Chapter 5

His son Suther B. had succeeded him as manager of the Chair Company.

Another son “Mr. Tommy,” (Thomas W.) worked all his life for the Company. In 1930 he was presented with a gold watch to commemorate fifty years service. Mr. Tommy continued to work until the age eighty, leaving the factory only two weeks before his death in 1939. His son Seymour retired in 1966 after fifty seven years service. The fourth generation, Sidney, Seymour’s son retired in 1980 with nearly forty six years employment at the Factory. The years of service of service for the four generations, great-grandfather through great-grandsib total 189. Suther B. Fulton was wuth the Company for at least 26 years, and other sons of Chairmaker George were surely employed at the business for varying periods of time, but unfortunately we are unable to locate any definite records of their length of service. Is this not a most unusual record?
On New Year’s Eve, 1909, the fire whistle startled the citizens again. From 5:45 p.m. till nine o’clock the fire raged, destroyed the four story wooden factory and warehouse.

The late Arnie Rutherford, a long time employee, told how as a boy of 12, he stood in the ice cold water of the river assisting in the efforts of the firefighters.

At the annual meeting of the Dominion Chair Company held in Victoria Hall on Feb. 15, 1910, the Directors announced that the estimated loss, above the insurance, was $17,838.00. They also indicated that construction was under way, and it was hoped to be able to install the machinery in the new building within a few weeks.

At the same annual meeting an interesting motion was put to the shareholders to approve. “Resolved that the Dominion Chair Company contribute $100.00 to gravel work on main road to Portaupique, on condition the Government grant a similar amount.”

During the period of the First World War the Company worked to capacity. The cost of logs and hardwood increased dramatically, and it proved to be difficult to obtain sufficient wood supplies to keep the factory running full time. We note that in 1918, 80,000 chairs were produced. A considerable amount of lumber, deals, and lath, were sawed by the Company during the War years, and this type of market proved to be additional source of income for many years.

In 1926 James S. Creelman took over as Managing Director. It is certainly due to his energy, knowledge of the woodworking business, and his commercial acumen, that the Copmany survived the Depression. He had for many years been a most successful lumber operator and exporter. A quote from the 1978 History of Bass River, Page 52. “His management of the Bass River business was undertaken as a form of community service.”