Collection 2016-49 - Woodley family and business materials

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CA ON00156 2016-49

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Woodley family and business materials

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  • 1904-1978 (Creation)

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24 pages

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(1904-)

Biographical history

James Woodley was born in 1821 in Stratton, Cornwall, England. He was a mason by trade, but switched to fur-cutting when he moved to Canada. His son, George Thomas Woodley, established Woodley's furriers at 273 Front Street, Belleville, Ontario, in 1904 and the firm remained in the family for three generations, closing its doors in the late 1980s.

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Donated by Betty Lavallee, granddaughter of George Woodley.

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Photographs and press clippings (mainly reproductions) relating to the Woodley family and their fur business in Belleville. The store on Front Street was established by George Thomas Woodley (1872-1948) in 1904 and closed between 1986 and 1992. George's son Russell, grandson Douglas and great-grandson Daniel ran the store. Photographs include:

  • George Thomas Woodley [c. 1940]
  • Isobel and Betty Woodley outside the Front Street store in period dress as part of Belleville's Centennial celebrations in 1979.

Also includes Russell Woodley's diary of a 1919 YMCA canoe trip from Lakefield to Sturgeon Lake (and a photocopy of a transcript of the diary), with a flyer for the 1920 trip and a photocopy of photographs from Mrs Thompson, whom the group visited on their journey.

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