ARTHUR RITCHIE and CO.
DALHOUSIE, AND CAMPBELTOWN,
Opened about 1833
Closed about 1842
Arthur and Robert Ritchie, brothers of William
Ritchie, Montreal, and nephews of Allan Gilmour senior, were sent out
together to Miramichi, like the others from the Mearns, in or before 1825,
as they were there at the time of the great fire of that year. Some time
after that event they went to Restigouche to open a house at Dalhousie and
a branch at Campbeltown. As already indicated, the state of communication
in those days was such, that they had to travel round by the shore of the
Bay of Chaleur, a distance of about 16o miles, instead of about So miles
direct—owing to the thick woods. It was probably about 1833 or 1834 that
they commenced business, and in 1842, the year in which Robert Ritchie
died at Restigouche, their connection with Pollok, Gilmour & Co. ceased.
On the closing of the connection, the taking delivery
of stock was made a matter of much difficulty and dispute, but eventually
a settlement was arrived at, one under which the senior firm suffered
considerably. Thereafter Arthur Ritchie continued the business on his own
account under his own name, but not too successfully, and ultimately he
went to Quebec, where also he was not altogether successful.
Among his staff he had his
nephews David and John Ritchie, who subsequently established themselves
apart from their uncle. John opened the firm of Ritchie Bros. at
Liverpool, David that of D. & J. Ritchie, Mirarnichi. David subsequently
came home and joined the Liverpool firm; his son John to-day conducts the
business, and in 1919 completed a most successful Mayoralty year. Both men
were of most kindly disposition and personality. I owe much to the kindly
interest of Mr. John during. the early days of my business career.