A glance at the engravings in this issue of The Globe is sufficient to convince anyone that the town of Napanee possesses substantial business blocks and beautiful homes, while a brief study of a map of the Province will prove conclusively that the town has exceptional advantages, as a manufacturing and shipping point.
Napanee is situated at the head of navigation, on the Napanee River, six miles from the far-famed Bay of Quinte. During the summer months steamers ply regularly between Napanee and all points on the Bay. Communication east and west is had by the Grand Trunk Railway, which passes through the town, while the Bay of Quinte Railway, which has its terminus at and is operated from Napanee, affords rapid transit to all points, including connections with the C.P.R. at Tweed. It will thus be seen that the town possesses first-class shipping facilities and easy communication with all parts of the continent.
Napanee has another point of vantage, namely, a magnificent water power, afforded by a long chain of lakes and the river. This water power is well WORTHY THE ATTENTION OF MANUFACTURERS, for as yet, it has only been partially developed. A competent engineer went carefully over the ground and reported that for an expenditure of less than five thousand dollars a practically unlimited water power could be had the year round.
The Napanee River is fed from a chain of lakes in the northern part of the counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. These lakes are vast natural reservoirs, and by merely damming back the water at their narrow outlets, unlimited power could be secured at Napanee.
The power at Napanee is controlled by the Hon. Sir R. J. Cartwright, and he is prepared to deal most liberally with manufacturers.
Along the canal bank on the west side of the river are several factories and mills, all of which are supplied with water power. The same power drives the huge pumping engine in the waterworks department, and also drives the machinery in the electric light building, for Napanee is an “up-to-date” town and possesses both a first-class waterworks system and an A 1 electric light service.
While visiting the town recently, the thought occurred to me that it would be a first-rate investment for the town to acquire not only the water power, but also the waterworks and electric light companies. The whole thing could be united under one management and run by the town with profit to the citizens. The present revenue of the two companies would not only pay interest on the whole investment, in addition to running expense, but would leave a tidy sum annually, with which to create a sinking fund. After looking into the matter closely, I was convinced that the town could purchase the whole outfit, issue debentures for the amount, and, in less than thirty years time, the property would pay off the debentures.
By adopting a scheme of this kind, the town would at once be in a position to offer water power privileges to manufacturers.
The fact that Napanee has extra good business blocks and private residences has already been mentioned, but it is only in paying a visit to the town that one realizes the number and beauty of them. On the main business street - Dundas - the Leonard, Cook, Rennie and Harshaw blocks are especially worthy of mention, and would be creditable to any town or city in Central Ontario.
In the matter of churches, Napanee is well to the front, there being two Methodist, and English, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic, besides a Salvation Army barracks.
As to schools, Napanee stands in the front rank. First comes the splendid Collegiate Institute, an engraving of which appears elsewhere in this issue. Not only is it a find building, but it is magnificently equipped, and its record is among the best in the Province. Besides the collegiate there are the East and West Ward Public Schools, both commodious structures, the latter being a model school.
Napanee is justly proud of her schools.
The banking facilities are good, both the Dominion and Merchants’ Banks having branches at Napanee.
Not only is Napanee the county seat of Lennox and Addington, but it is also the chief market town for the district, many farmers from the adjoining County of East Hastings finding it an advantageous point at which to dispose of their produce.
The Bay of Quinte District, as is well known, is one of the best farming sections of Ontario, and Napanee enjoys the trade of a large number of the farmers from the portions before mentioned.
Manufacturing is not carried on to the extent that the capabilities of the place and the demands of the district would seem to warrant. The largest establishment at present located there is the factory of The Gibbard Furniture Company, employing upwards of 75 hands. The Agricultural Implement Works of John Herring & Sons also give employment to a considerable number of men. In addition to these, there is a large grist mill (the property of Sir Richard Cartwright), a saw mill, a woollen mill, a soap factory, an overall factory and several carriage factories.
Napanee is a clean, bright town, healthy, centrally situated and “up-to-date” in every particular.
This year several blocks of granolithic sidewalks have been put down on the main street, and it is intended to extend this work to other portions of the town. A few years ago, a joint stock Park Company was formed at Napanee. They bought thirty acres at the west end of the town, and have fitted it up as a driving and pleasure park. It is a beautiful spot and is much patronized during the summer months.
Napanee is becoming quite a centre for commercial travellers. It being so centrally situated, knights of the grip find it convenient to make it their headquarters, and a goodly number are now located there.
