MERCHANTS

This page only gives a glimpse of some to the merchants and businesses in the late 1890’s into the early 1900’s. For a complete history of the Merchants of Perth a must read and reference is: 

  • The Merchants, Professionals and Tradespeople of Perth, Gus Quattrocchi, Perth (1997)

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The Merchants, Professionals and Tradespeople of Perth by Gus Quattrocchi
. This book is a record of 180 years of history of the merchants of Perth. This book is available at the Museum and other merchants in downtown Perth. All proceeds from the sale of this book are directed to the continued good works of the Perth Museum.

 

To purchase this book: The Perth Museum

 


THE GRAHAM BLOCK c. 1910

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Photo: Courtesy The Perth Museum

This building is situated on the corner of Gore and Herriott Streets with James & Reid’s Hardware and G.B. Farmer’s Boot and Shoe Store beside. The Royal Bank is located in this building today. Ads below appeared in the Perth Courier in the late 1890’s early 1900’s.

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JAMES & REID STAFF 1904

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Front row; George Fraser, _?_, Eddie Byrnes. Second row; John Enright, D. W. Reid, L. H. James, George S. James, jack Hogan, George King. Third row; Alex Gaudreau, William Wright, George Kennersley. Top; Fred Bolton.


BLACK SANDY FERGUSON HOTEL 1835 – REVERE HOUSE 1869

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The Revere House before 1901

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Lobby in the Revere House and inside the bar with bartender Pete Kehoe who later became the owner of the hotel. C.1904

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R. E. Borrowman Collection, Negative No. PA-079239. Public Archives of Canada.

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Revere House 1888

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Notice for sale 1898

 

 

 

 

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This wooden crest hung over the bar in the Men’s Bar at the Revere Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A. MEIGHEN AND BROS., corner of Foster and Gore Streets, c. 1890. Established 1848

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Burns Jewellery 1930

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Intersection of Gore and Foster Streets with the Hicks Hotel to the right and Shaw’s to the left in the foreground. In the distance at the corner of Wilson and Peter Street is Mendels.

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Winter time on Foster Street around the turn of the century. The store on the right is Meighen Bros. and at the end of the street can be seen the store of J.H. Mendel’s. This building was demolished in 1946 to make room for the Art Deco Perkin’s building. Horse drawn Hick’s Hotel Bus that was used to convey people to the Hotel from the C.P.R Station is shown in the centre of the picture.

Foster Street looking West from Gore Street to Wilson Street showing the north side of the street. The horse drawn sleigh/tram is for the Hicks House later the Perth Hotel. In the distance where the Perkins Building is now situated was first J T Hendersons General Merchant then Charles and James Gent’s Furnishings and then J H Mendel’s Department Store. To the right is A. Meighen & Brothers Gent’s Furnishings (men’s clothing). Between 1898 and 1899 other business on Foster Street: Sutherland’s Restaurant would be here on the north side of Foster Street near Gore Street as well as Rudd and Neilson Watchmakers this picture. Dr. R V Fowler’s office would be located on Foster Street. The Perth Expositor Newspaper was on the south-east corner of Gore and Foster, C.F. Stone Prop. H T Noonan Grocers south side of Foster near Wilson. James Paterson Grocers south side Foster between Gore and Wilson Streets. Doyles Flour and Feed, Dickenson Brothers Dry Goods and Groceries south side Foster between Gore and Wilson Streets beside the Queen’s Hotel, F.L. Hall Chemists north side Foster Street and A Wilson Boots and Shoes on the north side of Foster. 1930 – Oct. 4 – R.A. Beamish Co. established the first in his chain of stores in the Meighen Block.

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RUDD & NEILSON JEWELLERS 1889-1937

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Photo 1904. Andrew Rudd and Henry Neilson establish a partnership in 1889. Watchmakers, jewellers and stationers. The firm dealt in watches, clocks, jewelry, silverware, spectacles, stationery etc. Marriage Licenses were also issued here.

