Fonds - Napanee Public Utilities fonds

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Napanee Public Utilities fonds

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  • 1908-1967, predominant 1943-1961 (Creation)

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10 cm textual material 1 ledger 2 books Some of the records are on very acidic paper and are fragile.

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Charles A. Walters (1879-1963) was born at Napanee and worked all his life in the local, hydro-electric power industry. He was hired by the Seymour Power and Light Company in 1905, serving as manager, lineman and meter-reader. When the company was sold, he went with it and became Manager of Napanee Hydro, and then of Napanee Public Utilities Commission in 1928. When Ontario Hydro began erecting lines to reach out into the rural community near Napanee, Charles Walters also took on a second job and managed the local rural section. He retired in January, 1962 and died in 1963.

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The Seymour Power and Light Company purchased several local waterpower interests in the Bay of Quinte area in about 1900. The Seymour Company was absorbed by Ontario Hydro and then re-sold to Napanee Hydro in 1905. By 1928, it was known as the Napanee Public Utilities Commission.

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These papers were used by Charles A. Walters, when he was Manager of Napanee Public Utilities. When he retired, originals were retained by Napanee P.U.C., but Mr. Walters was permitted to retain these copies. Following his death the materials were taken to the home of his son, Dr. Allan Walters, in Toronto. Dr. Walters was a graduate of Trinity College, and when he died his widow gave his papers, including the Napanee P.U.C. material, to Trinity College Archives. Trinity College Archives transferred the Napanee P.U.C. materials to the Lennox and Addington County Museum in 1993.

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Fonds pertains to the work of Charles A. Walters as Manager of Napanee P.U.C. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Ledger (cash book of Napanee Hydro, 1908-1910) Napanee P.U.C. financial reports, 1943-1961 Napanee P.U.C. minutes 1958-1961 Clippings, ephemera, personal notes Two publications on hydro-electric power in Ontario

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Walters-Wagar family fonds

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Napanee Public Utilities Commission was formerly known as Napanee Hydro.

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