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Beer family fonds

  • CA ON00370 F0375
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1919

Fonds consists of correspondence between Captain James R. Allan and Vivien Beer of Strathroy, Ontario before Captain Allan, was killed; press clippings and photographs of Captain Allan and Private Walter Beer while serving in World War I, and scenes of various members of the Beer family.

Beer (family)

Diaries, reading journals and day planners

Series consists of 29 diaries, dated reading journals and day planners created and preserved by Watson during her adult life. These Material contain fragments of her creative writing; drawings in graphite, coloured pencil and ink; reading notes and language exercises; collected ephemera; recordings of her daily activities and financial transactions; and reflections on her experiences, emotions, relationships and surroundings.
In general Watson kept confessional and reflective diaries from 1954 (1955?) to about 1957. When she moved to Toronto in 1956 to pursue her doctoral studies, Watson began to keep what can be best described as Reading Journals: dated notes pertaining to books she was reading interspersed with short diary entries regarding her correspondence, her observations of her surroundings and her academic experiences. After she moved to Edmonton to teach at the University of Alberta, and upon her retirement in Nanaimo, Watson's recorded thoughts become more infrequent. In her later life, Watson appears to have purchased commercial Day Planners to record her daily activities and financial translations.
It is apparent that Watson kept journals during her early teaching career in Cariboo Country in British Columbia. However, it seems she destroyed these at a later period.

Watson, Sheila, 1909-1998

Leggott family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1863-1980

Fonds consists of correspondence, legal and financial documents, newspaper clippings, photographs and memorabilia relating to the Leggott family of Lakefield, Ontario.

Leggott (family)

Daybook

This daybook consists of a daily record of financial transactions, from 1902 to 1928, likely recorded by Captain John Harold ("Jack") Spence. The recorded transactions include the probate and managing of the estate of James Hendry Spence in 1907, with mention on the final page that Harry died November 22, 1906, that probate was granted January 23, 1907, and "resealed in Sask. April 15, 1912." John H. Spence and William McGregor Lambert were executors of the will of Henry James Spence.

The transactions recorded in the book involve individuals including: Alexander Emerson Belcher, Southampton; George E. Smith, Southampton; John Hilditch; Robert Bartley, Peter Knechtel, St. Paul's Church; John H. Spence; H.A. Spence; Cappy Spence, Will Spence, Nellie Currie, John Craig and the Fawcett Farm, some of which appear to have involved the payment of mortgages and transactions with private bankers. The transactions include references to "father's account" in the mid-1902s. The recorded transactions also include the payment of taxes and/or debentures to Eastnor, Lindsay and St. Edmunds townships.

Spence, John Harold

Cash book

This cash book appears to have been created by John Harold ("Jack") Spence in 1893, 1894 and 1901-1908. In the journal, he recorded his financial expenditures and income. Enclosed in the journal was a receipt: to Mr. McMullen, in account with J. H. Spence.

Spence, John Harold

Photographs

Series consists of photograhs depicting the people and places of early Vaughan as well as the post offices throughout Vaughan Township (Norberta wrote a book Chatting About the Post Offices of Vaughan Township, Ontario, published 1983), Norberta was also a long-time journalist with the Woodbridge and Vaughan News and thus some of the photos she used in her articles can also be found in this series.

Keffer and Shunk families papers

Series consists of all known surviving documentary evidence of the early Shunk and Keffer clans of Vaughan Township, Ontario. The series illustrates the role of the Keffers and Shunks in the Sherwood Grange (No. 205), as well as depicting the social and economic role of this type of organization in mid-19th century Vaughan.

John Peirson fonds

  • CA ON00031 A988.033.001
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1937

This fonds consists of John Peirson’s diaries with enclosures, for the years: 1888, 1892-1919, 1921-1925, and 1927. His brief daily journal entries include information related to his family, political life, rural life, personal financial information, social engagements, church meetings, weather and farm operations and activities, including ploughing, sowing and the sale of animals. Mr. Peirson also makes mention of world events, including the sinking of the Titanic and the end of the Great War.

Journals after 1919 each continue to have the name “John Peirson” written on the title page, sometimes with the name of the person who gave the diary to him as a gift; however, most entries in those journals appear to have been written either by John’s daughter-in-law, Catherine (Black) Peirson, and/or his daughter, Mary Ann (Peirson) Hilborn, both of whom were living in houses on the homestead with John. These journals include references to “father” and his health. Other topics include social activities, Women’s Institute meetings, social visits, family life, and some financial information.

