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Old Posted May 4, 2015, 5:56 PM
OldDartmouthMark OldDartmouthMark is offline
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Originally Posted by JET View Post
Another view of that side of the street:

and behind that street:
Great info! I've seen these pics before but hadn't viewed them in proper context.

The Miner Rubber Company building to the far right of the Herald shot must have been on the corner of Jacob street, as the back side of it can be seen in the Halifax History page.

I hadn't heard of the Miner Rubber Company before now, but did a quick google search and found the following info:

Despite his wealth, Stephen Miner still had a lively entreprenurial spirit When « Canadian Consolidated », a company with which he was associated, came under the control of the American firm, « United Rubber », Stephen Miner decided to battle the rubber giant. He was now into his 70’s, and he invested a million dollars in founding « Miner Rubber », a new rubber-products factory that he equipped with machinery from the world’s finest manufacturers. The plant started production in 1911, just before Stephen Miner’s death.

Stephen Miner’s passing marked the end of an industrial era in Granby. His funeral services were worthy of a man who was admired and esteemed by his fellow citizens, aptly regarded as the father of local industry. The entire population of Granby attended the funeral and the municipal council proclaimed 30 days of mourning.

But Miner Rubber’s operations continued. William Harlow Miner, the son of William Woodward Miner, Stephen Miner’s brother, oversaw the company’s continuity and expansion.

William H. Miner had worked at his uncle’s company for many years. Under his able management, Miner Rubber employed more than a thousand workers during the First World War. It remained Granby’s biggest company in the 1930’s and exported its boots, overshoes and rubber clothing to more than 50 countries worldwide. During the Second World War, it converted its production line to turn out military products, including gas masks, canvas, and rubber boots.

Post-war, Miner Rubber continued to be relatively prosperous, despite being affected by a steadily growing foreign market. The company had sales offices in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Halifax.
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