Fonds ID77 - Emmerson general store

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Emmerson general store

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70 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

John Emmerson (1801-1867) operated a general store, trading company, and way station in Little Falls, Edmundston, New Brunswick. He had arrived in the area in 1818 and was in business before 1851. His operation was a commercial centre in the northwestern part of the province, selling to local residents, supplying lumber camps, and outfitting fur traders and Boundary Commission agents.

Emmerson was involved with the Victoria County Agricultural Society and other family members appear to have been involved in the Edmundston Park Driving Association. After Emmerson's death, his brother-in-law, John T. Hodgson, was named as agent for the Emmerson estate, handling business until Emmerson's sons Thomas (b. 1851) and William (b. 1848) took over.

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Information about the custody of these records prior to acquisition is incomplete.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of the financial and other business records of the store including correpspondence, ledgers, journals, account books and records of stock. Also included are Bytown Telegraph Co., articles of association, 1851 (this company was in account with Emmerson and Hodgson), post office records of John T. Hodgson; Victoria Co. Agricultural Society treasurer's book, 1863-1865; and Edmunston Park Driving Association minutes of meetings and list of shareholders (1893).

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Immediate source of acquisition

Five volumes of this fonds were the gift of Mrs. John Emmerson (Edmunston) in 1962; some letters, receipts, postcards etc. were purchased in 1965 and the remaining items were donated by the Norma Mae Emmerson estate, 1965.


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  • English

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This fonds has been microfilmed and is available on interlibrary loan

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The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick houses MC1582 Emmerson and Hodgson fonds : [1842-1917].

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