It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
The Huntsville Lumber Company, 1892-1929, Mill No. 2 can be seen at the southwest end of Hunter’s Bay. The Muskoka Road, the main road to Huntsville, can be seen coming through across the fields on the right and the railroad tracks can be seen on the left.
From Huntsville With Spirit and Resolve, by Susan Pryke, c2000: One of the earliest lumber companies, Heath, Tait and Turnbull, was built beside the railway at the foot of Yonge Street in 1886. The company was located on land owned by George Elliott. That year (1886) Elliott registered his subdivision and development began at the west end of town.
Heath, Tait and Turnbull’s major competitor, the Whaley Lumber Company (1890) had a large mill at the outlet of Hunter’s Bay, later the site of the Muskoka Wood Manufacturing Company. M. Brennen and Son, a Hamilton firm, operated on the west side of Hunter’s Bay from 1888 onwards, while John Whiteside ran the Riverside Lumber Company between the bridge and Fairy Lake. He had purchased the distressed Amber mill and started the Riverside Lumber Company in 1885.
By 1892 these companies jointly employed 175 men and handled a daily cut of 125,000 to 150,000 feet of lumber. That year Heath, Tait and Turnbull changed its name to the Huntsville Lumber Company.
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