Collection MG67 - George Polkinhorn Store

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George Polkinhorn Store

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11,75 cm of textual records

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([ca. 1907-1926])

Administrative history

The Polkinhorn Store was originally located in the village of Woodwards Cove, Grand Manan Island, at what is now 832 Route 776. It was owned and operated by George and Alice Polkinhorn. Sergeant Major George Polkinhorn was a British Army Veteran, who served with distinction in the Canadian military during the Boer War, and later served in the First World War.

The store was located at the front of the building, and the Polkinhorns resided in the rear and upstairs sections. Its precise operational time-frame is unknown, but based on the dates that the Polkinhorns lived on Grand Manan Island, it probably operated between 1907 and 1926. The store carried candy, material, knitting and sewing supplies, and a wide assortment of other items, typical of a general store.

The original building has since been destroyed. The date of its destruction has not been determined.

Custodial history

These documents were acquired by members of the Executive Board of the Grand Manan Museum in 1972 and were filed as MBU with nine other business journals.

The journals were deposited at the Grand Manan Archives in 1987 and were arranged and described during a backlog project that same year. At this time they were filed under MG13 Business Records, Grand Manan.

Oral history material was conducted by Nat Urquhart and given to the archives.

In 2006 and 2007 oral interviews were conducted to preserve local history and complete Administrative Histories. The files were transferred to the computer where they were edited and upgraded to meet the RAD standards so they could be added to the national database and made accessible over the internet.

Scope and content

This fonds contains four account books from the George Polkinhorn Store and an notes from interviews regarding the history of the store and copies of obituaries and certificates used during the interviews.

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Immediate source of acquisition is unknown for most material. Interview material was donated by Nat Urquhart.


Ledger arranged in chronological order.

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  • English

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Box 1
A) 1908 - 1914
B) 1911 - 1933
C) 1917 - 1921
D) 1930 - 1936
Box 2
1 - Interview material

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MG67 is oversized.

Previously reference numbers: MG13 MS3, and also MBU.

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