The Council and municipal officers for 1893 are as follows: -- Mayor, Dr. Leonard; Reeve, John Carson; Deputy-Reeve, Thomas Symington; Councillors - East Ward, Richard Potter; Centre Ward, J. F. McAllister, Dr. Ming, Ezra Pringle; West Ward, Thomas Anderson, Charles Stevens, Wilbur Daly, Municipal Clerk, James Herring; Treasurer, Robert Mills; Assessor, J. C. Huffman; Chief of Police, Jeremiah Storms; Tax Collector, Thomas Empey.
Any further information regarding the town will be cheerfully furnished by either the Mayor or Clerk, to whom any communications can be addressed.
Manufacturers are especially invited to visit Napanee and investigate its advantages.
NAPANEE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE
Board of Trustees - H. M. Deroche, M.A., Q.C., Chairman; Alex. Henry, Esq., Walter Coxall, Esq., A. W. Grange, Esq., W. S Herrington, Esq., John Coats, Esq., W. F. Hall, Esq., Robt. McCay, Esq., H. V. Fralick, Esq., J. P. Hanley, Esq., Wm. Templeton, Esq., T. S. Henry, Esq.
Staff - T. M. Henry, B.A. (Tor.), Principal and Mathematical Master; A. E. Lang, B.A. (Vic.), English and Modern Languages Master; G. W. Morden, B.A. (Queen’s), Natural Science, Commercial and Drill Master; Jas. Colling, B.A. (Tor.), Classical Master and Teacher of Calisthenics; Margaret Nicol, Assistant Teacher of English and French; Maggie Smith, Teacher of History, Geography, Reading and Drawing. The masters are all specialists in their departments and have had long and successful experience in teaching.
The building is acknowledged to be one of the very best in the Province. It is large and commodious, splendidly heated, lighted and ventilated, and is supplied with all modern requirements. The grounds are beautifully graded and watered and comprise 3 1-2 acres. In accommodation and equipment the school is in every respect up to the departmental requirements for collegiate Institutes, and is, therefore, graded 1 in every particular by the High School Inspectors. The Library consists of over six hundred dollars worth of the best selected books on the work taught. The Chemical and Physical laboratories contain about seven hundred dollars’ worth of apparatus.
Classes are so arranged as to give the students a good general and commercial education and prepare them for any of the following examinations: - Primary, Junior and Senior Leaving, Pass and Honor Matriculation into the different Universities of Ontario, first year University Pass, Preliminary in Law, Medicine, Civil Engineering, School of Practical Science or Royal Military College.
The school is free to all residents of the County of Lennox and Addington. Others are required to pay four dollars for the autumn, three for the winter, and three for the spring term.
In the examinations for 1893, the school met with the following success: - (1) It took the Bronze Medal for the highest standing in the Province in the Priminary Art course. (2) It won the highest places in Classics and in Mathematics at the Queen’s Matriculation Examination. (3) It gained the sixth place in the Matriculation Scholarship competition of the Provincial University. (4) It took six first-class honors and four second-class at Matriculation. (5) One passed first year examination into Toronto University. (6) One passed Senior Leaving. (7) Eleven passed Junior Leaving. (8) Twenty-two passed the Primary, and (9) one hundred and forty took Proficiency Art School Certificates.
The people of the town and country are justly proud of having in their midst an institution which is acknowledged by the High School Inspectors to have no superior in the Province when the building, its accommodation and equipment, the excellence of the staff and the extent and quality of the work done are taken into consideration.
COUNCILLOR CHARLES STEVENS
Exporter of Canada Unleached Hardwood Ashes
It is always a pleasure to write of the success of a business man and it is an especial pleasure to write of Mr. Charles Stevens, who, starting at the foot of the ladder, has steadily worked himself up to the honorable position which he now fills. Mr. Stevens is admittedly one of the best known business men in Central Ontario and none stands higher than he for honest upright dealing. For over twenty years, Councillor Stevens has been engaged in the manufacture of “Fertilizers” and is at present undoubtedly the largest Canadian exporter in this line. His trade extends from Nova Scotia to Florida, and as far west as Ohio and the Middle States.
Mr. Stevens supplies fertilizers to the farmers of New England, the fruit growers and dairymen of New York State and the Orange Grove Plantations of Florida. That he gives good value is evidenced from the fact that many of his customers have dealt with him for years.
