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J Fleury's Sons

1886

J. Fleury Estate becomes known as J. Fleury’s Sons

Herbert and William Fleury take over management of the Foundry and it is re-named J. Fleury’s Sons.
A portion of a hand-drawn map detailing the buildings making up a large agricultural implement factory.
Fire Insurance Map, 1880 revised to 1885, Aurora Museum & Archives

W.J. Fleury selected as one of twelve members of The Gentlemen of Canada Cricket Team to tour the U.K.

A black and white photograph of a young man with a small moustache, holding a pipe, and wearing a small cricket cap and a jacket with piped lapels.
William Fleury, c. 1887,
Image Courtesy of David Fleury
1887
1888

Aurora incorporated as a Town

Herbert Fleury elected as a member of Aurora Council

Prior to being elected as a Councillor Herbert had already served as a School Trustee and Chairman of the High School Board of Trustees.

Herbert elected Reeve of Aurora

1889
1891

Jamaica International Exhibition in Kingston

William is called to the bar and opens two law offices, one in Toronto, and one in Aurora at the east entrance of the Foundry

Shortly thereafter, William joined in partnership with a fellow native of Aurora R.A. Montgomery – the law firm was then called Fleury & Montgomery.
A newspaper clipping advertising the services of a Barrister.
Aurora Banner, December 25, 1891

Herbert elected Mayor of Aurora

A black and white portrait photograph of a man with a long moustache and a high white collared shirt.
Herbert becomes Mayor at age 32 and was the first Aurora-born Mayor. Close family friend and mentor to Herbert, Andrew Yule, served under him as Reeve from 1892-1895.
Herbert Fleury, c. 1890s, Image Courtesy of David Fleury
1892
1893

Columbia World’s Exhibition in Chicago

EXPANSION!

After the Wilkinson Foundry relocates to Toronto, J. Fleury’s Sons rent, and later purchase, the building.

Herbert chairs reform meeting with William Mulock

The meeting opposed the Conservative’s National Policy and was based on the theme “Has the National Policy Made You Rich?”
1895
1896

The Winnipeg Industrial Exhibit

J. Fleury’s Sons mounted an exhibit at the Winnipeg Industrial Exhibition, the largest held to date in that city. The Aurora Banner quoted the Daily Nor-Wester, a Winnipeg newspaper, that commented:
“ One of the first things to arrest attention was the exceptionally fine line of stock-raising implements, comprising six different roller choppers. These goods are manufactured by J. Fleury’s Sons, of Aurora, Ont. This well known firm has had a long experience in the manufacture of crushers and strawcutters, etc., if the immense business they do is any criterion to judge from, their machinery must sell on its own merits. A full line of drag and disc harrows, jacks and small horse powers, manufactured by the same firm, were also shown.”
(August 7, 1896)

The Toronto Industrial Fair

J. Fleury’s Sons exhibit at the Fair was described by the Globe as, “One of the best displays in the Implement Hall” (Aurora Banner, September 18, 1896)Along with displaying a variety of products, J. Fleury’s Sons proudly exhibited the medal and diploma that they won at the World’s Fair in Chicago.
A boldly coloured poster with a woman in red on a bicycle advertising an industrial exhibition.
Image Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library

Herbert elected the first vice-president of the North York Reform Association

A black and white photograph of a man with a long moustache, holding a pipe and looking down at a book in his lap.
Herbert Fleury, Image courtesy of Bruce Fleury
1898
1900

L’Exposition Universelle in Paris

A black and white photograph of a horse-drawn carriage in front of a brick industrial building.
Horse and Carriage leaving the Foundry with Product, c. 1900s, Aurora Museum & Archives (987.4.4)

The Foundry is exceedingly busy

“ J. Fleury’s Sons have just finished for the Post Office Department a mailing tube or shute to be placed at the Union Station in Toronto for the convenience of those crossing the York street bridge. The tube, which is about 10 inches in diameter, will reach from the bridge to the mailing room in the station.”

