1929 Enterprising Merchants


C.W. Gladney & Co. Employees were no sloughs when it came to advertising. When the news of the Wall Street Market crash hit town in 1929, they proclaimed that "Wall Street has nothing on Marmora. Speaking of stock crashes, you should see how "our" stocks are going the same, shelf after shelf....everything down, down, down, where you have never seen it before, and where you will never see it again."

Proudly displayed in their window was "a bottle of ink worth $10,000.00". "This bottle was the one we used in marking down our prices, and figuring out our selling prices. It cost us in the neighbourhood of $10,000.00, - 'some ink'."

Up the street from the st. James Hotel, things were much more presentable. Dan Shannon suggested you join the "Brighten Up Club" and buy your paints and supplies from his general hardware. E.M. Gladney tailored "Hobberlin suits" for $20.00 and up. Mrs. Marrin announced a display of Summer Millinery. More modest dresses for children were offered by F.N. Marett & Co. for 35 cents, 50 cents, 75 cents and one dollar. Ladies coats ranged from $5.00 to $10.00.

Reeve Hubbell himself ran a business central to the success of any country town - the feed and flour mill that ran on two 54hp water wheels. He offered "an abundance" of seed oats for sale, free of noxious weeds by Government test. If you wanted good bread, he offered five varieties of flour and "settings of eggs from selected hens of S.C. White Leghorns."  (Click here to read about his earlier venture in the Hubbell Block at 14 Forsyth St)

Small Profits and Quick Returns" was the Reeve's business motto. "Do you want to make money?" His advertisements asked the farmers. "Why pay fancy prices when you can buy the same at greatly reduced prices at Marmora Flour Mill? Terms cash."

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