Employees in front of the Beamish Store on Foster Street, 1955 on their 25th Anniversary. In 1930, Beamish Stores opened in Perth at the corner of Gore and Foster Streets, and was the first store in their chain that numbered 38 in 1958. The founder was R.A. Beamish of Perth. When Beamish Stores commenced operations in Perth in 1930, very little was known of the Variety Stores business, in fact Beamish Stores was one of the two wholly Canadian owned companies at the time. Beamish Stores were unique in that they continued to grow in smaller localities because of the need for that type of merchant in the smaller towns than in the cities. In 1958 the store moved to a new location on Gore Street in the location of the former Perth Theatre. Standing to the right is R. Lyle Beamish, President.

Beamish Lunch Counter in the new store on Gore Street, 1958

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Looking down Foster Street from Gore Street early 1950s. The store on the right is Beamish’s. 1930-56 – R.A. Beamish opened the first 5 and 10 type of variety store in this corner location and because of its success was the first in a chain that had stores all around the Ottawa Valley. When the Perth Theatre closed in 1956 the store moved to that larger location on Gore Street.

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 THE HICKS HOUSE/HOTEL PERTH

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Photo: Courtesy The Perth Museum

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Hicks Hotel, William Hicks proprietor. Perth Ontario. Free Bus for customers.

HicksHouseThe Hotel has a very lengthy careeer and was first started in 1826 by Alexander Ferguson who received the deed from the Crown on June 20th. In the same year it was bought by William Matheson who in furn sold it the next year to Malcolm Cameron. The Hotel became known as the Hicks House in 1872 when it was bought by william Hicks from Alexander Workman an Mary Hall. In 1883 Mr. Hicks sold the property to John Wilson. It gained a reputation as a quality Inn when John Wilson owned it between 1883 and 1909. Known for providing comfortable accommodation, Mr. Wilson, pictured here below behind the bar with the moustache, also provided excellent meals, polite service and a free bus for travellers, winter and summer, to trains and boats. Under his management capacity doubled to 45 rooms. The Hicks House was one of 7 hotels in Perth around this time between 1898 and 1899. There was the Albion Hotel on the north west corner of Gore and Craig Streets, Jas Young Prop., The Allan House on Cockburn Island, A Robinson, Prop., Barries’ Hotel south east corner of Wilson and D’Arcy Streets, John Wilson, Prop., Jackman House, north of Lock’s Bridge, George Jackman, Prop., Queen’s Hotel, south side of Foster between Wilson and Gore Streets, Frank Lambert, Prop. and the Revere House, south east corner of Foster and Wilson Streets, W.J. Flett, Prop.  Ad below for Pro. Dorenwend’s visit to the Hicks House, Perth Courier 1896.

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The Dining Room at Hotel Perth and one of the dinner plates.

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Hotel Perth, 1948. H. D. Duby Prop.


North Side of Gore Street: HENRY TAYLOR HARDWARE & TINWARE AND M. R. DODDS GROCER c.1899 

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The white house to the left is the original Matheson House that was moved and replaced by the stone building that is now home to the Perth Museum. Photo: Courtesy The Perth Museum

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WARREN & McCARTHY HARDWARE 1888

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Building rebuilt in 1910 by James & Reid and was home to James & Reid Hardware and then James Brothers Hardware corner of Foster and Gore Streets. Photos: Courtesy The Perth Museum

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 JAMES & REID HARDWARE 1910-1921 

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James & Reid Hardware c.1912. Photos: courtesy The Perth Museum

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Inside the machine shop at James & Reid, 1918

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Inside the machine shop at James & Reid, 1918

 

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Perth Water Tank used to keep the dust down on the town streets, manufactured by James & Reid. Photo: Perth Museum

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George James at the counter c.1920. Photo courtesy The Perth Museum.

JAMES BROTHERS HARDWARE 1921

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James Brothers 1963. Photo: The Perth Courier

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Storage room at James Brothers

FoFollowtheCrowdBookCoverr more in-depth history of James Brothers and a great read is Follow The Crowd by John McKenty. For this and other books by John McKenty go to:

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JOHN HART’S BOOK STORE

JOHN HART, for many years proprietor of Hart’s Bookstore on Gore Street in Perth. Mr. hart was a native of Glasgow, Scotland and opened a bookstore in Perth in the 1850’s. In an article in the Toronto Mail on May 14, 1887, John Hart’s Bookstore was described as “the finest bookroom in the Dominion outside of Toronto and Montreal”. Plate glass windows, admitted the light by day and at night the place was illuminated by electricity. Counters and shelves were of natural wood and the store was strikingly attractive. Mr. Hart carried the largest stock of books, stationery, wallpapers and fancy goods in Eastern Ontario. He had the only depot in town for the leading foreign and Canadian Newspapers and periodicals. He also made a specialty of artistic papers for interior decoration and of fine engravings and paintings in oil and water colours.