(Aurora Banner, May 3, 1901)

Electric lights are installed at the Foundry

“ As soon as the new engine and dynamo are put in place at the electric power house the lights will be turned on and the workmen will work until six instead of quitting at five as they do now.”

(Aurora Banner, November 22, 1901)

J. Fleury’s Sons awarded Post Office Contract

Postmaster-General Mulock arranges for new newspaper and parcel boxes to be placed in cities across Canada. The boxes are manufactured by J. Fleury’s Sons, made from sheet iron, and capable of holding “a sack and a half of mail matter.”
(Aurora Banner, November 22, 1901)
1901
1902

Trade with Manitoba is double the previous year

Beginning in the 1890s and up to World War I, Herbert Fleury was focused on expanding the sales of J. Fleury’s Sons in the vast agricultural expanse of the Canadian Northwest.
Fuelled by waves of immigration to the province of Manitoba and further west (the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta were created in 1905), the demand there for agricultural implements was soaring.
Every year, Herbert logged business trips to Winnipeg. On occasion, he even went as far as British Columbia and California.

EXPANSION!

New plow shop added to the foundry

For Christmas, the foundry gives a Christmas goose to each married employee and a quart of oysters to each single employee
1903

EXPANSION!

A black and white photograph of an industrial yard with a large squared smoke stack in the background.
Smokestack and Boiler Room, Aurora Museum & Archives (2002.19.611)
Construction on a new 85-foot smoke stack and new engine and boiler are complete.  A new storage facility is also added.
1904

Herbert appointed Justice of the Peace for York County

Herbert becomes the Director of the Aurora Public Library

Visit to Windsor Castle

As a member of the Canadian Manufacturers’ Association, Herbert tours England and is received by the King and Queen at Windsor Castle.
1905
1906

Business is booming!

Five to six carloads a week are shipped to the North West and the Metropolitan Radial Railway builds a switch from the main line that runs across Temperance street and into the Foundry yard for convenient loading.
A black and white photograph of a dirt road with horse-drawn carriages and a large brick industrial complex on the far side.
J. Fleury’s Sons, 1909, Aurora Museum & Archives (81.65.95)

William is nominated to be the Captain of the Canadian XI cricket team

A black and white photograph of a man with a waxed moustache and rimless glasses wearing a matching striped jacket and hat, others wearing the same are behind him.
William Fleury, 1910
The Canada XI cricket team toured the United States in 1908 and the United Kingdom in 1910.
1908
1908

Worldwide demand

The Foundry receives a large order for plows from Tasmania and the Aurora Banner reports:

“ J. Fleury’s Sons Agricultural Works of this town have been exceedingly busy this season and have been running a full force of men full time and even then have found it difficult to keep up with orders.”

(December 4, 1908)
A paper tag with a hole for a string, for attachment to farm implements made by J. Fleury's Sons.

MORE EXPANSION! The Foundry is operating at full capacity:

“Owing to the rapid increase of J. Fleury’s Sons business, especially in the North West they have found it necessary to build an addition to their moulding shop to enable them to keep up with the demand” (Aurora Banner, July 23, 1909).
The previous year, an addition was made to the same moulding shop that measured 80 by 40 feet. At the time, the Foundry had orders for over 500 more pulverisers than the previous year.
A portion of a hand-drawn map detailing the buildings making up a large agricultural implement factory.
Fire Insurance Map, 1904 revised to 1913, Aurora Museum & Archives

50th Anniversary of Aurora Agricultural Works

Aurora Town Council commemorates the anniversary by declaring a half-day civic holiday accompanied by a celebratory picnic at Bond Lake.
1909
1910

Overseas demand continues

J. Fleury’s Sons ship twenty-four large cases of plows to Australia.
A black and white image of a street with a gentle slope up and a large industrial brick building on the right side.
One of 125,000 postcards that were produced in 1910, Aurora Museum & Archives (988.39.7)

Herbert hires Charles Southmayd from Chicago

Mr. Southmayd is hired as a General Manager and Superintendent. He remains in this position for 21 years.
1912

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