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H.M. Switzer General Dealer Palermo C W Stoneware Jug


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Pictured here is a glazed 2 gallon stoneware jug that likely held cream. It was likely made by Hart Potteries of Picton, Canada West. The glaze is likely a "salt glaze". The blue design is known as a "plow flower" design.

Samuel Hart began the pottery in 1849 he managed the business until 1855. Other family members carried after that.

H.M. Switzer came from Ireland with his parents to Canada in 1832. He settled in Palermo, Canada West in 1844 and opened his general merchandise store and business. He and Martha Solomon married in 1845. He became Postmaster in 1846. The family lived in a house connected to the Palermo general store until 1868, when they moved to their new family house as described in the "Notes" of this record.

The store stood on the north-east corner of "the Dundas Highway" and what is now, Old Bronte Road. In his essay, "Palermo; An Historical Description", written by Anson Buck, M.D., M.R.O.S., in about 1902, Dr. Buck wrote about the stores "At present the village has two general stores, one grocery and two ice cream parlors in full blast during the warm weather. The first store was built in 1830 and wasn known as Hager's old red store. This with Mr. Sheridan's store built in 1835, and a small store south of Sheridan's were the only ones in existence here, and reigned supreme until the year 1843 when the corner store was built by Clubine and Johnson and sold to the late H.M. Switzer in 1846. In, 1887, the store was sold to Lawrence Hagar, then the Sargent family ca1900."
Notes:
Further information about Major Switzer: He was also a County Magistrate and Commissioner in the Court of Queen's Bench. He was the Paymaster of the local militia, the Lorne Rifles from their inception.

He was a founding member of the Halton Agricultural Society which started in 1853. He was a member of the Conservative Party and also a trustee of the Hamilton and Northwestern Railway. He and his family attended St. Luke's Anglican Church in Palermo.

Prior to 1868, he and his family lived in a residence connected with his general store and post office. In 1861 he purchased 24 acres of Lot 30, Concession 1 N.D.S. and the new family house was completed in 1868. The house address is 2507 Dundas Street West which is on the north side of Dundas between Old Bronte Road and Bronte Road. In 1993, a Town of Oakville by-law designated this house as a "property of historical, architectural, and contextual value and interest".
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H.M. Switzer General Dealer Palermo C W .
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Personal Name(s):
Harvey Morris Switzer, b.1819 d.1886
Local identifier:
TTESZ000754
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Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.43341 Longitude: -79.78293
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H.M. Switzer General Dealer Palermo C W Stoneware Jug


Pictured here is a glazed 2 gallon stoneware jug that likely held cream. It was likely made by Hart Potteries of Picton, Canada West. The glaze is likely a "salt glaze". The blue design is known as a "plow flower" design.

Samuel Hart began the pottery in 1849 he managed the business until 1855. Other family members carried after that.

H.M. Switzer came from Ireland with his parents to Canada in 1832. He settled in Palermo, Canada West in 1844 and opened his general merchandise store and business. He and Martha Solomon married in 1845. He became Postmaster in 1846. The family lived in a house connected to the Palermo general store until 1868, when they moved to their new family house as described in the "Notes" of this record.

The store stood on the north-east corner of "the Dundas Highway" and what is now, Old Bronte Road. In his essay, "Palermo; An Historical Description", written by Anson Buck, M.D., M.R.O.S., in about 1902, Dr. Buck wrote about the stores "At present the village has two general stores, one grocery and two ice cream parlors in full blast during the warm weather. The first store was built in 1830 and wasn known as Hager's old red store. This with Mr. Sheridan's store built in 1835, and a small store south of Sheridan's were the only ones in existence here, and reigned supreme until the year 1843 when the corner store was built by Clubine and Johnson and sold to the late H.M. Switzer in 1846. In, 1887, the store was sold to Lawrence Hagar, then the Sargent family ca1900."