This photograph taken in 1901 at the time of Queen Victoria’s death shows the John Hart Book Store on Gore Street. Mr. Hart, a native of Glasgow, scotland, opened his establishment in the 1850’s. He did not only sell books, his retail merchandise included heavy goods, paints and oils which were stored in a two-storey building behind the shop. He also sold wallpaper and other fancy goods and fine prints. The print below is from the collection of David Bromley.

  

THE KELLOCK BLOCK 1848: G.E. ARMSTRONG, WALKER’S BOOK STORE,  THE PERTH COURIER

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North Side of Gore Street near Herriott Street c. late 1890’s. Photo: Courtesy The Perth Museum

In 1848, John Ellis erected this stone building for Roderick Matheson. Around 1885, James F. Kellock had the building extended and the front raised to form a third floor, with the back half left the same.

 

The first tenant at 39 Gore St. was, from 1848 to 1854, James Leischman, a tailor; then, from 1854 to 1876 the Ferlands operated as General Merchants. Then, until 1898 it was a tailor’s shop. In 1898 the Perth Courier moved here from down the street and still occupies the building. An assortment of tenants have occupied 41 Gore St. E. on the second floor, including a broker, Canada Customs, a tax collector; a dental office and a Beauty Shop. Above the Courier office a barrister had his office until 1920 and then from 1939 to 1953, W.W. Walker, owner of the Courier, had his residence there.

In 43 Gore St. from 1848 to 1858, Mark Billings operated a hatters and furriers shop. In 1858 A. Allen opened a drug store and in 1861 moved to the Foster Street location of the present Perth Pharmasave. Dr. John F. Kellock purchased the business and operated it from 1861 to 1880 and in 1878 he bought the building. Besides selling medicine, he was an agent for a boat line and sold houseplants. “Dr. John Kellock disposes the business to a younger brother James Kellock, a graduate of the Ontario College of Pharmacy. The store has been recently reconstructed and extended in order to keep pace with modern ideas. Mr. Kellock does an extensive jobbing business mainly in the towns and villages along the lines of Canadian Pacific and Kingston & Pembroke Railway. He makes a specialty of coal oil and imports fully two thirds of the coal oil consumed in this section. Mr. Kellock is agent for the old Hartfore (Conn) Fire Insurance Co,. and holds some of the best risks in town.” (ex May 1887 Toronto Mail).

From 1901 to 1933, W.S. Robertson took ownership of the business and from 1933 to 1971 Arthur Thornbury assumed ownership and in 1947 remodelled the store. From 1971 to 1997 R.J. Wilkinson, BSC PHM, operated the Perth Apothecary and from 1997 to 2003 it was a variety gift shop called Passiflora. It is presently the home of O’Reilly’s Pub.

THE PERTH COURIER

Perth Courier Print Shop c.1904

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C.P.R TELEGRAPH OFFICE on the Little Tay

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C.P.R Telegraph Office on the right, building across from the Sheriffs House early 1900’s.

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Perth Telegraph Office 1911. Photos courtesy Perth Museum.

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Clock from the Telegraph Office. On the face of the clock is Rudd and Neilson Jewelry store. This store was located on Foster Street, Perth.


VANITY FAIR TEA ROOM in the Matheson House

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The Brickacre Tea Room was also located here before this building was home the the Perth Legion and then the Perth Museum. Photo: Courtesy The Perth Museum.

