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Item ID# AX2013.002.002
Title John Valentine saw mill day book and grist mill day book
Object Name Daybook
Dates of Creation 1853-1866
Creator Valentine, John
Description Brown ledger with leather spine and string binding. On the flyleaf is inscribed John Valentine Saw Mill Day Book". Also written is "Bruce, Sproat et al. Exhibit K referred to in evidence of W.C. Valentine, 30 March ... [illegible] Referee".

Information in the ledger is organized chronologically by date, under which is listed each customer, often with their township of residence, and services or goods provided by the Valentine sawmill in Paisley, Ontario, along with their costs.

Starting in the last third of the book is the "Grist Mill Journal October 1858" This also includes names of clients of the grist mill, along with the pounds of flour and price.

At the back of the book are "Cash Received" and "Cash Paid" ledgers, 1853. Also at the back of the book are draft letters and/or submissions written in pencil. They concern the Mill and/or land disputes, as well as laying the claim of Paisley to be elected as the County Town for Bruce County.
Admin/Biographical History John Valentine was one of the early settlers to the Paisley area arriving shortly after Simon Orchard and Samuel Rowe, the original two settlers of Paisley. He erected the first flour and saw mills in the Paisley area in 1854 and operated them until 1872 when he sold these and the related property to James Stark. The saw mill was washed out by floods in 1929. The original flour mill was destroyed by fire in 1884 and was rebuilt on the original site and reopened again in 1885.
Collection Valentine, John family fonds
Physical Description 1 volume ; 33.5 x 17.5 x 3.5 cm
Subjects Business
Financial records
General stores
Grocery stores
Municipal government
People Bryce, Thomas
Connoway, James
Ellis, Thomas
Lyons, David
Martindale, Jonathan
Orchard, Simon
Rae, James
Robertson, Samuel
Rowe, Samuel Thomas
Valentine, John
Valentine, W.C.
Place Paisley
Level of Description Item