G. E. Stiles – Lloydminster
McLennan & Brown’s Banking Office – Alexandria, Ontario
Col. Roderick R. McLennan and George Brown joined forces to form a private banking company in Alexandria, Glengarry County, Ontario in 1885. The two were from very different backgrounds, Brown was a career banker, and Col. Roderick R. McLennan (a.k.a. Big Rory), has been described as a larger than life Victorian gentleman. He was also a world champion athlete, railway contractor, newspaper owner, militia officer, and a politician. His life has been heavily documented, but little has been mentioned about foray into banking.
W. L. White - NS
The White farthing token has told us just about all that we know concerning W. L. White. He operated Halifax House, a dry goods business, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The piece has been shrouded in mystery, as to what date that it would have been issued, and nothing is known about its issuer, W. L. White or Halifax House. There are two varieties: the one that we occasionally see, and the one that we only hear about. In the first variety the “D” of DRY is to the left of the “C” of CHEAP, and in the rare second example the “D” of DRY is directly under the “C” of CHEAP.