Fonds MG232 - The J. A. Ingersoll & Son Store fonds

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The J. A. Ingersoll & Son Store fonds

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  • 1878 - ca.1956 predominant 1900-1925 : 1981-1985 (Creation)
    Grand Manan Island

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1.3 m of textual records
1.2 m of ledgers

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Custodial history

Captain John Anson Ingersoll, 1850-1937, owned a grocery and dry goods store in Seal Cove with his brother James and Henry Fraser. It was called "Ingersoll Brothers and Fraser. He later bought out his partners and the store was renamed "J. A. Ingersoll & Son". Captain John was involved in several types of fishing businesses as well. His son Colin Isaac, 1877-1960, joined his father in running the family business. In 1938 Julius Ingersoll became a partner with Colin Ingersoll. After WWII, Kenneth Ingersoll joined his father Colin in the business. In the early days, the upstairs was open to the public as well as downstairs, where they sold clothing and especially hats. Around 1956, the store closed. Julius Ingersoll re-opened it at some point and later sold the business to Brantford Cronk who operated under the name "Cronk's Grocery". The Cronk's sold the building to the Docken family.
The Docken family donated the records to the Grand Manan Museum on February 4, 1992 after they had purchased the building where the Ingersoll businesses had operated for decades. One Ledger was donated by Dale Ingersoll - son of Julius Ingersoll - on August 28, 2009.

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This fonds contains the records preserved from a family owned building where different businesses operated. The contents include: correspondence ; invoices in alphabetical order, with catalogues and advertising and ledgers from suppliers ; day books and journals in chronological order ; Telegrams in alphabetical order by local resident name 1916-1929 ; Registered letter ledger for Seal Cove Post Office 1911-1914 ; Journal for recording telephone calls 1953-1954 ; and original fish can labels two different types. See Notes Area under General Note for a finding aid.

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The physical condition is fair to good.

Immediate source of acquisition

Accession number 2015.01. The Docken family donated the records to the Grand Manan Museum on February 4, 1992 after they had purchased the building where the Ingersoll businesses had operated for decades. One Ledger was donated by Dale Ingersoll, son of Julius Ingersoll - on August 28, 2009.


There was no discernible arrangement. One 'packet' of invoices tied in the original string was preserved as it had arrived at the Archives, see Series 3 Box 1 File 7. The arrangement of the fonds is now in four series.

Series 1 - Ingersoll Bros. & Fraser company documents - pre J. A. Ingersoll & Son Company - operated by same family at same location : Correspondence: Banking records : color Advertising catalogues / leaflets - companies other than in Series 2

Series 2 - Vendor Supplier's Invoices (in alphabetical order) then Vendor Ledgers 1899-1914

Series 3 - Day Books 1892-1918 and Journal books that the purchases were transferred from the Day Books 1903-1948 ; General Record of Registered Letters for the Seal Cove Post Office 1911-1914; Journal for recording telephone calls 1953 - 1954

Series 4 - Original Government Telegram Service telegrams 1916-1929

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  • English

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No further accruals are expected.


Preservation was competed at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick in 2013.

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March 19, 2015

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Deborah Ingersoll Daggett - descendant of the Ingersolls who operated the store - - provided assistance with the family timeline and early store history.

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