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The Dare Story.

One publication titled "The Dare Story" which outlines the history of Dare Foods.

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C.H. Doerr and Company : staff and exterior of plant.

Photograph of employees standing outside of C.H. Doerr & Co. Biscuit & Confectionery Works looking at camera. They are seen standing on the front steps of the building and next to horse-drawn delivery buggies parked along the side.

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Dare Foods Limited : Day Books and Payroll Journal

Series consists of day books and a payroll journal in tabular format that were used to record employees, pay, pay periods and number of days worked. The ledgers were maintained at the Kitchener head office.

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Day book.

Contains a day book that is handwritten and lists employees, amount paid for pay periods, and number of days worked.

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C.H. Doerr and Company : exterior of plant.

Photograph of the exterior of the C.H. Doerr & Co. Confectionery Works building. A man in a suit and hat is standing in the front doorway and a driver is visible standing on a horse drawn cart piled with boxes at the side of the building.

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Day book.

Contains a day book that is handwritten and lists employees, amount paid for pay periods, and number of days worked.

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C.H. Doerr and Company : staff.

Contains two black and white photographs. Copy prints of the recto and the verso of a postcard. The postcard was sent from Lawrence [Englert] to his sister, Rose Englert in Michigan [ca. 1905]. The text reads, "Dear Sister: Thank you for that beautiful neck-tie you sent me. This is a picture of a few at the shop, taken at Supper time, while we were at night work. Lawrence." The postcard image is of 13 men and women in the interior of the C.H. Doerr Company plant.

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C.H. Doerr Christmas samples.

File consists of one real photograph postcard showing the C.H. Doerr Christmas samples. A description on an accompanying paper reads "Jo. Kerr in Elmira Oct. 16, 1907 xmas samples R.B. Doerr."

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Dare sales wagon at H. K. Forler

Photograph of Ralph Doerr and William Kettleborne standing next to a horse-drawn C.H. Doerr & Co. sales wagon outside of the H. K. Forler storefront in Wellesley.

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Dare sales wagon.

File consists of two photographs of Ralph Doerr and William Kittleborne with a C.H. Doerr horse-drawn sales wagon Wellesley, Ontario. One photograph shows the two in front of H.K. Forler's grocery and the other shows them in the wagon, along a dirt road.

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Dare sales wagon

Photograph of Ralph Doerr and William Kettleborne seated in the passenger seat of a horse-drawn C. H. Doerr & Co. sales wagon, along a dirt road in Wellesley.

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C.H. Doerr and Company : delivery sleigh.

Photograph of John Doerr sitting in the driver’s seat of a C.H. Doerr & Co. Biscuit & Confectionery delivery sleigh pulled by two horses. Two large houses are visible in the background.

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Dare Foods employees.

File consists of two casual snapshots of employees of Dare. The first is of three women standing together outside of the office (Ruth Wettlaufer, Violet Uregard, Louise Glebe) and the second is of four men outside sitting on the Dare delivery car (Edward Doerr, Oscar Hopp).

The photographs are accompanied by a note which reads "Louise Glebe (1891-1977) became Secretary-Treasurer of C.H. Doerr Co. Ltd. in 1919, upon the company's incorporation. She married C.H. Doerr in the 1930's, becoming his third wife and outlived him by 36 years. Edward Doerr (1865-1944) was a "shipper" and one of the founding shareholders of C.H. Doerr Co. Ltd. in 1919. He was a brother - three years older - of C.H. Doerr.

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C.H. Doerr and Company : shipping room.

Print copy photograph of three employees in the C.H. Doerr and Company shipping room. Two are seen standing behind a long counter and another is standing beside piles of boxes.

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Dare Foods Limited : J.R. Worthington

Series consists of material relating to J.R. Worthington's employment in the candy manufacturing industry. Series contains files pertaining to candy manufacturing including machinery, production, suppliers, ingredients, publications and different lines of candies. Series includes formulas, correspondence, and machinery, equipment and ingredient advertisements and pamphlets. Includes correspondence and records relating to J.R. Worthington was employment at McCormick’s Limited, London, Ontario.

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Letters patent.

File consists of the letters patent incorporating The C.E. Doerr Company, Limited.

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Provisional directors meeting minutes.

File consists of the first minutes of the C.H. Doerr company. Present were C.H. Doerr, Ralph B. Doerr, Edward Doerr and H. Williams. The first motion is to read the letters patent and organize the company for the commencement of business.

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Cookie cutters.

Contains two cookie cutters that were used by Dare Foods Limited. One cookie cutter is oval shaped and the other is in the shape of a star.

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Doerr, C.H. sitting at desk.

Photograph of C.H. Doerr sitting at his desk, legs crossed and a piece of paper in hand. Dressed in a suit and tie, he is posed looking off camera.

