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Business Type: General Store

William Dewart

William Dewart was born in Dummer, the son of a prosperous farmer. Although he started out as a teacher, he became a “merchant” about 1861 when he is first recorded in Fenelon Falls. He is listed in the 1861 Census of Fenelon Township as a 24 year-old, Ontario-born, Baptist merchant. He owned a two storey […]

James S. Martin

The Ontario Directory lists James Martin’s store under Fenelon Falls in the 1888/89 edition. The Fenelon Township Census for 1891 records a 39 year-old James Martin as a storekeeper, so the business may have been outside of the village limits. Certainly the above reference is the only one that locates it within Fenelon Falls.

Daniel C. Woodman

There is also a David Woodenan [sic] recorded in the 1871 Census as well, a 45 year-old Ontario-born storekeeper. This may be the same man.

John C. Fitzgerald

John C. Fitzgerald appears in the D&B directories from 1868 to 1872. In 1864/65 and 1869 he is listed as the Clerk of the Division Court and as a storekeeper in Lovell’s Province of Ontario Directory for 1871. The 1871 Census records him as a 30 year-old, Ontario-born merchant. There are few other references. He […]

Frank George

An ad for “F. George’s Cash Store” appeared in the Gazette in November 1884. “Having commenced business in Mr. Newman’s brick block on the west side of Colborne Street, I am prepared to sell goods at low prices to suit the times” [FFG 22 Nov 1884; 3]. Hand noted in his editorial comments that George’s […]

McDougall & Brandon

In August of 1879 John Brandon “purchased the grocery and provision business of Kerr & McDougall and removed to the McArthur Block” [CP 22 Aug 1879; 3]. We can only speculate that John Brandon quickly formed a partnership with Findlay McDougall to operate the store, for their business was soon afterwards known as McDougall and […]

Henry Graham

Born in “Coteau de Lac”, Quebec, of Scottish parents, Graham lived at home in Smith Township until 1851, when he moved to Peterborough. In 1861 he moved to Bobcaygeon, and later to Fenelon Falls. He may have begun business in Fenelon Falls around 1864 in partnership with William Dewart. This partnership appears to have dissolved […]

McDougall, Brandon & Co.

Around 1894 James L. Arnold entered into a partnership with Findlay McDougall and John H. Brandon to operate their general store thereby trading under the name McDougall, Brandon and Co. That partnership was dissolved in October 1895.

Daniel Hoover

Daniel Hoover is listed in the 1861 Census as a 25 year-old, Upper Canada born, Wesleyan Methodist merchant; he owned a one-storey frame house, and one cow. The capital investment in his business was $600, and the value of the annual product was $500. The business disappears from the directories by 1865. A Daniel Hoover […]