File MS-4-177, Box 31, Folder 3 - 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 3

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  • 1916 (Creation)
    McMillan, William

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304 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 July 1916 and October 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 and balance orders from the following brokers: Acadia Gas Engine Co. (Bridgewater), Ames Holden McCready (Saint John), Bee Starch Co. (Montreal), A.M. Bell & Co. (Halifax), Ben's Limited, Bakers (Halifax), W.R. Brock Company (Montreal), Brookfield Bros. (Halifax), Calder, Fraser Co. (Dartmouth), Campbell, Smibert & Co. (Montreal), Canadian Consolidated Rubber Co. (Saint John), Canada Cement Company (Montreal), Canadian Drug Co. (Saint John), Canadian Law and Adjustment Company (Halifax; regarding claims against E.D. King, of King & Barss, Halifax), Canadian Wood-Working Co. (Yarmouth), Carritte-Paterson Man'f'g Co. (Halifax), Clayton & Sons (Halifax), Cochran, Burns Farnsworth (Boston), Conant Carbon Company (Portland, ME), Consumers Cordage Company (Halifax), H.H. Crosby Co. Ltd. (Hebron, NS), E. & S. Currie (Toronto), Davis Bros. (Gloucester, MA), Dominion Molasses Company (Halifax), Eastern Hat & Cap Manufacturing Co. (Truro, NS), Thomas A. Edison Inc. (Orange, NJ), Stanley Edwards (Sable River West), Emerson & Fisher (Saint John), Frank Fales (Saint John), Edgar Fillmore (Amherst), Arthur Fordham & Co. (Halifax), Gault Brothers Co. (Montreal), Alexander Gibb (Montreal), Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (Toronto), Gordon and Keith furniture (Halifax), J.C. Grimm & Son (Springfield, NS), Gurney-Massey Company (Montreal), Chas. Hagar (Roseway, NS), Trueman Hagar (Round Bay, NS), G.J. Hamilton & Sons (Halifax), Holzapfels Limited (Newcastle-on-Tyne), Imperial Oil Company (Halifax), Jones & Cairns (Saint John), J.B. Jones (East Jordan, NS), Kilgour Bros. (Toronto), Lane-Libby Fisheries Company (Boston), Lockett & Messenger (Bridgetown), R.G. Long & Co. (Toronto), Lunenburg Foundry Company, Reuben McAdams (West Middle Sable), T. McAvity & Sons (Saint John), A.N. Mack (Mill Village, NS), J.C. Mackintosh & Co. (Halifax), Manchester Robertson Allison (Saint John), Martin-Senour (Montreal), Matthews-Blackwell Limited (Toronto), G.P. Mitchell & Sons (Halifax), W. & C.H. Mitchell (Halifax), J.G. Morton & Son (Milton, NS), Charles Mueller Company (Waterloo, ON), J. & M. Murphy Limited (Halifax), L.C. Murphy (Pubnico, NS), New York Net and Twine Co. (Moodus, CT), Northern Electric Company (Montreal), Northrop & Lyman Co. (Toronto), Nova Scotia Trust Company, Oscar Onken Co. (Cincinnati, OH), Payzant & King (Halifax), R.M. Payzant (Liverpool), Peabodys Overalls (Walkerville, ON), Pickford & Black Limited (Halifax; re British Sailors' Relief Fund), J. Pink & Co. (Yarmouth), H.R. Putnam (Liverpool), Quaker Oats Company (Peterborough), Wm. Redding (Yarmouth), F.A. Robertson (Port Mouton, NS), Robin, Jones & Whitman Limited (Halifax), Shives Lumber Company (Campbellton, NB), E.K. Spinney (Yarmouth), Wm. Stairs, Son & Morrow, Limited (Halifax), Stanfields Limited (Truro), Robert Taylor Co. (Halifax), Thorbourn Bros. (Gunning Cove, NS), W.H. Thorne & Company (Saint John), Tower Canadian Limited (Toronto), United Fruit Companies of Nova Scotia (Berwick), Walker Bros. (Milton, NS), Ware Manufacturing Company (Oakville, ON), Windsor Furniture Co. Limited, Wolverton Milling Co. (Saint John and Wolverton), J.A. Zwicker (Halifax), among others.

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Insect damage and text loss to Canadian Drug Co., Ware Manufacturing, Wolverton and Zwickers correspondence; vertical tears to Freeman Hagar correspondence; two-hole punches to top margins of most leaves; occasional foxing

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Description created June 11, 2018.

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  • Box: MS-4-177, Box 31