Lumbermills of Port Moody
Port Moody Station Museum
Port Moody, British Columbia

The many reincarnations of Emerson Mill - Favelle Cedar

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The start of Emerson Lumber
20th Century, 1905
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


In 1905 Emerson Lumber was built by J.S. Emerson on leased waterfront property in Port Moody east of the Canadian Pacific Lumber Company's Port Moody mill. The mill office was located near Rocky Point Park in Port Moody and cut western red cedar lumber and shingles exclusively.

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View of Port Moody 1907, Emerson Mill
1907
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
unknown

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Emerson Lumber Co. office and staff
20th Century, 1905-1912
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


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Four men at the Emerson Lumber stacking area
1905-1912
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Port Moody Station Museum

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Bought and sold
20th Century, 1908-1912
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


On June 11, 1908 a half share in the mill was purchased by Perry Douglas Roe and Robert Abernathy for $250,000. It was incorporated on July 27, 1908 as the Emerson Lumber Company Limited.

On October 1st, 1912 the mill was purchased by Robert Thurston and Aird Flavelle and renamed the Thurston-Flavelle Mill. The first 3 months were profitable but business slowed down and the mill had to shut down for 3 months over Christmas.

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Copy of a bylaw made involving Thurston-Flavelle
10 November 1927
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
TEXT ATTACHMENT


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Thurston-Flavelle mill workers
1912-1954
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
TEXT ATTACHMENT


Credits:
City of Port Moody
Port Moody Station Museum

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Port Moody's first city council
Circa 1913
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
TEXT ATTACHMENT


Credits:
Port Moody Station Museum

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About 1910, Perry Roe and his brother-in-law, Robert Abernethy built almost identical houses on St Johns Street. The most prominant houses in Port Moody. Roe's house still stands in 2009 but Abernethy's burnt down about 1914.

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The house built for Perry Roe
20th Century, 1910
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


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Abernethy House
circa 1910
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


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Financial troubles at Thurston-Flavelle
20th Century, 1913-1914
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


On May 23, 1913 The Western Call newspaper reported that Thurston-Flavelle mainly handled cedar for the eastern market.

On September 30th of the same year The Bank of Montreal demanded immediate repayment of their loan after auditors disclosed that the amount provided to the bank to establish credit was far from that of Thurston-Flavelle's balance sheets.

In 1914 Thurston-Flavelle was able to obtain a 4 month extension from BMO after they promised to reduce their loan by 50% in that time frame. The United States Government had eliminated their tariffs against Canadian cedar shingles.

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Muriel's father and brother worked at Thurston-Flavelle Mill
20th century
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Darcy Crum
Sarah Billy

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Aird Flavelle at the mill in the snow
11 December 1922
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


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The Flavelle family
20th Century
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Darcy Crum
Sarah Billy

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The road to a modern mill
20th Century
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


In 1955 the mill was sold to Canadian Collieries Ltd. but was still called Flavelle Cedar. Weldwood of Canada Ltd. purchased the mill in 1964 and Flavelle Cedar became a division of Weldwood of Canada. It had 350 employees. In 1966 the production of shingles and shakes was discontinued. The mill changed hands again in 1995 when International Forest Products (Interfor) bought Weldwood of Canada Ltd. and Flavelle Cedar. The mill was modernized in 1995 with a major rebuild. In 1998 Flavelle Cedar closed but was reopened in 2000 when it was purchased by Mill and Timber. Currently (2009) the mill has approximately 50 employees as is still known as Favelle Cedar.

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Flavelle Mill as seen from wharf
20th Century, 1926
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Port Moody Station Museum

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Mill strike
20th Century
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
TEXT ATTACHMENT


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Strike at the mill
20th Century
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
TEXT ATTACHMENT


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The Union at Thurston-Flavelle
20th Century, circa 1929
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Darcy Crum
Sarah Billy

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Microphone
20th Century
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


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From the protest
20th Century
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
TEXT ATTACHMENT


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A piece of Flavelle Cedar siding
20th Century
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
TEXT ATTACHMENT


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Thurston-Flavelle workers
20th Century
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
TEXT ATTACHMENT


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Flavelle Cedar 10
Fall 2006
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Jim Millar photographer

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Flavelle Cedar 9
Fall 2006
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Jim Millar photographer

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Flavelle Cedar 8
Fall 2006
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Jim Millar photographer

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Flavelle Cedar 7
Fall 2006
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Jim Millar photographer

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Flavelle Cedar 6
Fall 2006
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Jim Millar photographer

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Flavelle Cedar 5
Fall 2006
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Jim Millar photographer

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Flavelle Cedar 4
3 December 2006
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Jim Millar photographer

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Flavelle Cedar 3
10 December 2006
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Jim Millar photographer

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Flavelle Cedar 2
30 November 2006
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Jim Millar photographer

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Flavelle Cedar from the water
27 November 2006
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada


Credits:
Jim Millar photographer
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