The photographs are arranged by subject matter and cover activities in and around the town of Deseronto, Ontario. The majority date from the late nineteenth century and many depict the lumber-related industries of the Rathbun Company in Deseronto. There are also photographs of school groups, churches, railways, First World War airfields and portraits of Deseronto citizens.
Photographs of Deseronto, Ontario dating from the 1970s to 2011, depicting a variety of Town events. They include a set of aerial photographs of the town from the 1980s; the interior of the former Home Hardware store in the Baker Block on Main Street; the O’Connor House on Main Street before its demolition; the 1989 100th Anniversary celebrations, photographs of Centennial Park and Rathbun Memorial Park; the opening of the Deseronto Public Library in its 358 Main Street location in 2001; the Ontario Provincial Police handover ceremony in 2001; an Easter Parade from the early 2000s; a Santa Parade; the 2002 New Year’s Levee; and the 2010 Olympic Flame run in Deseronto.
Most of the photographs appear to have been taken by Town staff. One envelope was donated to the Town by Irene Usher and contains photographs taken by her late husband, Tom.
The collection contains:
Tweedsmuir history of a house for lot 26, wills belonging to Francis Van de Bogart
House and farm leases, and quit claims ca. 1898-1912 for Lot 26 in Thurlow
Agreement and sale of land documents ca. 1872-1932
Deeds and policiies ca. 1874-1932
Mortgage and accompanying douments ca. 1901
Mortgages and agreements survey plan for lot 25
Fire insurance policies ca. 1901
Discharge of mortgage document ca. 1872
Legal documents for Thurlow Township lots ca. 1880-1964
Mortgages and deeds from Thurlow Township ca. 1876-1931
High Court Justice documents ca. 1872-1886
Commissioner of Agriculture loans and receipts and statements ca. 1940's *An original deed from June 22, 1820