The Caledonia Mill is a treasure trove of local artefacts. Many are digitized and available here:
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Formed in 1892, the Caledonia Milling Co. was big business in Caledonia and area until surrendering their charter in 1964. In a historical miracle, many legal documents were preserved by Milling Co's lawfirm: Arrell & Arrell.
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A scanned copy of the original letters patent and prospectus filed in 1892 by lawyer & Scott Brothers partner Simeon Hewitt. These government documents (and the original stock book with signatures of owners of initial stock) started 'The Caledonia Milling Co. Ltd. which would last nearly 100 years (surrendered in 1964).
In 1921, the Caledonia Milling Co. Ltd. filed to increase their capital stock since business was booming. The application was approved after much correspondence and a new prospectus (included here) was issued.
In 1930, despite the Depression, the Caledonia Milling Co. Ltd. again wished to increase their capital stock since they had acquired the business interests of the former Shirra Milling Co. Ltd. The application was approved and a new prospectus (included here) was issued.
An unusual document and receipt of sale that reveals information about a horse that wandered onto Milling Co. property. It was advertised for the owner to step forward. When this garnered no result and auction was advertised.
The February 17th 1964 price list for the Caledonia Milling Co. Ltd. This was at the very end of the life of the Milling Co. Douglas Scott surrendered the charter and sold the property in early Summer 1964.
A long legal battle with Joseph Fernihough took place in 1924 over an account owed to the Caledonia Milling Co. The back and forth correspondence here eventually leads to successful payment of the debt as ordered by court.
A (likely) misfiled document somehow grouped in with the Caledonia Milling Co. Ltd. file at Arrell and Arrell. This correspondence with John W Avery has to do with debt incurred by the Town of Caledonia.
This 2012 publication gives you an all access pass to the four upper floors of the Caledonia Mill.