2003.117-f25 Middle West Pubnico Bus Builders Fonds
Adelbert

Institution Name :

 

Les Archives père Clarence d`Entremont

Title :

 

Middle West Pubnico Bus Builders fonds

Date(s) of creation:

 

1931 to 1964

Physical description area:

 

.94 m of textual record

Biographical sketch:

 

Adelbert Laurie d’Eon was born in Middle West Pubnico, Nova Scotia on May 6, 1912.  He was the son of Jacques “Alfred” and Anne “Francoise” d’Eon.  On November 4, 1947 he married Rose Marie d’Entremont.  Adelbert died in 2003 on the 2nd day of March and his wife died in 2007, on the 23rd day of February. Adelbert had a few businesses from the nineteen twenties to the nineteen nineties.  His first job was running a press at a local canning factory.  Then he drove passengers and managed to get a franchise to operate a passenger bus service from Pubnico to Yarmouth.  Adelbert built his bus shop “Middle West Pubnico Bus Builders”, a local manufacturer of buses.  This company would take truck chassis and convert them to buses. Over the years the bus shop was enlarged twice and the doors had to be made higher and wider as the buses and trucks kept getting bigger.  During the war years the business flourished. At its peak they employed 21 people and they operated taxies and passenger buses at the same time; Adelbert d’Eon drove a bus to Yarmouth for 35 years.  West Pubnico Bus Builders meant quality so they would get orders for milk trucks, bread trucks, vans, fire trucks, and shopmobiles. In the mid 1940’s, he went into the restaurant business opening up the Red Cap Diner with his cousin.  Later adding cabins and converting an old house into a motel that they named La Baronnie Motel.
 

Custodial history:

 

After buying La Baronnie Motel, Donald and Irene d’Eon found records from the Middle West Pubnico Bus Builders that belonged to Adelbert d’Eon.  They donated them to the Research Center in 2003.

Scope and content:

 

The fonds consist of 7 series:  A) Invoices & receipts
                                              B) Journals and ledgers
                                              C) Correspondence
                                              D) Blueprints
                                              E) Stencil
                                              F) Dept. of National Revenue
                                              G) Archdiocesan Catholic Action Union

Source of supplied title:

 

Title based on contents of fonds.

Physical condition:

 

In some series, selected pages per month were photocopied and the rest was destroyed.  Foxing and deterioration were observed.

Finding aid:

 

Box list available

General note :

 

The records remained in basement storage (with dehumidifier) for approximately eight years before being transferred to their final storage in Les Archives Père Clarence d’Entremont in 2011.

Some records smell of mildew. Researchers and staff are advised to use gloves and masks to protect against mould contamination.

Language:

 

English

Retrieval code:

 

2003.117-f25

Provenance :

 

D’Eon, Adelbert Laurie  1912 - 2003

Subject Headings :

 

Automobiles- service station
Contractors
Pubnico (Yarmouth Co., NS)
Shopmobile
Business


Institution Name:

 

Les Archives Père Clarence d`Entremont

Title:

 

Invoices and receipts

Date(s) of creation:

 

1931 – 1952; predominant 1946 to 1952

Physical description: 

 

43 cm of textual records

Scope and content:

 

Series form part of Middle West Pubnico Bus Builders fonds and contains 23 files classified by dates: 1931 – 1952.  Receipts and invoices are from many different businesses during that time including:  E.K. Spinney Limited, Trefry’s Garage, Ltd., S.J. Amirault, R.H. Davis & Company, Limited., F.C. Robbins Ltd., MacKenzie Bus Line, Canadian Liquid Air Co. Limited, Emerson & Fisher Limited, Yarmouth Woodworkers, Faucher & Fils Limited, Pilkington Glass Ltd., E.J. Robichaud, Yarmouth Ice Cream & Dairy Co. Limited, Smith Bros. Motor Body Works, d’Eon Welding Shop, Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, Cann and McLeod Ltd., Imperial Oil Company, Dunlop Tire and Rubber Goods Company, Limited,  Harris Lithographing Co., Limited,  Arthur Goodwin Vulcanizing, Commercial Equipment Limited, etc. 

Source of supplied title : 

 

Title based on contents of series.

