Fonds RBSC-ARC-1285 - J.H. Todd and Sons fonds

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J.H. Todd and Sons fonds

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26 m of textual records

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Born in 1827 in Brampton, Ontario, Jacob Hunter Todd came to Victoria, B.C. in the early 1860s. Todd later went to the Cariboo where he travelled to mining camps selling sundries. In 1872 he returned to Victoria and there entered into a partnership with his son Charles to operate a general store. The company expanded into the salmon industry with the construction of the Richmond (1882) and Beaver (1889) Canneries on the Fraser River. It later acquired the Inverness Cannery located on the Skeena River. A new company was formed after a voluntary liquidation in 1931. Control of the company was assumed by B.C. Packers Ltd. and the Canadian Fishing Company in 1954. It continued to operate a cannery at Klemtu and fish camps on the Skeena River, Fraser River and at Sooke under the Todd name until it ceased to exist as a separate entity after 1969.

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The fonds consists of correspondence (1916-1952) and legal records (1910- 1952) pertaining to the fishing operations of J.H. Todd and Sons, Ltd. These include records of subsidiary companies: Klemtu Cannery Ltd. (1927- 1938), Provincial Cannery Company Ltd. (1917-1939), Sooke Harbour Fishing and Packing Company (1937-1953), and Western Fishing Company (1945-1950), relating to their fishing operations. There are also pilot diaries, payroll sheets, ledgers, plans and blueprints.

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