Enclosures in the diaries, such as invoices, statements and newspaper clippings, reflect some of the businesses in the community, such as W.A. Gerolamy, grocer; J.W. Chittick Burgoyne General Store; and The Tara Creamery. John Peirson’s involvement with the Burgoyne Cheese Company, and family events reported in the newspaper up to 1937 are also reflected in the enclosures.

Peirson, John

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)

Lakefield Heritage Research collection

  • CA ON00333 12-004
  • Collection
  • 2003-2012

Collection consists primarily of photocopies and emails with information pertaining to various aspects of Peterborough's history, from both the city and the county. Brief history of the town of Lakefield is also included.

Lakefield Heritage Research

Edith Louise (Betty) Smith fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1880-1985, predominant 1880-1930

Fonds consists of items mostly pertaining to the William C. Miller family in Napanee during the last quarter of the 19th century and to Betty's childhood. The genealogy is incomplete, but concerns the Smith and Miller families. The photographs show some activities of Napanee clubs, such as the Tennis Club, Banjo Club and Bicycle Club. Fonds is comprised of the following series: School reader for beginners. Early 20th century. Photographs of family and friends. File of genealogical material. Oil painting by William C. Smith of his mother.

Smith, Edith Louise (Betty), 1906-1995

Peter Miller fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1792-1998, predominant c1905-1995

The fonds consists of four primary categories of material: personal papers, school board materials, business records of the Miller farm and genealogical research. Most of the personal papers are letters, postcards and greeting cards sent to the Millers, materials from Peter Miller’s school days and from his son, Peter Miller Junior (who was Editor of the Ernesttown Secondary School newsletter in 1962 and 1963). There are also some materials related to local Methodist activities, particularly the Switzerville Busy Bee Mission Band. Peter Miller also kept various enumeration lists for Prince Edward, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Counties from 1938 until 1984 which were useful for his activities. Five property tax rolls for Richmond Township dated between 1873 and 1894 may have been used by Peter Miller’s grandfather. The school board materials include various accounts books, minutes of meetings of the Lennox and Addington Board, assessment reviews and correspondence. There are also Minute Books for Richmond S.S. 8 (1908-1942) and for Richmond S.S. 20 (1910-1948). The Miller Family Farm was a typical Ontario mixed farming operation which included dairy cattle and grains. Most activities were wound up following the death of Peter’s father in 1964. Farm records include bills, receipts, statements, lists of expenditures, circa 1916 until 1970. There are publications concerning breeding and showing livestock and instruction manuals for operating and repairing farm machinery. The genealogical research files contain Peter Miller’s notes about his own Miller line as well as the Husband, Martin and Switzer families. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Personal papers School board materials Miller Family Farm Genealogical research

Miller, Peter Egerton Ryerson, 1910-1999

Ruth Wright Babcock fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1906-1998

Fonds consists of documents and ephemera kept by Mrs. Babcock when she entered a seniors’ residence. Some were saved for legal reasons but most had sentimental value to her. Included is a Christmas card sent home by sapper, Wilkie Laird in 1918 and a blue cotton armband worn by Harry Babcock at the Legion in 1929. There are many letters of congratulations and certificates of appreciation. Fonds is comprised of the following series: 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1976 90th and 93rd Birthdays Certificates and memorabilia

Babcock, Ruth Wright, 1906-

James Rowand Burgess and Elizabeth Oliver Burgess fonds

  • CA ON00031 A2012.087
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1918, 1929-1930, 1933-1936, 1950-1954, 1959-1968

This fonds consists of the diaries of James Rowand Burgess and Elizabeth Oliver Burgess between the years of 1911 and 1974. In the diaries, a brief entry is generally made for each day. Topics covered in the diaries include: rural life, weather, social activities (literary meetings, box socials), farm work, house work, chores, high school work and activities, and community involvement. A few references are made to people leaving to serve in the Bruce 160th Battalion and war-time matters such as the fuel controller. The entries make references to friends, families and neighbours.