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THE PERTH COURIER, 1938. “The Vanity Fair Tea House is the name under which the former Matheson home, now the property of Mr. J.C. Carr will open to the public about the middle of June. The name will call to mind Thackeray’s novel, “Vanity Fair”. It was seven years before the great Thackeray wrote his English novel that here in Canada in the town of Perth, Senator Matheson’s home on Gore Street was built. History, romance, tradition! They are an integral part of a home that has stood solid and unchanging through almost a century of self movement and rapid innovation. We would change it but little for it is something mellow and rare and lovely in this hurried age”.

 


SHEEP HERDING ON GORE STREET 1893

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Looking North on Gore Street before 1915. In the far distance the spire of  The United Church. To the right corner of Foster and Gore Hicks House (Hotel Perth) and Shaws. To the left at foster Warren and McCarthy Hardware and Meighan Brothers. The open lot to the left would soon be home to The Balderson Theatre. Photo courtesy The Perth Museum.


THE DRENNAN BLOCK, GORE AND FOSTER STREETS

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Mrs. Laurie’s Bakery and Confectionery, Gore Street. The three storey white brick building in this picture was erected in 1886 as a store with residence above. Baking and candy making were done in the basement, where the bake ovens were situated. The store was elegantly furnished with mahogany shelving and counters, topped with solid walnut. Adjoining the store was neat restaurant in which oysters, ice cream and frut were served in season, together with bread, cakes and pastry. A favourite lunch consisted of buns and chunks of local cheese with a bottle of Mrs. Laurie’e Old English Ginger Beer.

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NORTH SIDE OF FOSTER STREET AT WILSON STREET – HICKS BUILDING

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James Hicks general merchant 1875,  F&F Henderson 1905-1912 then Thomas Spence Gents Furnishings to 1928on the corner of Wilson and Foster Street.

Mr. J. T. Henderson came to perth in 1861, and established the mercantile house which has been eminently prosperous since its inception. The Toronto Mail, May 14, 1887. Mr. Henderson’s business premises at the corner of Wilson and Peter street subsequently were occupied in 1895-1905 by Charles & James. The ground floor was occupied by dry goods which included dress goods, silks, satins, velvet, ladies furnishing goods, prints, muslims, etc. In a separate room groceries, provision, crockery, etc. Upstairs departments devoted to carpets, lace, curtains, window blinds, boy’s clothing and millinery. In 1905 the store was taken over by J. H. Mendels. In 1928 Mackie Brothers of Kingston bought the block to use for an automobile agency. In 1938 J A Perkins purchases the business and opened a garage and GM dealership. IN 1946 the old buildings were demolished to make way for a new 2 storey Art Deco Style of building to house Perkins Motors and in 1947 a new bowling alley. In 1949 the Ontario Provincial Police had offices at this time until 1965 when they moved to Victoria Street.

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Foster Street winter view from Wilson Street.Revere House to the right Photo: Courtesy The Perth Museum

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The Hope Block c.1880

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The Commodore Grill sign can be seen in the middle on the left. Harold Ferguson and Joseph Beatty proprietors. Girdwoods Rexall Pharmacy in the middle.

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Inside Gqirdwood’s Rexall Pharmacy on Foster Street. Photo: Perth Courier

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Fred Girdwood, 1923


J. T. HENDERSONS, QUEEN’S HOTEL, PALM GARDENS & POOL ROOM and A. T. McARTHUR HARDWARE.

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Millie McLaren in her McLaughlan Buick on Foster Street at the corner of Wilson Street c.1922

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Photo 1914: Mr. Kanelakos on the left and Annie Malloy on the right.

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The Palm Gardens opened in 1905.

