The tedious labor of dough-mixing is performed economically and quickly by the electric motor.Work done is considerably more thorough and more sanitary. The mixture is assured to be uniformly and completely worked, without the attention of a skilled operative or baker.
1 Forsyth Street
See "Sweet" Family below
On the northwest corner of Main and Madoc Streets stood a small wooden frame building owned by Mr. Wilkinson, one of three shoemakers in Marmora at the time. A fire in 1920 destroyed the frame building that had been built in 1875. At the time of the fire, owners William Sweet and his wife, Emma Froats had been operating a bakery and retail shop in the building since 1896.
Prior to the installation of electricity, Mr. Sweet mixed his dough using a two-horse power gasoline engine. But the Marmora Herald, dated May 23, 1907 reported:
"The new electric dough mixer lately installed by William Sweet is proving highly successful and effects a great saving in time and labour. Formerly it took over an hour to mix the dough by hand, but now it is done in ten minutes."
But the Sweets did not stop there. On May 14, 1908, the Herald continued their praise:
"William Sweet is building an addition to his bake shop. The new part will be fitted in an up-to-date manner for an ice cream parlor. A new electric ice cream freezer is to be installed during June, 1908."
That same year, son, Arthur Sweet joined the staff at the bakery, and by May of 1914, according to the Marmora Herald, they purchased "a very attractive new delivery wagon." It included a box for bread at the back and a place for cakes in front.
After the fire at 1 Main Street, in 1920, William Sweet decided to rebuild but in a different location. He built a new red brick building measuring 28 ft. by 80 ft. on the southwest corner of Forsyth and Madoc Streets, known as 1 Forsyth Street. The new building was officially opened on September 5, 1921 and was called "William Sweet and Son Bake Shop".
In August of 1921, the Herald reported
"The oven is completed and has been in use for some time. It is of modern construction and is operated by a furnace underneath which will burn either coal or wood Compared with the former method of bakery, when the fire was made right in the oven and had to burn out and the ashes be racked out before the bread could be placed in the oven, it represents a big saving in time."
After the death of William Sweet from typhoid, on April 11, 1922, less than a year after the official opening of this building, his children Arthur (1887-1975), Frank John (1891-1955) (both of whom suffered typhoid that same year) and Jennifer 1903-1975) ran the bake shop until 1953. The Marmora Herald reported that the long hours and the expansion of the business after the war, led to impaired health for all three, leading to the decision to sell.
(Pamela Armstrong : Until a couple of years ago we had the double doored ice box from Sweet's Bakery, It was huge, had glass doors in the bottom two doors the two top doors where the ice slabs went had milk glass inserts in them. It was solid oak and very heavy. We had to reinforce the floor in the dining room to hold it,. It was a beauty. It had resided in Bill's parents cellar for 50 years and she kept her preserves in it. When we inherited it, it took four men and a block and tackle to retrieve it from the basement. We had it for about 27 years and finally had to sadly sell it. It fetched $3,000.00 at auction. Just thought some may be interested in this little bit of trivia.)
(Annette Taylor : I worked in the Bakery an store for Mrs. Kelly in 1953. I would have been 13 years old. At that time, Frank Sweet was still doing the baking and I loved being in the kitchen, scraping and greasing bread pans and baking sheets. I loved watching him make chelsea buns. The smells were wonderful. Mrs. Kelly had me work in the front of the store as well where I measured and priced white and brown sugar, whole wheat and white flour and all other baking staples. Everything was sold in bulk and measured into brown paper bags. What an experience. I loved my job and I think it instilled a love for baking that I have to this day."
Late in 1953, the bake shop was sold to Charles Kelly (1896-1950) who, along with Claude Reginald Nichol (1916-1978) and his wife Helen Madeline Kelly (1917-2000) operated the bake shop until 1959.
In 1959, the Kelly Bake Shop was purchased by the Cassidy Furniture and Funeral Services of Tweed. In 1973, Thomas Cassidy added a large cement block, two level structure at the rear of the existing red brick building and later vinyl sided the whole structure. The new funeral service addition was opened on April 17, 1974, with the preparation room and storage facilities in the basement..
(Story based on research by Gerald Belanger)
Thomas Cassidy sold the funeral business to McConnell's Funeral Home Services in 1990. His furniture business closed in 1998 and the building remained empty until 2001.
In 2001, Peter and Kym Donohue of Arden opened Gumbo Soup and Antique Furniture second hand store.
In 2006 Frank Diadamo purchased the old Sweet/Cassidy building and added two commercial rental units on the main floor and apartment dwelling at the back of the first floor as well as on the second floor and in the basement.
After 2007, several smaller entrepreneurs set up shop on the main floor of the building. They were Joanne Murphy, Maddy's Deli, (closed 2009), Robert Hausner, Marmora Copy and Business Centre (moved to Belleville in 2010) and Lori Tannahill, the Hot Spot, a small specialty restaurant & computer room.
Pat McCrodan writes: I worked for Tom Cassidy when he opened the store, had a Mercury Station wagon for funerals but I put a siren under the hood for an ambulance.
2011 - Kathleen Haig opened Time After Time, a second hand store, which operated for almost 3 years. The building has now undergone extensive renovations to bring it up to code.
More about the Sweet family:
William + Emma Froats | Arthur Charles Henry Francis John (Frank) William Alma Bessie Jennie + + + + Lillian Boyter Ada Hart George Murie Wm Ernest Tinsdill | | | Charles Robert, Marion (Peggy) & Wilma Marjorie + + + unknown Pat Bertrand Jack Williams
Bessie Sweet Tinsdill