Bethany Village History- 1889

Business in our village this spring is very lively, and prospects for the future look clear. Since the late fire the mercantile business has been greatly condensed. Mr. R. Johnston is doing a double business. His goods are good and cheap. There is sufficient trade here for another good man in the dry goods business.

In the groceries Messrs. Riley and Graham appear to meet the demand both satisfactorily and profitably to themselves and customers.

Dr. T.G. Breretonís drug store is a credit to the village. We see very few town drug stores equal to it. Mr. C. Reynolds, our furniture king, is doing an extra fine business. The better Charley and his stock are known the more he will sell, as he keeps nothing but first class and durable goods, giving satisfaction every time.

Next is Strikeís tailor shop. Here you will find a stock of ready-made clothing, besides a man ready to make you a suit on the shortest notice that will suit in style and price. Mr. Strike does a fine business, being a competent man.

The next door west is the butcher shop of Messrs. Staples and Noble. Here, if you are a carnivorous animal, you can get what will give you strength and health, from a herring to a beef. This is no one horse shop, they keep a good stock of meats, and are doing a safe trade.

Just across the street is the well-known boot and shoe store of Gregory Niland, or one of the heroes of Batoche. Here you will get as good a fit as can be made in Ontario. This may be a big saying, but is true, as Greg is perfect in the business and keeps nothing but good material; his business is increasing daily.

A little further on we come to the sawmill, shingle mill and planing factory of Mr. F. Galbraith. The business here is booming this year far beyond his expectations.

Across the street is the blacksmith shop of W. Westlick, who is doing a large and safe business. Opposite this shop is the well known carriage shop of McCartney Bros. These menís work is represented over the counties of Durham and Victoria. These men started here against strong opposition, but being good reliable men thoroughly understanding their business they have overcome all opposition, and have the whole village to themselves. Last year they had to extend their large shop. This year their business is still increased, and will take extra hands to meet the demand. Their rigs carried off first prize at the exhibition where they were shown last year.

Further up the street we find the blacksmith shop of Robert Kennedy. Bob is a young man not long started, but is doing a smashing business; which is still on the increase.

Mr. F. Hamilton keeps a first class hotel here for the benefit of the travelling public. Frank has been highly complimented by the travelling public for keeping such a quiet and comfortable house. No loafers are allowed to lie around the house though they may have money to spend. That is no inducement for Frank or Tom to encourage them. They work on principle here.

Mr. Editor, this is only a few of the many business places in Bethany, but time will not allow me to mention any more at present.

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