R.J. Macdonald & Co.
Above: R.J. Macdonald Above: R.J. Macdonald
& Co. C. 1930 & Co. C. 1960
This general store called R.J’s locally, was
built by James E. Macdonald at the corner of Water St. and Victoria St. in Cardigan in 1902. His previous business was located across the street. James E. had been in business in Cardigan since 1864. These general stores carried a great variety of goods for sale with shipments coming in by vessels in the early days, by train and then with road improvements and access to motorized vehicles by truck. The way of business at that time was by credit and this was a great boon to the people who would not always have ready cash on hand.
James E. Macdonald
Above: (Left) Above: (Right)
John Angus MacDonald Andrew Macdonald
John Angus Macdonald, son of Alexander and Matilda Macdonald of Glencoe married Katie Stephens, daughter of Patrick and Mary Stephens of Orwell. He came to Cardigan in 1904 with his young family. John Angus managed R.J. Macdonald & Co. formerly James E. Macdonald’s business. Two of his boys, Regis and James E. went west to establish their homes and two boys Andrew and Gerald stayed in Cardigan.
Andrew was born in Orwell, P.E.I. in 1892 and worked in the family business at R.J.’s until his death in 1957. Gerald was born in Orwell, P.E.I. in 1894. Gerald was manager of the Cardigan Post Office which was located in R.J. Macdonald’s store until 1964. and once the mail was sorted he would work in the store.
Above:(Left) Above: (Right) c. 1955
Gerald MacDonald at R.J.s Gerald Macdonald sorting mail
Gerald Macdonald and son Joe Macdonald with R.J.'s
store truck which Joe would use to haul groceries
John S. Macdonald, son
Employees at R.J. Macdonald & Co. Cardigan
John Angus Macdonald
John S. Macdonald
Andrew Macdonald (Junior)
Celena( MacIntyre) Walker
R.J. Macdonald & Co. Oct. 1977
Above: Taken from paper unknown
All of the information on this page was given to us
courtesy of the Cardigan River Heritage Center which is
Located at 4537 Wharf Rd.