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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Storekeepers, Grocers, etc

Storekeepers, Grocers, etc.

Denholm, William, General Storekeeper, Glasgow House, Waghorne and Churchill Streets, The Spit. Mr. Denholm, who is an old resident of the Spit, was born in Charlestown, Fifeshire, Scotland, in the year 1837. He was employed for a few years in Mr. John Read's wine and tea warehouse in Exchange Square, Glasgow, and at eighteen years of age obtained an engagement with the firm of Stuart and Kinross, with whom he came out to New Zealand by the ship “Maori” in 1855. Messrs Stuart and Kinross settled in Wellington, where they established themselves in business. Three years later, the firm opened a branch in Napier, under the management of Mr. Alexander Kennedy (late father of Mr. C. D. Kennedy, of Napier), and Mr. Denholm removed to Napier. On the dissolution of the firm he remained with Mr. Kinross for a few years, then afterwards entered the service of Mr. Stuart, and continued with him until about 1878, when he started his own business.

Mr. W. Denholm.

Mr. W. Denholm.

Thompson, Charles, General Grocer and Provision Merchant, Napier. This business was established many years ago, and was acquired by the present proprietor in the year 1902. It is conducted in a large two-storeyed building, the ground floor of which has a fine frontage to Emerson Street. The first floor is devoted chiefly to the storage of bulk stock, and a heavy stock of general page 393 groceries and crockery-ware is carried. Delivery is made daily by cart throughout the district, and five per sons are constantly employed. Mr. Thompson was born in Bolton, England, in April, 1862, was educated at the Bolton Grammar School and the Manchester Technical School, and afterwards served an apprenticeship to the engineering trade. He then went to Russia, where he remained for fourteen years as manager of a large flaxmill, near Moscow, and afterwards returned to England to take up an appointment as manager of the Drosophore Humidifying Company of Manchester. Three years later Mr. Thompson went back to Russia as managing director of the flax spinning mill at Witebsk, on the border of the Polish province. After remaining there for eighteen months, he came to New Zealand, and landed in Wellington in 1902. A few months afterwards he purchased his present business, which he has since successfully conducted. He is a member of the committee of the Napier Holiday Association.

Widerstrom, Uno Thure Gideon, Ship Chandler, Sail and Flag Maker, Tent and Oilskin Manufacturer, Waghorne Street, The Spit. Established 1878. Private residence, Roslyn Road. Captain Widerstrom's business is an extensive one, and the premises are large and spacious, with an immense stock of the various articles required in the trade. Captain Widerstrom is a native of Finland, and was brought up to the sea from his early years. He commanded various vessels, and sailed under the British flag for fifteen years, and under the American flag for five years. For a number of years he was engaged in the inter-colonial trade, commanding the “May Wadley,” and afterwards the “Pendle Hill.” He sold out his interest in the latter vessel in the year 1895, and purchased his present business. Captain Widerstrom has been a Freemason and an Oddfellow for many years. He is married and has three children.