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James B. Wilber (J.B.), Walter’s only child, worked in his father’s sawmill from an early age.  JB completed his Grade 9 education in Elmsdale.  To complete his Grade 12 education it was necessary for JB to travel by train to Halifax each weekday for the next three years.  He continued to work for his father on the weekends and school breaks.


In 1939, he branched out and accepted a job with Charlie McCulloch and began purchasing lumber from many small sawmills throughout Nova Scotia and supervised the loading of ships destined for Europe to serve the war effort.


Shortly following the war, he continued to market lumber locally as well as in Europe.


In 1950, J.B. and his close friend Fred Miller purchased his father’s sawmill for $25,000 and incorporated Elmsdale Lumber Company Limited.


In 1960, Fred Miller started his own planer mill, and sold his 50% share in Elmsdale Lumber to Luther Anderson.


Following Luther Anderson’s death, JB’s son Robin Wilber purchased Luther’s 50% shares in ELCO on March 10, 1976.

James. B. Wilber (J.B.)

March 27, 1917 – July 2, 1990


J.B. sold his 50% shares in ELCO to Robin in January 1985.


J.B. continued to be very active in the company until his passing in 1990.


J.B. supported the Forest Industry with service to:


  • Forest Nova Scotia, President

  • Forest Nova Scotia, Board Member

  • Nova Scotia Wood Products Association – Board Member

  • Maritime Lumber Bureau – Chairman

  • Nova Scotia Wildlife Association – Chairman

  • Nova Scotia Salmon Association – Chairman

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