Fonds MSS-517 (A2015-037) - Stovel Family Fonds

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Stovel Family Fonds

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CA UMASC MSS-517 (A2015-037)

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  • 1888 - 2012 (Creation)
    Stovel Family

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1 Hollinger box of Photographic and textual records, one box of artifacts and bound material, and one folder of oversize photographic and textual records mainly newspapers.

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The Stovel family originated in Mount Forest Ontario. Seeing opportunity in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s speculative boom in the 1880’s Henry. H. Stovel began investing in real estate there. After the boom collapsed Henry lost much from these investments. This combined with many of his sons endeavours in Mount Forest failing, Henry H. Stovel and his sons Augustus B. Stovel, John Stovel, Chester D. Stovel, and Gus Stovel and moved to Winnipeg and began working in the printing industry. In 1889 using their knowledge of printing and the printing industry Henry and his four sons opened a printing establishment named “The Little Print Shop” on the Spencer block of Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. This firm would eventually grow into the Stovel Company Limited.

Henry H. Stovel died a year later on December 13, 1890 of a stroke in Emerson Manitoba. His son John Stovel had since taken over the Company and joined in partnership with his brothers Augustus and Chester, to form the Stovel Company Limited in 1889. In 1893 the company had outgrown it’s space on Portage Avenue and had erected the a building at Arthur and McDermot which stands to this day.

John Stovel was the husband of Margret McCannell, who he married in 1886. He had three children John McCannell Stovel (b 1887), Ewart C. Stovel (b. 1889), and Cora Christina Stovel (b 1900). In 1920 he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature as a member of the Liberal party. He served in the Legislative Assembly until 1922, and did not seek re-election. He died the next year on May 20th in Rochester Minnesota.

During the time of John’s leadership the Stovel Company had grown substantially. By 1909 the company had become large enough to incorporate as a joint stock company. The growth was enough that by 1912 the company was looking to expand into another location. The war had put these plans on hold but on May 2. 1916 there was a fire at the McDermot avenue property, which forced the construction of an additional space. In the spring of 1917 the second space on Bannatyne Ave. opened.

With John’s death in 1923 the youngest brother Chester D. Stovel took over the company. Chester married Isabel Hughena McIntyre on October 9, 1895. With her he had five children Albert Lloyd Stovel (b 1896), Marjorie Isabel Stovel (b 1898), Ethel Elizabeth Stovel (b 1900), Harry Chester Stovel (b 1902), and Elinor Campbell Stovel (b 1909). He ran the business until his death on December 19, 1937.

The Stovel Company had established themselves as an important firm in Winnipeg. By the late 1930’s the company was printing and the Western Home Monthly, the Nor’West Farmer, and eight other trade papers. These magazines were printed for distribution around North America and were additional to the Stovel Company’s other publishing of printing and binding books, and managed printing for manufacturers and wholesalers. The Company had also been an important pioneer in the printing industry, developing techniques for the use of unmounted half tones, and the use of patent bases, both of which became standard practices in the printing industry.

In 1937 Chester’s nephew Everett C. Stovel took over the company after his uncle’s death. He would act as company president till his death in 1944. Three years later, in 1947, the Company would be sold to E.P. Taylor and Bud McDougald, who bought the company from the Stovel Family for $600,000 in 20-year bonds and $520,000 in preference shares.

Not all the Stovel family worked in the printing industry. One such example is Albert Lloyd Stovel who served with the 7th Flying Corps in the Frist world war. Daniel Everett Stovel (b. 1935) was also a pilot. He served as a helicopter pilot with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. And had a long career finally retiring from the DND in 1995.

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Records were donated by Bonnie Stovel

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Consists of records relating to the Stovel Family and the printing company Stovel Company Limited. Also contains records concerning the history of the University of Manitoba.

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Description created by Jordan Roy, August 17, 2017

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