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Guelph Industries: Northern Rubber

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This is the first in a series of articles on Guelph Industries. Northern Rubber operated from 1920 into the 1940s, manufacturing rubber footwear. What began as a small local operation with about 60 employees grew to  provide work for between 300 and 600.

    All pictures are courtesy of the Guelph Civic Museum

Relief Work

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 The Great Depression spread across Canada, comfortably and unevenly settling in for the  duration of the 1930s. In  Guelph, some employers continued to employ workers. Yet, they did so at decreased numbers and what even the     David Croll, the then Minister of Municipal Affairs called "starvation wages." Companies felt free to...

War Work

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During both World Wars, the entire country became mobilized. Companies that once produced everyday items       were retooled for war production. Guelph was no different than other communities across Canada. It showed its support for the war effort in a number of ways.Citizens and businesses  alike bought War and Victory Bonds, planted Victory Gardens and became “Soldiers of the Land.” 

Birthday Bash at the Museum

Labouring All Our Lives First Anniversary

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On May 1st, 2016, LAOLs celebrated its first anniversary in style. The event was co-partnered by the Guelph Civic Museum. In attendance were local luminaries James Gordon and Phil Allt. Lloyd Longfield, Guelph’s MP, and Nancy Horvath of OPSEU Local 232 also showed up to enjoy the display of artifacts and to join in the conversation on...

 

Day of Mourning

Mourn For The Dead; Fight For The Living

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In 1907, 13 employees working at Taylor-Forbes in Guelph, suffered a variety of injuries. That was a banner year for accidents. They ranged from severe burns the feet and legs to broken jaws to crushed/amputated fingers. Fortunately, none of the injuries proved to be fatal. This was the case a year earlier when John McLennan had fallen...
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Thomas Worswick: Brown Engine Specialist

Guelph has several companies that have vanished in mind as well as time. Among the forgotten ones is a firm that produced fine engines, including the Brown Steam Engine. Although originally a partnership, Arms & Worswick soon became the sole property of one man, Thomas Worswick - one of Guelph's most prominent engineers.
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