“In 1913 with commendable enterprise, Kanelakos Brothers have refitted their store on Foster Street and changed it into an up-to-date ice cream parlor. Joe has an eye for the beautiful at all times and the beautiful is much in evidence in the transformation that has taken place. He has well named his store the Palm Gardens, where things are cool and clean, An up-to-date soda fountain has been installed. Ice cream sodas and fresh fruits will be featured at this store now, with of course, cigars and tobaccos.”The Palm Gardens had wrough iron chairs and tables, huge palm tees and lots of lace curtains. It also had tulip shaped chandelier lights hanging from the ceiling and also ceiling fans. There was no mechanical refrigeration Treats such as a David Harum Sundae could be purchasesd for 15 cents. NOTE: David Harum Sundae (vanilla ice cream, crushed strawberry, crushed pineapple, whipped cream, and cherry) which I learned came from a best selling novel David Harum; A Story of American Life 1899. In 1918 they opened a Tea Room on the location serving soups, pie, sandwiches and all kinds of soft drinks as well as home made ice cream and candies during this time. Ice cream was kept in round steel pots immersed in a brine solution made from chopped ice and rock salt kept either in a large wooden pail or containers designed for this purpose. In the late 1920’s mechanical refrigeration was introduced. Kanelakos Brothers also had a smoke shop and a billiards room on the second floor. Some of the goodies in 1930: pecan cream roll 50¢ lb., Brazil cream roll 60¢ lb. cream fudge 50¢ lb.In 1935 Chris Moskos purchased the business from Malloy & Williams and changes the name to the Perth Tea Room and operates an ice cream parlor and restaurant. He also manufactures a variety of home-made candy. In 1937 Moskos put in machinery to make his own ice cream which he sold in bulk and packages. In 1948 he moved to a new location on Gore Street to open the Perth Tea Room (The Perth Restaurant location) and Candyland.

The Palm Gardens had wrough iron chairs and tables, huge palm tees and lots of lace curtains. It also had tulip shaped chandelier lights hanging from the ceiling and also ceiling fans. There was no mechanical refrigeration Treats such as a David Harum Sundae could be purchasesd for 15 cents. NOTE: David Harum Sundae (vanilla ice cream, crushed strawberry, crushed pineapple, whipped cream, and cherry) which I learned came from a best selling novel David Harum; A Story of American Life 1899. In 1918 they opened a Tea Room on the location serving soups, pie, sandwiches and all kinds of soft drinks as well as home made ice cream and candies during this time. Ice cream was kept in round steel pots immersed in a brine solution made from chopped ice and rock salt kept either in a large wooden pail or containers designed for this purpose. In the late 1920’s mechanical refrigeration was introduced. Kanelakos Brothers also had a smoke shop and a billiards room on the second floor. Some of the goodies in 1930: pecan cream roll 50¢ lb., Brazil cream roll 60¢ lb. cream fudge 50¢ lb.In 1935 Chris Moskos purchased the business from Malloy & Williams and changes the name to the Perth Tea Room and operates an ice cream parlor and restaurant. He also manufactures a variety of home-made candy. In 1937 Moskos put in machinery to make his own ice cream which he sold in bulk and packages. In 1948 he moved to a new location on Gore Street to open the Perth Tea Room (The Perth Restaurant location) and Candyland.

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COCKBURN ISLAND, LOOKING NORTH ON GORE STREET – MARKET SQUARE

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Perth Library with W. G. Butler (late 1890-early 1900’s) beside (with awning). H.B. Wright & Son (early 1900’s) and Conlon’s Grocer at this location later. Beside this store was Harry’s Cafe 1913. Across the street was the Allen House later the Cecil Hotel.

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Doris Fong-Johnston and her father, Harry c.late 1920’s. © 2012 Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre and Denise Chong

HARRY’S CAFÉ : Harry Fong came to Canada in the 1890’s and settled in Perth in 1899. The Fongs were given the surname Johnston by the Knox Presbyterian Church. Harry opened the Hong Kong Cafe that later became Harry’s Café at 59 Gore Street c. 1913. Harry’s advertised in 1923: Try Harry’s Café across from the former Cecil Hotel – for a good hot meal – 25¢ and up. Meals at all hours. In 1932 after many improvements he already made both inside and out, Harry installed an electric sign on the front of the premises and when illuminated at night the sign showed the words Harry’s Café in bright red lights.

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Harry died in 1940 and his wife Mabel ran the café with her daughter Doris helping out. Mabel died in 1966 and Doris took over the café with her husband Howard Soong. Harry’s Café closed in the late 1980’s

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Largest hotel in Perth, was a fifty room spread called the Allan House, situated to the west of the town hall in a block.  Andrew Robinson the proprietor, was famous for his “uniform courtesy and kindness” and the free bus rides to the train and stages.  Mr. Robinson purchased the Allan House from I.C. Grant after ten years as an employee of the Hicks House.