The most complete Potash Works in the Dominion of Canada are also owned and operated by Mr. Stevens. They are located at Napanee. The trade for this product extends not only all over the United States and Canada, but even to Europe. Stevens’ brand of Pure Rock Potash has a wide reputation and is much sought after for soap makers’ use.
In order to ship the goods he manufactures, Mr. Stevens has built an extensive cooperage Factory, in which he makes not only sufficient barrels for shipping Potash and Fertilizers, but also makes apple barrels for the finest growers of the Bay of Quinte District.
For nine years Charles Stevens has served the citizens of Napanee faithfully and well as councillor for the West Ward, and can always be counted on to lead the poll.
An engraving of this successful business man and honoured citizen appears in this issue of The Globe, together with an engraving of his beautiful home, - one of the best in Napanee. It is a commodious, well built frame structure, fitted with all modern conveniences, a fitting home for one who, by honest hard work, has risen to where he is in a position to enjoy the good things of life.
THE GIBBARD FURNITURE COMPANY (LTD.)
Napanee’s largest manufacturing concern is the Gibbard Furniture Company (Ltd.) Their factory (an engraving of which appears in this issue of The Globe) is a first-class establishment in every respect, being equipped with the most modern machinery. Only skilled workmen are employed. This company manufacture a great variety of furniture, but at present are making a specialty of a splendid line of PARLOR, WRITING AND LADIES CABINETS which are commanding a sale to the best trade in the Dominion. A. L. Morden, Q.C., C.C.A., is President of the company; John Gibbard is Vice-President, while W. T. Gibbard fills the important position of General-Manager.
HINCH & CO.
Importers and Dealers in Dry Goods, Carpets, Millinery, General House Furnishings and Furs.
Theirs is the largest and best appointed dry goods establishment in Central Ontario. The building, being built and finished to their order, is most complete in every particular. The main floor, upon which the general dry goods and millinery business is conducted, is 44 x 120, the width admitting of elevated office, a massive vault 7 x 12 feet, with burglar proof doors, as well as two large circular counters in the centre. The manufacturing departments are on the second flat and the basement is furnished same as first flat, the rear portion being occupied with their large fur department and the balance devoted to carpets, curtains and other house furnishings. It is heated by two large steel Economy furnaces, lighted by arc and incandescent lights and fitted with the Lamson Cash Railway system. As will be seen by the accompanying engraving, they occupy nearly two-thirds of the Albert Block, one of the most imposing business structures in Napanee, and the whole space is heavily stocked with a splendid assortment in the lines in which the firm deal. Dry goods is the leading feature, but Hinch & Co. do not confine themselves to one line. They carry a full line of gent’s furnishings; have one of the best millinery and dressmaking departments in Ontario, do a large ordered clothing trade, and carry on an enormous business in furs. Nearly all of the fur goods are manufactured on the premises by this enterprising firm, and they are thus enabled to supply their customers superior articles at the lowest possible cost.
“Cheapside,” as the firm have christened their mammoth establishment, has a wide reputation throughout the Bay of Quinte District, and the enormous business done is proof positive that both goods and prices are right.
Messrs. Hinch & Co. invite a careful inspection of their stock in all departments.
THE PAISLEY HOUSE
The travelling public, especially commercial travellers, are good judges of hotels, and the fact that the latter class make the Paisley House their headquarters when in Napanee, is good evidence of the merits of the house. Under the capable management of the Messrs. Douglas, the Paisley House has grown to be one of the most popular hotels in Central Ontario. It is a large three storey brick building, fitted up with all modern conveniences and is situated in the centre of the town, within half a block of the Post Office. The bedrooms are unusually large and well furnished, all being comfortably heated. The table is the strong point about the Paisley. The best the market affords is obtained and is served in a manner that leaves nothing to be desired. Douglas Brothers do but little newspaper advertising, believing that a first-class table is the best possible advertisement for an hotel. The bar is stocked with the choicest liquors and cigars and a thorough “artist” presides over that department. The Paisley is conducted in a quiet, orderly manner, and is thoroughly homelike. When visiting Napanee you cannot do better than make it your headquarters.
LAHEY & McKENTY
Dealers in Dry Goods, Carpets, Clothing, Hats, Caps and Furs.
Among the enterprising firms in Napanee, Messrs. Lahey & McKenty stand in the front rank. They started business in 1885, then occupying but a single store. Now they occupy one of the most prominent blocks in Napanee, and their trade is said to be one of the largest in the Midland District.
