Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | April 12, 2014

Artifact of the Week – Mary Mack

Mary Mack0001This early 1th century tin sign made by The Thomas Davidson Manufacturing Co., Montreal advertises Wheat Marrow produced by Cornwall’s Mack’s Mills.  In direct competition with Kellog’s cereals Mack advertised that he sold his products across “the width and breadth of the land.”  Introduced in 1899, “Wheat Marrow, as the name indicates, is the very essence of wheat and is an ideal food for invalid’s, dyspeptics  and children.”

Kellog also introduced his cereal with a young girl.  Wheat Marrow is an obvious imitation.  The question arises in my mind, however, did William Mack feature his daughter Mary? in this ad.

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Wheat Marrow may not be Mary as young girl, but we do know that the woman shown is Miss Mary Mack , pictured for the Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953.  Miss Mack was Cornwall’s first woman Alderman.  It was said that “Miss Mack gave TONE to Cornwall.”

Mary Mack is also very important to the history of the Cornwall Community Museum in the Wood House, as one of our founding and leading donors and sponsors.

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Mary Mack0005Mack’s Mill, located along the old Cornwall Canal in the town’s industrial east end.  The Mill was started in 1861 and moved to 22 1st St. E., before World War I.  In 1906 it was taken over by G.D. Atkinson and operated until 1975.  The original brick mill was demolished in the 1950s.


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