Item List:
James Rowand Burgess Diaries:
.001 December 25, 1911 - September 28, 1914
.002 September 30, 1914 - August 21, 1915
.003 August 22, 1915 - December 31, 1916
.004 January 20, 1918 - June 14, 1918
.005 January 1, 1929 - July 26, 1930
.006 November 5, 1933 - August 31, 1936
.007 January 22, 1950 - October 18, 1952
.008 May 13, 1953 - September 25, 1954
.009 October 20, 1959 - February 21, 1961
.010 February 22, 1961 - September 8, 1962
.011 September 9, 1962 - October 5, 1964
.012 October 6, 1964 - October 29, 1968

Elizabeth Oliver Burgess diaries:
.013 July 19, 1915 - April 12, 1917
.014 Jan. 18, 1918- July 19, 1918
.015 May 1, 1920 - December 31, 1920
.016 January 1, 1924 - March 1925
.017 1 page, January 1, 1926 - January 7, 1926
.018 August 10, 1966 - June 6, 1967
.019 September 1, 1967 - October 23, 1968
.020 December 25, 1968 - November 9, 1970
.021 January 1, 1971 - October 10, 1972
.022 February 6, 1974 - December 31, 1974

Burgess, James Rowand

William Victor Tranter family fonds

  • CA ON00031 A967.052 - A971.011
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1915

This fonds consists chiefly of records related to William Victor Tranter (1894-1915), known as “Victor”, and his time serving with the 1st Canadian Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, during World War I. Includes his diary written from December 27, 1914 to June 7, 1915 including his experiences at the Battle of Ypres, four letters written by Victor to family between April 1914 and May 1915, photograph of Victor ca. 1914, death certificate, correspondence from hospital chaplain, Sister Rose, and Town of Southampton to Victor’s parents, William and Annie Tranter, In Memoriam Card, transcript of cemetery registration and gravemarker, photograph of gravemarker at Wimereux Communal Cemetery Pas de Calais, France, and newspaper notice of Victor’s death.

Tranter, William Victor

Robert Benjamin Hillmer fonds

  • CA ON00031 A967.054
  • Fonds
  • 1898 - 1954

This fonds consists of 5 record books kept by Robert B. Hillmer concerning his watchmaking and jewellery business. In the books, Mr. Hillmer recorded watch inventories (1899), as well as job numbers, client name, work requested and price. Item List: Watch Repair Book 1910 - 1913; Watch Repair Book 1924 - 1934; Watch Repair Book 1936 - 1954; Watch Repair Record book, 1913 - 1924; and Watch Repair Record book 1898-1910. The fonds also includes a Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada certificate appointing Robert Benjamin Hillmer to the office of Grand Superintendent of Huron District No. 6, February 28, 1918.

Hillmer, Robert Benjamin

Collins, Gammon fonds

  • CA ON00333 13-008
  • Fonds
  • 1824-1952

Fonds consists of original letters, certificates, sketches and maps pertaining to the family of Thomas Alexander Stewart and Frances Stewart of Peterborough, Ontario and their descendents. Included are letters to Ellen Dunlop written by Frances Stewart, Catharine Parr Traill, Harriet Beaufort, and others. Also included are pieces of sheet music and music certificates of Alice Roger Collins; medical certificates of Doctor Thomas Hay; newspaper clippings related to Katherine E. Wallis; and a scrapbook of nineteenth-century ferns and mosses of the United Kingdom.

Collins Gammon (family)

Theodore Thorne Hamilton family fonds

  • CA ON00333 13-003
  • 1890-1959

Fonds pertains to the life of Theodore Thorne Hamilton (1890-1959) and his extended family. The documents, comprised of original letters, vital statistic certificates, photographs, and postcards, are interleaved with detailed biographical information compiled by the donor, Mr. Jim Hamilton, a second cousin (twice removed) of Theodore Thorne Hamilton. Included are approximately 100 photographs pertaining to the Skeena River flood of 1936, approximately 30 early 20th-century Bobcaygeon area postcards, and two Bibles.

Theodore Thorne Hamilton (family)

Robert G. Freeman fonds

  • CA ON00031 A2013.028
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1955

This fonds consists of four diaries (January 1938 - December 1944) and 143 photographs (1936-1955) created by or featuring Robert G. Freeman, known as Bert Freeman, from Teeswater, Bruce County, Ontario.

The majority of photographs appear to have been taken from 1939-1944 and many feature Bert as a Flight Officer in his military uniform.

The entries in his diaries reflect his attendance and activities at Westervelt College, London, news of friends, social events and recreational activities (including movies, skating, fishing, dancing at dance hall at Wonderland & Springbank Rds., London, and time with friends), church attendance, work at Empire Life, London, Ontario (until early April 1940), bookeeping and work for his father at the Superior Food Store in Teeswater, and flying lessons / night aviation courses in 1939. WWII is mentioned in some of his entries. After enlisting, his entries include notes about flying, training and social activities. Notes are also made concerning his hospital stay for Spinal Meningitis in 1943.

Freeman, Robert G.

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