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Business Type: Lumber

R.C. (Robert Charles) Smith

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 Thompson

“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 […]

Dalton Ullyott

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 […]

Ullyot and Sadler

“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].

Crandell & Ellis

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

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 […]

Henry Wells Greene

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.

Walter [Gunn]

Walter Gunn is listed in the 1861 Census of Fenelon as a 24 year-old lumber merchant. Born in “Lower Canada” his business had an “annual product value” of $5000.00. He obviously did not last long as he is listed in no other source. Although a common profession in the rapidly expanding lumber market of the […]

George Martin

The name George Martin first appears in 1876 (D&B) as the owner of a livery stable. His name is mentioned again in 1881 as he was paid $3.00 for storing the village fire engine in one of his buildings [FFG 29 Jan 1881; 2]. George Martin was also in partnership with Alexander McArthur and John […]

Duncan A. McDonald

Duncan A. McDonald appears to have enjoyed a number of professions in the few years he was in Fenelon Falls (1861-1868). A 36 year-old Duncan McDonald is listed as a shoemaker in the 1861 Census; the value of his “annual production” is given as $400. He is recorded as a “boot and shoemaker” in Mitchell’s […]

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