Appleton General Store – Names Names Names— Wesley West Appleton and Almonte Merchant

Appleton General Store – Names Names Names— Wesley West Appleton and Almonte Merchant



The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Dec 1941, Tue  •  Page 5

The history of Appleton’s general stores and post office are interwoven. Albert Teskey, brother of mill owners Robert and Joseph, was the first to open a general store in Appleton. He was also the first postmaster in the village. Albert served as postmaster from 1857 to 1883.

In 1857 the Post Office came to “Teskeyville”, but since another community was already operating under that name, the community was renamed “Appleton”. Throughout Appleton’s history the owner of the general store was also quite often the postmaster.

The general store always sold a variety of items. In A History of the Appleton School, S.S. No. 11 Ramsay, Laura O’Brien Russell remembers that when John A. McGregor operated the store (1899-1931) he sold: yard goods (cloth), bananas, lanterns, harness parts, wash tubs, copper boilers, smoked hams, round of cheese sold in chunks, candies, bull’s eyes, licorice pipes, sour balls & suckers. North Lanark Regional Museum

Owners of general stores in Appleton:
Albert Teskey (1857-c.1883)
Arthur (1860-1883)
Thomas C. Arthur (1883-1892)
Wesley West (1892-1899)
John A. McGregor (1899-1931)
David McNeely(1931-1937)
Robert M. Baird (1931-1939)
William Russell Lyons (1939-c.1949)
W.A. Gambell (c.1950-c.1960)
Kathleen Neil (1961-1970?)

Postmasters in Appleton:
Albert Teskey (1857-1883)
Thomas C. Arthur (1883-1888)
John M. Munro (1888-1889)
William Garvin (1889-1912)
Mrs. Susan Garvin (1912-1913)
John A. McGregor (1913-1931)
David McNeely (1931-1937)
Robert M. Baird (1937-1939)
William Russell Lyons (1939-1946)
Mrs. Jessie J. Lyons (1946-1949)
Mrs. Mildred Gambell (1950-1953)
Mrs. Violet Gladish (1954-1955)
Mrs. Slades Dowdall (1955)
Mrs. Mildred Gambell (1955-1960)
Mrs. Kathleen Neil (1961-1970)

Account Statement Appleton Ont, January 14, 1899 W. West General Merchant
14 January 1899
Appleton, Town of Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada- North Lanark Regional Museum




Wesley operated a general the W. West General Store in Appleton from 1892 to 1900, he then moved to Almonte where he opened the W.W. West General Store.

Wesley West’s general store, worth about $22,000.  He is away at Toronto it is said the insurance is about $15,000. (Merchants complained valuable merchandise was stolen after the fire and The Almonte Gazette reminded everyone that looters were shot on sight during the great Toronto fire)–The Almonte Fire of 1909



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NLRM 2012.55.141

1918. B. Plunkett, E. Boyle, W. Oliver, E. Young, O. MacF., W. Johnston, A. Wylie, M. West, F. Lundy. Seated – G. Johnston, E. Jameison.

Sheila Babb and Ann E. Love are descendants of the Teskey family that operated the Mississippi Woollen Mills in Appleton during the 1800s. They are also related to Wesley West who married Sarah Ethel Teskey in 1900. Wesley operated a general the W. West General Store in Appleton from 1892 to 1900, he then moved to Almonte where he opened the W.W. West General Store. North Lanark Regional Museum

Wesley and Ethel had several children in Almonte including Ethel Muriel West who is listed in the above photograph as “M. West”. Muriel married R. Oliver MacFarlane who is listed in the photo above as “O. MacF.” R. Oliver MacFarlane was an avid photographer and there is a large collection of photographs at the museum from the years 1918 and 1919 when he was a junior and senior at Almonte High School.


Sheila Babb & Ann E. Love

Interviewed July 24, 2012 by Eleanor Wright
Catalogue No.: 2012.62.1
Duration: 25 minutes
Photo: L-R: Sheila, Ann, Eleanor

Sheila Babb and Ann E. Love are the descendents of the Teskey family of Appleton and the West family of Almonte. During a summer 2012 visit, the two cousins shared some of their family history.

Sheila Babb and Ann E. Love are descendents of the Teskey family that built the grist mill, saw mill and woollen mill in Appleton during the early 19th century. As part of their visit to Appleton they also received a tour of the former Robert Teskey Home, courtesy of current owner Julie Odin. In the interview the cousins provide details on the history of the Teskey family and explain how Sarah Ethel Winifred Teskey married Wesley West the owner of a general store in Appleton. In 1900 the couple moved to Almonte and opened the W.W. West General Store.



The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
22 Apr 1936, Wed  •  Page 8

This is a wonderful interview for those interested in the early history of Appleton and Almonte, and the importance of family history.

In addition to participating in the oral interview the two cousins also made a large donation to the museum of photographs and archival material related to the Teskey, West and MacFarlane families (Accession No. 2012.55).




The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Dec 1941, Tue  •  Page 9


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