Monday, September 17, 2007

Vanished Hamilton III - Mills stores

Vanished Hamilton III should be available in a few weeks, but until then, here is an excerpt from the first story.

Mills stores
From fine china to hardware

James Mills came to Canada in 1793 at the age of 19 to trade furs with the natives. He visited the area around the southwestern end of Lake Ontario called the Head-of-the-Lake, finally settling in what would become Ancaster in 1800.

In 1816, he and his family moved to what would be the area of Hamilton around Queen and Main streets, thus laying the roots for what would become one of Hamilton's most notable retail establishments.

In 1888, three of his descendents, Robert, Edwin and Stanley, started Stanley Mills & Co. The store was located on the corner of John and Jackson streets and was originally a hardware store. In 1896, they added dry goods, clothing, groceries and notions as well as other merchandise making it the second department store in Hamilton after The Right House. Consumers were pleased by the convenience of the store and it was always busy.

The department store became particularly known for its china department which was run by Robert Mills, a noted china connoisseur....

Monday, September 10, 2007

Vanished Hamilton III

Vanished Hamilton III is at the printers! We are still expecting to have the book available for an early October launch. Details of the book launch venue and chapter excerpts will follow in the coming weeks.

Vanished Hamilton III will be featured on our website at It can be purchased through the website or from any of the Hamilton and area bookstores as well as on-line at for $21.95.