In 1895 having sold his few worldly possessions, Joseph travels steerage across the ocean from the Baltics to the shores of South Africa. He then continues his journey covering over 1000 miles of wild and rugged terrain with a friend, horse, compass, pistol and dreams of a better life in a new land.


He walks into Bulawayo, Rhodesia, just months before the second Matabele war, where he later sets up an outpost supplying nomads and adventurers. Joseph and his son Henry – a boxer, a mining engineer and a Hurricane fighter pilot during WW2 are the original adventurers of "Joseph Henry 1895".



We knew that we wanted to work with natural ingredients and waxed canvas in order to create vintage inspired items that, may be, one day would become such heirlooms of the future. 


Medicine River Soap Co.

back in April of 2013 and sold all-natural soap handcrafted the traditional way. 

Since 2013 it grew and added skincare, beard grooming products, hand-dipped and hand-poured beeswax candles to our line.  

Now, we are a team of four, not counting two dogs. We live and work in Red Deer, AB, Canada.

We handcraft our apothecary products from start to finish in really small batches . Alex & Dan are usually the ones to package it for you.

None of our products contain any artificial  colors or fragrances, chemicals or preservatives. We love using Alberta sourced ingredients and supporting other local businesses.  

In 2017 we started working on building a Joseph Henry 1895 brand and created our first waxed canvas bags. To craft them we sourced  premium field tan waxed canvas fabric in its traditional natural earth-toned color and vegetable tanned leather. These are tough and durable materials that will change over time, developing its own personality and patina while accompanying you in all your adventures. All our bags are finished with solid brass and iron hardware, and heavy duty YKK zippers. Our leather finishes are natural and carefully selected for both your health and the beautiful look they create. 

IN 2018

we started our transition to Joseph Henry 1895 General Store and are now carefully sourcing natural, handmade products for eco-conscious, minimal living. 


we use the best quality materials and products

we can find to bring vintage inspired sustainable goods for you and your family. By buying our products you support many small businesses and our family's dream to build a lifestyle brand, and, one day, open doors to Joseph Henry 1895 brick and mortar store.

Thank you,                                                    Svetlana & Joseph.