During the 1860’s and 1870’s, a tremendous boom in manufacturing occurred in the area we know today as Ontario. Much of this growth was the result of the enormous influx of immigrants, the opening of the West, and the rebuilding that took place in the United States following the Civil War. An indication of the growing importance of Ontario was the publication of an annual commercial report for the province by the Bradstreet Press of New York City. This source of information about small businesses in the Flamborough area was given to the Editor by Mr. Don Warren of Dundas, a member of the Waterdown-East Flamborough Heritage Society. Further research has located the 1872 edition in the Special Collections, Hamilton Public Library.
This Heritage Paper lists the small businesses in the Waterdown-East Flamborough area as published in the September 1st, 1872 “Commercial Report for the Province of Ontario” by the Bradstreet Press. Each individual listed was given a credit rating that reflected the standing of his business, and in certain cases further information about the company was included.
Following the explanation of credit grading, the Bradstreet Press noted that…
“Locality, as well as requisite qualification, considered in giving grades of credit; the smaller places being rated proportionally higher, according to the amount of business done and the risk sustained. Additional letters of same grade indicate increased strength.”
Bakersville, Mountsberg and Progreston also listed; anyone interested in these should contact us.
Originally published in Heritage Happenings, November 1983.
© The Waterdown-East Flamborough Heritage Society 1983, 2020