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Industries and Industrialists of Merrickville,
Part of our Resources for the Rideau series, this digital book is a reprint of Parks Canada's Manuscript Report 423, "Industries and Industrialists of Merrickville, 1792-1979" by Richard Tatley, 1979.
This 736 page report deals with the industrial operations in Merrickville, powered by water, steam and electricity over the span of 189 years. It also discusses the men that ran these, such as the many Merricks (William, Aaron, Stephen, George, Henry, etc.), Hiram Easton, John Mills, Thomas Watchorn, Roger Percival and more.
The village has hosted at least 58 industrial operations which include sawmills, grist mills, shingle mills, a snath factory, a sash and door factory, an axe factory, a furniture factory, tanneries, carding mills, woolen factories, several foundries (incl. Percival Plow & Stove Co.), a fence factory, boat works and brass works.
Some 23 maps, photos and illustrations round out the text.
This digital book will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about this interesting bit of Rideau history. The document is heavily cited and endnoted, the sources (mostly Library and Archives Canada) clearly detailed.
This report section of this digital book is fully searchable text (not page scans) that duplicates the original manuscript report. It is provided on a CD-ROM, in PDF format, easily read by the free Adobe PDF Reader. Most computers already have a PDF reader installed, but if not, you can easily obtain the reader from the Adobe website.
Rideau Manuscript Report Digitization Project page.
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