Canada Directory (1857/1858).
Business Type: Lumber
A large building (later described as a house) owned by Smith & Company, “which was one of the oldest buildings in the village and therefore more or less venerated for its age” was destroyed by fire on April 16, 1874 [CP 17 April 1874; 3]. Smith & Co. appears to have been one of the […]
Listed in D&B Smith & Waddle was an early name for the R.C. Smith Company, in partnership with “Waddell of Cobourg” [Suggitt; 265]. Suggitt claims they purchased the mill property from Sutherland Stayner and built a new mill. The partnership may have dissolved or the Company was renamed “Smith & Company.”
There is no evidence that R.C. Smith ever lived in Fenelon Falls, but for four decades his lumbering business dominated much of the economy; more so than any other businessman. R.C. Smith began his career milling in Prince Edward County but soon returned to his home town of Port Hope. Shortly thereafter he became involved […]
“John T. Thompson” [sic], “portable saw mill owner of this village” was certainly active by 1879 as the papers record that he cut his forehead while splitting wood for E.B. Borland [CP 31 Jan 1879; 3]. The following year, in partnership with Alexander McArthur, the firm of McArthur & Thompson opened a saw mill on […]
The Ullyott family is a mystery, but appears to have been associated with the local lumber industry in the late 1860s and early ’70s. A William Ullyott is listed as a lumbermen and contractor in Fuller’s Counties of Peterborough and Victoria Directory (1865/66). Dalton Ullyott first appears in the Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory […]
“The log running season … is now at its height, and the river below the falls is generally full of them, to the intense disgust of persons who wish to go boating or fishing. Today [Wednesday] Ullyot & Sadler’s second drive of 40,000 went down the slide….” [FFG 11 June 1882; 2].
HARD AT IT–“Crandell & Ellis’s steamers and scows are kept hard at work hauling basswood and other soft wood, about 1,200 cords of which the firm sold to the Pulp Mill Co. at this village. Barely half of it has yet been delivered, and no time can be lost, as there is no knowing how […]
Alexander Dennistoun was the brother of Judge Robert Dennistoun. While active in the village (circa 1857/58 ) he soon moved on to Peterborough and Montreal. Dennistoun maintained a residence in the area, and Suggitt records he “obtained possession of Indian Point and control of the forest on the Point and along the north shore of […]
Greene is listed in the 1871 Census as a 43 year-old, American-born lumberman. The 1881 Census states he was 56, and a Baptist.