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William McEwan’s horse drawn bus. Departing from the Allan House Hotel on Gore Street in Perth every day except Sunday. 35 cents to go to Balderson and 65 cents all the way to Lanark. Photo: c.1900, Middlevile Museum.

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Building situated where the former Post Office Building now stands across from the Perth Town Hall. To the right was the Starland Theatre and Maloney’s Music Store. A nickel got you in and on Fridays they gave prizes to lucky number holders. Photo courtesy The Perth Museum.

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The Starland Theatre that was situated to the right of this building was demolished and the stone carted up Gore Street to be used in the new construction of the Balderson Theatre c.1915


BROOKES BLOCK 1846

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Photo: Parks Canada

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Sheriffs House to the left and the building to the right now home to Studio Theatre and Stone Cellar Restaurant. Photo courtesy: The Perth Museum.


THE BALDERSON THEATRE 1915

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Neil B Nicol Hardware Store to the right beside the Balderson Theatre and the Bank of Montreal to the far left.

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Photo courtesy: The Perth Museum.

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The Balderson Theatre beside Nicol’s Hardware Store was built by Col. Balderson in 1915. This theatre had a large balcony and 1,000 seats, which was the largest between Toronto and Montreal. Vaudeville and Repertory stage which often featured local legends the ‘Marx Brothers Company’ while taking summer breaks from their North American travels. Harry Houdini also played here. Movies were shown here until roughly 1958, when the theatre closed (Premiere Theatres was the last operator).

For more on the Balderson Theatre go to Entertainment: http://www.perthremembered.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=120&action=edit

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Gore Street looking south in front of the Matheson House, 1911. Photo: Courtesy The Perth Museum

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Gore Street looking south c.1930’s. Photo: The Perth Courier


THE PERTH TEA ROOM AND CANDYLAND

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The Perth Tea Room, 1952. Photos courtesy Peter Moskos from his book: Chris Moskos: A Memoir.

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Candyland also sold fishing tackle, guns and ammunition as well as candy, cigarettes and novelties.

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Chris Mosokos getting ready for Easter and a street shot of Candyland and The Perth Tea Room with Doug Mully’s Barbershop in-between.

Chris Moskos operated the Perth Tea Room from the early 1950’s to 1960. This popular meeting place boasted a soda fountain, large cases of homemade candy and a full sized restaurant. In 1960 Chris sold the Tea Room and moved his candy business, Candayland, two doors down. Candyland sold all of the same candies as the Tea Room as well as cigarettes and magazines, fishing tackle, guns and ammunition. Chris died in 1964 and Mrs. Moskos kept Candyland going with the help of her children until she retired in 1970.


SHAWS OF PERTH

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C.1940. Photo courtesy The Perth Museum.

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Bill of sale for goods received by Shaw & Matheson from Joseph Mackay & Brother of Montreal, 1897.

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The Honourable Roderick Matheson built both his private home (now the Perth Museum) and the store in 1840. Originally a saddle and harness shop the store later also served as the print office for The Perth Expositor (forerunner of The Perth Courier). When Henry D. Shaw of Smiths Falls, married a daughter of Matheson, in 1859, he opened a clothing store on the site and is one of the oldest Canadian businesses still operating out of its original store front. In the early years its merchandise came up the St Lawrence from Britain to Montreal then to Perth by barge via the Rideau and Tay Canals. It was run by the family until the early 1980’s.

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Storage shed behind Shaws. Photo: 1973, ©David Bromley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE PERTH EXPOSITOR

Picture taken c.1896, behind Shaw’s, of the two horse-power equipment that for many years ran the paper press of The Perth Expositor. At that time the plant was located in part of Shaw’s department store on Gore Street. Henry Kehoe (sitting) was in charge of the “merry-go-round”. The Hon. Col. A. J. Matheson, MPP for South Lanark and former Ontario Provincial Secretary was the publisher of the Expositor in 1896. Shown above, (left) include James Steacy, foreman George Jackman, William T. Noonan, Ed. C. Stone, in the window (left) Stanton Lee and Wiliam J. McCarthy. Photo: The Perth Courier

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Inside the Perth Expositor, c.1915 showing the type room.

