TWO McGILL STREET
Ad for Pringle Hotel, next door north at 4 McGill St. dated 1879.
On March 21 of 1907, the Herald reported that "Mr. Arthur Moffatt is learning the barber trade in the Pringle shop"
May 21, 1908 - Marmora Herald Mr. W.F. Bleecker, who for the past number of months has been engaged at M. Hugh Wiggin' grocery, has vacated his position and opened an insurance office in the Pringle block on Madoc St.
Fire completely destroyed the original building on the NE corner of McGill and Madoc Street in 1914. It housed Donnelly's Barber shop at the time.
It was rebuilt by David Simmons that same year for the Pringles. The Marmora Herald reported on August 16, 1914
"David Simmons has been awarded the contract for the erection of Mrs. Pringle's new brick blockon the corner of Madoc and McGill Streets."
On Sept. 14, 1914 the Herald reported:
Mrs Pringle's new store & residence is being rushed to completion and will present a fine appearance when completed "
Mrs. Pringles new store became a meat market run by Fred Eastwood with an apartment upstairs. In 1915, she sold the business to Casha Boyd, who continued the grocery business in the west end andhe moved his gents' furnishing stock to the east end. At the same time, the Herald reported Miss Edith McWilliams opened an ice cream parlour. However, in Sept. of 1916, the Herald reported that Casha Boyd had accepted a good position with his uncle at Denver Colorado. "Meantime, he is selling out his stock in rush in order to leave for the west on Sept. 15th."
On August 23, 1917, the Herald reported "Mr. Casha Boyd is busily engaged preparing to start business again in Mrs. Pringle's store which he formerly occupied.
Marmora Herald Dec. 3, 1936
Mr. Samuel A. Stephens, who has conducted a shoe store and repair shop, has moved his business to the north east corner of Madoc and McGill streets, across from the Royal Hotel.
Nov. 25, 1937 - This week, Samuel Stephens is moving his Boot and Shoe Store, Men's Clothing and Repair Shop to the Bleecker Building just south of Wm. Sweet and Son's Grocery. Mr. G. Aboud of Havelock will open a ready-to-wear store in the premises just vacated by Mr. Stephens.
In 1944, the Marmora Herald moved into the old Pringle Building, owned by the Sabine family who ran the Herald for nearly 57 years.
The 70's saw Jack and Sheila Golden establish Tri County Printing in this building, followed by Sherri Smith's hairdressing parlour, known as the "Cutting Corner. Sherri moved the Cutting Corner to the old hydro building in July of 1999.
In the year 2000, Jane McCoy opened her artisan shop showcasing local artists and crafters. Judy Backus of the Community Press wrote at the time,
".....An added dimension to the shop is the presence of a studio which will provide a location for artisans to teach others the intricacies of their crafts. Already, plans are in 'place for classes to begin once the new year rolls around, in such areas as folk art, cut and pierced lampshades, stained glass, knitting and crocheting with more likely to follow.
As Jane says, "If someone has something they'd like to teach, the space is there." Jane, for the past 16years a folk art painter and crafter, has met a lot of exceptional artisans within the area. Wanting to cut down on the amount of travel involved with attending craft shows, and with support from her fellow craftspeople, she made the decision to open a shop, saying with a grin, "Age wise, this was a significant year for me and it was either do it now or not at all. It is something I've wanted to do for a long time." In reference to the artisans who supply the shop she mentions, "If we can all be under one roof and still do' what we love, and pass it on to other generations... " The encouragement of her fellow crafters has made the move possible, for as she states, "I couldn't have done it on my own. They can keep the store full and I can concentrate on teaching."
Next was a DVD rental Store, followed by a used furniture outlet.