Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday Doors

Linking up at Norm's Thursday Doors.

July 2019 - Toronto ON

Robert Elder, emigrated from Scotland in 1869, and started a successful carriage- and wagon-making factory near Queen and Spadina. He was succeeded by his son Norman and then grandson Robert. Under Robert, Elder Carriage Works flourished, building delivery vans for furniture movers, bakeries and retailers such as Eaton’s and Simpsons.

In 1945 alone, it made today’s equivalent of $5.5 million supplying vehicles to the federal government for the war effort. After the war, the business moved into refrigerated vans and trucks, acquiring Guelph-based Gilson Manufacturing, which made engines and compressors. Demand soared and with it the family’s fortune. Robert’s newfound affluence allowed him to buy what became Elderberry Hill Farm, a vast acreage running west off Yonge Street in the then-hamlet of Aurora, and to take up fox hunting.


  1. ...I just don't care for these modern aluminum frame doors!

    1. I agree, Tom. I wonder what the original doors looked like. I am off to see if I can find a photo and I will add.

  2. The doors on the old frame don't fit.

    The story is a weird one.

  3. That is one unusual vehicle. Interesting history of the Elder family. Love the family farm name too :)


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