and "sole member of the firm"), J. Willard Smith (Saint John), E.K. Spinney (Yarmouth), Wm. Stairs, Son & Morrow (regarding the "No. 2" Halifax pier fire, March 1916), Stanfields Limited (Truro), Robert Taylor Co. (Halifax), W.H. Thorne & Company (Saint John), John Tobin & Co. (Halifax), Thomas Wagner (Port Mouton), Walker Bros. (Milton, NS), Western Assurance Company (Toronto), Wolverton Milling Co. (Saint John), B.C. Thomas Wood & Company (Boston), Woodworth (Halifax), Zwicker & Co. (Lunenburg), among others.

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Insect damage to Western Assurance and Zwicker correspondence; dead mold colony to Walker Bros and Wolverton correspondence; faint soling to several leaves; tears to corners of Edward Allen correspondence; two-hole punches to top margin of most leaves; occasional rust-stains

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Description created June 4, 2018.

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  • Box: MS-4-177, Box 31