Abram W. Hendry – Liver­pool Mayor and En­tre­pre­neur

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Abram Whit­man Hendry, known as A. W. Hendry, was born in 1854 in Brook­field, Queens County. He was a son of Is­rael Hendry and Priscilla Free­man. He re­ceived his early ed­u­ca­tion at the small school in his com­mu­nity. Af­ter his school­ing, he worked in Bridgewater and Wind­sor, Nova Sco­tia. In 1878, he started a job in Lock­e­port work­ing for J. and E. Locke, lo­cal mer­chants who were in­volved with trade and ship­ping to the West Indies.

Upon mov­ing to Liver­pool in 1884, he be­came in­volved with busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties in the town. He es­tab­lished a part­ner­ship with Wil­liam Macmil­lan of Lock­e­port and to­gether they op­er­ated a ship chan­dlery and fish­ing busi­ness un­der the name, Hendry and Macmil­lan. It was a very suc­cess­ful busi­ness un­til the part­ner­ship was dis­solved in 1889. Mr. Macmil­lan moved back to Lock­e­port.

A. W. Hendry con­tin­ued to op­er­ate the com­pany as a gen­eral mer­chan­dise and ship­ping busi­ness. He also owned a store on Main Street, which is presently 181 Main Street, for­merly the Wood­pile Café. As well, he worked from his large ware­house and ship­yard on the Liver­pool wa­ter­front. He had owned a fleet of wooden ships and in 1913 he was the pri­vate owner of the largest fleet of wooden ships in Nova Sco­tia. Many of his ships had names with a con­nec­tion to North Queens, where he had grown up. Schooners with names like Gold Hunter, Cale­do­nia and Pon­hook were part of his fleet.

In June 1891, the Liver­pool Ad­vance re­ported that the schooner called the “Gold Hunter” had been launched from Hendry’s Ship­yard in Liver­pool. It was built un­der the su­per­vi­sion of master builder, James Les­lie of Bris­tol Av­enue. The ship had a 92-foot long keel, 27-foot long beam and 11-foot hold. It was 199 tons. The Gold Hunter was jointly owned by A. W. Hendry and John Mil­lard and was used for ship­ping to the West Indies. Cap­tain Page com­manded the new ship. In 1892, it was re­ported that the Gold Hunter made a voy­age with a ship­ment of lum­ber, go­ing from Liver­pool to Bar­ba­dos in just 10 days and 12 hours. This was said to be a re­mark­able time for those days.

In 1910, he in­cor­po­rated the busi­ness as Hendry Lim­ited with his son, Ralph Hendry, as vice-pres­i­dent. The com­pany also op­er­ated and owned a con­trol­ling in­ter­est in many coastal steamship lines and a num­ber of tow­boats, both op­er­at­ing in Hal­i­fax. This busi­ness was sold in 1928 to the Nova Sco­tia Ship­ping Com­pany Lim­ited.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing in­volved in the so­cial and com­mu­nity life of Liver­pool, he served many times as a town coun­cil­lor. He was elected Mayor of Liver­pool twice, the first term be­ing from 1905-1908 and the sec­ond, from 1916-1919. He also served as Pres­i­dent for the Queens-lunen­burg Lib­eral As­so­ci­a­tion

He was a faith­ful and val­ued mem­ber of Trin­ity Angli­can Church in Liver­pool. He oc­cu­pied the po­si­tion of War­den. As well. he was a mem­ber of Zet­land Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and also a mem­ber of Ros­sig­nol Chap­ter, R. A. M.

The beau­ti­ful Hendry res­i­dence was lo­cated on the cor­ner of Main and School Streets, presently 89 Main Street. The house had beau­ti­ful cher­ry­wood wain­scot­ing, pat­terned hard­wood floors and lead glass win­dows that still ex­ist to­day. The prop­erty had large gran­ite stones that sep­a­rated the yard from the road and side­walk, much like the Sel­don prop­erty on the op­po­site cor­ner. Larry Sel­don later owned the Hendry home and dur­ing the 1930s, Bill Mac­don­ald, an em­ployee at the Mersey Paper Com­pany, car­ried out ren­o­va­tions. It was most likely at this time that apart­ments were cre­ated in the house. Ker­wood and Au­drey Mc­connell rented there for some years and even­tu­ally, pur­chased the prop­erty from Larry Sel­don in the 1950s. Af­ter the Mc­connell’s passed away, their fam­ily sold the home in 1999. It con­tin­ued to be used for apart­ments and presently, the house has a dif­fer­ent owner.

A. W. Hendry died in May 1929 at the age of 75, leav­ing his wife Har­riet, and four chil­dren; Ralph, An­drew, An­nie and Mary (Mrs. Harold Ray­mond). The fam­ily plot is lo­cated in the Angli­can Ceme­tery on Bog Road in Liver­pool. The an­ces­tors of A. W. Hendry have grave­stones in the North Queens area.

Dur­ing A. W. Hendry’s time, few peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enced as much suc­cess and wealth as this promi­nent Liver­pool busi­ness­man. Through much hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, he left a sig­nif­i­cant mark on the busi­ness and en­tre­pre­neur­ial suc­cesses in our small South Shore town.

The ware­house of A. W. Hendry & Son, lo­cated on the Liver­pool wa­ter­front. (Post­card from the Tim Mcdon­ald Col­lec­tion)

The res­i­dence of A. W. Hendry, lo­cated at 89 Main Street in Liver­pool.

Abram W. Hendry, for­mer Mayor of Liver­pool.

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