File MS-4-177, Box 32, 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 32, Folder 1

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  • 1917 (Creation)
    McMillan, William

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326 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 January 1917 and April 1917, regarding receipt of shipment of goods to be sold in his general store, or confirmation of goods to be sent overseas.

File also contains a typed letter signed by R.B. Bennett, then Director General of National Service Canada, dated February 15th, 1917, proposing McMillan's participation in an "occupational survey [...] for National purposes only [...] to enable both after-the-war and present-day problems to be dealt with intelligently and efficiently".

File contains both typed and handwritten correspondence and balance orders from the following brokers:
Acadia Gas Engine Co. (Bridgewater), Edward Allen (Yarmouth), Ames Holden McCready (Saint John), Ben's Limited (Halifax), Bridgetown Hay and Feed Company, W.R. Brock Company (Montreal), Burrell-Johnson Iron Company (Yarmouth), Canada Cement Company (Montreal), Canadian Carbon Co. (Toronto), Canadian Consolidated Rubber Co. (Saint John), Canadian Drug Co. (Saint John), Canadian Fairbanks-Morse Company (Saint John), Canadian Oil Companies Limited (Halifax), Canadian Underskirt Co. (Toronto), Canadian Wood-Working Co. (Yarmouth), Carritte-Paterson Man'f'g Co. (Halifax), Chronicle Publishing Co. (Halifax), Clare Bros. & Co (Preston, ON), Cochran, Burns & Farnsworth Co. (Boston), Consumers Cordage Company (Halifax), J.S. Creed (Halifax), H.C. Davis Jr. & Co. (Norfolk, VA), S. Davis & Sons (Montreal), Henry d'Entremont (Lower West Pubnico), Landrie d'Entremon (West Pubnico), Dickson & Eddy, coal (New York), Andrew Doane (Ingomar, Shelburne Co., NS), Dominion Molasses Company (Halifax), Eastern Hat & Cap Manufacturing Co. (Truro), Eastern Shirts (Truro), Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (Orange, NJ), Emerson & Fisher (Saint John), Empire Garage and Motor Co. (Yarmouth), Enterprise Foundry Co. (Sackville, NB), T.H. Estabrooks (Saint John), Frank Fales (Saint John), Fleischmann Co. (Halifax), Frasier, Thornton & Co. (Cookshire, QC), Gilmartin & Trundy (New York), Go. Goodfellow (Montreal), Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (Toronto), Gordon and Keith (Halifax), Grant Bros. Ltd. (Halifax), Gurney-Massey Company (Montreal), Chas. Hagar (Roseway), Trueman Hagar (Round Bay), G.J. Hamilton & Sons (Pictou), Ida Harlow (Sable River West), R.L. Hartman (North East Harbour), G. Hines (Pubnico), G.W. Hodge (Fredericton), Hutchings Company Ltd. (Saint John), Imperial Oil Company (Halifax), J.B. Jones (East Jordan), Knox Hat Company (New York), Thomas J. Lipton (Toronto), Lockett & Messenger (Bridgetown), London & Petrolia Barrel Co. (London, ON), J.L. Lovitt (Yarmouth), T. McAvity & Sons (Saint John), McClearn Company Limited (Liverpool), A. & W. MacKinlay Limited (Halifax), J.F. MacMullen & Son (Barrington), J.C. Mackintosh & Co. (Halifax), Manchester Robertson Allison Limited (Saint John), Martin-Senour Co. (Halifax), Meeker & Company (New York), John Millen & Son (Montreal), W. & C.H. Mitchell Limited (Halifax), Moirs Limited (Halifax), Charles Mueller Company (Waterloo, ON), Murray Shoe Company (London), Northern Electric Company (Montreal), Northrop & Lyman Co. (Toronto), Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Company (New Glasgow), Nova Scotia Underwear Co. (Windsor), A.D. Oakes & Son (Hebbs Cross, NS), Parrish, Phillips & Co. (New York), Payzant & King (Halifax), Wm. Presser (Yarmouth), Quaker Oats Company (Halifax), Remington Arms-Union Metallic Cartridge Co. (Windsor, ON), Ritcey Bros. (Riverport), Wm. Robertson (Halifax), Robin Hood Mills Limited (Montreal), Robin, Jones & Whitman (Halifax), Rothon & Co. Limited (London), Saint John Milling Company (West Saint John), William Sawler (Birchtown), R.B. Seeton (Halifax), Shives Lumber Company (Campbellton, NB), Sylvanus Smith & Co. (Gloucester, MA), E.K. Spinney (Yarmouth), Wm. Stairs, Son & Morrow (Halifax), Stanfield's (Truro), John Starr, Son & Co. (Halifax), Swift Canadian Co. (Toronto), Wolverton Milling Co. (Saint John), Robert Taylor (Halifax), J.H. Thorburn (Sandy Point), W.H. Thorne & Company (Saint John), John Tobin & Co. (Halifax), Thomas Wood & Company (Boston), among others.

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Some insect damage and/or faint damp soiling to bottom left corner of many leaves; severe insect damage and text loss to Robert Taylor, W.H. Thorne, John Tobin, Thomas Wood, and Wolverton Milling correspondence; occasional edge-chipping; two-hole punches to top margin of most leaves

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Description created June 18, 2018

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  • Box: MS-4-177, Box 32