36 Forsyth Street

 

JUNE 19, 2015 TDCANADA TRUST CLOSES ITS DOORS ENDING  ALMOST 125  YEARS OF BANKING IN MARMORA

The O'Neill Building in 1910  (Notice house on the right, now a parking lot)

On March 24, 1900, fire destroyed the buildings owned by John Joseph (Captain) O'Neill which was located on the corner of Forsyth and Matthew streets. The Marmora Herald newspaper reporting on the fire wrote: "Marmora now has full equipment of fire parts, ladders, ropes and axes which are stored in Doctor MacKechnie's barn.

In 1902, the southern half of the new O'Neill building was occupied by his son-in-law, William Hughes, who operated a hardware business.   This was the site of Marmora's first gas pump.  In partnership with Mr. Hughes was Harry Connor. This partnership continued until 1911 when Reeve Robert Gray took over William Hughes interest in the hardware business and it was then known as Connor & Gray.

O'Neill Building 1923

CONNOR &. GRAY.  (Belleville Intell. Industrial Edition 1914)
"The Corner Hardware Store."
Messrs. Connor & Gray assumed control of this old established business four years ago, and have since gained a wide reputation for the work done by them, the superior quality of products handled, and liberal and fair dealing methods upon which their business operations are conducted. The premises occupied located on Forsyth street, Phone 3, comprise a store of ample area, stocked with a full line of shelf and heavy hardware, builders, miners and cheese factory supplies, paints, oils, glass or cement. Special attention Is paid to smithing, roofing, jobbing, plumbing at furnace work of every description. Prices quoted on all goods handled by them will compare most favorably with any house in their line. The trade covers this entire section and is constantly increasing. Mess A. H. Connor and R. T. Gray are well known , here. They are ever watchful of the interests of their patrons and enjoy the confidence of the community in which they reside.

In 1917 Robert Gray left the hardware business. John Silas (Joker) Jones joined with Harry Connor and the business was then known as Connor and Jones Hardware store. After the death of Joker Jones in 1930, Clayton Carman Potts joined the firm. The hardware store was then known as Jones& Potts.

The Dominion Bank   moved to the southern half of the O'Neill Building in 1952.   Just prior to moving into the southern half extensive renovations were carried out. The contractor, Wilfred Spencer & Sons, lowered the existing floor to ground level, moved the main customer entrance door to the southwest corner of the building, installed large glass windows on the south end of the building and also tore down the old metal workshop and warehouse  used by the previous hardware store owners.  The hardware store of Jones and Potts moved across the street into the old St. James Hotel .

At the rear of the existing building, a new 25 foot  building was added. lt contained a vault room in the northeast corner  of the building, a furnace room, a small lunch room and washrooms for the staff. The outside of the complete building was white stucco and marked off in large blocks to give the appearance of a stone building. The premises were officially opened on June 7,  1952.   

In February, 1955, the Dominion Bank amalgamated with the Bank of Toronto to form the Toronto Dominion Bank (Click for history)  and in 1999 the Toronto Dominion Bank amalgamated with Canada Trust to form TD CanadaTrust. On August 7, 2001, Marmora's  TDCanadaTrust branch was officially opened.   But this company,  as a full service bank,   would only last 14 years,  closing its doors on June 19, 2001,  leaving behind  only a bank machine  as a symbol of the modern times.

Wilma (McKinnon Brady)Bush

TD  July 56 Back Ben Olan, Keith Coulthard, Bob Redner, Bill Cook, Alex Fraser Front  Joan Shannon, Mgr. Carl McKay, Wilma McKinnon.

MEMORIES - On November 1, 1954, Canada's Minister of Finance announced that he would accept the amalgamation and shareholders were asked for their approval. This was forthcoming in December and on February 1, 1955, the Bank of Toronto and the Dominion Bank became the Toronto-Dominion Bank.
I began working at Marmora 'Toronto-Dominion Bank' just after the amalgamation - had the opportunity to put my newly learned shorthand into use typing letters, etc for the manager - BUT - spent a long time stamping all the previous 'Dominion Bank' papers to 'Toronto-Dominion Bank' - 'twas a wee bit boring! Worked with Carl McKay, Roy Moss, Marilyn (Sproul) Maloney, Joan (Shannon) Kennedy - then Patricia (Clairmont) Tinsley, Jeanne Robson etc & ever changing young men being transferred in for training as tellers.

 Marmora Bank  Managers

  • A. W.  Carscallen - Private Bank - 1893c - 1905
  • Mr Beatson - Sovereign Bank - 1905 - 1906
  • W.G Avery - Sovereign Bank - Dominion Bank  1906 - 1910
  •  W.T Gerald - Dominion Bank - 1910 - 1911
  • R.D Blomfield - Dominion Bank - 1911 - 1913
  • Walter Yatts - Dominion Bank - 1913 - 1915
  • w. A Fisher - Dominion Bank - 1915 - 1918
  • S.L Reade - Dominion Bank - 1918 - 1920
  • M.E Grant - Dominion Bank - 1920 - 1926
  • T.W Rhind - Dominion Bank - 1926 - 1938
  • John C. Taylor - Dominion Bank - 1938 - 1941
  • Gregor Murray - Dominion Bank - 1941 - 1946
  • Alex F. Fraser - Dominion Bank - 1946 - 1953
  • Kenneth C. McKay - Dominion Bank- Toronto Dominion 1953 - 1956  Transferred from Stratford
  • P. Rowe - Toronto Dominion - 1956 - 1961

 

  • Glen A. Wentworth - Toronto Dominion - 1961 - 1975

 

William H. Callingham - Toronto Dominion - 1975 - 1980

James A. Reynard - Toronto Dominion - 1980 - 1986

  • Jo-Anne R. Reid - Toronto Dominion - 1986 - 1988
  • Kevin D. Warren - Toronto Dominion - 1988 - 1997
  • Brian Watson - Toronto Dominion-TDCanada Trust - 1997-2002
  • Annette Baker - TD Canada Trust  2002-2007
  • Golda Lafferty - TD Canada Trust - 2007-2009
  • Nicholas O'Reilly - TD Canada Trust - 2009-2010
  • Kathi McBride -TD Canada Trust - 2010-2014
  • Pat Thorburn 2014-present

Article Fr. Jan 25, 2008

1983-  DOMINION BANK CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY

NAME CHANGE          AUG. 2001

JUNE 19, 2015 TDCANADA TRUST CLOSES ITS DOORS ENDING  ALMOST 125  YEARS OF BANKING IN MARMORA

REMOVAL OF THE SIGNS

CLOSING THE NIGHT DEPOSIT

ON THE LEFT -                        THE LAST CUSTOMER           

PHOTO GALLERY OF THE LAST FEW YEARS

Marilyn (Sproul) Maloney wrote to us:
"Enjoyed TD Canada Trust articles. I started work at The Old Dominion Bank in 1952. Alex Fraser was Manager. I had some time off for family but worked a total 0f 34 years. I retired in 1992. Kevin Warren was Manager. Many good memories."