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A.A. Greer General Store fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1896-1924

This fonds consists of a day book and ledger. The daybook reflects business conducted at the Cunningham General Store in Glamis, Bruce County, Ontario. The book is organized chronologically from July 1, 1896 - February 1899 and lists under each day: customer names, summary of goods purchased and price. Goods included groceries, hardware and textiles. The ledger reflects business conducted at the A.A. Greer General Store (formerly Cunningham General Store) in Glamis, Bruce County, Ontario from 1922-1924, immediately following the purchase of the store by Albert Arthur Greer (married to Laura Cunningham). The book has an alphabetical index at the front. It is organized by customer and lists the dates and details of their purchases, credits and payments from 1922 to 1924. Purchases are often listed as "goods", but the ledger also shows the purchase of specific grocery and hardware items.

Includes three "A.A. Greer General Merchant" receipts. Also includes an invoice to A.A. Greer in account iwth Glamis Garage, 1923.

A.A. Greer General Store

Daybook

This daybook consists of a daily record of financial transactions, from 1902 to 1928, likely recorded by Captain John Harold ("Jack") Spence. The recorded transactions include the probate and managing of the estate of James Hendry Spence in 1907, with mention on the final page that Harry died November 22, 1906, that probate was granted January 23, 1907, and "resealed in Sask. April 15, 1912." John H. Spence and William McGregor Lambert were executors of the will of Henry James Spence.

The transactions recorded in the book involve individuals including: Alexander Emerson Belcher, Southampton; George E. Smith, Southampton; John Hilditch; Robert Bartley, Peter Knechtel, St. Paul's Church; John H. Spence; H.A. Spence; Cappy Spence, Will Spence, Nellie Currie, John Craig and the Fawcett Farm, some of which appear to have involved the payment of mortgages and transactions with private bankers. The transactions include references to "father's account" in the mid-1902s. The recorded transactions also include the payment of taxes and/or debentures to Eastnor, Lindsay and St. Edmunds townships.

Spence, John Harold

Donald Cameron fonds

  • CA ON00031 A968.009
  • Fonds
  • 1886-1893, 1897-1899

This fonds consists of 3 day books created by Donald Cameron within his occupation as storekeeper of a General Store first in Underwood and by September 1893 in Hepworth, Bruce County, Ontario. The day books cover the following time periods: 1886-1890, 1890-1893, and 1897-1899.

Cameron, Donald, [18--]-1905

John Peirson fonds

  • CA ON00031 A988.033.001
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1937

This fonds consists of John Peirson’s diaries with enclosures, for the years: 1888, 1892-1919, 1921-1925, and 1927. His brief daily journal entries include information related to his family, political life, rural life, personal financial information, social engagements, church meetings, weather and farm operations and activities, including ploughing, sowing and the sale of animals. Mr. Peirson also makes mention of world events, including the sinking of the Titanic and the end of the Great War.

Journals after 1919 each continue to have the name “John Peirson” written on the title page, sometimes with the name of the person who gave the diary to him as a gift; however, most entries in those journals appear to have been written either by John’s daughter-in-law, Catherine (Black) Peirson, and/or his daughter, Mary Ann (Peirson) Hilborn, both of whom were living in houses on the homestead with John. These journals include references to “father” and his health. Other topics include social activities, Women’s Institute meetings, social visits, family life, and some financial information.

Enclosures in the diaries, such as invoices, statements and newspaper clippings, reflect some of the businesses in the community, such as W.A. Gerolamy, grocer; J.W. Chittick Burgoyne General Store; and The Tara Creamery. John Peirson’s involvement with the Burgoyne Cheese Company, and family events reported in the newspaper up to 1937 are also reflected in the enclosures.

Peirson, John

John Spence family fonds

  • CA ON00031 AX2011.602
  • Fonds
  • 1875 - 1928

This fonds consists of financial records, ships logs and Crown land patents created by and/or belonging to Captain John Spence and his sons, reflecting some of their personal and business dealings.

Spence, John (family)

Ledger and log book

This ledger and log book contains:

(a) Schooner Nemesis ledger (1875, 1876, 1877) expenses and earnings, and financial records related to Captain John Spence, John H. Spence and individuals to whom wages were paid, including Maurice Precious, Thomas Harkness, Asa Garned, Harry Jones, John Cornelius, Laughlin Currie, John R. Black, John McDuff, William Woolway, David Derick, Robert Parker, Charles Greenwood, Edward Marlton, Archie McDonald, Sam Noble, Thomas Tate, Ben Garrison, Martin Gillies, Frank Granville, Malcolm Mathieson, John Mathieson, George Currie, Alex McDiarmid, William McKenzie, Frank Longe, and Charles Hillard.

(b) Schooner Nemesis Log Book (1880), in which information about the weather and the schooner's journeys were recorded; and

(c) Schooner Wanderer log book for 1882, in which information about the weather and the schooner's journeys were recorded.

Spence, John (family)

McInnes General Store fonds

  • CA ON00031 A988.029.001-.004
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1906, 1910-1914

This fonds consists of 3 day books listing customer names and items purchased each day, with prices, at McInness General Store in Tiverton. The day books cover the following time periods: July 1904 - September 1906; November 1, 1910 - October 5, 1912; and October 10, 1912 - November 20, 1914.

McInnes General Store

Robert Benjamin Hillmer fonds

  • CA ON00031 A967.054
  • Fonds
  • 1898 - 1954

This fonds consists of 5 record books kept by Robert B. Hillmer concerning his watchmaking and jewellery business. In the books, Mr. Hillmer recorded watch inventories (1899), as well as job numbers, client name, work requested and price. Item List: Watch Repair Book 1910 - 1913; Watch Repair Book 1924 - 1934; Watch Repair Book 1936 - 1954; Watch Repair Record book, 1913 - 1924; and Watch Repair Record book 1898-1910. The fonds also includes a Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada certificate appointing Robert Benjamin Hillmer to the office of Grand Superintendent of Huron District No. 6, February 28, 1918.

Hillmer, Robert Benjamin

Schooner Wanderer cargo book

Cargo book of Schooner Wanderer (initially belonging to the Port of Toronto, James Jackman Master; James Henry Jackman, owner), 1873 – [1882?] including Log Book commencing in 1883 with change of ownership to Captain John Spence of Southampton, Ontario. The ship's log, commencing in or around 1883 until 1887, records information about the weather and the ship's travels This includes records of travel on Lake Huron in the County of Bruce with references to Pike Bay, Point Clark, Port Elgin, Kincardine, and Saugeen. References to other ships include the Schooner Nemesis. Examples of goods shipped included wheat, peas, stone, barley, coal, lumber, bark, and salt.

Spence, John (family)

Tobermory, Pike Bay and Dyer's Bay Spence family general stores daybook

This book includes a stock book that lists the Tobermory General Store's inventory of dry goods, drugs, groceries, hardware and book accounts in January 1895. It also includes a daybook listing the customers and their purchases by day from April 1897 to July 1897. The back half of the book consists of the daybook for the Pike Bay and Dyer's Bay General Stores from July 1898 to January 1902.

Spence, John (family)

Whitford Vandusen fonds

  • CA ON00031 A979.014.002-.016
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1899

This fonds consists of invoices and correspondence (1887) between Robert Everard Moore and Whitford Vandusen concerning family and business matters, and of 14 journals (1884-1899) concerning Whitford Vandusen's private banking business in Tara, Ontario. The journal books are entitled "bills discounted paid", "discount diary" and/or "collection diary". The journals include information about amounts paid and the places of residence of the individuals listed.

Vandusen, Whitford