Stories of our town BY: Brandon Thiessen

Did you know there used to be a lot of factories in Aylmer? There were a few main and exceptional ones. Those are the ones that are going to be talked about. They are: Aylmer Canners, W. J. Walker iron, steel, and hardware and more!

Did you know that there used to be a factory that produced and sold canned goods? It was called Aylmer Canners. It was a major factory in Aylmer. It was Carnations only empire factory. It was the main canning factory in all of Canada. It was the company that made the Aylmer canned products. It's fate is unknown. The second was built, and was torn down. People in Aylmer used to buy their canned goods from there. Things have changed since then because neither of the Aylmer Canners buildings are here anymore. Aylmer has only one factory now. It is very different today because big businesses are hard to find. Now, you have to pollute the air to go to work. Archive Citation: Elgin County Archives, 1913.
Did you know there used to be a factory that manufactured and sold pianos? It was called J. T. Rowe pianos. It made everything from pipe organs to pianos, to regular organs. It was one of the major factories in all of Aylmer. People in Aylmer used to buy their pianos, organs, and pipe organs. Things have changed since then because J. T Rowe pianos isn't here anymore. Aylmer has few big businesses anymore. It is very different today because there is no piano factory any more. Now, you have to drive for miles and miles to get to work. Archive Citation: Elgin County Archives, 1913.

Did you know there used to be a factory that manufactured train engines? It was called Grand Trunk Railway Engine. It was a major factory in Aylmer. Train engineers would get train engines from there of they needed to repair a train. People in Aylmer used to never get their train engines from there. Only train engineers would get train engines to repair trains, as was mentioned earlier. Things have changed since then because Grand Trunk Railway Engine isn't here anymore. Aylmer has no train engine manufacturing factories anymore. It is very different today because big, major factories are to find anymore. Now, you have to drive to St. Thomas or Tilsonberg to go to work. Archive Citation: Elgin County Archives, 1913

Archive Citation: Elgin County Archives, 1913

Did you know there used to be a factory that manufactured and sold pumps and scales? It was called Aylmer Pump and Scale Comp. Ltd., No. 2. It was another major factory in Aylmer. It got torn down and people lost their jobs. People in Aylmer would get their pumps and scales from there. Things have changed since then because there is no pump and scale factories anymore. Aylmer has very few big company's now. It is very different today because big factories are scarce. Now, you have to drive all over the place to go to work.

Did you know that there used to be a factory that produced produce and sold it? It was called Aylmer Produce Company. It wasn't extremely large, since all it produced was fruits and vegetables. It still was a major factory in Aylmer. People in Aylmer used to buy their fruits and vegetables from there. Things have changed since then because that factory is gone. Aylmer has only one very large factory now. It is very different today because factories are scarce. Now you have to rush to work so your not late. [Except if you get up early]. Archive Citation: Elgin County Archives, 1913.

Did you know there used to be a factory that produced and sold canned milk products? It was called Carnation Milk. It was a very large factory. It was almost as big as Aylmer Canners. People in Aylmer used to buy their canned milk products from there. Things have changed since then because it's not here anymore. Aylmer has only one major work place. It is very different today because there's no canned milk product factory anymore. Now, it's always crazy busy in the mornings, and lots of people are late for work.

Thank for listening to facts about Aylmer's history. I hope you enjoyed it. I think there should be more factories like Aylmer Canners, and Carnation Milk. But for now, I'll just focus on Aylmer Canners and Canation Milk.

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