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I am just in the midst of going through some of my grandfathers possessions, and I came across a number of old stock certificates and I'm wondering if they have any value. The company names and the state/province of incorporation are provided below. For the most part the shares were issued in the 1930s and 1940s. Any help you could provide would be most appreciated.

1. Westario Sulphur Mines Limited (Ontario)
2. The Roxana Oil and Gas Company (Montana)
3. Island Lake Mines Limited (Manitoba)
4. Western Alberta Oil Company Limited (Alberta)
5. Marietta Gold Mines Limited (Manitoba)
6. Oregon Copper Company (Oregon)
7. Winnipeg River Tin Mines Limited (Manitoba)

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Paul, from the information I have available:

Westario has no value. The Company was dissolved in the 1960's.

I have no information on Roxana, as it is a US Company, not a Canadian company.

Island Lake has no value. The Company was dissolved in the late 1950's.

I have no information on Western Alberta.

I have no information on Marietta Gold Mines.

I have no information on Oregon Copper, as it is a US company, not a Canadian company.

Winnipeg River has had close to 10 name changes and at least 4 reverse splits (1 for 2, 1 for 6, 1 for 5, and 1 for 8) and is now Cadan Resources, which trades for about 4 cents per share. You will need to contact the current transfer agent (www.computershare.com) to have the old shares reorganized.

For the others, I suggest you contact a broker and ask them to perform a detailed search for you.  

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