Fonds - Lemon Family fonds

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Lemon Family fonds

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  • 1881-1981 (Creation)
    Lemon (family)
    West Lorne

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12 cm of graphic material and textual records

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Cyrenius Oxford Lemon moved from a farm in Delaware Township to West Lorne in 1873, where he operated a bakery until his death in 1878. C.O. Lemon's son, Joseph T. Lemon, after managing a canning factory in Thamesville, opened a general store on Graham Street in West Lorne in 1911 with his son, Victor Earl Lemon, under the name J.T. Lemon and Son. V.E. Lemon served overseas in the First World War from 1916 to 1918, but returned in 1919 to operate the general store in West Lorne, selling dry goods, clothing and groceries. V.E. Lemon served as West Lorne Village Councillor in 1934 and as Reeve of West Lorne, 1938-1939. Ca. 1964 V.E. Lemon sold the grocery business, moved the dry goods business into the former grocery section of the store and leased the former dry goods section to the Government of Canada for the operation of the West Lorne Post Office. In January 1979 V.E. Lemon sold the business to Harry and Ria Van Dyk, but continued to operate the store until April 1979.

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Fonds consists primarily of photographs of the Lemon family and their friends in the West Lorne vicinity. There are also many photographs documenting the Lemon's Store in West Lorne. Fonds has been divided into the following series:
-Photographs, 1881-1979
-Historical Research records, 1904-1981
-Correspondence, 1917-1979

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