As the Story is Told: The Settlement of Morpeth, part 4: Businesses in 1866

As the Story is told: A history of Morpeth and communityEvery week, I share an excerpt from my Great Aunt’s book, As the Story is Told: A History of Morpeth and Community, which was printed in 1986. Note, this is a historical text and I don’t necessarily agree with all of the authours’ views or turns of phrase.

…continued from last week…

19th century Morpeth businesses

19th century Morpeth businesses

The following is taken from the Gazetter 1866:


  • John Adams, carpenter
  • George Addeman, butcher
  • Charles Allen, labourer
  • J. Bennett, Southern Railroad Hotel
  • Leonard Bentley, saddler
  • George Birch, tinsmith
  • J. J. Boulter, teacher
  • Neil Campbell, flour mill
  • Alfred W. Caswell, mariner
  • Lemuel Coll, farmer
  • H. B. Caswell, Commercial Hotel
  • J. Cotier, merchant tailor
  • John Cotier, harness maker
  • John & Mark Davidson, boot and shoe maker
  • J.J. Davis, cabinet maker
  • George Duck, Justice of the Peace
  • Isaac Duck, blacksmith
  • John Duck J.P., harbourmaster, Clerk of Second Division Court
  • John Everitt, blacksmith
  • Mrs. David Edmunds, dressmaker
  • Andrew Heyward, grocer and druggist
  • Austin Hill, warehouseman and Commission Merchant
  • Erastus Hill, wharfinger and Commission Merchant
  • M. Johnson, milliner
  • Wm Johnson, waggon-maker
  • John Kitchen, general agent
  • Samuel Kitchen, general merchant
  • Rev. A. Lampman, Episcopal
  • Augustus Leibner, cabinet maker
  • Wm. Locke, carriage maker
  • Wm. Lundy, blacksmith
  • Miss McCollum, general merchandise
  • Edwin McDonald, shoemaker
  • F. McGarvin, carriage maker
  • John M. McNeil, doctor
  • Edwin Nation, J.P.
  • John Nation, dry goods, boots and shoes
  • John Palmer, saw mill
  • Louis Precour, baker
  • Jas. R. Reynolds, auctioneer
  • Chas. Shaw, carriage and waggon maker
  • Wm. Sheldon, Sheldon House
  • Edw. Shields, cooper
  • W. B. Simons, flour mill
  • Cyrus Smith, saw miller
  • Jas. Smith, coroner
  • Jas. Taylor, shoemaker
  • Wm. Teetzel, shoemaker
  • Esther Tobias, teacher
  • Michael Turnbull, harnessmaker
  • Jasper Turnbull, blacksmith
  • M. Wilson, farmer
  • Wm. Wilson, general merchant
  • Anson Woods, farmer
  • G. C. Wood, saddler
  • W. K. Wood, shoemaker
Morpeth 19th century

New Dominion House, Morpeth, Ontario

New Dominion House

This was one of the leading hostelries along the Talbot Road (Highway 3). It was located in the heart of Morpeth on the north side of the street. It provided a resting place and the best of meals for travellers arriving by stage from east, west and north. It used to blaze with light at night when some special program was in progress or an extremely large number of travellers spent the night there.

After the decline of Morpeth, the post office was moved there from J. C. Nation’s store. Mr. G. E. Passmore was the postmaster. Following his death, his daughter, Minnie, operated the post office. She continued to live there until her death. In 1954 the building was sold to Mr. Herman Hall. He had the building demolished and a house built on the site.

Commercial Hotel 19th century

The Commercial Hotel, Morpeth Ontario

The Commercial Hotel, Morpeth

An 1866 Directory reveals that, at that time, the hotel was operated by H. B. Caswell and it seemed to have attracted a great deal of the sailor trade off Lake Erie. It is believed that the hotel stood on the corner where the Morpeth Community Centre is today. When this photo was taken the proprietor was J. B. Walters, a great-grandfather of Allen and Catherine Greenway (Wright). This original photos was loaned to us by Catherine, who with her husband Alan Wright, live in Merlin. They have four children: Janice, Chris, Lee and Jennifer.

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