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Goodbye Franklins

It was back in 1907 when William E. Franklin founded the business “Franklin Brothers”. His brother Ed was associated with him for a number of years- hence the name. William had purchased the business from a Mr. Sime. Around 1908 in a chronicle ad, the paper announced “The New Tin Shop” was growing. Items at the time included sap buckets, iron clad milk cans, creamery cans, milk pails, strainers, gas stoves, hot plates etc. Some readers may remember this location as the old Granada Theatre, today it is Ruffin’s pet centre.
In 1913 “Franklin Brothers” Moved to the south west corner of lock and pine, ( across from Central park). This location was used until 1919 when Rochefort’s Pool room was purchased for the expanding business, which included plumbing and heating. Fishing and Hunting supplies were carried until 1963.
120 and 124 Lock St. are now sold but originally were brought here from Buffalo in pieces.
Pieces were brought by rail car and reassembled here in Dunnville.
The founder’s son. Wallace was involved in the business for 25 years. His sons Jon and Dan are present owners Jon joined in 1953, Dan in 1972.
Franklin’s product line has come a long way since sap baskets, refrigerators, stoves, freezers, TV’s, furniture, lamps and small appliances are the main items in today’s store.
Today “Franklins Furniture and Appliances.”
After speaking with Jon he informed me that he is going to renovate by putting the windows etc. back to original if possible. He may then sell the building. In the mean time he will just rent the front part out.
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Photos – Jon’s Grandfather original store 1909

There were two floods- 1913 and 1931

There were two floods- 1913 and 1931

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Store in 1960

Fire in 1974

Fire in 1974