Tag: business

Profile: Elias Rogers, Canada’s “King Coal” (1913)

Fame and Fortune Came to Canada’s Biggest “King Coal” When He Fought American Trust Elias Rogers Began Life as Farm Lad in York County — Earned First Wages in a Lumber Yard — A Quaker by Faith — Once Ran for Mayor in Toronto From the Toronto Star Weekly, September 20, 1913 Passing along King…

Fine tailoring pays off for Harry Rosen (1984)

Abridged from The Canadian Jewish News Harry Rosen, known across Canada as a master craftsman in the art of tailoring, describes himself as “just an old fashioned schnider [tailor] who believes in old fashioned high quality.” At fifty-three, Rosen was celebrating his thirtieth anniversary as a retailer. He and his brother, Louis Rosen, opened the…

Flees pogroms, he builds large business (Max Wolfe)

Max Wolfe was born in the village of Widze, Kovno district, in March 1892 and came to Canada in 1905, the Canadian Jewish News reported in a story marking his 90th birthday in its issue of April 22, 1982. Max’s father, three brothers and two sisters left Russia first; as the baby of the family,…

Toronto company boasts 50 years, four generations

Long before home computers and the Toronto subway, Cooper Office Supply Co. Limited was established at 379 Queen Street West in Toronto. Celebrating its 50th year in business and into the fourth generation of Coopers, the landmark location continues its tradition of excellence, says David Cooper, president of the family business. His father, Jack Cooper,…

Sammy Lichtman profiled in Toronto Star, 1913

The following is a newspaper profile of newspaper vendor Sammy Lichtman that appeared in the Toronto Star on July 31, 1913 under the heading “Sammy Lichtman is Afraid to Go Home to Austria.” Lichtman, who was then 25 years old, went on to become a major newspaper distributor who built up a chain of newspaper stores.…

Laundry has spotless reputation

Three-quarters of a century after his grandfather and great-uncle founded Careful Hand Laundry & Dry Cleaners, company president Brian Chelsky celebrated the company’s 75th anniversary last month (2004) with a party for about 75 employees, suppliers, relatives and friends in its main location at 2700 Dufferin St. near Briar Hill. “When you spend $150 and…