Fonds Number: 195
Title: Edwin Poole fonds
Creator: Edwin Poole
Dates of Material: 1863-1873
Physical Description: 2 volumes
Scope and Contents:
Vol 1 Edwin Poole, Day Book, bound volume 1863-1867
This is an excellent day book, listing the projects that Poole undertook, his fees, and notations about accounts being settled. The book begins 2 January 1863 with an entry to build a walnut sofa for A. W. Kempt for $38. Several entries show among other things that he was building washstands, bedsteads, coffins, small tables, chairs, dressing tables, chest of drawers (chiffoniers), cradles, stools, wardrobes, and picture frames. He also rolled and laid carpets and repaired furniture.
Vol 2 Edwin Poole, Ledger, bound volume 1868-1873
Short descriptions of every project are arranged by the client’s name. Index attached.
Major clients include Aaron Comstock, Thomas Chambers, A. & J. Clegg, Corporation of Peterboro, Turven and Juvet, Mr Archer, W. White, Hamilton Uin, George Taylor, Robert Rowe, John Simpson, E. C. Hill, William Toole, William Bavis, Alderman Mowry, among others.
Open to researchers.
Received 2008 from the Rev Donald Howson, Aylmer Street, Peterborough.
Biographical Sketch/ Administrative History
Edwin (Ned) Poole was a fire chief, or Chief Engineer, in the Peterborough Fire Brigade, 1864-1872. He was also a member of Peterborough’s First Rifle Company, organized in 1857, and was promoted to Captain in 1861. From 1867 to 1872, he was the commander of the 57th Battalion. His picture is in Elwood Jones, Fighting Fires in Peterborough, page 15. His experience in furniture making was an asset with both the militia and the fire brigade. He had a workshop on Sherbrooke Street, as well as a showroom on George Street, at different locations. One of his stores is shown in the 1864 picture of the Fire Brigade seeing the unveiling of the fire bell, “Protection.” Poole died 15 May 1896, and is buried in Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough.