Fonds MS-503 - Ross Brothers Hardware & Plumbing fonds

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Ross Brothers Hardware & Plumbing fonds

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50 cm of textual records. - 1 object

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(1983 - 1960)

Administrative history

In 1883, James and Frederick Ross established the first general hardware store in Edmonton. In 1884, the brothers built a store which was located on Jasper Avenue and 98 Street. Owing to the historical significance of the building and the fact that James Ross was an alderman on the Edmonton Town Council for three terms, the original building was relocated to Fort Edmonton Park.

In 1912, the Ross Brothers sold their store to Marshall-Wells Alberta Company. When the Marshall-Wells Alberta Company dissolved in 1960, the hardware store was also closed.

Custodial history

Marjorie Ross was the widow of Charles Ross, the son of James Ross.
It is not known how Tannis J. Betts acquired the records.
Larry G. Yasayko’s father, Nick Spachinsky, bought the Ross Brothers store in 1912.

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The fonds consists of memorabilia of the Ross family, including a marriage announcement, certificates, a button, and newspaper clippings. Also included are the records of the Ross Brothers store, which consist of account and receipts books.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Marjorie Ross in 1986 and 1987, by Tannis J. Betts in 1995, and by Larry G. Yasayko in 2008.


The material was arranged according to the order in which it was received.

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Accession numbers: A86-88, A87-178, A95-12, A2008-68

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City of Edmonton Archives

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