Fonds PR3275 - Hayward Lumber Company fonds

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Hayward Lumber Company fonds

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    • 1906-1960 (Creation)

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    1.31 m of textual records.

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    The Hayward Lumber Company Limited was founded in Vermilion, Alberta by George Eldon Hayward and Fred C. Long about 1906. George Hayward was born in New Brunswick in 1882. He moved to Brandon, Manitoba around 1900 and worked for Hanbury Manufacturing Company for a time until he was sent to manage their lumber mill at Cranbrook, British Columbiaaround 1902. In 1904, Hayward joined Fred Long, a pharmacist, and together they peddled patent medicines and working clothes from a wagon between Edmonton and Vermilion. In 1905, Hayward and Long formed a lumber business in Vermilion called Hayward and Long Company. In 1911, the partnership between Long and Hayward ended and Hayward took control of the business, renaming the company Hayward Lumber Company Limited. In 1915, Hayward moved his main operations from Vermilion to north Edmonton at 118th Avenue and 75th Street, where it remained until the company dissolved in 1967.

    The company was mainly involved in general lumberyard operations, but it also provided custom made woodworking for many large buildings, and also sold coal out of its yard operations. The company also operated many line yards in various smaller Alberta communities, including the original Vermilion location, Blackfoot, Kitscoty, Islay, Mannville, Minburn, Innisfree, Lavoy, Vegreville, Chipman, Radway, Redwater, Warspite, Bellis, Vilna, Ashmont, St. Paul, Rochfort, Jasper, Waterways, Marwayne, Greencourt, Dewberry, Elk Point, Clandonald, Bonnyville, Beauvallon, and Therien.

    Hayward Lumber Company also operated various subsidiary companies including Vermilion Brick Company in Vermilion (1911-1916), Bondies Lumber Company in Edmonton (1917-1919), Canada Products Limited in Edmonton (1921-?), and Hayward Builders Supplies Limited in Edmonton (1949-1967).

    George Hayward ran Hayward Lumber Company until his death in 1956, succeeded by his son, Vern, who ran the company until its dissolution in 1967. From that time, various other lumber companies rented the premises until 1973 when the land was sold and the Edmonton Coliseum was built on the site.

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    Fonds consists primarily of financial records of the Hayward Lumber Company Limited and its subsidiaries and includes cashbooks, annual reports, financial statements, ledgers, purchase and sales journals, accounts receivables, and a newsletter.

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    Vern Hayward deposited the records in 1972 and the newsletter was donated in 2011.


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        Material is in English.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes the following accessions: PR1972.0312, PR2011.0586.

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        Information for the administrative history was taken from the records and from information supplied by Vern Hayward.

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