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Christmas card

"With Hearty Greetings and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year"

Christmas card with photograph of Evelyn Hall sitting on the porch of 426 Thomas Street, Deseronto, Ontario.

Christmas card

Printed Christmas card depicting a snow-covered bridge over a small river, with houses, trees and a church in the background. The picture is entitled 'Winter' and signed 'Revilo'. The card was published by Old Colony Greeting Cards in Toronto, possibly in the 1920s.


Files of correspondence, post cards and Christmas cards addressed to female members of the Hall family.

First World War photographs

Photographs of men and aircraft at Camp Mohawk and Camp Rathbun, Deseronto, Ontario. Include several of crashes and three of Lieutenant Colin Goss Coleridge's funeral on July 26th, 1918. Men (air cadets) identified in the photographs are Paul Townsley and J. Smith. The photograph of J. Smith was taken at Camp Rathbun but sent from Fort Worth, Texas, in January 1918.

Hall family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1879-1965

Fonds comprises photographs, correspondence and printed materials relating to the activities of members of the Hall family of Deseronto, particularly Flossie Hall (later Flossie Chalmers).

Hall (family)

Hall family portraits and snapshots

Portraits and snapshots of the Hall family, their friends and relations. Around half the photographs have no identifying information on them. Individuals named in the other photographs include: Albert and Ellen Hall; Elinor Tunnecliffe (later Mrs William Schnell); Marion Duffield; Wilhelmina (Billy) Waldron; Betty MacLachlan; Freddie Eggleton; Katherine Mills; Jean Scott; Fern Snider; Gordon Hall; Evelyn Hall, Emma Hall; Flossie Hall; Phyllis Davis; Margaret Duffield.

Letter from Dell Grafton

First page of a letter from Adeline 'Dell' Grafton to Evelyn 'Tottie' Hall, written on October 3, 1905. The letter head has a drawing of the ship captioned "Cunard R.M.S. Caronia".

Letters to Evelyn Hall

File of letters, mainly from Dell Grafton, who was a school friend of Evelyn Hall’s from Havergal College, Toronto. The letters were written between 1900 and 1905 and describe Dell Grafton’s social life, clothes, parties and boyfriends and were written from Dundas, Ontario (her home town), Vancouver, British Columbia, and from various hotels in Maine, where she spent her summers with her family. Adeline’s father was James Grafton, a dry goods merchant in Dundas. Her mother had died and her relationship with her stepmother was not good. The last letter from Adeline was written on board the RMS Caronia in October 1905, when she was on her way to school in England.

The other letter was from Anna Corbett of Brampton.

Corbett, Anna

Letters to the Hall family women

File contains letters and postcards written to female members of the Hall family. Several are from men on active service in the First World War: Private W. J. Davis of 599 Company, Dar es Salaam (of 117 Follis Avenue, Toronto); Private J.H. Whaley, Royal Canadian Dragoons; Private Howard Witheridge, 208 Irish Canadians, Canadian Special Hospital; J Smith of the Imperial Royal Flying Corps in Camp Taliaferro, Texas; One is from Private Jim Anderson who was serving in the Seaforth Highlanders in the Second World War.

Materials created by Flossie Hall

Stories, a poem and a volume containing pressed flowers, originally an account book of John Anderson. File also contains a lock of dark blonde hair in an envelope from Ontario Ladies College.


“AC2 Paul Townsley, Camp Mohawk, Deseronto, Ontario. Hometown: Toronto, Ontario. Silver Birch Avenue”

Photograph of an air cadet in his flying uniform at the Royal Flying Corps camp near Deseronto.

Photograph of School Section #10, Mariposa

Group photograph of Flossie Hall and her students at School Section No. 10, Mariposa, Victoria County, Ontario.

The photograph was taken on March 28, 1912. It shows six boys and ten girls, standing in front of the blackboard of the school. Above their heads is a portrait of Queen Victoria and a clock, showing that the time was 2.50pm.


Photographs of the Hall family, lumber industries and First World War scenes.


Postcard depicting a one-legged man at the door of a woman's house. The text reads:

Published by Bamforth & Co., publishers of Holmfirth, England and New York, US. It was mailed on February 15th 1911 from Deseronto, Ontario, from 'Chas' to Mrs J. M. Hall of Deseronto.


Postcard drawn by F. Bluh, 1910. "This is the kind of time we had at...Deseronto". The word 'Deseronto' has been stamped onto the printed card in ink.


Programme for "Deseronto High School Commencement Exercises - Lecture- 'Germany's Reasons for War' - Prof. G. M. Wrong, Toronto University. - Naylor's Theatre, Friday Evening, Dec. 4, 1914" [text on reverse]


Boys' Chorus - 'Heroes and Gentlement'
Lecture - Prof. G. M. Wrong, of Toronto University. Subject: 'Germany's Reasons for War'

Instrumental - 'Faust'.....R. Favarger
Miss Mary Maloney

Drill - 'The British Empire'

'God Save the King'

Chairman for the Evening - Col. E. Walter Rathbun

Miss A. Windsor, B.A.
Miss M. E. Nesbitt, B.A.
Miss F. Philp

Mr. W. Woodcock (chairman)
Mr. A. E. Rixen (vice chairman)
Mr. G. W. Wright
Dr. E. D. Vandervoort
Mr. R. Miller
Mr. J. L. Gaulin
Mr. A. S. Valleau
Mr. E. J. Edwards (secretary)

Lower School Normal and Model Entrance:
Julia Cronin
Guy Stratton
Verner Swan
Horace Thompson
Mary Freeman

Entrance to Normal:
Gendine Clement
Stella Contu
Nellie Kennedy
Roy Wagar
Percy Van Vlack

Junior Matriculation:
Glendine Clement
Stella Contu (without French)
George Gardiner
Clare Malley (without French and Physics)
Roy Wagar
Percy Van Vlack"

Receipts, programs, reports

File contains a variety of papers relating to the activities of the Hall family. They include:
letter from H.B. [Hugo Burghardt] Rathbun to the Dominion Bank in Napanee, 1879;
debenture for St. Mary Magdalene Church in Napanee, 1880;
programme of a concert in Colborne of the Deseronto Concert Company, 1904;
programme of Deseronto High School Commencement Exercises, 1914;
'Prize List of the Indian School Fair', Tyendinaga Reserve, 1917;
report by Judson King of the National Popular Government League on 'The First Fight in the United States for a State-Wide Publicly Owned Hydro-Electric System' (in California), November 17, 1922;
'Thirtieth Annual Report of the Gifu Blind School, Japan'; 1924;
'The Divine Plan of the Ages, written in Stone', religious tract, published in Edmonton, Alberta, December 1924;
circular letter from the Deseronto Old Boys' Association, 1929;
various tax demands and receipts, 1938-1965.