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Calgary's 100 year-old businesses

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:30 am
by newsposter
Does anyone else know of a business still existing in Calgary from 100 years ago?

Toole Peet Real Estate and Insurance Brokers, founded 1897. The history on their website notes that " Toole, Peet & Co. was one of the few firms that managed to survive the boom and collapse of the real estate market."

Burnco Rock Products, founded 1912 - cement, landscaping materials etc.

Burnco's centennial marks growth from one man into Canadian giant
Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2012
In 1912, James Francis Burns left his home in Ontario to seek his fortune in the Canadian West. After initially homesteading in the Stettler area, Burns quickly recognized the potential that existed in the ever-growing boom town of Calgary. When he moved there, he had only $1.50 to his name, but it didn't take him long to start his own concrete and excavation company using a team of horses, a dump wagon and a set of hand shovels. Today, the company Burns started is known as Burnco Rock Products Ltd. and is the largest independent concrete company in Canada. Scott Burns, current CEO and greatgrandson of the company's founder, couldn't help but reflect on history this week as the company formally observed its 100th anniversary...
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A.B. Cushing Mills, founded 1911 - wood products for homes, etc.

Flesher Marble and Tile, founded 1910 - tile, granite countertops, etc. for homes, businesses...

Skinner Management, founded "more than 100 years ago", was involved in real estate. Today primarily an owner and manager of rental properties

Just closed after 109 years :( MacLeod Brothers clothing

Calgary's historic MacLeod Brothers store closes
CBC News
Posted: Dec 26, 2011 6:23 AM MT
After 109 years in business, a Calgary landmark is closing.

MacLeod Brothers was once one of Western Canada's biggest menswear retailers, but employees started packing up the store this week.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:32 pm
by 00fxd
Sad. The times thy are a changin' ...

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:36 pm
by newsposter
Some more "century businesses" information courtesy of the Calgary Public Library, Central Branch, Community Heritage and Family History Department:

This pamphlet it is a really good source for businesses 100 years ago because it was published in 1911 (These would, of course, be businesses that were already established by 1912): ... px?id=4102

Certainly there are some that have name changes e.g. Calgary Power is now Enmax. ... istory.htm

Pat Burns now part of Maple Leaf Foods

Northern Assurance Company Ltd. (now AVIVA)

Of the ones that jump out:

McAra Printing:
Massey Harris

Other business include, of course, The Herald, The Sun (Albertan), Hudson's Bay Co., Canadian Pacific, the Banks and Riley and McCormick ... =page&id=1

Are Rona and the original Revelstoke Lumber connected? Rona took over Revelstoke in 2001.

Also, here is a link to the Henderson's directories for 1912 and 1913: ... 961.7.html ... 961.8.html

PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:58 pm
by newsposter
Here is another century business, Fraser Milner Casgrain law's Calgary office dates back to 1912 (predecessor practice eventually absorbed into FMC) ... ry100.aspx

Another 100 year old business

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:18 am
by EastCalgary
I was researching in Henderson's 1912 directory and found our corner store listed for the first time in 1912. "Alberta Grocery 19 Ave E nw corner 9th Street " There is still a store operating there today called Alberta Corner Store and they still sell groceries.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:27 pm
by 00fxd
What area is that in? Is this NE or SE?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:32 pm
by EastCalgary
The area is SE, back in 1912 they only listed the SE and SW as E or W the south was implied. The NW and NE were the only areas that had 2 letters. Sorry I spent so much time in Hendersons lately I dropped using the S. Henderson's never did list the S even in the 50's

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:03 pm
by 00fxd
Interesting. Check out this link on google maps ... CCEQ8gEwAA

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:01 pm
by newsposter
TransAlta claims a lineage back to 1911 ... -100-years

PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:57 am
by newsposter
A couple more additions to the thread...

Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP - 100 years in Calgary in 2012

News release: ... Years.aspx

History page: ... ry100.aspx

Law firm celebrates 100 years in Calgary with derby chuckwagon
Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald
Published: Thursday, July 05, 2012

Anyone who thinks chuckwagons and lawyers don't mix doesn't know Calgary, or the philosophy at downtown law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. The firm, which specializes in business law and litigation, is sponsoring a chuckwagon for the first time in this year's Rangeland Derby in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its Calgary office. Just like the Stampede itself, the firm is celebrating its frontier roots and a century of community involvement.

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CJ Campbell Insurance

C J Campbell marks 100 years of coverage
David Parker, For the Calgary Herald
Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012

We enjoyed a huge celebration to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede; in a city this young, it was a great excuse for a party. But there are businesses that have been around that long as well, and C J Campbell Insurance can proudly claim 1912 as the year in which founder C J began his insurance career in Calgary...

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