File MS-4-177, Box 35, 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 35, Folder 2

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  • 1920-1921 (Creation)
    McMillan, William

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354 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 1920 and January 1921, 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 Engines Limited (Bridgewater), Edward Allen (Yarmouth), Armour & Company (Hamilton), G.E. Barbour Co. Limited (Saint John), The Barrett Company (Halifax), Bauld Bros. Limited (Halifax), J. & T. Bell (Montreal), Bissett Company (Halifax), W.R. Brock Company (Montreal), Canadian National Railways, Canadian Oil Companies Limited, Clayton & Sons (Halifax), Colonial Fertilizer Company (Windsor), W.H. Cutler (Toronto), Thos. P. DeWolfe & Son (Yarmouth), W.G. Dexter (Barrington), Andrew Doane (Ingomar), Dominion Molasses Company (Halifax), Dominion Rubber System Limited (Halifax), Edinburgh Roperie & Sailcloth Company (Montreal), Emerson & Fisher (Saint John), Enterprise Foundry Co. (Sackville), Excel Footwear Co. (Halifax), Frank Fales & Sons (Saint John), A.E. Faucher (Riviere-du-Loup, QC), Arthur Fordham (Halifax), Frasier, Thornton & Co. (Cookshire, QC), Gault Brothers Co. (Montreal), S.R. Giffin & Sons (Goldboro), Greenshields Limited (Montreal), Gunns Limited (Saint John), Chas. Hagar (Roseway), Halifax Herald, G.J. Hamilton & Sons (Pictou), Hatfield & Co. (Hartland, NB), Imperial Oil Limited, J.B. Jones (East Jordan), H. Mack Leslie (East Port L'Hebert), Lockett & Messenger (Bridgetown), Lunenburg Coal & Supply Company, T. McAvity & Sons (Saint John), Maguire, Paterson & Palmer (Montreal), Manchester Robertson Allison (Saint John), Maple Leaf Milling Company, Maritime Cap Manufacturers Limited (Moncton), Martin-Senour Co. (Halifax), G.P. Mitchell & Sons (Halifax), J. & M. Murphy (Halifax), National Drug and Chemical Company, News Publishing Co. (Truro), Mrs Leslie Nicol (Clyde River), Perfection Stove Company (Montreal), R.E. Pinkham, bicycle accessories (Barrington), Quaker Oats Company (Peterborough), T.W. Quinn & Son (Liverpool), G.N. Reagh (Middleton), Frank Reardon (Halifax), Retail Merchants Association of Canada, M.J. Ritcey & Co. (Halifax), Rutherford Milling Company (Blenheim, ON), Scythes & Company (Montreal), R.B. Seeton (Halifax), Simmons Limited (Toronto), A. & W. Smith & Co. (Halifax), E.K. Spinney (Yarmouth), Wm. Stairs, Son & Morrow (Halifax), John Starr, Son & Co. (Halifax), T.C. Swaine (Barrington), Robert Taylor (Montreal), A.E. Thorbourn (Gunning Cove), W.H. Thorne & Company (Saint John), John Tobin & Sons (Halifax), Tooke Bros (Montreal), Tower Canadian Limited (Halifax), Walker Bros. (Milton), Willard's Chocolates Limited (Toronto), Yarmouth Fruit Co., Yarmouth Cycle & Motor Co. Ltd., among others.

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Damp-soiling to Brock correspondence; two-hole punches to top margin of most leaves; occasional edge-chipping

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Description created July 23, 2018.

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  • Box: MS-4-177, Box 35