Dorset Heritage Museum

Charlie Burk Remembers…

Charlie Burk remembered in 1919 Dorset that his father sold many items in the General Store, groceries, drugs and dry goods, too varied to name them all.

The flour and sugar came in 100 pound bags, candy, ice cream and beer.   This beer was in quart size bottles that came in wooden cases.  The cases were used also to send the empties back to the wholesaler.  Charlie remembered wheeling many of these cases up from the main dock after they had been unloaded, and taking the empties back in the wheelbarrow, a necessary vehicle in those days.

Gasoline and kerosene came in steel barrows and were rolled by hand from the dock to the store where they were emptied into tanks.

On one side of the store they had an ice cream parlour, a barber shop, and a poolroom.

The ice cream came in on the boat too, in ten gallon cans set inside a wooden container large enough to pack a considerable amount of ice around it to keep it frozen while shipping from Toronto.  It was put into their outside containers and repacked with ice and rock salt as soon as it arrived. This required a large amount of ice to be cut in the winter and stored in their ice house.

Burk and Avery Store in the foreground on the right.
Burk and Avery Store in the foreground on the right.


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