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The General Store

Monday 8 December 2014, by Monique

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General stores grew up to supply the needs of the early settlers.
The stores dotted the countryside throughout Pontiac County. They could be found every few miles, the distance that people could travel by horse and wagon to fetch supplies.
Items that could not be made at home could be bought or bartered for, including tea, sugar, matches, fabric and coal oil.
Crown land agent, James Prendergast, opened the first general store at Clarendon Mills around 1830.
James McFarlane set up a supply store on the Front Road of Clarendon in 1840.
Supplies came up the Ottawa River from Bytown by boat or, in the winter, by sled on the ice road.
A supply store, blacksmith and cobbler business was set up by Private Joseph Brownlee on the corner of Center Street and Main.
By 1871 Edward Hodgins had started his business, which thrives into the 21st century.
Many of the artifacts and the counter at the Pontiac Museum are from the Ivor Currie-Mills store in Yarm.

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