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War Work

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During both World Wars, the entire country became mobilized. Companies that once produced everyday items       were retooled for war production. Guelph was no different than other communities across Canada. It showed its support for the war effort in a number of ways.Citizens and businesses  alike bought War and Victory Bonds, planted Victory Gardens and became “Soldiers of the Land.” 

Birthday Bash at the Museum

Labouring All Our Lives First Anniversary

Bonnie Durtnall 0 1870 Article rating: 5.0
On May 1st, 2016, LAOLs celebrated its first anniversary in style. The event was co-partnered by the Guelph Civic Museum. In attendance were local luminaries James Gordon and Phil Allt. Lloyd Longfield, Guelph’s MP, and Nancy Horvath of OPSEU Local 232 also showed up to enjoy the display of artifacts and to join in the conversation on...

 

Day of Mourning

Mourn For The Dead; Fight For The Living

Bonnie Durtnall 0 1927 Article rating: 5.0
In 1907, 13 employees working at Taylor-Forbes in Guelph, suffered a variety of injuries. That was a banner year for accidents. They ranged from severe burns the feet and legs to broken jaws to crushed/amputated fingers. Fortunately, none of the injuries proved to be fatal. This was the case a year earlier when John McLennan had fallen...
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Chemical Companies: Spills And Takeovers But No Thrills

Guelph had become known for its piano and sewing machine companies, foundries, woollen mills and hardware manufacturers during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its textiles and clothing companies also made their presence felt. However, Guelph also entered into the less commonly touted chemical industry with E.C. McFarland. 

This was the only chemical company located in the downtown core. Fielding Chemical chose to establish its business somewhat outside – on Perth and Norwich, while Hart Chemicals moved into premises on Victoria Road.

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H. A. Clemens Planing Company

Guelph had several planing and lumber mills in the late 18th and early 19th century. These included the Guelph Lumber Company, Knight's and Robert Stewart's.  Among the lesser known companies was H. A. Clemens Planing Mill. It started off as the Electric Planing Mill in 1894. It was then owned and operated jointly by Herbert Clemens and Louis Wideman. In around 1898, Clemens became sole owner. He operated his company until it went into assignment in 1910.

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