Edward Lawson Era 1855-1860

Edward Lawson Era  1855-1860

Edward Lawson’s two-storey frame store at the southeast corner of Mill and Queen Streets. Photo circa 1875: McFall Family collection.
  • In 1855, Edward Lawson purchased the mill and mill properties from James Cupper Bolton 1
  • That same year, he built a 2-storey frame store at the SE corner of Mill Street complete with 80 feet of windows fronting along Queen Street
  • The north side of the store housed groceries, the middle was stocked with hardware and the south side contained dry goods.  Upstairs, there was dressmaking, millinery and tailoring 2
  • The store was open every day from 6:30am until late evening except on Sunday 3
  • Edward Lawson also built a steam bakery next to the saw mill along Mill Street 4 .  Its specialty was biscuits
  • Whether it was the settling of a lawsuit over the height of the mill pond, the constant demands of the business or the dramatic success of his ventures, Edward Lawson sold everything in 1860 to John Gardhouse, a young Englishman 5


And the buildings?

  • Edward Lawson’s 1855 frame store was replaced in the late 1880s by the Bonnar Block, built in brick.  The Bonnar Block, in turn, was replaced by a new building, designed for cold storage lockers.  It was built in 1941 by Otto Hardwick.  This building was altered in the mid-1950s becoming the IGA.  It still stands
  1. Abstract Index to Deeds, Albion Township, A&B reels, Lot 9, Con 7, Region of Peel Archives at PAMA
  2. James H. Bolton, re-printed in The Story of Albion, Bolton Enterprise, 1968 edition, p.312
  3. ibid.
  4. ibid.
  5. The lawsuit brought by Dr. Hickman, determined that the height of the mill pond was to be maintained at or below the 1849 high water mark