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Accession No: mha00000065
Title: M. Button & Sons fonds
Dates: 1892-1964
Location: Bank 54
Creator: M. Button & Sons.
Extent: 5.1 metres
Organization: Arranged in 5 series: Correspondence, 1892-1951; Financial records, 1894-1951; Miscellaneous, (legal records, lists and accounts and published material) 1892-1964; Advertising and price Lists, 1912-1942; Personal papers, 1892-1938.
Source of Supplied Title: Supplied title based on contents.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Merchants of New Melbourne, Trinity Bay, in operation from the 1890s-1953. Business included a lobster canning factory, store, cod-liver oil factory and saw mills. Moses Button came to Russell's Cove, now New Melbourne from Old Perlican in the 1860s to become the communities first school teacher. He also operated a store and was a Methodist layman preacher and fisherman. In 1893 he was appointed District Judge of the peace, a position that was inherited by both of his sons. In the mid-1890s he took his two sons William (1871-1938) and Elisha into partnership with him. By that time the business consisted of a small store and a small lobster canning factory. The business was enlarged under William's management becoming the largest store between Hant's Harbour and Old Perlican. The business also included a cod liver oil factory, two saw mills, two schooners, up to 26 cod-traps and a variety of wharves, stages and other fishing properties. The firm sufferred financially during the 1930s but managed to stay in operation until 1953, when, after the death of Mrs. Lucy Button, a decision was made to close the business.
     Written by Jennifer Button.
Scope and Content: The fonds consists of personal papers of Moses Button and William Button, and business records of the firm of M. Button & Sons. The business papers consist of ledgers, account books and correspondence relating to the operation of the firm from 1892 to its closure in 1953. The personal material includes daily diaries kept by William Button which contain entries on weather, community events, births and deaths, and happenings in St. John's and New Melbourne. Some of these diaries can be found on the Maritime History Archive's web site.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright on some items in this collection is held by the creator or his/her heirs. Copyright restrictions also apply to published material. It is the responsibility of the researchers to obtain copyright status and clearance.
Custodial History: Transferred directly to the Maritime History Archive from the family home in New Melbourne.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 4
Finding Aid on the Web:
Subject: Merchants--Newfoundland and Labrador
Subject: Poor relief
Subject: Cod fisheries
Subject: Fish Processing and storage
Subject: New Melbourne (N.L.)
Subject: Diaries
Subject: Business records
Subject: Legal documents
Subject: Advertisements.
Subject: Letterbooks.
Authors_Personal Name: Button, Moses, d. 1901
Authors_Personal Name: Button, William, 1871-1938
Online Material: William Button Diaries

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