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Title: Census 1881 Canada
Page: Thamesville Village, Kent County, p 6
Note: Notes written by Carl Olaf Nickle, grandson of George Nickle, state that the family of George Nickle came from Ireland to Ontario, Canada in 1842, "driven partly by the potato famine of County Armagh, but largely by a desire to build a new home in the new land that was to become the Dominion of Canada a quarter century later." [From a speech entitled "A Man, A Company, and An Industry in Western Canada!", by Carl O. Nickle. The speech was given in Toronto, Canada on November 8th, 1956, to The Newcomen Society in North America.]
At some unknown time, George Nickle, a custom shoemaker, moved from Ontario to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to establish a business. In 1896 the family moved to Detroit. A decade later, in 1906, they moved to Winnipeg. In 1917, they moved to Calgary, where George Nickle and his sons, Samuel Clarence Nickle and Stanton Nickle entered the retail shoe business in what was then a farm and ranching centre of some 50,000 population.
A note dated April 22, 2001, by Samuel William Aylesworth, son of Agnes Alice Nickle and Robert Wesley Aylesworth:
I have in my possession numerous letter from and about George Nickle, his wife Martha (called "Mattie"] and from and about Samuel Clarence Nickle, his wife Olga Nickle (nee Simonson), and their family members. I received these letters from Rosemary Nickle, the widow of Samuel Clarence Nickle (Jr), a son of Samuel Clarence Nickle (Sr) and a brother of my mother Agnes. I will read through these letters during the months ahead, and record critical information in this family tree.
1st letter I have is dated November 1, 1904, mailed from George in Winnipeg Manitoba to Mattie at 98 Adams Avenue West, Detroit, Michigan. George was working to open a store; perhaps also looking for work in a bakery; speaks of pay levels of from $9 to $25 per week. Speaks of his three children, Sam, Stanton and Agnes.
On March 6th, 1924, a notice in the Thamesville Herald, quoted from the Calgary Morning Albertan, states that Mr. and Mrs. George Nickle celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on February 26th, 1924 at their "beautiful home" on 13th Avenue South West. More than 200 guests attended during the afternoon and evening. Music was provided by Mrs. Sam Nickle (Olga Nickle), Mrs. Boese, Miss Eunice Pascoe and Miss Edith Pascoe. Flowers were received from their son Stanton, then living in California.
Martha Nickle, Sam's mother, writes a letter dated August 26th, 1928 that speaks strongly about pressures within the business (The Slipper Shop), as follows:
Dear Sam (Pop wrote this]
The store will not stand the stain on it at the present time, he says he cannot pay Olga any more salary, it paid up til last night - he says if you can take it over you can have it if - if you can make arrangements and pay him so much 9 months and the interest on the money or he says he could make it pay if he had it himself and any time you could finance it you could have it, he thinks there will be a good business in time if it has a chance, he says the business has lost about two thousand dollars since he went into it, he is worried sick over it, Clark Bros have made an assignment and the Royal Bank wrote they want six hundred and fifty dollars at once, and and the sheriff was in about the store tax, so Pop says if you can drop your salary he will run until you can finance it - so wire or let him know at once which you can do or I am afraid we will have him in the hospital soon. Lovingly,
Pop and Mom.
Pop started this and wanted me to write it, so I will write just what he tells me. Pop says if he takes the store over he will draw $35.00 a week and pay M... (?) $25, Thompson sold out to Marles, he would have traded for the house next door.
On Sept 18th, 1928, Martha Nickle again wrote to Sam in Toronto, advising that the bailliff had siezed the goods of the Slipper Shop and S.C. Nickle and issued a notice of sale by virtue of "distress for taxes." She writes:
"Pop has gone to bed sick over this notice. I just phone the tax accessor Mr. Muchison about it and asked him for time to notify you, he says he will hold it over for ten days from now to give yo time to wire an answer.
The store has taken in $70.00 Monday and Tukesday for the two days, the stock is all broken up in sizes. I wanted to wire this notice budgt opo would not let me. Wire an answer at once, pop received the wire and the girls their dresses. Thanks, Lovingly, Mom
Pop says he will have to let the store go unless you can do something.
In late 1928, Stanton returns from Los Angeles to Calgary, and immediately begins to work with his father to change business practises at the Slipper Shop. This detail is covered in a letter dated November 26th, 1928 from K. Mac Stephen to Sam Nickle.
Other letters soon thereafter seem to indicate that dollars were obtained from some source (sales? from Sam Nickle? unclear) and that the store continued.
However, letters in 1929 indicate that bills were again not being paid by the Slipper shop.
On March 21, 1929, notice was published in the Thamesville Herald that a dinner party was held at Vancouver Hotel, Vancouver BC: Mrs. and Mrs. George Nickle celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary and Mrs. Nickle's birthday and Mrs. and Mrs. E.H. Moran celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary. Present were: Miss Agnes Nickle, Mr & Mrs JH Moran, Mr & Mrs FK Moran, and others.
Comments are made in The Ryland Newsletter of 1935, as follows:
"In January of this year , George Nickle died at his home in Calgary, Canada. In 1884 he married Marth Jane Stanton, the youngest child of Thomas and Rachel Ann Riland Stanton. In 1875 he began to learn the trade of making shoes. He was in business in Denver, Philadelphia, Detroit, Winnipeg and Los Angeles before coming to Calgary, Canada.
In speaking of him the Calgary Albertan said" "He had 52 years of financing through periods of boom and depression, 52 years of meeting the public and sending the grouchy away with a smile, 52 years of solving the best methods of paying his clerks and teaching them to give real service as well as stimulating business, 52 years of judicious buying in an ever chaning business, retiring in 1927 with a long records of constructive effort to his credit." He leaves his wife and two sons Stanton A. of Long Beach California and Samuel C of Calgary. "
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