Edward Lawson Era 1855-1860

Edward Lawson Era  1855-1860

Edward Lawson frame store at the corner of Mill and Queen St
  • In 1855, Edward Lawson purchased the mill and mill properties, including the general store from James Cupper Bolton
  • That same year, he replaced the store with a 2-storey building 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.1
  • The store was open from 6:30am until late evening except Sunday .2
  • Edward Lawson also built a steam bakery next to the saw mill along Mill Street.3 .  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.4
  3. ibid