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The press room


DODDS & ERWIN 1918

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Photo: The Perth Courier


A BLAIR UNDERTAKER AND FURNITURE

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C. 1930’s. Alex Blair in front of the store with the funeral sedan, ambulance and funeral hearse. Photos: The Perth Courier

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c.1920’s. Early “Invalid Car”. Photo: Perth Courier

The original business was stared in 1839 by David Hogg a local cabinet-maker. George Thompson a fine cabinet-maker joined Mr. Hogg as a partner and in the early 1900s Alex Blair from Westport worked in partnership with Mr. Thompson until his death in 1920. In 1948 Blair and Son put a new ambulance into service being the first one in town and up until the early 1970’s Blair & Son operated the Ambulance Service for the Town of Perth.


FERRIER SADDLERY & RETAIL STORE at 42 Gore Street. Established 183

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Located at the corner of Gore and Beckwith Streets. Photo also appeared in the Perth Courier, Nov. 7, 1963 and the caption reads: “Perth Manufacturing differed greatly in the ‘handi-craft era’ when compared with what Perth boasts today. This old 1887 photograph was uncovered by Bert Ferrier and shows the structure his grandfather built in 1847 and in which Bert was born. The Ferrier block was located at the corner of Gore and Herriott and the photo is a sort of commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. In this long-gone era, wool spinners, harness makers, book makers, furniture, wagon and carriage makers, foundries, cooperage and distillers were the main employers of labor. The builder, John Ferrier, came from Scotland in 1816 as a child and settled on the Scotch Line with his parents. Harness manufacturing was carried on in the building until 1919 when T.A. Code purchased the structure.” Photo: Courtesy The Perth Museum

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The Code Block 1915

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The new Code Block shown here in 1928. The original building is show in the above story on Ferriers Harness Shop. The main store here at this time was Selrite Stores 5 and 10. Lawyers offices on the second floor along with The Odd Fellows Lodge and Daughters of the Empire and apartments on the third floor.

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Norman B Lightford opened his mens clothing store in the Code Block in 1936. He would later move down the street by the Little River. Photos courtesy Grover Lightford.


BANKS

MERCANTILE BANK OF CANADA 1912

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Corner of Herriott and Gore Streets in the building that was once home to James & Reid Hardware and now is home to RBC.

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BANK OF MONTREAL

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Perth Courier ad, 1919.

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Bank of Montreal

THE MERCHANTS BANK

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Merchants Bank 1904. St. Andrews Church purchased the building in 1921 to provide additional meeting space it served as a place of Worship from 1923 until the new Church was ready in 1928. The new church would be built on the empty lot to the left of the building. The building was purchased for $8,000.00.


THE BARRIE HOTEL

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The Barrie Hotel was constructed in 1843/44. The Hotel later became The Imperial Hotel on Wilson Street. Miss Fidler’s School was next door.  Photo courtesy the Perth Museum.


HOTEL IMPERIAL

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WEST WARD GROCERY

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This two storey building was built in 1878 at the corner of Wilson and Glascott Streets. From 1880-1890, it was home to James Allan’s Store that dealt in staple and fancy dry goods, groceries, provisions, crockery, glassware etc. The sign in this picture says, “ West Ward Grocery”. In 1920 it became Wilson’s The Red and White Store then W. I. Smith took over the business. The building was destroyed by fire in 1960 and demolished. 1962 a B.P. Service Station owned by Harvey Moore was built and was after, owned by Bob Cameron.


D. HOFFMAN & SON

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1942. Mrs. Rebecca Hoffman and son Al in front of store. Photo courtesy Eli Hoffman.

May 28, 1928, David Hoffman and his wife, Rebecca, arrived in Perth to set up a dry goods store at 155 Gore Street. The business started under the name M K & Son was the forerunner to D Hoffman & Son and the start of the Hoffman family’s business in Perth. The building shown above eventually became the home of Benny K’s. In 1942 the business moved a half block north to the present location of the Perth Flea Market still under the guidance of the Hoffmans. Yardgoods, footwear, work clothes, ladies wear and small wears were among the main stock in the store handled in the 1940’s. Later Glidden Paints and floor coverings became the main focus.