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C.H. Doerr and Company : interior of plant.

Photograph of employees, some seen wearing white aprons, standing beside machinery inside the C.H. Doerr & Company building, likely the the biscuit manufacturing section of the plant.

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C.H. Doerr and Company : plant.

Contains one black and white photograph mounted on board. The photograph is an image of two men with cars standing outside of the C.H. Doerr plant. File includes a slide that is a copy of the original.

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Account ledger.

Contains an account ledger that is handwritten and contains lists of employees and pay for pay periods.

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C.H. Doerr Company, Limited : financial statements (file 2 of 5).

Contains 8 C.H. Doerr Company, Limited, financial statements. The report from 1922 was prepared by Gordon Draper & Co. chartered accountants, Toronto; the 1923-1924 reports were prepared by W. E. Johnson & Co., Kitchener; and the 1925-1927 reports were prepared by Oscar Hudson & Company, chartered accountants, Kitchener. These statements also include a balance sheet for the C.H. Doerr Sales Agency.

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Notice of death of Mr. Harry Morrison.

File consists of one notice sent to store owners regarding the death of territorial sales representative Harry Morrison. The back of the notice lists national grocers samples.

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C.H. Doerr Co., pre-1940s.

File consists of a photograph taken outside the Doerr factory of a group of people standing in front of a Doerr's Confectionery [parade float or delivery truck?], and a page taken from the souvenir book "Busy Berlin" (published by the News Record, Berlin, 1901) containing a photograph of the C.H. Doerr & Co.'s Biscuit and Confectionery Works.

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Bremner Biscuits delivery truck.

File consists of one contemporary print of a photograph of a Bremner Biscuit delivery truck from the 1930's. Accompanying identification reads "old truck - 1929 Chevrolt (bow tie) 3/4 or 1 ton * probably 1 1/2 ton."

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Yelkin formulas and correspondence.

Contains Yelkin The Standardized Lecithin formulas, and correspondence. Correspondence is addressed to J.R. Worthington at the Montreal Biscuit Co., Quebec from Ross & Rowe Inc. New York, sole distributors of Yelkin, Standardized Lecithin.

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Formulas : Perrins.

File consists of typewritten cookie and cracker formulas arranged in alphabetical order. Some formulas are dated; some are labelled "Perrins"; and some contain ms. annotations.

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Dare Foods Limited : Dare Foods (Biscuit Division) Limited

Series consists of formulas for cookies and crackers, a copy of the Biscuit Division Production Control Procedures Manual, and the Biscuit Division Plant Tour. The records were probably kept at the head office in Kitchener, used in Kitchener and possibly Hamilton.

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Day book.

Contains a day book that is handwritten and lists employees, amount paid for pay periods, and number of days worked.

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C.H. Doerr Company, Limited : financial statements (file 3 of 5).

Contains 9 annual financial statements for C.H. Doerr Company, Limited, prepared by Oscar Hudson & Company, chartered accountants, Kitchener. The statements also include a balance sheet for the C.H. Doerr Sales Agency. The 1934 financial statement was prepared by C. Lorimer Rason, accountant and auditor, Kitchener.

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C.H. Doerr Company, Limited : financial statements (file 4 of 5).

Contains 9 annual financial statements for C.H. Doerr Company, Limited. The 1935-1942 statements were prepared by C. Lorimer Rason, accountant and auditor, Kitchener. The statements between 1935 and 1937 include balance sheets for C.H. Doerr Sales Agency.

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New lines, 1967.

Contains formulas, Form H 9 that include formulas and production notes, and a standard candy cost sheet from Howe Candy Company.

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Candy formulas.

Contains candy formulas from 1936. The formulas are typewritten and most are dated. The formulas are organized alphabetically by title.

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Candy Division documents, Toronto and Hamilton.

Contains Candy Division documents pertaining to Candy Division buildings and property in both Hamilton and Toronto. File includes correspondence, memoranda, plans and copies of plans, the Agreement of Purchase and Sale for properties in Hamilton, an advertisement for an opportunity to sublet a building in Toronto, and maps.

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Formulas.

Contains a small binder notebook of candy formulas. The formulas are typewritten, a few are handwritten and are organized chronologically.

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The story of chocolate and cocoa.

Contains one pamphlet, The Story of Chocolate and Cocoa. Hershey, Pa.: Educational Department of the Hershey Chocolate Corporation, 1938.

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Dare Foods Limited : Share Transfers

Series consists of two sheets of share transfers. The sheets were probably removed from a share certificate book, however, the connection has been lost. One sheet refers to the Howe Candy Company.

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Doerr's Quality Biscuits and Candies.

