Fonds 322

Fonds Number 322

Title: J. J. Turner Company fonds

Dates of Material: 1933, 1948-1970

Physical Description: 20 inches

Scope and Contents:
Papers related to the operation of J. J. Turner and Company, a Peterborough based manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of canvas products, flags and outdoor recreation. The papers are arranged in 43 files roughly organized around activities. File 1 is a 1933 catalogue, in very fine condition. The next few files relate to the work force at Turner’s,

Access Conditions:
Open to researchers.

Finding Aids:
None Available on site.

Accruals:
None expected.

Custodial History:
Papers accumulated by R. J. Davies, and his son, chiefly in managerial and shareholder roles; he was the secretary of the company. Through the agency of Guy Thompson, Peterborough, the papers were donated by D. W. Davies, 107 Roper Drive, Peterborough, ON.

Biographical Sketch/ Administrative History
J. J. Turner, sr. was born in London, England, in 1850. After some years of working in lake shipping, and at Hamilton Ontario and New York City, he started the firm of Turner and Roper, in Colborne, Ontario. He came to Peterborough around 1894, and did considerable business in sails and tents. He was a mayor of Peterborough in 1925, and was active in local affairs.
J. J. Turner and Company built an impressive factory building on the corner of George and King in downtown Peterborough around 1910. The company had been in Peterborough since about 1875, and was a premier Canadian producer of canvas products. The 1932 catalogue shows various styles of awnings and tents as well as chairs, bags and flags. Additionally, the catalogue carries items that were supplied to them by manufacturers in the Peterborough area, notably canoes and skis.

Access Points:
R. J. Davies
Workers’ payrolls
Board of Directors

File listing:

Volume 1: Files 1-16
Volume 2: Files 17-33
Volume 3: Files 34-41
Volume 4: Files 42-46

File #    Title of File    Date    Item
1 Turner’s Catalogue 1933 Original
2 Turner’s Security Tax Stamps 1950 Original
3 Turner’s c1950 R.J. Allan – Time Management
4 Insurance 1952
5 Departmental 1950-53
6 R.J Allen Budget and Financial Data
7 Turner’s Correspondence 1957-1960
8 Turner’s 1957-62 Peterborough and Industrial Park Deed and Plans

9 Turner’s Real Estate 1957-58
10 Turner’s Real Estate 1950s Other Properties
11 Turner’s Financial Statements 1963-1965
12 Turner’s Financial Notes 1965-1968
13 Turner’s Inventory 1966
14 Turner’s Retail Store Inventory 1966
15 Turner’s Inventory 1966
16 Turner’s/R.J. Davies 1968
17 Turner’s 1968-70 Photographs, includes photos of founders
18 Turner’s Flags
19 Turner’s Flags
20 Turner’s PEI Flags
21 Turner’s Newfoundland Arms
22 Turner’s Manitoba Flag
23 Turner’s Flag Proclamation 1965
24 Turner’s Pay Roll 1949
25 Turner’s Information for Tax Return
26 Turner’s Share Register 1933 Original
27 Turner’s Debenture #1 1939 Original
28 Turner’s Share Certificates 1948 Original
29 Turner’s Preference Stockledger 1968 Original
30 Turner’s Blank Share Provisions Original
31 Turner’s Preferred Shares 1948 Original
32 Turner’s Shares Original
33 Turner’s Cancelled Shares 1954 Original
34 Turner’s Common Shares 1956-69 Original
35 Turner Shareholders 1948 Letters Patent
36 Turner’s Common Shares 1948 Original
37 Turner Shareholders 1948-68 Original
38 Turner’s Director’s Meetings 1949-54 Notes
39 Turner’s Shareholders 1949-60 Miscellaneous
40 Turner’s Shareholders Meetings 1949-54 Notes
41 Turner’s Shareholders Minutes 1950-54 Notes
42 Turner’s Annual Meetings 1951-54
43 Turner’s Shareholders Minutes 1954-56
44 Board of Directors 1960-64
45 Board of Directors 1965-68
46 Supplementary Letters Patent 1968