Fonds 77-026 & 86-027 - Choate family fonds

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Choate family fonds

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    CA ON00333 77-026 & 86-027

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    • 1849-1910 (Creation)

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    90 cm of textual records 4 photographs

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    Thomas Choate (1809-1900) was the founder of Warsaw, Ontario. He was a millwright and oversaw the construction and ran the first sawmill, gristmill and carding mill in Warsaw for his uncle, the Hon. Zaccheus Burnham. He eastablished the first general store in 1836 and the post office in 1842. He was postmaster for 47 years. He was also a justice of the peace and school superintendent. Thomas married Mary Wright, and later Eliza Wright, an finally Hannah Grover. Thomas' eldest son, Thomas George took over running the mills for Zaccheus Burnham. Thomas George later established his own chair manufacturing shop on Quarry Lake. Thomas also established and conducted a singing school and choir which was under his tutelage for 60 years. Both he and his son, Thomas George became involved in the local temperance society and in local politics. Thomas retired from running the store in 1889, at the age of 80, and his youngest son, Arthur Francis, took over the business as manager and post master. In 1897, Arthur established a second store, Choate Supply Store, at McCraken's Landing, Stony Lake, in 1897. Thomas died in 1900, at the age of 90.

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    Fonds consists of 17 bound day books, journals and accounts of the Choate family general merchandising business, 1850-1910, at Warsaw, Canada West and Ontario; records of the Warsaw Division of the Sons of Temperance Fraternal Society, 1849-1858; a general record of registered letters, Warsaw post office, 1884-1889; and a family day book, a scrapbook of clippings, and photographs.

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    Fonds was acquired from the Choate family in 1976.


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