Contains one cardboard box with blue and red writing on it. On two sides it reads "Doerr's Quality Biscuits and Candies, Kitchener, Ont.," and on the other two sides it reads "Doerr's Quality Fancy Biscuits, Kitchener, Ont." A warning on the top of the box reads "Fragile Handle With Care." The box was made by Superior Box Company, Limited, Waterloo, Ontario.

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Formulas.

Contains candy formulas handwritten in pencil on cardboard.

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Pump notebook.

Contains a handwritten notebook with notes on pumps.

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Day book.

Contains a day book that is handwritten and lists employees, amount paid for pay periods, and number of days worked.

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The C.H. Doerr Company Limited formula and price lists.

Contains recipes for cookies and candies as well as price lists for companies in Hamilton, London, Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie, Parry Sound, Niagara Falls, Cobalt, Orillia, Sioux Lookout, Fort William, North Bay, Collingwood, St. Catherines, and Geraldton, Ontario; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Montreal, Quebec; and Maritime Provinces including Sackville, New Brunswick. Recipes were originally stored in a binder.

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Predecessor companies : recipe and formula books.

Four recipe or formula books dating from 1938 to 1942 that originally belonged to Dare Foods Limited's predecessor companies including the Paulin-Chambers Company Limited and McCormick's Limited.

The first book is identified on the spine with the word, 'Paulins.' This book contains formulas written between 1938-1939 for a few products which remain in Dare's product line, although the formulas used today are quite different, including those for Ruffles and Normandy (now spelled "Normandie").

The second book is identified on the spine with the word, 'Weston.' This book was likely used in the McCormick plant in London, Ontario, which was owned at the time by George Weston Limited. The recipes in this book were written in 1940.

The third book is identified on the spine with the words, 'English [&] Canada.' This book is likely a compilation of recipes from England and Canada written in and around 1942. Some of the recipes list a name in the top right (e.g. T. Jamieson for "Alsation" biscuits) or refer to their having been made in "King's England." Other recipes are ascribed to "McCormick," "CBF" (a reference to "Cracker Baker," possibly an industry handbook) and "McV & P" (McVitie & Price of Edinburgh, Scotland). At the end of the book there are seven pages of handwritten notes and recipes on the back of McCormick biscuit wrappers.

The fourth book is not identified on the spine however, it contains recipes for fillings, coatings and mixtures written in 1941. Fillings and coatings were applied to cookies after they were baked. Mixtures were packages of assorted biscuits, typically with a different cookie in each row.

This file also includes one memorandum written by Bryan Dare providing detailed historical information about Dare Foods Limited's predecessor companies, recipes, and manufacturing technologies referred to in the books.

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Canadian Grocer.

Contains four issues of the Canadian Grocer : 57, no. 11 (June 1, 1943) and no. 15 (August 1, 1943); 63, no. 7 (April 1, 1949); and 66, no. 16 (August 15, 1952).

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Dare Foods Limited : Legal Records

Series consists of supplementary letters patent for The C.H. Doerr Company, Limited and The Dare Company, Limited. The records pertain to company name changes, and include correspondence, land appraisals, trade name licence agreement, petitions, declarations and extracts from the general by-laws of The Dare Company, Limited.

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Old formulae.

Contains a binder of photocopies of cookie and cracker formulas from 1938-1943.

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Clippings, 1943 : fire.

Contains three copies of the Kitchener Daily Record, February 16, 1943, City Edition. The newspaper contains black and white photographs and articles describing the fire that destroyed the C.H. Doerr Co., Ltd. plant on the corner of Weber and Breithaupt Streets in Kitchener. A caption on the front page of the newspaper reads, "$400,000 Blaze wipes out Kitchener plant; man dies." Below the caption there is a black and white photograph of the fire and an article with the title, "Candy factory is razed; four fire departments at scene; homes saved." The article is continued on page 2. The third page of the newspaper also includes 3 black and white photographs and 3 articles on the fire. The article, "Embers blew seven blocks," is continued on page 12.

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Supplementary letters patent, 1943.

File consists of supplementary letters patent to The C.H. Doerr Company, Limited, for changing the corporate name to The Dare Company, Limited.

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Formulas : Weston.

File consists of typewritten cookie and cracker formulas, most arranged in alphabetical order. Most forumlas are dated.

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Dare Biscuits : letters patent.

Contains the supplementary letters patent to The C.H. Doerr Company, Limited changing the corporate name of the company to that of The Dare Company, Limited dated 1943.

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Dare's Sweet Cream Sodas.

Contains one Dare's Sweet Cream Sodas boxboard package. The box is yellow with black, orange and red colourings. The box contained a net weight of six ounces of sweet cream sodas, salted. The sodas were made by The Dare Company Limited. The box was used to hold cookie cutters.

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Doerr candy factory fire.

File consists of ten photographs showing the aftermath of the fire at the Dare factory on Breithaupt street in March of 1943.

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Dare's Snack Pack.

