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Great West Felt Co. Elmira
1001 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Birth  1001  20 Arthur St. N., Elmira, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Unknown 
    Building  Bef 1950  20 Arthur St. N., Elmira, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Great West Felt Company 
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID  I153  Properties
    Last Modified  27 Jul 2011 

  • Photos
    Great West Felt Co., Elmira abt 1910
    from: The Toronto Refererence Library/Special Collections 2011

  • Notes 
    • The Great West Felt Co. Ltd.

      The manufacture of Felt Footwear has become a very important industry and it means something when the statement that the largest factory in Canada of this class of goods is in Elmira.  The Great West Felt Co., Limited is to a large extent an Elmira owned concern and entirely owned by citizens of Waterloo County.  The president O. H. Vogt, Vice-President J. S. Weichel and Treasurer J. A. Schroder are natives of this town, as is M. L. Weber, director.  D. Ward Sutherland, born in Bothwell, Ont., has been a resident of Galt for many years, and T. F. Shurly is a native of Galt.  The Company was incorporated June 1910 and immediately commenced building the factory and the plant was ready for operation Jany. 1911.  The factory has a capacity of 1,000 pairs per day, the principal [sic] market for which is in Canada, extending from Halifax to the Yukon.  Some export trade had been developed in Siberia and Manchuria but unsettled conditions have hindered the expansion of this market though it is expected that it will be valuable in the future.  The goods manufactured by the Great West Felt Co. bear a very high reputation both for superior wearing qualities and practical cold proof in the severest climate.  The operatives in the factory are mostly skilled mechanics thus reflecting a handsome pay roll.  Steady employment is given to 100 operators who have the very material benefit of working in a shop that is thoroughly lighted, sanitary and modern in every respect and the most cordial relations exist between employer and employee.  The organization of the Great West Felt Co. is: - O.H. Vogt, President and Manager; J.S. Weichel, Vice President and Secretary; J.A. Schroder, Treasurer; M.L. Weber, D. Ward Sutherland and T. F. Shurly, Directors.1a

      1aElmira Ontario Souvenir of Inauguration and Old Boys and Girls Reunion, Aug: 4-5-6-7-8, 1923, pg. 52     


      The Great West Felt Company Limited, Head Office and Factory No. 1, Elmira, Ontario
      The busy home of "Great West" and "Polar King" Brands of All Wool Felt Footwear
      Largest Manufacturers of All Wool Heavy Felt Footwear in the British Empire
      The Great West Felt Co. Limited are manufacturers of warm, all wool Felt Shoes for every member of the family... in black, or attractively colored..."Bonspieler" Curling Boots, worn by champions...finest quality Winter Riding Boots, used by riders of distinction...Ladies' and Children's De Luxe "Snow Queens" for the utmost in feminine style and winter comfort.2a

      2aAdvertisement in Souvenir of the Elmira Old Boys and Girls Reunion, 1948, pg. 13


      These twin houses were built by the well-known mason, Charles Wilken. (Wilken did the masonry on the Great West Felt factory at the north end of Elmira; it is still in excellent shape after eighty years.)3a

      3aFrom Elmira Three Walking Tours, 1985, pg 18, for 17 & 19 Water St. East

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