Fonds MC388 - E. V. Wetmore & Sons

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E. V. Wetmore & Sons

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  • 1892-1945, predominant 1930-1945 (Creation)
    E. V. Wetmore & Sons (Saint John, N.B.)

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5 cm of textual records

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(Established ca. 1875, ceased in 1978)

Administrative history

Edwin Vail Wetmore, the son of Elizabeth Fowler and Henry Wetmore, was born on 20 April 1841, probably in the parish of Norton, Kings County, New Brunswick. Edwin Wetmore was living in Saint John in the 1870s, where he was working as a carpenter. By 1875 he had established himself in business as a stair builder. About 1892 the business relocated from premises at 142-148 City Road to the Dewitt Building on Celebration Street and was operating under the firm name E. V. Wetmore & Sons. By this time Edwin's sons Frank E. Wetmore and Harry S. Wetmore were working with him. In addition to staircases, the firm produced newels, balusters, and stair rails from mahogany, black walnut, cherry, and oak. Edwin V. Wetmore died at Hampton, Kings County on 25 November 1932. Frank E. Wetmore continued his father's business, possibly under the firm name Frank E. Wetmore, Limited. Later Greta Wetmore Lingley took over the business and ran it until it folded in 1978.

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Scope and content

This fonds consists of business records for the stairbuilding business established by E. V. Wetmore in Saint John in the 1870s. It consists of a time book (1935-1938) that records the names of employees, the number of hours worked, and the wages paid; an account ledger (1930-1945) that records the names of the customers, their place of residence, the amount charged, and the method of payment (cash, cheque, contra account, note); and an 1892 catalogue for E. V. Wetmore & Sons. A pamphlet on curling and a programme for a dinner in honour of the 1938 Scottish curling team are also included.

Two photographs, one each of a group of men attending the 1930 Canadian Construction Association conference (Wetmore was president of the Saint John branch) and of a group of men in a school (ca. 1914), were transferred to the Photographic Section.

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Donated to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick by Greta Wetmore Lingley, of Saint John, New Brunswick, on 4 September 1980.


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  • English

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