W. W. Kinsey's Store in Bracebridge
From the 26 July 1906 edition of the Bracebridge Gazette comes this article on W. W. Kinsey's store on Manitoba Street in Bracebridge, Ontario. The store was first run by Walter William Kinsey and later by his son William "Bill" Hugh Kinsey.
It just 30 years since Mr. W. W. Kinsey began business in our town, and during the three decades that have passed the has catered to the needs of many people. Mr. Kinsey’s store is on the east side of Manitoba street, a large and commodious 33 x 90 feet, two stories with basement, own by the occupant.W. W. KinseyFurniture, Harness, Farm Implements, etc.
It is a many sided business that Mr. Kinsey conducts. He is a manufacturer as well as retailer; he can furnish a home with a complete outfit of furniture and carpets, with a piano and a sewing machine as extra adornments; the agriculturalist can be equipped with every apparatus for farm operations, and when weary mortals are through buying and selling, Mr. Kinsey conveys them to their last resting place in the “city of the dead.”
As a manufacturer of harnesses, Mr. Kinsey is giving excellent satisfaction to the many who buy from him. He makes light and heavy harness, and employs several expert mechanics at this work. Everything seen in his shop and sold over the counter in the way of harness is made on the premises excepting horse collars. A great deal of repairing is also done. All the work is done by hand, which insures a lasting job. Every harness accessory is provided here, and nothing required for horse or carriage is lacking from the stock.
As agent for the Deering Harvest Machine Co., every required implement on the farm may be bought at this shop, and this is good machinery. And not only implements, but wagons, and carriages, as well, are found. The Tudhope carriage, the Grey carriage, the Stevenson carriage, and the Walkerville wagon are represented here, and sold in considerable numbers. So much, for the farm.
Looking to the provision made for home furnishing on finds a large, varied and splendid stock of furniture in the show room. The finest homes in the town might handsomely furnish for this stock, while there is abundance of moderate priced goods for the purchaser of more slender purse. And when soft carpets and gleaming oilcloths adorn the floors, when parlor, dining room and bedrooms have their complement of furniture, a handsome piano from the Williams or Mason & Risch Co., or an organ of the Bell, Doherty of Sherlock-Manning, manufacture and a New Williams sewing machine, may be purchased here to complete the home adornment. A completely equipped undertaking department is always at the service of the public, with an embalmer from the Champion College, Chicago, to do the work correctly.
Surely this wide and varied service to the public is enough for one store, and the large patronage, affording employment to eight people, shows ample appreciation on the part of the public.
Mr. Kinsey has been honored in the past by a seat in the mayor’s chair and has sat at the head of the Board as Reeve when Bracebridge was a village.