Grand Opening Weekend - Schofields Thursday at 11:00am - September 25 at 12:00am
Schofields Bistro 237 Main Street Port Dover, Ontario
Port Dover Maple Leaf, Wednesday September 14, 2011
Old Maple Leaf files note the Scofield Block was erected in 1859 by Norman B. Scofield. According to writings by local historian, the late Dr. John Bannister, Mr. Scofield and a Mr. Scovil (who is believed to be a brother in law) established a general store in 1856 at an unknown location, moved their business into their newly built three-storey building that today is Schofields Bistro on the street level.
When store keepers Scovil and Scofield decided to build a new store they awarded the contract to Brian Varey of Port Dover ( a great-grandfather to Rob Varey of Port Dover). The brick structure was three storeys in height, having some ceilings as high as 15 feet. The partitioned walls of solid brick were 23 inches thick.
HIstorian John Bannister wrote, "little is known of the actual erection of the Scofield Block, but Customs records show that in July 1859 the schooner "Lerwick" brought iron columns for the front, which were cast by "Edyd & Byngham" of Buffalo, N. Y. whose name can still be seen at the foot of each column.
By 1865 the name Scovil disappeared from advertising in the Maple Leaf, the store name becoming Norman B. Scofield. In 1877 Scofield's advertised it was changing to a strictly cash business. (my note - Hiram Scovell died February 28th 1866)
In 1912 the Scofield business was sold to Silas Butler. Seventeen years later the business was sold to Thomas G. Caley and the following year he purchased the building. At his death in 1955 his daughter Helen (Caley) Hamilton (my note - Helen was first married to Gilman H. Scofield) continued operating the store under the name of Thomas G. Caley Department Store. In the early 1970s the store closed and was rented to Al. Pattenick Dept. Store. There has been a number of owners of the building since and occupants located within the three store business block.