Retrieval code:

 

2003.117-f25-A

 

Institution Name:

 

Les Archives Père Clarence d`Entremont

Title:

 

Journals and ledgers

Date(s) of creation:

 

1938 – 1964

Physical description: 

 

30 cm of textual records

Scope and content:

 

Series form part of Middle West Pubnico Bus Builders fonds and contains 23 files classified by dates:  1938 – 1964. Some ledgers contain wages and expenses, itemized per vehicle, repairs and the revenue of the business. Other ledgers are of daily records or monthly records. There are journals of the buses, fire trucks, shopmobiles, bookmobiles, taxies, etc. that they worked on.  There are journals of the bus line and school bus revenues and expenses.

Source of supplied title:

 

Title based on contents of series.

Retrieval code:

 

2003.117-f25-B

 

Institution Name:

 

Les Archives Père Clarence d`Entremont

Title:

 

Correspondence

Date(s) of creation:

 

1946 -1947, 1951

Physical description: 

 

12 cm of textual records

Scope and content:

 

Series form part of Middle West Pubnico Bus Builders fonds and contains 3 files classified by dates:  1946 – 1947, and 1951. Correspondence relates to the businesses at that time including: Ford Motor Company of Canada, Department of Education, Belliveau Motors Limited, Maritime Bus Corporation, Limited, Railway & Power Engineering Corporation Limited, Riverport Bus Service Limited, Drummond, McCall & Co., Limited, Department of Highways and Public Works, Toronto Tire & Radio Sales Co., Ltd., Dares’ Bus Lines, Municipality of Argyle, Acadian Lines, Wolfville Holland Bakery Ltd., Thurlow Bus Lines, Walter Callow Aid For Veterans’ Fund, etc.

Source of supplied title: 

 

Title based on contents of series.

Retrieval code:

 

2003.117-f25-C

 

Institution Name:

 

Les Archives Père Clarence d`Entremont

Title:

 

Blueprints

Date(s) of creation:

 

1949 & 1950

Physical description: 

 

9 blueprints: 8 Chrysler Corporation blueprints and 1 Faucher & Fils Limited blueprint.

Scope and content:

 

Series form part of Middle West Pubnico Bus Builders fonds and contains 1 file.  The file contains 8 blueprints made by Chrysler Corporation from Detroit, Michigan, which are blueprints 1/8 to scale.  Also included is 1 blueprint with no date from Faucher & Fils Limited of an aluminum horizontal slide bus sash.

Source of supplied title: 

 

Title based on contents of series.

Retrieval code:

 

2003.117-f25-D

 

Institution Name:

 

Les Archives Père Clarence d`Entremont

Title:

 

Stencil

Date(s) of creation:

 

Unknown

Physical description: 

 

17.5 cm x 54.5 cm Cardboard stencil.

Scope and content:

 

Series form part of Middle West Pubnico Bus Builders fonds and contains 1 file.  The file contains a cardboard stencil with the words West Pubnico Body Builders.

Source of supplied title: 

 

Title based on contents of series.

Retrieval code:

 

2003.117-f25-E

 

Institution Name:

 

Les Archives Père Clarence d`Entremont

Title:

 

Dept. of National Revenue, Excise Tax Entry

Date(s) of creation:

 

1935, 1940 - 1944, 1947 - 1950

Physical description: 

 

2.5 cm of textual record

Scope and content:

 

Series form part of Middle West Pubnico Bus Builders fonds and contains 2 files classified by dates:  1935, 1940 – 1944, 1947 – 1950.  These records are the Excise Tax Entry form filled out by the business.  There are also receipt books from 1943, 1947, and 1949.

Source of supplied title: 

 

Title based on contents of series.

Retrieval code:

 

2003.117-f25-F

 

Institution Name:

 

Les Archives Père Clarence d`Entremont

Title:

 

Archdiocesan Catholic Action Union

Date(s) of creation:

 

1945

Physical description: 

 

1 certificate

Scope and content:

 

Series form part of Middle West Pubnico Bus Builders fonds and contains 1 file.  This certificate, which is an Archdiocesan Catholic Action Union, was given to James Alfred d’Eon and Family on October 10, 1945.  James was Adelbert`s father. 

Source of supplied title: 

 

Title based on contents of series.

Retrieval code:

 

2003.117-f25-G