RUBINO and SONS 

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First location on Gore Street and then expanded into the area to the right, Reward Shoe Store, c. 1957. Photo courtesy the Perth Museum.

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Rubino’s new location on Wilson Street early 1960’s.


THE DOMINION STORE 1922

DominionStore1922 The store at that time was on Foster Street just up from the Revere Hotel. In this picture are the store manager, Mr. Homer Fleming and the first clerk, Miss Evelyn MacLean (Mrs. Victor Young). Prices on some of the items are as follows; Shopping bags only 3 cents, Picnic Hams 19 cents, Sliced Bacon 32 cents per pound, Pure Lard 20 cents, Soap Chips 2 pounds for 29 cents, Tapioca or Sago 14 cents per pound, White Beans 3 pounds for 25 cents. The store was moved to a larger premises across Foster Street to the Meighen Block and then later out to Wilson Street beside the Brewers Retail Store.

 

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DOMINION STORE STAFF 1938. Photo in front of the Dominion Store at the larger Foster Street location. Front row, left to right; Harold Woermke, grocery manager, Arthur (Boat) Perry, Ray Bennett and John McParlan. Back row, left to right; Joe Ryan, Howard Noonan, meat manager, Jack Noonan. The little fella in front is Jimmy Noonan. Perth Courier Photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERTH & DISTRICT CO-OPERATIVE SERVICES

Located on Peter street The Co-op was located on the ground floor and was managed by a local farmer, Dan Hogan.

This large feed mill was constructed in 1940 to meet the growing demands for feed and fam supplies. In 1977 there was a membership of about 700.


GAS STATIONS & CAR DEALERSHIPS

PERTH MOTOR SALES

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Photo taken in the late 1920s. In 1890 to 1927 this origianl site housed Cameron Brothers livery stable. In 1911 the building was renovated with coloured stone and the ground floor had 10 stalls, blacksmith shop and office. The second floor had15 stalls, store room for rigs and a hay loft. In 1927, D.W. Reid (formerly of James and Reid Hardware) purchased the property from the Camaron family who had operated a livery business there. The building was renovated so cars could drive in from either street and gas pumps were installed. A showroom was added, also a repair shop. The doors and ramp to the left was the entry to the showroom on the second floor. Through the 1920s, 20s and 40s it was a service station, fuel oil depot and auto agency. G.M., Essex, Hudson and Studebaker cars were sold. In 1933 Mr. Reid sold the property to James Brothers.

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Oct. 4, 1948, work was commenced on the demolition of the old Spalding & Stewart distillery on Gore Street, at the corner of Harvey Street at the bridge from the H. K. Wampole Co., who used the building as a warehouse. The premises were purchased by the McColl Frontenac Company and a gas station was erected on the site. Above station owned by Jim Ferrier and Fred Ryan.

PERKINS MOTORS 

Corner of Wilson and Peter Streets. Building originally Mendels Department Store converted into Perkins first garage before being torn down in 1946 to make way for new modern building.

New art deco style building 1947. The ground floor had show rooms, parts department, offices and service area were all in the front area. The rear had the service area for commercial vehicles with access from both North and Peter Street.

The Bowling Alley opened in the second floor rear section of the Perkins building over the garage in 1947. It was a popular place with all kinds of leagues in action.

Perkins Used Car Lot on Wilson Street by the train tracks, 1951.

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James Barr service Station c.1930, corner of D’Arcy and Wilson Streets.

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Ed Grainger’s Garage on Craig Street

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McTavish’s Garage on North Street 1920’s. The stone building was heavily damaged by fire in the late 1930’s. Nelson Kimberely, Albert (Ab) Leighton and James Gordon. Mr. Kimberly and Mr. Gordon worked in McTavish’s Garage while Mr. Leighton repaired and painted horse-drawn buggies on the second floor of the building.

REGENT SERVICE STATION 1955. Perth’s first Regent Service Station, featured 4 pumps, special lubrication equipment and a roomy lot for fast convenient service. Jack Andison was the Lesee of this New Station.

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Wayfare Restaurant and B/A service center. c1964

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