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WILLIAM ARTHUR McELROY OF TORONTO
Posted by KEN KERR on January 8, 2017, 9:09 am
In a nutshell, W.A. McElroy was a Toronto machinist, who was in business back as far as 1908. His company, W.A. McElroy & Co., made punches and dies, did machinery repairs, made small tools and saws and special machinery etc. They were located at 103 Lisgar Ave. near Queen St.(at least until 1922) and William's home was at 15 Cunningham Ave. His company held 3 Canadian patents : one, in 1923, for 'Heads for Rod and Dowel Machines' (#232215), one in 1953 for a 'Clothes Line Hoist' (494163), and one in 1958 for a'Rotary Hydraulic Aerial' (556493).
His reel wasn't patented and more research at the Toronto Reference Library and the Archives of Ontario would be needed to nail down all the details but it appears they made only one reel, and a cheap one at that. Not exactly a precision-made piece of Canadian tackle.