A Strickland & Co
Arthur Newby Wetherall Strickland was born in Greytown, Natal in 1866. He married the eldest daughter of the Meikle family, Jeannie Valance Graham Meikle (b.1864).
In 1892, the three Meikle brothers left Natal for the Mashonaland goldfields with five loads of general merchandise and three loads of liquor. In the same year they bought Marshlands Farm at Charter and constructed a Hotel and Store which Arthur Strickland would run.
Arthur established A Strickland & Co as a General Dealer. Arthur and his wife later moved to N’odzi, Penhalonga, where Arthur was listed as a farmer. On 12th January, 1928 while at Premier Butchers in Umtali, Arthur suffered from a cardiac arrest and died.
Mrs Strickland’s died in 1957.
C Clarkson was a cycle and motor agent in Que Que. He was the sole agent for the Sanspareil bicycles.
Scotch Stores in Bulawayo was run by William Archibald McCalman (b.1869, Scotland). McCalman was a wholesale and retail grocer and a wine and spirit merchant.
Scotch Stores incorporated the liquor business of The Bechuanaland Trading Association Ltd (BTA). BTA operated a large scale enterprise with interests outside Bechuanaland and was linked to the British South Africa Company in Southern and North-Western Rhodesia.
He died 13th November, 1924 of influenza.
Air Raid Distress Fund
Between 1940-41 money poured into the Air Raid Distress Fund. In 1941, £60,000 was sent to Britain with some of the money earmarked to for the purchase of sixteen canteens for various cities. By February, 1942, £82,000 had been sent.
Joseph Palte was born in Lithuania in 1875. Palte started his company, J. Palte & Co in 1908 in Bulawayo, where he was an independent grain & general merchant.
He died 21st May, 1934 due to self-administered cyanide poisoning. An inquest was held into his death on 29th May, 1934. He was married with three children and after his death, his son, Jack, took over the business. He expanded the business in 1952, when Tiger Oats became major shareholders.
In 1964 Harris Maize Milling and Produce Company merged with J. Palte & Co. to form Palte Harris. In 1970 Palte Harris went public as Palte Harris Industrial Holdings. In 1969 the Rhodesian Milling and Manufacturing Co Ltd merged with Palte Harris to form National Foods, bringing together the Gloria and Red Seal brands.