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Chester Hotels Limited was a small hotel company incorporated in Nova Scotia on June 1, 1959. Victor DeBedia Oland was President of the company, Bruce S.C. Oland was Vice-President, and Don J. Oland was Secretary-Treasurer. Gordon Cowan also acted as interim President of the company. The company was formed to purchase Bryans' Villa Inn in Chester from William F. Bryans. The Inn was renamed the Sword and Anchor Inn and Forbes Thrasher, a well-known hotelier, was appointed manager. The company also ran and maintained the Sheet Anchor House, a separate lodging across the street from the Sword and Anchor Inn.
Forbes Thrasher resigned as manager in December, 1962 and became President of the Innkeepers Guild of Nova Scotia in 1963. Hugh Parker became general manager of the Inn in March, 1963 and various other managers were appointed over the years. The company experienced numerous financial hardships, often operating at a loss. In 1974, the Sword and Anchor Inn was sold to R. David Neima, President of Piper Advertising Company in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Chester Hotels Limited was a wholly owned subsidiary of Keith Hall Investments, a real estate and property management company that was wholly owned by Lindwood Holdings Limited.
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Series is broken into five sub-series: Administrative, Blueprints and Maps, Correspondence, Financial, and Marketing and Advertising.
Administrative Sub-series consists of employee lists and applications, inventories, legal agreements and indentures, and fire safety inspection reports for the Sword and Anchor Inn.
Blueprints and Maps Sub-series contains blueprints of the Sword and Anchor Inn, and surveys of a Chester Harbour Water Lot Grant.
Correspondence Sub-series primarily contains correspondence e between keepers of the Sword and Anchor Inn and Chester Hotels Limited. Sub-series also contains correspondence regarding the purchase and sale of Sword and Anchor Inn and various other administrative and financial matters.
Financial Sub-series contains financial statements, profit and loss statements, and share certificate books.
Marketing and Advertising Sub-series contains brochures, posters, and menus for the Sword and Anchor Inn and the Sheet Anchor House.