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District Photo Album
St. John's City

Standard Manufacturing Employees - c1907

St. John's

Photograph of the staff of The Standard Manufacturing Company at the east end of Water St. My grandfather,
John Thomas Carr Wheeler, is seated at the far left in front. The man at the other end, standing with the suit on,
was one of the founders and the manager at the time the photograph was taken, H. T. McCoubrey.

When this photograph appeared in the Daily News on Thursday March 9, 1978, it was said to show the staff
70 years prior in 1908-1909. But, in fact, it could not have because it was clearly taken in the warmer months
and Mr. McCoubrey died on February 1, 1908. So, I think the photo dates from at least the summer of
1907, or possibly earlier. The company was founded in 1902 and it could have been taken soon after
that date, as my grandfather worked there as a tinsmith from the day it opened its doors and
for the next 53 years until his retirement in 1955.

Contributed by Chris Morry
2013 03

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (April 12, 2013)

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