File consists of three clear and red cellophane packages for Dare's Snack Pack.

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Dare's Snack Pack.

Contains one cellophane Dare's Snack Pack, 5¢ package. The writing on the package is red.

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Dare Foods Limited : The Howe Candy Company Limited

Series consists of financial statements including auditor’s reports, a candy manual, monthly comparative statements, deeds of land, correspondence, valuation of shares, merger documents, bills of sale and photographs.

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Dare's Orange Creme Sandwiches.

Contains one Dare's Orange Creme Sandwiches boxboard package. The box is yellow with orange writing and contained 16 biscuits or more.

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Annual dinner programme.

File consists of one programme and menu for the Dare Foods 1st annual dinner, held December 12, 1944 at the Grand River Golf & Country Club, Bridgeport.

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Dare's Malted Mallows.

Contains one Dare's Malted Mallows boxboard package. The box is green and yellow and contained 16 biscuits.

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Dare's Biscuits.

Contains one cellophane Dare's Biscuits package manufactured at The Dare Company Limited, Sunnyside, Kitchener, Ontario. The writing on the package is in red.

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Howe Candy Company Xmas Party.

Contains 2 black and white photographs of the Howe Candy Company Christmas party held at Knight Hall, Hamilton in 1944. The photograph is an image of a group of staff sitting and standing behind a banquet table.

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Dare Co. Ltd., Kitchener.

File consists of one photograph of employees of the Kitchener office of Dare Foods. Some employees are identified on a separate piece of paper.

Included in the photo:

Bloomin, Joan
Brubacher, Dorothy
Dargell, Carl
Dunbar, Les
Farenbach, [?]
Gaeler, Vela
Haas, Harry
Hanamel, [?]
Heffesin, [?]
Hopp, Oscar
Katush, Bernice
Miller, Belle
Ringwald, [?]
Scanin, Stella
Schlitt, Marg
Schmitt, Cully
Schultz, Bernice
Schuster, [?]
Smiley, Dorothy
Smiley, Marjorie
West, Frank
[?], George
[?], Jenny
[?], Scuster

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Dare's Biscuits.

File consists of three clear and maroon cellophane bags for Dare's Biscuits.

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Photos of the new (post-fire) Dare factory in Sunnyside, Kitchener, approx. 1944.

File consists of five photographs of employees at work in the Dare Company Limited biscuit plant in Sunnyside, Kitchener. Duplicates are present. Some photographs contain captions on verso: moving trays of cookies into/out of the reel oven; dough forming, near the entrance to the reel oven; filling tins of soda crackers; 1944 - production for Defense Dept.; behind the reel oven.

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Howe Candy Company Christmas party Knight Hall, Hamilton.

File consists of one photograph of the Howe Candy Company Christmas party at Knight Hall in Hamilton in 1944. Some employees are identified on a separate piece of paper.

Identified in the photo:

Bloomin, Joan
Brubacher, Dorothy
Dunbar, Les
Miller, Belle
Nolan, Mary
Peters, Ben
Schultz, Bernice
Smiley, Dorothy
Smiley, [?]
[?], Jenny

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Dare's malted mallows.

File consists of three green and yellow cardboard Dare's malted mallows display boxes.

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Dare Foods factory.

File consists of four photographs of employees working on various stages of cookie production in the Dare factory.

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The Almer Company Limited

Series consists of material relating to The Almer Company Limited and Sunbeam Shoes. Series contains letters patent, an agenda, correspondence, agreements, and financial statements.

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Latest developments in confectionery.

Contains "Latest Developments in Confectionery", a report by J.J. Berliner & Staff, 1945. 54 [i.e. 60] p. ts. (report). The report includes formulas.

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Cherry Dixie label.

File consists of one label for Cherry Dixie Chocolate bars, made by C.H. Doerr Co. Limited.

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Annual dinner programme.

File consists of one programme and menu for the Dare Foods 2nd annual dinner, held December 27, 1945 at the Trails End Hotel, Conestoga.

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Formulas : Paulins.

File consists of typewritten cookie and cracker formulas arranged in alphabetical order. Most formulas are dated and some include ms. annotations. Also present is a forumla template, partially completed.

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Dare Foods Limited : Minutes and Certificate of Shares

  • SCA188-GA163-2
  • Series
  • 1919-1946, 1955, 1977, predominant 1919-1946
  • Part of Dare Foods Limited.

Series consists of the C.H. Doerr Company, Limited and The Dare Company, Limited minutes of annual and special meetings of the shareholders and Board of Directors. A book of share certificates is also included. The minutes consist primarily of decisions regarding the appointment of board members, salaries of board members, by-laws, issuing of stock, the name change from the C.H. Doerr Company, Limited to The Dare Company, Limited as well as other issues. The minutes were typewritten by the Secretary and signed by the President.

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