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#lndont history mystery: When did McCormicks open in 1914?

- September 19th, 2012

McCormicks girls

Girls & young women at work in the old McCormicks plant c. 1915. The classic Henry (Harry) G. Hines image is reproduced in Alan Noon’s magisterial East of Adelaide.

Now here is a question which has stumped our panel of JBNBlog #ldnont history mystery judges: When did McCormicks open its famous plant here in 1914? For the usual prizes, and a big hug, pls. let me know soonest.

 

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6 comments

  1. Dan Brock says:

    Yeah, I would be interested in this as well as I was unable to nail down the date of its opening for my book.

  2. james.reaney says:

    That date is a mystery to me . . . but we will keep searching. Meanwhile, here is a Fragment for the next edition . . . Loretta Lynn played the RBC Theatre at the John Labatt Centre before 2,800 fans on Nov. 11, 2003.

  3. Dan Brock says:

    Thanks for nailing down when Loretta Lynn played in London.
    With the launching of Father John Comiskey’s “My Heart’s Best Wishes for You: A Biography of Archbishop John Walsh,” the 2nd bishop of the diocese of London, I’ve picked up two more entries for a future supplement of “Fragments.”
    After returning from Ireland after a two-month absence from London, Walsh was greeted by an estimated crowd of 3,000 in a city having a total of some 20,400 inhabitants. (This would be like having some 54,000 showing up at the railway station in London today!) Among the well wishers was the band of the Seventh Fusileers. A stream of fireworks were also set off.
    On Nov. 9, 1885, a meeting of Irish citizens was held in London to discuss the Irish problem as Westminster debated Home Rule.
    One of the members of the executive of The London & Middlesex Historical Society has a large photograph of the Jubilee Roller Rink. She thinks the rink existed in London in the 1890s, but, so far we can’t find any reference to it in the city of London directories. Perhaps a follower of your blog might be able to shed some light on this.

  4. james.reaney says:

    Now, that was a crowd . . . as for the Jubilee rink (which sounds familiar), if a jpeg can be sent JBNBlog’s way, maybe the mystery can be solved hereabouts.
    Thanks, as always, for the details.

  5. Cindy Hartman says:

    Just wondering how accurate are the dates on the Fire Insurance Maps (online at UWO) ?? The 1892 map updated as of 1907 shows both the McCormick Plant and the Ruggles Truck Plant, and lists Kelloggs as ‘The Battle Creek Health Food Co.’ I don’t think Ruggles was there until 1921/1922. Were this maps produced for insurance companies?? or were they used by the Fire Dept. ??

  6. Dan Brock says:

    The McCormick Manufacturing Company was still in the southwest cor. of Dundas & Wellington streets in 1912.
    Kelloggs was indeed known earlier as the Battle Creek Health Food Co. It came to London in 1907 as the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company and was on the nw cor. of Grey and Adelaide streets. Either the Western Archives or the London Room staff might help you with your queries.

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