This firm are direct importers of all leading lines, and are thus enabled to give their customers the benefit of the middleman’s profit.
As indicated above, Messrs. Lahey & McKenty are dealers in dry goods, carpets, clothing, hats, caps and furs, and also carry a full line of gents’ furnishings. Their motto is, “Good value and low prices.” That they live up to it can easily be proved by inspecting their stock.
The holiday season is approaching, and with a view to meeting their customers’ needs, Messrs. Lahey & McKenty have purchased an unusually large assortment of fancy dry goods, which they are offering at very close prices. In dress goods their stock was never more complete and they can suit all purses, whether it is a print or a silk that is required.
THE NAPANEE AGRICULTURAL WORKS
Messrs. John Herring & Sons, the proprietors of the above works, have been engaged in the manufacture of agricultural implements ever since 1842, having been the pioneers in that line in the Bay of Quinte District. This firm manufacture implements for cultivating the soil and machines for harvesting, each machine and implement embodying the latest improvements. Mowers, reapers, binders, cultivators, plows, riding-plows, and various other minor lines are all manufactured at the Napanee Agricultural Works.
The Herring light reaper is constructed lightly, but with a view to strength, steel and malleables being used in its construction wherever practicable.
Their “Canadian New Model Mower” embraces all modern improvements, and has special advantages on the cutter bar and gear, shifting, tilting and operating levers, not to be found on any other mower. It has fewer parts than any other style of mower built, and is durable, strong, light running, easily operated and has strong cutting power.
In this article it is not intended to enter into a detailed description of the various implements made at the Napanee Agricultural Works, but, in addition to those already mentioned, attention is called to the merits of the “Herring New Spring Tooth Cultivator,”, the Herring Pea Harvester: and the “Improved Iron Duke Corn Cultivator.”
The farmers of the Bay of Quinte District are especially fortunate in having an implement works in their midst, for they can always have repairs made at the shortest possible notice. The firm will be pleased to send an illustrated catalogue to anyone on application.
THE BIG MILL
“The Big Mill,” as it is generally called, is one of the oldest established mills in Ontario. Of course, the mill itself has been rebuilt and remodelled a number of times within the last century, for it was nearly a century ago that the first mill was built at Napanee. In fact, the word “Napanee” is an Indian term, meaning the place of the mill. As it now stands the Big Mill has a capacity of 100 barrels per day and is full roller process. It belongs to Sir R. J. Cartwright, and is operated by a Mr. Dafoe.
M. S. MADOLE
The amount of business done by any merchant depends fully as much upon the man himself as the class of goods handled. Today no man stands higher in the business community of Napanee than M. S. Madole, the subject of this sketch. He has carried on business as a hardware merchant for over seventeen years, and now enjoys one of the largest trades in the Bay of Quinte district. Mr. Madole occupies a large double store in the Albert block, Napanee, and carries in stock a full line of shelf and heavy hardware, glass, paints, oils, carriage and blacksmiths’ supplies, harvest tools and rope of various sizes, fence wire - over 50 tons being handled last year. A specialty is made in supplying contractors and those engaged in building operations, but the stock includes everything in the hardware line.
Mr. Madole takes an active interest in everything that pertains to the welfare of Napanee, and has served in the Town Council with marked ability.
J. S. HULETT
The Globe is indebted to Mr. J. S. Hulett for the photographs of Napanee with which this issue is illustrated. Mr. Hulett has had over 25 years’ experience in the business and now has one of the most extensive studios in the Province. On the ground floor there is a splendid display of the work done by this artist. The first flat is devoted to reception rooms and studio, while the second flat is occupied by the work rooms, where a large staff of skilled hands are kept busily employed in retouching, enlarging and finishing. Mr. Hulett has spared no expense in the fitting up of his studio and he is now prepared to do all styles of work at most reasonable prices. Not only does Mr. Hulett do a large business in ordinary photography, such as cabinets, but he pays special attention to the making of life size crayon portraits. Indeed, his orders in this department come from all parts of the Province. In addition to crayon portraits, Mr. Hulett is prepared to make life sized pictures, finished in Indian ink, oil or water colors. All work is guaranteed strictly first-class. A camera for taking life size photos direct has recently been added to Mr. Hulett’s gallery. It is worthy of special note that there are but few such cameras in Canada, and it certainly speaks well for Mr. Hulett’s enterprise and shows that he is determined to keep in the front rank.